Islamic Republic and Stephen Walt — Giddy Over Prospect of Chuck Hagel Nomination

On December 18, Press TV, Iran’s official government propaganda outlet featured a miscreant who attempted to tie the Sandy Hook massacre to “Jewish owned Hollywood” and “Israeli hit squads.” This type of “journalism” is quite the norm for Press TV. It routinely features outrageous programming that aims to denigrate “enemies of the state,” with special emphasis on Jews and Israel.

It therefore comes as no surprise that Press TV was downright giddy when reporting about the prospect of Chuck Hagel becoming one of the most powerful men in the White House. The article featured Hagel’s lengthy anti-Israel record and this presumably sits well with Iran’s fascist Mullah theocrats.

The Talkbacks were even more enlightening with each one vying for more “likes” by stoking the flames of hate. One stood out as particularly revealing. A Talkbacker going by the username of “12 imami” (wonder what that could possibly mean) commented, “SLOWLY BUT SURELY….. INSHALLAH!” All in caps, of course.

It scares me when the President’s top Pentagon pick gets raves from Iranians. Iran’s enthusiastic nod of approval likely stems from Hagel’s failure to sign off on bipartisan letters naming Hezbollah and the IRGC terrorist groups. It also stems from his lackadaisical attitude toward Iran’s nuclear arms ambitions as well as his association with an assortment of past anti-Israel actions and rhetoric.

Of course Iran wasn’t the only happy camper on the block. Stephen Walt, co-author of “The Israel Lobby,” a thoroughly discredited work of fiction, came out full-court press in favor of Hagel. When it comes to Israel-bashing, Walt rates among the top contenders. His co-authored screed features veiled anti-Semitism and its list of endorsers include bottom feeders such as former KKK leader David Duke and Holocaust denier, Mark Weber

In his blog, Walt cites payback against Prime Minister Netanyahu as a reason to appoint Hagel. That revenge would figure prominently in Walt’s reasoning speaks volumes about what kind of hateful and unsavory character Walt truly is. Walt despises Israel for reasons best known, and what better way to get back at Israel than to appoint as defense chief a former senator who, among all senators, arguably maintained the most viscerally hostile attitude toward Israel.

But Hagel’s hostility did not stop with Israel. It was directed against Jews as well. According to AJC Executive Director David Harris, In 1999 Hagel was the only senator who refused to sign a letter to then Russian President Boris Yeltsin urging action against rising anti-Semitism in that country. That action personifies Hagel but Walt shamefully doesn’t even bother to address it. Who cares about xenophobia? So long as it’s only directed against those troublesome, pesky Jews.

They say you can judge a man by his friends. By logical extension, you can also judge him by his supporters and judging by that standard, Hagel is radioactive.

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    "…Press TV was downright giddy when reporting about the prospect of Chuck Hagel becoming one of the most powerful men in the White House. The article featured Hagel’s lengthy anti-Israel record and this presumably sits well with Iran’s fascist Mullah theocrats."

    What does that tell us? Pleasing Iran is something 0'Bama excels at.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are. And the fact that Hagel has a LONG history of coddling killers and has supporters who are mostly anti-semitic in intent – admittedly or not – then his nomination would mean that Israel must separate itself immediately from Washington's bulwark, especially in any and all intel which Israel gives to Washington in spades.

    And it would be intrinsic for Jerusalem to cut its apron strings from US military aid, aid which is pushed back into US defense contractor's coffers, and harms Israel's in the process. Few understand why Israel asks for this aid, and it has nothing to do with financial need, as it is less than 2% of Israel's GDP. But it does have to do with those in powerful positions in Israel who are fixated in keeping Jerusalem tied to Washington, no matter what.

    So, if this dangerous nomination goes through – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/22/world-leaders…. the Islamist-in-Chief will have more than bared his fangs in relation to Israel, but it is not as if this is any big surprise – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/11/06/obamas-second

    This ain't rocket science.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Hagel. I remember this guy. He was a RINO from Nebraska that retired since he knew even with the advantages of being an incumbent there was no way they could be fooled into sending him for another term.

    So, we have a failure that crawled into a hole now coming back out since the current administration is more to his liking. It says something about his home state that they rejected this kind of poison.

    • coast watcher

      It says something about his home state that they elected Hagel in the first place, and kept electing him. I've known a few people from Nebraska; over the years, and every one of them was anti-semitic.

      • American Patriot

        Awfully broad stroke you paint with that brush of yours. Hagel is a bad dude, a really really bad dude but I'm sure that there are a lot of fine Nebraskans out that reject Hagel and his xenophobia.

