What I will say is this: Kristol is offensive, wrong, and this kind of swiftboating must stop, now. I know Chuck Hagel, and consider him a friend. I’m also Jewish. I know who Senator Hagel is, and what he stands for. I also know anti-Semitism when I see it, and for William Kristol to use this line of attack — crying wolf — against Senator Hagel seriously undermines real anti-Semitism when it arises. – Jon Soltz

SOMEONE NEEDS to tell Bill Kristol that President Obama makes Pentagon policy, not the Secretary of Defense, who serves at the pleasure of the president. Kristol and his Committee for Israel are targeting former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, who’s been reported as at the top of President Obama’s list to replace Leon Panetta at Defense.

Now, I’m not invested in Chuck Hagel’s nomination, but President Obama won the election and gets to choose his cabinet. I am also incensed by Kristol’s continual swiftboating of good people, the latest a former Vietnam Veteran and Republican Senator, while Kristol sets himself and his hand picked people as the arbiters of who passes his pro Israel test.

From Dana Milbank, who also stood up for Hagel:

It’s indicative of an infantry sergeant who isn’t opposed to war (he voted for the conflicts in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq) but knows the grim costs of going to war without a plan. And it’s indicative of a decorated military man who, unlike some of his neocon critics, knows that military action doesn’t solve everything.

Check out Kristol’s media page for his group, which reveals the list of people Kristol has targeted, including senator-elect Tammy Baldwin, as well as the Democratic Party as a whole during the 2012 election, especially President Obama:

Maggie Haberman reports on the Chuck Hagel swiftboating ad above:

The spot, which hits Hagel for voting against sanctions on Iran, is an indication of the next phase of attacks on the former lawmaker, whose past stands on Israel have gotten the most attention.

It’s set to air on Fox News, MSNBC and CNN in the Washington, D.C. market, the group says.

Mr. Kristol and the neoconservative right aren’t happy unless they’re accusing someone of being insufficiently pro Israel. Nothing is too low, including swiftboating a decorated veteran, something I began fighting against when working for Senator John Kerry’s Patriot Project many years ago and have continued ever since.

You may also remember Bill Kristol’s campaign to smear Media Matters and Center for American Progress as being “anti-Israel.” Below is Kritol’s full page ad I posted at the time, which comes from the same group that’s bringing you Kristol’s latest campaign against Chuck Hagel.

Bill Kristol should be ashamed of himself, but he has absolutely no conscience when it comes to defaming people who don’t agree with him.