Former Dem Senator Praises Hagel Pick on Iranian State TV

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Iran’s English language propaganda arm said last week that the choice of Chuck Hagel for secretary of Defense indicates that the United States would allow Iran to get a nuclear bomb rather than confront the Islamic Republic. The Iranians used a former Democratic Senator, Mike Gravel, as the centerpiece of this report.

Press TV, the Iranian regime’s English language mouthpiece, spoke “exclusively” with former Democratic Senator Mike Gravel of Alaska for a report on what Hagel’s nomination means to any future confrontation between the two nations. The report stated:

“I think if [Chuck] Hagel gets appointed or confirmed by the Senate for the Defense Department, I think that will be a plus from Iran’s point of view because I do not think he would get involved in any plan to go to war with Iran,” said former US Senator in San Francisco Mike Gravel in an exclusive interview with Press TV.

Gravel also told Press TV that he didn’t believe Hagel’s nomination would have major consequences for the US’s relationship with Israel. However, he also said that “Hagel would not be a friend of Israel. He would not be an enemy but he would certainly be a lot more circumspect with our relationship with Israel.”

Press TV was created in 2007 by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). IRIB is the broadcasting arm of the Iranian government. Press TV routinely runs reports claiming that the US military commits war crimes and that Israel commits crimes against humanity.

On occasion, Americans are used as analysts to bolster stories run by Press TV. Gordon Duff, a senior editor at the far-left Veteran’s Today website, is a policy analyst with Press TV and appears on that network on occasion.

Other high profile Iranian leaders have echoed the sentiments of former Senator Gravel. In an interview last week Ramin Mehmanparast, a spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, made similar comments to that of Gravel.

“We hope there will be practical changes in American foreign policy and that Washington becomes respectful of the rights of nations,” Mehmanparast said of Hagel’s nomination.

Hagel is a Republican from Nebraska but has taken stances to the left of President Obama on the issue of Iran. He voted against sanctions, refused to designate Hezbollah a terrorist group, and has favored direct negotiation with hostile nations like Iran.

Mike Gravel, famous for his role in leaking the Pentagon Papers, served as a US Senator from Alaska from 1969-1981. He ran for president as a libertarian in 2008. This isn’t the first time that Gravel has courted controversy. Gravel has been tied to the 9/11 truther movement, a group of people that believe that the US federal government secretly ordered the attack on the World Trade Center in September 11, 2001.  In 2003, Gravel participated at an event sponsored by the Barnes Review, a group that believes the Holocaust didn’t occur.

While no one can be sure exactly when, it seem certain that things will come to a head over Iran’s nuclear program some time in President Obama’s 2nd term. If the pick of Chuck Hagel is any indication, the world should prepare for a nuclear-armed Iran.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Without a doubt, the Islamist-in-Chief chooses his surrogates well. And his aim is NOT to stop Iran, therefore, picking Hagel (Brennan, Kerry too) is in sync with his goals.
    http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/01/the-potuss-ir

    As to Hagel's counterpart, Brennan, here is where he ties in – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/13/the-intersect

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Posse 101

    what a shmuck!

  • Mary Sue

    Speaking of darlings of the Mullahs, did you guys hear that a bunch of Canadian Indian Chiefs went on down to Iran to consult with the Mullahs? And then suddenly we have Occupy Wall Street v. 2.0, aka Idle No More. How much do you wanna bet this was encouraged by the Iranian Mullahs? Three degrees of separation between Chuck Hagel and Canadian corrupt Indian chiefs!

    • Deep Space

      Just read an account of their visit this past October. Somehow they think the Iranians will do something for them and maybe they do have some beefs. But unless they are actively subverting the Canadian government with Iranian aid let them do what they want. Maybe the Mullahs want to trade seal meat for enriched uranium?

      • Mary Sue

        Indians don't eat seal, that's the Inuit ("Eskimos"). I don't know what the Indians are thinking but I think they don't know what the Iranians are really all about. They are the epitome of the Low Information Voter.

        The cops will let them do what they want due to political correctness.

  • Chanameel

    Next thing ya know Hamas will be considered the new government for the Palestinians.

    G-d forbid.
    G-d forbid
    G-d forbid

    • patriothere

      It is. It was democratically elected and what did the US government do? Condemn it. But they helped create it! The US and israel created Hamas. It was the old divide and conquer tactic. Get the PLO and Hamas to fight each other. Same thing with Algeria in the 70's. They had a democratically elected government, and the french and the US shut it down.

  • marios

    WH and their accomplices are doing whatever to encourage and promote Islamo-Nazists. Our Pres.as concealed but devoted Muslim ( his words that sounds of Moudzdin calling Muslims for prayers was the best music for his ears) and proxy of MB black mailed Israel PM for destroying Iranians nuclear bombs program's facilities. He triggered Islamists radicalization of ME and do whatever to keep safe Mullahs regime. Half of country are gullible or corrupted useful idiots who have no idea where "their guy" led us to.

  • JacksonPearson

    The democrats have really tuned into a political party of hate America, hate God, and love SH*T.

  • Ghostwriter

    This Gravel character is a creep. I wouldn't go on the Mullah's TV channel if they paid me.

  • patriothere

    Press TV is a lot more credible than FOX news and CNN who carry the water for liars and warmongers.

    "Gordon Duff, a senior editor at the far-left Veteran’s Today website"

    LOL! That's a lie. Veterans today far left? LOL! So if you are anti-israel that makes you far left-commie-muslim-terrorist- who hates god and country and christmas and babies and is just evil?

    I see.

  • Ghostwriter

    Are you kidding,patriothere? Press TV is the virtual mouthpiece for the psychotic Mullahs. They only report what those wackos want them to report and nothing more.

  • ebrahim

    Gravel is a bankrupt american searching for mullas' money!