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BY JAMAL ANDRESS

Among rumors of former Senator Hagel becoming the new Secretary of Defense he issued a written statement Friday apologizing for a gay slur he made in 1998. Here’s Fox News.

“When President Clinton tapped James C. Hormel as the ambassador to Luxembourg Hagel disparaged him as ‘openly, aggressively gay.’”

Hagel wrote in his apology, “My comments 14 years ago in 1998 were insensitive...I apologize to ambassador Hormel and any LGBT Americans who may question my commitment to their civil rights.”
(Via New York Daily News)

As you could imagine, certain groups aren’t thrilled with the prospect of Hagel being in charge of a recently “don’t ask don’t tell”-free military.

The New York Times writes... “Gay rights groups said Mr. Hagel’s comments raised questions about his ability to implement the repeal of the law... In 1999, he said he opposed repealing the law, telling The New York Times that ‘the U.S. armed forces aren’t some social experiment.’”

Hagel’s comments about Ambassador Hormel aren’t the only thing drawing criticism. Former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer tells CNN Hagel’s foreign policy opinions, specifically on Israel and Iran, don’t align with either party.

“He would be a disaster as Secretary of Defense because of the things he’s said and the positions he’s taken...He’s a problematic choice for all issues in which the American people are unified about our approach to the Middle East. ”

The White House compared the recent criticism Hagel is receiving to what happened with Susan Rice and came to the defense of Hagel.


“We’ve been through this before with Ambassador Rice where there is an effort to go after somebody and we haven’t nominated anyone.”  

The White House went on to say Hagel fought and bled for his country and was an excellent Senator.

Hagel Apologizes for Slurring Gay Diplomat in 1998

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Dec 21, 2012

Hagel Apologizes for Slurring Gay Diplomat in 1998

(Image source: FrontPage Magazine)

BY JAMAL ANDRESS

Among rumors of former Senator Hagel becoming the new Secretary of Defense he issued a written statement Friday apologizing for a gay slur he made in 1998. Here’s Fox News.

“When President Clinton tapped James C. Hormel as the ambassador to Luxembourg Hagel disparaged him as ‘openly, aggressively gay.’”

Hagel wrote in his apology, “My comments 14 years ago in 1998 were insensitive...I apologize to ambassador Hormel and any LGBT Americans who may question my commitment to their civil rights.”
(Via New York Daily News)

As you could imagine, certain groups aren’t thrilled with the prospect of Hagel being in charge of a recently “don’t ask don’t tell”-free military.

The New York Times writes... “Gay rights groups said Mr. Hagel’s comments raised questions about his ability to implement the repeal of the law... In 1999, he said he opposed repealing the law, telling The New York Times that ‘the U.S. armed forces aren’t some social experiment.’”

Hagel’s comments about Ambassador Hormel aren’t the only thing drawing criticism. Former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer tells CNN Hagel’s foreign policy opinions, specifically on Israel and Iran, don’t align with either party.

“He would be a disaster as Secretary of Defense because of the things he’s said and the positions he’s taken...He’s a problematic choice for all issues in which the American people are unified about our approach to the Middle East. ”

The White House compared the recent criticism Hagel is receiving to what happened with Susan Rice and came to the defense of Hagel.


“We’ve been through this before with Ambassador Rice where there is an effort to go after somebody and we haven’t nominated anyone.”  

The White House went on to say Hagel fought and bled for his country and was an excellent Senator.

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