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Obama and Chuck Hagel

By Alan Hart

By all accounts President Obama wants to nominate Chuck Hagel, the former two-term Republican senator from Nebraska to replace Leon Panetta at the Pentagon as Secretary of Defense, but a coalition led by the Zionist lobby is mounting a smear campaign against Hagel. Why? It hopes to persuade Obama that he would be foolish to nominate Hagel because he is unlikely to be confirmed by a Senate in which many members are content to do Zionism’s bidding in order to protect their own backs.

I’ll get to what it is about Hegel’s record that troubles and even frightens the Zionist lobby in a moment, but first can we, please, get the terminology right. Almost everybody who speaks and writes about the Israel-Palestine conflict does not get it right. And that creates an obstacle to understanding.

The monster that controls Congress and ties any president’s hands on policy for dealing with Israel-Palestine is not the “Jewish lobby” and not the “Israel lobby.”

It is wrong to describe it as the Jewish lobby for two reasons.

One is that such a description implies that it represents and speaks for all Jews. It most certainly does not.

The other is that it’s not only Jews who make up the lobby. Another key element of it is composed of the “Bring on Armageddon” Christian fundamentalists.

It is wrong to describe it as the Israel lobby because such a description implies that it represents and speaks for all of Israel’s Jews and the nearly one quarter of its citizens who are Arabs. It most certainly does not.

The most accurate long description of the Zionist lobby would be that it is composed of those of all faiths and none who give and demand unconditional support for the Zionist (not Jewish) state of Israel right or wrong. In my view the most practical short form of that is Zionist lobby. (Some call it the “Likud lobby”. That was a case for doing so in the past, but today there are emerging fascist forces in Israel even further to the right than Likud, and the Zionist lobby speaks for them, too).

Even the term “pro-Israel” is an obstacle to understanding. When it is used without qualification, as it almost always is, it can mean either pro an Israel inside its borders as they were on the eve of the 1967 war, or pro an Israel in occupation of the West Bank (in defiance of international law) and laying siege to the Gaza Strip. Politicians who declare themselves to be “pro-Israel” should be asked which Israel they are pro.

So what is it about Hagel’s views that put him today at the temporary top of the Zionist lobby’s verbal hit-list?

First and foremost is his often stated view that the duty of the President and Congress is to put America’s own best interests first and not allow them to become subservient to Israel’s interests. He is firmly on the record with the statement, “I am an American senator, not an Israeli senator.”

In 2007 he informed the Arab American Institute that he had dropped his bid for the presidency because a pro-Israel donor had told him that if he wanted funding his support for Israel should be “automatic”.

A year later in a book by Aaron David Miller he was correctly quoted as saying “The Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people.” That enraged and still enrages the Zionist lobby and all who do its bidding, including Arizona senator John McCain who, thank goodness, didn’t make it to the White House when he ran against Obama.

McCain actually said: “I know of no Jewish lobby. I know there is strong support for Israel but I know of no Jewish lobby. I hope he (Hagel) will identify who that is.”

McCain wasn’t challenging Hagel’s imprecise terminology. He was asserting that there is no lobby organized by some Jewish Americans who give and demand unconditional support for all of Greater Israel’s policies and actions.

If Hagel is nominated for the post of Secretary of Defense, I think he would be well advised to respond to McCain’s challenge during his confirmation hearing. And I would have him do it with something like these words:

I was in error when I said the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people. That was an imprecise use of language on my part. I should have said the Zionist lobby intimidates a lot of people… Are you really saying, Senator McCain, that you know of no Zionist lobby which intimidates very many members of Congress and our presidents?

I also have a question for those including some here today who are seeking to demonize me. What is so objectionable about my stated view that the duty of the President and Congress is to put America’s own best interests first and not allow them to become subservient to Israel’s interests?

Hagel’s other past sins include his call for the U.S. to engage with Hamas and his stated view that there is no military solution to Iran’s nuclear problem. (I can almost hear America’s military chiefs saying behind closed doors, “That’s the man we want and need as our political master.”)

In its efforts to demonize Hagel the Zionist lobby and its associates are not having things all their own away.

Richard Armitage, a former deputy secretary of state in the Republican administration of George “Dubya” Bush, said he didn’t think the attacks on Hagel were fair. He went on:  “I’ve known him quite closely for the last 15 years and I’ve never heard him utter any anti-Semitic statement. If he used the term ‘Jewish lobby,’ that’s a poor choice of words and I’m sure he’ll speak for himself on that… I happen to know the guy. He’s not owned by anybody, he happens to think for himself, and this apparently causes some fear in some cases. He’s got an unerring bullshit sensor, he’s got real stones (I presume that means balls in English-English) and he doesn’t mind telling you what his opinion is, which will stand him in very good stead in the Pentagon if the president nominates him.”

