Obama to Pick Controversial Hagel for Defense Secretary

CNN is reporting that President Obama will announce Monday that former Sen. Chuck Hagel will be his nominee for Defense Secretary.

Hagel an ‘in-your-face’ pick


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday called former Republican Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, who is President Barack Obama’s likely pick for defense secretary, an “in-your-face” nomination” and someone who is “out of the mainstream” of thinking on foreign policy issues.

“I’m going to vote for Senator [John] Kerry [for secretary of state]. I don’t agree with him a lot, but I very much think he’s in the mainstream of thought,” Graham said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

via POLITICO.com.

GOP still skeptical as Obama seems set on Hagel

On “Fox News Sunday,”Sen. Ted Cruz said the Iranian mullahs who support terror groups in the Middle East would cheer a Hagel nomination.

Mr. Cruz, Texas Republican, said a Hagel nomination, over the objections of key lawmakers, was an indication that President Obama has misread the results of Election Day and thinks he faces no opposition on Capitol Hill.

“This is a president who has drunk the tea. He’s high on re-election right now,” the freshman GOP senator said.

Mr. Graham said Mr. Hagel, a Republican, has long since cut ties with the GOP with his sharp criticism of former President Bush and the war in Iraq, his skeptical comments about the country’s relationship with Israel, and his openness to direct negotiations with Iran.

via Washington Times.

Obama wants him but Gays oppose him

I couldn’t help but notice that, In his piece confirming that Obama will pick Hagel, the Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake makes passing mention of the pro-gay-rights opposition:

While Hagel has a reservoir of support from elite journalists, foreign-policy intellectuals and former government officials, he is not beloved by many other interest groups, including the pro-Israel lobbythe gay-equality lobby, and even Armenian Americans.

via The Daily Beast.

Politics Makes for strange bedfellows, Christians, Gays, and Jews line up against Hagel

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee relied on the “neocons” and the right wing of the Republican Party to fire the first salvos by raising questions about Hagel’s commitment to Israel’s security.

The counterattack came fast and furious. Hundreds and then thousands of email messages and tweets followed by the heavy artillery of op-eds by the media commentariat. AIPAC had underestimated the scale of Hagel’s media support.

The Jewish lobby countered with bigger guns. Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, questioned Hagel’s credentials for the job of defense secretary.

via UPI.com.

Chuck Hagel Biography

First Name: Chuck
Last Name: Hagel
Title: U.S. Senator from Nebraska
Country: United States
Date of Birth: 04/10/1946
Place of Birth: North Platte, Nebraska
Spouses: Lilibet Ziller
Children: Allyn, Ziller
Education: St. Bonaventure High School, Columbus, NEWayne State College1966 Graduated from the Brown Institute for Radio and Television, Minneapolis, MN1971 BA, University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE
Politics: Republican
CV: 1967-68 Served in the U.S. Army infantery in Vietnam 19681969-1971 Newscaster and talk show host in Omaha1971-1977 Administrative assistant to Representative John Y. McCollister 1977-1980 Manager of government affairs for Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, Washington, D.C1981-1982 Deputy administrator, United States Veterans Administration1990 Investment banker and business executive in Washington and Omaha; deputy director and chief executive officer of the Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations (G-7)1996 Elected into the U.S. Senate for Nebraska2002 Re-Elected
Awards: Vietnamese Cross of GallantryPurple HeartArmy Commendation Medal Combat Infantryman Badge

via Silobreaker.

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