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With Friends Like These…

Hagel may not need any enemies:

Iran’s Foreign Ministry dumped more fuel on the fire of former Senator Chuck Hagel’s (R–NE) nomination for Secretary of Defense by announcing its approval for President Obama’s pick.

It’s no secret that Hagel, an outspoken critic of sanctions on Iran, has preferred a policy of engagement and direct talks with the rogue state. In 2001, Hagel voted not to renew the Iran–Libya Sanctions Act, denying said countries money that would be spent on funding terrorism and/or acquiring weapons of mass destruction.

We shouldn’t be making cabinet level picks based solely on what foreign governments – especially foreign enemies – think of them.  That said, their reactions can be useful barometers.  And voting for Hagel just to show how little we care about what the Iranians think would be really stupid.

Posted in Foreign Policy.