Key Questions on Chuck Hagel Go Unanswered

Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.


Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, plans to proceed on Tuesday with a committee vote on the confirmation of former Senator Chuck Hagel to serve as the next Secretary of Defense.  Senator Levin has brushed aside objections from at least 25 Senate Republicans that a vote is premature until Hagel releases more information about whether the entities he has been affiliated with since leaving the Senate in 2009 have received money from foreign groups or governments.

“The committee cannot have two different sets of financial disclosure standards for nominees, one for Senator Hagel and one for other nominees,” Levin wrote in a letter last Friday to the committee’s ranking Republican, Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe.

We can expect a committee vote largely along party lines.  Since the Democrats  hold a majority on the committee, Hagel should pass this hurdle and have his fate decided on the Senate floor where a Republican-led filibuster is possible.  Senator Inhofe has threatened to use procedural roadblocks that would have to be overcome by a 60-vote super-majority.  Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has also threatened to hold up a floor vote on Hagel until Senator Graham is satisfied that the full truth about the Benghazi debacle is revealed.

Republican senators are split on whether to try to prevent an up-or-down floor vote on Hagel’s confirmation. Senator John McCain, while indicating on Fox News Sunday that he was presently inclined to vote no on Hagel’s confirmation, has opposed the idea of a filibuster.  “I just do not believe a filibuster is appropriate, and I would oppose such a move,” Senator McCain told reporters last week.

At least three other Republican Senators — Senators Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine and Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri — have also come out against a filibuster.  When also taking into account the two Republican senators who have declared their support for Senator Hagel’s confirmation — Senators Mike Johanns of Nebraska and Thad Cochran of Mississippi — a filibuster or hold on the floor vote is unlikely to succeed. It will only delay the inevitable. The Obama administration is arguing that an immediate vote before the Senate recesses late this week is necessary for national security purposes, possibly to set grounds for a recess appointment if no vote is taken.  However, in light of the Court of Appeals decision last month striking down President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board on constitutional grounds, Obama may not want to go that route again so soon after the court’s ruling.

Filibusters cut both ways.  A party in the minority may find itself regretting the day it set a precedent for filibustering a confirmation of the president’s choice for an important cabinet post when the shoe is on the other foot.  Nevertheless, while the nomination of Senator John Tower by President George H.W. Bush was rejected in a floor vote and not filibustered in 1989, Republicans can point to how roughly he was treated by Democrats over allegations regarding his private conduct and about possible conflicts of interest.  After his defeat, Tower rebuked his former fellow senators with an unflattering comparison to Lebanon: “They’re pretty straightforward what they do in Beirut. They hurl a grenade at someone or shoot a machine gun. Up here, it’s a little more subtle, but just as ruthless, just as brutal. They kill you in a different way.”

Even if Republicans, as expected, decide not to go forward with a filibuster, Hagel should be pressed to release more financial information before the final vote proceeds.  Enough embarrassing information could start to come out that might lead Hagel to withdraw his name, rather than face the drip-by-drip disclosure of even more embarrassing information.

Senator McCain is plain wrong in his assertion that Hagel has provided sufficient financial information to meet disclosure requirements. After being prodded, Hagel did ask the Atlantic Council (which he chairs) to release information concerning foreign government and foreign entity donations. The Atlantic Council complied. But it barely scratches the surface.

The governments of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, as well as five separate Turkish government entities, are on the list of donors.  NATO, the European Commission and the governments of such Western countries as Norway, Sweden, Finland, Luxemburg and the United Kingdom are also listed as donors, but their trans-Atlantic focus makes sense while the interest of Arab states in financially supporting the Atlantic Council is far less clear.  Turkey is a member of NATO, but it has been turning eastward in its foreign policy focus rather than toward Europe and the Atlantic.  Why such an interest by Turkish government entities in the Atlantic Council?

Money can translate into influence. However, while the donor list looks fairly diverse on the surface, it is not possible to evaluate degrees of influence without knowing the specific amounts contributed by each donor.

Moreover, the information that the Atlantic Council made available to the Senate presents more questions than answers.   For example, why are there so many separate Turkish government entities listed as donors, disproportionate to any other country?   And why are so many of those Turkish government entities, which made separate donations, involved in the energy industry? When did these donations commence?

In February 2009, Chuck Hagel was elected chairman of the Atlantic Council. The very next year Chuck Hagel joined the Board of Directors of Chevron. Is it a mere coincidence that one of the Turkish donors – Turkish Petroleum Corporation – signed a major deal with Chevron for joint oil exploration in the Black Sea in 2010?  The exploration phase is non-operated, but Chevron would become operator during any future development of the project. How about the deal that Chevron has entered into with Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdish enclave for oil exploration, that could be followed by the construction of a pipeline for transporting oil from the enclave into Turkey? Turkey’s Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAS), like the Turkish Petroleum Corporation, is on the Atlantic Council donor list.

Closer to home, Chevron received nearly $1.2 billion in contracts and grants from the Defense Department during fiscal years 2010, 2011, and 2012, according to an article last month in the San Francisco Chronicle. Will Chuck Hagel recuse himself as Secretary of Defense from involving himself in any decisions regarding the future of those contracts and grants even if, as expected, he resigns as a Chevron Board member and either sells or puts his Chevron stock into a blind trust?

The Saudi Arabian Khaled Juffali Company is another Atlantic Council donor.  Khaled Juffali, Managing Partner of  E. A. Juffali and Brothers Co. and Chairman of Khaled Juffali Company, was also co-chairman of a gala Atlantic Council dinner held in September 2010 in New York.

