The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that Iran's Press TV praises Chuck Hagel. How is it possible in the 21st century that a Jew-hater like Hagel would be named Secretary if Defense? Obama.
Back in early December, I posted on Obama's pick for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. Much handwringing and chatter followed from Obama's Jews, as if this was unexpected.
Geller, right again. And again. And again.
From my 2009 book, The Post-American Presidency, by Pamela Geller with Robert Spencer:
Like Brzezinski, [Rosa] Brooks also indulged in the familiar anti-Semite’s complaint: that a few simple criticisms of Israel got one slapped with accusations of…anti-Semitism. (Neither, of course, seemed inclined to own up to how they had prejudged the case and stacked the deck against Israel.) Brooks enunciated this complaint in this way in 2006: “Publish something sharply critical of Israeli government policies and you’ll find out. If you’re lucky, you’ll merely discover that you’ve been uninvited to some dinner parties. If you’re less lucky, you’ll be the subject of an all-out attack by neoconservative pundits and accused of rabid anti-Semitism.”[i]
Former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) would probably have agreed with Brooks. According to the Jerusalem Post, he was “one of a handful of senators who frequently didn’t sign AIPAC-backed letters related to Israel and the peace process during his time in the Senate and opposed additional sanctions on Iran.”
Apparently, like Brooks, he has faced criticism for these anti-Israel stances – and has complained that “the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people.”[ii]
Yet Hagel himself doesn’t seem to have been particularly intimidated. In the Senate he amassed a significant track record as one of a hardline hater of Israel who would not affix his name even to the most innocuous pro-Israel initiative. When all but four Senators signed a pro-Israel statement in 2000, Hagel was one of the holdouts. The next year, he was again among the few Senators – eleven this time – who refused to add their names to a statement urging George W. Bush not to meet with Yaser Arafat as long as the Palestinian groups under his control continued to pursue violence against Israel. In 2005, Hagel, along with 26 other senators, opposed a call to the Palestinian Authority to disqualify terror groups from participating in elections. And when twelve senators wrote to the European Union in 2006 asking that the EU join the U.S. in classifying Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, Hagel was once again one of the few.[iii]
Hagel wasn’t intimidated, and Barack Hussein Obama wasn’t either. In late October 2009 he appointed Hagel co-chair of his Intelligence Advisory Board.[iv] And in a particularly piquant symbolic move, the appointment was announced at J Street’s first annual conference – by Steve Clemons of George Soros’s New America Foundation.[v]
And the effect of all this showed in his policies, beginning almost immediately when he took office.
It bodes ill for Jews just how comfortable and at ease Obama obviously is with proud anti-Semites and Israel haters. Obama has appointed all these people, but has concealed their true natures.
[i] Rosa Brooks, “Criticize Israel? You’re an Anti-Semite!,” Los Angeles Times, September 3, 2006.
[ii] “Obama names Israel critic to intelligence board,” Jerusalem Post, October 29, 2009.
[iii] “Indecisive Senator Hagel has Questionable Israel Record,” National Jewish Democratic Council, March 12, 2007. http://njdc.typepad.com/njdcs_blog/2007/03/indecisive_sena.html
[iv] “Obama names Israel critic to intelligence board,” Jerusalem Post, October 29, 2009.
[v] Sammy Benoit, “Obama Appoints Another Israel-Hating Adviser: Chuck Hagel,” The Lid, October 28, 2009. http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2009/10/obama-appoints-another-israel-hating.html