Washington is all atwitter about Senate Republicans conducting a temporary filibuster against Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel. Whatever one thinks of Hagel, it is important to understand that, for once, this isn't just a game of political "gotcha." There are substantive reasons for concern (if not outright opposition, which is not my point here) about various implications of some of Hagel's positions. The concerns are rooted in the unique, and thoroughly justified, status of good will between Israel and the United States.
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