Skip to comments.New audio: Hagel tells Arab audience U.S. must 'reverse optics' on Israel, 2007
Posted on 02/06/2013 3:53:40 PM PST by Nachum
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) is not providing the Senate any more information about past speeches or funders. Luckily, a few of his former audiences are only too proud to share his remarks with the world.
The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations recently published a recording of a speech Hagel gave to its conference in 2007. In addition to calling for unconditional talks with the Iranian regime, Hagel said that the U.S. had to "reverse optics" in its relationship with Israel in order to restore its credibility as an honest broker between Israelis and Palestinians, and to boost its diplomacy in the Middle East more generally.
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I hope the reports aren’t true that the one waiting in the wings behind Hagel is worse.
U.S. and European officials said Tuesday they would use the new talks, which are scheduled to begin Feb. 26 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, to offer a slightly revised package of economic incentives. In exchange, Tehran would have to agree to ship its growing stockpile of near weapons-grade nuclear fuel out of the country.
The talks will be an early test for President Barack Obama's new national-security team, which includes Secretary of State John Kerry and former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, if he wins confirmation as expected this week as defense secretary.
Both men have been ardent supporters of negotiations with Iran and wary of any military action against Tehran's nuclear sites. Both also have publicly supported having direct talks between Washington and Tehran.
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"Obama's choice was clearly different from these speculations. He is taking the matter into his own hands, and he is doing it early in his second term, thus indicating the priority he assigns to the issue and his willingness to take the political risks he knows all too well. This decision is congruent with the line taken by Obama when he made choices such as Hagel's appointment as secretary of defense. Hagel was chosen because his world-view suits the president's, and the latter was willing to enter a tough domestic battle in order to get the nomination through. The message was: I have been re-elected, I was given a second mandate by a large majority and I am going to implement my vision free of the constraints of a first-term president." http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2985930/posts
"Were all the same in the most fundamental ways. It matters little what your religion is, what your color of your skin is, what region of the world is your background, what your culture is, what your tradition is, what your history is. What matters most? Family, peace, opportunity, some ability of some human dignity, to express that dignity, to express your opinions, to express some sense of liberty, your own choice. Thats not unique to Christianity or Judaism or Islam, that Im aware of. It is a common interest; it is a common purpose for all mankind."
Sounds like Kerry to me.
"In an interview with Christianity Today, Kerry said of his faith: Im a Catholic and I practice, but at the same time I have an open-mindedness to many other expressions of spirituality that come through different religions. ... Ive spent some time reading and thinking about [religion] and trying to study it, and Ive arrived at not so much a sense of the differences, but a sense of the similarities in so many ways. He said that he believed that the Torah, the Quran, and the Bible all share a fundamental story which connects with readers."
Kerry passed, Hagel probably will too......may be more skeletons yet, we'll see. But aren't Dear Leader, Kerry and Hagel a good fit?
The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations recently published a recording of a speech Hagel gave to its conference in 2007.The other shoe is going to drop, perhaps during Zero's junket to Israel.