Daniel Pipes says he and Steve Rosen drove Senate re ‘so-called’ Palestinian refugees

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Last week we did a couple of reports on the Senate’s unanimous passage of a rightwing Republican’s amendment that would strip millions of Palestinian refugees of their refugee status. Well neocon Daniel Pipes says he (and Steve Rosen formerly of AIPAC) helped drive Congress:

The fetid, dark heart of the Arab war on Israel, I have long argued, lies not in disputes over Jerusalem, checkpoints, or “settlements.” Rather, it concerns the so-called Palestine refugees….

I am proud to report that, in part based on the work carried out by the Middle East Forum’s Steven J. Rosen and myself over the past year, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on May 24 unanimously passed a limited but potentially momentous amendment to the $52.1 billion fiscal 2013 State Department and foreign operations appropriations bill.

 The amendment, proposed by Mark Kirk (Republican of Illinois) requires the State Department to inform Congress about the use of the annual $240 million of direct American taxpayer funds donated to Palestine refugees via UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency]. …
Despite its limited nature, Kirk calls the reporting requirement a “watershed.” Indeed, it inspired what a senior Senate GOP aide called “enormous opposition” from the Jordanian government and UNRWA itself, bringing on what Foreign Policy magazine’s Josh Rogin called a raging battle.

Thanks, night-web-crawler Annie Robbins.

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  1. Kathleen
    May 29, 2012, 12:29 pm

    Thanks Annie and Phil. Amazing to think that Rosen a top official for Aipac caught red handed illegaly and knowingly accessing highly classified US intelligence about Iran etc. passing the info to Israeli officials undermining U.S. national security continues to have so much power…

    Amazing to watch and listen to the MSM host report about how many Syrians have been killed by the Assad government and stream gruesome images of the dead in and these same outlets have never ever displayed images of how many children or innocent people killed, injured displaced as a direct consequence of our immoral and illegal invasion of Iraq. You know “massacres”
    Never have these same MSM outlets displayed images of the thousands killed in Gaza during Israel’s “massacres” Obama’s drones killing thousands of innocents.

    Guess the U.S. and Israel etc do not like competition in the “massacre” arena.

    • CloakAndDagger
      May 29, 2012, 1:50 pm

      Ron Paul has a sign on his desk which says “Don’t steal. The government hates competition”.

      He should update that to say “don’t kill” as well.

  2. flyod
    May 29, 2012, 12:34 pm

    man. 1 minute indicted for espionage (rosen) next minute an influential lobbyist.

  3. Woody Tanaka
    May 29, 2012, 12:34 pm

    Time to get zionist money out of Washington. It’s time to open the flood gates and let the well-needed enema of the capital begin! (To mix metaphors a little…)

    • American
      May 29, 2012, 1:49 pm

      “Time to get zionist money out of Washington”…Woody

      Well, I think you’re gonna need some extrajudicial assassinations or citizens arrest to do that.

  4. Kathleen
    May 29, 2012, 1:07 pm

    Hey Phil check this out over at Antiwar.com. Mondoweiss mentioned

    Now I am not anti Buchanan. He voiced strong opposition to the invasion of Iraq. Has brought up the influence of the I lobby and Israel’s disproportionate and destructive influence on US foreign policy for years. Have I disagreed with him on either issues yes. But he is rock solid on other issues.

    How Bill Kristol Purged the Arabists

    by Patrick J. Buchanan, May 29, 2012
    Print This | Share This After taping John Stossel’s show on May 15 in New York, the Mrs. and I took the 10 a.m. Acela back to Washington. Once we had boarded the train, who should come waddling up the aisle but Bill Kristol.

    The Weekly Standard editor seemed cheerful, and we chatted about the surge in Mitt Romney’s popularity and prospects.

    I did not ask what he had been doing in New York, but thanks to the website Mondoweiss, I found out. Kristol was there for a May 15 “debate” with Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street, the pro-Israel organization, at B’nai Jeshurun synagogue on the Upper West Side.

    After listening to Kristol, writes Phil Weiss, “I am still reeling.”

    “Kristol was treated like royalty and came off as … a Republican Party warlord,” bragging “about how all the hostile elements to Israel inside the Republican Party were purged over the last 30 years — [and] no one [now] dared to question the power of the Israeli lobby.”

