Ari Fleischer unloads on Chuck Hagel

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer had some harsh words tonight for potential Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Fleischer lashed out at Hagel’s radical pro-Iran positions and pointed out that such views are at odds with President Obama’s stated views on the subject.

Wow, Ari, tell us what you really think.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    You always know where Hagel stands on a issue. Just pick the logical one and head the other direction.

  • TycheSD

    Ari Fleischer obviously part of the neocon smear job of decorated war veteran Chuck Hagel.

    • SDN

      Anyone who thinks that being a decorated war veteran confers automatic sainthood needs to read a biography of Benedict Arnold.

    • Chris Coon

      Right, following the protocols of the elders of “neocons”… Sigh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=723602397 René Martin

    No one can ever accuse mr. Fleisher of being an objective, unbiased observer. Does the term “Israel Firster” ring a bell?

  • RevDrEBuzz

    Follow Barry’s actions, not his words.

    Total Islamist the entire way.

  • jcasteele

    Don’t know that much about Hagel, except that he always came across as a douche-bag in public.

  • blutopie

    The real target is the life
    of Israeli Apartheid itself – the Hagel nomination just turned over the rock all
    the neocons (every single one) have been hiding under

    Without Iran – Israeli Apartheid is LOST

  • blutopie

    The real target is the life
    of Israeli Apartheid itself – the Hagel nomination just turned over the rock all
    the neocons (every single one) have been hiding under

    Without Iran – Israeli Apartheid is LOST

  • http://www.facebook.com/jean.p.katz Jean Pierre Katz

    Not all middle aged White Anglo Saxon Protestant men are bigots.

    But Chuck Hagel is a bigot. His apology for his anti gay remarks at this late hour are a good thing but he is still a bigot.

    — a finalist for the post of secretary of defense in Obama’s second term — once opposed a nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg because he was “openly aggressively gay.”

    “Ambassadorial posts are sensitive,” Hagel told to the Omaha World-Herald in 1998, opposing the nomination of philanthropist James Hormel. “They are representing America,” he said. “They are representing our lifestyle, our values, our standards. And I think it is an inhibiting factor to be gay — openly aggressively gay like Mr. Hormel — to do an effective job.”
    Some LGBT rights groups are already criticizing the potential selection of Hagel to replace Leon Panetta.
    Hagel was a longtime supporter of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. In 1999, he told The New York Times, ”The U.S. armed forces aren’t some social experiment.”
    And between 2001 and 2006, Hagel received a score of zero from the Human Rights Council, with no votes on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a job discrimination bill, and the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which eventually was passed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act in 2009.

    Aipac created a letter urging the Soviet Union to ease up on it’s persecution of Soviet Jews.

    That letter was signed by every Senator except Chuck Hagel.

    Chuck Hagel believes that these letters are stupid.

    Why would anyone agree that exerting pressure to save Soviet Jewry was stupid?

    Criticizing the NAACP or LA RAZA as a Black lobby or a Latino lobby sending out stupid letters to Senators would be seen as bigoted by most people.

    Speaking of the NAACP he has a 17 out of 100 rating from them.

    That is because his bigotry extends to issues dealing with African-Americans.

    • lonecanyonrider

      Hagel is neither Anglo Saxon or Protestant. He’s a staunch catholic of Polish decent.