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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

What an awkwardly worded denial!

In the wake of securing the nomination for US Secretary of Defense, Hagel insisted that "there is not a shred of evidence that I am anti-Israel". [source]

If you think about it, that's an odd way of denying a charge. Not nearly as convincing as, say, an affirmative defense.

For instance, I doubt you'd feel comfortable leaving your kids in the care of a babysitter who insisted that "there is not a shred of evidence that I am a child molester".

I'm just saying...

Posted by David Bogner on January 8, 2013 | Permalink


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We know about some of Hagel`s public comments. I hope the confirmation hearing will also bring out evidence of his non-public comments and relationships. His opinion of Israel is troubling as are his comments on Arabs, Islam,and Iran. I think a lot of Dem senators are sitting on the fence waiting to see if a smoking gun is produced.

Posted by: Ed | Jan 8, 2013 6:43:36 PM

It's called the "non denial denial." A specialty of the Nixon White House, as described in "
All The Presidents Men."

Posted by: Jordan Hirsch | Jan 8, 2013 8:22:50 PM

I like the babysitter example. That's pretty creepy.

But you know what else is scary? The fact that Hagel regards a statement like "I'm a US Senator, not an Israeli Senator," and references to AIPAC as an organization that "scares lots of folks", as "not a shred of evidence". Oh, really?

What would, in Mr. Hagel's mind, constitute "evidence"? A photo of him with a white sheet and a swastika? Can't the folks on Capital Hill connect the dots without needing a "smoking gun"?

Posted by: psachya | Jan 9, 2013 5:19:30 AM

Reminds me of the old Frankie Lymon song "I'm not a juvenile delinquent"
or Nixon's "I am not a crook".

Posted by: Bob Miller | Jan 29, 2013 7:11:21 PM

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