TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein: 10 questions for defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel

8.) In an interview with the American diplomat Aaron David Miller, you said The Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here.” You also declared, “I’m not an Israeli senator. I’m a United States senator.”

How exactly does what you term the “Jewish lobby” intimidate you and most other senators in the Senate who come from states with miniscule Jewish populations? Who was suggesting you should act like an “Israeli senator?”

7.) In 2006, you were one of 12 senators who refused to sign onto a letter urging the European Union to label Hezbollah a terrorist organization. It is well documented, of course,  that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization. Our own State Department compared their effectiveness favorably to al-Qaida, saying Hezbollah may actually be “A-team of terrorists.” Do you believe Hezbollah is a terrorist organization? If yes, why didn’t you sign onto the letter?

6.) In a 2006 speech, you declared that “a military strike against Iran, a military option, is not a viable, feasible, responsible option.”

As you sit here today, what do you think would be worse: Iran obtaining nuclear weapons capability, or the consequences of a U.S. strike against Iranian nuclear facilities?

5.) In 2006, you said on the Senate floor: “Our relationship with Israel is a special and historic one, but it need not, and can not be at the expense of our Arab and Muslim relationships. That is an irresponsible and dangerous false choice.”

Spell out what you mean by that. How, exactly, do you believe America should change its relationship with Israel to curry favor with the Arab and Muslim world?