    “The big story in the Republican Party over the last 30 years, and I’m very happy about this,” said Kristol, is the “eclipsing” of the George H.W. Bush-James Baker-Brent Scowcroft realists, “an Arabist old-fashioned Republican Party … very concerned about relations with Arab states that were not friendly with Israel….”

    That Bush crowd is yesterday, said Kristol. And not only had the “Arabists” like President Bush been shoved aside by the neocons, the “Pat Buchanan/Ron Paul type” of Republican has been purged.

    “At B’nai Jeshurun,” writes Weiss, “Kristol admitted to playing a role in expelling members of the Republican Party he does not agree with.” These are Republicans you had to “repudiate,” said Kristol, people “of whom I disapprove so much that I won’t appear with them.”

    “I’ve encouraged that they be expelled or not welcomed into the Republican Party. I’d be happy if Ron Paul left. I was very happy when Pat Buchanan was allowed — really encouraged … by George Bush … to go off and run as a third-party candidate.”

    Kristol’s point: Refuse to toe the neocon line on Israel, and you have no future in the Republican Party.

    Ben-Ami seemed equally exultant: “We’ve won the war; we won the war,” he told the audience. Ninety-nine percent of Congress now votes almost 100% pro-Israel.

    But Ben-Ami appeared nervous about how this unanimity in the Congress behind Israel had been achieved:

    I very seriously and absolutely do believe that a significant percentage of American members of the House of Representatives and the Senate are intimidated on this issue (of Israel). … They worry about the ramifications of speaking out. … They are worried about the attacks that they will receive.

    Ben-Ami said the 50 members who have criticized Israel are courageous, but “another 200 are scared to do it.” Haaretz.com reports Ben Ami as saying congressmen “live in fear” of the Israeli lobby.

    Kristol laughed at this and dared Ben-Ami to name them.

    When Ben-Ami brought up the destruction of Palestinian rights on the West Bank and said Hillary Clinton repeatedly raises this issue with Israel, writes Weiss, “Kristol sniggered.”

    It’s a “myth,” said Kristol, that Arabs care about Palestinians. The Israeli occupation on the West Bank can last for 45 or 60 years more. Bill Kristol on Palestinian rights sounds like Bull Connor talking about Negro rights in Birmingham in 1965.

    Another source says Kristol predicted that Sen. Joe Lieberman, whose voting record is closer to Socialist Bernie Sanders’ than to conservative Jim DeMint’s, will be secretary of state in the Romney administration.

    A former head of the Israel lobby AIPAC describes Lieberman as “the No. 1 pro-Israel advocate and leader in the Congress.”

    Joe led the cheers for our last three Middle East wars — and has pushed for two more, against Syria and Iran.

    About Kristol’s comments, a point of personal privilege.

    George W. Bush never “encouraged” me to go third party. At the Iowa straw poll in 1999, he asked me to stay in the party, and party chair Jim Nicholson came to my home to make the same request.

    At the synagogue, Kristol was never asked about his role in the Iraq War that he and his collaborators pressured Bush to wage as “Israel’s fight against terrorism is our fight.”

    Some 4,500 Americans died in that war, 35,000 were wounded, and 100,000 Iraqis perished, leaving half a million widows and orphans.

    Result: U.S. influence in the Middle East is at a nadir. Al-Qaeda has spread into Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, and North Africa.

    Now the neocons are worming their way into the Romney camp, dropping us hints on whether John Bolton or Joe Lieberman will be the next secretary of state.

    Has Gov. Romney imbibed the Kristol Kool-Aid that caused the war and cost the party Congress in 2006 and the presidency in 2008?

    Hard to believe, but we should find out before November.

    • MRW
      May 29, 2012, 2:08 pm

      “the George H.W. Bush-James Baker-Brent Scowcroft realists”

      The WASPS, at least, put America first.

      • American
        May 29, 2012, 2:33 pm

        MRW says:
        May 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm

        “the George H.W. Bush-James Baker-Brent Scowcroft realists”

        The WASPS, at least, put America first””

        Yea they did…if we’re gonna have a elite group cliche running the country better to have one that is at least America-first.

  5. eljay
    May 29, 2012, 1:52 pm

    >> Hey Phil check this out over at Antiwar.com. Mondoweiss mentioned

    The article’s also up at LewRockwell.com.

