Cruz’s McCarthyite accusation: Hagel got money from ‘radical and extreme… anti-Israel groups’

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Liberal news organizations are focusing today on wild statements by Texas Senator Ted Cruz about Chuck Hagel: that he has Iran’s endorsement and he may have taken money from “radical and extreme” and “anti-Israel” groups. From TPM:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday argued that defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel must turn over further financial disclosure information because it’s possible he received money from or gave speeches to “radical or extreme groups.”

“I will point out that right now this committee knows absolutely nothing about the personal compensation Chuck Hagel received in 2008 and 2009 or 2010,” Cruz said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. “We do not know, for example, if he received compensation for giving paid speeches at extreme or radical groups. In my view, given the two letters he received, it is a fair inference to assume that he and those handling his nomination assembled that information, assembled his compensation, and the only reasonable inference, I think, is when they assembled it, there was something in there that they did not want to make public. It may be that he spoke at radical or extreme groups or anti-Israel groups and accepted financial compensation. We don’t know.”

And here is the Cruz statement from the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday about Iran: 

We saw with this nomination something truly extraordinary. which is the government of Iran formally and publicly praising the nomination of a Defense Secretary. I would suggest to you that to my knowledge that is unprecedented, to see a foreign nation like Iran publicly celebrating a nomination.

Senator Bill Nelson:

Senator Cruz has gone over the line. He basically has impugned the patriotism of the nominee… about him in essence being cozy with Iran.

Senator Jim Inhofe, supporting Cruz:

I’d say he’s endorsed by them. You can’t get any cozier than that.

Senator Claire McCaskill, upbraiding Inhofe:

You might have an organization that endorsed you that you find abhorrent.

Senator John McCain stands up for Hagel:

No one on this committee at any time should impugn his honor or his integrity.

Cruz gets eviscerated for several minutes on Morning Joe. Nothing about the Israel lobby in the segment, but Joe Scarborough: “I was stunned.” Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, says that the charges of anti-Semitism about Hagel were also over the line.

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  1. pabelmont
    February 13, 2013, 10:22 am

    But apparently its OK to take money from (American) pro-right-wing-expansionist-lawless-Israel groups. No possibility of having your loyalty to the USA swayed by THAT money, no way. (Hmm, did they say “extremist”? what’s that supposed to mean? Might it mean folks who believe in using force and violence illicitly against civilians to achieve political goals? And isn’t that sort of thing often called ‘terrorism” — though not so often when USA-folks or Israeli-folks do it, whether or not in military uniform [think Mossad, CIA, drones, other assassinations, cross-border kidnappings, etc.].

  2. ckg
    February 13, 2013, 10:32 am

    The author of Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill endorses Inhofe:

    “We know Senator Inhofe,” David Bahati, the author of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, told me. “We respect him.” Bahati considers his anti-gay bill (which Inhofe didn’t see fit to condemn until after it started making headlines in the US) a prime example of Inhofe’s teachings: “When he says ‘political philosophy of Jesus,’ I think he’s responding to politics as the management of society according to Jesus.”

    “You can’t get any cozier than that.”

  3. Abdul-Rahman
    February 13, 2013, 10:44 am

    The one person (Bill Nelson) mentioning American “patriotism” is indeed “special” coming from a group of people (US government officials) who spend so much of their time openly groveling at the feet of the Zionist lobby (aka unregistered agents of a foreign government). This is so much the case that it was/is almost impossible to tell SNL’s “joking” donkey skit apart from the ACTUAL Hagel nomination hearings!

  4. American
    February 13, 2013, 11:20 am

    Really, who do the I-firsters think they are kidding with their ‘concern’ over special foreign interest money?

    ”Over a generation, this magazine has compiled a list of some 128 pro-Israel political action committees. This has not been easy. Most of them have been established by officers of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to get around the limitations AIPAC, as a single PAC, would face in donating to a candidate. If one PAC can give only $10,000 to a candidate, 50 like-minded PACs can give half a million dollars. And usually there are at least 50 pro-Israel PACs active in every election cycle. Interestingly, where most PACs have descriptive names so that donors can discern what they are supporting, the PACs established by AIPAC officers have non-descriptive names, making no reference to the Middle East, Israel, Zionism or Judaism. Among them are Badger PAC of Wisconsin, Beaver PAC of New York, Desert Caucus of Arizona, Garden PAC of New Jersey, Southpac of South Carolina, Gold Coast PAC of Florida, Elections Committee of the County of Orange in Southern California, Americans for Better Citizenship of New York, Citizens Concerned for the National Interest of Illinois, San Franciscans for Good Government, Hollywood Women’s Political Committee, Tennesseans for Better Government and even the wildly misleading Walters Construction Management Political Committee (Colorado). You get the idea.”

