Obama uber alles
I hope New Yorkers aren't dumb enough to believe this statement
by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
In our meeting Monday, Senator Hagel clarified a number of his past statements and positions and elaborated on several others.
On Iran, Senator Hagel rejected a strategy of containment and
expressed the need to keep all options on the table in confronting that
country. But he didn’t stop there. In our conversation, Senator Hagel
made a crystal-clear promise that he would do “whatever it takes” to
stop Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons, including the use of
military force. He said his “top priority” as Secretary of Defense would
be the planning of military contingencies related to Iran. He added
that he has already received a briefing from the Pentagon on this topic.
In terms of sanctions, past statements by Senator Hagel sowed
concerns that he considered unilateral sanctions against Iran to be
ineffective. In our meeting, however, Senator Hagel clarified that he
‘completely’ supports President Obama’s current sanctions against Iran.
He added that further unilateral sanctions against Iran could be
effective and necessary.
On Hezbollah, Senator Hagel stressed that-notwithstanding any letters
he refused to sign in the past-he has always considered the group to be
a terrorist organization.
On Hamas, I asked Senator Hagel about a letter he signed in March
2009 urging President Obama to open direct talks with that group’s
In response, Senator Hagel assured me that he today believes there
should be no negotiations with Hamas, Hezbollah or any other terrorist
group until they renounce violence and recognize Israel’s right to
Senator Hagel volunteered that he has always supported Israel’s right
to retaliate militarily in the face of terrorist attacks by Hezbollah
or Hamas. He understood the predicament Israel is in when terrorist
groups hide rocket launchers among civilian populations and stage
attacks from there. He supported Israel’s right to defend herself even
in those difficult circumstances.
In keeping with our promises to help equip Israel, Senator Hagel
pledged to work towards the on-time delivery of the F-35 joint strike
fighters to Israel, continue the cooperation between Israel and the U.S.
on Iron Dome, and recommend to the President that we refuse to join in
any NATO exercises if Turkey should continue to insist on excluding
Israel from them. Senator Hagel believes Israel must maintain its
Qualitative Military Edge.
Regarding his unfortunate use of the term “Jewish lobby” to refer to
certain pro-Israel groups, Senator Hagel understands the sensitivity
around such a loaded term and regrets saying it.
I know some will question whether Senator Hagel’s assurances are
merely attempts to quiet critics as he seeks confirmation to this
critical post. But I don’t think so. Senator Hagel realizes the
situation in the Middle East has changed, with Israel in a dramatically
more endangered position than it was even five years ago. His views are
genuine, and reflect this new reality.
Schumer may not want to be Dov Hikind
. But Hikind retains his dignity, his self-respect and his integrity. Schumer has none of the above. They are gone forever.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Charles Schumer, Chuck Hagel