Adelson offers to help Obama get the votes he needs on Syria

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Sheldon Adelson has given his first interview on Syria to the National Journal. He offers President Obama his help in what would be “the most unusual marriage of political convenience“:

“I would be willing to help out the administration because I believe it’s the right thing to do. He is our only – we don’t have any other commander in chief,” he said.

The comments are Adelson’s first public remarks on the Syria situation, although the Republican Jewish Coalition, an advocacy group that he chairs, did support a Syria strike last week. His offer of a helping hand comes as Russia floated a diplomatic solution in which Damascus would cede its chemical weapons to avoid a strike, something Obama called a potential “breakthrough” on Monday.

For Adelson, Israel has long been a defining issue (he owns the nation’s biggest-circulation paper). He said he worries about missiles, and chemical and biological weapons falling into the hands of Hezbollah. And he sees the potential that America might back down after Obama drew a “red line” against use of chemical weapons in Syria as poor precedent – in the Middle East and beyond. “I wouldn’t want to see North Korea come down and trample on South Korea because they think they can do it with impunity. And the same thing with Iran and Israel, and Iran and Europe,” he said.

Besides protecting Israel from Iran, Adelson says he has another interest as well (cue Godwin’s Law):

“I come down on gas not being used,” Adelson said. “Jewish people have a history of gas killing off their people, and although it was done in a different way, I don’t want anybody to be killed, particularly innocent people, women and children, older people. Somebody goes out and carries a rifle and starts shooting – they’re fair game. But innocents shouldn’t be targeted.”

15 Responses

  1. amigo
    September 10, 2013, 10:41 am

    “I wouldn’t want to see North Korea come down and trample on South Korea because they think they can do it with impunity. And the same thing with Iran and Israel, and Iran and Europe,” he said.”Addled son.

    As a European, I have no fear of Iran.However I do fear for the planet with Israel and the adelsons of the world let loose to demand endless warfare.

    These thugs should be locked up.

    • Krauss
      September 10, 2013, 6:31 pm

      They are mentioning Europe(and sometimes America) in order to portray this as a wider problem for the West when in actuality everyone knows it’s a power struggle between Israel and Iran and nothing else.

      Two major Middle Eastern powers, a war that I’d say Iran is winning right now against Israel, although with heavy losses on their economy as a result.
      In the past 5 years, Iran’s political position has strengthened a lot. If Assad wins, that stays the same.

      Israel’s recent fortune is that Morsi is out, they much prefer the old Mubarak guard.

      But Iran isn’t going to go mad and start sending ICBM’s with Nukes on NYC(they don’t even have the capacity even if Israel tries to pretend that they do). Nor would they send a ‘dirty bomb’ in a backpack which would essentially mean their entire nation got wiped out as NATO nukes them into the stone age.

      Also, does the Israeli public even want to go to war? They have suffered less and less casualties and Israel today has a very high HDI, it’s the 11th happiest nation in the world according to the UN’s recent happiness report. Such a nation is unwilling to sacrifice large amount of lives. Israel is going through what European countries did in the 60s and 70s as it matures and becomes wealthy and can afford more welfare for it’s citizens.

      • amigo
        September 11, 2013, 7:44 am

        Krauss , thanks for the response.

        “Also, does the Israeli public even want to go to war? They have suffered less and less casualties and Israel today has a very high HDI, it’s the 11th happiest nation in the world according to the UN’s recent happiness report.”krauss.

        They must not have read the BBC poll that put their Zionist Nirvana in the top four most hated nations on Earth.

        link to haaretz.com

        Must be a zionist thing–happy to be hated.

  2. Les
    September 10, 2013, 10:49 am

    In case you were wondering: AIPAC is not Israel
    Only the American people are sovereign to make decisions of war and peace regarding their country’s army; Israeli decision-makers should give up any pretense of intervening.

