Obama and Republicans have to support Iran war ‘because of funding from certain ethnic groups’

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Blunt talk about the Israel lobby, and how it could push war and sink the economy.  No, not on Chris Matthews. On Lou Dobbs’s Fox Business show last night, a money manager named Harvey Eisen of Bedford Oak Advisors.

DOBBS: Bottom line — a gist of how your outlook here. Complete the thought.

EISEN: The market is fine, but markets have to consolidate and correct. And I think we are going to have that over the next few weeks, months. Then people are going to say, wait a minute. And they’re going to cite all the problems. And of course, the big bugaboo in the closet, which nobody knows the answer to. If Israel has a war with Iran before the election and the president must support. Even the Republicans have to support it because of the funding from certain ethnic groups. The bottom of line is that could cause the market to go down, except we are in good shape. Rates are low, low, low and not rising. That’s the key.

DOBBS: In good shape. I would not go beyond that for anything. Let’s conclude there. Harvey Eisen, thanks a lot. We appreciate it. Good to see you.

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  1. iamuglow
    March 29, 2012, 2:48 pm

    “I would not go beyond that for anything”


  2. atime forpeace
    March 29, 2012, 3:08 pm

    Awwww shucks, poor little Chris (is that one t or two) Mathews will not besmirch whom he is beholden to.

  3. radii
    March 29, 2012, 3:11 pm

    I’m sure Mr. Eisen’s email, texts and phone are burning up right now with the Fifth Columnists pouncing on him for pulling back the curtain

  4. DICKERSON3870
    March 29, 2012, 3:52 pm

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  5. Krauss
    March 29, 2012, 3:55 pm

    A sign of the times. I feel uncomfortable when I hear him dabble in anti-Semitism.
    But we can thank AIPAC’s bluster and open contempt for American democracy for that.

  6. Thomson Rutherford
    March 29, 2012, 5:01 pm

    Aaron David Miller, a prominent ‘liberal’ Zionist who has become a leading Apologist for the Israel Lobby, has an interesting piece of hasbara at foreignpolicy.com, entitled

    “Six Big Lies about How Jerusalem Runs Washington.” http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/03/21/big_lies_about_jerusalem_washington_jews_White_House?page=0,0

    The fifth “Big Lie,” according to Miller, is Election-Year Politics Are Driving Obama to War with Iran. Miller presents a vigorous defense of the Lobby as just another facet of the American political scene. Nothing ethnic about it.

  7. atime forpeace
    March 29, 2012, 5:08 pm

    Krauss, why would you put such an ugly name ( dabble in anti-semitism) on some guy in the United States who simply makes an observation about some groups’ ability to exert political pressure, which is directly tied to the financial support that said group exerts over the political process, in their zeal to get the United States into a shooting war with a nation that presents no clear and present danger to us here.


    • Carowhat
      March 29, 2012, 11:18 pm

      Because charging someone with anti-Semitism is such a potent tool. It’s worked so many times before. Who wants to give up the best weapon in one’s arsenal and go back to the tedium of trying to marshal actual facts?

  8. Bumblebye
    March 29, 2012, 7:51 pm

    Talking electioneering, George Galloway is standing in a by-election not so far from Bumblebye Towers, and is apparently tweeting that’s he’s won! Toppling a 15,000 Labour majority – IF it’s true, the count is some way from over.

    • Bumblebye
      March 29, 2012, 9:31 pm

      Yup, he’s actually done it!
      Palestine has a voice in Parliament again (and so do the people of Bradford West constituency)! Just listening to his victory speech.

  9. piotr
    March 29, 2012, 10:37 pm

    It is actually amazing what market analysts can get away with. As long you do not make any judgments what is good and what is bad but merely advise if it is better to take short or long position, you can say what you think — I mean, on mainstream TV channels. Bloomberg can pretend hysteria when commenting on Park Slope food coop (Huns from Park Slope threaten poor Israel with massacres, if I recall), but Eisen will be simply reported by Bloomsberg news service and that will be it.

  10. piotr
    March 29, 2012, 10:44 pm

    I mean, all human rights are important, but some are particularly important. Violation the right to free speech in the realm of financial advise strikes at the very core of Capitalism, and hence Freedom.

    I observed something similar in Europe. Hungarian government enjoys 2/3 parliamentary majority so they can make constitutional changes. In succession, they gerrymandered voting districts, packed the judiciary (and forced some to retire), muzzled the press, all to considerable grumbling from EU institution. Then Hungarians tried to undermine the independence of their central bank — and the reaction was swift and decisive. Note to Knesset: do not even think about messing with the independence of your central bank. Stick to lesser violations of democracy.

  11. Patrick
    March 30, 2012, 4:03 am

    The head of the Energy Information Administration testified today before the US Senate that the sanctions on Iran are a contributing factor in driving up gas prices in the US.

    With prices having surpassed the all-time seasonal high, US motorists are not happy. As prices rise further still with the summer driving season, we might just start to see some questioning of the wisdom of US policy on Iran.

    See: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/experts-to-congress-iran-sanctions-fuel-high-gasoline-prices-20120329-01205

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