In 2007, Hagel voted against an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill that labeled the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization.
Also in 2007, Hagel said, "The Palestinian people have been chained down for many, many years." Whose fault is that? If he suggests Israel is to blame for their situation, he either misunderstands history or accepts the propaganda of the "Islamist lobby."
In his 2008 book, "America: Our Next Chapter," Hagel wrote, "Regime change (in Iran) should not be our objective." He did allow that getting rid of Iran's fanatical leadership might be desirable.
According to the Boston Globe, Hagel and a number of former senior U.S. officials and one current adviser, sent a letter to Barack Obama days before he took office asking him to "talk with leaders of Hamas to determine whether the militant group can be persuaded to disarm and join a peaceful Palestinian government..." Hamas leaders have pledged to eradicate Israel. U.S. policy has been that Hamas must first renounce violence, recognize Israel and accept all previous agreements signed by Palestinian leaders, which they, in fact, have not done.
There's one more.
In 1999, Hagel was the only U.S. senator not to sign a letter condemning anti-Semitism in Russia.
Republican and even some Democratic senators should question Hagel about all this and more during confirmation hearings. It's their job and responsibility.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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