Neocons, Dems Muster To Take Hagel Out

28 December 2012 |permalink | email article

Connie Bruck, the brilliant New Yorker writer, has written a number of lengthy pieces touching on California politics in recent years. Currently, she has another provocative piece, Chuck Hagel and His Enemies, in the magazine. In his latest battle, in the unsightly war zone that Washington has become, he is not been allowed to retaliate. Ellen Tauscher, formerly the Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control, said she has known Hagel well since she served on the House Armed Services Committee and Hagel, a Republican,  served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Tauscher said. “This is not meant to be a fair fight. This is a knife in the back. Because you cannot defend yourself when you have not been nominated.

Since Hagel’s name was leaked as a possible nominee for Secretary of Defense, his most vocal critics have been members of the so-called Israel lobby. Their enmity goes back to his two terms in the Senate.. A committed supporter of Israel and, also, of a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine. He also said the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people here, but I’m a United States senator. I’m not an Israeli senator.” Hagel now says he misspoke, and should have said “Israel lobby.”

Alon Pinkas, a former Israeli consul general in New York and the chief of staff to Prime Minister Ehud Barak, wrote in Al-Monitor recently that he got to know Hagel during his various meetings with Barak. “Barak was thoroughly impressed not only with Hagel’s military background, but with his analysis, knowledge of the Middle East, and understanding of Israel’s security issues.and predicaments. Pinks wrote, “Hagel “is not anti-Israeli and he is not an anti-Semite. It promises to be a bloody confirmation battle. Besides the neocons who championed the war many Democrats have misgivings about Hagel who attack him as anti-Israel. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, known for her independence, said Hagel is “honest, he’s direct and he’s smart.

Why?

Josh Marshall, the editor and publisher of Talking Points Memo noted last night, John Boehner has now abdicated his responsibility to do anything to negotiate some solution to the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ problem. He now says, incredible as it may seen, that the Senate has to do something first. And only then will the House review the Senate’s proposal. So what’s going on? The only reasonable explanation is that he is unwillingly to act until he’s reelected as Speaker, as Harry Reid just said.

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A slight majority of Americans do not want assault weapons banned in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting. Specifically on an assault weapons ban, 51 percent of respondents were against the measure, while 44 percent said they support it. Support for stricter gun control measures in general has jumped from 43 percent in October 2011 to 58 percent this month, according to the poll.

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