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Chuck Hagel Faces Tough Confirmation from Senate Hawks for Rejecting Party Line on Israel, Iran

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Published on Jan 7, 2013

DemocracyNow.org - President Obama is expected to unveil the nomination today of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska as the next Secretary of Defense, replacing Leon Panetta. A Vietnam War veteran and three-term member of the Senate, Hagel has faced criticism from right-wing foes over his positions on Israel and dealing with Iran, as well as from progressive critics for making denigrating comments in 1998 about gays in government, for which he only recently apologized. Hagel may face an uphill nomination battle due to opposition from fellow Republicans and hawkish Democrats unnerved by his stances on Israel, Iran and military spending. We're joined Ali Gharib, Senior Editor for Open Zion, a Middle East blog on the website, The Daily Beast.

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