Gas prices have shot up 13% since AIPAC’s victory in Senate

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Last fall, the Israel lobby group AIPAC led the charge for stiffer sanctions against Iran.

The Obama administration, including Treasury Sec’y Timothy Geithner, said the legislation would send gas prices higher. As Reuters said, “The Obama administration’s chief concerns appear to be that the amendment could be a blunt instrument that might send oil prices higher…”

Obama sent two high officials to the Hill to testify against the legislation. On December 1:

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, who also appeared at the hearing, said the administration’s analysis concludes that “there is absolutely a risk that in fact the price of oil would go up..”

But the Obama opposition to the Israel lobby-sponsored legislation didn’t matter.

AIPAC has bragged that it could get 75 Senatorial signatures on a napkin if it wanted to, and it did even better than that: The Senate passed the sanctions amendment to the Defense Authorization Act, by 100-0.

And AIPAC celebrated the amendment, with tweets and victory parties

Average gas price, December 1: $3.30.

Today: $3.71.

Is AIPAC tweeting about that?  

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  1. MarkF
    March 6, 2012, 4:13 pm

    “Is AIPAC tweeting about that?”

    Nope – they certainly don’t “feel our pain”.

    It’s brutal too. Gas was around $2 a gallon before the Iraq war. Pretty depressing.

  2. yourstruly
    March 6, 2012, 4:43 pm

    wasn’t there a poll recently that found more americans, should there be an iran war, worried about a rise in gas prices than favoring said war? reason to worry, too, since during the ’73 Mideast war gas prices not only rose, there were long queues at gas stations. how mad was the public? mad enough in California for a huge percentage* of people waiting for their turn at the pump to sign a referendum calling for nationalization of oil. beware, mr. netanyahu, cause who do you think americans are going to blame, should your wish for an iran war come true? but not you alone, all your fellow israeli warmongers along with the traitorous israel firsters here in america.

    *out of circa 500 persons asked to sign, only a few declined. it was, like, “would you sign this referendum to nationalize oil” and, lickety split, people grabbed the pen and signed. unfortunately the war ended just as we began circulating it, and there went our nationalization campaign.

    • ToivoS
      March 6, 2012, 5:49 pm

      Maybe we should begin preparing for a “No More War for Israel” petition to have ready if the gas lines form again after Israel attacks Iran.

  3. Annie Robbins
    March 7, 2012, 12:16 am

    they are $4.21 in my neighborhood, and that’s the cheap gas.

    • Shmuel
      March 7, 2012, 2:30 am

      $4.21 in my neighborhood, and that’s the cheap gas

      You lucky devils. We’re up at around €1.80/l (about $9/US gal.). No lines, no petitions, no protests, no reduction in traffic.

      • Chaos4700
        March 7, 2012, 2:42 am

        You’re in Europe. There are places in the US where you literally cannot get a job without a car.

      • Shmuel
        March 7, 2012, 3:15 am

        In the part of Europe I’m in, you can’t get a job with or without a car. I wasn’t suggesting that Americans are whingers. I understand the hardship. It’s just that we’ve been hearing about how Americans won’t stand for rising gas prices for so long, yet they seem to keep standing for them – just like the rest of us.

      • Bumblebye
        March 7, 2012, 9:10 am

        There are an enormous number of jobs here in the UK which either specify car ownership as a ‘qualification’ or cannot be reached without a car. Our petrol prices come close to $8 per US gallon. A UK gallon would be well over $9.

  4. Mayhem
    March 7, 2012, 7:34 am

    Blame everything on the Jews. Huh! You American gas guzzlers and energy junkies need to start paying for your disrespect for and pillaging of the environment. Stop complaining and start acting. You have only yourselves to blame for voting for Bush instead of Gore.

    • Citizen
      March 7, 2012, 8:40 am

      Yeah, Mayhe, if Gore had won, he’d have been murdered by an unemployed lumber worker and Lieberman would’ve been POTUS & we’d have been engaged in three major wars in the ME for years now & the Persian Gulf waters would be running red with GI Joe blood.

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