WHY WOULD the Weekly Standard choose to parrot Iran’s propaganda news organization by repeating their outlandish claims about former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s likely pick for Secretary of Defense, after Leon Panetta?

It’s not easy trumpeting Iranian propaganda and AIPAC, while hitting Obama and a leading former Republican senator, all in the same post!

The piece from the Iranian state press later adds:

Josh Block, a former AIPAC spokesman has lashed out at Hagel for “consistently voting against sanctions on Iran” over the country’s nuclear energy program and refusing to call on the European Union to name Lebanon’s Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

The top nominee for the post of Defense Secretary was the first Republican senator to publicly criticize the war in Iraq, calling it the worst foreign policy blunder since the Vietnam War, and he has consistently opposed any plan to launch military strike against Iran.

While Hagel was considering a presidential bid in 2007, he was criticized by the National Jewish Democratic Council which said the senator “has a lot of questions to answer about his commitment to Israel.”

In 2009, Hagel signed a statement calling on Obama to encourage a unity government between the two major Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas.

Conservatives are never subtle when it comes to Israel or swiftboating anyone who dares to challenge Israeli policy or the military industrial complex.

Politico wasn’t shy about adding their own two cents on the subject last week.