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The Senate Must Reject Hagel

AmilamtheAmicable Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 9:53 PM
I have never heard of the supposedly big brother country being so in the pocket of it's protectorate that our officials are expected to be more zealous and pure in their support of all of Israeli's foreign policies than is expected from Israeli citizens. Certainly Hagel did not have a good showing. The fumble on the policy with Iran was embarrassing, but his comments on the Jewish lobby are spot on. There clearly is a Jewish lobby which actively and successfully pushes foreign policy decisions. This, in and of itself, is fine. Lobbying, distasteful as it is, is a legal part of our political system. However, it warrants close inspection, particularly when it’s directed by a foreign country whose national interests are not always the same as
karpe diem Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 12:47 AM
the reason we need an israel lobby is because we have a president who refuses to acknowledge the danger to the whole world from the moslem regimes in Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Libya and others. we need them to make sure americans understand that the president is weak and is unwilling not only to fight the danger from the Jihad let alone recognize it. israel is the first line of defense against this horrible danger. if we do not understand that we will be defenseless against those who wish to destroy the non moslem world.
AmilamtheAmicable Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 10:09 PM
The Jewish lobby certainly has pros and cons. I don't have an issue with that. However, claiming its bigotry to say such a lobby exists... that's just absurd.
AmilamtheAmicable Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 9:53 PM
... our own. The GOP and Conservatism has become so Orwellian in their stance that not only are they refusing to allow any discussion on the influence of this lobby, they won’t even allow other to say it exists.
How funny that Conservatives hate it when Liberals loosely though the word "racist" around, then do the exact them with terms like "bigot" or "antisemitic"
TRsquared Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 12:07 AM
You then also support close inspection of the Immigration lobby, the anti gun lobby and the homopomorphic global warming lobby...
wgraff Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 12:15 AM
One interesting thing about what has happened in the past when America has either gone against or criticized Israel. Every time we have it has been followed by a massive natural disaster. There is a reason the people of Israel are referred to as GOD's people. You don't go against the Lord and not expect retribution. So go on spouting your garbage all you want, I on the other hand will back Israel. Besides they have a claim to that land that goes back over 2500 years.
ericynot Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 8:37 AM
Native Americans have a claim in the United States territory that goes back even further, but we don't let them dictate our foreign policy.
AmilamtheAmicable Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 10:07 PM
I'm not sure what a "homopomorphic" anything is, but yes... all lobbying institutions warrant close and open inspection.
AmilamtheAmicable Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 10:13 PM
Yawn. For someone who claims to read the Bible you don't understand it. Pop quiz:

Does supporting Israel mean:
A) whatever decision their government makes
B) Supporting the people and their God

Anyone who foolishly thinks that the will of God is always aligned with the decisions of their government need only look over any page in the Old Testament to put such silly notions to bed. Try reading the Bible a bit before further embarrassing yourself.

The Senate's "advice and consent" role doesn't require it to rubber-stamp a presidential appointee for secretary of defense who senators believe would weaken America in this increasingly dangerous world.

Notwithstanding former Sen. Chuck Hagel's diminished view of the post -- "I won't be in a policymaking position" -- the secretary of defense is an exceedingly important position and must be filled with someone who understands the complexity and gravity of the threats we face.

In his testimony at his confirmation hearing, Hagel demonstrated a remarkable unwillingness to clarify his past statements, a stunning misapprehension of the identity, intentions and capabilities...