Alan Hart : Obama’s Hagel test

Alan Hart : Obama’s Hagel test


Editor's Note: We, the Jewish people, control America

"Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it." — Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001. 

"AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) is Israel's main lobby in the U.S. There are about 126 other political action committees (PAC), listed under deceptive names to hide their actual purpose, that can be mobilized at any time to rain money on any congressman ousting his disobedient opponent who dared criticize any aspect of U.S.-Israeli relationship. No wonder AIPAC is referred to on the Capitol Hill as "The Lobby". Many congressmen (now all ex's), such as the late Fullbright, Findley, and Percy, felt its power when daring to mildly criticize U.S.-Israeli relationship.

Such criticism would also induce the wrath of the numerous pro-Israel columnists around the nation's major newspapers, such as the New York Times' Safire, A.M. Rosenthal and the more subtle Thomas Friedman, the Washington Post's Charles Krauthammer and George Will, the Boston Globe's Jeff Jacoby, or the New Republic's Martin Peretz and Steven Emerson.

Those who are in line with AIPAC's will –commonly seen prostituting themselves and their country for the sake of Jewish vote– such as Gephardt, Forbes, Helms, Gilman, D'Amato, Moynihan, Harkin, Levin, Specter, Lieberman and Gingrich, are generously rewarded. All Netanyahu (or any Israeli leader) has to do is make up a catchy phrase, regardless of how false or out-of-context it may be, e.g. "Arafat is not keeping his promise of locking terrorists up" or that "the Palestinian Authority has not changed their charter which calls for Israel's destruction". Immediately following that the whole flock of these pro-Israel congressmen are seen parroting in unison the same statements over and over until a new is devised. It is sad to see the many policy makers of today having their own political gains in mind, rather than the good of their country and the world." — Radio Islam

Dr. Alan Sabrosky's email to: Bret Stephens, editor at WSJ, in response to his recent editorial attack on Chuck Hagel, perhaps also addresses Mr. Hart's concerns about the terminology?

Well, as an American with some Jewish ancestry, Hagel is not my joy, but for reasons other than yours, and mine have nothing to do with his views on the Middle East. But no Jewish lobby? Surely you jest, or hope your readers are Luddites or illiterates. Just what do you call (e.g.) The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations (to say nothing of the brigade of lesser ones), post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah dining clubs?

Obama’s Hagel test


By Alan Hart


I’ll get to what it is about Hagel’s record that troubles and even frightens the Zionist lobby in a moment, but first can we, please, get the terminology right.


By all accounts President Obama wants to nominate Chuck Hagel, the former two-term Republican senator from Nebraska to replace Leon Panetta at the Pentagon as Secretary of Defense, but a coalition led by the Zionist lobby is mounting a smear campaign against Hagel. Why? It hopes to persuade Obama that he would be foolish to nominate Hagel because he is unlikely to be confirmed by a Senate in which many members are content to do Zionism’s bidding in order to protect their own backs.

I’ll get to what it is about Hagel’s record that troubles and even frightens the Zionist lobby in a moment, but first can we, please, get the terminology right. Almost everybody who speaks and writes about the Israel-Palestine conflict does not get it right. And that creates an obstacle to understanding.

The monster that controls Congress and ties any president’s hands on policy for dealing with Israel-Palestine is not the “Jewish lobby” and not the “Israel lobby.”

It is wrong to describe it as the Jewish lobby for two reasons.

One is that such a description implies that it represents and speaks for all Jews. It most certainly does not.

The other is that it’s not only Jews who make up the lobby. Another key element of it is composed of the “Bring on Armageddon” Christian fundamentalists.

It is wrong to describe it as the Israel lobby because such a description implies that it represents and speaks for all of Israel’s Jews and online casino canada the nearly one quarter of its citizens who are Arabs. It most certainly does not.


The most accurate long description of the Zionist lobby would be that it is composed of those of all faiths and none who give and demand unconditional support for the Zionist (not Jewish) state of Israel right or wrong. In my view the most practical short form of that is Zionist lobby. (Some call it the “Likud lobby”. That was a case for doing so in the past, but today there are emerging fascist forces in Israel even further to the right than Likud, and the Zionist lobby speaks for them, too).

Even the term “pro-Israel” is an obstacle to understanding. When it is used without qualification, as it almost always is, it can mean either pro an Israel inside its borders as they were on the eve of the 1967 war, or pro an Israel in occupation of the West Bank (in defiance of international law) and laying siege to the Gaza Strip. Politicians who declare themselves to be “pro-Israel” should be asked which Israel they are pro.

So what is it about Hagel’s views that put him today at the temporary top of the Zionist lobby’s verbal hit-list?

