AIPAC Speakers Call on Obama to Reject Jimmy Carter’s Endorsement (God Help Us)

I probably spoke too soon in my last post. Or don't know what I'm talking about. Dan Fleshler of Realisticdove says there have always been enlightened voices in AIPAC, the question is how empowered they are… But here's the news. I just came out of a panel at which Bill Kristol stood up for Dan Quayle over and over again (didn't know he was running) and Ambassador Marc Ginsberg stood up for Obama. That is the great tension in this event, how people are going to respond when Obama shows up Wednesday morning. All the questioners, all the rank and file, at this event, hiss about Obama. He has no experience, he has never come out against radical Islam, he has scary advisers. That's what they say. Rev. Wright is his Middle East adviser…

AIPAC has been warning people to be civil to all its guests. I.E., don't embarrass Obama on national television by booing, and thereby giving AIPAC a bad name in the next White House. Folks, we have to work there!

Dan Senor, a Council on Foreign Relations welterweight, said the real question with Obama is Why all these people are drawn to him. Zbig Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter, etc. Good question. And the answer is what I've always said. We know he's on the left at heart. Period. We know he cares about Palestinian suffering, as Sue Dravis of Iowa established lo these many moons ago.

Then Senor said that Obama should have his "own Sister Souljah moment" and when he has wrapped up the nomination and Jimmy Carter endorses him, "perhaps he could reject the endorsement." Wild applause.

Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, who is just a little too smooth and his teeth a little too big and white for me–seems like a money guy–then said, "When you want to throw more red meat at the audience, I'll top you. Should Jimmy Carter endorse Obama, I would be the first one to want to see him reject that as well."

Wild applause. No: these people don't believe in Palestinian human rights…

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  1. Chris says:

    This year, it seems like Israel is going to be playing a large role.

    Anyone who criticizes Israel is going to be declared unfit for a position of power.

    link to politico.com

    It's too bad that those who make racist proclamations against Arabs don't suffer similar ostracizations.

    It's funny how Hagee was sunk by comments about Hitler, but all his anti-Arab comments didn't hurt him.

    It is a weird time that we live in.

  2. The Other Alan says:

    If you ask me, Obama should stop kowtowing to all those who want to box him into a do-nothing approach to Zionist muscle-flexing, and just denounce and reject AIPAC and all its peace obstructionism.

  3. Shii says:

    As a Jew I am disgusted with those who kneel down before AIPAC. Neither AIPAC nor the ADL should have this sort of power. They do not speak for all Jews and they should not be commanding American foreign policy.

  4. 5 dancing shlomos says:

    WASHINGTON (June 2) – "President Bush on Monday presented the nation's highest military award to a 19-year-old soldier who died so that squats could be violent in peace."

    "O Lord, why i die for the sh*tty one"? "O Lord, why i kill babies for the parasite"?
    "O Lord, doesnt life, even a hard life, have more meaning than to kill and then die for a disease? arent we suppose to fight the disease? O Lord, if we were just, wouldnt we help the body invaded"?

  5. samuel burke says:

    rabbi hagee speaks highly of the jews again…lieberman praises hagee for speaking highly of the jews.

    link to youtube.com

  6. Richard Witty says:

    Last year at the AIPAC conference, Cheney spoke to wild applause, Clinton spoke to wild applause, and Obama spoke to wild applause.

    Cool heads will conclude that peace combined with security is a superior outcome to sabers unsheathed resulting in a state of permanently escalating war.

  7. Richard Witty says:

    I am very concerned for Israel's security.

    Obama has convinced me.

  8. Todd says:

    The average American is caught between two radical and hostile camps: the AIPAC types and Obama types. Great!

    If that is all our political system has to offer, I see no way that chaos or oppression can be avoided.

