Hagel Nomination Outcry

Conservative groups took to the media even before former Republican Sen. Hagel was officially nominated for Defense Secretary.

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Although President Obama nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel, a Republican, to be his next Secretary of Defense three hours ago, two conservative groups are already out in opposition: one a gay rights organization, the other a pro-Israel group.  Below is a television ad produced a few weeks ago by the Emergency Committee for Israel that aired on cable stations in the Washington, DC market:

The same group also purchased the domain name ChuckHagel.com to criticize Hagel for supposedly being too soft on Iran and Syria and weakening the U.S. relationship with Israel.  ECI says it seeks to “provide citizens with the facts they need to be sure that their public officials are supporting a strong US-Israel relationship.” It’s board includes Bill Kristol, a prominent neo-conservative and editor of the Weekly Standard.

The Log Cabin Republicans, a conservative gay rights group, highlighted Hagel’s past problems with the gay and lesbian community in a full-page ad in today’s Washington Post. Gay rights groups are drawing attention to a comment made by Hagel in 1998 disparaging then-President Bill Clinton’s nominee for U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg, James Hormel, as “openly, aggressively gay.” Hagel has since apologized for the remark as “insensitive,” but the Log Cabin Republicans seek to tie Hagel’s comment in a larger anti-gay and lesbian framework, including his prior support for “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Sue_N
Sue_N

the Log Cabin Republicans seek to tie Hagel’s comment in a larger anti-gay and lesbian framework, including his prior support for “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act.

The irony is just stunning. Have these people listened to their own party lately?

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

He's going to be Secretary of Defense and DADT is already repealed.  Aside from the fact that DOMA prevents same-sex partners from getting benefits, there's nothing left to fight about in the department - and he's not stupid enough to try something while working for the guy who got DADT repealed.

scottsimik
scottsimik

Come on people who gives a you know what that was said in 1998, Everyone changes in time. It figures it coming from the Log Cabin Republicans, Just another worthless bunch of Republicans. Now for Israel and there group of nut cases, It is time we set Israel free and let them go on there own WWII ended over 50 years ago and it time to move on. We have done everything possible for over 30 years for them to come to terms with there neighbors but with no Luck and this nut case Netanyahu he is so full of it someone needs to give him some ex-lax. Yes at times you need to let the kids go out on there own for them to grow up and become adults and it time to let Israel be free, So if they get beaten up a bit maybe they will finally come to terms and figure out how to make Peace with the neighbors and not be the bully all the time and heck think of how much money we can not spend Israel get the majority of our foreign aid and we have a hard enough time paying our bills. The Republicans want to cut spending here is a good saving and it just might do some good, we have to question our self why do we send money to someone who is not trying at all to find peace.

HannoPhoenicia
HannoPhoenicia

The "gay" issue from 1998 was long settled. For the rest, Americans support Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Those unpatriotic people who owe their loyalty to another flag are where the "outcry" is coming from. Just because Congress is owned by Israel (as we saw when Netanyahu spoke to them) doesn't mean the rest of the US has to accept colony status.

sacredh
sacredh

ECI says it seeks to “provide citizens with the facts they need to be sure that their public officials are supporting a strong US-Israel relationship.”

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ECI wants to set the tone for the spin of the pro-Israel lobby. What Israel wants and the best interests of the United States aren't necessarily the same thing. Iran isn't Iraq or Afghanistan. A war with Iran would be a quagmire to end all quagmires. Israel has the right to defend itself. It doesn't have the right to drag us into it if we think there's a chance that we can use diplomacy to defuse the situation.

smehgol
smehgol

Please gentle moderator, if the following is antisemitism, how then may resistance to organized Israeli/Zionist/Jewish control of America be
expressed?

Consider:
Israel can do no wrong news reporting.
Half of all American millionaires being Jewish.
America's Mideast wars all instigated to benefit Israel.
Our support for the horrors Israel visits upon occupied Palestine.
American Jews being central to and grossly enriched by the Wall Street obscenity.
Israel/AIPAC control of our government and actually writing congressional legislation.
 

Right now, right here in United States, disproportionate Israeli/Jewish media, financial and political control is rampant. Our country, not just Palestine, has been occupied by Israel. The Wall Street felons remaining unpunished attests to the depth of the occupation.
 

Once great America has been bankrupted by: 1. Our Mideast wars instigated by Israel. 2. Our support for Israel’s Mideast conquests. 3.The Great Recession felonies of Wall Street Jewish Americans and their traitorous Jewish American government enablers.

As a post WW2 youth, I was proud of my country's heritage of democracy, honor, justice, opportunity and stature among nations. Today, I grieve for our diminished America, for our future, for our children and grandchildren.

jitty015
jitty015

The Log Cabin Republicans pick Chuck Hagel to flog over his 1990s stand on gay rights, yet sit silent during the culture wars that their party
gins up every election cycle to turn out the cultural conservatives. Good to see that this gay Republican group really cares about the rights of their group when it can be used as a partisan cudgel.

OkikiolaBeckley
OkikiolaBeckley

@Sue_N Spot on. What are they doing about the people that are rabidly anti gay in their party?

harte.ryan
harte.ryan

Seriously, where were these log cabin republicans during ANY gay marriage initiatives?