Mr. Hagel’s independence and willingness to challenge Republican orthodoxy on Iraq, sanctions on Iran and other issues — both in the Senate and later as an administration adviser — have so alarmed neocons, hard-line pro-Israel interest groups and some Republican senators that they unleashed a dishonest campaign to pre-emptively bury the nomination. It failed, but the confirmation process could be bruising. The opponents are worried that Mr. Hagel will not be sufficiently in lock step with the current Israeli government and cannot be counted on to go to war against Iran over its nuclear program if it comes to that.
NY Times: Editorial - Nominations for Defense and the C.I.A., January 7, 2013
NY Times: Kerry Named for the Role of a Lifetime, December 21, 2012
Danger Room: Is Chuck Hagel a Hippie? Only if You Ignore His Record, January 6, 2013
Foreign Policy: Chuck Hagel's Biggest Task, January 7, 2013
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