  9. Charles Keating says:

    I saw McCain on C-SPAN2 live today, talking to AIPAC (boasting it had 7500 members, and there were AIPAC delegates from 15 nations other than the USA). McCain said he wanted to use the same methods against Iran that were used against apartheid South Africa. The Palestinians were not mentioned except McCain said they were badly served by the terrorist HAMAS. McCain repeated the USA would stand by ISRAEL forever. Lots of applause. That's it in a nutshell.

  10. Lysander says:

    "We know he's on the left at heart. Period. We know he cares about Palestinian suffering, as Sue Dravis of Iowa established lo these many moons ago."

    I hope you're right. I here that often. I hear he is only jumping through the hoops because there is no other way to get elected. But do i buy it? I don't know. While he can't come out in favor of Palestinian rights now, he has to draw the line somewhere, and rejecting Carter's endorsement should be it. That is if AIPAC makes that an official demand rather than the spoken wish of Senor and company.

  11. Arie Brand says:

    Quite apart from Israel's scandalous record in the treatment of the Palestinians it is also, West of the Green Line, riddled by corruption. Avraham Burg has spoken about this on more than one occasion. In the present issue of Counterpunch Avnery talks about it at length. Olmert's case is just the tip of the iceberg. Numerous politicians there have made use of their connections to enrich themselves. Quite a few stuffed envelopes seem to have come from American admirers – diaspora Jews who are regarded with disdain by the aristocracy of the 'homeland' whom they should be lucky to serve, Avnery says.

    The long occupation of a region where Israel has brought about a state of lawlessness and has created a situation where almost anything goes, has infected the national body politic as well. But the rot started earlier, Avnery says, with the massive theft of Arab property after 1948, not just real estate, but movable property.

    And that is the state American politicians fall over themselves to swear allegiance to.I cannot think of any other historical situation in which a major power deliberately handicapped itself by submitting its policies to the interest of a dwarf state that is in the long run bound to be shown up in its true colours worldwide and thus to further besmirch the reputation and lower the prestige of the helpless giant that has made itself its slave.

  12. MM says:

    Woolsey Speaks to Third Annual Wall Street Event

    Former CIA Director Woolsey spoke to AIPAC's Wall Street Event.

    More than 400 investment bankers, hedge fund managers and financial planners attended the AIPAC’s third annual Wall Street Event in Manhattan. Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey gave the keynote address, stressing the myriad threats to the United States and Israel from radical Islamic terrorists and the dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran. AIPAC Executive Director Howard Kohr also offered his take on recent developments in the Middle East and emphasized the importance of strong ties between the United States and Israel. Click here to find out about AIPAC events in your area.

    link to aipac.org

    "AIPAC's 3rd Annual Wall Street Event"! Phil, you missed this one? Maybe next year?

  13. Ed says:

    "Last year at the AIPAC conference, Cheney spoke to wild applause…"

    Sorry Witty, this was debunked last year:

    Now that the GOP is spent, is the Israel lobby shifting back toward the Democrats?

    link to libertariantoday.blogspot.com

    '…none other than Vice President Cheney, who for years has sheltered Israeli-loyalists in the White House as they have painstakingly gone about propagating “evidence” that Israel’s enemies are also the primary threat to America, received a less-than-enthusiastic reception at the recent American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) conference, according to The Jewish Daily Forward:

    “The vice president’s speech, which focused on the war in Iraq, received a lukewarm welcome from the Aipac delegates. The crowd gave Cheney only one standing ovation and only partial applause when he made the connection between the need to stay in Iraq and the ability of the United States to deal effectively with Iran’s nuclear threat. In sharp contrast, when Cheney dedicated his speech last year to the dangers posed by Iran and Palestinian terrorism, he drew 48 rounds of applause, including eight standing ovations.”

    Apparently the Aipacers were expecting Cheney to announce that the U.S. would happily blunder into yet another strategic disaster on behalf of Israeli security by bombing Iran at the Israel lobby’s beck and call.

