…that his previous positions on the Middle East had no meaning, earning Schumer’s vote for his confirmation.
Was there ever any doubt that this would happen?:
Schumer said that his support was sown up after Hagel — whom Obama formally nominated last week after a month of preparation — committed to several positions regarding Iran that met with Schumer’s preference. As a two-term senator, Hagel had been unique in positions calling for direct talks the Iranian regime and opposing unilateral sanctions by the United States against the renegade regime. In a very detailed statement, Schumer said Hagel left no doubt that he would support a very aggressive posture toward Tehran…
chumer had become a key linchpin in the nomination battle, as many senior Republicans have expressed deep doubt about Hagel’s confirmation. If Schumer had opposed Hagel, then a crucial bloc of pro-Israel Democrats might have joined him and made confirmation impossible. Schumer’s announcement follows the public endorsement of Hagel by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), another prominent Jewish Democrat who is also a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee.
By supporting Obama himself—which both Schumer and Boxer have done, and will continue to do, of course—they have proven that their support of Israel is just lip service. There’s a lot of lip service in politics. In fact, the greater part of political rhetoric is just that: lip service. When push comes to shove, few stand by their principles.
But I will go on record as predicting Hagel will not fulfill his promises about the Middle East to Schumer, unless of course Obama tells him to. And I don’t think that’s the way Obama’s planning to go.
And I think Schumer and Boxer know that. This is all just posturing—another word for lip service.