    • American
      May 29, 2012, 4:42 pm

      MW has been quoted quit a bit for a while now ..I see more and more of it among the VSP…very serious people.

  6. Bruce
    May 29, 2012, 1:57 pm

    Pipes and Rosen (and Kristol) can pat themselves on the back all they want, but once Sen. Kirk brought up the amendment you can be sure no significant number of Congressmen was going to vote against it. AIPAC and CoP and the other pro-Israel ATM machines deserve the true credit. The Pipes and Kristol and now Rosen are hired PR hands. Money has never had more power in the Halls of Congress than today.

  7. DICKERSON3870
    May 29, 2012, 2:35 pm

    RE “Daniel Pipes says he and Steve Rosen drove Senate re ‘so-called’ Palestinian refugees” ~ Weiss

    MY SNARK: G_d bless Daniel Pipes for trying to keep “Jane Austen’s England” alive and well.
    Now all you women get back in the kitchen where you belong!

    SEE: “In Jerusalem, Pipes suggests Muslim polygamy has ended ‘Jane Austen’ England”, by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 9/17/10
    LINK – http://mondoweiss.net/2010/09/in-jerusalem-pipes-suggests-muslim-polygamy-has-ended-jane-austen-england.html

  8. DICKERSON3870
    May 29, 2012, 2:54 pm

    RE: “The amendment, proposed by Mark Kirk (Republican of
    Illinois)…” – Daniel Pipes

    CORRECTION: The amendment, (secretly) proposed by AIPAC and fronted by Mark Kirk (Republican of Illinois). . .

    RE: “Daniel Pipes says he and Steve Rosen drove Senate re ‘so-called’ Palestinian refugees” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: More hooey from the bonkers Pipes family!


    (excerpts) Team B was a competitive analysis exercise commissioned by the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1970s to analyze threats the Soviet Union posed to the security of the United States. . .
    . . . It is the third team, chaired by Harvard University professor Richard Pipes [Daniel Pipes’ father – J.L.D.], that ultimately received considerable publicity and is most commonly referred to as Team B. . .[4]
    . . . The Team B reports became the intellectual foundation for the idea of “the window of vulnerability” and of the massive arms buildup that began toward the end of the Carter administration and accelerated under President Ronald Reagan.[4]
    Some scholars and policy-makers, such as Anne Cahn of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, later criticized the Team B project’s findings.[5][6] . . .
    . . . According to Fred Kaplan, “In retrospect, the Team B report (which has since been declassified) turns out to have been wrong on nearly every point.[27]. . .
    . . . Team B came to the conclusion in their report [28] that the Soviets had or could develop an entirely new anti-submarine detection system that used a system that did not depend on sound and was, thus, undetectable by contemporary Western technology, even though no evidence existed for it or its deployment, other than money spent on research, and when the Western experts believed that such a system would be impossible.
    When the CIA argued that the economic chaos in the Soviet Union was hindering their ability to produce an air defense system, Team B countered by arguing that the Soviet Union was trying to deceive the American public and claimed that the Russian air defense system worked perfectly. Some members were even considering promoting a first strike policy against the U.S.S.R.[8][11][29]
    Team B also concluded that the Soviet Union did not adhere to the doctrine of mutual assured destruction, but rather believed it could win a nuclear war outright. [Richard] Pipes — in his “Commentary” article — argued that CIA suffered from “mirror-imaging” (i.e., from assuming that the other side had to-and did-think and evaluate exactly the same way) . . .

    SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Team_B

    P.S. “Sticks and stones may break our bones, but facts will never sway us.” ~ Neocon Creed (This creed also works for Team B, Republicans, Fox News, Fundies, etc.)

    • lysias
      May 29, 2012, 4:59 pm

      I knew Richard Pipes when I was a graduate student at Harvard. The guy hates Russia. Not just the Soviet Union. Russia.

      He has the contempt for Russia that so many Poles have. Unusually for a Polish Jew, Pipes really identifies with Poland.

  9. lysias
    May 29, 2012, 4:57 pm

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s ex-wife files FEC complaint about campaign payments to his girlfriend:

    (MCT) — Soon after Mark Kirk’s ex-wife announced she would no longer support his 2010 run for the U.S. Senate, he brought her onto his campaign team, then quietly paid her after his victory.

