Colin Powell Endorses Chuck Hagel, So Who are We to Complain?


Well, everybody’s all atwitter over Barack Obama nominating former Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense. Apparently Chuck Hagel doesn’t like Israel much, and a lot of people know this. There have been some people who have said Hagel’s anti-Semitic, and then they’ve retracted that. But Hagel is on record as saying he’s “senator from Nebraska, not senator from Israel.”

I’m paraphrasing but that’s pretty close to a quote. “I’m a senator from Nebraska. I’m not a senator from Israel.” He’s part of this crowd that resents the powerful lobbying abilities of Israel. (interruption) Well, I once used that term and got thrown out of a hotel in New York, so I don’t use the phrase “the Jewish lobby” anymore because it got me thrown out of a hotel before people understood.

That’s where I met the rabbi, Nate Segal, who saved me with the New York Jewish community, ’cause I didn’t know what it meant. I heard Mike Wallace say it the night before and I was just quoting Mike Wallace, and I got kicked out of the Parker Meridian. (interruption) I did. I was supposed to be there for six months, shortly after moving to New York. Here’s the quote from Hagel: “I’m not an Israeli senator. I’m a United States senator.”

This was a quote from Hagel for his book. Now I don’t know if it was Miller’s book. It’s some guy named Miller. I don’t know who Miller is. I don’t know if Hagel wrote the book or not, but there was a book called “The Much Too Promised Land” released in 2008, and in it Hagel is quoted as saying, “I’m not an Israeli senator. I’m a US senator.” Now, our old buddy Ron Fournier who’s over the National Journal…



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