Posted on | January 7, 2013 | 24 Comments
Hagel nomination and Left’s dilemma: Do they hate Israel more than they love gays?
— Roll Tide Roll (@rsmccain) January 7, 2013
Superficial sarcasm is arguably unfair: Accusing Chuck Hagel of “hating” homosexuals or Jews because of policy disagreements? However . . .
Since when did the Left give a damn about fairness in politics?
“By Any Means Necessary” has long been the amoral nihilistic slogan of the radical Left, just like “they bring a knife, you bring a gun” has always been the ruthless ethos of The Chicago Way.
Democrats are willing to accept Hagel’s alleged homophobia in order to gain a weapon with which to clobber the hated “neoconservatives,” by which they really mean, the Israel Lobby.
Let us pause to point out that there is no real reason to believe that the Bush administration’s ill-fated decision to invade Iraq — and the subsequent “nation-building” folly of a misguided scheme to impose democracy on Mesopotamia at the point of a bayonet — was a Zionist plot. Nevertheless, the exclusion of Old Right types from the high counsels of the Republican Party was an Idea that had Consequences.
Maybe you hate the Ron Paul/Chuck Hagel/Pat Buchanan strand of anti-interventionist America First conservatism, but in hindsight, wouldn’t it have been helpful if there had been at least one person in Dubya’s inner circle who could have said, “Hey, wait a minute here, Chief. Is this really a wise choice? Shouldn’t we be skeptical about this project? Aren’t we obliged to consider the downside risk?”
It’s obviously hard to include such people in the Inner Circle if their doubts about the policy merits of foreign adventurism are automatically condemned as evidence of Jew-hating. So . . .
With those serious caveats in mind, conservatives should not hesitate to roast liberals for the hypocrisy and cynicism inherent in the “Democrats for Hagel” bandwagon. If that vicious bastard Andrew Sullivan supports Hagel, this is reason enough for any patriotic American to oppose the Hagel nomination. And the obverse of this brutal logic is that we must welcome every ally to our cause of defeating Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, in order to inflict maximum embarrassment on the Democrats. They might “win” — Hagel’s nomination may be approved by the Senate — but the conservative strategy must be aimed at making that “win” as damaging as possible to the reputation of the Democratic Party.
If we can’t beat them, at least make sure we hurt them.
There is perhaps no friend of Israel who is more hated by the Left than is Elliott Abrams, who writes at The Weekly Standard:
During the hearings on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be secretary of defense, it’s clear that the views of gay rights organizations will be heard. There the issue seems to be whether Hagel’s apology for previous remarks and beliefs was sincere, or motivated solely by self-interest. He had years to apologize publicly, but did so only when opposition from gay rights groups threatened his nomination.
But in the case of allegations of anti-Semitism, Hagel has not even apologized. He has remained silent, though one can expect the usual “perhaps I didn’t word that sentence as best I might have” excuse to emerge at his hearings. The question is, what might he have to apologize for? Why would anyone think he was an anti-Semite? . . .
Read the whole thing. But the blunt force of the argument can be made simpler and more effective. Quin Hillyer at The American Spectator:
Ah, this is the knife under the fifth rib, you see!
This is how to win in politics,, or in anything else: You begin with the determined willpower to win. Everything else is just a matter of tactics. And I ain’t never heard of a “fair fight.” Where I come from, we believe like Coach Saban believes:
“You play fast! You play strong! You go out there and dominate the man you’re up against and you make his ass quit!“