The Facts on Chuck Hagel
Why is J Street supporting the possible nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense? And why are we defending him against an outrageous smear campaign based on a distorted view of his record?
Because Hagel has been one of the most thoughtful voices in Washington for two decades on questions relating to American policy in the Middle East.
Because he has also been a staunch friend of the State of Israel and a trusted ally in the Senate, speaking out on behalf of America’s commitment to Israel’s security.
Because he recognized, before many would talk about it publicly, that the peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in two states is in the national security interest of the United States.
Because Sen. Hagel was among the first in his party to realize that the US occupation of Iraq had turned into a quagmire that was taking thousands of American and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives without a clear strategic rationale. He took a brave stand against the majority in his own party and led a crucial debate that helped pave the way for President Obama to withdraw American troops from Iraq.
And because Hagel is a decorated Vietnam War hero who is widely admired as a rational and independent voice on foreign and defense policy.
Political forces opposed to the principles that Hagel upholds are trying to defeat his nomination. They should not be allowed to succeed.
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- Former Ambassador to Israel for George W. Bush, Dan Kurtzer, has said: "I found him in all the years I served, including as ambassador to Israel, to be a supporter of Israel and also ready to discuss very frankly with the Israels the concerns we had about certain Israel policies."
- Dr. Aaron David Miller, a Mideast advisor to six Secretaries of State, a vice president and distinguished scholar the Woodrow Wilson Center, wrote: "Hagel is a strong supporter of Israel and a believer in shared values." He has said that "there is a difference between a special relationship with Israel and an exclusive relationship with Israel. I believe in the former, and Chuck Hagel believes the former."
- As a United States Senator, Chuck Hagel voted time and time again to provide $37.8 billion dollars of military and security assistance for Israel.1
- In his book, Hagel wrote: "[a]t its core, there will be a special and historic bond with Israel exemplified by our continued commitment to Israel's defense." Further, "[a] comprehensive solution should not include any compromise regarding Israel's Jewish identity. which must be assured. The Israel people must be free to live in peace and security."
- Hagel cosponsored resolutions with Sen. Dianne Feinstein including "commitment[s] to a true and lasting solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, based on the establishment of two states, living side by side in peace and security and with recognized borders" and calls on "Hamas... to recognize the State of Israel's right to exist."2
- Hagel was the original co-sponsor of legislation urging the international community to "avoid contact with and refrain from supporting the terrorist organization Hamas until it agrees to recognize Israel, renounce violence, disarm and accept prior agreements."3
- Hagel endorsed a proposal spearheaded by Henry Siegman, long-time executive director of the American Jewish Congress and coauthored by respected American foreign policy experts from both sides of the political aisle, which called for inducing Hamas to modify its behavior, and noted that "[d]irect US engagements with Hamas may not now be practical, but shutting out the movement and isolating Gaza has only made it stronger and Fatah weaker.
- Ali Gharib takes on the false accusations of anti-Semitism at the Daily Beast, "AJC Leaves Out Context of Hagel Letters.
- Chuck Hagel opposed a non-binding amendment labeling the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, with 21 other Senators, because the amendment made no reference to any diplomatic strategy, would have had minimal practical impact and could have been seen as a 'backdoor method of gaining Congressional validation for military action,' by the Bush Administration, as Senator Wedd said at the time. In his book, Chuck Hagel wrote that Iran is "a state sponsor of terrorism" that "provides material support to Hezbollah and Hamas."
- Chuck Hagel voted in favor of the Iran Missile Proliferation Sanctions Act of 19984, the Iran Nonproliferation Act of 20005, and the Iran Freedom Support Act of 20066. He is skeptical of unilateral sanctions, but supports multilateral sanctions which we have seen, in concert with allies, put tremendeous pressure on Iran.
- Although he (like countless American and Israeli defense officials) believes that a military strike on Iran is not the best course of action, Senator Hagel has never ruled out use of force and supports keeping all options on the table. During his time in the Senate, Hagel supported efforts to use force in cases such as Kosovo, and against al Qaeda, where all diplomatic options were (or were assured to be) exhausted.
- Cornyn's False Attack on Hagel
- Hagel friends try to save his Pentagon nomination, ft. former Sen. and former Secretary of the Navy John Warner (R-VA), and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Jan Scruggs
- Hagel likely to be nominated for Defense Secretary next week ft. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
- Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The President’s Intention To Nominate Former Senator Chuck Hagel To Be Secretary Of Defense
- Max Cleland: Next Week ‘The Bullshit’ Stops On Hagel Nomination
- [Jay] Rockefeller Statement on Former Senator Hagel's nomination as Secretary of Defense
- In defense of Chuck Hagel, former US National Security Advisors: James L Jones, Brent Scowcroft, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Frank Carlucci
- Hagel and Israel, Ambassador Alon Pinkas
- Letter of Support for Chuck Hagel, Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, Admiral William J. Fallon, General Lester L Lyles, Admiral Robert J Natter, General Chuck Wald, General Anthony Zinni, Lieutenant General John "Glad" Castellaw, Lieutenant General Robert G. Gard, Jr., Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, Brigadier General Dr. John H Johns.
