Why is a Gambler from Hong Kong Funding the Pro-Hagel Campaign?


When J Street’s finances were first exposed, besides our good friend, George “My most exciting time was collaborating in the Holocaust” Soros, there was one major donor name on it who provided most of the dough for the leftist anti-Israel group. Consolacion Esdicul.

Who was Consolacion Esdicul and how did she have that much money to throw into the pot? Consolacion Esdicul turned out to be the secretary of Bill Benter, a very successful Hong Kong leftist gambler on horse races who is renowned for his ability to “mask his bets.”

The horse that Bill is backing now is a whiny creaky old nag named Chuck Hagel. And the one thing that J Street and Hagel have in common is that they both hate the Jewish State.

But over the last two weeks, Hagel’s friends in the Democratic political world have come to his aid, principally by rounding up senior former officials to write supportive op-eds and funding an advertising effort to spread the world that Hagel does in fact have bipartisan support.

The Cable has learned that a large chunk of that pro-Hagel money is coming from one Democratic donor, gambling legend Bill Benter, who is working with the Podesta Group, a Washington lobbying firm, to support pro-Hagel advertising. Podesta facilitated Benter’s funding of a week of ads in Politico’s Playbook must-read daily newsletter, written by Mike Allen, a spokesman for Benter confirmed to The Cable.

“The Bipartisan Group issued its letter to set the record straight on Chuck Hagel’s character and on the positions taken by that Group. One of the Group’s long-time supporters, Bill Benter, paid for the advertising so that the letter could reach a wider audience,” the spokesman said. “The public interest would be better served if those organizations which spent much more on attack ads against Senator Hagel would also disclose their donors.”

Maybe so, but it seems as if knowing the identity of the man dropping big bucks to get a man appointed Defense Secretary is of far more importance than the names of those who don’t want him appointed.

Especially if that man is operating out of territory controlled by Communist China and the sources of his money are somewhat on the vague side.

Behind the bipartisan campaign is a partisan rich man who operates in an enemy country outside the United States and has done his best to influence the choice of the next Defense Secretary at a time when the Asia Pivot is an issue.

To me that seems to be quite problematic indeed.

Hagel served as the chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and wrote the legislation that authorized it.

In December, the Atlantic Council chaired by Hagel issued a report stating that, “U.S. strategy to 2030 must deepen cooperation with China as the most crucial single factor that will shape the international system…” and stated that “U.S. strategy will need to accommodate legitimate, essential Chinese interests.”

In 2005, Hagel authored an editorial urging against any aggressive US measures to deal with the trade imbalance.  Hagel has also been on record as warning the United States against supporting Taiwan for fear of being dragged into a war with China.

“The cornerstone of our approach to policy toward China and Taiwan has been the so-called ‘one China’ policy: There is but one China; Taiwan is part of China and the question of Taiwan’s future must be settled peacefully,” he said on the Senate floor.

In 1998, Hagel aggressively pushed for granting Most Favored Nation status to China. In December 2001, he warned strongly against offending China.

Now, do we want to deliberately offend China or start China or force China or induce China into an arms race? Of course not. China will have to do what it believes is the best in their own self-interest.

In 1999, in response to Chinese theft of American nuclear secrets, Hagel launched into yet more apologetics for the People’s Republic of China.

We probably are at the lowest ebb in our relationship with China since our formal recognition of the two countries 20 years ago. That’s not good news for the world. I think we have to be careful here that we first of all don’t overstate, overplay. We don’t politicize this, we don’t dramatize this in a way that’s unfair, because we have many interests with China.

One wonders who “we” is?

Hagel even pandered to North Korea, China’s client, urging more appeasement.

Yet Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, the second-ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the U.S. should not dismiss the idea of one-on-one negotiations with North Korea.

“Great powers engage. We do need to engage the North Koreans” because the U.N. resolution is weak and limited, Hagel said.

After the collision a US plane and the capture of its 24 crew members by China in 2001, Hagel offered up more appeasement.

“We are at a very important and delicate point in our relationship with the People’s Republic of China and how this is handled will go a long way as to the future of that relationship,”

Ladies and gentlemen, Obama’s pick for Secretary of Defense. A man who spent his career in the Senate pandering to China and whose bid is being backed by a mysterious fellow in Hong Kong.

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    What is it about the tiny State of Israel, one of the smallest countries in the world, that so many rich and powerful people in lands thousands of miles away, find so objectionable? Certainly no Israeli policy could possibly affect a gambler in Hong Kong. So what is it? For centuries the powerful and powerless have accused the Jews of running the world. If that were true, you would think things would have gone better for the Jews. Now it is clear to me that rather than running the world, the Jews are the ones who are being manipulated. This man, Benter, with all his money and power, is he really that afraid of this tiny little country and this small group of people that he must pour so much of his wealth into destroying them?

    • Mary Sue

      they buy into the Palestinian-spawned lie that the only reason that there's problems in the middle east is because of Israel.

      • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

        Aside from a visceral hatred of the Jewish State, there is little doubt that a revolutionary Obama regime is implanting all those who are in sync with reds and greens. This is why the appointments are so important to thwart. Their (Hagel's and Brennan's) places at the American helm ensures that Islam will rise, as will red China – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/07/when-authenti

        Besides, if it looks like a communist/socialist/Marxist looking glass, it is – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/05/if-it-looks-l

        As such, this murky mega bucks daddy is more than pleased to install China's puppet, in concert with the leader of the heretofore free world! Recall, the "flexibility' off-mic comment too.

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

      • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

        Aside from a visceral hatred of the Jewish State, there is little doubt that a revolutionary Obama regime is implanting all those who are in sync with reds and greens. This is why the appointments are so important to thwart. Their (Hagel's and Brennan's) places at the American helm ensures that Islam will rise, as will red China – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/07/when-authenti

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "What is it about the tiny State of Israel, one of the smallest countries in the world, that so many rich and powerful people in lands thousands of miles away, find so objectionable?"

      There are many layers to the answer. In the case of China, it's very useful for them to whip up contention around the world that keeps the West occupied outside of the region China was more control of. It actually distracts from just about every shady move they make in this world because people are fixated on lies about Islamic supremacist and its war front with the West in Israel.

    • ron

      Because it isn't tiny. It is the largest and most important country on Earth. In the history of humanity there has never been a more important country. Everything we do is to bring God's rule back to this world. To bring the world back to a proper state so He can rebuild His house without damaging us. This is true if we live in Eretz Yisrael proper, or in the Adirondacks. There is a terrible spiritual war being waged and Israel is the center of it.

  • Capt_Z1

    Obaba keeps toutong both Kerry and Hagel as wounded war heros from Vietnam. I wounder if they both wrote each others warrants for the issuance of the purple heart?

  • Ghostwriter

    I don't know if Hagel is qualified to be Secretary of Defense. He almost certainly has his head in the clouds and we need leaders who live in the real world.

    • ron

      Just give him his 30 pieces of silver and be done with him.