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Joe Conason: Veterans Denounce Neoconservative "Swiftboating" of Chuck Hagel

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Image uploaded from a quicklink As a potential nominee for Secretary of Defense, Hagel is coming under far heavier fire so far from the right--where he is being widely smeared as anti-Israel and anti-Semitic--than from the left. The neoconservatives and their allies on the religious right cannot forgive Hagel for turning against the Iraq war and the Bush administration--a stance that reflected his opposition to reckless warfare and his adoption of a realistic internationalism. They dislike Hagel as well for his refusal to endorse Israel's expansion of West Bank settlements and other actions that undermine the Mideast peace process; for his reluctance to promote war with Iran; and for his critical eye on Pentagon misspending and waste.

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