'Friends Of Hamas' Story Shows That Some People Are Dumb Enough To Fall For Anything
Jason Linkins, HuffPost
Last week, we made note of the way the hearings on Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of Defense -- both within and outside the Senate chambers -- had reached an apotheosis of weird, with the discussion now basically centered on how it would be really bad for Hagel if any of the odd rumors about stuff he'd allegedly said or money he'd allegedly received turned out to be true.
Like, what if Hagel said that "the State Department has become adjunct to the Israeli Foreign Minister’s office?" And what if we all pretended that "adjunct to" meant "under the control of?" And what's this I hear about Iran "endorsing" Hagel? Isn't that a bad thing? Shouldn't we assume that is sincere, and not just some functionary in Iran, trying to bait a bunch of simpleton lawmakers?
One of the more fun rumors of this variety was that Chuck Hagel had received some money from an organization called "Friends of Hamas," a rumor which, if true, required a number of vastly strange things to happen. For instance, a bunch of guys who were "friends" of "Hamas" would have to be stupid enough to name their Hamas-supporting organization, "Friends of Hamas." Those people would then have to be stupid enough to give Hagel some money, for some reason. And then Hagel would have to be stupid enough to accept that money. And then a whole industry of agencies dedicated to elucidating the connections between political figures and the special interests that bankroll them would have to be stupid enough to not notice.