‘Bought-and-paid-for Congress’ passes Iran sanctions, 410-11

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Thomas Friedman
Thomas Friedman, liberator

It’s a new world! I get to say bought and paid for by the Israel lobby every other minute now without being accused of being a conspiracist because Tom Friedman said so in the New York Times! Well, here’s another bought-and-paid-for group. United Against Nuclear Iran, started by Dennis Ross, the Israel lobbyist who then went into the Obama administration at a high level. And Gary Samore, who is still at Obama’s right hand as his czar on weapons of mass destruction. UANI has big Israel lobbyists like Irwin Cotler, Leslie Gelb, Fouad Ajami, and Alan Solow on its board. You gotta open the window here and let me breathe!

UANI sent out a press release crowing about the latest Iran sanctions, passed by the House.

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, issued the following statement Thursday regarding the U.S. House of Representatives’ 410-11 passage of the Iran Threat Reduction Act yesterday, which includes the Iran Transparency and Accountability Act, requiring companies to disclosure their sanctionable Iran business to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): 

We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for overwhelmingly voting to increase sanctions against Iran. This act would close existing loopholes in the law which corporations have been exploiting to continue their irresponsible business in Iran, and lead to potentially consequential sanctions against Iran’s Central Bank.

We applaud Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, for her persistence on this critical matter, and we also thank Representative Ted Deutch for his leadership on the issue of corporate disclosure of Iran business. Such action is long overdue. The moment companies are forced to disclose their Iran business is the moment that business will end. By signing this legislation into law, President Obama can significantly ramp up the pressure on the Iranian regime, and on companies that do business there. 

Throughout the year, UANI has regularly called for the passage of provisions of the Iran Threat Reduction Act, including sanctioning Iran’s Central Bank. 

The bill passed by the House includes two pieces of legislation by Congressman Ted Deutch–the Iran Transparency and Accountability Act, which requires companies to disclosure their sanctionable Iran business to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and establishes a public listing of those companies; and the Iran Human Rights and Democracy Promotion Act of 2011, which sanctions companies that contribute to the Iranian regime’s oppression of its people. UANI has previously proposed regulations and legislation for adoption by the SEC and U.S. Congress, respectively, which would require companies to fully disclose their Iran business.

79 Responses

  1. Hamishe_Sabz
    December 16, 2011, 10:14 am

    good, akhondy regime will start to feel something finally. i think after the incident with UK embassy, all european countries should have called in their ambassadors at least.

  2. hophmi
    December 16, 2011, 10:38 am

    “It’s a new world! I get to say bought and paid for by the Israel lobby every other minute now without being accused of being a conspiracist”

    And prove exactly why phrases like that are so dangerous – people like you misuse and abuse them.

    • Philip Weiss
      December 16, 2011, 11:18 am

      whats true about what tom f said, or did he also abuse the prhase?

      • eee
        December 16, 2011, 11:48 am

        Anyone implying that US Congress people have no free will and were forced to give Bibi standing ovations because of the lobby is definitely a conspiracist. And if that is what Friedman is saying, he is a conspiracist also. The Congress people liked what they heard and applauded Bibi. It is as simple as that. Nobody was forcing them or paying them to do that.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 16, 2011, 12:13 pm

        The Congress people liked what they heard and applauded Bibi. It is as simple as that. Nobody was forcing them or paying them to do that.

        here is a fact you ignore eee. the american public is not united behind netanyahu, in the least. nor are we united behind the trajectory of likud policies, settlement expansion, and support for israel. we are not getting the representation we deserve, or a representation that reflects the growing disenchantment with our ‘friendship’ with israel. it is as simple as that.

        100-0 my ass.

      • eee
        December 16, 2011, 12:32 pm


        You keep making claims but the reality is just the opposite. How many elections have you had the opportunity to elect less supportive of Israel Congress people? How many opportunities have you had to put military aid to Israel or relations with Israel on the ballot? You have had many opportunities and have accomplished nothing. Instead of making grandiose claims, show me one successful anti Israel ballot question. Claiming support is easy, but the facts on the ground show the opposite.

      • Woody Tanaka
        December 16, 2011, 12:39 pm

        “The Congress people liked what they heard and applauded Bibi.”

        It sure is cute when the children think the guy in the Santa suit and fake beard is ol’ Saint Nick.

      • American
        December 16, 2011, 12:42 pm

        “”The Congress people liked what they heard and applauded Bibi. It is as simple as that.”…eee

        And it’s as simple as that that congress doesn’t represent the majority Americans view…that why they have a 9% approval rating.
        You seem to have the belief that because blood hasn’t run in the US streets
        since 1865 that it never will again. I wouldn’t count on that if I were you.
        There is always a limit to what people will take. And the 20/80 rule always applies.

      • Kathleen
        December 16, 2011, 12:58 pm

        eee makes a sold point. Not much evidence in congress that anything has changed.

        Israel did get smacked on the hand for selling US military technology to China
        Published on Thursday, May 9, 2002 by CommonDreams.org
        U.S. Arms Sales to Israel End Up In China, Iraq
        by Jonathan Reingold
        link to commondreams.org

        U.S. Suspends Cooperation With Israel on Fighter Jet
        Ire at Jerusalem’s Arms Deals With China
        By Marc Perelman, Ori Nir

        Read more: link to forward.com

        link to forward.com

        Did not think there was any legislation created to stop Israel from doing this again
        link to armscontrol.org
        “U.S., Israel Seek to Cut Deal On China Arms Sales
        Miles A. Pomper

        Under pressure from the Bush administration and Congress to cut off arms shipments to China, Israel hopes to iron out an agreement this summer with the United States on how future potential sales to Beijing will be considered.

        Israeli government officials and a nongovernmental expert in Washington familiar with the issue said the two sides were seeking to fashion a memorandum of understanding that would make such sales more transparent by defining “rules of the road.” The United States has considerable leverage over Israel as U.S. defense technology is often incorporated in Israeli weapons.

        “I believe that very soon we are going to agree on a procedure with regard to Israeli exports to China,” Yuval Steinitz, chairman of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) Foreign and Defense Committee told Arms Control Today in a June 8 interview.

        Still, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice acknowledged June 16 that some outstanding issues remain. “We have had some difficult discussions with the Israelis about this,” Rice told reporters.

        The nongovernmental expert said that the differences involved exactly how much Israel would defer to the United States on such sales and whether the agreement would be limited to Israeli sales to China or extended to Israeli sales to other countries. Israel is pushing for a limited agreement, while the United States would prefer a broader pact.