    As if that narcissistic mindset wasn’t bad enough, the Forward (which according to Alexa falls into the categories of “Jewish” and “socialist,” but who’s editorial board is closer to Jewish-nationalist-socialist) later that week took Cheney to task via an angry editorial for being insufficiently deferential to Zionist sensitivities about accusations of warmongering.

    Cheney had the bad taste to remind the Aipacers that America still has Israeli-related business in Iraq that, if left unfinished, poses a threat to the Jewish state. “It is simply not consistent,” Cheney said, “for anyone to demand aggressive action against the menace posed by the Iranian regime while, at the same time, acquiescing in a retreat from Iraq that would leave our worst enemies dramatically emboldened and Israel’s best friend, the United States, dangerously weakened.”

    The Forward correctly interpreted this statement as an implicit linking of the Iraq war with Israeli security.

    From the Forward editorial:

    “And so Cheney came to Aipac, not to deliver the expected message of solidarity and good cheer, but to administer a spanking. Friends owe it to friends, he said. You must support us in Iraq, he said, or else.”

    “No less alarming, Cheney was telling the Jewish community that the war in Iraq had been launched and fought in considerable measure for their benefit and Israel’s. That’s precisely the message that Israel’s worst enemies have been peddling for the past four years as America’s blood and treasure have been poured wastefully down the sinkhole of a misconceived and unwinnable war. It was a lie then, and it is a lie now. And now he seems to be casting Iran in the same light: as the Jews’ war.”

    The problem is that it wasn’t a lie then, and it isn’t a lie now. Who would know better if the Iraq war is being fought largely at the behest of Zionism: The Vice President, who’s Jewish nationalist underlings helped manufactured the false intelligence used to justify the invasion, or the Forward editorial board (hardly an objective source to begin with)?…'
    —–

    You see, Witty, the Zionist’s plan to downplay the Iraq war only so they can foment a later war with Iran is not going to work. Lieberman/McCain hope to withdraw American troops inside their Iraqi bunkers for awhile until things calm down, and then use them (again) to strike at another of Israel's enemies. Downplay Iraq ("we never really supported it anyway" say Jewish-American Zionists) and continue drum-beating the case against Iran.

    Judeofascists are chameleons who's colors change with their environment. Most educated Americans understand this now. Jewish Zionist claims to opposition to the Iraq war ring hollow in light of their warmongering against Iran.

  14. americangoy says:

    I feel like a need a shower after reading this…

    "AIPAC has been warning people to be civil to all its guests. I.E., don't embarrass Obama on national television by booing, and thereby giving AIPAC a bad name in the next White House. Folks, we have to work there!"

    Great line! It's funny cuz it's true!

  15. americangoy says:

    "As a Jew I am disgusted with those who kneel down before AIPAC. Neither AIPAC nor the ADL should have this sort of power. They do not speak for all Jews and they should not be commanding American foreign policy.

    Posted by: Shii"

    Right on man.

    Imagine the ruckus if there was a Chinese American pro China Lobby with this kind of power.

    For some reason, a pro Israel lobby like this is acceptable. Somehow… mainstream. A taboo topic.

    Boggles my mind still.

  16. freespeechlover says:

    The cats out of the bag about AIPAC; it's just that the political class and mass media are endlessly enthralled instead of sceptical about AIPAC's power. That's too bad, because AIPAC's influence on US policy has been distinctly negative; AIPAC is unfortunately not the whole story but the tip of the iceberg of ways that political commonsense has worked against a two state solution to the conflict. Well, now we're in for a very long struggle toward some kind of one-state entity. That's too bad, because more blood will be shed, before America, as always lagging behind the rest of the world, wakes up and realizes how the landscape has changed in the Occupied Territories such that it is no longer possible to speak of any kind of continguous territory on which a Palestinian state could exist. And of course there will be plenty of voices ready to shoot the messengers, as this reality sinks in here as it has overseas.