It so happens that while Chuck Hagel was teaching at the Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Omar Shakir, the founder and president of Students Confronting Apartheid by Israel at Georgetown University, was a recipient of the school’s Khaled Juffali Scholarship.  Shakir was pursuing his masters degree in the Arab Studies Program at its School of Foreign Service in 2010.  Fox News has just reported that in September of 2008,  a few months before Hagel commenced his professorial duties at Georgetown, Hagel delivered a speech at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Hagel did not disclose this speech in materials he submitted to the Senate submitted to the Armed Services Committee, as well as another speech he had delivered to the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee in June of 2008.

It may be a complete coincidence that Kahled Juffali’s name comes up in connection with two separate organizations with which Hagel has been affiliated. However, it is worth asking whether Hagel had any input into the decision of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he was given the title of “Distinguished Professor,” to grant an avowed Israel hater with a scholarship funded by the same Saudi connections who were providing contributions to his Atlantic Council.

Surely, if John Tower had to go through such a brutal examination of his personal life that Tower would have preferred being in Beirut, Hagel’s record deserves far more scrutiny than the Democratic Senate majority and President Obama appear ready to permit.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Many questions only have one answer, Chuckie-boy is in bed with America's enemies. Now, who expects him to admit it, and most importantly, this is why he was nominated!

    Proofs are contained within http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/11/john-brennan-

    Even though the above starts out taking Brennan to task, Chuckie's turn is included too. Birds of an Islamic feather!

    BTW, the powers that be, in Jerusalem, know what's what, and they are as concerned as Americans about Obama's anti-American nominations. Israel's media may state otherwise, but they are blowing smoke.

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

    • EarlyBird

      Adina, you're a liar, and a shill for your country, Israel.

      Hagel is a patriotic American who would be a pro-American US Secretary of Defense (you'll notice "US" not "Israel") independent of the manipulations of your country, which is why you're against him.

      I'll stay out of Israeli politics if you stay out of American politics, okay?

      • Mary Sue

        "patriotic American" obviously is a subjective term here.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "“I just do not believe a filibuster is appropriate, and I would oppose such a move,” Senator McCain told reporters last week."

    Hanging tough against the tyrants as always. He's as tough as a RINO alright.

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

      That's exactly why McCain had to spend millions to buy his office. You know how hard it is to spend millions in a state like Arizona?

      He's just out of step, and he's getting dangerous.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        He is on the other side of a corrupt government coin, political corruption extends to shilling
        for supposed opponents. It must be that the political ties are similar to the family ties
        that bind and gag. McCain knows Hagel is and enemy of America and out for financial
        gain by any means, treason is no block to corrupt government employment, the
        Republicans make a fuss but the fix is in, sickening at best. A third party should be
        possible from the energy generated by taxpayer disgust, the pity is more suffering is
        needed to wake up enough Americans to the harm ahead of us…………..William

        • EarlyBird

          How is Hagel an "enemy of America." Truly, lay it out for us, and not BullS**T about anything to do with his finances.

          Either that, or stop lying, "Christian."

          • WilliamJamesWard

            Oh! Oh! Oh! my goodness it's the Blue Bird of unhappiness. Hagel is a slug and
            lies down with Communist/Socialist/Islamist fleas. Hagel has your support, enough
            said……………..William

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Truly, lay it out for us, and not BullS**T about anything to do with his finances."

            Merely finances eh? BS? When you take money from our enemies doesn't make you an enemy? Your opinion makes you an enemy too. You're so silly. That's just the tip of the iceberg. You only have to read what he's done for his whole life.

            What a loser you are. You'd do a lot better with your nonsense where people might not see through you so quickly.

  • silver gonzales

    Most of the time, I believe that America is done on so many fronts, the only thing that will give America a chance is violence asap. Squash the leftists and all muslim money taking career politicians like Hagel, Brennan, Carter, Powell, Obama and the rest. The RINOs are only a heartbeat away.

    • EarlyBird

      So, you're calling for a brutal right wing crackdown on other Americans?

      Why is it that "conservatives" like you are so paranoid and brittle and always just an inch away from mass violence? Why do you hate America so much?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        silver gonzales: "Squash the leftists and all muslim money taking career politicians like Hagel, Brennan, Carter, Powell, Obama and the rest."

        EarlyBird: "So, you're calling for a brutal right wing crackdown on other Americans?"

        No. You just can't read with comprehension.

        "Why is it that "conservatives" like you are so paranoid and brittle and always just an inch away from mass violence?"

        Because anything can happen in your delusional mind.

        • EarlyBird

          Pay attention, Facts I Object To Don't Matter: Here is the offending sentence:

          "Most of the time, I believe that America is done on so many fronts, the only thing that will give America a chance is violence asap."

          He's calling for "violence," you dolt.

  • Fred

    Barry wants Hagel because they both hate Israel and the Jewish People. Simple to understand.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Hagel hates Israel because it is a threat to Arab oil and the sweet deals he has made with
    the enemies of freedom, Israel will soon produce oil and gas that will cause competition
    no Arab producers want. Obama appoints people with ties to Islam, Hagel is a useful
    stooge for his plans while the American Government is undone. Is America so far from
    what it was that we are living now past the days of it's goodness and the rot is evident
    at the top. With the deteriorating conditions in America will we be feted by a complete
    collapse of government and a Military takeover, what's next…………………William

    • EarlyBird

      If Israeli oil and gas production is a threat to Arab oil (and supposedly Hagel), then he'd be REALLY threatened by America's massive oil boom during the past four years of Obama. We've become more energy independent since 2008 than a long time in history.

      Further, everyone knows that simply adding oil to the world's oil supply does not necessarily cut down the price; others can just limit production, thereby making the commodity more scarce and expensive.