First and foremost is his often stated view that the duty of the President and Congress is to put America’s own best interests first and not allow them to become subservient to Israel’s interests. He is firmly on the record with the statement, “I am an American senator, not an Israeli senator.”

In 2007 he informed the Arab American Institute that he had dropped his bid for the presidency because a pro-Israel donor had told him that if he wanted funding his support for Israel should be “automatic”.

A year later in a book by Aaron David Miller he was correctly quoted as saying “The Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people.” That enraged and still enrages the Zionist lobby and all who do its bidding, including Arizona senator John McCain who, thank goodness, didn’t make it to the White House when he ran against Obama.

McCain actually said: “I know of no Jewish lobby. I know there is strong support for Israel but I know of no Jewish lobby. I hope he (Hagel) will identify who that is.”

McCain wasn’t challenging Hagel’s imprecise terminology. He was asserting that there is no lobby organized by some Jewish Americans who give and demand unconditional support for all of Greater Israel’s policies and actions.

If Hagel is nominated for the post of Secretary of Defense, I think he would be well advised to respond to McCain’s challenge during his confirmation hearing. And I would have him do it with something like these words:

I was in error when I said the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people. That was an imprecise use of language on my part. I should have said the Zionist lobby intimidates a lot of people… Are you really saying, Senator McCain, that you know of no Zionist lobby which intimidates very many members of Congress and our presidents?

I also have a question for those including some here today who are seeking to demonize me. What is so objectionable about my stated view that the duty of the President and Congress is to put America’s own best interests first and not allow them to become subservient to Israel’s interests?

Hagel’s other past sins include his call for the U.S. to engage with Hamas and his stated view that there is no military solution to Iran’s nuclear problem. (I can almost hear America’s military chiefs saying behind closed doors, “That’s the man we want and need as our political master.”)

In its efforts to demonize Hagel the Zionist lobby and its associates are not having things all their own away.

Richard Armitage, a former deputy secretary of state in the Republican administration of George “Dubya” Bush, said he didn’t think the attacks on Hagel were fair. He went on:  “I’ve known him quite closely for the last 15 years and I’ve never heard him utter any anti-Semitic statement. If he used the term ‘Jewish lobby,’ that’s a poor choice of words and I’m sure he’ll speak for himself on that… I happen to know the guy. He’s not owned by anybody, he happens to think for himself, and this apparently causes some fear in some cases. He’s got an unerring bullshit sensor, he’s got real stones (I presume that means balls in English-English) and he doesn’t mind telling you what his opinion is, which will stand him in very good stead in the Pentagon if the president nominates him.”

Another who has come to Hagel’s defense is Brent Scowcroft, the former air force general and Republican national security adviser. He said: “Senator Hagel is one of the most well-respected and thoughtful voices on both foreign and domestic policy. At an uncertain time in America – with a significant debt burden, a polarized Congress, and a host of challenges facing the international community, I am confident Senator Hagel will provide a vibrant, no-nonsense voice of logic and leadership to the United States.”

Obama’s decision, expected very soon, about whether or not to nominate Hagel will give us the first significant indication since his re-election of whether or not he is going to continue to dance to Zionism’s tune or, as Hagel might put it, continue to be intimidated by its lobby.


  1. Could someone trot out the war records of people like Adelson, Cantor, Schumer, Liebeman, Abrams, Reich,  Kristol, Feith, Wolfowitz, Perle, Bolton.. Is there a common thread among this group of unpatriotic users? Well? Zionists, one and all.   I would guess that they wouldn't have raised a sweat for America, in any way. Just there, legally, working away eroding decent values  as fifth columnists,  thanks to the weakness in your Constitution; first Amendment, freedom of the press TO TELL LIES, second Amendment this week, freedom to have an assault weapon and KILL people. That's only  two points. Changng the Constitution is possible. Remember the Patriot Act , STILL IN PLACE and the work of that murderer posing as a US President, Bush. Also a liar but that was par for the course then. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell. The order of the day   How can any country be so naive to think that a document created by well meaning, idealistic patriots in the 18th century can have complete relevance in the 21st century. No electricity, no electronics, no computers, no radio, no television, no Zionists, no Israel, no spies sycophants and Jewish users, running free as a breeze, bringing America down in so many ways, year after year. Freedom to corrupt gone mad. The same pundits for American democracy now on the receiving end of a cult of hated Zionists removing the pillars of US society, one by one, naturally for their benefit.. It may even be too late as Netanyahu has stated "We own America".  How do you like that?   Until some learned patriotic Americans (not your stacked Supreme Court) addresses the document that served you well for 120 years then gradually becaming redundant, this will continue.   It is time to get a new set of rules, rules that make un-American activities punishable by 21st Century American law and addressing such things as…….. No PACs or SuperPACs One vote, one person, ONLY  Printing the truth, ONLY un-American activities, against the national interest. spying, a new description single passports only,     and on it goes.   This  is 2012, not 1787  

