Written by Ed Lasky
October 20, 2008
Senator Obama has leaked names of potential Cabinet picks to the Times of London. Among the revelations: Senator Chuck Hagel has been "tipped as defence secretary". This would be seen as reaching across the aisle since Hagel is-at least nominally-a Republican.
Many on the right would designate him a RINO (Republican in Name Only) since he has often taken positions that rankle fellow Republicans. He opposed the surge in Iraq, for example.
Furthermore, concerns may arise in other quarters.
Americans who support the American-Israel relationship (and this includes millions of Christians) may look askance at the selection of Senator Hagel. He has compiled a record towards our embattled ally that raises questions about his views and the likely advice he may present to a President Obama.
Hagel has a record of being "weak on terrorism" according to the New York Sun (now sadly closed, but a paper that the Obama campaign used periodically to burnish his pro-Israel bona fides because it once ran an editorial supportive of Obama on the issue of Israel. The campaign ignored many op-eds and editorials that did not reflect so well on Senator Obama on this issue).
Areas of concern, according to the New York Sun: what motivated their columns on Hagel:
One indicator came on July 24, 2001, when the Senate voted 96 to 2 to renew the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act. The act helps deny Iran and Libya money that they would spend on supporting terror or acquiring weapons of mass destruction. The two senators who opposed the measure? Messrs. Lugar and Hagel. CONTINUE