"I though we were done already with the [childishness] of being Jewish where everyone who says something critical about Israel needs to be labeled an anti-Semite. I find this extremely stupid, and definitely not helpful."And later:
"The fact that Hagel has at times spoken out against a monolithic view of what it means to be pro-Israel, Azriel said, was something that had endeared him to the Midwestern community of Jews."Ah, a student of the MJ Rosenberg style of "pro-Israel," I see. And in what I'm sure is a completely unrelated coincidence, Rabbi Azriel is part of the "Rabbis for Obama" campaign.
Anyway, Hersh's article is full of the usual spotlighting of Hagel's supporters while marginalizing of Hagel's detractors, as we have come to expect. On the other hand, shoved over into the "Gay Voices" section of the Huffington Post is an article going after Hagel about his prejudices regarding gay people, something the Huffington Post has not been as vocal about. It's even written by Gay Voices editor Michelangelo Signorile:
"And all Hagel can come up with now, as his name is being floated to lead a military that is open to gays and lesbians but which will need a strong defender of LGBT rights to further implement DADT repeal, foster equality for lesbian and gay couples and push for allowing transgender people to serve, is that he was "insensitive?" Do we really think that 15 years after a senator called someone "aggressively black" and opined that being African-American is an "inhibiting factor" to a government job that he or she should get away with saying the remarks were merely "insensitive?" It's hard to imagine that a person like that would even be nominated to lead a military as racially diverse as ours."So I suppose that is a start.