I read the entire discussion here. Lots of good stuff there. One key quote and one paraphrase:
“As with McCarthy, the psychological terror will continue until someone stands up to it. Hagel could have stood strong, instead he writhed and squirmed. Who will be the one to be strong?”
“Hagel did so much AIPAC speak that he will be weakened in his dealings with the Hill throughout his tenure, even if he is confirmed.”
Dr. Sabrosky (a 10 year Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and a 1986 graduate of the U.S. Army War College,) sums up the Hagel hearings succinctly in his recent commentary on the subject. Read the whole article here:
Some key quotes:
“I was appalled that “GOP lawmakers began sharply questioning his (Hagel’s) commitment to Israel and his willingness to take a hard line with Iran over its disputed nuclear program. Several (mostly Jewish) Democratic senators expressed elsewhere varying concerns for similar reasons.
“Hello? The only commitment any US senator should consider is a nominee’s commitment to the United States. And Iran’s possible acquisition of some nuclear weapons someday pales in the shadow of Israel’s existing nuclear arsenal (300-400 nuclear weapons, by best estimates).
“Many Jewish groups and columnists, all of whom support Israel, are strongly supporting Hagel. It is “only” the likes of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and the neo-conservatives who brought us the past decade of wars, plus those evangelicals following their lead, who really oppose him.
“As a 10-year Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam and an Army War College graduate, the attitude of those “GOP legislators” who see the US as Israel’s global muscleman is professionally offensive and ethically insulting. The attitude of those Democratic senators who evaluate a nominee’s fitness for office principally if not exclusively in terms of what is good for a foreign country is equally disgusting.
“Hagel is making a very good showing, despite being forced by the circumstances attending his nomination to publicly recant many of his earlier positions, and even to apologize for some, despite the fact that all were both honest and accurate. But the people who put him in that position need to look in their mirrors, review their oaths of office and remember both their citizenship and their sworn responsibility to the American people – and then reflect on the consequences of their betrayal.
“UK correspondent Stuart Littlewood correctly asserts: “George Galloway would have made mincemeat of those Inquisitorial bar-flies.”
“Not only Galloway, but most M.P.s across the political spectrum in Europe would have ripped those speech-reading clowns to ribbons.”