2013 US budget: ‘difficult cuts’ for Americans, jackpot for Israel

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Speaking before students at Northern Virginia Community College on February 13, President Obama unveiled his 2013 budget request, in which he proposed “some difficult cuts that, frankly, I wouldn’t normally make if they weren’t absolutely necessary. But they are.” These budget cuts are unavoidable, the President argued, because “the truth is we’re going to have to make some tough choices in order to put this country back on a more sustainable fiscal path.” In a sad commentary on the misplaced priorities of the Obama Administration, however, these “tough choices” will affect the delivery of basic services to U.S. citizens while the Israeli military hits the jackpot at taxpayer expense.

As part of its budget request, the White House released a 205-page document detailing the cuts, consolidations, and savings the Obama Administration is proposing. These proposed cuts include $5 million to the USDA to analyze food-borne pathogens, potentially making the U.S. food supply even less safe than it already is after 30 people died last year after eating listeria-infected cantaloupe; a $359 million cut to the EPA to provide grants to states for water infrastructure projects when an estimated 1.7 million Americans shockingly lack access to basic water and sanitation services according to the Water Infrastructure Network; and a whopping $360 billion cut over ten years in Medicare, Medicaid, and other health programs even though the World Health Organization rates the U.S. health system as only 37th globally in health care performance.

Given these “difficult cuts” to the budget, it is easy to agree with Israeli journalist Ran Dagoni, who wrote last year in the Israeli business newspaper Globes, that “the time has come to bid goodbye to the military aid that the US extends to Israel, that generous package..that enables the Israeli taxpayer to share the cost of procuring equipment for the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] with the US taxpayer.” After all, Israel – the 28th wealthiest country in the world in 2011, with a per capita gross domestic product greater than Korea and Saudi Arabia according to the International Monetary Fund – hardly needs U.S. charity more than we need safe food, clean water, and health care.

Yet, instead of reducing or even just freezing levels of U.S. military aid to Israel, President Obama wants to provide Israel with $3.1 billion of U.S. taxpayer-funded weapons next year, an increase from $3.075 billion in 2012, making the State Department’s claim that this budget request “maintains last year’s record funding levels” for Israel both immodest and inaccurate. By comparison, of the nine other Near Eastern countries receiving U.S. military aid, the budget request for eight of them is unchanged from last year’s budget while the request for Tunisia declined.

Were Israel using these weapons for legitimate purposes and to further U.S. foreign policy objectives, then perhaps a persuasive case could be constructed for why the United States does not need to make any budgetary “tough choices” when it comes to Israel. However, Israel misuses U.S. weapons, in violation of U.S. laws, to commit grave and systematic human rights abuses against Palestinians in furtherance of its 44-year military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip and its illegal colonization of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. From 2000 to 2009, the United States provided Israel with more than $24 billion of military aid and delivered more than 670 million weapons, rounds of ammunition, and related military equipment. During that same period, according to the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, Israel killed at least 2,969 Palestinians “who did not take part in the hostilities and were killed by Israeli security forces (not including the objects of targeted killings).”

Israel often kills Palestinians with these same U.S. weapons provided at taxpayer expense. Such was likely the case last December when an Israeli soldier fired a high-velocity tear gas canister at 28-year-old Mustafa Tamimi, a resident of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, who was protesting against Israeli settlers seizing land on which his village’s natural spring is located. The canister, fired from an Israeli armored vehicle, struck the activist in the face. He died the next day from his wounds. Strong evidence exists that the tear gas canister that killed Mustafa was made by Combined Systems, Inc. of Jamestown, Pennsylvania and likely could have been one of more than 595,000 tear gas canisters and other “riot control” equipment, valued at more than $20.5 million, which were funded by U.S. taxpayers and given to the Israeli military between 2000 and 2009.

Not only does U.S. military aid to Israel make U.S. taxpayers complicit in Israel’s human rights abuses of Palestinians; it also acts as a disincentive for Israel to work in tandem with the Obama Administration to achieve stated U.S. foreign policy goals of freezing Israeli settlement expansion, ending Israeli military occupation, and establishing a Palestinian state and a just and lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace.

The United States cannot afford the moral and economic costs of providing ever-increasing amounts of U.S. taxpayer-funded weapons to Israel. In this era of “tough choices” for the budget, here is a clear-cut example of a subsidy that should be ended.

