In an interview on ABC Sunday morning, Rep. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.), a combat veteran, expressed strong opposition to the possible nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense.
Rep. Cotton: Mr. Hagel came out against the surge the week that I returned from Iraq in 2006, said the war couldn’t be won. No one had told us that when we were fighting it in 2006. He delayed emergency funding for the troops in 2007 even after the surge succeeded in 2008. He still said it wasn’t because of the troops addition. When you add that to his dangerous views on Iran and Hezbollah and Hamas and terrorism and as well as his strange hostility toward Israel, I think the Senate should oppose Mr. Hagel as secretary of defense.