Ongoing disgrace: ‘Washington Post’ neocon columnist tells U.S. generals to ‘hush up [about Palestine] and fight’

Yesterday the Jerusalem Post reported that in Israel, former National security adviser General Jim Jones said that Israel/Palestine is the heart of the problem in the Middle East. That’s the linkage idea.

“I’m of the belief that had God appeared in front of President Obama in 2009 and said if he could do one thing on the face of the planet, and one thing only, to make the world a better place and give people more hope and opportunity for the future, I would venture that it would have something to do with finding the two-state solution to the Middle East.” Speaking to reporters after addressing the conference, Jones said Israel’s dispute with the Palestinians was the “knot that is at the center of mass.”

Jennifer Rubin, the neoconservative blogger at the Washington Post, writes:

Nevertheless, to American ears at the conference the recitation of the mantra that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the region’s central problem seemed decidedly off-key when Egypt is suffering an eruption, Tunisia has thrown off the shackles of its despot and Iran is on the offense in Lebanon, Gaza and elsewhere. It also puts Gen. David Petraeus’s comments along the same lines in context. One suspects that the upper echelons of the military are steeped in the brew of “Israel is the key to the region’s problems” conventional wisdom. In that regard, one is tempted to advise a great many generals and admirals to hush up and fight.

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  1. god damned tired of neocons and zionists speaking for the American people.

    Robert Lieber did it back in 2007 and it started my brain buzzing: “What do you mean, “Americans share Israel’s values?” No we don’t; Americans do not share the value of ethnic cleansing, of dehumanizing the Other, of killing as a way of solving problems.

    Don’t you dare put words in our mouths or sully any further what Americans stand for.

    You do not speak for Americans, Jennifer Rubin.

    fuck off rubin
    tired of your shit

    • Kathleen says:

      Andrea Mitchell, Ros Lehtinen, Gaffney, Gohmert, Jamie Rubin, Rachel Maddow etc keep repeating ALL Americans support Israel no matter what. Keep repeating this

  2. eljay says:

    >> “I’m of the belief that had God appeared in front of President Obama in 2009 and said if he could do one thing on the face of the planet, and one thing only, to make the world a better place and give people more hope and opportunity for the future, I would venture that it would have something to do with finding the two-state solution to the Middle East.”

    And what if gawd hadn’t appeared before Obama? Would that have meant that nothing needed to be done?

    Or what if gawd appeared but said the one thing he could do was, say, bomb-bomb Iran? Would Jones have been equally awestruck by the sagacity of this divine advice?

    Religion makes people say (and do) stupid things.

  3. Oscar says:

    “In that regard, one is tempted to advise a great many generals and admirals to hush up and fight.”

    It’s not Jennifer Rubin’s children that are fighting and dying in the Middle East to achieve PNAC’s goals. Nor is it Ethan Bronner’s kid for that matter; his son is fighting as an IDF soldier. It’s the kids from the red states who have been fooled by The Office of Special Plans that they are fighting for their native America.

    Rubin is a foaming-mouthed, zio-con artist whose sickening spewage is further depleting any credibility left in the Washington Post brand. Someone cut her microphone off already.

  4. Kathleen says:

    General Jim Jones has been willing to come out and say this before. He recently attended the take theMEK off the terrorist list conference (at CSPan) and Flynt Leverett wrote about it at Race for Iran.

    Jones came out and slipped this line in his presentation.

    How many times do we have to hear this? Queen Noor, former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden unit Micheal Scheuer, former CIA analysts Ray McGovern, Bill and Kathleen Christison (often at anti war .com, truthout ) Former President Jimmy Carter etc , Norman Finkelstein, Barghouti etc.

    They even finally mentioned this in the 9/11 commissions report.

    What are people pissed off about
    1. Our support for dicatators in that part of the world
    2. The support for Israel no matter what they do
    3. Our military bases on their land to protect our access to oil

  5. Theo says:

    The neocon propaganda is based on the following:

    “If you tell people lies for generations they will believe it is the truth.
    Should you later thell them the truth, they will call you a lier.”

    In other words, if they repeat the same BS long enough there are people who will swallow it as the God given truth.

  6. hophmi says:

    Again, if you want to take the excuses of Arab dictators, go ahead.