Josh Ruebner is the National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service.


About Josh Ruebner

Josh Ruebner is the National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service. He is author of Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace (Verso Books).

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  1. Dan Crowther
    February 21, 2012, 4:40 pm

    Are we talking “military” aid or “economic” aid?? Cuz we (americans) shouldn’t be sending on dime to that country.

    • Citizen
      February 21, 2012, 5:04 pm

      Dan, as you know I am sure, the US has given more foreign aid to Israel than to any other country in US history, although it is the size of a postage stamp and contains a handful of people compared to so many countries that need aid more. To answer your question: the article here on MW that you are addressing is only talking about pure military aid to Israel. Economically, Israel has a better credit than the USA. Surely, you know that? And this is so even though the USA continues to underwrite Israeli debt, making it easy for Israsel to borrow. I don’t get your question.

      • Dan Crowther
        February 21, 2012, 8:49 pm

        Poorly phrased question, my bad citizen

        I sometimes notice a “stop military aid” to israel camp that is not necessarily a “stop all subsidization of israel” camp – if that makes any sense. Is it a case against military subsidies in tough times (and the fact that they are used for violent aggression) or just generally speaking?

      • Citizen
        May 30, 2012, 1:03 pm

        Dan, when the US does not have national health care system, and Israel does, doesn’t that alone justify cutting back on aid to Israel; I mean, sans the moral and ethical value of paying for endless Israeli settlement land grabs?

  2. Keith
    February 21, 2012, 5:36 pm

    The slight increase in military “aid” to Israel is entirely consistent with the slight increase in overall US “defense” spending. The intent of neoliberalism is to eliminate any vestige of a social safety net while maintaining military Keyensianism. The class war has turned into a blitzkrieg.

  3. American
    February 21, 2012, 7:35 pm

    I hope every one, ever US citizen that is, who reads this knows what to do with it.
    Copy it and take it to any civic or town or social meeting you go to and share it with people.
    And keep a copy also to take any candidate campaign event you might go to and read it off to the candidate and his adoring followers and ask him to explain it.

    • CloakAndDagger
      February 22, 2012, 12:18 am


      I agree with your comment in another thread where you asserted that in order for us to prevail, our fight needs to be against our Israel-firster politicians. This is actually a very sound observation, and perhaps the most practical one for us to pursue.

      There are only 535 of those critters. Some of them are not Israel-firsters (e.g. Paul, Kucinich, …). I don’t know what the ratio is.

      If we can organize concerted efforts to trail the most egregious of these offenders and hound them publicly, making it our goal to not allow their re-election, some of the others will discover a spine and back off all by themselves.

      Joe Lieberman is already not running (although he will end up on K street or some Israeli think tank), but the field is still pretty target-rich (Cantor, Issa, Pelosi, Reid, … ).

      If we can win the war against our politicians, everything else will fall in place.
      Without doing this, we will never be able to stop the flow of cash to Israel or the wars they initiate with our money and lives.

      Oh, as for the politicians, is it okay to mention the guillotine, or does that violate MW guidelines?

      • American
        February 22, 2012, 1:04 am

        “If we can win the war against our politicians, everything else will fall in place.
        Without doing this, we will never be able to stop the flow of cash to Israel or the wars they initiate with our money and lives.”

        Exactly right Cloak and Dagger,……get the politicians. As I told someone else–I wrote to a congressman, not even my own, one from another state, back when talk of invading Iraq began and ripped him for his loudmouth support of attacking Iraq suggesting he was a ‘traitor’ to the US and influenced by foreign interest. I really hit his hot button because I got a personal two page letter back from him vehemently denying he was acting for other interest. I’ve never even gotten a one page letter from my own congressman,unless he was asking for money. LOL
        I am committed to confronting any candidates that are campagining in my area on exactly who they want to serve us or Israel. And I don’t mind standing up in front of a crowd and calling them traitors. In fact I look forward to it.

      • Citizen
        February 22, 2012, 2:35 am

        I’ve never received anything from my congressmen except boilerplate hasbara of the most trite sort; they never address the specific comments and questions I give them. The following, written six years ago by a former congressman, shows our non-Jewish congress critters live in total fear of the Israel Lobby even as they secretly despise it: http://www.ifamericansknew.org/us_ints/pg-abourezk.html

      • ritzl
        February 22, 2012, 2:30 pm

        Thanks for that link, Citizen. I hadn’t seen anything quite as in depth as it is (not that I read exhaustively).

