Hagel trying to set record straight
January 9th, 2013
05:09 PM ET

Hagel trying to set record straight

By Chris Lawrence and Mike Mount

On his second day at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel is trying to set his Iran record straight, saying he supports tough international sanctions against the country in an attempt to counter complaints by critics who say he favored talking directly with the government in Tehran, according to Defense officials with direct knowledge of the nominee’s conversations Wednesday.

Hagel told Pentagon staff he also believes all options in dealing with Iran’s nuclear program, including military action, should be on the table, according to the officials.

The nominee has begun meeting with Defense staff as he prepares for his confirmation hearing. That hearing is expected to be held in late January or early February, though no specific date has been chosen, according to a Senate staffer.

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One of the Defense officials said Hagel wanted to set the record straight and that he believes he has been misrepresented by his critics.

The messaging is “part of a bigger effort; he’s also been reaching out to the Jewish community on their concerns, doing the same to the gay community. He’s making the appropriate rounds,” according to the official.




soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Frankie

    While Chuck Hagel was in office I had met him and told him that I appreciated he did not go along party lines, he is one of the few who does what they think is best for country not party. McCain used to be one of those guys, but he has blown that the past few years. So anyone who does opposite the hawk McCain is okay by me. We need more politicians who keep country first really in mind rather than their own self-interest.

    January 11, 2013 at 10:49 am | Reply
  2. James

    Too late Mr.

    January 10, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  3. larry5

    Is it a guarantee that if Obama wants him, he's in?

    January 10, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  4. Lynndel Humphreys

    Wouldn't it be nice if the President actually appointed someone who was an expert on defense systems not just politics?

    January 10, 2013 at 11:23 am | Reply
  5. joe d

    message to Israel, AIPAC and the low life pigs that support them...blooooooow meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    January 10, 2013 at 8:03 am | Reply
  6. mtbeau33

    Only one other Senator has done more for VA benefits that Chuck Hagel.

    January 10, 2013 at 5:42 am | Reply
  7. Marvin Wayne Palmer, Jr

    Too much hate for the Obama Administration ect

    January 10, 2013 at 1:54 am | Reply
  8. Observer

    Your never going to make everybody happy and at some point your going to have to stand your ground and say this is who I am, you might not be perfect, but its better than looking like you don't have a point of view of your own.

    January 10, 2013 at 12:44 am | Reply
  9. saeed

    i say come on if usa fuccking A wants a war then come on come on come on bittch stop talking that stupid mouth and come on 1 nuclear fist into dublin ireland and then we gonna burn down every whoore child in ghana every basque women gonna lie burning dead dead children is gonna lie around in boston bittch we gonna bomb the sychelles also fuccking bittch im going to teach that mouth of your a lesson.

    January 9, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Reply
    • bibi the B vitch and your master

      Do you really think we're going to allow some jerk like Hagel, a true American Patriot, runs things at the Pentagon?

      You must be dreaming . . . ha ha ha. You'll see . . .that biatch Hagel won't get out of the gate.

      If we can pull off 9011 and kill president kennedy, how in the heck do you think we would let some anti-israel dog like hagel run the pentagon. You must be on drugs, oh yeah, you probably are since we are the world 's biggest drug dealers. Heck it was our plan to make drugs illegal so we can make billions of dollars off your additions. We do it through the CIA. Ha ha we own afghanstan . . .it is where we get our poppy seeds to make heron.

      You stupid americans are so dumb.

      If you can believe 9-11, you can believe anything our slaves in your government says. We own you.

      ha ha ha . . .so stupid

      Yeah . . .you dumb amerikans are so dumb!

      Most of you are authority addicts . . . you suck up whatever the authorities tell you.

      israel is king of the world . . . all you american bend over and get ready to get drilled in the butt.

      January 9, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Reply
    • Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaddy?

      Saeed is my daaaaaaaaaaaaaddy! Baaaaaaaaaaaaaah, Baaaaaaaaaaaaah, Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

      January 10, 2013 at 9:10 am | Reply
  10. stan

    The onion on Hagel and the "Jews"


    January 9, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  11. Muffy7

    I have always liked Chuck Hagel even though I am a staunch Dem. He will make a fine Sec of Defense,

    January 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Reply
    • U.S.M.C. 1371

      Problem is that if you have to set the record stright right after they announce your name for the job your most likely not the right person for the job.

      January 9, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Reply
      • massoud

        Not necessarily always the case, when headline writers and or the journalist are trying to grab readers attention, to read the article.

        January 9, 2013 at 8:58 pm |

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