        At the same time, a version of the fiscal year 2006 defense authorization bill approved by the House May 25 requires the secretary of defense not to procure any goods or services for five years from any firms that transfer arms to China, a provision that could affect Israel’s defense sector, which is one of its largest industries. U.S. officials have been pushing in recent months to prevent U.S. allies from selling high-tech weapons to China, which might be used against the United States or Taiwan in a future military conflict. Under U.S. pressure, the European Union has delayed plans to lift its arms embargo on Beijing. (See ACT, April 2005.)”

        US foreign Aid to Israel
        link to fas.org

      • eee
        December 16, 2011, 1:10 pm

        “You seem to have the belief that because blood hasn’t run in the US streets
        since 1865 that it never will again. I wouldn’t count on that if I were you.”

        Go tell that to Phil who thinks the US is perfectly safe for Jews. You constantly make prophecies. Lay off the LSD. Doomsayers are a dime a dozen. And there have been blood on US streets many times since 1865. Google “race riots” for example.

      • eee
        December 16, 2011, 1:15 pm

        “It sure is cute when the children think the guy in the Santa suit and fake beard is ol’ Saint Nick.”

        Yes, always use the opposite of Occam’s Razor. That will get you far. Here is a simple challenge. To get a question on the ballot you only need popular support. So if you have popular support, why is there not ONE anti-Israel ballot resolution passed? Heck, why is there not one ballot question that deals with Israel? And the answer is simple. Because you have no popular support.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 16, 2011, 2:35 pm

        eee, it takes money to run a campaign. and media. ron paul is a perfect example of that. he’s had tons of grassroot support and for the most part the media has not just ignored him but purposely blocked him out for the vast majority of this primary season until he became such an obvious contender they could no longer ignore him.

        it is not just a ‘claim’ eee, and the proof is in the pudding. you wouldn’t be here if their wasn’t opposition to the lobby and if the american public was in complete uniform lockstep with likud israel (like congress). lobbies exist because opposition exists. powerful lobbies exist because of pushback. i noticed you evaded giving me an example to my request here:

        link to mondoweiss.net

        an example is not the same as a response. you responded as did hophmi, but neither of you offered an example.

        “the facts on the ground ” are that you are here. that there is a powerful lobby fighting ‘deligitimization’ which is a fancy word for the truth of occupation and apartheid being exposed. that fight included the foreign ministry of israel, it’s also funded with millions of dollars. it has already been labeled by the reut institute as a dangerous threat to the security of the state of israel. and, as far as i know there is no lobby in DC directing this threat. and you are here, so this threat exists. those are the facts on the ground. and yet the votes by our representatives in congress do not reflect their is any threat.

        so i think friedman is exactly correct and i think running for higher office in this country is very difficult for non zionists just like it’s practically unheard of for a non zionist journalist to gain employment at any msm newspaper of television station, even if their reportage is completely accurate.

        if we didn’t matter and that 100% vote was any reflection of the wishes of the american people you wouldn’t hear the cheering for ron paul when he addresses the issue of iran sanctions in this video:

        link to mondoweiss.net

      • Woody Tanaka
        December 16, 2011, 2:55 pm

        “Yes, always use the opposite of Occam’s Razor. That will get you far.”

        The fact that you, who actually believed the Congressional Puppet Show was real, lecturing anyone on Occam’s Razor is precious. (As is the rather quaint notions that the views of United States Congresscritters’ views are not driven by the interests of their donors.) This is especially so when you are fighting me on a point I’ve never made.

        It is almost as if you don’t have the ability to competently read, consider and respond to someone’s ideas, but, rather, you merely react and start spurting out things as they come into your head, regardless of whether they are appropriate or not. Given that this is the mentality of a teen, I assume that you are not yet grown. Maybe when you mature as an adult, your thinking process will mature likewise and you will be reason properly. If you are fully grown… well, you have my sympathies.

      • eee
        December 16, 2011, 2:56 pm


        Where did I claim there is no opposition to Israel in the US? Of course there is. But it has very little popular support because if you really had the popular support you claim, you would have got at least one Israeli question on the ballot. Why haven’t you been able to do that? You keep evading the question. I recall you were part of an attempt to put aid to Israel on the ballot in California. What happened with that effort? Why did it fail?

        The delegitmization campaign is being run in campuses in the US, but has very little popular support. Applause by Ron Paul supporters at a debate is indication for what? Nothing really. They are there to applaud him. And Ron Paul is not an anti-Zionists mind you.

        The Israel lobby does not have unanimous support in Congress. Plus, there are many lobbyists that lobby on behalf of Arab countries and there are several Arab and Muslim organizations that lobby Congress, sometimes against the Israel lobby. So your contention that the lobby has no opposition is just not true.

        I find this blog very entertaining. I get bored with blogs where people agree with me. What is the fun in that? I find it amusing that you take the fact that I comment here as an indication for anything about your cause.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 16, 2011, 3:12 pm

        Where did I claim there is no opposition to Israel in the US?

        don’t ask me, i never claimed you said there was no opposition to israel in the US.

        can you give me an example of another powerful lobby with no perceivable opposition lobby in congress eee. thanks

        you know, like the nra or the insurance lobbies. why do you think aipac exists if the america public and their representatives are so supportive of israel?

        i have not evaded your question, in fact i addressed it. it’s the money eee, we do not have a powerful lobby. congress is bought off around the topic of israel and running for public office is very difficult while fighting the lobby.

        ok, i answered your question and i am not interested in firthering on here until you address mine, which i asked first.

        can you give me an example of another powerful lobby with no perceivable opposition lobby in congress eee. thanks

        one example.

      • American
        December 16, 2011, 3:52 pm

        child eee.

        Less than 20% of the US population rioting in the streets put an end to Vietnam. It only takes 20% or less to turn a country upside down. Phil and Jews would be safe…….the US political system and Israel and some other special interest Not. I imagine you would be completely safe hiding in your mom’s basement, typing your proclamations about Israel and zionism’s invincibility into cyberspace.

      • eee
        December 16, 2011, 3:57 pm


        “can you give me an example of another powerful lobby with no perceivable opposition lobby in congress eee”

        Why do you need this example? So what if the Israel lobby has not much opposition. What does it prove? As I explained even if people support your ideas, you need to lobby them for actions to occur. Everybody in Congress is for moms. But since they don’t have a lobby, there is no legislation that favors moms.

        Which lobby opposes the NRA? Which lobby opposes the Teacher’s lobby? I don’t know, I am just asking.

      • eee
        December 16, 2011, 3:58 pm


        And yes you evaded my question: Why have you not been able to get an Israel related question on the ballot in California?

      • Annie Robbins
        December 16, 2011, 4:24 pm

        Which lobby opposes the NRA?


        Which lobby opposes the Teacher’s lobby?

        the teachers unions? google no child left behind.

