The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: everyone has a small part of himself in both - Vaclav Havel
Saturday, February 02, 2013
The Breaking of Chuck Hagel
A small excerpt from Larry
Derfner’s 972mag piece, on Hagel’s forced recantation:
What an embarrassing thing to watch.
What a blood-chilling, Orwellian bunch, these interrogators, especially Lindsey
Graham. Feeding them is the most virulent branch of the pro-war/anti-Muslim
lobby: Sheldon Adelson, the Emergency Committee for Israel and Weekly Standard
magazine, led by their hit men William Kristol, Michael Goldfarb and Noah
Hagel needs five Republican votes to get
confirmed as secretary of defense; reports are that it’s touch and go. At this
point, I don’t think it matters; he’s been so compromised, so smacked around by
Israel’s enforcers, that he’d probably be afraid to say anything but “yes” to
Netanyahu once he got to the Pentagon.
This was a spectacle of America and
Israel at their worst. It was the worst of the Obama administration, too, a
reminder of why this president’s second term is unlikely to be any better than
his first as far as the Middle East is concerned.
Oh well. So much for Chuck Hagel.
Another great white hope vanquished.
Galileo’s inquisitors would have been
green with envy at this particularly unedifying spectacle!