The Hagel Nomination, Israel, and the Neocons

Stephen Sniegoski February 16, 2013 9
The Hagel Nomination, Israel, and the Neocons

Editor's note: Stephen Sniegoski and Jeff Blankfort are on top of it: The Republican Senators' view of Hagel as a turncoat because of his opposition to President Bush; their desire to undermine Obama’s policies because of their hatred for him; their opposition to Hagel’s allegedly soft positions on the Middle East, and especially Iran; their desire to cause more damage on the Benghazi issue. Commentator Chris Matthews boils it all down to simple right-wing Republican nastiness.

Although the Israel issue was noted when the attack on Hagel began more than a month ago and the jewish establishment was united against Hagel, Israel now is barely mentioned.

It's now being spun that "partisanship" has reared its ugly head. This to take the pressure off the hugely obvious Zionist-led inquisition they engaged in earlier,orchestrated in part by the Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI), a neoconservative pressure group led by Weekly Standard editor and ECI board member Bill Kristol.

A favored ECI tactic to intimidate critics is publishing advertisements that attack politicians and leaders who question one-sided U.S. support for Israel.

Emergency Committee for Israel — TV AD

by Stephen Sniegoski

I have included a link to my discussion on Jeff Blankfort’s radio program—“Takes on the World” (KZYX in Mendocino, Calif.)—which aired on Wednesday, February 13, and focused on the nomination of Chuck Hagel. Blankfort is an excellent host and offered a number of insightful comments on Hagel’s nomination as Secretary of Defense and the strategy of the Israel lobby on the issue.

Click here to listen in:

http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/66249

At the time (Feb. 13), expert (mainstream) opinion had thought that the debate on the floor of the full Senate (Hagel had made it through the Senate Armed Services Committee) would be quickly ended by the required 60 votes (the actual confirmation vote only requires a majority).  However, this proved not to be the case on Thursday (Feb. 14), though the cloture vote was very tight—58-40 in favor.  At first it was 59-39, with one “present” vote.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Democrat) would switch his vote to “no,” which apparently was necessary in order to remain eligible to request another vote. That next vote can take place after the Senate returns from a 10-day recess.

The neoconservatives have been in the forefront in attacking Hagel while AIPAC has stayed in the background.  While this means that the effort has not been as strong as it could be, it has also been of help to the overall Israel lobby, since it is virtually out of the picture as far as the mainstream media is concerned. 

The main opposition to Hagel is now described as simply Republican.  And the reason the Republicans are doing this is attributed  to many different things:  their view of Hagel as a turncoat because of his opposition to the President Bush; their desire to undermine Obama’s policies because of their hatred for him; their opposition to Hagel’s allegedly soft positions on the Middle East, and especially Iran; their desire to cause more damage on the Benghazi issue.  Commentator Chris Matthews boils it all down to simple right-wing Republican nastiness.

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Although the Israel issue was noted when the attack on Hagel began more than a month ago, Israel now is barely mentioned.  Should the neocons ultimately stop Hagel, it would be an amazing success.  A perceived enemy of Israeli interests would be defeated without any negative political ramifications for Israel or the Israel lobby—in fact, with hardly anyone even knowing that the Israel lobby was involved.

A nefarious, and rather ridiculous, figure who looms large in the neocon smear machine is Jennifer Rubin, a columnist and blogger for the Washington Post.

Being with the Washington Post certainly puts her in the limelight and she is known to often use her post to attack both Republicans and Democrats whom she deems insufficiently supportive of Israel and weak on U.S. defense.

Of course, the ever-present Frank Gaffney is once again in the outer reaches of neoconservatism, implying that Hagel acts like  an Iranian agent.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/09/1177644/-Frank-Gaffney-stops-short-of-calling-Hagel-an-Iranian-spy

Gaffney is usually reserved for right wing audiences only—his claims would be counterproductive among more mainstream folks.  Energizing (scaring) the base is very important, however.  They contact their Senators.

That the neocons have had such a great impact in making things difficult  for Hagel, and still could bring about his defeat, illustrates their great power.

Experts are predicting that Hagel will be confirmed when Congress returns, as a number of Republican Senators have said  that after a short debate they will allow a vote to take place, with no attempt to filibuster to prevent Hagel’s confirmation.  This is probably most likely, but it is possible that the neocon smearbund, which is unrelenting in its effort to find more dirt on Hagel by putting his finances and speeches under a microscope, could still bring him down.

Hagel has been willing to withstand a high degree of character assassination so far, but how much more is he willing to take?  And when will Obama and his political advisors come to believe that Hagel has become too wounded to be an asset to the administration?  It should be recalled that the very threat of character assassination by the Israel lobby caused Bobby Ray Inman to withdraw as Bill Clinton’s nominee as Secretary of Defense in 1994 and for Chas Freeman to withdraw from his appointment as chairman of the National Intelligence Council in 2009.

It should be pointed out that if supposed (former?) antiwar libertarian Rand Paul (son of Ron Paul) had not become so desirous of placating the Israel lobby, Christian Zionists, and his fellow Republican senators, the 60 votes to end the debate would have been attained, and Hagel would have almost certainly obtained a majority vote in the Senate to be confirmed as Secretary of Defense.


Stephen Sniegoski, is the author of “The Transparent Cabal: The Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle East, and the National Interest of Israel”. Read more articles by Stephen J. Sniegoski at:  http://home.comcast.net/~transparentcabal/

9 Comments »

  1. DaveE February 17, 2013 at 3:20 am - Reply

    Let's just hope the "Emergency Comittee for Israel" really is responding to an emergency, the existence of Israel.  Hopefully, the neocons are losing sleep for good reason. 