- Ambassadors' Open Letter: Senator Hagel Impeccable Choice for Defense Secretary, Nicholas Burns, Ryan Crocker, Edward Djerejian, William Harrop, Daniel Kurzter, Sam Lewis, William H. Luers, Thomas R. Pickering, Frank G. Wisner
- Chuck Hagel allies launch counter-attack, former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen
- Bipartisan Group Letter in Support of Chuck Hagel, Sen. David Boren (OK), Sen. Nancy Kassebaum-Baker (KS), Zbigniew Brzezinski, Amb. Thomas Pickering, Former Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci, Former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, Comm. William Fallon, Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, Sen. Gary Hart (CO), Former President of World Bank Group James Wolfensohn, Former USTA Representative Carla Hills
- FIfty American Statesmen write in support of Chuck Hagel.
- Obama's Next Foreign Policy Battle, by Joe Klein, TIME, 01/14/13
- A soldier’s national security dream team, by Major General (ret.) Paul D. Eaton, Reuters, 01/04/13
- Hagel and the Israeli Lobby, by Arnaud de Borchgrave, United Press International, 01/04/13
- You Shall Be Released, St. Louis Jewish Light Editorial, 01/02/13
- Obama needs Hagel in the Pentagon, by Ray McGovern, Baltimore Sun, 01/02/13
- Another Evidence-Free Israel Attack Against Hagel, by Peter Beinart, The Daily Beast, 01/02/13
- A liberal critique of Hagel?, by Ali Gharib, The Daily Beast, 01/02/13
- Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense: Charges of Anti-Semitism and Weakness Are Unfounded, by Joseph Sarkisian, PolicyMic, 01/01/13
- Reading Tea Leaves of Political Appointments Not Yet Made, by Steve Clemons, The Atlantic, 12/28/12
- On Hagel, Neocons Go Off the Sanity Cliff (Again), by Jon Soltz, Huffington Post, 12/28/12
- Wanted: A Few Good Leaders (subscription required), by Paul Kane, Foreign Policy, 12/27/12
- Hagel for defence (subscription required), Financial Times editorial, 12/27/12
- Chuck Hagel Broke Party Lines on Iraq. Is He Now Being Punished?, by Michael Hirsh, National Journal, 12/27/12
- Republican Senators Were For Hagel Before They Were Against Him (subscription required), by Josh Rogin, Foreign Policy, 12/27/12
- The Preemptive War on Hagel, by Elizabeth Drew, New York Review of Books, 12/27/12
- More than just about Hagel, by Trita Parsi, Huffington Post, 12/27/12
- Give Chuck a Chance, by Thomas Friedman, New York Times, 12/25/12
- VIDEO: Glenn Greenwald on Up With Chris Hayes, 12/22/12
- Chuck Hagel Anti-Israel Charge is 'Extremely Stupid,' Nebraska Rabbi Says, by Joshua Hersh, The Huffington Post, 12/21/12
- Kerry, absolutely. But what about Hagel?, by Joe Klein, Time, 12/21/12
- The Chuck Hagel Controversy, by Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic, 12/20/12
- The absurd Chuck Hagel anti-Semitism accusations, by Justin Logan, US News & World Report, 12/20/12
- The Hagel litmus test, The LA Times, 12/20/12
- Chuck Hagel and the Neocon Smear Machine, by Robert Wright, The Atlantic, 12/19/12
- The attempted Borking of Chuck Hagel, by Daniel Larison, The American Conservative, 12/19/12
- Remember When Chuck Hagel Voted for AIPAC-Supported John Bolton?, by Steve Clemons, The Atlantic, 12/19/12
- The Bogus Case Against Chuck Hagel by James Fallows, The Atlantic, 12/19/12
- Neocons push back against Chuck Hagel, by Dana Milbank, The Washington Post, 12/18/12
- Don't let Chuck Hagel's hardline Israel critics sink his nomination, by John Judis, The New Republic, 12/18/12
- The Hagel Brand, by Scott McConnell, The American Conservative, 12/17/12
- Chuck Hagel would be an excellent Secretary of Defense, by Christopher Preble, CATO Institute, 12/13/12
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