Video: Lindsey Graham versus Hagel over his “Israeli lobby” comments

posted at 3:11 pm on January 31, 2013 by Allahpundit

You’ve already seen a bunch of video of Hagel today. Get ready to see a bunch more. As I’m writing this, I’m hearing on Twitter that Ted Cruz is destroying him over America supposedly being the “world’s bully.” This isn’t a confirmation hearing, it’s target practice.

The beauty of this clip isn’t just the spectacle of Graham making Hagel eat his own shinola. It’s the fact that 90 percent of the reason the left has gone along with this nomination is to see Hagel push back on questions exactly like this one. He was the guy who was going to speak truth to power by standing up to the neocon warmongers and their “Zionist” puppet-masters — and here he is, rolling over. You could almost hear liberals screaming at their TV sets when Graham asked him to name a dumb move taken by the U.S. at the behest of the Israel lobby, “Say ‘Iraq’, Chuck! Say ‘Iraq!’” But Hagel can’t make that move. The Democrats will happily confirm a lightweight who’s unprepared for this hearing and unqualified to lead the Pentagon because he’s useful as a Republican fig leaf for Obama’s upcoming defense cuts. They won’t confirm a guy whose unapologetic conspiratorial mumbling about Israel’s hidden hand or whatever might alienate Jewish voters, and Hagel knows it. So he’s lying here, and not just about this either, purely in the interest of getting confirmed. Here’s what it looks like when Glenn Greenwald’s heart breaks:

And lest you doubt Hagel’s lying:

If you don’t know who Rosenberg is and why that’s significant, go read Twitchy.

Update: I doubt he’s lost any Democrats from this morning’s showing but Thad Cochran may well be the only Republican vote.


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Best one yet !
Never a good idea to be a dick about being dumb.

Jabberwock on January 31, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Exactly! Hagel is just like Obama. :-)

Resist We Much on January 31, 2013 at 4:47 PM

With Politico talking about Hagle’s thin resume (thinner than piss on a rock), we all know that we are headed for SecDef FigureHead, so we just might want to know who are the AssSecDef-s ?

J_Crater on January 31, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Panetta is an amiable dunce.

Hagel is a malicious dunce.

Hagel fits Obama much better.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 5:00 PM

antifederalist on January 31, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Excellent.

Cindy Munford on January 31, 2013 at 5:28 PM

If you don’t know who Rosenberg is and why that’s significant, go read Twitchy.

He says, “Israel first,” but he means “Israel next”?

calbear on January 31, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Video: Lindsey Graham gets all up in Hagel’s ass over his “Israeli lobby” comments

just keepin it real.

arnold ziffel on January 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

thank you for your service senator graham. but we will be sending you to an early retirement this upcoming election.

enjoy the stage while you have it.

renalin on January 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

CNN: Senators ‘Shocked’ at How Ill-Prepared Hagel Is

“CNN’s Dana Bash reports there is “disbelief” among senators about the weak performance given by defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel at his Thursday confirmation hearing.”

See Hagel’s seven worst moments of the first round of hearings here:

http://freebeacon.com/cnn-senators-shocked-at-how-ill-prepared-hagel-is/

Resist We Much on January 31, 2013 at 6:18 PM

I can’t stand that smarmy lil RINO Graham but every once in a while he can be really good. Nice job Linseed.

DaMav on January 31, 2013 at 7:45 PM

what a disaster today was for Obama and Hagel..If Hagel gets nominated it will be even more of a disaster for this country

sadsushi on January 31, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Hagel, Grahamnesty, McCain, Rubio—a ship of fools!

FloatingRock on January 31, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Not usually, but today I thank Senator Graham. Please, then, do not vote to confirm.

AshleyTKing on January 31, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Israel intentionally attacked the USS Liberty

antifederalist on January 25, 2013 at 1:53 PM

I’m anti-Semitic.

antifederalist on January 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM

And let me go on record for being against US super power status.

antifederalist on January 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Alberta_Patriot on January 31, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Good job, Lyndsey (at last)!

I can’t decide if it’s better to have a fool like Hagel in the position, or to allow an even more dangerous nut from Obama’s extensive fruitcake of associates.

This is probably the calculation that got John Kerry in too, and by a wide margin. He’s a fool, but not dangerously unhinged.

virgo on February 1, 2013 at 1:47 AM

and here he is, rolling over.

Of course he rolls, he’s a republican. I thought the left knew that’s what Rs do best.

Kissmygrits on February 1, 2013 at 8:30 AM

I must say, even though I rarely agree with Glenn Greenwald, the guy, unlike most other folks on the Left, is consistent.

J_Crater on February 1, 2013 at 4:55 PM

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