Senator Chuck Hagel has been nominated to serve as U.S. Secretary of Defense. The announcement has received one enthusiastic response:
The Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran applauded the decision.
Why? Because Senator Hagel is a long-time advocate of "engaging" the Islamic Republic. Hagel wishes to perpetuate the failed policy of confronting America's enemies by way of cordial talks. So while the new administration talks, Iran will further develop its nuclear weapons.
Consider Hagel's track record. As a member of the United States Senate, Hagel opposed imposing economic sanctions on Iran and opposed designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. Keep in mind that the Revolutionary Guards are the very ones responsible for arming the Iraqi insurgency and killing American soldiers.
Hagel even opposes supporting Israel if it attacks Iran’s nuclear program. Instead Hagel believes the U.S. should turn a blind eye to terrorist tenets, and magically "normalize" relations with the terrorists. Hagel explicitly endorsed such an approach, in his signed letter to President Obama.
Is Hagel fit to lead America's national defense?
We can think of many people more qualified for the job. The U.S. needs a Secretary of Defense who understands that the U.S. is at war with radical regimes like Iran. If we do not stop terror states from developing nuclear weapons, they will point their weapons at us, and threaten U.S. freedom and security.
Hagel's appointment will send the worst possible message to the world -- that the United States is not committed to stopping a nuclear Iran, and in a larger sense, not resolved to stopping terror.
We must all do what we can to stop Hagel from becoming Secretary of Defense.
Please contact the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and let them know you oppose Hagel.