Christians United for Israel screams :
Last week, it appeared that President Obama intended to nominate former Senator Chuck Hagel to be our next Secretary of Defense. Despite the outpouring of opposition that followed this news, Hagel is still a contender for the job. Hagel’s nomination would be bad news for America and Israel.
Last Friday, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) announced that he would vote against Hagel if nominated It is crucial that other senators follow Senator Cornyn’s courageous lead, and do so immediately. The easiest time to stop Hagel’s nomination is before it’s ever made. Please click here now to ask your senators to publicly oppose this nomination.
The greatest threat to our security – and that of our front-line ally Israel – is a rising and potentially nuclear Iran. Yet Senator Hagel has demonstrated a troubling blind spot towards this threat. In the Senate, he repeatedly opposed economic sanctions on Iran intended to stop its nuclear program. He also opposed recognizing Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. Finally, he refused to support efforts to further isolate Iran’s number one puppet: Hezbollah.
If you don’t recognize the greatest threats to America, you cannot defend against them.
Senator Hagel is a good man who has served his country bravely. But he’s not the right man to lead the Department of Defense and ensure our security in the future.
Click here now to help ensure that Senator Hagel isn’t nominated for this critical job.
May God Bless You and Those that You Love,
Pastor John Hagee David Brog
Chairman Executive Director
The New Yorker writes :
Chuck Hagel does not shirk a fight. Since he was a boy, he has been impelled to stand up, no matter how difficult the situation or how high its cost. After enlisting in the Army and being posted to Germany, he elected instead to be sent to Vietnam, where he was later awarded two Purple Hearts. But in his latest battle, in the unsightly war zone that Washington has become, he has not been allowed to retaliate. His treatment has been akin to “getting jumped in an alley,” Ellen Tauscher, formerly the Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control, told me. Tauscher has known Hagel well since she served on the House Armed Services Committee and Hagel served on Senate Foreign Relations. “This is not meant to be a fair fight, nor is this meant to be a serious and sober consideration of someone’s public record and their credibility. This is a knife in the back. Because you cannot defend yourself when you are not nominated. You don’t have the policy or the political machine of the White House behind you. It is a very unsavory, very terrible situation.”
From the moment, Hagel’s name was leaked as a possible nominee for Secretary of Defense—in what was, apparently, a trial balloon floated by the Obama Administration—Hagel’s most vocal critics have been members of what can be called the Israel lobby. Their enmity for Hagel goes back to his two terms in the Senate. A committed supporter of Israel and, also, of a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine, Hagel did not make the obeisance to the lobby that the overwhelming majority of his Congressional colleagues do. And he further violated a taboo by talking about the lobby, and its power. In his 2008 book, “The Much Too Promised Land,” Aaron Miller interviewed Hagel, whom he described as “a strong supporter of Israel and a believer in shared values.” Miller also wrote, “Of all my conversations, the one with Hagel stands apart for its honesty and clarity.” He quoted Hagel saying that Congress “is an institution that does not inherently bring out a great deal of courage.” The American Israel Public Affairs Committee comes knocking with a pro-Israel letter, Hagel continued, and “then you’ll get eighty or ninety senators on it. I don’t think I’ve ever signed one of the letters”—because, he added, they were “stupid.” Hagel also said, “The Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here,” but “I’m a United States senator. I’m not an Israeli senator.”