CHUCK HAGEL DOES HAVE HIS FANS: STEPHEN WALT AND ISLAMIC REPUBLIC: ARI LIEBERMAN
On December 18, Press TV, Iran’s official government propaganda outlet featured a miscreant who attempted to tie the Sandy Hook massacre to “Jewish owned Hollywood” and “Israeli hit squads.” This type of “journalism” is quite the norm for Press TV. It routinely features outrageous programming that aims to denigrate “enemies of the state,” with special emphasis on Jews and Israel.
It therefore comes as no surprise that Press TV was downright giddy when reporting about the prospect of Chuck Hagel becoming one of the most powerful men in the White House. The article featured Hagel’s lengthy anti-Israel record and this presumably sits well with Iran’s fascist Mullah theocrats.
The Talkbacks were even more enlightening with each one vying for more “likes” by stoking the flames of hate. One stood out as particularly revealing. A Talkbacker going by the username of “12 imami” (wonder what that could possibly mean) commented, “SLOWLY BUT SURELY….. INSHALLAH!” All in caps, of course.
It scares me when the President’s top Pentagon pick gets raves from Iranians. Iran’s enthusiastic nod of approval likely stems from Hagel’s failure to sign off on bipartisan letters naming Hezbollah and the IRGC terrorist groups. It also stems from his lackadaisical attitude toward Iran’s nuclear arms ambitions as well as his association with an assortment of past anti-Israel actions and rhetoric.
Of course Iran wasn’t the only happy camper on the block. Stephen Walt, co-author of “The Israel Lobby,” a thoroughly discredited work of fiction, came out full-court press in favor of Hagel. When it comes to Israel-bashing, Walt rates among the top contenders. His co-authored screed features veiled anti-Semitism and its list of endorsers include bottom feeders such as former KKK leader David Duke and Holocaust denier, Mark Weber
In his blog, Walt cites payback against Prime Minister Netanyahu as a reason to appoint Hagel. That revenge would figure prominently in Walt’s reasoning speaks volumes about what kind of hateful and unsavory character Walt truly is. Walt despises Israel for reasons best known, and what better way to get back at Israel than to appoint as defense chief a former senator who, among all senators, arguably maintained the most viscerally hostile attitude toward Israel.
But Hagel’s hostility did not stop with Israel. It was directed against Jews as well. According to AJC Executive Director David Harris, In 1999 Hagel was the only senator who refused to sign a letter to then Russian President Boris Yeltsin urging action against rising anti-Semitism in that country. That action personifies Hagel but Walt shamefully doesn’t even bother to address it. Who cares about xenophobia? So long as it’s only directed against those troublesome, pesky Jews.
They say you can judge a man by his friends. By logical extension, you can also judge him by his supporters and judging by that standard, Hagel is radioactive.
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