Chuck Hagel’s blunt-spoken past as a Republican senator from Nebraska is coming back to haunt him today, as many pundits are using his past words to criticize his nomination as Obama’s next Defense Secretary.
Hagel’s comments on Israel, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and even his opinion on a gay diplomat could become fodder for critics of his nomination. Here are some of the more controversial quotes of his, and how they are being used against him. “I’m not an Israeli senator. I’m a United States senator.”
Hagel said these words in 2006 when interviewed by former Mideast peace negotiator Aaron David Miller in 2006. Hagel also made reference to “the Jewish lobby,” which rubbed many Israel supporters the wrong way. Read