  17. cogit8 says:

    Ed: I would add Libertarian Today's further comments to your above post:

    "Americans are increasingly opposed to the GOP as a result of the Iraq invasion? Let’s morph into Iraq war opponents, snuggle back up to the Democrats who have ridden the anti-war wave to power (we know they will accept us because of our money, and the fact that Democrats, like the Republicans, have no moral or ethical principles other than greed and the quest for power) and then use our insider status and our agents like Rahm Emanuel, Chuck Schumer, Barney Frank and [MoveOn.org] to push for war with Iran. Aren’t we [chamelions] clever?"

  18. cogit8 says:

    I watched Dan Senor's panel discussion on C-SPAN. It was like watching remnants of the Junker mentality of Blood and Iron (minus the military uniforms). These people don't get it.

    The Junkers discussed Lebanon while grinding their teeth about how arch-enemy Iran had come out on top in the recent political agreement. Harumph: "now Hezbollah has a veto over the Lebanese Government".

    Hello?? Hezbollah lives there, votes there, and fought for representation in the government. Beirut is now back to 'party central' and is peaceful due to the new agreement.

    But the Junkers are so blinded by their fear of Iranian nukes. It would mean no more 'murder at will' of Palestinian patriots, killings of paraplegics with dangerous thoughts in wheel chairs, killing Palestinians for fun at checkpoints, killing American peace activists (RIP Rachel), and no more starving 1.4 million people.

    And the Junkers know this means the end of Israel, the country that kicked 700,000 Arabs off the land and thought they could get away with it because it was 'just a PR problem' and besides I know this good Jew defense attorney who knows the judges wife who can get anyone off….

  19. hlmeankin says:

    Time to reflect. Yes, even before the grand entrance of the Black Man on The White Horse, who will rescue the world from hatred and malice.
    One basic fact seems clear. Chomsky and the Trotskyite view that Israel is just a pawn in the game of US imperiaism, ought to be put to rest forever…
    And tommorrow, even more clarity: all the suitors will approach the throne and kiss the ring….
    The Lobby and the money behind it…RULES!!
    The invisible elephant has made itself visible…..springing forth with the cry:
    How Do You Like Me Now??

  20. hlmeankin says:

    Time to reflect. Yes, even before the grand entrance of the Black Man on The White Horse, who will rescue the world from hatred and malice.
    One basic fact seems clear. Chomsky and the Trotskyite view that Israel is just a pawn in the game of US imperiaism, ought to be put to rest forever…
    And tommorrow, even more clarity: all the suitors will approach the throne and kiss the ring….
    The Lobby and the money behind it…RULES!!
    The invisible elephant has made itself visible…..springing forth with the cry:
    How Do You Like Me Now??

  21. Is This AIPAC Member Wearing Clothes?…You Decide

    link to homo-sapien-underground.blogspot.com

  22. You might want to take a look at another sort of conference: link to eaazi.blogspot.com .

    It covers both Republican and Democratic bases with James Baker and Dennis Ross.

    From looking over the description, I believe the conference cruise grosses about $8-9 million on a total cost of about $2 million.

  23. 5 dancing shlomos says:

    "link to eaazi.blogspot.com;

    interesting conference.

    baker bequeathed his israeli team of ME negotiators headed by ross to clinton.

    "A well known scholar on Middle East, Dr. Norman Finkelstein called (aaron david) Miller's 2008 book "a horrible book". He went on to describe Miller as a "complete imbecile" – fr wikipedia the jewish encyl.

    feith is the stupidist. miller is an imbecile. ross is incompetent. wolfowitz wears diapers and uses spit as hair cream. and they still manage to get fed or univ employment. and none has choked to death on his own tongue.

    truly they are loved by some sort of god.

  24. MRW says:

    Richard Witty at 4:16 PM

    "Cool heads will conclude that peace combined with security is a superior outcome…"

    It is obvious then that cool heads have not prevailed in Israel since its inception. Pity.

  25. Polly says:

    Quite a lobby this Israel lobby! If I hadn't seen past footage of Clinton, Cheney, Bush, Pelosi etc PROSTRATING themselves before AIPAC I wouldn't have believed it.
    Obama will no doubt do the same on Wednesday and who could blame him.