     

    Maybe this will turn into a full-blown crisis for Israel, soon. If Hagel is sidelined it will be a hige victory for the zionists, as you say.  BUT by the same token, if they lose, it will be one more nail in Israel's (long overdue) coffin.

     

    I thought the name was telling, not just to raise the blood pressure of zioNazis, but also as an indication of just how desperate this filth is getting.

  2. Mikael February 17, 2013 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Lest there was any kind of, or a shadow of doubt about How far up the Zionist a… the drooling idiots and trigger happy lunatics in the USA is infact physically and morally possible, whatever doubt there was, even though we were labeled as "conspiracy nuts", everything has been confirmed, and the revelation is brilliantly shining for the whole world to witness. 

     

    I can't help but laugh, at their presence, and when they talk about The USA, dangling in the end of the rope, as puppets, trying desperately to make an impression of something to say, when they are not anything else than Echo chambers relaying the words from their masters, the robber barons and their hendgemen, the Zionists and government errand boys.

     

    I pity the American white traitors at the helm, ohh, you will fall deep, Americans, when they are done with you. And this time, if you  people don't wake up and deal with it, the horror will be Biblical. You are indeed f…..

     

    Now you are entering an era where You will, if you like it or not, learn the real betrayal of the Chosen Race.

     

    Your goiym, and forever a slave.  The new  Palestina.   peace

  3. rexw February 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Is there an Emergency Committee for America?

  4. Joseph B. Munzer February 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    I find it interesting that many of the same elements that were waving Viet Cong flags are now chomping at the bit to put Americans at risk to fight Israel's wars.

    America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.  Period.  End of discussion.

    • Rhys Stanley February 17, 2013 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      Joseph, I am not American but anyone in the world would agree with your statement…

       

      America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.  Period.  End of discussion.  

       

      But how disappointing it is to see people like Rand Paul straying in such a short time away from some of the  principles that have been the hallmark of his father for so long. Now that was a turnaround and should confirm to anyone who reads below the headline (the the Jewish media) that they are well organised….against the interest of the state.  

       

      As a supreme optimist, I await the day when the activities of the Zionists, AIPAC et al, and the corrupted politicans are declared to be engaged in un-American activities as per the McCarthy period in the 50's. The danger now from this cancerous growth called Israel and its agents, spies, fifth columnists and opportunists is greater now than the spectre of harmless Coimmunism ever was.  

       

      So let's get cracking. Emergency Committe for America, as mentioned above by rexw, is a good place to start.   The US does have an emergency      

  5. Boris February 17, 2013 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    The more I hear that phrase, Emergency Committee for America, the more I like it. Afetr all it is America that has the Emergency, the inability to rid the country of those who would bring it down.  

     

    The buisness with Chuc k Hagel sickens me. What right do these receivers of Israeli largesse have to stop the appointment of a US Defense Secretary or anyone for that matter?   I would suggest that they could all be locked up and then ask them to prove to a jury of their peers that they are patriotic Americans. If they cannot, a flight to Israel should follow. I will contribute to the fare, gladly.  

     

    C'mon you Veterans. Did you fight and die for people like this? Make them accountable, NOW    

  6. Alan February 17, 2013 at 11:19 pm - Reply

     I consider it is time for a universal vote on loyalty to the United States. A questionaire at the doorways of the Congress and Senate would be a place to start so that sleepy people who vote for parties, not honour, loyalty and decency can see what their elected members think about their own country.   It could be a very scary exercise.

    • Debbie
      Debbie February 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      @ Alan, True.

      "Hagel has been willing to withstand a high degree of character assassination so far, but how much more is he willing to take?"

       

      Witnessing American politicians and leaders’ Israel pandering has been embarrassing enough to have any American believer in US sovereignty wince painfully and repeatedly.

       

      It is pathetic that the politicians and leaders of the so-called “free-world” are reduced to such servile boot-licking.

       

      Remember President Carter’s apologies to jews? I was pleased that at least one American President took some stand against Israeli crimes. It remains absolutely clear that Israel brutalized Palestinians far worse than whites in South Africa ever brutalized blacks — Soweto and Sharpesville really don’t hold a candle to Gaza (cast lead) and Jenin massacres, do they?

       

      One has to wonder what the Israel Lobby had on former President Carter that finally pressured him into recanting. He lost all his steam and a lot of esteem in the eyes of the rest of the world.

       

      Wonder what they have on President Obama. The Jewish Lobby has a very long history of threatening and blackmailing US politicians and even US presidents and subjecting critics of Israel in America, to the anti-semitic smear.

       

      This is an excellent example and display of the bullying tactics used by the Israel Lobby using their paid American stooges in the US Congress and Senate Armed Services Committee where the prospective Obama administration appointee for Secretary of Defense is deemed insufficiently supportive of Israel’s Likud policies, ex-Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel. A similar campaign of vilification was waged against Ambassador Chas Freeman in 2009, when he capitulated as he recalls in this article:

      Israel Lobby Takes Aim Again.

      by Chas Freeman.

      http://consortiumnews.com/2012/12/24/israel-lobby-takes-aim-again/

  7. schmenz February 18, 2013 at 3:54 am - Reply

    I’m not quite sure what to think of the whole Hagel business. Obama, a budding despot if ever there was one, and on social issues a complete swine, is certainly not ever going to do anything serious to offend the Israeli firsters. He has proven himself to be as obsequios toward Irael as any other US president in recent memory. I cannot imagine him appointing anyone who would buck that trend so I am mystified as to why the ubiquitous Lobby wishes to crush him.

    If an assassin like Obama wants Hagel, that is enough for me to have grave suspicions about the man.

    This seems to me like more Washington/Israel induced fog.

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