    But Kimberly Vertolli, a lawyer who received $40,000 from the campaign, again is at odds with her ex-husband, filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Kirk and his then-girlfriend may have broken campaign finance law.

    The girlfriend, Dodie McCracken, who works in public relations, has acknowledged receiving more than $143,000 in fees and expenses for her campaign work. A former live-in girlfriend, she is no longer romantically involved with Kirk, according to a campaign aide.

    No wonder this guy is AIPAC’s favorite in the Senate.

    • ToivoS
      May 29, 2012, 7:54 pm

      OMG he gave his ex-wife only 40K while giving his active mistress 143 K — now that is big time trouble.

    • Annie Robbins
      May 29, 2012, 9:42 pm

      sweet..a current 6 page smear job on kirk. this is right up my alley. skewer him.

  10. Henry Norr
    May 30, 2012, 12:49 am

    >>Last week we did a couple of reports on the Senate’s unanimous passage
    >>of a rightwing Republican’s amendment

    Yo, Phil – it was just the Senate Appropriations Committee, not the whole Senate. Last week Alison said it was “the U.S. government.” How come you guys are having such a hard time getting this right? At least Alex got it right (and Pipes).

    Maybe it will go all the way through, but I’m betting it won’t, or that the Senate will add some clause that allows Obama to ignore it. I seriously doubt the U.S. government, or even AIPAC, is actually ready to cut off aid to UNRWA. If they do, they’ll have a major problem on their hands. I think this whole amendment is just one of the lobby’s little games to put Congress through its paces.

  11. thankgodimatheist
    May 30, 2012, 7:03 am

    US foreign policy is not driven by a special interest group. No, no, no, no, no, no..

  12. Sumud
    May 30, 2012, 10:12 am

    The fetid, dark heart of the Arab war on Israel,

    As is often the case with zionists, the worst of their accusations reflect a guilty conscience. I mean, this is a man who has made a career of stoking anti-semitism (against semites, not jews) and islamophobia in the service of an ethno/religious supremacist nation such as Israel.

    The dark heart is none other than his own.

  13. lysias
    May 30, 2012, 10:44 am

    Speaking of the lobby driving policy, I dare say they were behind the decision that had Obama yesterday award the Medal of Freedom to, among others, Shimon Peres and Jan Karski, the Pole who revealed the existence of the Holocaust in the West during World War Two.

    I wonder who on the White House staff (or maybe it was the lobby?) was responsible for inserting the words “Polish death camps” in Obama’s remarks about the award to Karski that have caused such a flap. Poles angered by Obama words on ‘Polish death camps,’ prime minister wants ‘stronger’ reaction:

    WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s prime minister said Wednesday he wasn’t completely satisfied with a White House explanation that President Barack Obama misspoke when he referred to “Polish death camps” during a ceremony honoring a World War II hero, saying he wants a “stronger, more pointed” response.

    The phrasing is considered hugely offensive in Poland, where Nazi Germany murdered Poles, Jews and others in death camps it built during World War II on Polish and German territory. Poles have responded with outrage, maintaining Obama should have called it a “German death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland,” to distinguish the perpetrators from the location.

    Donald Tusk said he was accepting a White House explanation that Obama misspoke but was still waiting for a “stronger, more pointed reaction” that could eliminate the phrasing “once and for all.” Tusk said it was a “matter of the U.S.’s reputation.” He hinted it should include facts about Nazi Germany’s brutal occupation of Poland.

    Former President and Solidarity founder Lech Walesa said the phrase confused henchmen with their victims but that Obama’s mistake might prevent similar statements by others.

    The Zionists, after all, have such a thing about trying to extend the blame for the Holocaust to the Poles. This attitude is prominently on display in the movie Shoah, which we now learn was inspired and financed by the State of Israel.

    • Annie Robbins
      May 30, 2012, 11:10 am

      misspoke? how could he misspeak using a term no one ever uses? are we being introduced to new phraseology via the president?

      gruesome. someone put that there and someone, the president, should apologize and retract.

      • lysias
        May 30, 2012, 11:17 am

        I listened to some of Obama’s remarks at the ceremony on the PBS News Hour last night (although they didn’t play the part about Karski). It was obvious that the remarks were carefully scripted, not impromptu at all.

