Another RINO for HagelColin Powell (a RINO like Hagel) and Madeline Albright are trying to convince everyone that Chuck Hagel is pro-Israel. Both are pathetic. Let's start with Powell, who thinks that what Hagel said about that lobby is just fine - he should just have said "Israel lobby" instead of "Jewish lobby."
Defenders of Hagel, including retired general and former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, said the decorated fellow Vietnam War veteran's military service and reputation for candor enhances his credibility.
"He knows what war is and he will fight a war if it's necessary, but he is a guy who will do it with great deliberation and care," Powell told NBC's "Meet the Press."
Powell said many figures in the national security community, including retired Cabinet officials, consider Hagel to be "a solid guy who speaks his mind, he is a good supporter of Israel ... but he is not reluctant to disagree when he thinks disagreement is appropriate."
Conservative Republicans leading the criticism of Hagel say he has at times opposed Israel's interests. US neoconservatives have been particularly critical of him.
In the Senate, Hagel voted repeatedly against US sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program and made disparaging remarks about the influence of what he called a "Jewish lobby" in Washington.
"Chuck should have said 'Israeli lobby' not 'Jewish lobby' and perhaps he needs to write on a blackboard 100 times, 'It is the Israeli lobby,'" Powell said on NBC.
"I'm very supportive of the state of Israel, so is Senator Hagel, and you will see that in the confirmation hearings," said Powell.
"But it doesn't mean you have to agree with every single position that the Israeli government takes," he added.What a load of crap.
Then there's Albright, who once chased after Yasser Arafat in her high-heeled shoes, coming to Hagel's defense.
I think that's ridiculous. I think that Senator Hagel has been somebody that has voted for help for Israel over the years, has made very clear his support for Israel, and has talked about the historic bond. And so I think that is just a charge that doesn't make sense at all.Except that Albright is ignoring an awful lot of inconvenient facts.
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