Chuck Hagel vs. the neocons(Read article summary)
That the neocons hate Chuck Hagel is the best sign yet that he may be the right person for the job, Reich writes.
If the neocons in the GOP who brought us the Iraqi war and conjured up â€śweapons of mass destructionâ€ť to justify it are against Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary, Hagel gets bonus points in my book.
These are also the people who have supported Israelâ€™s rightward lurch in recent years. They donâ€™t want a two-state solution. They eschew any possibility of talks with Hamas or Iran. They favor building more settlements in the West Bank.Â
Yes, it was dumb for Hagel to use the term â€śJewish lobbyâ€ť instead of â€śIsrael lobby,â€ť but that alone shouldnâ€™t disqualify him.Â Everyone in official Washington knows how much power is wielded in that city by the Sheldon Adelsons of American politics who think Israel can do no wrong.Â
The problem is Washington pays too little attention to the large number of Americans â€” Jewish and non-Jewish â€” who think Israel is doing a lot thatâ€™s wrong, and worry that the path itâ€™s on threatens its long-term survival.Â
The real question is what Hagel believes about the appropriate use of American power.
That the neocons hate him is the best sign yet that Chuck Hagel may be the right person for the job.