Senator Jim Inhofe asked Chuck Hagel why the Iranians had endorsed his nomination for secretary of defense:
“Given that Iran, the people Im quoting right now from Iran people of the Middle East, the Muslim region and North Africa, people of these regions hate America from the bottom of their heart,” said Inhofe. “It further said Israel is a cancerous tumor in the heart of the Islamic world. They further said Irans warriors are ready and willing to wipe Israel off the map. The question Id like to ask you, and you can answer for the record if youd like, why do you think the Iranian foreign ministry so strongly supports your nomination to be the Secretary of Defense?”
Hagel began his reply with a flip remark and laughter. If I were Inhofe I would have stopped him right there and asked him why he finds a serious question and issue so amusing.