If a politician so much questions what AIPAC proposes they get painted as an enemy of Israel and possibly an anti-Semite. It is beyond ridiculous, but also dangerous for our national security. People like Hagel support Israel, but they realize the U.S. comes first as does the Constitution.
No, because after already involved he adopted the cut and run strategy of Joe Biden and other lesser luminaries. Oh, and the war wasn’t stupid…actually a great victory for the US’ strategic interests, though giving away the peace to Iranian influence, by a perpetually amateurish Obama administration, was unconscionable.
Wow. That article is completely in contrast to what I read here:
■In August 2006, Hagel was one of only 12 Senators who refused to write the EU asking them to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization.
■In October 2000, Hagel was one of only 4 Senators who refused to sign a Senate letter in support of Israel.
■In November 2001, Hagel was one of only 11 Senators who refused to sign a letter urging President Bush not to meet with the late Yasir Arafat until his forces ended the violence against Israel.
■In December 2005, Hagel was one of only 27 who refused to sign a letter to President Bush to pressure the Palestinian Authority to ban terrorist groups from participating in Palestinian legislative elections.
■In June 2004, Hagel refused to sign a letter urging President Bush to highlight Iran’s nuclear program at the G-8 summit.
■And here’s what the anti-Israel group, CAIR wrote in praise of Hagel: “Potential presidential candidates for 2008, like Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Joe Biden and Newt Gingrich, were falling all over themselves to express their support for Israel. The only exception to that rule was Senator Chuck Hagel…” [Council on American-Islamic Relations, 8/28/06]
Interestingly, the Nebraska Republican party offered evidence that Hagel’s Republicanism is of the in-name-only variety – a photograph of Hagel’s lawn, with signs touting Obama and local (Virginia) Democrats on prominent display. Asked about the signs at the Kerrey endorsement press conference in Nebraska, Hagel gamely responded that his wife put up the signs, but he didn’t protest too much. Indeed, he took the occasion to slam the GOP yet again.How much will pro-Israel groups protest if Obama taps Hagel despite all the problems in his record? It will be a real gut check moment