From Fox News, about the moderate Republican and retired military general: "'Most of the national security community that I know — many secretaries of defense, ambassadors — think Hagel is a solid guy,' Powell said on NBC’s 'Meet the Press.' 'He speaks his mind, is a good supporter of Israel, but he's not reluctant to disagree when appropriate....He’ll do a great job.'"
The article continues: "Hagel was under fire on several fronts even before he was officially nominated Monday by President Obama, in part for once saying 'the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people' on Capitol Hill. Powell, a four-star general who served in the George W. Bush administration, said the former Nebraska senator should instead have said the 'Israeli lobby.' He called Hagel 'a very, very strong supporter of the state of Israel,' but said that doesn’t mean one must agree with 'every single position that the Israeli government takes.' Still, Republicans continued Sunday to express concern about Hagel, who must face Senate hearings and confirmation to get the Cabinet post."