Sunlight On One Anti-Hagel Group

Jan 31 2013 @ 11:35am

It’s run by a Republican Likudnik obsessed with Greater Israel. Who’d have thunk it? Here’s one of their ads in the last campaign: pro-torture fear-mongering of the crudest kind:

Meanwhile, McCain is currently grilling Hagel with clear animus. The live C-SPAN feed is here. The Likud wing of the GOP isn’t giving up any time soon:

For Hagel’s opposition, the best-case scenario is that only a few Republicans break ranks and a couple of Democrats do break ranks, giving the Hagel opposition the 40 votes needed to filibuster the vote on the nomination. They recognize that is unlikely and a filibuster of a cabinet nominee is extremely rare, but they plan to continue their effort well past Hagel’s confirmation hearing, hoping that more embarrassing quotes from Hagel’s past surface or a new scandal comes to light.

But you can also see why the neocons are so alarmed when you review Hagel’s course materials at Georgetown:

One even clearer clue to Hagel’s views — and to one reason he meets some of his most intense opposition from those who fear cuts to America’s massive defense spending — is the figure who permeated both the undergraduate and graduate courses: former president and five-star general Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Hagel, who fought in Vietnam, would be the first Secretary of Defense to have seen combat as an enlisted soldier. The Senator even kept a large portrait of the former president, painted for him by his brother, in his office at Georgetown. In his book, Hagel wrote that Eisenhower is the man he’d “put up on my Rushmore.” And in his class, the Senator assigned his students Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell address, in which the president first named — and denounced — “the military-industrial complex.”

A Republican who favors the foreign policy mindset of Dwight Eisenhower? The stakes are high.