The controversy over the possible nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense is a fascinating reflection of the current state of affairs in the United States. AIPAC and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which represent the official command center of organized American Jewry, have come out beating their chests over his public acknowledgement of the existence of the 800-pound gorilla of a “Jewish lobby.” On the other hand, “liberal” Zionists like Thomas Freidman and Peter Beirnart are defending Hagel, perhaps because nothing can draw public attention to the power of an 800-pound gorilla more than the gorilla ripping to pieces a respected public figure in broad daylight. Indeed, if Hagel does get nominated and confirmed for the post, you can be sure that Freidman and Beirnart will offer it up as “proof” of the canard of a powerful Jewish lobby.
After all, as many mainstream journalists such as Arnaud de Borchgrave (whose article appears below) have pointed out, “Hagel has always been supportive of Israel and the U.S. commitment to defend it.” Under a Secretary Hagel, there will be no change in the billions of dollars in military aid that goes to Israel at the expense of U.S. taxpayers, and there will be no end to the fire sales of “surplus” military hardware to the Zionist state at bargain basement prices. However, what I believe is different about Hagel is that he will not go out and pitch a murderous Zio-war the way Colin Powell did. He knows war with Iran would be insane, and on that count Hagel is certainly the best nominee we could hope for from the Obama administration.
Arnaud de Borchgrave, like Beirnart and Freidman, makes the point that an attack on Iran would not be in Israel’s best interest, although in Freidman’s case is seems to be that he is worried about American Jews being accused of dragging America into another war and thus wants to wait until Iran’s capabilities have developed to the point that a more plausible argument can be made based on U.S. security. So even Hagel’s supporters in the media have to make their case based not on what would be good for America or good for humanity, but what would be best for Israel, and that speaks volumes about who really runs America. Another interesting aspect of de Borchgrave’s article is that he mentions that since the 2008 economic crisis U.S. economic growth has been 3.2% and E.U. growth -1.5%, while Israel has been growing at a staggering 14.7% rate. He doesn’t make the connection, but is should come as no surprise that when Zio-banksters fleece Americans and rape Greeks, Israel benefits. -ps
Hagel and the Israeli lobby
By ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) – The vicious campaign to smear Chuck Hagel with an anti-Israel brush and deter U.S. President Barack Obama from nominating him to become the next defense secretary got rolling over year-end holidays.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee relied on the “neocons” and the right wing of the Republican Party to fire the first salvos by raising questions about Hagel’s commitment to Israel’s security.
The counterattack came fast and furious. Hundreds and then thousands of email messages and tweets followed by the heavy artillery of op-eds by the media commentariat. AIPAC had underestimated the scale of Hagel’s media support.
The Jewish lobby countered with bigger guns. Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, questioned Hagel’s credentials for the job of defense secretary.
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