Hagel's 'Friends of Hamas' funding

Obama's nominee, Chuck Hagel, has come under increasing fire for his comments about Israel, his foreign-funding sources, and the comments Obama has made about him

by The Commentator on 8 February 2013 17:52

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The US-based conservative website Breitbart.com yesterday released a staggering revelation about Barack Obama's nominee for US Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel.

It was reported that on Thursday 7th February 2013, US Senate sources told Breitbart News that they had been informed that one of the reasons that Hagel has not turned over requested documents on his sources of foreign funding is that one of the names listed is a group purportedly called “Friends of Hamas.”

Former Senator Hagel’s confirmation has recently been placed on hold pending his release of documents relating to his sources of foreign income. Thus far, Hagel has refused even though the information was requested prior to his January 31st confirmation hearing, and a letter following up on this request was signed by 25 senators and delivered to him. 

When telephoned for comment and reached via telephone, Associate Communications Director at the White House, Eric Schultz, identified himself, heard the question, was silent for several seconds, and then hung up the phone immediately without comment. Called back via the White House switchboard, Schultz’s phone rang through to his answering machine. Called on his cell phone, Schultz’s phone rang through to his answering machine.

Foreign Policy magazine's defence correspondent Thomas Ricks today commented, "Bottom line: Every business day that the Senate Armed Services Committee doesn't vote to send the nomination to the full Senate, I think the likelihood of Hagel becoming defense secretary declines by about 2 percent." He currently puts the chances of Hagel withdrawing on 50-50, according to his latest blog.

The New York Times also recently busted a purported myth propagated by the Obama administration, that Hagel was to be the first enlisted serviceman to become the Secretary of Defense. The problem, the reporting states, is that at least four other American defense secretaries — Melvin R. Laird, Elliot L. Richardson, Caspar W. Weinberger and William J. Perry — served part of their military careers as enlisted men.

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