      And the rest of your rant is merely lunacy, the howls of a confused, white middle aged man who can't understand that he's living in an America which is just as red, white and blue as its every been.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        I am glad you can speak for everyone, market manipulation is a fact of life and there
        has been no competition due to American oil and Opec keeping the price obscenely
        high. Insulting verbage shows your immaturity and stupidity, grow up, molt………William

        • EarlyBird

          Oh, sorry. I should have just called you "an enemy of America."

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Oh, sorry. I should have just called you "an enemy of America.""

            Yes do. It just reminds us yet again that since facts don't matter to you, you can say whatever you want.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            We are enemies of Socialism and OPEC.

            You EarlyTurd are an friend of Socialism, OPEC and rampant Islamofascsim.

          • EarlyBird

            Hi Screw Up,

            You shouldn't be an enemy to OPEC.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            EarlyTurd,

            OPEC rapes the entire world with $100 per barrel.

            Time to smash the OPEC cartel.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "If Israeli oil and gas production is a threat to Arab oil"

        Whether or not anyone actually believes it, most sharia regimes have to put attacking Israel above self-interest. And because of their massive oil revenue are able to mount significant dirty campaigns against Israel and the West.

        Now one might think that you'd only have to explain this a few times to a distracted drug-taking teenager. You on the other hand have to hear it several times a day and still deny these fundamental facts.

        Maybe you're on sharia payroll too.

        "…white middle aged man who can't understand that he's living in an America which is just as red, white and blue as its every been."

        Clearly projecting a confused and deluded mind on to others. Thank God America's flag hasn't changed much. That's not quite what we see as the threat but we'll never get through to you in the land of denial.

        • EarlyBird

          You're not this dumb, OFM, so stop pretending.

          My point was that Israeli oil production does nothing to harm Arab oil interests, and so the supposed "link" between Hagel and Arab oil is not "threatened" as asserted by one of your fellow right wing hysterics above.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        EarlyTurd,

        The OPEC cartel that is raping the entire world with $100 per barrel oil needs to be crushed.

        Getting the US off of OPEC oil and ending the flow of billions per day out of the US for OPEC oil is a way to crush OPEC.

        • EarlyBird

          Get educated, Screw Up. You not only sound like a socialist yourself, but one who has zero idea of how world oil prices are created.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            EarlyTurd,

            $100 per barrel oil damages world economies.

            SMASH the OPEC cartel.

            If that's OK with you comrade.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Hagel hates Israel because it is a threat to Arab oil and the sweet deals he has made with
      the enemies of freedom,"

      Precisely.

  • RiverFred

    Bill gross of Pimco said the U . S. will go under due to its unsustainable debt, buy gold and real assets.
    Our govt wants to put a bandaid on a major wound, when will they wake up?

  • Common Sense

    You should all try putting America first before Israel. You keep talking about Chuck Hagel being in bed with America's enemies? That is absolute crap. Is talking to your enemy, such as Iran or Hamas, being in bed with them? Why would that be? Ronald Reagan spoke with Russia. Richard Nixon did it with China, and you know what? The world is a better place for it; a safer place. I know why you don't like Chuck Hagel. It's because you all think that Israel deserves every last piece of land that it wants, including land that doesn't belong to it. You're wrong. Additionally, that point of view only serves to endanger our security. Also, you're racist. Why is standing up against anti – Arab discrimination a bad thing? Wouldn't you do the same for Jews? Are you saying that one group is better than the other? If you are, guess what you're bigots. Additionally, you're ignorant bigots. Finally, you're ignorant, disloyal bigots, always putting Israel over America. I'm proud to be an American. Why aren't you guys? You guys mention treason. Look in the mirror.

    • EarlyBird

      Wow. Genuine common sense on Front Page Magazine. Thank you.

      CS, just realize that you've entered the Twilight Zone. This is a place for the most radical, desperate and ill-informed right wingers to congregate and get fed red meat from their Israeli First masters. This is a place where the most racist, hateful, religiously fundamentalist, anti-democratic impulses can be raised, usually without the upset of having sane people call them on it.

      This place often reads like a Saturday Night Live send-up of the far right wing.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "This place often reads like a Saturday Night Live send-up of the far right wing."

        That's because you can't…read correctly.

        • EarlyBird

          Oh, another tragically misunderstood facist wing nut! Boo hoo…

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            EarlyTurd – another fascist socialist.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        EarlyTurd said:

        "This is a place where the most racist, hateful, religiously fundamentalist, anti-democratic impulses can be raised"

        Seems you haven't checked the papers lately.

        Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi of Egypt, Hamass, Saudi Arabia, Islamofascist Regimes of Pakistan and Iran.

        EarlyTurd, You ARE the weakest link.

        • EarlyBird

          Oops. Sounds like I hit a nerve again.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Sounds like you made a fool of yourself again.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "You keep talking about Chuck Hagel being in bed with America's enemies? That is absolute crap. Is talking to your enemy, such as Iran or Hamas, being in bed with them? "

      Talking is fine. It's what you say that matters. He's on their payroll. Get it?

    • Mary Sue

      wrong. Israel doesn't want land that doesn't belong to it. Palestinians want land to whom it never belonged.

      • EarlyBird

        Mary Sue, I get the feeling you would jump off a cliff if a conservative told you to do it.

        Nobody disputes, even the most zealous Greater Israel Zionist, that a group of people called "Palestinians," lived in what is considered by honest and sane people the Occupied Territories. My God, woman, think for yourself.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          EarlyTurd,

          Even an uneducated boob like yourself may have learned that the Jews were in Israel before the bandit "prophet" mohammed came on the scene – or maybe not.

  • EarlyBird

    Everyone reading this article knows full well that Klein couldn't care less about anything to do with Hagel's finances. He hates Hagel because Hagel would be a pro-American US Secretary of Defense, independent of the Israel lobby.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Everyone reading this article knows full well that Klein couldn't care less about anything to do with Hagel's finances."