    Top Senate Recipients Funded

    Recipient Amount

    Recipient Amount
    Mark Kirk $945,679
    John McCain $772,327
    Benjamin Cardin $446,948
    Mitch McConnell $404,700
    Carl Levin $366,278
    Robert Menéndez $343,394
    Richard Durbin $325,112
    Kirsten Gillibrand $312,687
    Mary Landrieu $294,259
    Harry Reid $261,708
    Frank Lautenberg $258,333
    Barbara Boxer $245,179
    Charles Schumer $243,149
    Bill Nelson $236,150
    Ron Wyden $219,931
    Sheldon Whitehouse $214,421
    Sherrod Brown $212,175
    Robert Casey $203,450
    Claire McCaskill $175,396
    Debbie Stabenow $169,089
    Barbara Mikulski $168,250
    Mark Udall $162,923
    Roger Wicker $152,561
    Bob Corker $151,820
    Roy Blunt $144,750
    Susan Collins $141,518
    Mark Warner $140,651
    Mark Pryor $138,250
    Jeff Merkley $137,130
    John Rockefeller $123,807
    John Thune $122,725
    Max Baucus $121,050
    Amy Klobuchar $119,302
    Pat Roberts $116,900
    Jeanne Shaheen $114,374
    Jon Tester $113,557
    John Reed $111,140
    Michael Bennet $109,126
    Al Franken $109,018
    Tom Udall $107,468
    John Cornyn $107,000
    David Vitter $105,469
    Joe Manchin $103,910
    Saxby Chambliss $103,650
    Tim Johnson $92,465
    Kelly Ayotte $90,350
    Martin Heinrich $89,160
    Maria Cantwell $87,722
    Jefferson Sessions $86,550
    Lisa Murkowski $85,900
    John Barrasso $84,550
    Lindsey Graham $84,515
    Daniel Coats $81,733
    Tammy Baldwin $81,637
    Patty Murray $81,550
    Thomas Harkin $81,480
    Richard Blumenthal $80,640
    Orrin Hatch $80,250
    Patrick Leahy $74,062
    Marco Rubio $73,800
    Richard Burr $70,850
    Robert Portman $68,815
    John Hoeven $67,535
    Thomas Carper $64,450
    Mike Johanns $63,635
    Dianne Feinstein $63,520
    James Inhofe $60,000
    Charles Grassley $57,600
    Jerry Moran $53,400
    Thomas Coburn $47,445
    Dean Heller $47,100
    Michael Crapo $45,750
    Mike Lee $45,030
    James Risch $41,750
    Jeff Flake $39,250
    Patrick Toomey $38,500
    Mark Begich $36,727
    Joe Donnelly $35,400
    John Boozman $34,250
    Kay Hagan $32,933
    Michael Enzi $31,600
    John Isakson $31,600
    Richard Shelby $27,250
    Jim DeMint $24,270
    Chris Coons $20,774
    Mazie Hirono $20,300
    Christopher Murphy $13,550
    Ron Johnson $10,400
    Bernard Sanders $9,000
    Tim Scott $6,000
    Rand Paul $5,500


  5. Chespirito
    February 13, 2013, 1:10 pm

    My paleocon pal and editor Daniel McCarthy had a nice line: “This is what happens when Ted Cruz is allowed to stay up and watch The Manchurian Candidate.”

  6. James Canning
    February 13, 2013, 2:45 pm

    If one calls Ted Cruz and idiot, is one too kind? The truth appears to be much worse.

    • piotr
      February 14, 2013, 7:54 am

      Nincompoop. Etymology. Earlier (1676) nicompoop, possibly from Latin non compos mentis (“not of sound mind”), and not poop of a creature called nincom.

      Perhaps “Nincompoop gasbag”.

  7. James Canning
    February 13, 2013, 2:45 pm

    Daniel Larison has some excellent comments on Ted Cruz at the American Conservative.

  8. James Canning
    February 13, 2013, 2:47 pm

    American – – Bravo. Continuing erosion of the national security of the American people, by Aipac. And its numerous stooges in the US Congress.

