"Joab came to the king [David] in his quarters and said, "Today you have humiliated all your followers, who this day saved your life, and the lives of your sons and daughters...by showing love for those who hate you and hate for those who love you. For you have made clear today that the officers and men mean nothing to you." --II Samuel, 19: 6-7
If Chuck Hagel is so much dumber than you why is he the one being nominated by President Barack Obama to be secretary of defense? Answer: Hagel knows how to be dumb in the right way.
Let me explain.
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Update: The New York Times editorial claims (as its very lead no less!, in what is starting to look like an antisemitic pattern (I'm not accusing the paper of antisemitism but merely of using such a theme) that Hagel's only problem is that he isn't sufficiently servile to Israeli interests: "One dispiriting lesson from Chuck Hagel’s nomination for defense secretary is the extent to which the political space for discussing Israel forthrightly is shrinking." The man showed himself to be an embarrassing fool and this is their claim--that it's the Jews' fault? Let's be clear here. If Hagel said everything he ever said about Israel and had no other problematic statements or if Hagel said everything he ever said about Israel and had done a mediocre to minimal job at the confirmation hearings, no one would be talking about his not getting an overwhelming majority in the Senate. A sign of antisemitism: Blame the Jews first. By the way, Obama, Kerry, and Brennan don't have a sterling record on Israel but they had no problem getting elected, appointed, and confirmed.
Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His latest book, Israel: An Introduction, has just been published by Yale University Press. Other recent books include The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley), and The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan). The website of the GLORIA Center and of his blog, Rubin Reports. His original articles are published at PJMedia.