Hagel to focus on present, not past, in testimony
January 31st, 2013
12:34 AM ET

Hagel to focus on present, not past, in testimony

By Jessica Yellin and Adam Aigner-Treworgy

When former Sen. Chuck Hagel appears before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, don’t expect him to dwell on controversial statements from his past. Instead, allies say, he’ll focus on the present.

He will testify that if confirmed to be the next Secretary of Defense, he will be fully supportive of the president’s policies, including a preference for diplomacy but a willingness to use force, an Obama administration official working on the senator’s confirmation hearing told CNN.

Hagel has been slammed for his past opposition to unilateral sanctions against Iran, and critics have questioned his support for Israel. This official says Hagel will testify Thursday morning that he believes Iran is a state sponsor of terror; he supports the president’s sanctions strategy against Iran and believes all options should be on the table including the military option. He’ll also testify that it’s his view that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. helenecha

    People who seriously care about their ideals but completely miss what they really need are awful. Are you among them, Mr. Hagel?

    February 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  2. Serengeti


    • VISHWA HINDU PARISHAD (World Hindu Council)

    LEADERS: L.K. Advani/ Ashok Singhal/ Bala Saheb Devaras/ Bal Thackeray(EXTERMINATED)/ A.B. Vajpayee/ Savarkar/ Baikunnth Lal Sharma “Prem”/ Balraj Madhok/ The Shankaracharya of Puri, Niranjan Dev Theerth/ Rama Gopalan/ Variyar – Vishwan Hindu Parishad/ Dharmalinga Nadar/ Cho Ramaswamy

    January 31, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Reply
    • flynn

      your accusation are baseless since you are ignorant the way you view the world. The biggest terroist are the people who are in power in india who canot protect nation women give people basic need they need to survive.

      February 3, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  3. American

    As long as hea acts with the best intrests of the US which don't necessarily align with those of Israel – he has my support

    January 31, 2013 at 1:33 am | Reply
    • Lucifer

      I am a Lucifer worshiper and I support israel as do my brethren and my children.

      israel is a light upon the world and everyone should do all they can to let israel be israel forever.

      We pray every Saturday to our Lord and God Lucifer to bring His Light upon the world through israel.

      Let no man without the mark 666 have no food or drink. Instead, shine like israel . . . See the mark in israel's flag.

      We support you israel!

      January 31, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Reply

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