Skip to comments.Chuck Hagel? Hell No! Defense Pick Linked to Institute for Policy Studies, Anti-Military Marxists
Posted on 01/16/2013 12:50:06 PM PST by mojitojoe
President Barack Obamas proposed appointment of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as US Secretary of Defense is generating interest and even approval, on the far left.
Phyllis Bennis, of the Washington DC based Institute for Policy Studies, wrote an article for The Nation, January 8, 2013, posing the question Will Chuck Hagels Appointment Actually Help the Anti-War Left?
While claiming that Hagel is a conservative, Bennis outlined advantages to leftist peace movement activists of Chuck Hagel becoming US Secretary of Defense. Bennis is particularly happy that Hagels appointment is a clear signal that Obama intends to move forward with the anti-American lefts number one priority dramatically downsizing the US military.
Chuck Hagel isnt anyone Id pick to be in a position of power. Hes a conservative Republican, a military guy who volunteered to fight in Vietnam
At the end of the day, this isnt about Hagel versus anybody. This is about what President Obama is signaling by his nomination of Hagel as Secretary of Defenseand about the political forces arrayed against him
And then theres the Pentagon budget. Hagel has called it bloated, pretty amazing for a future Secretary of Defense. Obama may have felt that a decorated Republican military veteran would be the best choice to convince a Republican-controlled Congress that some cuts will have to be made a Pentagon chief who actually believes his agencys budget should be cutthats new.
Whatever else he is, Chuck Hagel is no leftist. Standing to the left of President Obamas center-right military policy is not a very high bar. But againstanding up to AIPAC, the defense industry (and members of Congress accountable to them) and the still-powerful neocons makes the Hagel appointment a good move for Obama. And it gives the rest of us a basis to push much farther to end the wars, to close the bases, to cut the Pentagon funding, to tax the military profiteers.
Institute for Policy Studies approval of Hagel is highly significant. As the most influential, far left think tank in America, IPS has campaigned for 50 years to destroy US military superiority.
In Cold War times, the IPS was notorious for its ties to the Soviet Union, the KGB and Cuban intelligence.
In recent times, the IPS has worked with domestic Marxists to build the US peace movement and anti-military movements, including co-founding a partner organization, the US largest anti-military umbrella group, United for Peace and Justice. PS "Partner Organizations", click to enlarge
PS Partner Organizations, click to enlarge
In 2008, Phyllis Bennis, a former member of the Marxist-Leninist and later pro-Soviet Line of March organization, was voted onto the United for Peace and Justice steering committee. In that capacity, Bennis Worked alongside Communist Party USA leaders Judith LeBlanc (UFPJs National Coordinator) and Libero Della Piana. Also on the committee was an old Obama comrade, Marilyn Katz of Chicagoans Against War and Injustice, the group which made the future president nationally famous as an opponent of the Iraq War, when he addressed one of their rallies in September 2002.
Bennis was also a sponsor of War Times, a War on Terror journal out of San Francisco. One of War Times key leaders was a young Maoist radical named Van Jones. In 2008, while Jones was serving on the board of another IPS partner organization, the New York based think tank Demos, IPS tagged him as a potential Obama Green Jobs appointee. Obama, who had been a founding board member of Demos, followed IPSs recommendation and appointed Van Jones as his Green Jobs Czar in early 2009. Jones was exposed by this blog later in 2009 and was eventually forced to leave the position.
Coincidentally. Chuck Hagel serves on the board of yet another IPS partner organization, the George Soros funded Ploughshares Fund. Ploughshares website, board page
Ploughshares website, board page
Interestingly, Ploughshares is dedicated to cutting the US military budget and scrapping Americas nuclear arsenal.
According to the Ploughshares website:
Ploughshares Fund is a publicly funded nonprofit foundation that believes nuclear weapons pose a unique challenge to global security. By far the most destructive weapons on Earth, the use of nuclear weapons by accident, malice or design threatens mass destruction. Even unused, however, their terrible power disrupts the international systems meant to preserve order and stability.
