Filibuster Hagel

Chuck Hagel says he can't remember if he called the U.S. State Department "an adjunct of the Israeli foreign minister's office" in the Q&A following a March 2007 speech at Rutgers University, but that he repudiates the words all the same. Which makes him a crank who lacks even the courage of his convictions.

And he's going to be the next U.S. secretary of defense?

Lest readers miss Mr. Hagel's idea of a literary allusion, it's to Pat Buchanan's 1990 outburst that the U.S. Congress was "Israeli-occupied territory." At least Pitchfork Pat had a point in the sense that the Congress is overwhelmingly pro-Israel. Calling the State Department an adjunct of the Israeli foreign ministry is like accusing the BBC of a pro-Israel bias: The only people who think that are the ones who find Al Jazeera too mild for their tastes.

By now, Mr. Hagel's habit of pulling Buchanans when it comes to the subject of Israel isn't exactly news. Still, there's an unappreciated irony in having him accuse the Israelis of excessive influence-peddling in Washington when he was giving a speech under the auspices of Iranian influence peddlers....

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