Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice to run the Pentagon, is facing a new round of attacks Tuesday from a group that believes he will hasten America's retreat around the world.
The charge from Americans for a Strong Defense follows Obama's claim in the Inaugural Address that America is withdrawing from worldwide hotspots and that "enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war," an apparent slap at the former administration's war on terrorism in favor of more international cooperation.
In TV ads meant to put public pressure on senators in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana and North Carolina to vote against Hagel, the group said, "Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense wants America to back down. An end to our nuclear program. Devastating defense cuts. A weaker country. Call [Senator/s] and tell [him/her/them] to say no to Chuck Hagel - before it's too late."
The ads note Hagel's previous positions on Iran, North Korea and Russia which some have called too reliant on diplomacy, not military threats.
Here's the release from the anti-Hagel group just sent to Secrets:
Americans for a Strong Defense Launches Multi-State Advertising Campaign
Effort Highlights Hagel's Support For Massive Defense Cuts & American Nuclear Disarmament
Washington, D.C. - Americans for a Strong Defense (ASD) today announced a multi-state television advertising campaign concerning the nomination of former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to U.S. Secretary of Defense.
While Americans for a Strong Defense lauds Senator Hagel's service to our nation, we will make the case to voters and elected officials that Hagel's record is far out of the mainstream and his confirmation as Secretary of Defense would send a dangerous message to our adversaries and weaken our ability to defend ourselves.
The advertisements will air on broadcast and cable networks in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana and North Carolina.
Below is the script for the advertisements, which can be seen by clicking here.
ANNOUNCER: We live in a dangerous world. Iran.
REPORTER: Brand new threats from Iran aimed squarely at the United States.
ANNOUNCER: North Korea.
REPORTER: North Korea launched a long-range missile.
REPORTER: That could target the United States.
ANNOUNCER: Even Russia.
REPORTER: Russia says that its test fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile.
ANNOUNCER: But Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense wants America to back down. An end to our nuclear program. Devastating defense cuts. A weaker country. Call [Senator/s] and tell [him/her/them] to say no to Chuck Hagel - before it's too late.