        Everybody in Congress is for moms.

        which is why they don’t have a lobby. you don’t need a lobby when everyone likes you.

        you can’t think of one can you eee. that’s because contrary to common sense lobbies exist where there’s opposition. that’s wy aipac exists, because without it, normal americans would not be supporting an apartheid state.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 16, 2011, 4:26 pm

        eee, my request of you predated your question. either cough up an an example of another lobby with no opposition or not.


      • American
        December 16, 2011, 7:15 pm

        “Where did I claim there is no opposition to Israel in the US? Of course there is. But it has very little popular support because if you really had the popular support you claim, you would have got at least one Israeli question on the ballot. Why haven’t you been able to do that? You keep evading the question.”….eeee

        We answered this before eee, you’re such a child, pay attention. You don’t seem to know much about the American public…where do you live?

        My friend Paul Woodward explains it best:

        Who Cares About Israel

        “There are two things that vex most American in equal degrees: the rise of anti-Semitism and the fate of Israel.

        These two issues preoccupy ordinary people across this country in the same way — which is to say, very little.

        Why would they? Jews are not a persecuted minority here — they seem to be doing fine.
        And Israel shares a common attribute with the rest of the world: it is not America.

        Even during the best of times, the interests of Americans tend not to stray too far or long outside these borders. Most of the rest of the world is after all an ocean away.

        And during these economically troubled times, that inward focus here has become even more entrenched, surpassing that in just about any other country.

        In a recent Ipsos survey, 89 percent of Americans polled agreed that this country needs to focus less on the world, and more at home. Support for this sentiment was higher in the U.S. than in any of the other 23 countries surveyed.”

        I and other Americans who live among other Americans have told you and all the other claimers of American support for Israel that the biggest thing Israel has had going for it in the US is that the public doesn’t care about Israel one way or another. If the public cared enough about Israel to really pay attention to it they wouldn’t like it and supporting Israel would be political death in the US.

        What Israel has is the US politicians and some fringe fundie Christians and control of our media.

        What you don’t have is the majority US public support, it’s just indifference you want to pretend is support. You don’t have people like us here, some who are Jews against what Israel is doing on humanitarian grounds, some non Jews are also against what Israel is doing to Palestine, some of us also against what the Zionist are doing in the US government as well. Some of us like me came across I/P while looking into the ME after 911. Others who are human rights activist may have known about it and worked on it longer. One thing all of us know and agree on is that the I/P injustice and US catering to Israel comes from the US political corruption on Israel.
        You can call us ahead of the curve.

        For the public to catch up on Israel they have to hear about it…as they are doing now in the Repub debates…as in the tea party flap about aid to Israel….as they are seeing in the Tom Friedman statement…as they are seeing US Presidents and officials denounced by US zionist for not being loyal to a foreign country…like Hillary’s statement…like more and more atteniton to Israel….as more of them are learning more real facts on the net…as the smarter of the zios are freaking out over all this attention, they know where it can lead.

        Owning our politicians isn’t as good for you in long run as you think. When The public does start caring and learning about Israel they are going to learn about their politicians too. And the 60% that now thinks the US should be evenhanded in I/P will turn into 90% that is really pissed and thinks the US should ditch Israel as useless parasite and trouble maker and ditch the politicians who work for Israel instead of them also.

        I am sure in your ziocaine induced euphoria you think this can never happen. But Americans in their complacency never thought US government policy would be run by a gang of foreign country zionist who kill people with US approval either.
        Which goes to show you how things can change.

      • proudzionist777
        December 17, 2011, 5:43 pm

        American. By now you should have digested the cites I posted earlier about the collusion of Britain and the Arab States in 1948, yet you never replied.

        Don’t tell me all that good research slipped into a memory hole?

      • American
        December 17, 2011, 5:58 pm

        I never saw them 777…….you’ll have to direct me to them…and they better be from a real official source……not from zionist central.

      • proudzionist777
        December 17, 2011, 6:54 pm

        So the main stream media (MSM) i.e. New York Times, Time Magazine, CNBC, the L.A. Times, which never has a good thing to say about Israel, pans Ron Paul, who coincidentally is the most anti-Israel of all the candidates.

        Makes no sense.

      • proudzionist777
        December 17, 2011, 7:04 pm
    • irena
      December 16, 2011, 11:24 am

      homphi, explain how either of the two misused or abused that phrase? Or is it just that the veracity of it all really hurts you?

    • Mooser
      December 16, 2011, 1:34 pm

      “And prove exactly why phrases like that are so dangerous – people like you misuse and abuse them.”

      Hey Hophmi, let’s play rhetorical poker! I’ll see your “dangerous” Israel Lobby, and raise you one “anti-Semitism”. What do you think will happen when we lay our cards on the table?

      • Mooser
        December 18, 2011, 11:35 am

        “Hey Hophmi, let’s play rhetorical poker!”

        Wow, talk about a Dude-the-Obscure! But I just figured out how to say it:
        Hophmi and the rest are saying that the American public is almost %100 behind Israel, unless “conspiracists” like Mondoweiss promulgate the truth about Israel. In that case, they claim, America will turn on American Jews in a spate of anti-Semitism.
        Read their comments; that is precisely what they are saying. And, of course, it makes no sense.

  3. pabelmont
    December 16, 2011, 11:30 am

    Nothing ever happens for the first time. When Will Rogers said we have the best congress money can buy, he was reciting a then-truism, he was not announcing anything new.

    The BIGs, including (since 1967) BIG-ZION buy and pay for Congress for all their several reasons, mostly not stepping on each other’s toes. No BIG (of which I am aware) stands up for Palestinians, But BIG-ZION has purchased the most outrageous and bizarre behavior from Congress. How else explain the 9876 standing ovations for Bibi (or his invitation to speak to Congress)? Read “They dared to speak out”, Paul Findley, 1985

  4. Sin Nombre
    December 16, 2011, 11:33 am

    Phil Weiss wrote:

    “It’s a new world!”

    Meanwhile, back in the old one (except it happened just yesterday I think), there’s Eric Cantor at a Reform Judaism conference saying that the Palestinians have a “culture of resentment and hatred.”

    Since it’s a new world today then I’ll be looking for the mass, thundering condemnations of this in the media. Led especially by jewish voices noting the evil this talk could cause if accepted by validating sweeping negative opinions of the jewish culture.

    Any time now…

    Just waiting…

  5. dumvitaestspesest
    December 16, 2011, 11:35 am

    Very interesting, recent interview with Mr Finkelstein and Chris Hedges.
    link to podcast.lannan.org
    In about 30 min he talks about the Israeli Lobby, its influence in America and on war in Iraq etc. I do not agree with him on some of his statements, but the intervew is worth listening to.
    I hate to say ,but I think Mr Finkelstein does not seem to grasp a wide picture of the whole world affairs. He is very focused on some issues without paying attention to other, very important ones. I remember I exchanged with him some letters, more than year ago ,about The EU. I was, of course, vivid about the Euro-gulag, and basically wrote to him what I write here about it.
    He seemed to be fine with the whole idea of the EU (more than a year ago), and did not seem to have major objections to it. I was very surprised by that.
    But…it was his opinion, and I’m pleased to say that he was very mistaken.