        By the way, an excellent book on Nazi treatment of Poland is Martin Broszat’s Nationalsozialstische Polenpolitik 1939-1945 (untranslated, as far as I know). A more general and more recent (and English-language) book on Nazi treatment of all the occupied countries is Mark Mazower’s Hitler’s Empire.

      • Annie Robbins
        May 30, 2012, 3:24 pm

        thanks lysias, your references are always awesome.

      • Henry Norr
        May 30, 2012, 6:31 pm

        I haven’t read the books Lysias mentions, so I can’t compare, but I learned a lot from Forgotten Holocaust: The Poles Under German Occupation, 1939-1944, by Richard Lukas.

      • Woody Tanaka
        May 30, 2012, 11:35 am

        He should also retract the awards to Peres and the crypto-Kahanist, Bob Dylan, unless they want change it to the Presidential Medal of Freedom Except For The Palestinians.

    • Woody Tanaka
      May 30, 2012, 11:38 am

      “The Zionists, after all, have such a thing about trying to extend the blame for the Holocaust to the Poles. This attitude is prominently on display in the movie Shoah, which we now learn was inspired and financed by the State of Israel.”

      Exactly. This is one of the more disgusting aspects of the zionists and their shitty state, especially considering what the Nazis did to Poland and the Poles and what they had planned for the Poles in the future. Absolutely despicable and inhuman.

      • pjdude
        May 31, 2012, 1:19 am

        yeah I’ve found with Israelis on the internet to be a rather common atitude. there was someone here con’t remember the name whose attitude was well the poles weren’t willing to risk the survival of the polish people for the jews so they didn’t do enough and were hand in hand with the nazis to kill the jews.

      • American
        May 31, 2012, 4:18 am

        Dont’ you know Woody that the WHOLE world is responsible for the holocaust…yep, the whole world…..the 75 million non Jews who were killed in WWII fighting Hitler didn’t do jack s*** for the Jews.
        And they didn’t do jack s**** for the Jews on purpose, yes, on purpose , because the whole world hated Jews and didn’t care.
        Yea, that’s the zio story. We’re all monsters.
        Good damn thing we have a lot of nukes or the Israeli zios might come after us after they finish off the Palestines who also caused the holocaust and Iran who is about to cause another holocaust. Maybe they won’t try to blow the US up until after they get us to attack Russia for all their Jewish persecution and then there’s Spain and their Jewish persecution, they have to be dealt with too, then of course there are those Germany, France and Britain anti semite nations that have to be punished, ah so much revenge, ..we have a lot of atonement work and justice to smite the world with before they let us go to our own just deserts..

    • American
      May 30, 2012, 11:57 am

      ” award the Medal of Freedom to, among others, Shimon Peres ”

      This is so sickening….

      • lysias
        May 30, 2012, 2:25 pm

        Here are Obama’s words yesterday about Peres:

        Our final honoree is not here — Shimon Peres, the President of Israel, who has done more for the cause of peace in the Middle East than just about anybody alive. I’ll be hosting President Peres for a dinner here at the White House next month, and we’ll be presenting him with his medal and honoring his incredible contributions to the state of Israel and the world at that time. So I’m looking forward to welcoming him. And if it’s all right with you, I will save my best lines about him for that occasion.

        And here are the words about Karski:

        For years, Jan Karski’s students at Georgetown University knew he was a great professor; what they didn’t realize was he was also a hero. Fluent in four languages, possessed of a photographic memory, Jan served as a courier for the Polish resistance during the darkest days of World War II. Before one trip across enemy lines, resistance fighters told him that Jews were being murdered on a massive scale, and smuggled him into the Warsaw Ghetto and a *Polish death camp* to see for himself. Jan took that information to President Franklin Roosevelt, giving one of the first accounts of the Holocaust and imploring to the world to take action. It was decades before Jan was ready to tell his story. By then, he said, “I don’t need courage anymore. So I teach compassion.”

        The asterisks are explained by this note at the beginning of the text:

        * Note – the language in asterisks below is historically inaccurate. It should instead have been: “Nazi death camps in German occupied Poland”. We regret the error.

    • American
      May 31, 2012, 4:29 am

      “Tusk said it was a “matter of the U.S.’s reputation.”

      Well, our reputation has already gone down the toilet. I doubt some mumbling apology is going to make much difference.
      The US is what it is now.

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