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President Obama's selection for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, has certainly received wide-ranging endorsements.
Colin Powell - "To show you the kinda courage this guy has, he quit after one year because he felt the Veterans Administration was not doing a good job for veterans. He knows what war is, and he will fight a war if it's necessary. But he's a guy who will do it with great deliberation and care. He is a fellow who speaks his mind. He sometimes gets in trouble with those who thinks he should not speak his mind, but he says what he believes and he sticks with it."
Declaring Hagel to "superbly qualified" as the next secretary of defense, a staunch advocate for those in uniform, Powell implicitly contrasted Hagel with neoconservatives as he pointedly declared: "This is a guy who would be very careful about putting their lives at risk because he put his life at risk."
On Hagel and Israel: Powell called Hagel a "very, very strong supporter of Israel. But that doesn't mean you have to agree with every single position that the Israeli government takes."That sounds pretty good.
Chuck Schumer - "When Sen. Hagel’s name first surfaced as a potential nominee for Secretary of Defense, I had genuine concerns over certain aspects of his record on Israel and Iran," Schumer said in a statement Tuesday, a day after meeting with Hagel for an hour and a half at the White House in a private session to hash out Schumer's concerns.
"Sen. Hagel could not have been more forthcoming and sincere," Schumer said.
"On Iran, Sen. Hagel rejected a strategy of containment and expressed the need to keep all options on the table in confronting that country," Schumer said, referring to comments that Hagel's opponents pointed to as evidence he could be soft on Israel's arch enemy. "But he didn’t stop there. In our conversation, Sen. Hagel made a crystal-clear promise that he would do 'whatever it takes' to stop Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons, including the use of military force. He said his 'top priority' as Secretary of Defense would be the planning of military contingencies related to Iran."That sounds pretty good.
Sayyid Ruhollah Mostafavi Musavi Khomeini - Iran's Foreign Ministry says it is hopeful the appointment of former to lead the Pentagon would improve relations between Tehran and the U.S.
Asked about Hagel's nomination, ministry spokesman Tehran was hopeful that there would be "practical changes" to U.S. foreign policy, and that nations would change their attitude towards the U.S. if it respected their rights. said Tuesday thatWell, how much better could that be?
Chuck Hagel is evidently a man who is reluctant to use military power, will prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, and is preferred by Iran because they definitely do not want to obtain nuclear weapons and want to improve relations with the U.S.
Iran says a religious decree issued by the country's supreme leader banning nuclear weapons is binding for the Iranian government.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says the West must understand the significance of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's fatwa for the Islamic Republic, and that the edict should end the debate over whether Tehran is pursuing nuclear weapons.
Khamenei said last year that Iran is not seeking atomic arms. He called possessing such weapons a "sin" as well as "useless, harmful and dangerous." [source]Well, that seals the deal. We can have a Secretary of Defense who will use a "prevent" defense strategy of soft containment or anything else, but not unwisely and after a lot of negotiations, to ensure that Iran will not obtain nuclear weapons ... which they promise [cross their hearts and hope to die] they will not pursue ... while President Obama pursues a nuclear disarmament effort.
There are no enemies in this world... only friends we haven't made -- anonymous, dead optimist.