Skip to comments.Hagel Nomination: Iranians Giddy
Posted on 01/31/2013 6:34:51 AM PST by Kaslin
As the Senate prepares to hold a January 31 confirmation hearing for their former colleague Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense, an alarming paradox has emerged. Iran the "Death to America" Islamic regime is effusive with praise, while a large group of retired U.S. military commanders have "deep concerns" and have taken a highly unusual public position in opposition to Hagel's nomination.
The Washington Times cites an Iranian source that received the news of Hagel's nomination as "a message of peace from the Obama administration to the Islamic Republic of Iran" and admiringly quoted Hagel's condemnation of sanctions against Iran. Not surprisingly, the Iranians and are also giddy over Hagel's past anti-Israel statements and criticism of the "Jewish lobby" in the U.S.
Additionally, the regime controlled English press outlet in Tehran says the Iranians believe that a new SecDef Hagel would help craft a "grand bargain" between the U.S. and Iran. That bargain, they believe, would be accepting of the current Islamic regime and their quest for nuclear capabilities, while turning a blind eye as the regime squashes the pro-freedom opposition. Read the full article here.
Meanwhile a distinguished group of retired military commanders have taken a highly unusual public position in opposition to the Hagel nomination. The group includes nine retired Army, Air Force, and Marine Generals and Five Navy Admirals, including Paul Valley, Major General U.S. Army (ret), who is a contributing editor to A Line of Sight.com and Founder and Chairman of Stand Up America.
In a January 29 letter sent to Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the Chairman and Ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, the group of flag and general officers raised the following serious concerns and concluded that, "For all of these reasons, it is our professional assessment that confirmation of Sen. Hagel to be Secretary of Defense would be contrary to the United States' vital national security interests." Full letter here.
Signers to the letter are as follows:
Adm. James Ace Lyons, USN (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin, USA (Ret.)
Vice Adm. Robert Monroe, USN (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. E.G. Buck Shuler, Jr., USAF (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Thomas F. Cole, USA (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Vincent E. Falter, USA (Ret.)
Rear Adm. H.E. Gerhard, USN (Ret.)
Rear Adm. Robert H. Gormley, USN (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Higginbotham, USMC (Ret.)
Rear Adm. Don G. Primeau, USN (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Mel Thrash, USA (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, USA (Ret.)
Brig. Gen. William A. Bloomer, USMC (Ret.)
Brig. Gen. Ronald K. Kerwood, USA (Ret.)
Not a message of peace but a signal of capitulation.
There was a time when such a list of military officers carried some weight.
I kind of support Hagel, and much more than many that Obama could have picked. He spent time in combat and being an enlisted man gives him a different and sometimes needed perspective.
What I believe are important for a cabinet member are integrity, competence, honesty, no conflicts of interest, and totally committed to serving the US Constitution and “we the USA people”.
I don’t see where it makes much difference what anyone wants. If the Senate confirmed Kerry they will confirm Charlie Manson.
I bet they are.
Just read that he has 56 votes. Any word on filibuster? Hope they have the b***s.
I agree. I’ve had C-SPAN on for the confirmation hearing and Hagel comes across as sincere and willing to admit to imperfection. His starting point for making a decision is whether it is worthy of the warfighters and their families. Can’t disagree with that as a starting point. McCain asked him directly why Iran supports his nomination and he blew the question off.