Hagel deserves praise for courageous stance on Israel
Neoconservatives — Jews and Christians who prefer force of arms over diplomacy and Israel's interests over America's own — are out to stop former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel from being confirmed as the next Secretary of Defense.
One statement of his that will be recycled by his detractors was uttered in 2008: "I'm not an Israeli senator. I'm a U.S. Senator."
It was primarily the Neoconservatives, including Dick Cheney and "Scooter" Libby in the White House and Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith in defense, who fixed the intelligence to promote going to war with Iraq, even though Iraq was not involved in 9/11, had no association with al-Qaida, possessed no weapons of mass destruction and posed no threat to the United States.
Hagel's 2008 statement is a courageous declaration of independence from the pro-Israel lobby and gives hope to Americans who think a war with Iran on Israel's behalf, a repeat of the Iraq debacle, would be disastrous in lives lost and another body blow to the fragile world economy.