  6. American
    December 16, 2011, 11:56 am

    And this after they were warned that sanctioning Iran any further, especially the Bank Of Iran, would threaten the world economy.
    If countries can’t deal with the Bank of Iran then Iran can ‘t sell their oil–which is half that country’s revenues.
    That takes all Iran’s oil off the global market, spikes oil prices and could throw the US and Europe into a recession.

    This US zio-neo and Israel inspired assault on Iran is so insane I can’t take it any more. It is so fucking clear the masters of universe and Israel Firsters in congress think they run the world instead of the US. They really do think they are masters of the universe, not just representatives of their US districts.
    Go ahead bastards, bring down hell on everyone. Ignite the spark the public needs to send you all to hell.
    The only place Americans need a war is right here in the US.

    • eee
      December 16, 2011, 12:24 pm


      You got it all wrong. It is really the environmentalists that are pulling the strings here. They want the price of oil to be high so alternative energy sources will be developed more quickly and profitably.

      Seriously, I wish this will take some of Iran’s oil off the market but it won’t. Iran will just sell its oil at lower than market prices and there will always be people willing to take a chance on making a quick profit.

      • American
        December 16, 2011, 3:33 pm

        I ask you before eee..how old are you? 16? 18?
        You don’t have the foggiest idea what you are talking about.

    • proudzionist777
      December 17, 2011, 9:38 pm

      “US zio-neo and Israel inspired assault on Iran”?

      Funny how you don’t mention the Saudis and the Gulf States. They’re more likely to push the US into a war in Iran than Israel is.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 17, 2011, 10:13 pm

        pz, do you have any links about SA pressuring the US to bomb iran?

      • proudzionist777
        December 18, 2011, 3:32 pm

        (Reuters) – King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia repeatedly exhorted the United States to “cut off the head of the snake” by launching military strikes to destroy Iran’s nuclear program, according to leaked U.S. diplomatic cables.


        More Annie?

      • Annie Robbins
        December 18, 2011, 5:10 pm

        yes, as a matter of fact i would like more if you don’t mind. it’s not that i find it totally unreliable…but it is..according to leaked US diplomatic cables written by a member of our state department.

        i was just wondering if there were any cases where they had ‘come out of the closet’ so to speak. y’know, the way they did when they wrote an op ed in the nyt which basically threatened friendship w/the US if we vetoed the palestinian bid for statehood. or the way netanyahu visited the white house and made an appeal in person to obama that was covered by the msm.

        anything like that or is all the evidence in a leaked cable written by our state department? this article is 4 hours old:

        link to online.wsj.com

        Arab diplomats share the West’s concerns about the pace of Iran’s nuclear program. But so far, at least publicly, they have been cautious about using oil as a weapon against Tehran.

        At a meeting of OPEC’s members in Vienna this week, Iran’s oil minister, Rostam Ghasemi, said he had gained assurances from Saudi Arabia that the world’s largest exporter of crude oil—currently around 10 million barrels per day— wouldn’t try to replace Tehran’s crude in case of a Western oil ban. Still, in private, Saudi officials said last week that they have been conveying to the U.S. and Europe their willingness to step in and increase sales if the sanctions on Iran’s oil sector and central bank go into effect.

        so guess who the only american sourced quoted by name (all others are anonymous)?

        Dennis Ross. for sure they are competitors, i am just not convinced SA wants the US or israel to attack iran. so yes, other evidence would be appreciated. thanks.

      • proudzionist777
        December 18, 2011, 6:59 pm

        Here is another cite where Prince Faisal, at a press conference with Secretary of State Clinton, said, the “threat posed by Iran demanded a more immediate solution than sanctions.”

        link to news.bbc.co.uk

      • teta mother me
        December 18, 2011, 7:09 pm

        channeling Barbra Streisand:

        Look at that face.
        Look at that weak, frightened face.
        Look at that Faisal face that fears that other parts of its anatomy will break loose and wet his pants if he crosses Madam Clinton.

        Does Faisal strike you as a person who could possibly force himself to say any single thing that BadAss Hillary Clinton did not require him to say?

      • teta mother me
        December 18, 2011, 7:21 pm

        According to Le Figaro, on June 5, 2010, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia told Hervé Morin, the Defense Minister of France that: “There are two countries in the world that do not deserve to exist: Iran and Israel.”

        A prominent member of the Saudi royal family has cited Israel’s existing nuclear arsenal as well as Iran’s alleged pursuit of an A-bomb as justification for his country’s possible development of its own weapons of mass destruction.

      • teta mother me
        December 18, 2011, 5:52 pm

        where do you dig for this rubbish, 777, the pit in your feral mind?

        think it thru, boykin; Saudi Arabia is just across the Persian Gulf from Iran, a missile away. Saudis may have ponied up multi billions for US armaments but everyone knows that no Saudi knows how to use the damn stuff or fly the damn planes, and it’s not at all unlikely that US suppliers will have built in sabotaged the equipment. So Iran is more competently weaponized than Saudi Arabia.
        Furthermore, despite the fevered attempts of zionists like you to prise fissures in the Sunni-Shia dichotomy, they are still Muslims, and more likely to support fellow Muslims than Americans much less rabid zionists.

        So no, Saudi and Gulf states are NOT “more likely to push the US into a war in Iran.”

        Look at the facts if that’s possible for a brain on ziocaine: only ISRAEL has waged war on Muslims. Saudi Arabia did not drop white phosphorus on fellow Muslims in Gaza; Israel did.

  7. seafoid
    December 16, 2011, 12:03 pm

    link to haaretz.com

    Also addressing the conference on Thursday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said that the Palestinians needed to prove they deserve an independent state before on is recognized, criticizing what he said was a Palestinian culture of “resentment.”

    You couldn’t make this up

    • Woody Tanaka
      December 16, 2011, 12:38 pm

      “criticizing what he said was a Palestinian culture of ‘resentment.'”

      Imagine that: the Palestinians resent generations of oppression. I guess Cantor can’t relate, given the Jews’ renowned, happy-go-lucky attitude about their own oppression.

      • seafoid
        December 16, 2011, 2:27 pm

        The confab also had Sharanksy the Israeli minister tell the Reform Jews they are welcome in Israel. Like FU*K they are. Not with the Jewish Taliban running the show. The Reform crowd are infidels. they aren’t even Jewish.

