Responding to a student's question, Hagel said Israel's retaliatory attacks against terrorists need to stop for the sake of peace.Bravo. Sen. Hagel could not differentiate the difference between the U.S.'s war against Islamic militants and Israel's because there is no difference.
But when the student followed up by asking if the United States should stop its similar retaliatory strikes against terrorists, Hagel said "no." The student was flustered by Hagel's contradiction, but the senator said he wanted to move on to the next question in the interest of time.
"He said what we are doing wasn't the same thing (as what Israel's doing)," the audience member said. "I think that's ridiculous. It's absolutely the same thing, and Israel needs to protect itself."
I’m going to write a letter to Sen. Hagel on this one. I’ll post it in the next day or two.