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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 09:11 AM

Second-Ranking GOP Senator: Hagel ‘Wants Us To Be Softer On The Iranians’

Source: TPM



TOM KLUDT 8:18 AM EST, THURSDAY JANUARY 10, 2013

In a tough op-ed published Thursday on CNN.com, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, spelled out why he is opposed to the nomination of Chuck Hagel to lead the Defense Department.

Echoing a now-familiar charge, Cornyn accused the former Republican senator from Nebraska of wanting "to be softer on the Iranians" and "tougher on the Israelis":

It is no exaggeration to say that a nuclear Iran represents an existential threat to Israel. And yet, while Hagel wants us to be softer on the Iranians, he thinks we should be tougher on the Israelis. In October 2000, at the beginning of the second Palestinian intifada, he was one of only four senators who refused to sign a letter to President Bill Clinton affirming U.S. solidarity with Israel. More recently, in January 2009, Hagel signed a letter advising Obama to spearhead direct, unconditional talks with Hamas, a terrorist group that had just fired hundreds of rockets into Israel.

Lest we forget, Hamas is an Iranian proxy whose senior leaders openly pray for genocidal violence against both Israelis and Americans. Last year, for example, a Hamas official named Ahmad Bahr, who serves as deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, declared in a sermon, "Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, destroy the Americans and their supporters. Oh Allah, count them one by one, and kill them all, without leaving a single one."


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http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/10/opinion/cornyn-hagel/index.html

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 09:26 AM

1. The Iranian rhetoric is more than just its nuclear program and potential weapons.

There are certain individuals, leaders, and institutions as well as the military that can't accept that Iran took over the American Embassy in 1979 and nationalized American corporate holdings and chose its own leader independently of the U.S. government.

I sense a desire for retribution and a warning to all other countries daring to defy our empire.

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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 09:44 AM

2. "Soft" on Iranians means not following along automatically with

neocon-mandated groupthink, and not signing letters demanding faithfulness to Israel = tough on Israel.

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