Is the Obama Administration working to marginalize Zionistic Americans as "unpatriotic" or "unreasonable?"Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post explores Was Chuck Hagel nominated out of spite? 2/15/13
... What is unprecedented is to appoint a high national security official because the president is peeved about someone else.
Politico reports: The president feels personally invested in the nomination of Hagel. The Nebraska Republican is one of the few politicians he’s truly friendly with, and Obama plans to see the fight through, barring some major unforeseen development.
Democrats close to the White House say the typically cool-headed Obama has expressed flashes of real anger at what he sees as a politically motivated GOP fishing expedition that already netted his first choice for secretary of state — U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice. Obama — ticked off by Rice’s treatment and still emboldened by his convincing victory over Mitt Romney — courted confrontation when he tapped Hagel. If true, this is outlandish. The president would imperil national security out of spite?Mike Lumish's message, "American Jews need to Stand Up" in the Times of Israel's Ops & Blogs Section today augments Ms. Rubin's points:
"Jonathan Tobin has a piece, "Jewish Groups Must End Silence on Hagel" up at that concludes as follows:
The great irony, of course, is that while Hagel complains about the malicious power of the “Jewish lobby” Jewish organizations, with the notable exception of the Zionist Organization of America, have been almost entirely quiet regarding this toxic nomination of an unqualified bigot for the post of Secretary of Defense. The western progressive-left tends to think that the “Jewish lobby” or the “Israel lobby” or AIPAC, or perhaps just the Jews as a whole, have a strangle-hold over the United States government.
Lee Rosenberg AIPAC chair, congratulates Pres. Obama,
w/ ex- Chair Howard Friedman & Rep. Howard Berman
(Robert Kunst of Shalom Int'l outside the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC)
Pres. Obama has again turned down Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's offer to meet during his visit to Washington during the first week of March. Obama opts instead to meet with Netanyahu in Jerusalem. LatmaTV parodies Obama's intentions in planning his March trip to the Mid-East.