President Obama Names Chuck Hagel for Defense | Is Hagel Still Concerned About a “Jewish Lobby” and “Aggressive” Gays | ABC News


Hagel’s controversial past statements on foreign policy, including a 2008 reference to Israel’s U.S. supporters as “the Jewish lobby,” public encouragement of negotiations between the United States, Israel and Hamas, a Palestinian group the State Department classifies as terrorists, and his stance on how to deal with Iran.

“Hagel has consistently been against economic sanctions to try to change the behavior of the Islamist regime, the radical regime in Tehran, which is the only way to do it, short of war,” Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said last month.

Hagel made comments in 1998 disparaging then-President Bill Clinton’s nominee for U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg James Hormel as “openly, aggressively gay.”

via President Obama Names Chuck Hagel for Defense, John Brennan for CIA – ABC News.

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