  8. dumvitaestspesest
    December 16, 2011, 12:03 pm

    Sanctions are prelude to war.
    First major step, a corridor for near-future military attack.
    Ron Paul ,in one of his interwiews, ( with Blitzer??) said that in the context of the sanctions against Iraq. Now the same game is being played against Iran.
    But, first ,they have to deal with Syria. Very soon. Canada ( and Great Britan, a week or so ago)officially put a request for all Canadian citizens to leave Syria ASAP.

    • Kathleen
      December 16, 2011, 12:42 pm

      The Inevitable War With Iran
      by Philip Giraldi, December 15, 2011
      link to original.antiwar.com
      “The American people are being told over and over again that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon, that Tehran is threatening U.S. soldiers, and that Ahmadinejad has pledged to wipe Israel off the map.Though all those assertions can be challenged and even debunked, the case is being made that Tehran’s perceived intransigence is irreversible, and this is making war inevitable. A majority of Americans already believe that Iran has a nuclear weapon and that it poses a threat to the United States that should be dealt with, using military force if necessary. ”


  9. dumvitaestspesest
    December 16, 2011, 12:22 pm

    it looks like drums are the only instrument those bastards know how to play ,and “drumming for war”, the only favourite and known melody to them.
    “Tum, tam ,the war on Ir-an , tum, tam ,the war on Ira-an……”

    link to youtube.com

  10. Kathleen
    December 16, 2011, 12:37 pm

    Phil I linked this last night did you see? A great read. Walt gives a shout out to Phil

    Why Tom Friedman is a true friend of Israel
    Posted By Stephen M. Walt Thursday, December 15, 2011
    “Indeed, the evidence shows clearly that many Americans would be perfectly willing to play hardball with Israel when it acts in ways that are not in the U.S. national interest. For example, back in 2002, a Time/CNN poll found that 60 percent of Americans supported cutting off aid to Israel if it did not respond to Bush administration demands that it withdraw from areas it had occupied (during the Second intifada). One year later, a survey by the University of Maryland reported that over 60 percent of Americans would be willing to withhold aid to Israel if it resisted U.S. pressure to settle the conflict.”

    link to walt.foreignpolicy.com

    • American
      December 16, 2011, 1:20 pm

      Thanks for link kathleen.

      Imagine what the polls would show now if Americans were allowed to know even a tenth of what most net users have learned about Israel and US political corruption on Israel and what it has cost, in every way, the US and all Americans and the Palestines and other people in ME countries and the world at large.

      Just imagine what the polls would say if Americans knew even a tenth of the real truth! That the majority do view it the way do, despite the MSM block on the truth, just proves most people do have a gut belief in fairness and don’t believe everything they are fed by the MSM.
      Some day enough of the truth will come out and those polls will rocket to 90%. And the Obama’s can say move on and turn the page all they want…the public won’t turn the page on this one…not on the US as a nation and them, and their values, being betrayed for a foreign country’s interest…by it’s own leaders.

  11. flyod
    December 16, 2011, 12:46 pm

    friedman is running interference. yes it is a conspiracy. end game destruction of both iran and the u.s.

    yes, paul findley was tuned into aipacs power back in the 80’s.

    this hidden hand has been at work for a lot longer than that. it is well practiced. all verifiable history.

  12. split
    December 16, 2011, 1:30 pm

    Looking for the names of those brave 11 ,…

  13. DICKERSON3870
    December 16, 2011, 2:58 pm

    RE: “‘Bought-and-paid-for Congress’ passes Iran sanctions, 410-11” ~ Weiss

    ALSO SEE: Gingrich comments on Palestinians a “play” for “Jewish” money, former strategist says, by Ali Abunimah, 12/13/11

    (excerpt) Newt Gingrich, the US Republican presidential hopeful and former House Speaker who said Palestinians are an “invented people,” was making a “play” to attract “Jewish” money to his campaign, a former close associate said today.
    Reacting to Gingrich’s comments on the Palestinians, Matt Towery, a conservative columnist who served as a campaign strategist for Gingrich in the 1980s, told CNN’s Saturday Morning News:
    The Republican primary is one in which primarily you have money coming from pro-Israelis and in Jewish organizations and that[s] a play for that money. And you’re really are not going to have a whole lot of folks involved from either the Arab world or from any area that might be affected by these comments that are going to be voting in any of these primaries any time soon.

    It is generally considered taboo in the United States and even evidence of “anti-Semitism” to talk about the influence of “Jewish” or pro-Israel money in elections. That a former Gingrich advisor and well-known Republican pundit is doing so openly is a notable development…

    SOURCE – link to networkedblogs.com

  14. American
    December 16, 2011, 3:28 pm

    We should pay some attention to the claim that Oil has something to do with US actions toward Iran, not just the nukes. Not that we need the oil. Unknown to most is that the US exports almost as much fuel as we use domestically. But Israel needs the oil. For more reasons than just their own use. Just like Israel ‘exports’ more Israeli made weapons than it ‘imports’ US made weapons from US—for the purpose of selling their own weapons for profit and getting US weapons for free—-it also gets US fuel while selling their own refined Israeli fuel. Not only that but then imports kerosene type jet fuel back into the US duty free.
    This is how the parasite works. Sell your own products for profit and get those products replaced for you for free by the US taxpayers.

    I haven’t found the 2011 US jet fuel supply to Israel, it will probably come out later.
    The 2010 one is the latest one that was announced:..except it’s misleading…Israel doesn’t pay that price, it comes out of the DOD program.

    link to defpro.com
    Israel to Procure Unleaded Gasoline, JP-8 Aviation Jet Fuel, and Diesel Fuel from U.S.
    15:35 GMT, August 6, 2010 WASHINGTON | The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Israel of unleaded gasoline, JP-8 aviation fuel and diesel fuel for an estimated cost of $2 billion.
    The Government of Israel has requested a possible sale of 60,000,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline, 284,000,000 gallons of JP-8 aviation jet fuel, and 100,000,000 gallons of diesel fuel. The estimated cost is $2 billion.”

    I haven’t had time to look into what the oil and energy experts are saying about an attack on Iran and what Israeli oil interest in it may be. The obvious would be that if Iran fell to the US Israel would have ready access to Iran oil as it did to Egyptian gas as below normal prices…another profit source. But we can be certain that oil and money figures into Israel’s scheme.

    The best thing anyone can read to understand how Israel operates if they don’t already know how their Madoff con works is this old Salon article that explains it in detail.

    link to salon.com

    ‘What’s not well known is that since 2004, U.S. taxpayers have paid to supply over 500 million gallons of refined oil products — worth about $1.1 billion –- to the Israeli military. While a handful of countries get motor fuel from the U.S., they receive only a fraction of the fuel that Israel does — fuel now being used by Israeli fighter jets, helicopters and tanks to battle Hamas.’