    Haaretz Editorial | 04:21 10.09.13

    U.S. President Barack Obama is waging a desperate war this week. Not against Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose country he threatens to attack, but against the American majority that opposes military…

    link to haaretz.com

  3. eljay
    September 10, 2013, 11:01 am

    >> “I wouldn’t want to see North Korea come down and trample on South Korea because they think they can do it with impunity. And the same thing with Iran and Israel, and Iran and Europe … ”

    Apparently he has no problem with supremacist “Jewish State” (a.k.a. Israel) coming down and trampling with impunity on Palestine. Or Syria. Or Lebanon. Or Iran. Or…

  4. Nevada Ned
    September 10, 2013, 11:53 am

    “Innocents shouldn’t be targeted”? Someone ought to give Sheldon some photos of Palestinian children in Gaza, killed by Israel using white phosphorous (chemical weapons). It was a war crime, according to Goldstone and his two co-authors. (Even though Goldsone himself later folded under pressure and recanted, he and his co-authors got it right the first time.)

    I think Adelson is trying to moderate his image in his interview with The National Journal. He’s a right wing extremst, who donates to ZOA instead of AIPAC because AIPAC isn’t extreme enough for him.

    • seafoid
      September 10, 2013, 2:18 pm

      Adelson is very clear. Children are innocent. Unless they are the spawn of Amalek like the kids in Gaza.

  5. Justpassingby
    September 10, 2013, 12:15 pm

    imagine if there were rich arabs in the US that constantly urged attacking jewish states…

  6. munro
    September 10, 2013, 12:21 pm

    “Sheldon Adelson, whose solicitude for the suffering children of Syria is the stuff of legend.”
    link to buchanan.org

  7. dbroncos
    September 10, 2013, 2:01 pm

    @munro

    Buchanan made the same arguments more than ten years ago about the Iraq war in his American Conservative article titled, “Whose War?”

    link to informationclearinghouse.info

    At that time his views were roundly rejected as anti-semitic. Buchanan and a Rabbi (don’t remember his name) were guests on Bill Press’ CNN show in which Press and the Rabbi ganged up on Buchanan, calling him anti-semitic. Buchanan didn’t respond to those accusations and instead kept asking Press and the Rabbi whether or not the war on Iraq was for the benefit of Israel or the US. They sniffed with disgust at his suggestion and wouldn’t even answer his questions. The PNAC agenda has become more widely understood since then and Buchanan’s arguments are better appreciated as well. Some progress.

  8. lysias
    September 10, 2013, 3:07 pm

    NYT: Lobbying Group for Israel to Press Congress on Syria:

    JERUSALEM — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington, plans to dispatch 300 of its members to Capitol Hill on Tuesday as part of a broad campaign to press Congress to back President Obama’s proposed strike on Syria, the group said Monday.

    The push by the group, known as Aipac, which included asking its supporters to call members of Congress, came as Israeli newspapers reported Monday that President Obama urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to get personally involved in lobbying Congress. The reports said that Mr. Netanyahu had called several members himself.

    But while those reports could not be confirmed, the intense push by Aipac and other Jewish and pro-Israel groups put Israel in a bind, after a week of trying to stay on the sidelines of the debate. Mr. Netanyahu’s government strongly supports an American strike to punish President Bashar al-Assad of Syria for his apparent use of chemical weapons, and as a warning to his Iranian patrons. But Israelis are deeply worried about being blamed by a wary American public for another military gambit in the Middle East, or of losing their broad bipartisan support if they land on the wrong side of the vote.

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    September 10, 2013, 5:46 pm

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  10. Hostage
    September 10, 2013, 8:20 pm

    Adelson offers to help Obama get the votes he needs on Syria

    Yeah, just like he helped Gingrich and Romney get the votes they needed.

  11. bigbill
    September 11, 2013, 4:17 pm

    “Somebody goes out and carries a rifle and starts shooting – they’re fair game [for gas warfare]. But innocents shouldn’t be targeted [with gas].”

    Odd, that. The only international conventions ban the use of gas against soldiers.

    Gassing non-combatants falls outside the scope of the Geneva protocols.

    Strange that he is fine with Assad violating the Geneva protocols, yet wants America to attack anyway.

    Strange, too, that he does not identify that “fire” was a weapon against innocent Jews in WWII and therefore show concern about “fire warfare” against innocents.

    Of course there were those recent phosphorous bombings that would be a bit unpleasant for Adelson to notice.

    Israel’s history does suggest a way out for Assad. Assad can convert all the so-called innocent into guilty people quite simply. If Assad leafletted the innocent population (e.g. Adelson’s “women”, “children”, and “elderly”) and THEN gassed them, Assad could then claim they were in fact NOT innocent since they obviously chose not to leave.

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