Apparently, whoever booked Pat Buchanan for a discussion on the Hannity show last night just assumed that the conservative commentator would go along with Republican Sean Hannity's smears of Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator who had the audacity to accept President Obama's nomination for Secretary of Defense. Unfortunately for Hannity (and perhaps his hapless producer), they didn't bother to consider Buchanan's record of anti-Semitic dog whistles before trotting him out in presumed support of Hannity's smear of Hagel as an anti-Semite. Instead, Buchanan not only refused to play his expected part, he staunchly defended Hagel.
Hannity began by playing clips from Hagel's confirmation hearing earlier in the day and said he faced tough questions about, among other things, his “anti-Semitic positions.” Of course, with Hannity, concern for anti-Semitism seems to depend on which side of the political fence someone stands. If it's on his own side, no problem. When it's politically expedient, out comes Hannity's sensitivity.
Though Hannity opened by saying the tough Senate hearing reminded him of Buchanan's old Crossfire show, Buchanan quickly defended Hagel's criticisms of the Iraq war, one of the subjects he got hammered over:
Look, I think Chuck Hagel's a good man, he's a patriot, he's got an independent mind. I disagreed with him on the surge (in Iraq)... but I'll tell ya, I myself said that the Iraq war, the invasion and occupation of that country and killing thousands and thousands of people to deprive it of weapons it did not even have... I thought that was one of the greatest blunders in American history.
Oops! Hannity, of course, interrupted. But Buchanan was not done going off-script. Prodded by Hannity to respond to Hagel's comments about Iran's government being “elected and legitimate” and his now-infamous remarks about the “Israeli lobby,” Buchanan said:
Look, we had an embassy in Nazi Germany for eight years... Unfortunately (the Iranian government) is legitimate. I think they stole the last election but is it in the United Nations? Yes, it is. And should we talk to 'em? Yes, we should.
...Even the Israelis would agree that the condition of the Palestinian people now is not ideal. That's why they want a two-state solution, There's real disagreement with how they are treated in Gaza. Why can't America not say the same thing?
Even worse for Hannity, Buchanan likened Hagel to St. Ronnie:
Sean, Ronald Reagan wanted to eliminate nuclear weapons, would you disqualify him to be Secretary of Defense? ...He's got a voting record that would be just like yours if you were in the Senate.
...Sean, he's a good guy. He's a good guy... He's got the same vision that Reagan had.
Plus, there was a Democratic guest, Bill Richardson, who not only called Hagel “a very good pick” but pointed out that he's supported by Republicans.
Poor Sean. He had already had a bad time earlier in the day when he was confronted on the radio about his unfulfilled promise to undergo waterboarding for charity. Can you say "epic fail?"
The Chuck Hagel story is above Hannocchio’s head. Instead, he should do simple topics such as sexual addiction and prostitution.
We said earlier this year that 2013 will not be a good year for Hannocchio.
What happened to this cafeteria Catholic this week is nothing compared to what’s coming down the pipe, and we can’t wait.
If Fox News wanted to complain about Hagel, they’ve had a long time to do it… oh, wait, IOKIYAR.
About the same time, Jack Lew came on the scene as a replacement for Geithner. Oh boy, did the Jews come out and call Hagle an anti -semite. My first thought was, ya know, I am tired of Israel and Jews in our county whose 1st allegiance is to their own survival and to Israel’s survival. Policies and interests not necessarily in the America’s interest. They seem to have way too much influence in dominating our foreign policy.
But they backed off fast, and Chuck Schumer took Hagel behind the curtains. They would figure out another way to eliminate him without so much publicity around his nomination and let “others” (attack dogs) make sure he failed the nomination process.
I personally struggle with the influence that Jews have in our county. I hate the thought of being an anti semite. Or discriminating against any race, tribe, or gender in any form or fashion. The Jews in this world have contributed immensely, unbelievably to mankind’s progress. Just incredible. So may talents…..but I have to say, I question their loyalty too often.
In reading through the “History of the Jews”, by Paul Johnson, plus many other works, I am struck by their struggles through out time and their history. I am also a Christian. I ask, " why does this happen over and over."
There has never been a more perfect place for them to thrive than here in the US. A democracy that gives all people so much freedom. And their superior intellect always catapults them into positions of power in any country they reside in….unless they get black-balled.
For the record, I am a gentile and a Christian. Also there are 3 Jewish men in my family that have married my nieces. Great wonderful regular guys (smart) But when I see all the anti antisemitism rising up again all over the world, I think again WHY? And I grew up in a neighbor hood with my house 2 doors down from a Synagog, for what;s it’s worth. Never growing up was I anti Jewish. I did not even know what anti antisemitism even was—through high school and university. I am now 61 years old and have 2 degrees…..
So as I look around the landscape, I see a tribe of people who have been persecuted and discriminated against again and again. If I were Jewish, I would do everything in my power to make sure of my own survival. If I were a Zionist leader, I would make sure that the Holocaust never never ever happened again.
And how would I do that?
Rise to power in the most powerful nation in the world.
Control elections, influence policy, control the money supply, try to get control of the military, deploy the best intelligence agency in the world to spy and blackmail people of influence that are not on my side.
That is what I would do. And I would get Christians on my side fighting for my cause as well, since we will all be “united” with Christ’s 2nd coming.
Seems like a brilliant plan on steroids to me. Only a few will get it, and then it will be too late.
I fell like Hitler’s blueprint has been stolen and now, things are reversed. As a technologist, all this scares the hell out of me.
George Orwell, year 2013-2020, not 1984.
The (failed and nearly disbarred) Philadelphia shyster went into a another psychotic rage yesterday (where was his keep, with the Thorazine hypo?) screeching repeatedly that Hagel “loves Muslims and hates Israel!… there, I said it!”
Gee Seanny-boy, what makes you think that? What did these guys do to earn your condemnation?
Oh… yes… it must be the fact that both put on a uniform, picked up arms and went into combat years back, earning wounds for their trouble. You’re just so jealous of real war heroes, aren’t you Hannity?
We know all about how you tried to serve your country, don’t we, Seanny-boy? We know how you begged and pleaded with the army recruiting sergeant back in 1990 to let you sign up, so you could go over to Kuwait and fight off that evil Saddam and his evil sons, Uday and Qusay. (NOT!)
We know how as a young teenager, you got so upset when your daddy (a WW II soldier) refused to sign falsified papers saying you were old enough to enlist and go to ’Nam to crush the commies. (NOT!)
We know how much you desperately tried to loose weight, so you could finally sign up ten years later for Dubya’s Iraq invasion, you even gave up your favorite meals
They will not be missed!!