Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Chuck Grassley Explains His "No" Vote on Chuck Hagel

Apparently in no hurry (who would be at his age & position in life), Sen. Grassley explains (sorta) his opposition to Hagel as Secretary of Defense (confirmed anyway). Reasons he give for opposing Hagel, as I read them, are reasons that I supported him: reluctance to go to war with Iran (we just shouldn't. Stop.) and his refusal to give a carte blanche to Israel (support for Israelis and the nation of Israel should not be confused with supporting Israeli government policies that conflict with U.S. interests and values--the same goes for the U.S. government policies for that matter). Well, enough from me. Now, here's Chuck!:
WASHINGTON, DC 20510-1501

Thank you for taking the time to contact me. As your Senator, it is important for me to hear from you.

I appreciate your expressing your support for the nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel to the post of Secretary of Defense. Please know that I take the Senate’s responsibility of advice and consent regarding presidential nominations very seriously. President Obama nominated Senator Chuck Hagel for the post of Secretary of Defense in early January. He was subsequently confirmed by a vote of 58 to 41 on February 26, 2013. I opposed Senator Hagel’s nomination based on doubts about Senator Hagel’s views on America’s relationship with Israel, his position against U.S. sanctions against Iran, and his underestimation of the security threat posed by the dangerous regime in Iran.  In addition, Senator Hagel wasn’t transparent and forthcoming, as he said he would be, in that he didn’t allow access to speeches and other records that might have provided a clearer picture of his positions on these major national security issues.

Again, thank you for contacting me. I appreciate hearing your views and urge you to keep in touch.


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