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Raimondo Compares Hagel to Ron Paul...From Non-interventionism to Smear Campaigns

It’s Not All About Israel
Hagel nomination battle is about interventionism vs. retrenchment
by Justin Raimondo | Antiwar.com

David Ignatius, writing about the furor around the rumored nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, remarks that the first enlisted man to be considered for the job "has taken so much flak he deserves another Purple Heart." That about sums up the tenor of the debate Hagel’s presumed nomination has provoked. A veritable rainbow coalition of nay-sayers has coalesced in opposition: Republican strategist Dan Senor and Democratic strategist and DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas, the Log Cabin Republicans and the anti-gay Christian fundamentalists around Rev. John Hagee, Rachel Maddow and her rightwing counterparts at Fox News. (Oh, and don’t forget the Armenians!)

Meanwhile, neocon godfather-by-descent Bill Kristol is eagerly retailing the complaints of this disparate chorus in his Weekly Standard hate sheet. If these folks ever had a get-together, it would resemble the bar scene in Star Wars.

While each of these disparate voices has its own particular complaint, this curious Popular Front’s main line of attack has been the accusation that Hagel is "anti Israel."

This comes despite his many public expressions of support for the Jewish state: in particular, I would recommend people read this address to the Israel Policy Forum, wherein he reiterates his support for a two-state solution in the region. That the current Israeli government is doing its best to undermine that goal is the real reason for the Israel lobby’s concerted attack on his views and character: which is just the sort of behavior we have come to expect from those who conflate the interests of the Likud government with those of the Jewish state itself. Given the likelihood that the next Israeli government is going to be even more right-wing than the present one, this crucial distinction is increasingly apparent to many of Israel’s supporters in the U.S.

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I'm doubtful about his

I'm doubtful about his credentials or why he's being appointed, if Obama likes him, something must be up. Still, it is congress that makes declarations of war and the majority of them are still pro israel/war.

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He Would Be The First Scretary Of Defense To Have Served?

Another reason the country goes to war too easily. The Donald Rumsfelds of this world don't even serve in the military.

"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

I've really enjoyed reading

I've really enjoyed reading what I have of Raimondo's writings. This is another great article.

Zbigniew Brzezinski has written a letter of support for Hagel ..

need more be said?

Chuck Hagel undercut Repub Deb Fisher in NE Senate run

Warning!! As a Nebraska resident, I have watched Republican Chuck Hagel's politics for decades, now. In this last year, he endorsed Democrat Bob Kerry (who resides in New York, by the way) over Nebraska resident and Republican Deb Fisher for the US Senate. Democrat Ben Nelson was going to be defeated because his was the deciding vote to pass Obamacare. So, he decided not to run when his upcoming loss was very apparent. The Democrats needed somebody to run, and the only person they could come up with was ex Gov Bob Kerry, who hasn't lived in Nebraska for years, and was the president of a New York University! They finagled the rules so Kerry could run even without living in Nebraska. He was behind in the polls, so pretty shortly before the election, Republican Hagel endorsed Democrat Bob Kerry to try to defeat newcomer Republican Deb Fisher for the Senate seat, and preserve a Democrat majority in the Senate. We all knew (us Nebraskans) that most likely Hagel was offered some plum job to do this. Well, guess what ... it has come to pass. So please don't go spewing platitudes about Chuck Hagel ... he is a snake. He didn't have a good enough reputation in Nebraska to help seasoned politician Bob Kerry defeat a first time candidate Deb Fisher ... so take our word for it!

Chuck Hagel is a tool, by BOTH definitions.

A Hagel appointment would send a clear signal to Zionists that "the party's over" for Israel and the Israeli Lobby.

One can only hope....

...that the Israel-firsters some day go so far out on a limb of the crazy tree that they reveal themselves as the maniacs they are and discredit themselves. Kind of like 'starve the beast,' let them do their lunatic thing and it'll eventually blow up in their faces.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

I lost all respect for

I lost all respect for Maddow. She is bringing up a statement made over 15 years ago. Flashback anyone? What a neo-liberal.

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