Chuck Hegel was confirmed today as Defense Secretary according to the Wall Street Journal. The article cites Hegel's positions on Israel and Iran as obstacles to his nomination. Iran is really a subset of the Israel issue, since Iran is much more of a military threat to Israel than to the US. I have been upset that his nomination was being blocked by Jews who were more concerned about Israel than the US. However, in the final vote, most of the Jews in the Senate are Democrats who vote for Hegel, while the good-old-boy,
Christian, conservative Republicans voted against him. The one favor that some of them did was to vote against filibustering his nomination. Many of these conservative, Christian Republicans were responding to urging by the Jewish lobby AIPAC, which represents the conservative wing of Israeli politics.