Two Senators slap Hagel in the face
The humiliation doesn't end for Secretary of Defense designate Chuck Hagel. On Friday, Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) sent Hagel a letter asking him whether Israel still controls the State Department
(Hat Tip: Jack W
"Dear Senator Hagel," Senators Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte write. "Yesterday, the Washington Free Beacon
reported that in a 2007 speech at Rutgers University regarding
America's relationship with the Middle East you remarked that 'the State
Department was becoming an adjunct of the Israeli Foreign Ministry.'
According to notes posted on the internet by a Republican political
consultant and supporter of yours, George Ajjan, you made the remarks
during the question and answer period following the speech."
The senators attached a copy of the article they reference to the letter they sent to Hagel.
"Given the importance of U.S. policy towards the Middle East and the
Secretary of Defense's direct role in implementing this policy, it is
critical that we have a better understanding of your remarks before we
vote on your confirmation," the senators write.
"Did you, in fact, make this statement at the Rutgers event of have
you ever made similar comments? If you made these comments or similar
comments please explain what you meant.
Finally, does such a statement
in any way reflect your views about the U.S.-Israel relationship?"
The senators, they write, "look forward to [Senator Hagel's] response."
Something tells me they won't be getting a response....
Labels: Chuck Hagel, Lindsey Graham, United States Senate