    ‘According to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, between 2004 and 2007 the U.S. Defense Department gave $818 million worth of fuel to the Israeli military. The total amount was 479 million gallons, the equivalent of about 66 gallons per Israeli citizen. In 2008, an additional $280 million in fuel was given to the Israeli military, again at U.S. taxpayers’ expense. The U.S. has even paid the cost of shipping the fuel from U.S. refineries to ports in Israel.’

    >>>The huge FMS fuel shipments are puzzling to the Israelis. Amit Mor, CEO of Eco Energy, an Israeli consulting and investment firm, has worked on energy issues in his home country for about two decades. In a recent e-mail, Mor says that “there is a paradox” in the fuel shipments that Israel gets from the U.S. He said that the privately owned Israeli refineries export jet fuel in “FOB prices,” while the defense ministry imports jet fuel in “high CIF prices,” with the funds of U.S. military assistance.<<<<<<>>>>Thus the U.S. was providing fuel and materiel to the Israeli military, which destroyed the plant, but it was also paying to fix the damage. Call it cradle-to-grave service.<<<<<<

    The Israeli attack on the Gaza City Power Plant offers a stark example of how the FMS fuel helps assure that Israel stays energy rich while many of the citizens in neighboring regions live in energy poverty.

    Two weeks after the attack on the Gaza City plant in 2006, during Israel’s monthlong war against Hezbollah forces in Lebanon, Israeli aircraft attacked the 346-megawatt Jiyyeh power plant, the oldest electric power plant in Lebanon. Those attacks resulted in the largest-ever oil spill in the eastern Mediterranean. About 100,000 barrels of fuel oil that was stored in tanks at the Jiyyeh site flowed into the sea, creating an oil slick that stretched for more than 150 kilometers.

    *The US also paid into the UN fund to clean up the Lebanon oil spill caused by Israel.

    The attacks on the Jiyyeh plant occurred on July 13 and July 15. Those dates are important because they underscore the timing of the U.S. fuel transfers to Israel.

    On July 14, 2006, the U.S. military issued two press releases. In one of them, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that it would be providing up to $210 million in JP-8 jet fuel to the Israeli government. The other release, put out at 5 p.m. Eastern time, came from the Defense Logistics Agency, which said that it had awarded a $36.7 million contract to Valero as part of another JP-8 supply deal for Israel."

    You really need to read the entire article to understand the true depth and filth of Israel-US collusion.

    • libra
      December 16, 2011, 6:56 pm

      “This is how the parasite works. Sell your own products for profit and get those products replaced for you for free by the US taxpayers.”

      At the risk of boring eee, I’m sure he’d agree that only a freier would act differently.

    • proudzionist777
      December 17, 2011, 5:53 pm

      Amercian. Speaking of collusion. What about Britain and the Arabs colluding to destroy the nascent State of Israel in 1948. Cites previously provided.

      • Mooser
        December 18, 2011, 11:38 am

        “What about Britain and the Arabs colluding to destroy the nascent State of Israel in 1948.

        You betcha! And the proof is, the Zionists had to blow up the King David Hotel.

      • proudzionist777
        December 18, 2011, 3:30 pm

        The King David Hotel was the center of British Intelligence in Palestine. I have my doubts as to whether the Irgun was aware of the extent of collusion between HMG and the Arab States. Ben Gurion knew for certain, Menachem Begin, probably not.

        Did you read the article I linked Mooser?

    • proudzionist777
      December 17, 2011, 6:49 pm

      American. Here is the best of the cites.

      link to jpost.com

      Remember. I only deal in quality merchandise.

      • Mooser
        December 18, 2011, 11:40 am

        “Remember. I only deal in quality merchandise.”

        Then why are all those people running after you crying “Old clothes, old clothes?”

    • teta mother me
      December 17, 2011, 8:03 pm

      Yossi Melman has written about the National Iranian Oil Company, NIOC, the oil transshipment company Israel formed with Iran whereby Iran under the shah shipped Iranian oil to Eilat, whence

      With the help of pumps and pipes “confiscated” – meaning stolen – from an Italian company and a Belgian company operating an oilfield in Ras Sudar in Sinai, Israel built a pipeline from Eilat to Ashkelon. The pipe, 40 centimeters in diameter, was paid for by Baron Edmund de Rothschild. The initiative was called Tri-Continental. By demand of the Iranians, who wanted to conceal their involvement in selling oil to Israel and in the joint company, the parties established a secret partnership called Fimarco, which was registered in July 1959 in the tax shelter of Lichtenstein. Iran owned 10 percent of the partnership. Tankers transported the oil from Iran to Eilat, and from there it was sent to Ashkelon through the pipeline.

      But Melman’s Haaretz article did not mention that Marc Rich, the exiled multimillionaire to whom Bill Clinton granted a pardon as the last act of his presidency, made his millions on that oil trade with Iran.

      link to books.google.com

      Israel stole the pipe from Italians.
      Rich conducted illicit trade to sell oil bought below market from Iran for inflated profits to Spain and others, vastly increasing his profits during the 1973 OPEC oil embargo which came about in retaliation for US assistance to Israel in the war with Egypt.

      Based on Ian Lustik’s reading of Foxbats over Dimona, Russia collaborated with Egypt to tease Israel into a military adventure in the 1973 war to give Russia cover to attempt to destroy Israel’s nuclear weapons plant in Dimona.

      Israel stole some of the material for its nukes program, too. Zalman Shapiro’s NUMEC corporation in Apollo, PA, has never been able to account for missing uranium, but Pennsylvania politico Arlen Specter kept himself in office long enough to provide protection for Shapiro, who is now living the life of a kosher Reilly on the board of directors of a Pennsylvania Hillel not far from the Judaica shop that, according to Ira Glunts, was hacked by someone “with an IP address in Iran.”

      The most obvious conclusion one must inevitably reach from this chain of events– that Israel stole equipment from Italy to build a pipeline;
      that Marc Rich profiteered from illicit trade and an oil embargo brought about by Israel that crippled economies worldwide;
      that Rich wangled a pardon from a disgraced president who was likely set up by Israel;
      that the war that was waged was motivated by the attempt to destroy Israel’s illicit nuclear weapons;
      that materials to supply the nuclear weapons factory were likely stolen from US;
      that persons responsible for that theft have gotten away with it thru political influence;
      and that the Judaica shop where that protected uranium thief is likely a patron was allegedly hacked by “someone with an IP address in Iran,” —

      the conclusion is:

      Iran is a threat to humanity.
      Bad bad Iran.

  15. chris o
    December 16, 2011, 9:09 pm

    The brave but common sense NO votes:
    * Republicans: Amash (MI) and Duncan (TN).
    * Democrats: Blumenaur (OR), Ellison (MN), Kucinich (OH), Lee (CA), McDermott (WA), Moran (VA), Olver (MA), Stark (CA), Woolsey (CA).

