Thread: Chuck Hagel Fact Sheet
#1 Chuck Hagel Fact Sheet12-19-2012, 12:42 PM
Published on The Weekly Standard (http://www.weeklystandard.com)
‘Introduction to the Reading of Hagel’
December 14, 2012 4:45 PM
THE WEEKLY STANDARD has obtained a fact sheet circulating widely on Capitol Hill. It details the record on a number of issues of former GOP senator Chuck Hagel, a leading candidate to be nominated by President Obama as the next secretary of defense:
Introduction to the Reading of Hagel
1. In November 2001, Hagel was one of 11 Senators who refused to sign a letter requesting President Bush not meet with Yassir Arafat until forces linked to Arafat’s Fatah party ceased attacks on Israel.
2. In December 2005, Hagel was one of 27 Senators who refused to sign a letter to President Bush requesting the U.S. pressure the Palestinians to ban terrorist groups from participating in legislative elections.
3. In July 2006, Hagel called on President Bush to demand an immediate cease-fire when Israel retaliated against Hezbollah after the terrorist group attacked Israel, abducted two IDF soldiers, and fired rockets at Israeli civilians.
4. In August 2006, Hagel was only of 12 senators who refused to sign a letter asking the EU to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization.
5. In 2007, Hagel voted against designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organization.
Israel and “the Jewish Lobby”
1. In October 2000, Hagel was one of only four Senators who refused to sign a letter expressing support for Israel during the second Palestinian intifada.
2. In July 2002, in a Washington Post op-ed, after several of the most deadly months of Palestinian suicide bombings, Hagel wrote that the U.S. was erroneously “making Yassir Arafat the issue,” that Palestinians could not be expected to make democratic reforms as long as “Israeli military occupation and settlement activity” continue, and that “Israel must take steps to show its commitment to peace.”
3. In November 2003, Hagel failed to vote on the Syria Accountability Act authorizing sanctions on Syria for its support of terrorism and occupation of Lebanon. The Act passed by a vote of 89 to 4.
4. In July 2006, Hagel called on the Bush Administration to take up the Beirut Declaration of 2002, also known as the "Saudi Peace Initiative," saying it was “a starting point” that had been “squandered” by the United States. It calls on Israel to retreat from the Golan Heights, the West Bank, and much of Jerusalem, including the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and the Western Wall, as a precondition for peace.
5. In calling upon President Bush to demand an immediate ceasefire after Israel responded to a Hezbollah attack in 2006, Hagel said: “This madness must stop," and accused Israel of "the systematic destruction of an American friend -- the country and people of Lebanon."
6. “The political reality is that … the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here.” (Hagel interviewed in Aaron David Miller’s 2008 book The Too Much Promised Land)
7. In 2009, Hagel signed onto a letter urging President Obama to open direct negotiations with Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization dedicated to the violent destruction of Israel and which has perpetrated dozens of suicide bombings that have killed or injured hundreds of civilians in Israel, including many Americans.
8. The National Jewish Democratic Council says Hagel has “a lot of questions to answer about his commitment to Israel.”
9. When questioned about his pro-Israel record during a meeting in New York with supporters of Israel, Hagel is reported to have said, “Let me clear something up here if there’s any doubt in your mind. I’m a United States Senator. I’m not an Israeli senator. I’m a United States Senator. I support Israel. But my first interest is, I take an oath of office to the constitution of the United States. Not to a president, not to a party, not to Israel.”
1. On July 24, 2001, Hagel was one of only two U.S. senators who voted against renewing the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act.
2. In June 2004, Hagel refused to sign a letter urging that President Bush highlight Iran’s nuclear program while at the G-8 summit.
3. In a 2007 letter to President Bush, Hagel urged “direct, unconditional” talks with Iran to create a “historic new dynamic in US-Iran relations.”
4. In 2007, declined to join 72 Senators in supporting a bipartisan sanctions bill called the Iran Counter Proliferation Act.
5. In a 2007 speech, Hagel claimed that "Continued hostile relations between the United States and Iran will have the effect of isolating the United States."
6. In 2008, Hagel voted in the Senate Banking Committee against legislation imposing sanctions on countries conducting certain business with Iran.
7. In March 2012, Hagel suggested Iran had “a couple of face-saving ways” out of a new round of economic sanctions over its nuclear program. “You cannot push the Iranians into a corner where they can’t get out,” he said.
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12-19-2012, 01:07 PM
He would be fully qualified using Obama's criteria, an Israel hater.How is obama working out for you?
12-19-2012, 06:16 PM
"The [Hagel] family has one dog, Figgie, a Portuguese water dog who was trained by Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz, the same dog trainer who trained the Obama Family's dog, Bo, as well as Ted Kennedy's dogs."---Wikipedia"The beauty of the Second Amendment is that you won't need it until they try to take it away."---Thomas Jefferson
12-20-2012, 01:56 PM
12-21-2012, 12:58 PM“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand
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12-21-2012, 01:23 PM
The problem with Hegel isn't his party affiliation or his dog's, it's his outlook on the world. He doesn't see the threat that we are facing from resurgent Islamist jihad, and is openly hostile to one of our allies, which is in the forefront of the fight against it. During the Cold War, Israel was a US ally because of ideological compatibilities, as well as necessity. The Arab monarchies tended towards our side, while the secular dictatorships were allies of the Soviets (due to the influence of Ba'athism, which was a secular, pan-Arab socialist ideology that owed its basic premises to communism and Nazism). Now that the Cold War is over, the major ideology among Arabs is Islam. Partly, this is because the only non-governmental institution that the Ba'athists and monarchs permitted was the mosque, so the religiously based opposition movements were the only ones that had a place to organize and a cover for their activities. Consequently, we have a rising tide of totalitarian Islamic fervor that is overthrowing the post-colonial order and establishing Sharia states that seek to form a new Caliphate. This is the nature of the threat that the west faces. The neo-Caliphate has money (from the Saudis and other OPEC states), bodies (Muslims are among the only peoples in the west whose birth rates are above replacement levels), enthusiasm (Islam provides all of the psychological benefits of secular totalitarian movements, plus a religious fervor and rewards that appeal to young, unmarried men) and history (Islam is the true thousand-year Reich). Ideologically, it is a greater threat than communism, because communism, as a materialist ideology, could not survive its obvious failures. Islam, on the other hand, can survive failure, because failure is the result of the will of Allah, a punishment for impiety or impure application of Islamic law. Islamic jihad is an existential threat to western civilization, and Hegel doesn't get that. There are few Democrats who do, like Joe Lieberman, and you saw how the party treated him. Any Obama appointee is going to be an Islamic apologist, but Hegel's history of anti-semitic statements and alliances is extremely disturbing.
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