        The conditional (upon correct editorial views) restraint of advertising is common to many issues (Big Ag, Pharma, Banking, etc.), but it’s good to see the whole picture on this particular issue laid out by someone who has experienced it.

      • ritzl
        February 22, 2012, 2:50 pm

        Thanks for that link, Citizen. I hadn’t seen anything quite as in depth as it is (not that I read exhaustively).

        The conditional (upon correct editorial views) restraint of advertising is common to many issues (Big Ag, Pharma, Banking, etc.), but it’s good to see the whole picture on this particular issue laid out by someone who has experienced it.

        One point Abourezk makes that is uncommon, is that because Israel is a nominal democracy, BDS would have more effect on bringing about a just solution because it would be voted upon. The counter-argument is that Jewish Israelis would “hunker down” but there again, the Palestinian-Israelis would not, and a significant number of Jewish-Israelis would not either. The pressure of BDS (including cutting off US aid to Israel) would/could/possibly/conceivably create new alliances and/or vibrancy to address the festering Occupation and assimilation of Palestinian land+.

        His point that Israelis would know exactly why BDS pressure is being brought is interesting as well. Interesting in the sense that he’s right if the bulk of Israeli voters are rational and aware that something is wrong just over the wall. But again, the bulk of Israeli voters may just see BDS as a “they hate us because we’re Jews” effort, and resist doing the right thing. I guess it depends on which “bulk” of voters is larger, and see the Occupation as wrong, and are simply lacking the costs to factor into their benefits.

        Again. thanks. Interesting points.

      • Citizen
        May 30, 2012, 1:10 pm

        Joe Lieberman, USA’s # 1 Israel Firster, is in the running to be VP with Mitt Romney. Same as he was with Democrat Gore. And he’s still the same top Israel Firster politician the USA has.

  4. Chaos4700
    February 21, 2012, 10:07 pm

    So Bibi is smirking and Obama has a vacant smile in the photo. This is the very last time I vote an Israeli into the White House.

  5. frankier
    February 21, 2012, 10:29 pm

    Besides the (misconstrued and irrelevant) argument that Israel is the only democratic ally the US have in the Middle East, the other often used (and equally misconstrued and irrelevant) argument to justify the aid to Israel is that such aid is a minuscule percentage of the US budget. Of course, these explanations are pushed and provided by the politicians who are under the influence of the AIPAC.

    The solution is to ban all private money from the US political process. This would neutralize the ability of private and/or foreign interests to influence or direct the US political process. The ban should be, of course, supported by extremely severe penalties.

    • Citizen
      February 22, 2012, 2:06 am

      frankier, I totally agree with your comment, both as to how the US politicians treat any confrontation (Aw, foreign aid is a drop in the bucket of the US spending, nothing to see on that issue–the confronter never gets to point out just how big Israel’s part is of that drop in the bucket, which would raise the question why), and how to solve the core problem, which is our current campaign finance system. How about this, assuming we have about 100 M voters, tax them each $10.00 annually, and erect an exclusively public finance system for all political campaigning? That would curb special interest lobbying and donations a lot, present a more diverse group of candidates, and free up considerable time for congress critters to actually do their work, instead of campaigning most of the time.

      • FreddyV
        February 22, 2012, 5:02 am

        I am amazed that private individuals are permitted to make such large campaign donations, like Aldelson did for Gingrich.

        I read (I think here) that 45% of political donations in the US are made by Jews.

        So I think we can safely say the the US’ foreign policy is bought and paid for.

        How they haven’t lost their seat on the UN Security Council is beyond me.

        @Citizen: Brilliant idea!

      • Citizen
        May 30, 2012, 1:13 pm

        Actually, Israel Firsters account for 65% of all political donations in the US

    • American
      February 22, 2012, 12:09 pm

      “The solution is to ban all private money from the US political process.”…frankier

      Totally right. That would solve 80% of our domestic problems also. Somehow the calls for public campaign financing has dwindled. I don’t know what it would take
      to end the money corruption, but this election is a prime example of it with figures Aldeson and who knows what others in other special interest are doing. Israel is but one example but it’s as good a wedge as any to use to start a fight over it.

