FALSTAFF: My King, my Jove, I speak to thee, my heart!
KING: I know thee not, old man. Fall to thy prayers.
Henry IV Part 2 Act 5 Scene 5
One of the most frustrating things I run into regularly are people in complete denial. I see it in the church often, folks who go to Mass who are devoted to prayer who absolutely insist that the party of Abortion, Gay Marriage and the Obamacare mandates against the Church are not against Catholics because JFK was president and they simply can’t believe the party of Kennedy could possibly be against the church.
In the Jewish community I see the same. They look at the president Obama and his team and because of their historic connections to the Democrat party they can’t bring themselves to believe that the words he has said about Israel could be false and his support of the Jewish state could be hollow no matter what his record was.
Which Brings us to Chuck Hagel
President Obama believes in tough sanctions against Iran; Hagel does not. The president insists that he wants good relations with Israel (and thereby can influence its decision-making with regard to Iran); Hagel has displayed a poisonous animosity toward the Jewish state. Hagel has advocated direct negotiations with Hamas; Obama has never gone this far. The difficulty in articulating to foes and friends our positions on an array of issues is greatly magnified when a critical cabinet officials has a long track record of disagreement with the president, or at least what the president says is his current policy.
Well it appears the Chuck “Let the Jews pay for it” Hagel nomination is no longer theoretical.
Now if a GOP president nominated Hagel for this post Jewish Democrats would not hesitate to go after the pick as a slap in the face to Israel, with Obama making the same pick the reactions on the left should be…interesting.
It was to be expected that, in a second term, Obama would show more clearly his true colors. In fact, he promised the Russians to do so.
And there is something to be said for the kind of clarity Hegal’s selection will bring.
I’d say American Jews were playing Falstaff but in fairness Obama isn’t turning from his former self, he’s always been this way.
Update: It’s now official and I cleaned up the opening sentence that got away from me.
Update 2: Ed Koch says something interesting:
Koch explained to The Algemeiner why he decided to back the President’s re-election even though he says he suspected that Obama would backtrack on his pro-Israel overtures. “I did what I thought was warranted and intelligent,” he said, “He was going to win! There was no question about it. I thought it would be helpful to have a Jewish voice there, being able to communicate.”
So Ed Koch suspecting Obama’s promises to Jews were BS decided to support him because he thought his victory was inevitable? It’s a good thing England didn’t think that way in 1941 or there would have been no living European Jews to liberate or that Lincoln didn’t think that way in 1862 or there would be a Northern & Southern president right now.
Even more interesting is this:
Does anybody believe that Hagel regrets what he said about gays? I don’t think so. In fact, did he ever say anything (apologetic) between whenever that incident (when Hagel opposed an ambassadorial appointment on sexual orientation grounds) occurred many years ago until his name was discussed as secretary? Undoubtedly, one of his friends said ‘you better get the gays off your back,’ but they don’t believe it, they don’t believe it at all. If he really believes what he says today, he would have said it a long time ago, not today.
This, if true, means the Gay community doesn’t care if Hagel actually hates their guts as long as he gives them the demanded lip.
Update 3: It gets worse via Yid with Lid
ADL Head Abe Foxman, ever willing to suckle at the teat of any progressive leader. Back in mid-December (before Lew began his “Love Chuck” calls) Foxman said this about a possible Hagel pick:“The sentiments he’s expressed about the Jewish lobby border on anti-Semitism in the genre of professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt and former president Jimmy Carter.”His comments yesterday were much tamer: