Stand Up to the Smear Brigade — Sign the White House Petition in Support of Chuck Hagel

Justin Raimondo, December 19, 2012

The Israel lobby’s smear campaign against Chuck Hagel is an absolute outrage: they are hurling every mudball they can get their hands on at him, and of course the main charge is “anti-Semitism” – because he wont’ kowtow to the Lobby and proudly declares that, while he supports Israel, “I’m a United States senator. I’m not an Israeli senator.”

To ordinary Americans, of course, such a sentiment is called patriotism: to the Lobby, it’s high treason. Welcome to Bizarro World!

I was on Twitter last night, and I was sickened to see that the “buzz” is that because the evil Washington Post has come out editorially against Hagel, his nomination is supposedly doomed. I thought to myself: Really? Is the editorial page editor of the WaPo, a notorious neocon, really going to dictate the future of American foreign policy? Do these people really have that kind of power – or do we, the people, have the power?

I decided to put this question to the test. So I posted a White House petition on the White House petition web site supporting Hagel’s nomination and urging the administration to fight for him.

We have until January 18, 2013, to get 25,000 signatures – on which occasion the White House will have to respond in some manner.

This is important. If the War Party gets away with this vicious campaign of character assassination, then they can get away with anything. The American people want out of Afghanistan, just like they want out of Iraq – and they overwhelmingly oppose war with Iran, which the War Party is pushing like hell. Hagel opposes their war plans: he has opposed the murderous sanctions on Iran, and has advocated diplomacy over military action. He has consistently and bravely stood up to the Israel lobby, and refused to sign on to their numerous “open letters” urging the administration to kowtow to Tel Aviv.

No, the Washington Post editorial board doesn’t have the last word when it comes to the vital issue of war and peace – not if you speak out and let your voice be heard. Yes, we can have an effect – but only if you act now.

One month – 25,000 signatures. It’s doable – so let’s do it.

Please go here to sign the petition.

 




29 Responses to “Stand Up to the Smear Brigade — Sign the White House Petition in Support of Chuck Hagel”

  1. As of 10:51am December 20, currently 453 signatures. C'mon folx, this needs more participation, and it's really not hard to do, registering for whitehouse.gov petition site.

    Justin, I hope you're planning to keep this blog-post actively linked on the Antiwar.com main page for the full "petition circulation" period through January 18 as a reminder to those who haven't yet participated. Also, is there anyway you can give this petition more prominence on the Antiwar.com main page, beyond simply linking through a blog post?

    And everyone, also remember that the petition page on the whitehouse.gov site has buttons you can click to promote Justin's petition on Facebook and Twitter.

  2. Hagel is a former Republican Senator with an 84% lifetime approval rating from the American Conservative Union. He voted for war with Iraq, which should (obviously, I thought) permanently disqualify him from any postion that has any influence over foreign policy whatsoever. It was a stupid war fought for stupid reasons and Hagel was on board with that.

    I'm a Libertarian so I'm skeptical of Government in the first place. But I'm antiwar before anything else: I just don't see Hagel seriously altering/reforming our foreign policy. If he intended to do so, Obama wouldn't appoint him. But their views are largely the same and that, along with Obama's strange bipartisanship fetish, is why he's being considered at all.

    We shouldn't let (rational) distaste for AIPAC cause us to assume the enemy of our enemy is our friend. If Hagel becomes Secretary of Defense, children will still be murdered in Yemen via drone. In a few years, Justin Raimondo will write an excellent column calling for his resignation. Maybe there will be another petition. I might sign that one, because it can't hurt anything I guess.

  3. I sincerely hope our president has the balls to appoint Chuck hagel as sec of defense in effect telling our israeli bought and paid for whores in congress and the press to go fuck themselves

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  6. Justin, I hope you're planning to keep this blog-post actively linked on the Antiwar.com main page for the full "petition circulation" period through January 18 as a reminder to those who haven't yet participated. Also, is there anyway you can give this petition more prominence on the Antiwar.com main page, beyond simply linking through a blog post?

  7. Doesn't matter the Obama administration has proven time after time that it can be rolled by the smallest amount of criticism from the armchair warriors.

  8. I strongly suggest the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense. America needs someone with real military experience to run the Pentagon and in Chuck Hagel that experience is in abundance. There is no more honorable American than him. Do not allow any lobby group to determine who is to run the United States Defense Department for any reason that is not in America’s best interests. Chuck Hagel can be counted on to put America’s best interests first and that makes him the right man for the job.

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