  6. DICKERSON3870
    February 21, 2012, 10:35 pm

    RE: “Copy it and take it to any civic or town or social meeting you go to and share it with people.” ~ American

    ALSO: Consider making a tax-deductible donation to the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Your support is essential in the struggle to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine, and support human rights, equality and the implementation of international law.
    TO DONATE – http://www.endtheoccupation.org/section.php?id=149

    P.S. I make a modest monthly contribution as a member of the Olive Branch Club. – http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=876

  7. Wonder Bunder
    February 21, 2012, 11:28 pm

    It makes me sick to my stomach to see just how spineless President Obama is.

    • Citizen
      May 30, 2012, 1:14 pm

      Obama’s spinelessness does not seem to cause the Black Caucas much concern.

  8. john h
    February 21, 2012, 11:32 pm

    the Obama Administration to achieve stated U.S. foreign policy goals of freezing Israeli settlement expansion, ending Israeli military occupation, and establishing a Palestinian state and a just and lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace.”

    Yeah right, it’s as far away as it ever was; all talk, no walk.

    A pigs fly fairytale if ever there was one.

  9. CloakAndDagger
    February 22, 2012, 12:01 am

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch: Netanyahu calls top US general a servant of Iran


    • American
      February 22, 2012, 1:33 am

      Here’s a mail I just received from CNI that may interest you. There have been too many former US congressmen and senators telling how Israel minons operate like the mafia not to believe them. Especially when the FBI backs up their story.

      Council for the National Interest Foundation

      Dear Friends,

      We wanted you to be the first to see this explosive account by our board member, Senator James Abourezk (below). We’ll be posting it publicly on the CNI Website tomorrow morning at 9 am (the 22nd) ET [ http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/news/israellobby/item/1411-firsthand-account-israeli-plot-to-murder-former-us-senator ].
      At that time this link will become live; please consider sending it on to others.

      Thank you so much for the support that makes our work possible.

      Best regards,

      *Firsthand Account: Israeli Plot to Murder Former US Senator*

      James Abourezk represented South Dakota in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971 to 1973 and in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 1979. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Advise & Dissent: Memoirs of South Dakota and the U.S. Senate [ http://www.middleeastbooks.com/aetbookclub/nonfiction/abourezk-adviseanddissent.html ].
      CNI asked Mr. Abourezk about his experiences with the Israel Lobby while he served in Congress. In his response he told of an Israeli plot against him that has received perplexingly little coverage in the U.S. press. Below is his description of this and other incidents:

      Q: Despite such books as Paul Findley’s They Dare to Speak Out [ http://www.middleeastbooks.com/aetbookclub/nonfiction/findley-theydaretospeakout.html ], Edward Tivnan’s The Lobby [ http://www.amazon.com/Lobby-Jewish-political-American-foreign/dp/0671501534 ], and Mearsheimer and Walt’s The Israel Lobby [ http://www.middleeastbooks.com/aetbookclub/nonfiction/mearshimer-theisraellobbyandusforeignpolicy.html ], some people still tend to downplay the power of the Israel Lobby. Can you tell us about some of your experiences with it?

      A: I’m an eyewitness to what the Lobby does to Members of Congress, including to me during the time I spent in D.C. I was threatened, marginalized, attacked, lied about, among other matters in an effort to silence my criticism of Israel’s policies and of the Lobby.

      At one time Bob Cordier, from the Washington FBI office, called me to tell me that, during the investigation into Alex Odeh’s murder -http://www.fbi.gov/news/news_blog/alex-odeh-murder-investigation ] (Alex was one of my staff people) – the FBI had uncovered a “plot” on my life. Not a threat, but a plot, but, he said it’s OK now, as the guy who intended to murder me had now gone back to Israel. Alex Odeh’s murder came not long after I had run four full page ads in the Washington Post asking for support against the Israel Lobby. My assumption was that, reading the ads had enraged the plotter, which led him to bomb the ADC office in Orange County, California.

      I also assume that the Robert Manning in West Bank –
      [ http://blockyourid.com/~gbpprorg/judicial-inc/1,,0_18american_jewish_teens_go_to_isra.htm ] plotter was Robert Manning, a hit man who was later convicted [ http://articles.latimes.com/1994-02-08/local/me-20446_1_bomb-death ] of the murder of the secretary of a Jewish businessman in California. Apparently Manning had been hired by another Jewish businessman who was a competitor. They found the fingerprints both of Manning and of his wife on remnants of the letter bomb that was sent to his target, but was opened by his secretary, who died as a result of the explosion.