    You’re tools.

    • Chaos4700 says:

      Excuse me, but last time I checked it was Netanyahu who was insisting that Mubarak was a “close ally” and that Obama being anything less than supportive of him was a “betrayal.” Don’t lecture us about who supports and funds Arab dictators. That’s the purview of your lobby.

      • hophmi says:

        As far as I know, the entire West has endorse Suleiman. It ain’t all the work of the “I-lobby”, Chaos. But I guess it’s always easier to blame your problems on a scapegoat.

        • Chaos4700 says:

          No shit, Suleiman was bought and paid for, trained in the US and was instrumental in outsourcing torture for Bush and Obama, and as the WikiLeaks shows, he even carries the Israeli Government Seal of Approval.

    • Woody Tanaka says:

      “Again, if you want to take the excuses of Arab dictators, go ahead.”

      Oh, give it a rest. One would have be an absolute idiot to believe that the USA’s relationship with the Arab and Muslim world would not be markedly better if Uncle Sucker hasn’t aided and abetted, and sometimes joined in the commission of, the Israeli government’s crimes against the native Palestinians.

      Common sense says that peopel feel an affinity for their kinsmen, and react with anger when those people are oppressed, murdered, mistreated, and occupied, etc., in the way that the Isreali Jews have done to the native Palestinians in Palestine. To argue otherwise is insult us as stupid.

      Is it the only factor? No, of course not. But to say that recognizing this reality is nothing more than accepting the “excuses of Arab dictators” is idiocy borne of racist ideology.

      • RoHa says:

        “Common sense says that peopel feel an affinity for their kinsmen, and react with anger when those people are oppressed, murdered, mistreated, and occupied”

        Itis not just a matter of “affinity for kinsmen”. The Zionist message is “Arabs don’t count”. All the Arab world hears that message loud and clear. And they respond in they way you would expect.

      • fuster says:

        “One would have be an absolute idiot to believe that the USA’s relationship with the Arab and Muslim world would not be markedly better if Uncle Sucker hasn’t aided and abetted, and sometimes joined in the commission of, the Israeli government’s crimes against the native Palestinians” —-Woody Tanaka

        of course, one would be rather more idiotic to overlook that the Arab world and the Palestinians have committed endless crimes themselves.
        One might be tempted to say that the Arab and Muslim world would have a better relationship with the United States had they acted differently.

  7. “one is tempted to advise a great many generals and admirals to hush up and fight.”

    Well Jennifer, here is your parachute, and here is your rifle. Go “fight” against those presumed enemies of Israel and leave the rest of us alone.

  8. chris o says:

    It’s true, the generals should shut up and fight. But then again, James Jones is not in the military. And Petraeus was testifying publicly before Congress (under oath, I presume) and that ain’t his fault.

    The generals however probably should not have to shut up and fight. They should be shutting up and not fighting. What the hell are we fighting for anyway? Who are we fighting? 16th Century Tribesman who want us out of their country? 100 or maybe a thousand Muslim militants that hate us and want to do us harm?

  9. RE: “one is tempted to advise a great many generals and admirals to hush up and fight.” – Jennifer Rubin
    MY SNARK: You go, gurl! Put those generals and admirals in their place(s).
    That Jennifer Rubin is one ‘heavy hangin’, macho gal!

    P.S. Ah, Jennifer Rubin. Sweet, precious, Jennifer Rubin. – link to sadlyno.com
    One Wrong Turn After Anotherlink to sadlyno.com

  10. Woody Tanaka says:

    “hush up and fight”??? Wow. Not too often when the lobby’s mouthpieces are this blatant in their distain for the USA.

  11. dbroncos says:

    The US doesn’t need anything from Israelis. They have no oil, no stategic importance, and our differing notions of democratic values are irreconcilable. These facts won’t go away -they’ll be there long after the US-Israel BFF relationship is over.

    • fuster says:

      Actually, dbroncos, the US only needs oil from the Middle East. Other than that, our notions of democracy are nowhere echoed by any of the Gulf States, Iran, or any of the other Arab nations.
      Israel is far closer to our POV, while very different, than the rather very far from democratic rest of the pack. Should our allies stop needing the oil from the Gulf, it would be an interesting opportunity for us.