  16. proudzionist777
    December 17, 2011, 5:38 pm

    Iran is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American G.I.s by Iran’s using proxy forces paid for and trained to kill Americans.
    The American presence in Iraq did not require Iran’s bellicose response.
    This alone is sufficient grounds to support favor sanctioning Iran.

    This fantasy that Tel Aviv dictates policy to Washington, first with Iraq and now in Iran, is beginning to sound like the boy who cried wolf.

    • teta mother me
      December 17, 2011, 8:16 pm

      wrong tune, 777.

      this fantasy that Tel Aviv dictates policy to DC first in Iraq now in Iran sounds to me like “More and More Americans are bypassing controlled news sources and applying critical thinking to verifiable facts and evidence.”
      The ‘facts and evidence’ chorus includes a score written and spoken by none other than Bibi Netanyahu, who, on Sept. 12, 2002 told a US Congressional subcommittee that Iraq should be attacked and the regime taken down, and if Iran did not get the message and change its own government, the same treatment should be applied to Iran forthwith.

      shall I hum a few bars for you?

      by the way, the quaver in your voice as you sing the first lines of your routine — that the harm to Americans in Iraq is Iran’s fault — that quaver suggests desperation.

      The war in Iraq was Israel’s war. Israel advocates were responsible for “fixing the intelligence” that Colin Powell offered up at UN. If Israel had not duped Americans into Iraq, hundreds of American GIs would not be dead, by whatever hands you (baselessly) allege killed them.

      • yourstruly
        December 18, 2011, 2:00 am

        worse than israel’s advocates, israel-firsters

      • proudzionist777
        December 18, 2011, 9:34 am

        ‘Israel advocates were responsible for “fixing the intelligence”’

        Cites please.

      • teta mother me
        December 18, 2011, 1:59 pm

        cites please:

        Douglas Feith, “the dumbest fucking guy on the planet” according to Tommy Franks.

        Douglas Feith, conned by Chalabi into taking US to war in Iraq, to gain oil concession for Israel.

      • proudzionist777
        December 18, 2011, 5:29 pm

        First and foremost, Chalabi helped lead the US to war in Iraq, in order to help Chalabi.
        Second, Chalabi was motivated by personal revenge against Saddam.
        Lastly, Chalabi wanted to end the suffering of his people.

        From the Laura Miller book review of Chalabi’s story, Arrows of the Night.:

        “Almost everyone Chalabi double-crossed — from the CIA to the Bush administration — was also planning to use and discard him.”

        How can anyone with a wit of common sense think America went to war with Israel?

      • teta mother me
        December 18, 2011, 6:05 pm

        1. Who said America went to war with Israel?

        2. Did you read the link to the Salon article? Feith and his Jerusalem-based law partner, Zell, made a deal with Chalabi: they would help Chalabi draw US into war in Iraq; Saddam would be overthrown; Chalabi would be installed in his place; as leader of the new improved Iraq, Chalabi would engage in trade relations with Israel, and would arrange to pipe oil from Kirkuk to Eilat, for the benefit of Israel (Israel was still smarting over the loss of revenue from its Iranian oil deal).

        3. As Tommy Frank said, Feith was fucking dumb. Chalabi played him — heh heh, Feith was worse than dumb, he was a freier.

        4. Chalabi is Iranian.

        5. Agree, Chalabi works for Chalabi. Your violin concerto about Chalabi “wanting to end the suffering of his people” rather contradicts premise that Chalabi works for Chalabi.

        6. Every American ought to recognize that Israel will discard the US when US no longer serves zionist purposes. The fact that a vote in the senate garnered 100 votes against US interests has got to suggest to at least two other sentient beings that there is some serious blackmail taking place in Washington, DC, and that Israel/AIPAC/Israel lobby is likely the blackmailer.

        7. We can safely speculate that Israel is the likely blackmailer because when all is said and done, the Israel/AIPAC/lobby cabal has never brought astute diplomatic skill to the table, only bully and gangster tactics; that’s all they’ve got; you can’t change the spots on a zionist leopard, and zionism was conceived in militarism, deception, theft, and killing.

      • proudzionist777
        December 18, 2011, 9:55 am

        Mearshimer snared by his own lies.

        In an interview on NPR’s On Point program, hosted by Tom Ashbrook, Mearsheimer lets the truth slip out – early on the administration itself was determined to go to war against Saddam, and once the Israelis understood the die was cast, they decided not to contradict their most important ally.

        Ashbrook: The argument’s been made that Iran is Israel’s greater fear, so if the Israel Lobby were so powerful, why would the US have gone into Iraq? That’s not the number one Israeli concern. Is there a contradiction then John, in you having described Iraq as the result of Israeli lobby influence?

        Mearsheimer: No, Tom. It’s quite clear that in early 2002 – now remember we went into Iraq in March 2003. In early 2002 when the Israelis caught wind of the fact that we were seriously thinking about doing Iraq, that they came to Washington and told us that they would prefer that we do Iran first. The Israelis very clearly thought that Iran was a greater threat than Iraq. It’s not that they were uninterested in having us effect regime change in Iraq and Syria, it’s just that they preferred Iran.

        Israel in early 2002 merely “caught wind” of our plans to topple Saddam, they could hardly have authored those plans, or even coauthored them, Mearsheimer’s backtracking notwithstanding.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 18, 2011, 12:24 pm

        Israel in early 2002 merely “caught wind” of our plans

        echoing camera in your arguments pz? how transparent.

        link to camera.org :

        So according to what Mearsheimer just said, rather than pushing or manipulating the U.S. into war with Iraq, the Israelis “came to understand that Iraq would be the first operation,” which makes it very clear that this was a U.S. decision which Israel was merely going along with (or “embracing” as Mearsheimer would have it)

        it’s on record the neocons were pushing for an invasion of iraq from the 1998 letter to clinton. here’s the timeline link to rawstory.com

        September 2000

        The Project for a New American Century’s “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” states: Though the immediate mission of those forces is to enforce the no-fly zones over northern and southern Iraq, they represent the long-term commitment of the United States and its major allies to a region of vital importance. Indeed, the United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein. (New American Century)

        regardless of whether israel wanted to invade iran before or after iraq (i don’t know this history) there is ample evidence they were pushing for war w/iraq prior to 2002. so camera is taking Mearsheimer’s usage of the term ‘caught wind’ and applying it as if it means attacking iraq was not even a notion to israel and the neocons and they were just going along with it. that’s ridiculous and obviously not what he meant. camera is so desperate to smear Mearsheimer they will stoop to any level to do it even when it means defying all logic.

        merely my ass, they were the pushers.

      • proudzionist777
        December 18, 2011, 3:55 pm

        Pushing for war with Iran first, or Iraq first? Which is it?