      Manning and his wife were safe from extradition [ http://www.wrmea.com/component/content/article/150-1993-september-october/7270-accused-letter-bomb-murderer-extradited-to-us-from-israel.html ] from Israel, due to Israeli policy of not extraditing Jews for any reason, until Peter Jennings on ABC nightly news did a story –
      [ http://tvnews.vanderbilt.edu/program.pl?ID=129069 ] -on how Manning was running free in a West Bank settlement. The news story so embarrassed the U.S. government as well as the Israeli government that he was allowed to be extradited to California, but on the condition that he not be tried for killing Alex Odeh, but only for the Secretary. That condition was tantamount to a confession that he had murdered Alex Odeh. Manning’s wife died of a heart attack in an Israeli jail while awaiting extradition.

      James Bamford [ http://www.randomhouse.com/features/bamford/author.html ], now a writer living in Washington, D.C., and who was Peter Jennings’ producer then, has film clips of the news story that he shows at lectures he gives on the subject. He went to the West Bank and filmed a machine gun toting Manning for the news story.

      Lobby-engineered mud-slinging

      I was under continual attack by the Lobby while I was in politics. Because I kept myself clean during my time of service, someone in the Lobby dug up a story designed to embarrass me by exposing my oldest son to ridicule. He was, at the time, living on an Indian reservation in South Dakota on food stamps. The Lobby got Spencer Rich, who was a political reporter for the Washington Post, to do a story on him. Rich several times called both my wife and me trying to get us to comment, but we refused. So he ran the story, headlined, “Senator’s Son Living on Food Stamps.” That set off a fire storm of criticism against the Post, and against Ben Bradlee, who was then Editor in Chief. Larry Stern, who was one of my friends, and an editor of the Post, complained bitterly to Bradlee.

      One of the Style section writers, Tom Zito, whom I had never met, called me one day and told me the story about his protest to Bradlee over the story. Bradlee finally said, “Alright, go find some other famous people whose kids are living on food stamps and we’ll run it.” Zito told me that he had found that Bradlee’s daughter was living on Food Stamps out in Oregon, causing Bradlee to kill the story on the spot.

      Years later I ran into Spencer Rich in a store in DC. He confessed to me that he still felt bad about doing the story on my son’s food stamp adventure.

      “We’re going to get him”

      Si Kenen, who was then Executive Director of AIPAC, used to tell anyone who knew me, to tell Abourezk “we’re going get him.” And when I returned from a trip through the Middle East, I spoke about the trip at the Federal Press Club (reserved for women and blacks) and talked about how every Middle East leader I met with said they would be willing to sign a peace treaty with Israel if Israel would go back to the 1967 borders. A young fellow named Wolf Blitzer, who was Wolf Blitzer in 1990 [ http://www.wrmea.com/component/content/article/311/9272-wolf-blitzer-aipac-and-the-saudi-peace-initiative-.html ]then writing for AIPAC, rose to ask me several hostile questions. The next issue of the AIPAC newsletter headlined that “Abourezk Sells Out to the Arabs.” That was the beginning of the war, as I failed to collapse after that broadside, and worked to make AIPAC sorry for their attack on me.

      I used to take the lead in human rights legislation in the Senate. I once offered an amendment to a bill that would cut off American money for any country violating the human rights of their people. Before anyone would vote, I was asked during debate “whether the amendment would apply to Israel.” When I said “no” I would get that person’s vote.

      I also had all kinds of pressure put on me by rabbis who would come to visit me. Once an Iraqi Jew, a woman, came to visit me to tell me how bad it was for Jews in Iraq, I suppose trying to get me to change my mind on the Palestinian issue. She said she was constantly beat up and called a “dirty Jew” when she lived in Iraq. I told her I knew her feeling, because when I grew up in rural South Dakota, other kids would beat me up and call me a “dirty Jew.”

      After I left the Senate, Art Meggido, a writer for the Baltimore Jewish newspaper asked me for an interview. When I asked him why I should give him an interview, he told me that the Jewish community would eventually have to deal with me when it came to making peace in the Middle East. So I agreed. When the article came out, he related a story that an unnamed Ted Kennedy staffer told him that I had approached Kennedy and asked for money to go to Iran and free some hostages to help him in his 1980 primary campaign against Jimmy Carter.