        • Questions

          Warren Buffett, Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett, Bob Gibson, Virginia Thomas (wife of Justice Clarence Thomas) — all natives of the Cornhusker State. I'm not sure if any qualified as anti-Semitic.

          • coast watcher

            Those you mention above are obviously very good people, whom I respect and admire.(None are anti-semitic) However, my comments are not as far-fetched as some on this site think. Lincoln, Nebraska is the HQ of a neo-Nazi group, whose members include Gerhard Lauck and Randal Krager. Larry Trapp, an ex-World War 2 Nazi, made his home in Nebraska, and this is documented in a book, "Hate Crimes: Causes, controls, and Controversies," by Phyllis Gerstenfeld.(2010) Also, it has recently come to light that U.S. intelligence officials made America a "safe haven," for ex-Nazis fleeing Germany right after WW2. Some of them settled in Nebraska.

        • coast watcher

          _ And I'm just as sure that one out of ten Nebraskans are as bad as Chuck Hagel…and btw, I'm just as patriotic as yourself.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        Obviously it was 'very few'. What do you think about their new Senator?

        • American Patriot

          Yeah, you got me on that one.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            I have hopes for Deb Fischer, she was pushed over the two establishment candidates and is small town kind of people. I hope DC doesn't change her like it does so many others.

            Viva la Tea Party!

  • warpmine

    But what were the odds that the people he knew were anti-Semitic? I know the population isn't that great so finding a needle in a haystack should have been far more difficult.

  • JacksonPearson

    Well of course Mohammedans would be giddy over Chuck Hagel, because they'd have another Obama type in high office that'd be supportive for them.

    • Hannah

      Or, just maybe, a certain stripe of Mohammedan would prefer that we get back into the business of democratizing the Middle East, and maybe dissipate and overextend ourselves a little more. There must be another secular tyrant or two in need of comeuppance. I know that I found Bush's 2004 Inaugural Address convincing. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

      As a Libertarian, Obama's brand of poison seems the least bad of the two viable options. In the meantime, don't change a thing. Keep doing what you're doing and saying what you are saying. Believe it or not, there is not a lot of enthusiasm across the electorate for elective war and military budgets at 4% of GDP. Enjoy your echo chamber, and I am sure that you will start to win elections again. You know, real soon.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Or, just maybe, a certain stripe of Mohammedan would prefer that we get back into the business of democratizing the Middle East,"

        If you find one, they sure won't be doing anything to support 0'Bama's Islamic imperialism roll-outs.

        "There must be another secular tyrant or two in need of comeuppance."

        No, not really, unless you count 0'Bama as secular, which is a dubious claim, but I see your point.

        "As a Libertarian, Obama's brand of poison seems the least bad of the two viable options."

        Then you are not a very coherent "libertarian" because 0'Bama is pushing totalitarian religious and socialist tyranny.

        "Believe it or not, there is not a lot of enthusiasm across the electorate for elective war and military budgets at 4% of GDP. Enjoy your echo chamber, and I am sure that you will start to win elections again. You know, real soon."

        You're a pitiful joke for a supposed libertarian. I'd say it's far more likely you're a lying troll. Spreading lies is only considered morally good by Islamic imperialists and communists. Enjoy the delusions while they last. You can't take them with you. It won't end well for you unless you wake up.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Enjoy your echo chamber"

        How do I create an emoticon with rolling eyes?

  • Ghostwriter

    The last person we need right now in this administration is Chuck Hagel. This guy seems like a big jerk to me.

    • American Patriot

      He's worse than a jerk. He's downright dangerous & he's very bad for this country

  • Hannah

    A little clarity here, guys. At last check, Israel was, you know, one of many countries that aren't the US. I wonder if Hegel is reflexively anti-Belgium, or maybe anti-Argentina. Someone had better do some digging and find out where Messrs Hegel and Walt stand on all these other countries that are, you know, not the US?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      You're out of your depth. If you dare to try to argue with facts, you'll lose you silly troll.

      • Hannah

        Let's start slowly, shall we? I don't want to put too much on your plate. I presented one simple and objective fact which you failed to refute: Israel is one of many countries which isn't the US. Iron Age superstition and evangelical eschatology aside, as a purely practical matter, how is it that you justify your preoccupation with one of many foreign countries that, again, factually and objectively speaking, isn't the US?

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "I presented one simple and objective fact which you failed to refute: Israel is one of many countries which isn't the US."

          Correct. You presented one objective fact not in dispute and not salient to any discussions I see. You seem to think you've made a point that matters.

          Israel is a sovereign nation, separate from the sovereign nation of the USA. This is not news to anyone, anywhere.

          "…as a purely practical matter, how is it that you justify your preoccupation with one of many foreign countries that, again, factually and objectively speaking, isn't the US?"

