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White House firing back -- Republican senator Lindsey Graham after he threatened to hold the nominations of bagel and CIA nominee John Brennan over the -- -- attack.
What is unfortunate here is the continuing attempt to politicize.
An issue in this case through the nominee through nominees that themselves had nothing to do with Ben -- And to do so -- it only does harm to our national security interest.
Senator hagel mr.
-- and they they need to be.
Well joining us now -- is national security analyst KT McFarland who held national security post under three presidents Andrew McCarthy former federal prosecutor.
Who convicted the blind -- and he's also the author of spring fever.
The illusion of Islamic democracy that's his most recent book should -- only one by any.
Good to have you here and thank you I you know I feel it's hard for mr.
-- he -- very upset.
McCain and Graham would actually show leadership and -- insist upon.
Information about not been gusting throughout their oversight functions.
Is there anything we can do to correct.
Senator McCain and senator.
-- misunderstanding of their role.
I think they're if mr.
current it was that upset -- suggests the president -- -- -- -- strongly support his candidates in tell you what this is very similar especially in the -- Nomination is very similar to what happened in George Bush 41 of his administration nominated -- boss -- to our -- our.
To be secretary of defense and then tower had terrible confirmation hearings.
And various other problems after that -- bush did not step up.
And support him industry's history you know again the sweep of -- those who comes several other problem is.
-- -- twisting in the wind long enough at at that point my thinking is in big trouble.
Hagel is twisting it turns out now we've just received late word that there are two speeches that.
The former senator had given in and since 2008 I believe.
Dealing with the Israel on that he didn't report and since that.
His views on Israel or.
Terrorism problem here it is it's fortune I would think for a very the to be.
Defense secretary of the -- to be he.
To have this omission.
Yeah well he's had he's had a number of omissions about Israel I mean he spent a number of years giving speeches and I think initially turned over four.
And that the problem is look saying dumb things is hardly disqualify or otherwise -- the people who were in the administration.
Probably a lot of administration's wouldn't be there.
The problem with hagel is the people -- was giving speeches war and the people who he's been colluding aligning with over the years.
Al-Jazeera for example well -- -- out -- targets it appears that's.
-- -- -- -- -- There is at least one group that is the main lobbying for the Iranian regime.
In the United States that he has been friendly with there was a report that came out last week not confirmed yet but we.
But also not denying it very vigorously that one of the groups behind the speeches may have been an outfit called friends of Hamas.
That is not going to that has a ring to it -- yeah.
Apology but any of their Sydney and it is confirmed he's gonna have a really hard time being secretary at that -- to -- want to be secretary of defense I mean.
Even -- -- Obama wants a nice to have a similar world view.
The problem is going to be when he goes to testify before congress as secretary of defense and -- -- -- I've when he tries to say.
Here's the defense budget they're gonna eat him a -- I think and I think the other thing is are two extremely qualified people.
The President Obama could turn to should be able nomination dining -- problem I would the first woman Michelle -- -- former number three.
At the Defense Department he became the first woman secretary of defense and the current -- ash Carter poker are respected by both sides -- there.