Ploughshares Fund seeks to reduce and ultimately eliminate the threat posed by nuclear weapons. To that end, we partner with the most promising efforts and smartest individuals in the U.S. and abroad seeking and implementing new and innovative solutions to this international problem.
Ploughshares even claims partial credit for the New START disarmament treaty which Obama signed with Moscow, early in his first term and hopes to build on that success.
Against overwhelming odds we helped strengthen U.S. security by winning the New START treaty to reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear arms. We can build momentum for further cuts by generating ideas to overcome obstacles on issues like missile defense and tactical nuclear weapons.
Ploughshares is very happy that one of their own may soon be in a position to implement their agenda. From the Ploughshares blog
From the Ploughshares blog
Chuck Hagel shares the Ploughshares board with:
John Hoyt, who in turn serves on Organizers Forum Board of Social Policy, a magazine run by Democratic Socialists of America aligned Marxists such as Noam Chomsky, Janice Fine, Frances Fox Piven, Heather Booth, Peter Dreier, Ken Grossinger, Communist Party affiliate Tho Thi Do, Tides Foundation kingpin Drummond Pike and former SEIU boss Andy Stern. Cynthia Ryan, who has also served on the board of Van Jones Green For All. Kennette Benedict, Executive Director & Publisher, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a far left, anti-military organization. Among the Bulletins founding sponsors were two leading Manhattan Project scientists and suspected Soviet spies, Leo Szilard and Robert Oppenheimer. Obamas Science Czar John Holdren, once edited the Bulletin. Ruth Young, the Marxist wife of Obamas former communist/Democratic Socialists of America member, friend, mentor and personal physician Quentin Young, was a managing editor. David Holloway, former member of the Board of Editors for The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Ploughshares Advisory Board members include:
Jayantha Dhanapala, a sponsor of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Leslie Gelb, President Emeritus for the left leaning Council on Foreign Relations. Gelb also serves on the Board of Directors for the Truman National Security Project, an organization that seeks to recruit, train and elect progressives who will impact on National Security legislation. Another Truman Project board member is John Podesta, President and CEO, of the Soros funded Center for American Progress. Lawrence Korb, a former Senior Fellow and Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Senior Fellow of the Center for American Progress. Korb also served on The Sustainable Defense Task Force, which commissioned the Democratic Socialists of America controlled Commonwealth Institute to write a 2010 report for then US reps Barney Frank (a long time Democratic Socialists of America supporter) and Republican Ron Paul, which recommended significant cuts to US military spending. Frank von Hippel, former member of the Board of Directors for The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. He also serves on the Board of Sponsors of the radical left Federation of American Scientists. Obamas friend Quentin Young was once a leader of the organization.
Chuck Hagel may well be conservative on some issues. However, when it comes to foreign policy and defense, he is right in line with of the most extreme leftist, anti-American elements in the country.
Ploughshares and the Institute for Policy Studies are not liberal pressure groups. They are pro-Marxist and unpatriotic to the core.
Barack Obama has worked with pro-communist, anti-US military activists, such as Frank Marshall Davis, Alice Palmer, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, his entire life.
Their main agenda was to destroy the US military, because American power was the major stumbling block to world socialism.
Will Chuck Hagel be used to give right wing cover to a far left anti-defense agenda?
Will the prestige of a decorated war veteran be used to cover the destruction of Americas military superiority?
The US Senate has the power to block Chuck Hagels appointment. For the sake of their countrys national security, they must exercise that power.
Do you know when the Senate will take up consideration on this? We need to call on our Senators ASAP to defeat this nomination.
By “hell no” I assume you mean Hagel will be confirmed by a majority in both House and Senate?
Great, the hits just keep on coming....
An oldie but a goodie:
Only in the fever swamps of the very far left, could Chuck Hagel EVER be considered to be even remotely conservative.
