Re: GOP Blocks GOPer Hagel Over Deference to Israel and Religious Fundamentalism
posted at 2/12/2013 11:21 PM EST
In response to skeeter20's comment:
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Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, tells National Review Online that he will âÂÂpostponeâÂÂ the nomination of Chuck Hagel, President ObamaâÂÂs nominee for secretary of defense.
âÂÂIâÂÂll do that for as long as it takes,âÂÂ he says, firmly. âÂÂIâÂÂm going to make sure there is a 60-vote margin.âÂÂ
âÂÂHagel may be passed out of the committee, but itâÂÂs going to be a long, long time before he hits the floor,âÂÂ Inhofe says. âÂÂWeâÂÂre going to need as much time as possible, and there are going to be several of us who will have holds.âÂÂ
âÂÂEach day that goes by will make it more difficult for Democrats who say they are pro-Israel to hold out,âÂÂ Inhofe explains. âÂÂI want everyone to be very clear about his past statements and his positions.âÂÂ
Inhofe says he will not block HagelâÂÂs committee vote on Tuesday. Instead, he will focus entirely on an extended floor fight over the final confirmation. âÂÂHeâÂÂs definitely going to make it out of the committee,âÂÂ he predicts.
The Oklahoma senator, who has been one of HagelâÂÂs fiercest critics, says that he will not walk out of the committee vote, as some have rumored.
InhofeâÂÂs main concern remains HagelâÂÂs position on Israel. âÂÂThe anti-Israel history of Chuck Hagel is real,âÂÂ he says. âÂÂWe canâÂÂt have someone at the Pentagon who has made these kind of statements.âÂÂ
HagelâÂÂs financial-disclosure issues, he adds, are not central to why heâÂÂs working to postpone the nomination. âÂÂThat doesnâÂÂt bother me,âÂÂ he says. âÂÂTo me, thatâÂÂs minor.âÂÂ
Religious fanatic Inhofe in 2002:
I believe very strongly that we ought to support Israel; that it has a right to the land. This is the most important reason: Because God said so. As I said a minute ago, look it up in the Book of Genesis. It is right up there on the desk. In Genesis 13:14âÂÂ17, the Bible says:
The Lord said to Abraham, âÂÂLift up now your eyes, and look from the place where you are northward, and southward, and eastward and westward: for all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to your seed forever. . . . Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it to thee.âÂÂ That is God talking.
The Bible says that Abraham removed his tent and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar before the Lord. Hebron is in the West Bank. It is at this place where God appeared to Abram and said, âÂÂI am giving you this land âÂÂ the West BankâÂÂ. This is not a political battle at all. It is a contest over whether or not the word of God is true.
Emphasis mine. To borrow a conservative meme: if Inhofe loves Israel so much, he should go serve in the Knesset, not here.
Fundamentalism like this is not faith. It's a mental disorder. And it is close cousins with the same rigid theology that fuels jihad around the globe.
I would like to respond, but jedwarnicky say that I can't bring religion into the argument. Only anti-religious input is allowed.
Do you even know the difference between Judaism and the nation of Israel?