Couldn’t– or wouldn’t?

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In the Washington Post, Dana Milbank praises South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham for badgering Chuck Hagel for his criticism of the Israel lobby for intimidating legislators:

And Graham delivered a memorable hectoring of Hagel for the nominee’s prior claim that lawmakers are “intimidated” by the Israel lobby. “Name one,” Graham challenged. Hagel couldn’t.

Maybe Hagel was intimidated by the lobby?

At least Milbank is acknowledging that there’s a lobby. He’s part of it; here he is, honoring the political ideas of his daughter’s Israeli au pair 2 years ago– and saying Obama had blundered by speaking of the ’67 lines, thereby alienating Israeli opinion. As if we should base our policy on the views of a rightwing polity. 

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  1. munro
    February 18, 2013, 1:22 pm

    Dana Milbank attacks Walt and Mearsheimer on racialist grounds, saying that they are blue-eyed and have Germanic names, and he wonders about their motivation for saying what they do about the Israel lobby. He also says they have no idea how Washington works, then dismisses the idea that the attachment among Jews to Israel is a significant factor in policymaking, because while yes, Elliott Abrams and Douglas Feith care about Israel, Bush and Cheney are fervently behind Israel, too.

  2. Krauss
    February 18, 2013, 2:14 pm

    I blame the decline and fall of Washington Post on Warren Buffett. He’s a major owner and should have the werewithall to push the paper in a more sound direction on foreign policy.

    Too bad he’s a suck-up to the establishment. WaPo has excellent economics journalists and better politics journalism by the day. But the foreign policy, especially on the Op-Ed page is a total disaster. It’s because of Fred Hiatt and his neocon buddies.

    When will that paper be freed? I wager when the last Graham has died, and that’ll be some time. Meaning: the paper will face obscurity and will have to be sold off at some point.

  3. atime forpeace
    February 18, 2013, 8:01 pm

    Stalins’ show trials were crude compared to the American bolshevik show trial.
    The Hagel American Bolshevik Show trial was less crass than the Russians.

    Lindsey Graham John Mcain and Ted Cruz could be nominated for an Oscar award for best actors in a stalinist style show trial, about a non existent influence lobby which has nothing to do with Israel. And the parody done by the SNL crew is second to none, it just hits it right between the gonads.

    comedy news 1
    msm 0

    How did these Bolsheviks ever get a hold of the strings of power in the United States?
    They sure can sell a line of shit a mile long to the Congress of the United States.
    And the American press, oy friggin vey how shameful a lot these are, they are more balless than if my bubbie had baetzes she’d be my zayda, or in english, if the press had balls they’d be a comedy show like Colbert or the Daily show or SNL where the truth can at least go on display.

    The entire hearing and its tenor points to an influence that stinks to hell.

  4. yourstruly
    February 18, 2013, 10:28 pm


    senator graham’s hectoring of hager?

    simply for telling it the way it is?

    the fact that the israel lobby intimidates lawmakers?

    but when asked to “name one”?

    why didn’t he say me, myself & i?

    justice for palestine?

    right on time?

  5. Blank State
    February 18, 2013, 10:41 pm

    “Maybe Hagel was intimidated by the lobby?”

    The “name one” question was easily answered by Hagel. Trouble is, its impolite to talk when your mouth is full.

  6. Citizen
    February 19, 2013, 8:23 am

    Wonder what would have happened if Hagel had responded to “Name one!” with, “The names are legion in Congress, which I have to work with–I suggest you read Mearsheimer and Walt’s The Israel Lobby if you’ve been in a cave for decades.”

  7. Citizen
    February 19, 2013, 8:43 am
  8. Citizen
    February 19, 2013, 8:51 am

    And here’s another parsing of Hagel’s responses for a more universal readership:

  9. MK_Ultra
    February 19, 2013, 12:45 pm

    Hagel, Hagel, Hagel. Does anyone realize that if Hagel were the guy they claim want him to be, he wouldn’t be the Fascist corporate government’s choice to be the head honcho of the Department of Offense? Seriously, people, the Fascist warmongers only select those they know will further, aid and abet their agenda of world domination. They will never take a chance on someone that may pose the slightest of resistances.

  10. seethelight
    February 19, 2013, 12:51 pm

    Walter Pincus, veteran national security writer for Wash Post, who obviously has no fear of losing his job, had the perfect rejoiners to the Senate dolts questioning Hagel.

  11. Blank State
    February 20, 2013, 12:33 am

    “Does anyone realize that if Hagel were the guy they claim want him to be, he wouldn’t be the Fascist corporate government’s choice to be the head honcho of the Department of Offense?”


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