Former Senator Chuck Hagel and Obama's likely pick for Secretary Of Defense is a Homophobe. Back in 1999, Hagel told the New York Times when describing his enthusiastic support of 'Dont Ask, Dont Tell' the discriminatory policy that banned gays and lesbians from serving in the military: The armed forces arent some social experiment. This is a straight contradiction to the July 2011 statement by President Obama -- who signed into law on Dec. 22, 2010 the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell" -- that[a]s of Sept. 20, service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country." Can anyone spell h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y? A year earlier in 1998 this same Chuck Hagel was hot and bothered by President Clinton's 1997 choice of openly gay James Hormel for the ambassadorship to Luxembourg. In an interview with the Omaha World-Herald in 1998, Hagel said he believed that for a U.S. ambassador, "it is an inhibiting factor to be gay." He referred to Hormel as "openly, aggressively gay." Hagel's apology to James Hormel and the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community this past December -- coming conveniently at a time when he's mentioned as a possible Obama choice for SOD -- was seen for its hollow, fake-sincerity by an opportunist up for an upgrade in his political career. GetEQUAL, a gay rights group, last night appealed to President Obama not to nominate Chuck Hagel. "GetEQUAL strongly opposes the potential nomination of Chuck Hagel to become the next Secretary of Defense. [He] has, time and time again, taken every opportunity to lambast and denigrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, and the Cabinet is no place for this kind of disrespect," said the group's leader Tanya Domi.