Panic Among the Hagelians
6:12 PM, Jan 7, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The pro-Chuck Hagel forces, having failed to pick up momentum from the president's announcement today, seem to be getting desperate. Why else would the following bombshell magically appear on BuzzFeed's website?
Here's the dramatic headline:
And here's the heart of the story:
Sounds promising for the Hagelians.
But it turns out the Defense Department in 1990 was instructing American servicemen to avoid the term "Jewish lobby:"
So how does this 1990 pamphlet legitimize Chuck Hagel's use of the term? It doesn't. The 1990 pamphlet prohibited the use of the term.
The problem is not that Chuck Hagel uttered two magic words--"Jewish lobby." The problem is that he said, and apparently still believes, "the Jewish lobby intimidates" lots of members of Congress, and that's why most members of Congress are more pro-Israel than Hagel. This statement is Hagel's problem. Revealing that Dick Cheney told servicemen not to use the same term Hagel used isn't going to solve it.