Senior lawmakers and political experts on Sunday slammed the prospective nomination of former Republican Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel to head the defense department.
Hagel, who is rumored to be on President Barack Obama’s shortlist to head the Pentagon, has faced sharp criticism from across the foreign policy spectrum for what observers say are his dangerous views, which some have characterized as anti-Israel.
Opposition to Hagel sprung from both Democratic and Republican circles on Sunday, signaling that the potential nominee could face a nearly impossible confirmation process on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) suggested that Hagel’s desire to negotiate one-on-one with Iran raise questions relevant to his serving in the nation’s top defense post.
“If I were in the senate on the armed services committee and he was nominated, I would have some really serious questions to ask him,” Lieberman said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Not just about Israel, but to me, the most significant foreign policy challenge for President Obama and our country and the world in the next year or two is Iran and it’s nuclear weapons program. Chuck Hagel has had some very outlying votes on that.”
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