          That's quite easy. It is clearly urgent for the USA to support Israel in the defensive war against Islamic imperialism. Where have you been? Lapping up leftist lies without any concern about whether they have any evidence at all? Not when you are motivated by hate and contempt.

          "Not the USA" does not equate with having no critical interests to the USA. What's wrong with you that you make such a basic statement like, "It's not the USA" and then conflate that with somehow being proof that it's not in the interest of the USA to be involved? I've heard from plenty of delusional isolationists before who don't argue very coherently, but yours is without question the one argument I've heard reduced to that ultimate point of absurdity.

          "It's not me, it can't be in my interest to care."

          How old are you? The world is a lot more complicated than you've acknowledged and if you want to be taken seriously, get up to speed on salient objective facts. They matter most.

          Wait, don't tell me your a disciple of Zinn? I guess if you swallow all of the revisionist lies, you might then think it's rational to follow 0'Bama's advice. Ever notice how enthusiastic the totalitarian regimes are around the world at having that loser in the Whitehouse? Didn't that make you curious at all? Oh yes, the ONLY thing that is in the interest of the USA is to stop being the world's only source of evil.

          You're totally indoctrinated or ignorant to the point of me wondering why you bothered here.

  • Hannah

    "Israel is a sovereign nation, separate from the sovereign nation of the USA. This is not news to anyone, anywhere. "

    But not all of us operate under that assumption. Hint: "X is an 'existential threat' to Israel" is not a conclusive argument that we can or should devote our resources to eradicating X. Israel is one of many foreign countries. Sometimes our interests align, and sometimes they don't.

    "That's quite easy. It is clearly urgent for the USA to support Israel in the defensive war against Islamic imperialism."

    Islamic Imperialism? Not sure if you're being ironic here. The combined annual GDP of 57 Muslim countries is $2 trillion. 800 million of the world's 1.4 billion Muslims are functionally illiterate. The Islamic world is hopelessly backward, splintered and lacks the requisite wealth and human capital to pose an economic or military threat to the US or its allies. More interestingly, the trend is downward; the Islam's share of world GDP is declining.

    If you're really this determined to be concerned, at least understand the threat. Perhaps the 9 million Muslims in France and Germany? Or the 3 million Muslims in living in the UK? If you really want to address the threat, direct a little of the warm and fuzzy feeling you have for AIPAC and Likud toward Geert Wilders, who is trying, at great risk of personal harm, to address the demographic trends that threaten to pull Europe into a second Dark Age.

    I fail to see anything objective or factual in the Bush Era approach of "Islam is a religion of peace, hijacked by a radical few," combined with the idolatry of liberal democracy and free markets in the absence of historical and cultural prerequisites, reflexive support for Israel, and an over reliance on military power to accomplish political ends. It seems that inconvenient facts on the ground in Afghanistan, Egypt and Pakistan have invalidated The Chimp. Of course, with all this, we get the added bonus of having given Muslims living in Europe a convenient bete noir on whom to focus, and a determination to repay our kindness in their countries of origin.

    Islamic Imperialism. Brilliant. It's 1938 and Munich all over again. You're quite the intellectual.

    • Tom

      It only takes one moderate bomb detonated in the right place to bring America down to their level and I, for one, do not care to allow that to happen (even though, a lot of what has transpired in the past might have justified the wrath of God being aimed at America). So allowing a known sympathizer for some of the most dangerous enemies of this country to be appointed to the position of Secretary of Defense is incomprehensible. What many do not understand is that even if all the Democraps vote for him in the committee hearings, it requires at least one vote from the minority party (Repubs in this case) to vote yes for the nomination to get to the Senate Floor. We must keep the pressure on to block this nomination. A united Republican group in the committee hearings are powerful enough to do it. However, one Lindsay Graham (usually the one who caves first) and we are dead and he is S of D. Same goes for John Kerry. He needs to be S of State about as much as we need wolves guarding the sheep.

      • American Patriot

        As for Repubs, Graham has already announced that he's got serious problems with Hagel. Dems also have issues w/ him. Eliot Engel, a ranking Dem said that he should not be confirmed. Now Engel doesn't get to vote cuz he's a representative but his views carry weight. It's also interesting that many Dems are keeping silent on the issue. You'd think there would be a chorus of support given the President's position but there's dead silence, which means that they're not enthusiastic. O made a big mistake on this one. He wanted to screw Israel and instead, he's the one with egg on his face.

  • irateiconoclast

    Hagel: Clear and present danger.

  • abbas

    he is the only politician that has an understanding how bad the siuation is in middle east and the attacking him would not solve anyting.