LobeLog on Facebook   LobeLog on Facebook

Tajikistan: Saudi Revenge in Iran’s Backyard?

by Eldar Mamedov According to those who seek to contain Iran, it is supposedly...

Israel Hagel-DOD

Published on January 4th, 2013 | by Jasmin Ramsey


Battle over Hagel Nomination Spotlights Leading Opponents

As Jim has pointed out, the battle over Chuck Hagel’s highly probable nomination as Secretary of Defense has been a decisive test of whether President Obama is serious about curbing Israel’s and Benjamin Netanyahu’s excesses in his second term. It has also put the spotlight on neoconservatives and Israel lobby groups in the US in an unfamiliar way.

The fight over the former Nebraska senator has essentially been defined by two sides. Hagel’s loudest and fiercest opponents, including neoconservative Weekly Standard editor in chief, William Kristol, have put smears and evidence-free hits at the top of their complaint list, while Hagel’s supporters have provided thoughtful analyses of his credentials and past service. All this has led to even unlikely candidates like MSNBC’s Joe Scarbourough telling it like it is on National television. And while criticism of Israeli foreign policy and Israel lobby groups in the US often leads to accusations of anti-semitism (no matter how baseless), the way Hagel’s leading opponents have chosen to conduct their war seems to have backfired on them. They are now under the spotlight as much as Hagel is.

Of course, as Josh Rogin reminds us, the real battle has yet to begin.

Photo: Senator Chuck Hagel shares a light moment as he introduces Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, right, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, left, shortly before they deliver remarks as the keynote speakers at the Forum on the Law of the Sea Convention held at the Willard Intercontinental Washington Hotel, Washington D.C, May 9, 2012. (DoD Photo By Glenn Fawcett) (Released) 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Comments are closed.

About the Author


Jasmin Ramsey is an Iranian-born journalist based in Washington, DC.

Back to Top ↑
  • Named after veteran journalist Jim Lobe, LobeLog provides daily expert perspectives on US foreign policy toward the Middle East through investigative reports and analyses from Washington to Tehran and beyond. It became the first weblog to receive the Arthur Ross Award for Distinguished Reporting and Analysis of Foreign Affairs from the American Academy of Diplomacy in 2015.

  • Categories

  • Subscribe

    Enter your email address to subscribe to our site and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Popular Posts

  • Comments Policy

    We value your opinion and encourage you to comment on our postings. To ensure a safe environment we will not publish comments that involve ad hominem attacks, racist, sexist or otherwise discriminatory language, or anything that is written solely for the purpose of slandering a person or subject.

    Excessively long comments may not be published due to their length. All comments are moderated. LobeLog does not publish comments with links.

    Thanks for reading and we look forward to hearing from you!