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Saturday, February 02, 2013
Chuck Hagel speaks before the US Senate
Americans with a straight face preach and moralize to others in the world when
we get this spectacle?
were basically three categories of questions asked of Hagel:
"Is Israel a great country, or is
it the greatest? And if it's the former, can you explain your lack of support
for America's most important ally?"
"Why don't you think Iran is crazy, unbalanced and a
military competitor of the United States, as I do?"
"Let me tell you more about the vital national security rule played by the
weapons system or military base located in my home state."
not really exaggerating when I say these three themes accounted for practically
80% of the questions asked of Hagel, particularly by Republicans. In fact,
according to a tweet from Washington Post reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran that
made the rounds yesterday evening, Israel was mentioned 136 times in the hearing
and Iran 135 times:"" (thanks Michael)
Comic by Terry Furry, reproduced from "Heard the One About the Funny Leftist?" by Cris Thompson, East Bay Express
As'ad AbuKhalil, born March 16, 1960. From Tyre, Lebanon, grew up in Beirut. Received his BA and MA from American University of Beirut in pol sc. Came to US in 1983 and received his PhD in comparative government from Georgetown University. Taught at Tufts University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Colorado College, and Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Served as a Scholar-in-Residence at Middle East Institute in Washington DC. He served as free-lance Middle East consultant for NBC News and ABC News, an experience that only served to increase his disdain for maintream US media. He is now professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus. His favorite food is fried eggplants.
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