Another who has come to Hagel’s defense is Brent Scowcroft, the former air force general and Republican national security adviser. He said: “Senator Hagel is one of the most well-respected and thoughtful voices on both foreign and domestic policy. At an uncertain time in America – with a significant debt burden, a polarized Congress, and a host of challenges facing the international community, I am confident Senator Hagel will provide a vibrant, no-nonsense voice of logic and leadership to the United States.”

Obama’s decision, expected very soon, about whether or not to nominate Hagel will give us the first significant indication since his re-election of whether or not he is going to continue to dance to Zionism’s tune or, as Hagel might put it, continue to be intimidated by its lobby.

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  1. Scott Mollett says:

    This article is smoke. AIPAC is a jew lobby first and formost not a zionist lobby. Zionism is a smokescreen to hide jews abhorent behavior in the USA.

  2. Jewish symbols on everything from death planes to artillery shells to buildings and paperwork.
    Are we supposed to not notice?

    The Jewish State is just that and the Jews are the ultimate have your cake and eat it cult.

    The good Jews (5%) themselves barely peep about Israel’s demonic M.O. This due very much to the implications for their true religion – economics.
    If they do protest, it’s tsk, tsk, please try to be less murderously criminal. Pretty please.

    90+% of Israelis supported Cast Lead. Case closed. How about US Jews? What do you think? Yeah..

    They (Jews/Israel) have that stinking asterisk* which is applicable to them (Jews) only.
    Everything from A-Z is excused by virtue of that damnable asterisk* which purposely grants the Jews and their phony baloney State from any repercussions of any acts (crimes) at any time.
    No matter how in your face their despicable murders of women and children are. Their war crimes against a captive population. Self defense my ass. Everyone knows who you are, what you are and what you want.

    We all despise you, the jig is up and people are speaking up unafraid of your filthy smearing of anyone and everyone as anti-Semite. This is not simply becoming, but is already rendered pretty much meaningless by an inability to restrain anger, greed, covetousness, lust and hatred.

    Everything from paying your stupid kosher tax for you to granting Homeland Security $$$ practically exclusively for Jewish institutions, to allowing you miscreants to murder at will, to preach racist hate speech with impunity and to murder Americans with impunity. You Bastards!

    The Europeans are effectively neutered neo-eunuchs afraid to say out loud 6-3=3 for fear of fines, jail and ruined careers. 6-3=6 or else!

    Who else can connive, blackmail, bribe, threaten, murder and maim their way to the control of a nation’s government?

    Yes, let’s all pretend the Jews don’t own and control 95% of the lying rotten M$M, the Congress of Carnies, academia, and the very banks (Fed) which stole all our money even as they scream, demanding more.

    2,000 years ago Cicero was whispering about these 5th column traitors because they practiced their black arts at will. What has changed?
    Not a thing. nothing. If anything, they’re worse.

    That ungodly wall they build to separate themselves from \the other\ is obviously in itself an act of God, showing us all in real time a perfect portrait of \the Jewish state\ as commanded by their Judaism.

  3. Brian Crossland says:

    Well said.
    Point of the fact 7 out of 10 labour party members and 8 out of 10 conservative party members here in U.K. \Friends Of Israel\ in these parties. 500 British soldiers died at their hands in what used to be called Palestine, Israel sold/ gave weapons to Argentina during the Falklands war, Most British people know this, and yet our compromised/ traitorous politicians continue in the service of this murderous duplicitous foreign power.
    There is I am sure though a change coming, the majority of British people silenced publically for so long, are slowly but surely awakening and speaking out more, I know this happening in Europe too. We are all Palestinians.

  4. Barack Obama had in mind to appoint Chuck Hagel as his secretary of defense during his first term – but under Jewish Lobby pressure, he changed his mind and kept Bush’s last defense secretary Robert Gates in his post till 2011.

    Leading the anti-Hagel campaign is no other than the racist anti-Iran-Turkey Abraham Foxman, an Israeli lobbist and head of powerful Jewish organization ADL. He told Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin on December 18: “Chuck Hagel would not be the first, second, or third choice for the American Jewish community’s friends of Israel. His record relating to Israel and US-Israel relationship is, at best, disturbing, and at worst, very troubling. The sentiments he has expressed about the Jewish lobby border on antisemitism in the genre of professor John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, and former president Jimmy Carter“.

    Former spokesperson for Israel Lobby (AIPAC), Josh Block says that Hagel’s record “speaks for itself”, on issues like voting against sactions on Iran and refusing to call European Union to name Hizballah as a terrorist organization.

    “He is one of the most hostile critics of Israel that has ever been in the Senate,” Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America told the Jewish newspaper Algemeiner.

    Israel-Firster Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Republican senator from New Hampshire, says she is “concerned” with the nomination of Chuck Hagel on Israel and Iran, and that she intends to question him “vigorously” if he is nominated by Obama.

    Even some members of National Jewish Democratic Council have expressed their opposition to Hagel – as they fear he might go soft on Iran’s nuclear program while push Israel to resolve Palestinian issue.

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