      He can't count high enough to pay for his groceries? The issue is not "finances," it's finances that point to being paid by our enemies. Are you that thick-headed or simply in love with those who want to destroy the West?

      Every leftist argument starts out with non-salient claims that seem to be true. What is salient about the financial issues are what lies underneath you silly drunk.

    • Mary Sue

      no he wouldn't. Being anti-Israel is in this context ALSO being anti-American because of what that entails. Being against Israel can only weaken the US

  • Gabrielle

    I see that Hagel has made it out of comittee. I am surprised, I thought that they would deny his confirmation as a way to assure and push Brennan through. Of the two I consider Brennan the most dangerous and I believe his knowing the whereabouts of our CIA undercover agents in the Middle East could be a disaster for them and us.

    It is stunning to me that this country is being dismantled right front of our eyes and even Republicans will offer NO opposition.

    • EarlyBird

      Help me, Gabrielle. Why is Brennan so scary, so "dangerous." Why? Really.

      • Mary Sue

        because he converted to islam.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Ignore the supercilious nitwit, he is a waste of time unworthy of interaction. William

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "I consider Brennan the most dangerous and I believe his knowing the whereabouts of our CIA undercover agents in the Middle East could be a disaster for them and us."

      I agree. Hagel might only be a traitor for financial reasons. That's easier to mitigate. Brennan is a true believer. Al Quds indeed.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        Brennan and Hagel and Kerry a toxic trio to brew nothing but poison for obama to
        kill America while sucking up wealth to the elitist top. One thing I have noticed when
        those elites at the top destroy the middle everyone ends up at the bottom………William

        • EarlyBird

          What a bizarre, paranoid world you live in, William. I'm sorry you live in such a constant state of fear.

          When was the last time you actually "liked" America, felt comfortable and part of it? 1965?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "I'm sorry you live in such a constant state of fear."

            Fear has no role in life on earth. Go play on the freeway and prove your own point. We'll watch from a key vantage point where we can all see how you do.

  • cathy

    Secretary of Defence Nominee – Chuck Hagel – Islamic Appeaser?

    Senate panel postpones vote on Hagel nomination amid Republican calls for more information
    Published February 06, 2013

    In a letter to Hagel, Republicans complained that he failed to answer several questions, including details on all compensation of more than $5,000 that he had received over the past five years. They also had pressed him on his recent speeches, the groups he has addressed and their donors.

    “The committee, and the American people, have a right to know if a nominee for secretary of defense has received compensation, directly or indirectly, from foreign sources,” Senate Republicans wrote. “Until the committee receives full and complete answers, it cannot in good faith determine whether you should be confirmed as secretary of defense.”
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/02/06/senate-panel

    • cathy

      Secretary of Defence Nominee – Chuck Hagel – Islamic Appeaser?

      Levin Defends Hagel, Calls GOP Disclosure Request ‘Unprecedented’
      February 8, 2013

      Rumors abound on Capitol Hill that a full disclosure of Hagel’s professional ties would reveal financial relationships with a number of “unsavory” groups, including one purportedly called “Friends of Hamas.” The GOP aide said it was “noteworthy” that the White House has yet to deny the association. “Maybe it’s not true, but why not provide a list of groups he spoke to and remove all doubt?” the aide said.
      http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/340193/levin

    • cathy

      BUSTED!

      Hagel omitted two speeches on Middle East from Senate disclosure forms
      By James Rosen
      Published February 12, 2013
      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/12/hagel-

  • cathy

    REMINDER

    CIA Nomnee – John Brennan – Islamic Appeaser?

    Video: Former FBI Agent Confirms CIA Nominee John Brennan a Convert to Islam
    Posted on February 9, 2013
    http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/vi

    Revisiting ‘Jihad’ John Brennan
    January 7, 2013
    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/01/07/revisiting-j

    John Brennan is wrong man for CIA
    By Steven Emerson
    Published February 07, 2013
    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/02/07/john-br

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Hagel omitted two speeches on Middle East from Senate disclosure forms
    By James Rosen
    Published February 12, 2013 http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/12/hagel-….

    —————–

    Um yeah. I thought this was known before. This is a tip of the iceberg. Two speeches? Sure. Otherwise he's like "any other patriot." like Benedict Arnold and other sell outs. So let's put him in a critical leadership position. That's how you get ahead in our "transformed" nation that according to some hasn't changed at all. So did 0'Bama transform America as promised or did he wreck everything for no reason and things will just spring back any minute now?

  • cathy

    Senate panel endorses Hagel for Pentagon in rare party-line vote
    Published February 12, 2013

    A Senate panel narrowly endorsed Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon Tuesday, in a rare party-line vote that underscored intense Republican opposition to his nomination while nevertheless advancing Hagel to the floor for a final verdict.

    The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 14-11 to advance Hagel's nomination.

    All Republicans present voted against Hagel, himself a Republican and former Nebraska senator. Supporters lauded his service in the Vietnam War, and claimed the nominee had been forthcoming throughout his confirmation process.

    But critics pointed to Hagel's history of controversial votes and statements regarding Iran, Israel, terror groups, the Iraq war and other issues.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/12/hagel-

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    Chuck Hagel is one of those so-called patriotic Americans who gladly supports America's enemies if those enemies hate Israel and the Jews. Hagel is so stupid that he cannot even understand that it is important to be able to support your arguments (whatever they are) and to be prepared for questioning by the Senate. In Hagel's world, you get a pass on being an ignoramus if you have the "correct" opinions on Israel (or any other issue for that matter). Hagel sounded like a moron during the hearings and everyone knows he got confirmed because Obama wanted him confirmed. He will fail miserably and will get this country in difficulties we cannot yet imagine. In the end, he will show him and his ilk for what they are: America-hating, tyrant-loving bigots who dislike free societies because they discriminate not on the basis of race, religion or ethnicity but on talent and smarts – things which Hagel does not have.

