From the Cable:
President Barack Obama is expected to name Chuck Hagel as his choice for defense secretary as early as Monday, as critics of the former Nebraska senator prepare to go to war to fight his expected nomination.
There's something about this presidential thumb in the neocons' eye that is indescribably rewarding. Forget its belatedness, all is forgiven--those of us who've clamored for a second-term sign of executive steadfastness finally have our wish materialized. The future may yet disappoint, but for now, we can glory.
Hagel's opposition is nothing short of insipid. "Even if one left aside Chuck Hagel's dangerous views on Iran and his unpleasant distaste for Israel and Jews," wrote Bill Kristol last week, "a dispassionate analyst would have to conclude that the case for Hagel is extraordinarily weak." Yes indeed. We wouldn't want to imbalance our dispassionate objectivity by reminding ourselves of Hagel's incontrovertibly dangerous pacifism and despicable anti-Semitism--oh, and did we mention he's a Jew-hating danger?; a really dangerous one?; aside from his Iran-loving dangers and his enormously dangerous hating of Israel?
Like I said. Insipid. True, the above comes from Kristol, a particularly juvenile breed of neoconservative insipidness. But its essence is sure to endure in many others.
That's the indisputable downside. The upside: the White House is at last willing to spit in their eye.