  26. will says:

    You know, the Israel lobby doesn't get something: in order for there to be peace, Palestien AND Isreal need to both clean up their act, instead of playing this stupid game where they pertend that Israel has never done anything questionable.

  27. "Imagine the ruckus if there was a Chinese American pro China Lobby with this kind of power."

    – well there's McCain, the Manchurian Candidate – read his CIA file regarding his time as POW, released under an FOIA request.
    link to cryptome.org
    Here’s a sample:

    Hanoi VNA International Service in French 1339 GMT 9 Nov 67 B – Interview of American POW LT CDR John Sidney McCain published in 9 November Nhan Dan – Excerpt

    To a question of the correspondent, McCain answered: ‘My assignment to the Oriskany, I told myself, was due to serious losses in pilots which were sustained by this aircraft carrier (due to its raids over North Vietnam territory–VNA) and which necessitated replacements. From 10 to 12 pilots were transferred like me from the Forrestal to the Oriskany. Before I was shot down we had made several sorties. Altogether I made about 23 flights over North Vietnam.’

    McCain admitted that he participated five or six times in the attacks on the Haiphong sector.

    Fear still clearly showed on his face when he recalled his disastrous sortie on 26 October against Hanoi. ‘The briefing was held in the morning,’ he said. ‘That’s right. I remember that it was the morning that they told me of the situation and the plan of the raid, which should take place about noon. A reconnaissance officer explained this plan to me. They showed me photographs of my target marked out the paths to be followed by the Oriskany at this point. They pointed out to me a number of antiaircraft positions near Hanoi and a number of possible rocket positions, the position of our rescue ships, the radio frequency, the composition of the flight, and so forth. Upon arrival near the target, our formation with six bombers, would mount the attack according to the following order: I would be number three, and the chief of the formation, number one. Each pilot would have to approach the target from a different direction, the choice of which would be left to [undecipherable].

    ‘While moving toward the target, we stumbled over a very dense network of fire, a very powerful riposte. A few rockets were seen. Our chief turned to approach the target and I followed him at a distance. At the time when I was preparing to drop my bombs–I did not know whether or not I could drop them because things were happening too fast–I heard a terrible explosion which shook my plane and sent it toward the ground. It was hit so violently that I was thrown on my back and went straight toward the ground in this posture. I tried to pull the direction-stick[Image] I do not know at what [undecipherable]

    Naturally I felt buffeting because my bailing out was made at the time when the plane was falling too fast. When the parachute opened I looked down and found out I was going to fall into a lake. I was really lucky to be able to fall into a lake. All around me bombs were exploding while rockets and antiaircraft shells were streaking through the sky. I hit the lake and went to the bottom. While trying to return to the surface, I was seized by Vietnamese and pushed to the bank of the lake. They disarmed me and brought me to prison.’

    ‘What do you think of Hanoi’s fire barrage?’ asked the Nhan Dan Correspondent.

    McCain cried out: ‘Very intense, very accurate. When a fire barrage is so accurate, one has to reckon with it. You are excellent artillerymen. Naturally, I have never seen such a fire network, because it was the first time I flew over Hanoi.’

    ‘Were the pilots who had flown over Hanoi afraid of the firepower from the ground?’

    ‘Yes, certainly!’ McCain said, ‘How lucky are those who do not have to come often to the Hanoi Sector. Very dangerous! Because they could very well be shot down, hit, something that no one wants! When I arrived near my target I saw two rockets streaking by my side, and it was terrible to see. They flew very fast, very strongly.’

    Suddenly the air pirate was silent as if still obsessed by the memory of his disasterous sortie.

    ‘For me,’ he concluded, ‘there is no longer any doubt. Things are taking place in a favorable opinion. The United States at present seems to be standing alone, so much is its isolation.’

  28. dumbass says:

    You stuoid mutherfucker eat a dick please