  • fellowtruthteller

    In 2010 Hagel joined the board of directors of Chevron. That same year, one of the Turkish donors to the Atlantic Council—Turkish Petroleum Corporation—signed a major deal with Chevron for joint oil exploration in the Black Sea. The potential significance of this is discussed
    at http://frontpagemag.com/2013/joseph-klein/key-que

  • fellowtruthteller

    In 2010 Hagel joined the board of directors of Chevron. That same year, one of the Turkish donors to the Atlantic Council—Turkish Petroleum Corporation—signed a major deal with Chevron for joint oil exploration in the Black Sea. The potential significance of this is discussed

  • fellowtruthteller

    Hagel is also a board of directors member of both the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the Ploughshares Fund. Ploughshares gives financial support to a number of organizations sympathetic to the theocratic regime of Iran and hostile to Israel. One such group is the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), the Iranian regime’s principal lobbyist in the United States. NIAC has a strong relationship with the Obama administration, as indicated by Andrew C. McCarthy's report in National Review: "[NIAC's] top official, Trita Parsi, visits the White House, consults with Valerie Jarrett, briefs Secretary of State [Hillary] Clinton, lectures the CIA, and so on." Moreover, Hagel personally has had noteworthy ties to NIAC and its precursor organization (the American-Iranian Council), giving speeches in opposition to sanctions against Iran (vis a vis its nuclear program) and advocating unconditional negotiations with the mullahs in Tehran.

  • fellowtruthteller

    An op-ed by longtime Arutz Sheva contributor Mark Langfan has been picked up by Breitbart News.
    Langfan’s op-ed, which was posted to Arutz Sheva on Saturday, exposed that former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE), President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, co-authored a 2009 report that called for U.S. troops to lead a peacekeeping force that would patrol the future borders between Israel and a Palestinian state.
    The report also suggested that peace could be imposed from outside by the U.S., describing arguments to the contrary as “invalid.” Breitbart published an article on the report Sunday, noting that it was previously referenced in Arutz Sheva.
    The report, co-authored by Hagel with Carter administration Secretary of State Zbigniew Brzezinski and former George H.W. Bush adviser Brent Scowcroft, among others, was produced in an effort to influence Obama administration policy in the president’s first term.
    It called upon the new president to make resolving the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) a top priority “early in his presidency” and to override “certain domestic constituencies.”
    The report called for the U.S. military to be deployed as part of its suggested plan for peace, which calls for a “non-militarized Palestinian state, together with security mechanisms that address Israeli concerns while respecting Palestinian sovereignty, and a U.S.- led multinational force to ensure a peaceful transitional security period. This coalition peacekeeping structure, under UN mandate, would feature American leadership of a NATO force supplemented by Jordanians, Egyptians and Israelis. We can envision a five-year, renewable mandate with the objective of achieving full Palestinian domination of security affairs on the Palestine side of the line within 15 years.”
    In addition, the report called for the U.S. to encourage Israeli-Syrian peace negotiations, and to take a “more pragmatic approach” to the Hamas terror organization in control of Gaza.
    Breitbart noted that elements of the report seem to have found their way into President Obama’s policy.

  • fellowtruthteller

    Report: Hagel Receiving Donations From 'Friends of Hamas'
    Hagel has refused to release documents on sources of foreign funding because he is purportedly receiving donations from “Friends of Hamas.”

    By Rachel Hirshfeld

  • fellowtruthteller

    Wilson's book states "I was the only guest.").9
    Wilson ran his company out of the offices of an investment company
    called Rock Creek Corporation. Rock Creek was controlled by Mohammed
    Alamoudi, whom Wilson had met in 1997 at a reception organized for
    the World Bank by Westar Group. Alamoudi was a member of the Saudi-
    Ethiopian Alamoudi dynasty, which was heavily invested in the
    segments of the African economy Wilson was seeking to penetrate. The
    Alamoudi-affiliated company Delta Services—a Swiss subsidiary of the
    Saudi company Delta Oil—handled Iraqi oil export contracts in 2000
    and 2001 and was revealed in 2003 as a recipient of Iraqi Oil-for-
    Food vouchers channeled through Abu Abbas, a Palestinian terrorist
    with Iraqi connections. Delta Services also cooperated with
    Afghanistan's Taliban regime in a project to build an oil pipeline
    from Afghanistan to Pakistan, prior to this project's suspension in
    1998. In 1999, Alamoudi was accused by USA Today reporter Jack
    Kelley of heading a bank which was being investigated for financing
    Al Qaeda. USA Today printed retractions of several details in
    Kelley's article in 2004, after another member of the Alamoudi
    family—Abdurahman Alamoudi, a prominent American Muslim lobbyist—was
    indicted on terror-related charges involving a Libyan-backed
    conspiracy to assassinate Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah.
    Abdurahman was ultimately convicted in October 2004 and sentenced to
    23 years in prison.12 Under Mohammed Alamoudi's direction, Rock
    Creek was chaired by Elias Aburdene, an Arab-American international
    banking advisor and lobbyist who had previously advised banks linked
    to organized crime and intelligence community figures involved in
    the S&L Scam. In 2003 and 2004 Aburdene donated to the Sandhills
    Political Action Committee, which was affiliated with Senator Chuck
    Hagel, 13 a leading Republican critic of the Bush administration's
    Iraq policy.14
    While Wilson was pursuing his foreign investment ventures, he also
    served as a foreign policy advisor to the 2000 Presidential campaign
    of Al Gore. A company the Gore family had a long-term relationship
    with, Occidental Petroleum, shared business interests with Alamoudi-
    affiliated companies in Africa and the Middle East, and employed as
    Vice President for Middle East business Odeh Aburdene,24 who shared
    a complex network of relationships with Rock Creek's Elias Aburdene
    and Joseph Wilson—notably, all three contributed to Arab-American
    Congressional Caucus leader Nick Rahall,25 who supported Muslim
    lobbying groups linked to terrorists and opposed military action in
    Iraq.26 Abdurahman Alamoudi also contributed to Rahall, and sat on
    the steering committee of Arab Americans for Clinton/Gore `96 along
    with his associate James Zogby, who later advised Gore's 2000
    Presidential campaign.27 Wilson had worked as an aide to Gore from
    1985 to 1986 and had developed a friendly relationship with him.
    Wilson says Gore was the first person outside the State Department
    to contact him expressing support when he was caught in Iraq in the
    middle of the diplomatic crisis leading up to the Gulf War. In 1997
    Gore recommended Wilson to President Clinton to help him plan a trip
    to Africa. When Wilson began publicly opposing Bush's Iraq policy in
    2002, Gore was still considered a potential candidate in the 2004
    election. Gore's speeches were then being sponsored by the antiwar
    group Moveon.org, which Wilson would support in September 2003 in an
    attempt to petition Congress against appropriating funds for Iraq
    operations

