Chuck Hagel, a Secretary of Defense Louis Farrakhan can love

Louis Farrakhan, the rabidly anti-Israel, anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam, is full of praise for Chuck Hagel. Farrakhan delivered his praise yesterday during a speech in Chicago.

According to Betsy Woodruff at NRO, Farrakhan began by arguing that the media is controlled by Jewish interests. He then praised Hagel for, among other things, standing up to the “Jewish lobby.” And he complained that Hagel is “in trouble” as a result.

Quoting Hagel’s comments on the power of the “Jewish lobby,” Farrakhan said that this is what he has been arguing for decades. Accordingly, the Nation of Islam leader concluded that the nominee is being punished for taking the same position as Farrakhan.

Farrakhan is half right. Hagel has taken a position similar to Farrakhan’s on the alleged undue power of the “Jewish lobby.” But Hagel isn’t going to be punished for it. Instead he will be confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of Defense.