WASHINGTON – In a meeting with Jewish leaders, Chuck Hagel, US President Obama’s defense secretary nominee, affirmed his commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and to maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge.
“[Sen. Hagel] discussed his commitment to the US-Israel relationship, including his determination to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, to maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge, and to sustaining the Obama administration’s unprecedented security cooperation with Israel,” a statement Tuesday from Hagel’s office said. “He appreciated the opportunity to have a constructive, informed and wide-ranging discussion.”
…The meeting came days after after Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, conferred with top Jewish Democrats and apologized for a 2006 comment in which he described the “Jewish lobby” as “intimidating” and reassured them that despite his past skepticism of some sanctions on Iran and wariness of a military strike to keep it from obtaining a nuclear weapon, he was now on board with President Obama’s postures on those issues.
So after all the neocon scary stories and all the Dem centrist hand-wringing and after all the progressive pearl-clutching about finally beating back AIPAC and the Lobby…it’s Beltway conventional wisdom for the win!
Color me entirely unsurprised.