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Hagel supporters stay positive after confirmation vote falls short
Fox News ^ | February 17, 2013 | Lisa Daftari

Posted on 02/18/2013 7:36:19 AM PST by haffast

As opponents and media outlets were scouring to locate two or perhaps more of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel’s undisclosed speech videos, which they believe can undermine his nomination for Defense secretary, Hagel’s supporters believe the videos won’t harm his confirmation in late February.


While they may fall outside the post-2008 time frame, the IPT has compiled evidence that Hagel delivered a number of questionable talks in 2007 as well.

That year, Hagel delivered a speech at Rutgers University in New Jersey hosted by the university’s Center for Middle East Studies and the American Iranian Council in which he called for re-establishing a U.S. Consulate in Iran and allegedly accused the U. S. State Department of being an “adjunct of the Israeli foreign minister’s office,” according to an attendee who reported on the event.

Republican international political consultant George Ajjan wrote about the March 2, 2007, speech on his website, outlining important points.

“His comments ruffle feathers, as we are seeing now,” Ajjan, a self-labeled ‘Hagel supporter’ said in an interview with Fox News.

“As a political strategist, I would have advised him to choose words more carefully,” said Ajjan, who says he attended the event because he saw Hagel as a worthy candidate for the 2008 Presidential primaries.

A Rutgers University spokesperson told Fox News, “there is no video or audio recording or no record of any media coverage of the event.”


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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 113th; ajjan; hagelsecdef; ipt; israel; kerry; mccain; obama; rutgers
Key Republicans say Chuck Hagel now likely to be confirmed
The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 17, 2013 | Brad Knickerbocker

Why Did McCain Rescue Hagel?
The American Spectator ^ | 2/17/13 | Aaron Goldstein

He said, she said. GOP caves. Hagel to be confirmed. O'Team (Dear Leader, Kerry, Hagel) "FORWARD" to Israel in March. "Peace and Safety" to follow?


1 posted on 02/18/2013 7:36:24 AM PST by haffast
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I wonder if this is a disinformation article in order to DEmobilize opponents.

When we have McCain involved in anything, that is cause for a red alert for deception.

2 posted on 02/18/2013 8:04:57 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! and
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translation: We’re just letting the Pubbies do a little kabuki dance for their base before they cave and confirm him.

3 posted on 02/18/2013 9:16:20 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: longtermmemmory
Hagel 'Doesn't Recall' Remark on Israel Controlling State Dept. Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/2/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld

Read Hagel fanboy George Ajjan's blog posting on **3-3-2007**:

"6) The State Department has become adjunct to the Israeli Foreign Minister's office...
Wow. A very bold statement by Hagel bound to further raise the ire of the "Jewish Lobby" (yawn...), but it does express his strong belief in a comprehensive solution to problems in the Middle East. Hagel mentioned this theme several times - comprehensive, he said, in the sense that all tools should be used to achieve American foreign policy objectives (diplomatic, political, economic, and military), but also comprehensive in the James Baker sense of addressing the Arab-Israeli conflict holistically as both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have proved too lazy and too incompetent to do."

IMHO - The "adjunct to the Israeli Foreign Minister's office" speech accusations (among others) thrown against the wall against Hagel are not sticking because there is not enough "meat" there, and now that McCain/Lindsey have now confirmed it they are backing down.

McCain/Graham motivations? See Freeper comments at the stories linked at my post #1 for viable reasons, but most likely it was:
- saber/rattling leverage to force information out of the White House on Benghazi and appear to be tough on Dear Leader to appease pressure from the Right

- Graham is up for re-election next year and his buddy McCain is helping him defend against challenges from the Right of them (which is just about everybody)

End result of all this political drama:
.....Hagel will be confirmed, bad for Israel and us.

The Left now has more ammo to further paint the Old White Man's Party as "BACKWARD", obstructionists to progress, against peace, their delays hurt defense of our nation, along with sequester/budget "hurting defense", and keeping Congress from getting anything done which hurts America.

Win-Win Dems.

4 posted on 02/18/2013 9:18:51 AM PST by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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MaCain says:
““I don’t believe he is qualified, but I don’t think we should hold up his nomination any further,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

So then - what ARE confirmation hearings FOR?

5 posted on 02/18/2013 9:34:25 AM PST by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
.....a little kabuki dance for their base before they cave and confirm him.

Yep. Dancing with the stars. McCain/Graham such a lovely couple. /s

Catch a rising star:

"Upon joining the House, Graham became a member of the powerful Judiciary Committee. He rose to prominence during the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Graham opposed one article of impeachment in committee vote, making him the only Republican on the Judiciary Committee to vote against any of the four articles.[16] In January and February of 1999, after two impeachment articles had been passed by the full House, he was one of the managers who brought the House's case to Clinton's trial in the Senate. Though the Senate did not convict Clinton, Graham became nationally known."

Still a shining point of light after all these years.

6 posted on 02/18/2013 9:43:15 AM PST by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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George Ajjan

"Born and raised in New Jersey, he received a Bachelor's degree from The Johns Hopkins University. Following undergraduate studies, Mr. Ajjan enjoyed a successful management career at Procter & Gamble, later earning an MBA from the London Business School in 2003. He is married to international corporate attorney Joëlle Choueifati."

George Ajjan's Wife:

Joëlle Choueifati, Esq.

"Joëlle Choueifati, currently Of Counsel to the Beirut law firm of Kobeissi & Frangié, is an accomplished Lebanese American attorney with more than 15 years experience practicing corporate law on 3 continents."

"A fully tri-lingual dual citizen, Ms. Choueifati currently resides in Beirut with her husband, international political consultant George Ajjan, and their son Michael."

Ajjan Associates

"international political strategy consultants"

Did Hagel claim State Department was controlled by Israel?

Fox News probes my role in the Chuck Hagel hearings - 2-18-2013

Discussing the implications of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary on Sky News - 1-8-2013

"I think the criticism of Hagel that he's somehow anti-Israeli is patently ridiculous. What he's clearly said is that this is not a zero-sum game. Having good relations with Israel is not mutually exclusive of having good relations with Arab countries or Muslim countries or trying to ease tensions between the United States and Iran. So I think that's actually something to celebrate in a Defense Secretary nominee: someone who's not going to be trigger-happy in terms of wanting to go to war with Iran."

Supporter of Iranian dictatorship brought Chuck Hagel to Rutgers University for 2007 speech - 3:26 AM 02/18/2013

Read more:

Chuck Hagel: the darling of Tehran - 1:45 PM 01/28/2013

7 posted on 02/21/2013 6:20:48 PM PST by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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