Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Dropping the Hagel Bomb

When I first learned that President Obama was going to appoint former Senator Chuck Hagel, a Republican, to be his Secretary of Defense, I thought, “He’s signaling to Israel to ‘get lost’ and to Iran that ‘we won’t even try to stop you’”. Despite much spinning about Hagel’s exemplary war record and independent thinking, some other people obviously share my view. In an American Spectator article today, Ben Stein makes the following two points:

“You really cannot, in fairness, blame President Obama for naming “Chuck” Hagel, one of the most clearly anti-Israel, anti-Semitic members of the Senate (or ex-members in his case) to be Secretary of Defense. President Obama has not changed his views on Israel since his first speech at the Democrat convention in 2004, when he made it clear that his sympathies in the Middle East lay with the Palestinians. In a way, you have to admire his consistency. Of course, he has to pay lip service to Israel when he visits Miami Beach, but how he must laugh at the audiences that applaud him.”
“I hope the people who are supporting Chuck Hagel know that by confirming him, they are cementing at 100 percent that odds that Iran will get a nuclear capability without U.S. interference. Whether Israel can survive an Islamic bomb is questionable at best. This means a vote to confirm Mr. Hagel is a vote that expresses no interest in whether Israel survives.”
Thus some of the worse fears that we had about Obama are about to be realized, 1. that he really hates Israel and would like to see them defeated and replaced by Palestinians in that part of the world we have called Israel since 1947, and 2. that his sympathies are entirely with the Muslim world, and his world view is that it would only be ‘fair’ for a Muslim country (Iran) to have the bomb. All the pretense is over now that the election is over. Next come his ‘oops the mike was open’ promises to the Russians about ‘flexibility’.

You can expect some spin about this move being a bipartisan one, since Hagel is a Republican, and didn’t Clinton appoint a Republican SecDef. Believe me, the reasons are very different. Clinton needed a Republican appointment; Obama doesn’t. This is a clear signal to the rest of the world.

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At 10:03 AM, Anonymous Joe said...

You're right on this one Russ.
I just heard on Fox News that Iran is very happy with Obama's pick for Secretary of Defense.

At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quoting Fox News as a source doesn't exactly enhance the credibility of your argument, Joe.

It is possible to disagree with the current government of Israel without being either anti-semitic or anti-Israel. Hagel's comment about a Jewish lobby was accurate. The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is a Jewish lobby that supports Israel. That's not an anti-semitic statement, but a factual one. Hagel's fear that Netanyahu is a loose cannon who may drag America into a nuclear war with Iran is credible. There is nothing to suggest that he is pro Muslim. Rather, as a combat veteran, he is justly fearful of getting the U.S. involved in yet another mid east conflict.

At 2:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox News is more credible than CNN aka Communist News Network. It is more credible than New York Times which is obviously following a Marxist agenda.
"The left treats Republicans as Bolsheviks treated
Mensheviks. The Republicans are (for now) the
radical saboteurs solely responsible for the failure
of the otherwise glorious plans of our commissars."
"Socialism requires endless enemies on which to
blame the failures of central planning."
By Roman Skaskiw


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