Fritz Hollings is defending himself saying that he can provide quotes from Jews in America and Israel to support his position. I’m sure he can to some extent. But so what? His charge isn’t that Jews support democracy in the Middle East to secure Israel’s security (and because they support democracy). His charge is that Bush went to war to placate those Jews. The quotes he needs to prove his point aren’t from Jews in Tel Aviv, they’re from White House officials in Washington.
I can provide plenty of “quotes” from oil executives saying that securing the flow of oil is vital to American security. Does that prove it was a “war for oil”? Hell, give me time and I can get you quotes from people saying we went to war in Iraq because their cats won’t stop staring at them in the shower, that doesn’t prove Bush went to war for feline prurience.