  9. Kathleen
    February 13, 2013, 3:06 pm

    Senator Levin was so great. Every time anyone asked for extra time to respond which I believe was always the Republicans (Cruz specifically) Levin gave them the time they wanted. Plenty of time to hang themselves. When Cruz and a few others kept insinuating that Hagel had done the hanky panky with Iran Levin kept saying whenever you have any EVIDENCE get back with us. Levin was incredible

  10. DICKERSON3870
    February 13, 2013, 4:51 pm

    RE: “I will point out that right now this committee knows absolutely nothing about the personal compensation Chuck Hagel received . . . We do not know, for example, if he [Hagel] received compensation for giving paid speeches at extreme or radical groups.” ~ Senator Ted Cruz

    SNARKY SNARK SEZ: I will point out that right now we know virtually nothing about Senator Ted Cruz. We do not know, for example, whether Senator Ted Cruz is the Antichrist. Consequently, I think he should definitively prove to our satifaction that he is not the Antichrist. And so long as Senator Ted Cruz continues to fail to address our concerns regarding the possibility that he might be the Antichrist, he should be ruthlessly sanctioned by the international community (with the able assistance of Mr. David S. Cohen, U.S. Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence)! ! !

  11. bilal a
    February 13, 2013, 5:07 pm

    The Cruz allegation of dual loyalty seems to have a mirroed corollary in the recent revelations regarding Prisoner X . Apparently Israel has been using dual citizen nationals in Australia as MOSSAD operatives in recruitment of foreign spies and also in assaination operations . This revelation ensured a gag order on the details of prisoner X’s mossad activitires in Australia, but it does not shed any light on why the Israeli top security apparatus would isolate him after his return to Israel.

    It seems likely that Ben Allen Prisoner X made some whistleblower attempts which were foiled by Israeli COINTEL , but still this doesnt explain why he needed to be disappeared and the press gagged, unless the operations he was thretening to reveal were so senstivie to endanger major Israeli binational relationships, eg plans to assainate a foreign government’s leader ?

    • bilal a
      February 13, 2013, 10:16 pm

      Arutz Sheva alleges Ben Allen Prisoner X was involved in European electronic sales to Iran while working for a MOSSAD front company. Still no explanation for why Israeli security operatives placed him incognito in solitary confinement , or why he was allowed to commit suicide, if indeed he did, since his Father, president of the aussie equivalent of the ADL has not made a protest.

      Whether dead, or in a new identity (he had many) it seems Israeli intelligence operations inside Europe were providing military assistance to Iran (as in the Israeli American Iran Contra scandal, see the Walsh report).

      • Ellen
        February 14, 2013, 5:45 am

        If so unraveling that ball of string would lead to all kinds of really messy stuff.

        Looks like to many were getting onto a trail so charges had to be drummed up to put away with him.

      • Sumud
        February 14, 2013, 12:27 pm

        bilal / Ellen / Bumblebye ~ latest from the excellent Philip Dorling at Fairfax indicates Zygier had been in contact with ASIO (Australia intelligence agency) a short time before his apprehension and he may have been about to make some disclosure to them about Mossad operation(s):

        Zygier ‘close to spilling on Israel’

        It sounds less and likely he committed suicide from the statement from an Israeli lawyer who saw Zygier the day before he died.

      • Bumblebye
        February 14, 2013, 8:12 am

        bilal a
        I suspect he was supplying Stuxnet infected equipment to Iran – in the time-frame, that was playing out. At the time of his incarceration, Zygier had been approached by the reporter Katsoukis, but to protect deniability and keep the Iranians ignorant and unable to protect their systems, it must have been essential to keep him incommunicado – especially if he started having a crisis of conscience:

        “In 2009, while living in Jerusalem and filing stories to the Australian Fairfax group, Katsoukis was contacted by an anonymous source with connections to the intelligence world.

        The story that the source told over a series of conversations was indeed extraordinary.

        The source named three Australians with joint Israeli citizenship whom, he said, were working for a front company set up by Mossad in Europe selling electronic equipment to Iran and elsewhere.”

        The passport connections would have been an embarrassment to Israel (tho not worthy of the same level of silencing):

        “”There was other stuff about Zygier. In Australia you can change your name once a year. He’d done it four times I think, but they were beginning to get suspicious. I also found out that he had applied for a work visa for Italy in Melbourne.”

        The repeated changes of name would have allowed Zygier to create new identities and multiple passports.”

  12. bilal a
    February 19, 2013, 12:01 pm

    Ted Cruz was born in Canada to an Irish American and an apparently Cuban immigrant father who married his mother after divorcing and having children prior.
    We dont know if Ted Cruz has family in Cuba, or if they followed him to Miami.

    ted Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, does not appear to be of afro caribbean or hispanic ethnicity, even so Sen Cruz was the founding editor of the Harvard latino Law reveiw.

    photo of sr cruz and son

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