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  •  Honestly I think a lot of this has to do (2+ / 0-)
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    zemblan, bevenro

    with the president preparing a united front strategy for dealing with the witch's brew of the Middle East and in particular with a dual-track approach to both Iran and Israel. Perhaps I'm mirror-imaging but those two issues are going to come to a head soon and I believe, correctly in my opinion, the president views them as closely interwoven.

    "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

    by Shane Hensinger on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:53:01 PM PST

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    •  Well yes.. there is that but the only thing Hagel (2+ / 0-)
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      will do is antagonize the Israelis. I get that having someone to be a "Yes man" to PM Netanyahu is not in anyone's (including Israeli) interests, but Hagel and his commentary about the "Jewish Lobby" is straight out of the hateful W & M playbook. Even so... I don't think Hagel would be that hardline and he is certainly not going to be the hero the Drooling Ron Paul anti-Semites or their allies on hard left want. The Sec. Def. does NOT set Middle East policy.

      I don't though disagree with you that both Iran and Israel are going to come to head particularly when the New coalition headed by Likud-Betainu (forecast for 35-36 seats), and consisting of the far Right Habayit Hayehudi,(forecast for 14-16 seats) Shas (forecast 11-12 seats), the religious UTJ (forecast 6 seats), and the insane Otzma Yisrael (forecast 2 seats), "takes the field".

      But with them, watch for Iran to step it up as well....

      Not sure I think Hagel is the man to handle this and I would trust the three that I mentioned far more than him.

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      by volleyboy1 on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 05:07:11 PM PST

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