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    October 2000: Hagel was one of only 4 Senators who refused to sign a Senate letter in support of Israel.
    * November 2001: Hagel was one of only 11 Senators who refused to sign a letter urging President Bush to continue his policy of not meeting with the Yasir Arafat until the Palestinian leader took steps to end the violence against Israel.
    * June 2004: Hagel refused to sign a letter urging President Bush to highlight Iran's nuclear program at the G-8 summit.
    * December 2005: Hagel was one of only 27 Senators who refused to sign a letter to President Bush to pressure the Palestinian Authority to ban terrorist groups from participating in Palestinian legislative elections.
    * August 2006: Hagel was one of only 12 Senators who refused to write the EU asking them to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization.
    * August 2006: Anti-Israel group CAIR wrote in praise of Hagel, "Potential presidential candidates for 2008, like Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Joe Biden and Newt Gingrich, were falling all over themselves to express their support for Israel. The only exception to that rule was Senator Chuck Hagel…"
    * March 2009: Hagel was one of 10 former and current foreign policy officials who signed a letter urging Pres. Obama to open direct talks with Hamas leaders.
    * On Iran: Hagel, writing in a May 2006 article for The Financial Times, explicitly ruled out the military option against Iran that Pres. Obama claims to have 'kept on the table.'

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    In 2009, Hagel signed a letter urging President Obama to begin direct negotiations with Hamas, a U.S. designated terrorist group committed in its Charter to the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews.
    In 2008, Hagel was “solely responsible” for blocking an Iran sanctions bill (Seth Colter Walls, ‘Dems Blame Senate GOP For Blocking Iran Sanctions Bill,’ Huffington Post, March 10, 2008).
    In a 2006 interview with former Middle East negotiator Aaron David Miller, Hagel said that “the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people” on Capitol Hill (‘Hagel named to intelligence board,’ Jewish Telegraphic Agency, October 29, 2009).
    In August 2006, Hagel was one of only 12 Senators who refused to formally call upon the European Union to designate as a terrorist organization Hizballah, which in 1983 murdered 242 U.S. marines in Beirut ('NJDC Criticizes Senators for Refusing to Call on EU to add Hezbollah to List of Terrorist Organizations,' National Jewish Democratic Council press release, August 7, 2006).
    In July 2006, at the outbreak of the Lebanon war, Hagel argued against giving Israel the time to break Hizballah, urging instead an immediate ceasefire (‘Key Republican breaks with Bush on Mideast,’ CNN.com, July 31, 2006).
    December 2005: Hagel was one of only 27 senators who refused to sign a letter to President Bush urging him to pressure the Palestinian Authority (PA) to ban terrorist groups from participating in Palestinian legislative elections.
    June 2004, Hagel refused to sign a letter urging President Bush to highlight Iran's nuclear program at the G-8 summit and was one of only two senators in to vote against renewal of the Libya-Iran sanctions act.
    November 2001: Hagel was one of only 11 senators who refused to sign a letter urging President Bush not to meet with the late Yasser Arafat until his forces ended the violence against Israel.
    In July 2001, Hagel was one of only two senators to vote against extending the original Iranian sanctions bill.
    October 2000: Hagel was one of only four senators who refused to sign a Senate letter in support of Israel.

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    Chuck Hagel as the United States' Secretary of Defense would be "the most antagonistic Secretary of Defense toward the state of Israel" in U.S. history, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) charged ..Speaking during CNN's "State of the Union" program, Graham called the former Republican Nebraska Senator an “in-your-face” nomination” and someone who is “out of the mainstream” of thinking on foreign policy issues…Chuck Hagel, if confirmed to be the Secretary of Defense, would be the most antagonistic Secretary of Defense toward the state of Israel in our nation’s history," Graham told CNN.
    “Not only has he said you should directly negotiate with Iran, sanctions won’t work, that Israel should directly negotiate with the Hamas organization, a terrorist group that lobs thousands of rockets into Israel, he also was one of 12 senators who refused to sign a letter to the European Union that Hizbullah should be designated as a terrorist organization," he added.
    “He has long severed his ties with the Republican Party. This is an in-your-face nomination by the president," Graham said. "And it looks like the second term of Barack Obama is going to be an in-your-face term."
    The Republican Jewish Coalition, along with countless others, has cited a long list of Hagel’s anti-Israel policies, asserting that his nomination would“be a slap in the face for every American who is concerned about the safety of Israel.”…Amnon Lord, a leading political commentator at the Makor Rishon and Maariv newspapers, opined Sunday that if Obama succeeds in appointing Hagel as Secretary of Defense, Israel will have to face Iran on its own.
    "A guy like Chuck Hagel apparently intends to defend the shores of Florida and deploy Arrow and Iron Dome systems in Washington," he wrote sarcastically.
    "If Hagel's appointment turns into reality, Israel is apparently on its own in the Iranian matter," Lord stated.