  2. "We, the Jewish people, control America"  — Jane Eisner, J-Street Conference, Spring 2012 (remind yourself:  J Street promotes itself as the 'Other" Jewish lobby. (I call it the back bench to AIPAC, but whatever …)  Check out Eisner & the J Streeters in full flower of Jewish supremicism —  Eisner is about the tenth video in the lineup, but check out the others if you have the time.
    Is anybody else beginning to comprehend what the German people were up against, for ~ 50 years, 1881-1933; why Germany's Nuremberg Laws were exactly what Hitler said they were — PRO-German, not anti-Jewish — which to an Estherite/zionist Jew, is perceived as "antiJewish persecution."

  3. Why sanctions on Palestinians and Iran and NOT Israel? A wake-up call for Americans…


    *IRAN SANCTIONS ACT of 1996 Sponsor: Ileana Ross-Lehtinen (Jewish)


    *S.Res. 185, Sponsor: Sen. Ben Cardin (Jewish) states that if the Palestinian Authority goes ahead with its plan to seek unilateral recognition as a state, the US would suspend its financial aid.


    *H.Res. 268, Sponsor: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Jewish) The resolution called upon the administration to announce that it would “veto any resolution on Palestinian statehood that comes before the United Nations Security Council.


    *H.Res. 4133, Sponsor: Eric Cantor (Jewish) United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012


    *H.RES.568, Sponsor: Ileana Ross-Lehtinen (Jewish) preventing the Government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.


    *H.R. 2194, Sponsor: Howard Berman (Jewish) Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010


    *H.R. 1905, Sponsor: Ileana Ross-Lehtinen (Jewish) Howard Berman (J e w) will place virtually all of Iran’s energy, financial, and transportation sectors under U.S. sanction. Companies conducting business with Iran in these sectors face losing access to U.S. markets; impose sanctions designed to prevent Iran from repatriating any proceeds from its oil sales, thus depriving Iran of 80 percent of its hard currency earnings and half of the funds to support its national budget; impose tough new sanctions on the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC); target Iran’s use of barter transactions to bypass sanctions, the provision of insurance to Iran’s energy sector, and the provision of specialized financial messaging services to the Central Bank of Iran.


    *Steve Simon (Jewish) National Security Council Middle East Desk


    *Dan Shapiro (Jewish) former Head of Middle East Desk at the National Security Council now ambassador to Israel


    *Robert Einhorn (Jewish) Special Advisor for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control


    *Dennis Ross (Jewish) Special Advisor for the Gulf (Iran) and Southwest Asia to the Secretary of State


    *Colin Kahl(Jewish) Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East (Current National Security Advisor)


    *James N. Miller(Jewish) Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy


    *Lee Feinstein (Jewish) Foreign Policy Advisor


    *Mara Rudman (Jewish) Foreign Policy Advisor


    *Eric Lynn (Jewish) Middle East Policy Advisor


    *William Burns (Jewish) Current Deputy Secretary of State


    *James B. Steinberg (Jewish) Former Deputy Secretary of State


    *Stuart Levey (Jewish) Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence


    *David Cohen (Jewish) Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence


    *The Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs headed by Assistant Secretary Jeffrey Feltman (Jewish),deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. diplomatic relations with Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt,Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Regional policy issues that NEA handles include Iraq, Middle East peace, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, and political and economic reform.


    *Hannah Rosenthal (Jewish) State Dept Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism


    *Cass Sunstein (Jewish) Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration


    *Wendy Sherman (Jewish) Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs


    *Victoria Nuland (Jewish) (career Foreign Service officer) and spokesperson for the United States Department of State. (and married to Jewish neocon Robert Kagan co-founder of PNAC the ideological manifesto for the Iraq war)


    *Diane Feinstein (Jewish) Chairwoman Senate Select Committee on Intelligence


    *Michael Ratney (Jewish) U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem


    *Daniel Rubinstein (Jewish), former Consul General Jerusalem


    *Michael Chertoff (Jewish) former Homeland Security chief


    *Daniel Benjamin (Jewish) head of the State Department’s Bureau of Counter-Terrorism


    *Ronald Klain (Jewish) Former Biden Chief of Staff


    *Rahm Emanuel (Jewish) former Obama chief of staff and former Israeli Defense Force soldier


    *Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Jewish) Democratic National Committee Chairman


    *David Axelrod (Jewish) ran the Obama re-election campaign


    (This is only a very partial list. Do the arithmetic yourself)