      The truth of that libel was that Kennedy sent three of his supporters to me to ask if I would go to Iran to free some hostages in his name. One was Jan Kalicke, one was Thomas Dineen. John Culver and the other was Ted Sorensen. I supported Ted, so I agreed. The only thing I asked for was that they buy my ticket to Tehran, which they agreed to do.

      When I read the article I wrote to Meggido telling him that unless they retracted the lie, I would sue him and the newspaper. They ran the retraction. Because we had agreed that we would not talk on the phone about this, we decided to talk only in person about the trip. No one knew about our deal except Kennedy and his staff, which included Tom Dine [ http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/Dine_Thomas ], who had been working for AIPAC earlier. It had to be Dine who talked to Meggido with the lie. And during the kerfuffle, I had a hard time getting Kalicke to call Meggido to verify my story, but it all came out in his retraction.

      There are other stories that I could tell you at the risk of boring you to death, but the Lobby had every Senator, except me, scared shitless.

      * * *

      Since CNI does not feel that anyone will be bored by these other stories, we have asked Mr. Abourezk, who is a member of our board of directors, to provide additional ones, which he has agreed to do on occasion. He is a columnist for the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs [ http://www.wrmea.com/index.php ], which has long published such commentaries and reminiscences. For an earlier article by Mr. Abourezk on this topic, see “Yes, It’s the Lobby: ‘Political Fear’ Drives US Support for Israel. [ http://www.ifamericansknew.org/us_ints/pg-abourezk.html ]”

      Council for the National Interest Foundation
      1250 4th St SW Ste WG-1
      Washington, DC 20024

    • Chaos4700
      February 22, 2012, 9:18 am

      I said it before — Dempsey’s honesty and integrity is going to cost him his job. Netanyahu is going to make Obama fire him.

      • MHughes976
        February 22, 2012, 11:06 am

        It will be interesting to see if this does happen. He’s surely being used to convey Obama’s real views.

      • Chaos4700
        February 24, 2012, 12:55 am

        Obama doesn’t care what his real views are. I don’t think you understand. American Presidents don’t “trifle” with policy any more — that’s for their underwriters to hammer out. His job is to simply remain electable and funded.

  10. Charon
    February 22, 2012, 2:10 pm

    Off topic, but look at both Bibi and Obama’s faces in the the above photo. The right and left sides of their faces are off. Bibi’s is off by a lot! The left and right sides are totally crooked and that’s probably nature’s warning sign. Seriously. Obama’s is less crooked and a lot of people have slightly crooked faces. Generally the more crooked the face, the less trustworthy of the person.

    The brain is split into two lobes. The left controls the right side of the body and the right controls the left side of the body. Google ‘split brain operation’ for some pretty interesting experiments that have been performed by cutting the membrane that connects the lobes. Basically it creates two selves in the same body. And you probably all know the left-brain vs right-brain thing.

    Anyways, you can tell Bibi is predominantly left-brained. Psychopaths and sociopaths are predominantly and quite possibly even exclusively left-brained. Bibi’s smile is also crooked. The right side of his face it more pronounced and his right eye (“stage” right) is using more muscles which you can see in his more closed eye. Obama also appears to be predominantly left-brained. His right eye is also more closed but it’s hard to say by his smile. It’s obvious with Bibi.

    Don’t be upset if your face is slightly crooked. Mine is slightly off on the left side. I’m okay with that side being more pronounced.

    • Charon
      February 22, 2012, 2:44 pm


      I’ve put faces in photoshop to swap left and right sides before just for fun. But Bibi has perhaps the most odd results I have ever seen. Take a look! They look like two completely different people. Maybe it’s the hair. I dunno. I wouldn’t trust neither to be quite honest. I know Bibi’s father is Polish. The left side of his face (on the right) looks like somebody from that part of the world. Slavic, Russian, etc. But it’s the right side of his face that creeps me out (on the left).

      It looks like Max Keiser (whose left/right sides are also very crooked and he does that tongue thing where he doesn’t lick his lips but he sticks out his tongue to lick the center really quick). It’s also a dead ringer for the right side of Jacob Rothschild’s face. I’m going to have nightmares now.

  11. Justice Please
    February 23, 2012, 6:51 am

    All US citizens are free to withhold taxes from the federal government. You have no moral obligation to fund an organization that takes care of people on the other side of the planet.

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