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    The Friends of Our Foes
    Jewish World Review Sept. 15, 2000 /14 Elul, 5760
    Jonathan Tobin
    The Arab lobby gears up to punish pro-Israel politicians
    in the latest issue of The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.
    The Washington Report is a glossy monthly that serves as the
    guidebook to the Arabist lobby in the United States.
    The Washington Report specializes in defaming Israel. But far from
    being the product of fringe Islamic fundamentalists, it is written
    and published by a Washington, D.C., outfit that is staffed by
    former U.S. foreign-service officers who haven't stopped hating
    Israel even though they are no longer on the federal payroll. As
    such, it is a must-read for friends of Israel who want a reliable
    indicator of the thinking of the anti-Israel crowd.
    One of the most noteworthy features of the magazine is an election-
    year report card on Congress that evaluates members of the Senate
    and the House on hostility to Israel and related causes. In other
    words, if you want to know who is on the list of good guys and bad
    guys for Israel, all you have to do is look at the pro-Arab
    crowd's "Hall of Fame" and "Hall of Shame."
    ANTI-ISRAEL LITMUS TESTS
    The 535 House and Senate members were evaluated on, among other
    issues, the following: opposition to the use of anti-Semitic
    propaganda in the Palestinian media and textbooks; opposition to
    asking the Palestinian Authority and Syria about the whereabouts of
    missing Israeli soldiers and linking aid to that issue; support for
    Palestinian statehood prior to the achievement of a peace agreement;
    support for a bill prohibiting the use of intelligence on terrorism
    for evaluating immigration cases (as in supporters of Hamas who are
    liable to deportation); the signing of a letter opposing commutation
    of the sentence of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard; opposition to
    moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; and
    opposition to sanctions on rogue nations like Libya and Iraq.
    As far as the Arab lobby is concerned, the more members of Congress
    opposed anti-Semitism and terrorism and/or were willing to support
    Israel, the less The Washington Report liked them.WHO ARE THEIR HEROES?
    Chief among the members of The Washington Report's "Hall of Fame" is
    Rep. David Bonior, D-Mich. Bonior's animus for Israel is no
    surprise, given the large number of Arab-Americans in his Detroit-
    area district. It is ominous …."
    "
    Among the other anti-Israel House favorites are John Conyers, D-
    Mich.; John Dingell, D-Mich.; Amos Houghton, R-New York; Jesse
    Jackson Jr., D-Ill.; John Lewis, D-Ga.; Jim McDermott, D-Wash.;
    Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga.; Ron Paul, R-Texas; John Sununnu, R-N.H.;
    and Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
    In the case of Jackson and Sununu (sons of their famous namesakes),
    the anti-Israel apple didn't fall far from the tree.
    The Washington Report's favorite senators are Spencer Abraham, R-
    Mich.; Robert Byrd, D-W.V.; Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I.; Chuck Hagel, R-
    Neb.; Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; Charles Robb, D-Va.; Strom Thurmond, R-
    S.C.; and Paul Wellstone, D-Minn.

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    RJC Releases "Hagel Hearts Sestak" Ad
    Tuesday, September 07, 2010 By: RJC Press Office

    Washington, D.C. (September 7, 2010) — The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC)
    today released an internet ad entitled, "Hagel Hearts Sestak" which highlights
    the recent troubling endorsement of Democrat Joe Sestak for U.S. Senate (PA) by
    former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel.
    While in the Senate, Chuck Hagel had a troubling record on Israel and Middle
    East issues. In fact, he consistently had one of the worst pro-Israel records of
    any Senator. Even the National Jewish Democratic Council described Hagel's
    record as "questionable" and warned that if he sought the presidency, he would
    have "a lot of questions to answer about his commitment to Israel."
    The Washington Jewish Week quotes Morris Amitay, a former executive director of
    the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, as saying of Hagel, "I would
    regard him as the bottom of the class as far as Israel goes."
    RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said, "Chuck Hagel and Joe Sestak have a lot
    in common. In fact, it was recently reported that in an interview, Joe Sestak
    called Chuck Hagel 'the guy that I most admired in the Senate.' Unfortunately,
    they share an attitude and record toward Israel that cause deep concern in the
    Jewish community. We will continue to provide the Jewish community in
    Pennsylvania and elsewhere with the facts about Joe Sestak and his record."
    The new ad can be seen on YouTube and at our SestakIsWrong site.
    For more information about Joe Sestak and Chuck Hagel, please visit the RJC web
    site.

