Senator John Barraso a junior Senator from Wyoming severely criticizes Chuck Hagel, whom President Obama has nominated for the next Secretary of Defense. In an editorial prominently carried by the right wing business daily, President Obama Barraso took issue as to why Hagel put the U.S. first when he said that he was “first and foremost” an American Senator, and he will put American interests ahead of all nations including Israel’s. Hagel had also stated in an interview few years ago that the Israeli lobby puts too much pressure on the American legislators when it comes time to vote on Israeli-Arab issues when they are in front of Congress for decisions relating to the American policies in the region. Hagel has always been known to be an independent thinker, who says what he feels are the core issues which plague the U.S. policies in the middle east and also feels that Israel does not represent the American values. In his opinion, American values are centered on human liberty and democracy and the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands is a clear violation of that value. Israel has been occupying the Palestinian territories for the last fifty years and their occupation, is a direct result of the U.S. aid that it furnishes Israel, which is perpetuating that occupation and repression.Barraso also criticized Hagel for his belief that another war in the Middle East can be disastrous for the U.S. and that the Iranian issues should be settled peacefully. Any talk of peace and peaceful endeavor does not fit well with Barraso, who is a strong proponent of settling all issues with military force. He has also shown little interest in the civilian casualties that can result in starting wars, and remarkably calls them necessary.
Author Name : Zafar Sheikh