Chuck Hagel is being considered for the position of the Sec. of Defense of the US. He is a former United States Senator from Nebraska. A member of the Republican Party, Hagel was first elected to the Senate in 1996. He was reelected in 2002 and then retired in 2008. He is currently a professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. During his political career, Hagel voted 78.1% of the time with the Republican party.
Here is a picture of Hagel’s voting record (small example of issues that should be important to many of us, regardless of our political affiliation):
· Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers.
· Voted NO on background checks at gun shows.
· Voted YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions.
· Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions.
· Voted YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion.
· Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines.
· Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation.
· Voted NO on capping of foreign aid at only $12.7 billion.
· Voted YES on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections.
· Voted NO on funding for National Endowment for the Arts.
· Voted NO on factoring global warming into federal project planning.
· Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation.
· Voted YES for continued increase in aid to Israel.
· Voted NO for sanctions against Iran, opposing even those aimed at the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which at the time was orchestrating devastating bomb attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq.
· Voted NO on to classify Hezbollah as a terrorist organization
· Voted YES for Iraq invasion.
Chuck though has a major problem with Israel. A deeper look at Hagel's record exposes a deep-rooted detestation of Israel far outside the norm for average run-of-the-mill Israel critics.
Modern day anti-Semitism has taken a more insidious form; this monster masks itself as legitimate criticism of Israel, with the purported aim of advancing "human rights."Old fashioned anti-Semitism is calling for the destruction of Israel, old fashion anti-Semitism is calling Jews kikes. Denying the Holocaust, that’s all that we are accustomed to as anti-Semitism.
· In 1996 The AJC asked senators to join a statement against anti-Semitism in Russia that would appear during then-president Boris Yeltsin’s visit to the United States.
Harris, the President of AJC says “We published the letter as a full-page ad in the New York Times with 99 Senate signatories. Only Sen. Hagel’s name was absent.”
· Hagel's 2006 libelous reference to the so-called "Jewish lobby," raising the old anti-Semitic canard -- very big in the Arab world and among Nazi conspiracists -- of rich, powerful Jews influencing Washington and American policies. He didn’t call it Israel lobby, he called it a Jewish lobby. Almost 50% of Jews are not Israeli.
As a Democrat, would you be comfortable with him as a Secretary of Defense?
As a Republican, would you be comfortable with him as a Secretary of Defense?