Now that the dust is starting to settle over the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense, it is useful to reflect on the bitter dispute that accompanied it, and to consider what it did ~ and did not ~ mean. Not much has been heard from Hagel's opponents, while his supporters have been trumpeting their victory. But silence does not imply submission, and there are more than a few indicators that claims of victory are at best premature, and at worst misleading, especially as they pertain to the alleged "special relationship" between Israel and the United States.
Nazis and the Holocaust (as they define both) are controlling;Israel is an island of Western democracy defending itself against barbaric Muslims who are the new Nazis;and the land of Israel (what it has and what it wants) is both a divine mandate from the God Jews and Christians share (at least in part), and the sole refuge of and for Jews in an otherwise hostile and “existentially threatening” world.
But Nazis, alone or in concert with Arabs, and Arabs as mindless terrorists, pop up everywhere. It is a message repeated over and over, and it leaves an indelible impression on the viewing audience that increases and solidifies over the generations.
It helps greatly that they have a single purpose and keep their attention on that purpose, which is to endorse whatever Israel does or wants, no matter what its effect on the US as a country or the American public as a whole.
It must be so difficult for Israelis, being so pure of heart and perfect indeed, that open criticism of them is politically unthinkable, and any that does occur can only be grounded in anti-Semitism and a lurking wish for genocide ~ or so they and their lobbies here would have the rest of us believe.
Perhaps the best way to think of the US-Israel relationship today is not that it is "special," but rather that it is “unique” ~ the end product of a concerted effort over decades by a domestic Fifth Column which has effectively captured the US Government from within, and placed it in the service of a smaller foreign country in a modified host-parasite relationship.