Joining the Democrats in the 58 to 41 vote to make Chuck Hagel and the American Iranian Council the next Defense Secretary were four Republicans, Thad Cochran (Mississippi.), Mike Johanns (Nebraska.), Richard C. Shelby (Alabama) and Rand Paul (Kentucky.)
Lautenberg and Udall did not vote.
The vote for a Defense Secretary who made anti-Semitic statements and has ties to Iranian lobbyists proves once and for all that Israel is no longer a bipartisan issue.
The Democratic Party joined such honorable figures as David Duke, Louis Farrakhan and Pat Buchanan in backing Hagel and Iran.
“Going back to 2001, Hagel has been opposed to U.S. sanctions on Iran and in favor of recognizing the Islamic Republic in order to normalize trade relationships,” journalist and activist Ken Timmerman told WND. “Hagel has virtually made his position on Iran identical to the policies of the Iranian government, including a demand the U.S. enter direct negotiations with Iran ‘without preconditions’ and opposing the United States’ use of military force to block Iran’s nuclear weapons development program.”
Timmerman began in the Foundation for Democracy in Iran in 1995 as part of his ongoing support for freedom in the Islamic country and in 2006 was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Sweden’s former Deputy Prime Minister Per Ahlmark for playing a major role in exposing Iran’s plans to develop nuclear weapons.
“If Hagel is confirmed as secretary of defense,” Timmerman argued, “we will have someone in charge of the U.S. military who has promoted the agenda of the Islamic Republic of Iran, an enemy of the United States since 1979, when Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran to begin the Iranian revolution.”
This is how much the Democratic Party cares about national defense and national security. Never mind Israel.