As an American Jew, perhaps I can give Sen. Lindsey Graham the answer to his two questions to Chuck Hagel. Can I name a Senator who has been influenced by the Israel lobby? You have been. Have you ever at least questioned the expansion of Israel settlements in the occupied territories? As to your question regarding a policy position of the United States that was influenced by the aforementioned lobby, is it not obvious that the United States of America never even utters a peep as to the policy of expansion, expansion, expansion? No, Florida, Florida, Florida comes ahead of the well-being America in our electorial scheme of things.
As for Sen. John McCain, the surge cost hundreds of American lives, caused hundreds of children to lose their mothers ands fathers, and created widows by the hundreds. How many Iraqis died during the surge? Did you, Sen. McCain, ask what they thought? Just read the papers and see the suicide bombers killing the citizens of that country.
The surge is not a settled issue as historians are unable to determine just what caused the improvement, if there was any, the extra troops, or the native Iraqis turning against the outside terrorists. What is certain is that President Bush, McCain, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfield, Sen. Graham, Sen. Joe Lieberman and all the rest of the neocons got us into a war that was the greatest blunder since Viet Nam.
But they are not through. Just give them the chance and they will ,as John McCain sang to us in his primary campain, “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran.” Outside of his heroism while a prisoner of war, just when has John McCain been right about anything regarding modern foreign policy?