Iran's Man: Hagel Confronted Over Endorsement

Inhofe also quoted an Iranian defense official: "People of the Middle East, the Muslim region, and North Africa. People of these regions hate America from the bottom of their heart... Israel is a cancerous tumor in the heart of Islamic world... Iran's warriors are ready and willing to wipe Israel off the map."

During Senate hearings to confirm Chuck Hagel as the next Secretary of Defense, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) confronted the nominee with the report that the Iranian Foreign Ministry is pleased with Hagel's nomination. Hagel responded with a chuckle, saying he has a hard enough time with American politics.