        [Israel]“came to understand that Iraq would be the first operation,” which makes it very clear that this was a U.S. decision which Israel was merely going along with (or “embracing” as Mearsheimer would have it)

        So Israel, and the United Kingdom for that matter, came to support their ally the United States after the United States decided on an attack on Iraq.

        When did supporting your friends become a bad thing?

      • proudzionist777
        December 18, 2011, 4:00 pm

        These below mentioned American politicians seemed to have it out for Saddam well before the New American Century published it’s Neo-Con manifesto.

        One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.”
        –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

        “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.”
        –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

        “Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.”
        –Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

        “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”
        –Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

        “[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.”
        Letter to President Clinton, signed by:
        – Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998

        “Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”
        -Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

        “Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”
        – Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

  17. proudzionist777
    December 18, 2011, 8:49 am

    Yes. Netanyahu lead us into a war against Iraq, and here are his troops:

    “One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.”
    –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

    “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.”
    –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

    “Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.”
    –Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

    “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”
    –Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

    “[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.”
    Letter to President Clinton, signed by:
    — Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998

    “Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”
    -Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

    “Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”
    — Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

    “There is no doubt that … Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.”
    Letter to President Bush, Signed by:
    — Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), and others, Dec 5, 2001

    “We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and th! e means of delivering them.”
    — Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002

    “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.”
    — Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

    “Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”
    — Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

    “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.”
    — Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

    “The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…”
    — Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

    “I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.”
    — Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

    “There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years … We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.”
    — Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

    “He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do”
    — Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002

    “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members … It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”
    — Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

    “We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.”
    — Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002

    “Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently ****e to miscalculation … And now he is miscalculating America’s response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real…”
    — Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003

  18. proudzionist777
    December 18, 2011, 8:56 am

    Teta mother.

    Netanyahu wasn’t even in the Israeli government in April 2002. Whatever he said to the US Senate was said as a private citizen. Bibi wouldn’t get back into Israeli politics until November 2002 when than Israeli P.M. Sharon made Netanyahu Israel’s Foreign Minister.

    Try again.

    • Mooser
      December 18, 2011, 11:42 am

      Okay, sorry, Pudsinuses, now I know why they do it.

    • teta mother me
      December 18, 2011, 2:28 pm


      In April 2002 I was a private citizen.
      So were the several million people around the world who protested against the “noises” that US was planning to war against Iraq.
      In fact, in the winter of 2002 I was a private citizen among about 3000 other private citizens who stood on the Mall in Charlottesville, VA for three hours in below-freezing temps demanding that our then-congressman, Virgil Goode, receive the petition we had all signed, that stated NO WAR ON IRAQ. Congressman Goode never came out of his snug office, so we paraded to his building and chanted our demand at his door.

      In contrast, “private citizen” Benjamin Netanyahu, presumably a private citizen of a foreign state NOT the USA, was granted an exclusive audience before about a dozen US Congresspersons (not senators), in a warm and cozy and even elegant Congressional chamber, on the basis that he was an “expert” on matters in the Middle East and the region, and that as a FORMER member of Israel’s government, he retained access to privileged information.

      Not all “private citizens” are equal.

      On the same day that Bibi appeared before the Congressional subcommittee panel chaired by Dan Burton, then-president George Bush was at the podium at the United Nations making the case that the US MIGHT — notice the contingency statement — MIGHT feel compelled to wage war in Iraq IF certain conditions were found to be true.
      In his extended conversation with US congresspersons, Netanyahu strongly urged congress to attack Iraq, assuring the panel that Saddam did, indeed, have biochem as well as nuclear weapons, and that Iraq was the “keystone” of the “terror network” that included AlQaeda which, Bibi said, attacked the US. He urged the congress to stand behind George Bush in what seemed to Bibi to be Bush’s purpose to wage war on Iraq.

      In his book, The Way of the World, Ron Suskind discusses in detail the investigation undertaken by Britain’s MI5 into whether Saddam had WMD. Suskind recounts his interviews with former MI5 chief R. Dearlove, who put his 30 years of experience behind a mission to place an agent IN Iraq to interview persons who had immediate access to Saddam. Dearlove’s agent reported that Saddam was BLUFFING in order to keep Iran off balance; Iraq was NOT engaged in WMD research. MI5 communicated this information to the office of the president of the United States a month before Cheney/Bush made the decision to go to war against Iraq. At the time of his conversation with Suskind, Dearlove STILL did not understand WHY Bush did not take account of the information MI5 had provided, but chose instead to rely on information fed by Douglas Feith’s office of special plans, through Cheney’s office.

      The Congress was in a decision-making stage at this point; it had not yet made the decision to wage war on Iraq. The congress (foolishly and in my view traitorously) relied on the “expertise” of Netanyahu in forming their decision.

      In that same session, Bibi listed the states that should be regime-changed — Iraq and Iran were #1 and #2 — that order — according to Bibi. Congressman Dennis Kucinich pressed Bibi for FACTS AND EVIDENCE to support his assertions that Iraq had WMD, and Kucinich pressed Bibi to explain why Iran should be targeted, why Iraq first, why Iran second, etc. Bibi could not support his assertions with sound arguments but only with scare-tactics: “in five years Iran will have missiles that can reach NYC; they can already reach the west coast” and “Iran’s mullahs are religious extremists who are eager to die . . .they are irrational” and “those people understand only force . . .”

      In other words, Bibi recited the entire zionist/neocon/hasbara playbook and all but 3 of the US congresspeople there assembled soaked it up as if it were god’s truth. Dennis Kucinich (whose district was gerrymandered out of existence), former congresswoman Diane Watson, and former congresswoman Connie Morella, pushed back against Bibi’s claims and demanded facts and evidence. What do those three have in common?

      take your ‘proudzionism’ and get it the fuck out of my country. We are America and we don’t do supremacist lying and killing.

      • proudzionist777
        December 18, 2011, 3:47 pm

        You were brave and patriotic to have taken a moral stand and opposed the war in Iraq. That war was easily the biggest mistake this country had made in 100 years.

        You are cowardly and anti-American to tell anyone with political views opposite to yours to ‘get it the fuck out of my country’.

        It’s a safe bet that you wouldn’t say that to my face.

      • teta mother me
        December 18, 2011, 6:16 pm

        I take it you concede that Netanyahu used his not insignificant power to urge influential Americans to take the step that “was easily the biggest mistake this country has made in 100 years.”
        Netanyahu is a “proud zionist.”
        So are you, you boast.
        You and Netanyahu, and the Israeli people who vote for and support Netanyahu, act in ways not merely contrary to the interests of the American people but in the most destructive way in the past 100 years — Wilson and Truman notwithstanding.

        Do you think that anyone associated with advocating for that set of facts is going to find life in the USA pleasant over the next years, whatever their faces look like?

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