Applying Philosophy to Hagel’s Comments on Israel
by Bob Johnson
Obama’s nominee to be the new Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, is causing a lot of politicians and Israel firsters to be upset.
Two comments Hagel made seem to focus the most hatred on him. One statement was, “I’m not an Israeli senator. I’m a United States senator. I
support Israel, but my first interest is, I take an oath of office to the Constitution of the United States, not to a president, not to a party, not to Israel.” The second statement the Israel firsters find offensive is, “The Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people. … I’ve always argued against some of the dumb things they do, because I don’t think it’s in the interest of Israel.”
The first rule of philosophy is to see things as they really are so we can arrive at the truth. Objectively and honestly looking at Hagel’s first statement above shows Hagel to be 100% correct. He was at the time of the statement (2006) a US senator and not an Israeli senator. His statement that he supports Israel seems to be true in that he voted for a war in which thousands of Americans and over a hundred of thousand of Iraqis were wounded and killed and which cost American tax payers to date well over $810 BILLION. The only beneficiary of the Iraq war is the Jewish state of Israel. His oath of office is to the Constitution of the United States and not to a president, a party or to Israel. However, if he really truly did take his oath seriously he NEVER would have voted to start an unnecessary war against Iraq.
His second statement is factually wrong in that it is not “the Jewish lobby” but it is “the Israel lobby” that has US politicians from both parties running scared. Not all Jews promote US politicians blindly supporting Israel in its bloody aggression against its neighbors at the expense of Israel’s neighbors and at the expense of Americans. His motivation for arguing against “the dumb things” the Israel lobby does is NOT because he cares about America and Americans, but because the dumb things the Israel lobby promotes he does not think are in the best interests of Israel.
The worldjewishdaily.com seems to think that Hagel’s chances of winning approval from the Senate rests with the Jewish senator Chuck Schumer. Schumer is a rabid war-monger and Israel firster who actually said on a New York Jewish radio program that he believes he’s in the US Senate because God wants him there to be a protector of Israel! Schumer also attacked the Palestinian people and said he wants to “strangle” them for voting the way they did when they voted overwhelmingly in elections with international observers for Hamas in Gaza.
It’s difficult to understand why the Israel lobby and its US politicians would be worried about Hagel doing anything meaningful which would not be putting Israel’s interests over and above America’s interests. Hagel even has a fact sheet out which outlines his pro-Israel positions over the years. And as this article points out, even Israel is okay with Hagel. These facts should warn any thinking person that Hagel will not give any real opposition to a US war against Israel’s foe, Iran. (For more on this read our eBooklet The Danger of Israel [for Kindle version click here].)
Expecting true opposition and resistance to the kosher plutocracy to come from within the kosher system is foolish. It’s similar to America’s revolutionary founders looking to tax collectors and other government officials to help them free themselves from government tyranny. It’s not going to happen. The solution to the problem will only be found in the people who are the victims of the kosher plutocracy, the people who have their children marched off to war for the benefit of Israel and the US politicians who serve Israel, the people who are pushed to financial ruin while the politicians continue to tax them to pay for more wars for Israel’s aggression and for endless hand-outs to the Jewish state of Israel.
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