The Daily Caller

The Daily Caller

Are Hagel’s principles Obama’s too?

Danielle Pletka
Vice President of Foreign & Defense Policy Studies, AEI

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.