CHUCK HAGEL ON THE ISSUES
HAGEL ON IRAN
HAGEL ON TERRORISM
HAGEL ON SYRIA
HAGEL ON ISRAEL
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING…
WHAT DEMOCRATS ARE SAYING
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY): “I’d have to study his record…I’m not going to comment until the president makes a nomination.”
Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT): “I think this will be a very tough confirmation process, I don’t how it would end, but there are reasonable questions to ask and Chuck Hagel would have to answer.”
WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING
Senator John Kornin (R-TX): He will actively oppose Mr. Hagel, a Republican from Nebraska, if President Barack Obama appoints him to the highest office at the Pentagon. Mr. Corninus predicted that many members of his faction would join him in moving to block Mr. Hagel. "Some of Senator Hagel's positions will either weaken America or create ambiguity about our role in maintaining security and peace," Senator Kornin said. "He has taken positions that I think are beyond the mainstream and atypical even for this administration.
WHAT THE OPINION LEADERS ARE SAYING
The Washington Post: Mr. Hagel's stated positions on critical issues, ranging from defense spending to Iran, lag well behind Mr. Obama's first term in office - and put him near the perimeter of the Senate, which will have to confirm him.
Wall Street Journal: Obama can do better than Mr. Hagel, for example, by choosing former deputy defense secretary Michel Flornois or possibly Colin Powell. If he does nominate Mr. Hagel, the senate will have to prevent the administration's top security officials from being dominated by a pack of pigeons who think the world is better off with a militarily weaker America.