One of the Obama administration’s most senior former Middle East officials says in a report released Monday that the United States needs to develop a plan to contain Iran should it develop a nuclear weapon.
Sen. Chuck Hagel backed down this week from previously held positions on nuclear arms cuts during meetings with senators who are considering his nomination to be defense secretary in an apparent effort to sway those concerned about his liberal anti-nuclear views.
Secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel sits on the board of a pro-Iran organization that has given millions of dollars to leftwing nonprofits and mainstream media outlets, organizations that are now leading the charge to support his nomination.
A study funded by the anti-nuclear activist group Ploughshares Fund says the U.S. government is spending too much on nuclear weapons.
A progressive anti-nuclear foundation has spent more than $5.6 million in 2010 alone to create “a world without nuclear weapons.” One of its projects: shift the debate on Iran’s nuclear program away from military action and toward accepting Tehran as a nuclear power. The Ploughshares Fund opposes military action against Iran and has funded organizations that share this goal, including the Center for American Progress, the pro-Tehran National Iranian American Council, and liberal fringe group J Street.