Hopes were high for newly elected Senator Chuck Hagel in 1997, but they faded fast. It soon became clear that Hagel’s early public persona --- defense hawk, ardent internationalist --- would evolve. Hagel’s distaste for sanctions of all kinds was an early manifestation of what would ultimately be a take on Iran so soft that the unkind might label his views “pro.” Only a principled few wish to protect the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps from designation as a terrorist entity. Not many view Barack Obama’s minuet with Ayatollah Khamenei as insufficiently ardent.
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