"I'm a United States Senator, not an Israeli Senator," Mr. [sic] Hagel told retired U.S. diplomat Aaron David Miller in 2006. "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 a party. Not to Israel. If I go run for Senate in Israel, I'll do that."
Read these staccato utterances again to better appreciate their insipid and insinuating qualities, all combining to cast the usual slur on Jewish-Americans: Dual loyalty. Nobody questions Mr. Hagel's loyalty. He is only making those assertions to question the loyalty of others.Hagel's statement is so unremarkable it's unremarkable. He's not describing anyone else; he's not speaking about Jewish-Americans. (Everywhere I see this quote, I never see the question or statement to which Hagel is responding. How convenient.) Perhaps Stephens can explain who Hagel's criticizing with "Not to a president. Not to a party." -- All presidential voters? All partisans?
The real reason Pisher Stephens hates Hagel is because Hagel doesn't show single loyalty to the neocon death cult agenda. Stephens isn't loyal to any country in the sense of wanting what's good for any country. Like almost every other Smacky winner, he only cares about ensuring that others fight the wars he fantasizes about.
John Judis explains the source of Pisher's malice:
The attempt by the Republican Jewish Coalition and The Weekly Standard, which still holds a special grudge against Hagel for opposing the Iraq war, may not succeed in derailing Hagel’s nomination. AIPAC has been quiet to date on Hagel’s potential nomination, and J Street, its liberal counterpart, has actively backed Hagel, who spoke at its 2009 conference. So has Aaron David Miller. [The Staccato Code is imperceptible to the human ear -- RA] One key indicator of Hagel’s chances at confirmation will be whether John McCain speaks out in his favor. The two men used to be very friendly –Hagel was the co-chair of McCain’s presidential campaign during 2000 – but fell out over the Iraq war. If McCain backs Hagel, then Obama may be willing to risk the controversy that the pro-Netanyahu groups are likely to foment. But if the Republicans coalesce against Hagel, as they did against Susan Rice, Obama may worry that the nomination fight will overshadow his efforts to evade the fiscal cliff.Peter Beinart piles on:
A guy named Ronald Reagan said so in 1981, when AIPAC and the Israeli government were lobbying against America’s sale of AWACS surveillance planes to Saudi Arabia. “It is not the business of other nations to make American foreign policy decisions,” Reagan told the press. Was Reagan implying that AIPAC—a largely Jewish organization—was doing the business of “other nations” and thus disloyal to the United States? Luckily for the Gipper, Stephens didn’t write a column back then.Again, it's all about single loyalty. Stephens doesn't give a fuck about the people of Israel, and he certainly wouldn't fight for them. He's all about shutting up people who oppose his lunatic fringe war agenda.