BREAKING: AP - Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel is President Barack Obama's pick to be the next Defence Secretary.—
Darren McCaffrey (@DMcCaffreySKY) January 06, 2013
It looks like President Obama has settled on Chuck Hagel to replace Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense. Gaining enough support to confirm him looks to be an uphill task for the administration.
President to nominate Chuck Hagel as Sec Def as expected, per 2 sources close to process. Sunday shows suggest bruising confirmation battle—
Ed Henry (@edhenryTV) January 06, 2013
Many conservatives have reservations about Hagel because he is not tough enough on Iran and has stood in opposition to Israel.
In the year that Iran's march toward full nuclear proliferation will likely reach full steam, POTUS announces Chuck Hagel as SecDef. Unreal.—
Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) January 06, 2013
Chuck Hagel is a really terrible choice for DOD. Against sanctions on Iran, against Israel this is going to be a dog fight for confirmation—
Kameron Dodge (@k_dodger) January 06, 2013
The fact that Lindsay Graham and John McCain don't want Hagel to be Sec Def is good enough reason for me.—
Jacob Boyd (@jacobboyd) January 06, 2013
Sen. Lindsey Graham makes his opposition clear:
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says the nomination of Hagel would make war with Iran more likely.
Ted Cruz: Iran should fear that a war is likely, but Hagel won't threaten war with Iran, which will embolden Iran, making war more likely.—
Culture of Truth (@Bobblespeak) January 06, 2013
New GOP Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, finds the appointment of Chuck Hagel troubling.—
James (@JamesMAustin94) January 06, 2013
Jonah Goldberg points out the hypocrisy on the Left:
In typical fashion, the lapdog media are beside themselves that a Republican would receive criticism from other Republicans.
Newsflash to all leftists: Unlike your side, we do not feel like we have to unify behind someone simply because he is (or was) a Republican.