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Is Hagel out of the Mainstream?

wpqr Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 2:09 PM
Okay. You win. I see the error of my ways. So here is what I propose: Cut off all military aid, trade and diplomatic relations with Israel. Drop a few bombs on Tel Aviv just for kicks. That will make the Islamic world love us. No more terrorist attacks. Remove the military option and end all sanctions against Iran. The mullahs are kind, gentle peace-loving people who are certainly trustworthy and want nothing but friendship with the United States. Admit we never should have gone into Afghanistan. The Taliban should have stayed in power and continued giving safe haven to Al-Qaeda. 9/11 was just a misunderstanding and Al-Qaeda really has nothing but admiration and love for the United States.
"Chuck Hagel is out of the mainstream of thinking ... on most issues regarding foreign policy," says GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham. Neocon William Kristol concurs: Hagel is "out on the fringes."

But where, exactly, is the mainstream on foreign policy in 2013?

Since the Bush II years, "the three amigos" -- Sens. Graham, John McCain and Joe Lieberman -- have clamored for new wars.

"We are all Georgians now!" thundered McCain when Vladimir Putin was thrashing the Georgians for attacking South Ossetia.

"Bomb, bomb, bomb -- bomb, bomb Iran," trilled McCain in 2008 in parody of the Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann."...