Explaining your position


This is a letter to Carl Levin.

Dear Mr. Levin,

I had just called your Washington office this morning Jan. 31, 2013 at 10 a.m. It is my understanding after talking to your media personal that you are going to endorse Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

I find this to be very disturbing to say the least. I received an article that what was written by Robert Burns of the Associated Press. In this article Burns has exposed Hagel on several occasions condemning him for voting against Iranian sanctions. Hagel has supported favoring dialogue with terrorist regimes and groups. Hagle has hostility toward Israel and the Jewish lobby. This is very distributing knowing that you are of the Jewish religion. Senator, knowing these facts and your support for Hagle, would be throwing your own people under the bus.

Here are some of the facts against Hagel that I’m advising you to review.

Soft on Iran Mr. Hagel consistently has been soft on the Iranian regime, repeatedly voting against Iran sanctions, and in 2005 even proposing that Iran play a role in the shaping of the new Iraqi government. At a time when the Iranian regime is blatantly flaunting its efforts to bolster its nuclear weapon capabilities, this approach by our nation’s Secretary of Defense is not only short-sighted, but also extremely dangerous.

Favors Dialogue with Terrorist Regimes and Groups – In 2009, Mr. Hagel stated his belief that the U.S. should negotiate with the regime of Bashir Al Assad of Syria. He has said the same about our nation’s approach to Hezbollah and Hamas. Further, in 2009, Mr. Hagel sent a letter to the president stating that Israel must begin open negotiations with Hamas.

Hostile Toward Israel – There are numerous examples of Mr. Hagel’s hostility toward Israel and the Jewish-American community. He has stated that the “Jewish lobby” is a problem on Middle East issues, and in 1999 he was the only member of the U.S. Senate not to sign a letter condemning growing anti-Semitism in Russia. As yet another example of his views on Israel, in 2006, when Hezbollah entered Israel, killed two Israeli soldiers, and fired thousands of rockets on Northern Israel, only one Senator-Chuck Hagel-publicly admonished Israel for defending itself.

Hagel supports abolishment of Nuclear Weapons – At a globally dangerous period, Mr. Hagel endorses Global Zero, a movement that seeks the abolition of nuclear weapons. In fact, according to Robert Burns, Chuck Hagel “would be the first to enter the Pentagon as a public advocate for sharply reducing the number of U.S. nuclear weapons-possibly without equivalent cuts by Russia.”

I have e-mailed your office this morning, and by all indications you are going cast a yes vote for Hagel without getting all the facts. I want a written letter from you explaining your position that supports your vote for Hagel, knowing the facts about Hagel and the controversy that has follows this man.

Karl Ben Weber