He is, and for the most part, always has been, what would be in the “Progressive” tradition of the Republicans, tracing back to Theodore Roosevelt. It was just that sort of “Republicans” that made the most perfect foils for FDR and the New Deal, unwilling to speak up for the historical record and in defense of the rule of law. Alf Landon, in 1936, much like Mitt Romney in 2012, just could not bring themselves to stand up for the historical America, and certainly not for the defense of law as written in the Constitution.
Chuck Hagel was nominated for one reason only, to further expand and extend Bronco Bama’s “in-your-face” brash determination to make the majority conform to his very narcissitic will and narrow view of the world.
Illegitimi non carborundum. That pseudo-Latin phrase is just as phony as the all the rest of the sort of horse feces and faux “enlightenment” we are being fed by the Oracle himself, Bronco Bama. Time the Current Regime in the White Hut met up with some REAL “True Grit”.
Impeachment is highly unlikely, but there is still the potential for “nullification”, to just not pay any attentuion to his rants and threats, much as Richard Nixon was isolated in the months leading up to his resignation.
First we go after Biden....
Chuck Hagel is Conservative. Come now an Obama appointee be conservative. Have pigs began to fly!
I will believe Hagel is conservative as much as Martin Luther believed in indulgences were okay with the Catholic Church (He posted the 95 Theses on Wittenberg Church Door as a Theological Debate about indulgences. this was the beginning of the Protestant Reformation)
hondact200~:” Chuck Hagel is (sic: a) Conservative. Come now an Obama appointee be conservative. Have pigs began to fly!
No , .. Obama wants a fight !!
How else can he demonstrate that Congress is an obstacle to his administration ?
Anything ,.. absolutely anything to distract from spending limits
How else can he financially bankrupt the country ?
We already have moral bankruptcy with :same sex marriage , religious forced to fund abortion , firearms restrictions , ACORN ,DREAM immigration , War against coal , etc.
Hagel attended Bilderberg conferences in 1999 and 2000.
Hagel's lifetime American Conservative Union rating when he was in the Senate was in the 80s (out of 100). I don't have his lifetime rating from the liberal Americans for Democratic Action, but 8 and 10 (out of 100) were typical numbers for him. If Hagel was a "progressive" Republican, then just about every Republican in Congress was a "progressive."
Loudon's article is just "guilt by association." If someone from IPS supports Hagel's nomination it doesn't mean Hagel is actually "linked" with IPS. He's responsible for what he does himself, not for some IPS lady's endorsement. But look at what she says, for heaven's sake: "Chuck Hagel isnt anyone Id pick to be in a position of power ..." It's one strange "endorsement."
Ploughshares Fund is obviously a liberal group, and its board members are liberals for the most part. Some have, if you want to trace their backgrounds, more radical ties. Some don't. But George P. Schultz is on their advisory board. Maybe today we have to google his name to find out who he is, but he's no radical or Marxist and a fair article -- something more than a cheap hit job -- wouldn't have ignored his presence on the advisory board.
But okay, being on Ploughshares Board makes Hagel a liberal, like ex-Republicans Susan Eisenhower and William S. Cohen. That explains why Obama wants him, and most likely there's reason enough there to oppose his nomination. But being on the board doesn't in itself make Hagel some kind of radical or Marxist and it doesn't mean that he was never a conservative.
Oppose him all you want, but spare the whole he was never "really" a conservative stuff. Hagel wasn't, say, Barry Goldwater or Jesse Helms, but by the standards of most Senators in his day, yes, he was conservative, and wasn't any kind of "progressive" Republican, so far as I've been able to find out.
I keep waiting for the raging leftism of Obama to show up in matters military, as I’ve been warned. Aside from cheap talk on torture, Guantanamo, and trying terrorists in civilian court, he’s been almost exactly the same as Bush the Younger, only a little more efficient.
Romney, in fact, openly admitted in the foreign policy debate that there’s no difference between them. Not in so many words, but by agreeing with Obama and not telling us he’d do anything differently, except grow the economy so we have mote money to waste on overseas adventures. This has made a mockery of neoconservatism, if ever it wasn’t a joke, as much as Bonerism mocks the Republican version of Welfare Statism.