Alan Sabrosky : Hagel hearings reveal Israeli imprint on Capitol Hill

Alan Sabrosky February 2, 2013 5
Alan Sabrosky : Hagel hearings reveal Israeli imprint on Capitol Hill

The only commitment any US senator should consider is a nominee's commitment to the United States. And Iran's possible acquisition of some nuclear weapons someday pales in the shadow of Israel's existing nuclear arsenal (300-400 nuclear weapons, by best estimates).

 

by Dr. Alan Sabrosky

I was appalled that "GOP lawmakers began sharply questioning his (Hagel's) commitment to Israel and his willingness to take a hard line with Iran over its disputed nuclear program. Several (mostly Jewish) Democratic senators expressed elsewhere varying concerns for similar reasons.

Hello? The only commitment any US senator should consider is a nominee's commitment to the United States. And Iran's possible acquisition of some nuclear weapons someday pales in the shadow of Israel's existing nuclear arsenal (300-400 nuclear weapons, by best estimates).

Many Jewish groups and columnists, all of whom support Israel, are strongly supporting Hagel. It is "only" the likes of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and the neo-conservatives who brought us the past decade of wars, plus those evangelicals following their lead, who really oppose him.

None of these groups has America's interests at heart. All, however, are fully prepared to spend American lives and treasure so that at the end of the day, armed Jewish settlers can play "master race" over impoverished and terrorized Palestinians, and Israel can pursue its goal of regional hegemony — assured by its US support base that its tail can and will wag the American dog, no matter what — with the neo-conservatives taking great care to ensure that they themselves will never be exposed to the dangers of war, cowardice and hypocrisy being their hallmarks.

Israel's designs are not worth a single American life (to say nothing of the lives we take waging Israel's wars) nor a single US dollar. As a 10-year Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam and an Army War College graduate, the attitude of those "GOP legislators" who see the US as Israel's global muscleman is professionally offensive and ethically insulting. The attitude of those Democratic senators who evaluate a nominee's fitness for office principally if not exclusively in terms of what is good for a foreign country is equally disgusting.

 

Hagel is making a very good showing, despite being forced by the circumstances attending his nomination to publicly recant many of his earlier positions, and even to apologize for some, despite the fact that all were both honest and accurate. But the people who put him in that position need to look in their mirrors, review their oaths of office and remember both their citizenship and their sworn responsibility to the American people – and then reflect on the consequences of their betrayal.

UK correspondent Stuart Littlewood correctly asserts:  "George Galloway would have made mincemeat of those Inquisitorial bar-flies."

Not only Galloway, but most M.P.s across the political spectrum in Europe would have ripped those speech-reading clowns to ribbons.

5 Comments »

  1. Solon February 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    "I shouldn't have said 'Jewish lobby.' It's the Israel lobby — people who advocate for Israel.  You know, Israel, the Jewish state."
     

  2. Mick February 2, 2013 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    When will 911 and the link to Israel be mentioned "on the floor" ?

    • Strawman February 3, 2013 at 12:35 am - Reply

      Don't hold your breath waiting for that one Mick. In fact it may even be illegal to do so. Guantanamo is still open for a reason.

  3. Doug February 3, 2013 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Alan,  I enjoy your writing and take on things,  This issue as well as 911 and the mossads involvement. I remember JFK saying in a 1961 speech that elements within our goverment have fomented a plot against the american people and he must warn the people of their plight.  I wonder who he was referring to? Please keep  doing the work of outing them!  

  4. Debbie
    Debbie February 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Paul Larudee is a writer and humn rights advocate in Northern California:

     

    The Chuck Hagel Hearing: “Are you lying?”  “No.”

     

    It was a classic exchange that will become an icon in the annals of the U.S. Senate and beyond.  Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the most loyal friends of Israel in that august body, was questioning his former colleague and now nominee for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, during the latter’s confirmation hearings.

     

    Referencing a statement that Hagel had made years earlier to the effect that “the Jewish Lobby intimidated Congress”, Graham asked, “Name one person who's intimidated by the Israel lobby in the United States Senate.”

     

    An intimidating request, to be sure, from a Senate spokesperson for the Lobby, when your confirmation is at stake.  If you give up a name, you might kill that person’s career or reputation and your own, as well.  If you say “Charles Percy”, it’s not necessarily true, because Percy was hounded out of the Senate for not being sufficiently intimidated.  You could quote from Paul Findley’s book They Dare to Speak Out, but his examples are also of those who paid dearly for refusing to be intimidated.

     

    You could choose to name yourself, or point out that the request itself is intimidating, but then you have the same problem or are begging the question.  What to do?

     

    In the end, after a pause that ended before it became too pregnant, Hagel replied, “I don’t know,” thus confirming his own submission to the Lobby’s intimidation, but in such a way as to be embarrassingly obvious to all in attendance.  Those who chose to interpret it as the ultimate loss of the last shred of Hagel’s self-respect suppressed a moan of sympathetic pain for him.  Those who found it a brilliant ploy that exposed and ridiculed the tactic must have suppressed a peal of laughter capable of bringing down the house.  I wish it had been me.

     

    In the end, it was the perfect response.  The bully with the brass knuckles could not fault it, but it made clear that Palestinians are not the only ones occupied by Israel.

     

    Thank you, Chuck.

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