By Douglas V. Gibbs
Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee to be Secretary of Defense, may officially be a republican, but his non-conservative streak runs a mile long. While faced with questions from the Senate Armed Forces Committee, he revealed once again his true colors, refusing to answer for his past anti-Israel and seemingly pro-Iran positions. In fact, Hagel calls Iran's government under Ahmadinejad "elected, legitimate."
Hagel can't defend his refusal to label the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization. Instead, he throws out pro-Iran statements, calling Iran an "elected, legitimate government," and stating that the existing regime is a "legitimate, independent government."
Iran is a terrible threat, and the Secretary of Defense needs to be able to recognize a threat when one reveals itself. Hagel refuses to see Iran in such a light, instead legitimizing the government led by a madman like Ahmadinejad. The Iranian President believes that he must create chaos to bring forth a worldwide caliphate, and a great Imam hidden somewhere deep in an underground cave. Ahmadinejad has also publicly denied the holocaust, and he calls for the state of Israel to be "wiped off the map."
Then, he goes even further, calling the United States, based on our policies toward Iran, the "world's bully."
And this is the person our arrogant President has decided to nominate for Secretary of Defense.
-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary