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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Why Hagel's Finances Are a Concern

Nadene Goldfoot
Republicans are concerned about who's been backing Hagel with donations.  They should be.  Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are on the list of his donors.  I'm surprised that this is legal, or is it?   So are 5 separate Turkish government entities.  These are countries that are against Israel.

NATO, the European Commission, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Luxemburg and the United Kingdom are also listed as his donors.   The cards are all stacked against anything Israel may need or do.  Why is it that these entities have a say in our society, which is why they donate?  Can anyone see how Hagel will go against how they all will vote after receiving sizable funds?  "Money does translate into influence."  Does not Senator McCain realize who these donors are and what they represent?  He has said that he is satisfied with the financial information and that it meets disclosure requirements, maybe because Hagel asked the Atlantic Council, which he chairs,  to release information.  Isn't that like asking your mama to verify that you're a good boy?

"The Atlantic Council is a think tank and public policy group whose mission is to "promote constructive U.S. leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the central role of the Atlantic community in meeting the international challenges of the 21st century". It is headquartered in Washington D.C. "  They have an international Advisory board of 30 members which includes the former Prime Ministers of Spain and Pakistan and Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor to former President Jimmy Carter.
The Khaled Juffali Company from Saudi Arabia is an Atlantic Council donor.  Khaled Juffali was also co-chairman of a huge Atlantic Council dinner in September 2010 in New York.  Another is The Turkish Petroleum Corporation who signed a big deal with Chevron.  The year after Hagel was elected chairman of the Council, he joined the Board of Directors of Chevron.   Chevron has entered into a deal with Iraq's Kurdish enclave for oil exploration which is connected to a pipeline for transporting oil into Turkey.  Turkey's Petroleum Pipeline Corporation, called BOTAS, is also on the Atlantic Council donor list.

Kahled Juffali's name has come up with two different organizations that Hagel has been associated with.  Did Hagel play a part into the decision of Georgetown U's School of Foreign Service where he was given the title of "Distinguished Professor," to grant an avowed Israel hater, Omar Shakir,  with a scholarship funded by the same Saudi connections who were contributing to his Atlantic Council?  Hagel was teaching there and Shakir was the founder and president of Students confronting Apartheid by Israel.  He got the Khaled Juffali Scholarship.  Hagel spoke at Georgetown's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies but didn't disclose this in materials he submitted, as well as another speech where he spoke to the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee in June 2008.

It looks like it's possible that Hagel has called in the chips and they in turn will call in theirs.  This is a lot of hanky-panky that one should be a genius to handle. Hagel, who attended 5 colleges, had a hard time settling down and studying.  He did volunteer to go to Vietnam and made Sergeant in 1967-1968.  When he returned home he went into businesses and politics.

 The question is: If  John Tower, Republican Senator from Texas,  was brutally examined about his personal life, why are the Democratic Senate majority and Obama so eager for Hagel to be nominated without due course?  George H.W. Bush had nominated Tower for Secretary of Defense in 1989 and he was rejected by the Senate 53-47  after public allegations of womanizing and heavy drinking,  His retort was that "But I've never done anything disqualifying. That's the point."

Hagel will be joining such people as Robert McNamara, Donald Rumsfeld and Casper Weinberger.  Every term has been crucial, but this one seems to be more than ever with the Arab Spring and Syria's state of civil war and North Korea just testing their nuclear capabilities in an underground test that has forced our government and the UN Security Council  to hold a special meeting about today.    The UN Security Council is chaired by South Korea's Kim Sung-hwan who is most upset and stated that this is a violation and threat to international peace and security.


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