Good News. Obama’s Secretary of Defense is a complete loon.
Chuck Hagel blamed India for Pakistan’s problems with Afghanistan in a 2011.
That’s just nuts.
U.S. Senator John Kerry (2nd-R) speaks through a translator to election observers at a polling station February 18, 2008 in Lahore, Pakistan. A congressional delegation of senators John Kerry, Chuck Hagel (C), and Joseph Biden (L), came to observe the election in Lahore and meet with opposition leader Nawaz Sharif and ruling party candidate Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi. The American lawmakers also spoke with human rights activists critical of the voting process. (Zimbio)
India has sharply rejected that it “financed problems” in Afghanistan to create trouble for Pakistan, as alleged by Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s Defence Secretary nominee. Despite the controversy, the US Senate on Tuesday cleared the way for confirmation of Mr Hagel to be the US’ next Defense Secretary. The confirmation is expected later in the day.
“Senator Hagel’s remarks are in sharp contrast to the viewpoint of the Obama Administration that has always been in praise of India’s developmental role in Afghanistan and in fact has been pressing New Delhi to do more in Afghanistan,” a statement by the Indian embassy in Washington clarified.
The contentious remarks are part of a speech by Mr Hagel in 2011 which was uploaded recently by an online newspaper.