The Chuck Hagel Fight May Just Be Worse Than the Susan Rice Fight

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


The Battle of Susan Rice Hill was lost when Democratic critics of Rice on African policy and the environment joined with Republican critics to doom her nomination. And Chuck Hagel has his built in booing section in the Democratic Party.

Senator Chuck Hagel, on the shortlist for secretary of defense in the second Obama administration, sits on the board of a bank that is under investigation for allegedly violating United States sanctions on Iran.

Deutsche Bank is reportedly being probed by U.S. authorities for violating a trade embargo on Iran’s oil and energy sector, which is
believed to play a key role in Tehran’s nuclear enrichment program.

Hagel’s relationship with Deutsche Bank raises troubling questions and could pose a serious conflict of interest, sources said.

“Somebody who willingly stands by as an official of a company helping the Iranian regime acquire nuclear weapons capabilities cannot credibly stand up as the secretary of defense for a country that may need to go to war with Iran,” said the senate source.

And Jewish Democrats were never big fans of him because he was one of those unique creatures, a Republican who was actually Anti-Israel.

“He was one of these worst senators in his party in memory when it comes to Israel,” said one Jewish Democratic operative. “It’s a terrible idea.”

Complicating the potential selection of Hagel by Obama is that Jewish Democrats, including one of the men to whom Obama would likely turn to assuage the fears of Jewish Americans, is on record raising doubts about him.

“If [Hagel] was taking a policy role, we’d have real concerns,” Ira Forman, the Obama campaign’s Jewish Outreach Director and the former executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, told The Weekly Standard when Hagel was appointed to the intelligence board.

In 2007, when Hagel flirted with a presidential run, the NJDC blasted his credentials on Israel in a fact sheet, noting, among other items, that in 2006, Hagel was “one of only 12 Senators who refused to write the EU asking them to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization.”

Forman went on to state at the time that the NJDC would fight Hagel’s appointment “to any position that had influence over U.S.-Israel relations,” according to the Weekly Standard.

Now this doesn’t mean too much because when Obama says “Jump!”, the NJDC asks, “How high?” If Obama puts Chuck Hagel forward, the NJDC will prepare a brief touting his pro-Israel credentials. It’s just what they do. Still there are behind the scenes issues and screwing a constituency does not make for good feelings.

The last time this happened was over Chas Freeman Jr, currently doing interviews with Russian propaganda channels about the evils of Israel. Hagel isn’t as terrible a candidate as Freeman, who took money from China and Saudi Arabia, and suggested that China didn’t go far enough in Tienanmen Square, but he’s bad enough.

And when your loudest endorsement for Defense Secretary comes from Stephen Walt, it’s not exactly a good sign for your prospects.

  • lee tabin

    One of the reasons that Obama wants Hegal is that he IS anti-Israel. He would appear to have few other qualifications for the job.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "One of the reasons that Obama wants Hegal is that he IS anti-Israel. He would appear to have few other qualifications for the job."

      Um, yeah. It's more important than actual party affiliation. You must be pro-Jihad, which by definition is anti-American and anti-everything-else. The most visible front of the global jihad is naturally going to be in Israel, since it contradicts Mohammed's orders and prophecies. We can't have that, remember, the future must not belong to non-cheese-god worshipers.

      As to 0'Bama and "reaching over," look at every RINO he has any relationship with and the common factor is pro-jihad, either openly or in stealth.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    Hagel, a Republican In Name Only, supported Barack Obama during his 2008 campaign; some sort of payback was really anticipated previously in 2009.

    Supporters of the America-Israel relationship should be concerned. Hagel has a long record of trying to weaken that friendship and has cast aspersions on Americans who support such a relationship.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    -The Hegelian conflict: Hagel vs Hegel 2013 –

    (UP) "Chuck" Hagel is a two-fer for Obama; he is a faux Republican that adds a dialectical pretense of "non-partisanship," while at the same time appointing one of the most viscerally hostile critics of Israel that has ever been in the Senate.

    Palestinian propaganda isn't "unraveling." It's taking hold and beginning to roll with a force that may be impossible to stop.

    The word "unravel" means to come undone, but that's not what's happening. Palestinian propaganda is coming together, and it's being embraced by every country bordering Israel, Arab nations in North Africa, the Iranian government, the European Union, and leftists the world over. It's even taking hold in the U.S. If you doubt that, then try to explain why Sen. Chuck Hagel is the leading contender to replace Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense. As Morton Klein, President of the Zionist Organization of America, correctly said about him,

    "He [Hagel] is one of the most hostile critics of Israel that has ever been in the Senate."

    Read more at American Thinker: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/12/pales

  • κατεργάζομαι

    RE: "The Chuck Hagel Fight May Just Be Worse Than the Susan Rice Fight"

    Bring it! The take away lesson for the squimish, limp-wristed GOP leadership regarding the Rice withdrawal should be this……When stout-hearted GOP pit bulls break ranks from the GOP "leadership" and fight consistently against the Obama Administration, they can win.

    Yes we can!

  • Toto

    To all the Jewish democrats that voted for Obama believing he was secretly helping Israel despite what he did and said, YOU SUCK. You either work with every ounce of your being to stop Osamabama NOW or you might as well just go shoot yourself in the head instead of waiting for the muslim nazis to come to your house and do it in front of your children, that is before they murder your children too. Sad that you sold out the Jews that still have half a brain left. You are disgusting, an embarrassment to all freedom loving people. If this goes through it is the last straw. The zombies are taking over. The few surviving humans that are not brainwashed cult idiots must prepare….

  • jean

    Hagel is the worst possible choice. Besides having made comments that would be considered racist if applied to any other group in the US, he send a clear signal to Iran that the US will permit Iran's nuclear weapons program.

    This is not what President Obama promised voters during the election. It is the opposite of what he promised. What ever happened to "I say what I mean and I mean what I say"?