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Why the War Party Fears Hagel

Paulus Textor Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 10:16 AM
Heroic Pat Buchanan speaks the uncomfortable truth yet again. Hagel said there is a strong "Jewish Lobby", by which he meant "Pro-Israel Lobby". This is equivalent to saying the sky is up. For this sin of going beyond acceptable debate ("acceptable" meaning only one-hundred percent pro-Israeli stands), he is tarred and feathered as an anti-Semite. Nope--no such thing as the Israel lobby. Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.
Illbay Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 5:00 PM
There is also a Cuba lobby, a Europe lobby, an Asia lobby, an Africa lobby, and in fact a lobby representing every corner of the globe where U.S. influence is desired.

Yes, Buchanan is an anti-Semite. His sympathetic apology for Hitler and scorn for U.S. "involvement" in World War II demonstrated that to my own satisfaction (and embarrassment, as before that I mostly agreed with him).
SMyles Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 10:32 AM
In the fortnight since Chuck Hagel's name was floated for secretary of defense, we have witnessed Washington at its worst.

Who is Chuck Hagel?

Born in North Platte, Neb., he was a squad leader in Vietnam, twice wounded, who came home to work in Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign, was twice elected U.S. senator, and is chairman of the Atlantic Council and co-chair of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

To The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol, however, Hagel is a man "out on the fringes," who has a decade-long record of "hostility to Israel" and is "pro-appeasement-of-Iran."

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