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    after Barack Obama won the presidency, thousands of jubilant
    Americans poured into the streets. Morton Klein was not one of them.
    The president of the Zionist Organization of America worries an Obama
    presidency will spell trouble for Israel. To make his case, Klein
    picked up where defeated Republican nominee John McCain left off,
    citing what he considers to be ominous associations throughout
    Obama's political career.
    "It's usually best to determine someone's future actions by their
    past actions," said Klein, in San Francisco to speak to ZOA's local
    chapter. "So I am deeply troubled by Obama's past associations,
    advisers and comments concerning Israel."
    Though the president-elect's 20-year connection to controversial
    minister Jeremiah Wright gained little traction with voters, Klein
    remains disturbed by the alliance.
    Beyond Wright's Googled-to-death diatribes against America, Klein
    also cites the Chicago minister's calls for the United States to
    divest from Israel, for blaming 9/11 on Israel and for honoring Black
    Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan.
    "Why should this trouble us?" Klein asked. "[Obama] said he was there
    every Sunday, listening to those awful anti-Israel speeches. I can
    only conclude he is comfortable with these views or sees them as not
    beyond the pale. And he never confronted [Wright]. If my rabbi gave
    one anti-black sermon I am out of that synagogue."
    During the campaign, Obama cut ties with Wright and condemned the
    minister's remarks.
    Klein further criticized Obama's choice of foreign policy advisers,
    which includes Robert Malley and Zbginiew Brzezinski, both of whom he
    views as hostile to Israel. He also accuses Obama's Republican
    friends in the Senate, Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Chuck Hagel (R-
    Neb.), as the senators "most hostile to Israel."
    Klein reserves some of his harshest criticism for Obama's own
    statements, noting the president-elect was quoted in the New York
    Times last May as stating that "Hezbollah and Hamas have legitimate
    claims," and that he reversed his position on moving the U.S. embassy
    in Israel to Jerusalem. (Obama told an AIPAC gathering earlier this
    year he supported such a move, then changed his mind days later.)
    Putting those cited remarks in context, in that May 16 interview with
    New York Times columnist David Brooks , Obama said "Hezbollah is not
    a legitimate political party" and that both Hezbollah and Hamas
    are "going down a blind alley with violence that weakens their
    legitimate claims."
    Continued Klein: "So when I look at his past, at his anti-Israel
    advisers, his friends, his comfort in an anti-Israel church and his
    statements on Hezbollah and saying that Iran is a small country,
    [Obama] shows hostility to Israel or comfort with hostility."
    In his role as president of the ZOA, Klein is an ardent defender of
    Israel. He criticizes Israeli leaders that, in his view, cave under
    relentless international pressure to make concessions for peace.
    "Until the Palestinian Authority arrests terrorists, ends the
    promotion of terror and murder against Jews in their media, sermons
    and textbooks, there should be no discussion of a state," Klein
    said. "[Israelis] are afraid if they don't make concessions, the
    world will turn its back on Israel and undermine its survival. I
    disagree. I think if they're tough the world will respect them."
    As for Iran and its growing nuclear threat, Klein sees this as an
    existential threat and Israel's most formidable challenge. While he
    supports international sanctions, he doubts their effectiveness and
    feels Israel may have to take military action against Iran.
    Klein says his talks with Israeli military experts reassured him
    Israel could withstand any Iranian retaliation, and that Israel would
    succeed in eradicating Iran's nuclear ambitions. He also doubts any
    Arab countries would seize the opportunity to strike at Israel.
    Regarding Israel's search for peace with the Palestinians, Klein
    remains pessimistic.
    "Virtually every poll shows 60 to 90 percent [of Palestinians]
    support suicide bombings and over half are against Israel's existence
    even if they get a state," he said. "I'm sure there are decent and
    fine Arabs, but it's such a minority it's not enough to create
    cultural change in that society.
    He won't even use the phrase "two-state solution" when forecasting
    regional negotiations. "We're already a state," he said, referring to
    Israel. "Even the language betrays a lack of understanding."

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    Obama and Hagel in Amman, Jordan, in 2008. Image by Ali Jarekji / Reuters
    Posted Dec 14, 2012 1:19am EST
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday night, hundreds of American Jewish leaders visited the White House to celebrate Hanukkah, but many also came with a less celebratory agenda: They were there to deliver a warning to President Barack Obama about the potential nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel.
    The buzz around the former Republican senator from Nebraska — seen as a top contender to lead the Department of Defense — has Israel supporters worried. Hagel has been a frequent target for Jewish Democratic and Republican groups for more than a decade, even as he is close to Obama, having been a supporter in 2008 and an appointee to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.
    “He was one of these worst senators in his party in memory when it comes to Israel,” said one Jewish Democratic operative. “It’s a terrible idea.”
    Hagel is hardly overtly anti-Israel, but he's been less sympathetic to the Jewish State than most members of Congress in both parties. He was a critic, for instance, of Israel's assault on the Lebanese group Hezbollah in 2006, and his broader worldview — he's a "Republican realist," the political scientist and archenemy of what he calls the "Israel lobby" Stephen Walt wrote Thursday — is unsympathetic to an emotional American engagement in the Middle East.
    And with Susan Rice withdrawing her name from contention to be secretary of state, Republicans are gearing up for fight against Hagel, despite his fading ties to their party.
    “Republicans will now turn their attention to blocking a potential Hagel nomination,” said one Senate GOP foreign policy aide, “which could become an ideological litmus test on foreign policy for both Republicans and Democrats.”
    Complicating the potential selection of Hagel by Obama is that Jewish Democrats, including one of the men to whom Obama would likely turn to assuage the fears of Jewish Americans, is on record raising doubts about him.
    "If [Hagel] was taking a policy role, we'd have real concerns," Ira Forman, the Obama campaign’s Jewish Outreach Director and the former executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, told The Weekly Standard when Hagel was appointed to the intelligence board.
    In 2007, when Hagel flirted with a presidential run, the NJDC blasted his credentials on Israel in a fact sheet, noting, among other items, that in 2006, Hagel was “one of only 12 Senators who refused to write the EU asking them to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization.”
    Several attendees at the Hanukkah party said they witnessed or participated in reaching out to administration officials about the potential selection of Hagel, with one attendee saying “he was the talk of the party.”
    One Democrat in attendance predicted the fight over Hagel would be “Susan Rice times 10.”