Chuck Hagel: “Terrorists Cannot be Defeated on the Battlefield”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Of all the things you want in a Secretary of Defense, high on the list is competence. A Secretary of Defense who believes that terrorists cannot be defeated on the battlefield is a failure before he even takes office. But Hagel’s views, in this rant attacking Israel’s campaign in Lebanon actually mirror the views of Obama Inc.

Back in 2006, on the floor of the Senate, Hagel demanded that “the sickening slaughter on both sides must end” and warned that our relationship with Israel “cannot be at the expense of our Arab and Muslim relationships.”

“Military action alone will not destroy Hezbollah or Hamas,” Hagel warned. “The pursuit of tactical military victories at the expense of the core strategic objective of Arab-Israeli peace is a hollow victory. The war against Hezbollah and Hamas will not be won on the battlefield.”

Hagel urged America to listen closely to our partners in Saudi Arabia, “countries that understand the Middle East far better than we do.” And parroting Saudi rhetoric, like a good Saudi lobbyist, Hagel claimed that “the core of all challenges in the Middle East remains the underlying Arab-Israeli conflict.”

This claim was and is nonsense, all the more obviously so after the Sunni-Shiite conflicts and the Arab Spring, but it’s a talking point that immediately allows you to recognize a Saudi stooge or one of their useful idiots.

Hagel then began pushing the Beirut Declaration. “Today, we need a new Beirut Declaration-type initiative. We squandered the last one. The concept and intent of the 2002 Beirut Declaration is as relevant today as it was in 2002.

“The United States should engage our Middle East and international partners to revive the Beirut Declaration, or some version of that declaration, proposed by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and adopted unanimously by the Arab League in March of 2002. In this historic initiative, the Arab world recognized Israel’s right to exist and sought to establish a path toward a two-state solution and broader Arab-Israeli peace.”

What did the actual Beirut Declaration state? It spent several paragraphs celebrating the Palestinian Arab terrorism that they fund, it endorsed Hezbollah, and then it offered to sign a peace agreement with Israel and establish relations with the Jewish State, if Israel withdrew from all 1967 territories and accepted the refugees, which would mean the destruction of Israel.

Then Hagel urged the US to begin negotiating with Syria and Iran, whining, “Even superpowers have to talk to bad guys.”

“Ultimately, the United States will need to engage Iran and Syria with an agenda open to all areas of agreement and disagreement. For this dialog to have any meaning or possible lasting relevance, it should encompass the full agenda of issues.”

In 2005, a year earlier, Hagel was even more explicit saying that Gaza could not “remain a prison to its own citizens” and encouraging a “grand bargain with Iran’s people.” Three years earlier, Hagel had called for “a regional security plan for the Persian Gulf by working with the United Nations, the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Iran, and Iraq.”

This is still Hagel’s vision and it is why Obama chose him.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Hagel hearts with third world tyrants, as does the Radical/Islamist-in-Chief. Birds of a feather.

    Hagel will make sure that America's hyper power stays as far away from certain engagement battles, but will enter the fray when other factors are at play.

    in other words, when R2P can be used to install the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia as the winners, "leading from behind" will be the way "forward".

    It matters not a whit that he is officially a Republican. He is more than soft on terrorists and that is that – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/07/when-authenti

    The rest is smoke and mirrors.

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

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Hagel hearts with third world tyrants, as does the Radical/Islamist-in-Chief. Birds of a feather.

    Here is where his heart lies, and the rest is smoke and mirrors – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/07/when-authenti

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

  • john spielman

    Chuck Hagel is quite right when he says terrorist cannot defeated on the battlefield, however it can be defeated by speaking openly and publicly to the world about it and above all NAMING it. Terrorism, thy name is ISLAM. Until this politically suicidal correctness stops and the truth about the nature and intent of Islam is spoken freely;y and from the governments podiums both in the western hemisphere and Europe and Asia Africa and Australia the problem will continue to grow.

    • FPF

      No he is not right, Islam terrorists can be defeated on the battlefield just like it was in the past few hundred years until the West is in appeasement mode then Islam terrorists are gradually crawling back. All telling and no action will do nothing effectively to Islam terrorists. Right now the leftists and Islam terrorists are allied to suppress both telling and action.
      True, until all "true peace" loving human beings know the true political face and aggression of Islam, battlefield will not be the true battlefield.

    • AnOrdinaryMan

      The U.S. Navy defeated Islamic jihadists(read: terrorists)–the Barbary pirates–twice.(1805 and 1815)
      Hagel is wrong.

      • Anamah

        You are right and he is an ignorant who sadly doesn't know it.

  • FPF

    "“cannot be at the expense of our Arab and Muslim relationships.”" It's an either or option and can not be both, his love of Islam and hatred toward Jews is obvious. Perfect in line with Hussein Obama's.

  • Ben Cohen

    Translation: Throw Israel under the bus so maybe slightly fewer Americans will be murdered by Jihadists.

  • Kevin Stroup

    He is correct, but not in the way he intends. You are swatting mosquitoes when we need to be draining the swamp. Destroy Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Iran and most Islamofascist terrrorist acts would cease. Terrorist need money, a home base to rest, plan and supply at. These countries fit this profile. All terrorist groups need money. Follow the money trail and you can destroy their enablers and supporters. Once they are gone, the terrorist will eventually die of starvation and attrition.

  • Arlie

    Hagel, Brennen & Kerry…..I wish they were nothing but the 3 stooges comedy team BUT they are more like the 3 Saudi Stooges in America. Now Islam will get a clear signal USA=COWARDS.

    "Because I know G-d is just I tremble for my country"

  • Anamah

    This guy is simply a disaster. The right man to destroy the good ones of the world. The right man to put America in a defenseless mode and encourage our enemies. The president is choosing very dangerous moves for his second term .

  • JacksonPearson

    Chuck Hagel is about as scary as watching a knife fight, in a dark alley, between "Freddy Krueger" and "Charles Manson." Clickity, click click, and swish, swish!

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "This claim was and is nonsense, all the more obviously so after the Sunni-Shiite conflicts and the Arab Spring, but it’s a talking point that immediately allows you to recognize a Saudi stooge or one of their useful idiots."

    Yep.

  • D-Boy

    Chuck Hagel is as dumb as a post.
    Fear not him who can get you killed (KILL YOU) but fear him who after he has killed you has the power to cast you into hell. Chuck Hagel is a nobody who will pay dearly for his arrogance. but not from human hands. Like a fish on a hook this poor sap Hagel comes. Hang on to you butts!

  • silver gonzales

    Another politico – celebrity on a muslim payroll

  • fellowtruthteller

    Hagel helped start a company called Vanguard Cellular Systems and became a multimillionaire. Hagel traveled on business to 60 countries and installed cell systems in Britain, Costa Rica and Saudi Arabia

  • fellowtruthteller

    Hagel Donor List Includes Saudis, Turkey

  • fellowtruthteller

    Chuck Hagel , advocated for closer U.S.-Saudi Arabia ties at a 2009 New America Foundation conference on U.S.-Saudi ties.

  • fellowtruthteller

    Hagel's wife, Lilibet Hagel, endorsed Obama in his first run for president. Hagel also was mentioned as a possible candidate for Pentagon chief when Obama was first elected

  • fellowtruthteller

    In 2008, a noteworthy supporter of Hagel as a nominee for vice president or defense secretary was the pro-Castro socialist Medea Benjamin, executive director of Code Pink, who said: “Hagel would be a good choice. I think he’s shown himself to be an outspoken critic of the terrible policies of the Bush administration

  • jim mac

    Hagel is another Oblamer idiot like Joe stick foot in mouth Biden.