Chuck Hagel dismissed Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-OK) question today during Hagel’s confirmation hearing that Iran supposedly supports the former Republican senator’s bid to become the next Secretary of Defense.
“Why do you think that the Iranian foreign ministry so strongly supports your nomination for Secretary of Defense?” Inhofe asked. “I have a difficult enough time with American politics and Senator I have no idea but thank you,” Hagel said:
INHOFE: I have one last question I would like to ask and that is given that Iran, the people, I’m quoting right now from Iran, people of the Middle East, the Muslim region and the Northern region — North Africa, people of these regions hate America from the bottom of their heart. It further said, Israel is a cancerous tumor in the heart of the Islamic world. It further said, Iran’s warriors are ready and willing to wipe Israel off the map. The question I’d like to ask you and you can answer for the record if you’d like is, why do you think that the Iranian foreign ministry so strongly supports your nomination for Secretary of Defense?
HAGEL: I have a difficult enough time with American politics and Senator I have no idea but thank you. But I’ll be glad to respond further for the record.
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Why would Inhofe ask such a question? As part of their smear campaign to try to derail Hagel’s nomination, the neocons promoted a report with a headline “Hagel nomination cheers Iran,” with the seeming implication that if Iran likes it, it must be bad. But in their statement, the Iranians in fact chastised the U.S., saying they hope “Washington becomes respectful of the rights of nations” if Hagel becomes Defense Secretary.
So it shows then that the neocons will stoop to any level — including promoting Iranian propaganda — to attack Hagel and Inhofe appeared happy to validate that tactic today.