Skip to comments.Send in the Clowns (Oliver North on Hagel)
Posted on 02/07/2013 3:37:23 PM PST by jazusamo
TIBERIAS, Israel Atop the Golan Heights, there are thousands of fruit trees, vineyards, acres of wheat, vegetables, herds of cattle and a half-million or more land mines. The livestock and produce were brought here and cultivated by Israeli citizen-soldiers people who beat their swords into plowshares to wrest farmland from a battlefield. The land mines were planted by the Syrian army. The Golan plateau is an object lesson for American policymakers who believe that the Israelis need only trade a little more land in exchange for peace. It just isn't so.
While we were en route to the Golan plateau, the U.S. Senate confirmed John Kerry as America's new secretary of state. Kerry says "the Mideast peace process" is his "No. 1 priority." By the time we returned to this ancient city beside the Sea of Galilee, the Senate Armed Services Committee had commenced confirmation hearings on former Sen. Chuck Hagel's fitness to serve as secretary of defense.
Watching "news" from the United States in a foreign country is often a surreal experience. My natural default mode when I'm overseas is to defend my country, but the Hagel hearings made this task challenging, to say the least. The Israelis watching the "highlight reel" frequently asked questions such as, "Why would Obama pick a person who hates Jews to be your secretary of defense?" What's the pro-American answer to that?
From here, Hagel looks "confused," "uncertain" and "ignorant of reality." And those are among the kindest observations appearing in Israel's English-language media. His bewildering, deer-in-the-headlights muddle about Obama administration's "containment policy" toward Iran's nuclear weapons program was undoubtedly acclaimed by the ayatollahs in Tehran. But here in Israel, it affirmed the worst fears of people who see Iranian nuclear weapons as existential threat to survival of the Jewish state.
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Hopefully they are finding an excuse to withdraw the Hagel nomination. He’s an incompetent dunce, as well as a left wing fool.
Amazing isn’t it. This is the way newsmen and correspondents
used to write.
Absolutely...You nailed it and that’s what is so wrong now, they’re mostly leftists.
Dear Mr. Simpson:
Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition to the President's nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense. I appreciate hearing your views on this matter, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.
I strongly believe that a president is entitled to his cabinet selections unless there is something in an individual's record or background that is disqualifying, which I do not believe to be the case with Senator Hagel. I worked closely with Senator Hagel when he was a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and I believe that he is more than qualified to implement the Administration's policies in Afghanistan and around the world, as well as to manage the Department of Defense in an era of reduced spending.
Once again, thank you for writing. While we disagree on this issue, I hope that you will continue to keep me informed about issues of importance to you. Should you have any further comments or questions, please feel free to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841, or visit my website at www.feinstein.senate.gov. Best regards.
United States Senator
I believe you're doing the right thing by contacting even if you know the canned answers you'll get, I do the same thing here in Washington state.
Stellar reporting by Col. North. The way he writes makes it possible to get a real sense of the apprehension of the Israelis towards the current American regime. Also the frustration and disgust Ollie is experiencing in trying to defend his own country. It’s a powerful piece. Thanks for the heads up.
Well said, Smooth. Ollie tells it like it is and being the patriot that he is must really grate on him regarding this administration.
Send in the clowns...how apropos! Only wish it were just funny, and not so serious! Thanks for posting Oliver’s article. He is always right on. Pray that we finally get something on Obama that is so reprehensible that even the left demands his resignation or impeachment!
Obama knows hagel will be weaken by this resistance and will become another puppet on their stage.