Stop the Confirmation of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of DefenseSubmitted by ProudAmericanFirst on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 14:33
From: The John Birch Society
On January 7, 2013, President Obama announced his nomination of Republican former senator of Nebraska Chuck Hagel to replace outgoing Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense.
The Secretary of Defense is second (only to the President) in the military chain of command and directly oversees the Department of Defense and the nation’s armed forces. This makes the selection of this cabinet-level position of the utmost importance concerning national security, thus requiring a scrupulous vetting of the nominee.
A careful examination of Chuck Hagel and his record in the Senate reveals that he is more than just unfit for the position but is also likely to severely debilitate or compromise United States national security.
As a member of the Senate, Hagel voted in the following manner on Defense issues:
• NAY on separate barracks for males and females in basic training
• YES to kill an amendment that called for sanctions on commercial fronts of the Communist Chinese military
• YES in support of China’s membership in the World Trade Organization
• YES on the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty to reduce U.S. nuclear stockpiles in parity with Russia
On May 14, 1998, Sen. Hagel voted to table (kill) the Hutchinson Amendment (S.Amdt.2387) to the National Defense Authorization Act of 1999. This amendment would have required the President of the United States to “compile a list of persons who are Communist Chinese military companies and who are operative directly or indirectly in the United States or any of its territories and possessions,” and to “publish the list of such persons in the Federal Register.”