Pro-Israeli Patriots Won’t Be Fooled by Chuck Hagel’s Fiendish Psychological Warfare

If the U.S. secretary of defense isn’t an enemy of Israel who reeks of anti-Semitism after all, his critics would have apologized by now, no?

Chemi Shalev
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According to the official U.S. Defense Department definition, Psychological Operations - PSYOPS for short - are “planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.”

White PSYOPS - as opposed to grey or black - are those that are carried out overtly, in public, by authorized U.S. agencies. One of those so authorized, of course, is Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel himself.

There are good grounds, therefore, to suspect that Hagel’s trip to Israel this week is no more than an act of grand deception – the first and foremost element of a successful PSYOPS operation: that it is, in fact, a follow-up to President Obama’ s similarly duplicitous visit last month; and that it is proof positive, if any was needed, that the current US leadership will stop at nothing in order to deceive Israelis about their true intentions.

And given that in January of this year President Obama signed into law an act that repealed the 65 year old ban on dissemination of PSYOPS to U.S. audiences, it further stands to reason, in fact it is as clear as daylight, that Hagel’s hoax is aimed not only at Israelis, but at American Jews as well.

The secretary’s announcement of a multi-billion arms deal that would significantly enhance the IDF’s combat abilities is clearly meant to weaken Israel’s resolve and to strengthen that of its enemies. By making Israelis look up at the sky to marvel at their new Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, which Israel is the first foreign country to receive, Hagel, Obama & Company are creating the kind of dastard distraction that will only make it easier for them to fulfill their lifelong dream of “throwing Israel under a bus.”

What better way for someone who has an “endemic hostility” to Israel, as Democratic Representative Eliot Engel has said, than to lull Israel into a false sense of security by supplying it with refueling planes and thousands of sophisticated rockets and bombs – and to then demand payment only in 2018? And of what use are Hagel’s pledges that the U.S. will prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon – when we all know that he “speaks the same language” as the leaders in Tehran, as Alan Dershowitz asserted, and that his nomination was “publicly celebrated” by Iran, as Senator Ted Cruz said. So whom is he kidding?

And let’ s not even get into the gall of someone who “seems to have a problem with Jews," as Elliot Abrams has said, laying a wreath at Yad Vashem and writing a dedication starting with the words “for my friends of Israel." And then pouring salt on the Jewish people’s wounds by claiming that he had brought his son Ziller along with him “to share the experience.” Give us a break.

As presciently and modestly noted by Wall Street Journal editorial writer Bret Stephens –he of this year’s Pulitzer Prize – Hagel’s appointment “would confirm a point I made earlier this year, which is that Mr. Obama is not a friend of Israel.” And the only intriguing question is what kind of powerful deodorant did Hagel have to put on in order to conceal the “ripe odor” emanating from what Stephens described as Hagel’s “Jewish problem," a reference that was picked up succinctly in a subsequent Jewish Press column entitled “Smelling Chuck Hagel and other anti-Semites.”

"Throughout his career, Chuck Hagel has sought to protect Iran from U.S. sanctions and diplomatic pressure. Chuck Hagel has sought to distance the United States from Israel,” the Emergency Committee for Israel told us. Now obviously, Hagel was not changing his tune and suddenly singing songs of solidarity with Israel because of what he once described as the “Jewish lobby’s” powers of “intimidating” people in Washington, because that would only prove his point, wouldn’t it?

Which leaves only two other possible explanations. The more plausible one is that Hagel is indeed engaged in a massive campaign of duplicity - possibly funded by his patrons in North Korea or his buddies in “Friends of Hamas.” The second scenario, perish the thought, is that Hagel’s critics were wrong - that they intentionally inflated some possibly objectionable remarks made by Hagel during a long career, that they subjected him to a callous and vicious campaign of defamation and character assassination for cynical political reasons, that they were ready, willing and able to destroy Hagel’s reputation in order to advance their political agenda and to vindicate the exact same kind of malicious vendetta that they had waged against Obama during the presidential election campaign.

But that can’t possibly be true, because by now Hagel’s critics would have owned up to their mistake and profusely apologized, no? That would be the honorable thing to do, and as Antony famously said of Brutus and his friends, “So are they all, all honorable men."

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (middle) with Israeli counterpart Moshe Ya'alon and U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro look out of the window during a helicopter tour of Golan on April 22, 2013Credit: AFP

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