In sunlight at last, Israel lobby throws its full weight behind Obama’s Syria strike

The only good thing about the campaign for the attack on Syria is that it has exposed the Israel lobby as the one political constituency that is pushing hard for an attack– in order to maintain its red line on Iran. When folks ask, Who wants this war, the Israel lobby’s role will be undeniable.

Several news items follow. Sheldon Adelson– who tried to smash Obama in 2012– joins on the Obama team. With the demonstration of bipartisan support, the entire Jewish establishment jumps off the fence to push the attack. Los Angeles Congressman Henry Waxman organizes a Jewish members call with “senior White House officials” today. And Chuck Hagel, late the target of the Israel lobby, is forced to call on the lobby to support the attack.

Because as Willie Sutton would say, That’s where the power is.

Bloomberg reports on Adelson’s importance to the effort– and seeks to explain the basis of the lobby’s influence:

Lobbying on Syria has inspired coalitions of the unlikely, aligning President Barack Obama with Sheldon Adelson, the Republican billionaire who spent about $70 million trying to defeat him last year, in the push for a military response to the use of chemical weapons….

The support Obama is getting from pro-Israel groups in the U.S. is important because of their history of political influence. …

The pro-Israel community contributed $14.5 million to federal campaigns for the 2012 elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s more than the $11.1 million in donations by the defense aerospace industry, one of the biggest and most consistent political contributors

Max Blumenthal reports the Jewish Congressional call on twitter:

White House holding call w/Jewish members of Congress at 3 PM tomorrow on striking . Rep Henry Waxman’s office is coordinating…. organized thru Mira Resnick, leg aide w/longstanding ties to AIPAC, pro-Israel activism.

Resnick is only 30 but she is wired; her father is a leader in the LA Jewish community. She used to work for a Florida congressman with Middle East committee interest, then went to Waxman. From her email:

URGENT: Jewish Member call tomorrow on Syria

Representative Waxman invites Jewish members to participate in a conference call with senior White House officials to discuss the President’s request for authorization for the use of military force in Syria. Members only.

 

Yesterday we noted that AIPAC had issued a statement strongly in support of a strike. Now it’s in “full court press,” its power on the line. Haaretz’s Chemi Shalev says the entire American Jewish establishment jumped off the fence to support the strike, yesterday:

The American Jewish establishment jumped off the fence on Tuesday and came out in full support of Congressional approval of President Barack Obama’s plans to launch a military strike against Syria’s chemical weapon capacity.

And Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren took the unusual step of expressing support for elements of President Obama’s statements on Syria, including his assertion that the Assad regime must be held accountable and that there should be “international consequences” for his use of chemical weapons.

The sudden unified burst of support for Obama’s request for Congressional authorization for a strike against Syria follows almost two weeks in which Jewish organizations have maintained a low profile on the August 21 chemical attack near Damascus and the American response to it.

Shalev said that the demonstration of bipartisan congressional support for the attack allowed the lobby to engage, lest it be taking sides in a party fight. So now you know why Obama met with Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain first on Labor Day: That was the only way he could get the lobby on board. The dynamic changed overnight, Shalev reports. AIPAC came out for the strike yesterday afternoon. And as the NYT reported before AIPAC’s declaration, AIPAC was the 800-pound gorilla in the room in Obama’s push for political backing. Iran is the drumbeat in the Jewish organizations’ calls to arms:

The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations said in a statement that “failing to take action would damage the credibility of the U.S. and negatively impact the effort to prevent Iran from achieving a nuclear weapons capacity.”

The American Jewish Committee sent a letter to all members of Congress expressing support for Obama’s request for “limited military action” against Syria and warning that “acquiescence in the face of the crimes evidently committed by the Assad regime would doubtless have wide-ranging consequences for U.S. interests and influence in the Middle East and around the world.”…

And Israel played an active role in the Jewish organizations’ decision, Shalev notes.

ADL National Director Abe Foxman told Haaretz … the threat to America’s national security interests in the Middle East, in which Israel has such a high stake, “go above and beyond any political consideration.”

…The sources said that their support also stemmed from conversations with Israeli leaders who expressed concern about the negative ramifications of a Congressional veto on Obama’s proposals both for Israel and for America’ standing in the Middle East.

The Republican Jewish Coalition has issued an action alert to 45,000 members in support of the president, and emphasized that this is not a partisan issue. “The RJC believes that this not a Republican or Democrat issue. We encouraged our members to reach out in a bipartisan fashion to Republican and Democrat officials to ask for their support of the resolution.”

The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) issued an Action Alert today to our 45,000 members, calling on them to reach out to their elected officials in the House and Senate, to ask them to support the upcoming resolution authorizing the use of military force against the Bashar Al-Assad regime in Syria.

The Action Alert stressed the moral threshold that has been crossed by Syria’s use of chemical weapons against its own people.

We also emphasized that it is in America’s vital national interests that we continue to be able to project – in Syria and elsewhere – a credible military deterrent.

- See more at: http://www.rjchq.org/2013/09/rjc-statement-on-the-use-of-force-resolution-regarding-syria/#sthash.AXG70Fhv.dpuf

The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) issued an Action Alert today to our 45,000 members, calling on them to reach out to their elected officials in the House and Senate, to ask them to support the upcoming resolution authorizing the use of military force against the Bashar Al-Assad regime in Syria.

The Action Alert stressed the moral threshold that has been crossed by Syria’s use of chemical weapons against its own people.

We also emphasized that it is in America’s vital national interests that we continue to be able to project – in Syria and elsewhere – a credible military deterrent.

- See more at: http://www.rjchq.org/2013/09/rjc-statement-on-the-use-of-force-resolution-regarding-syria/#sthash.AXG70Fhv.dpuf

The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) issued an Action Alert today to our 45,000 members, calling on them to reach out to their elected officials in the House and Senate, to ask them to support the upcoming resolution authorizing the use of military force against the Bashar Al-Assad regime in Syria.

The Action Alert stressed the moral threshold that has been crossed by Syria’s use of chemical weapons against its own people.

We also emphasized that it is in America’s vital national interests that we continue to be able to project – in Syria and elsewhere – a credible military deterrent.

- See more at: http://www.rjchq.org/2013/09/rjc-statement-on-the-use-of-force-resolution-regarding-syria/#sthash.AXG70Fhv.dpuf

J Street is still on the fence. Its last statement, a week ago, condemned what it called Assad’s use of chemical weapons against civilians and called on the US “and the international community… [to] hold President Assad and all responsible for this heinous crime fully accountable.” I bet J Street comes off the fence.

Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post reports that Chuck Hagel has reached out to the pro-Israel groups for their support and states the bottom line for supporters of Israel: Iran: “there is consensus in the mostly-Democratic pro-Israel community that the Syria vote and Iran are inextricably linked. If so, a ‘no’ vote would be catastrophic.” Rubin spoke to an Israel lobbyist:

“There are two issues, the moral dimension on a mass scale and the direct link to Iran,” he said. “Syria is a puppet for Iran. They will conclude that if cannot in the case of WMD’s being used, then we won’t ever act to prevent the obtaining of WMD’s.” He stressed, “We have no other option.” If the Congress votes “no” he fears the U.S. will be like Great Britain –irrelevant and powerless… “Assad and Syria are franchise of Tehran, ” he said. “You cannot be against this if you are concerned about Iran.”

 

From a friend:

Forget Iraq. These are not just neocons, all the usual suspects are getting into the act, and Liberal Zionism will also be amply represented. As far as I’ve read, only Peter Beinart has dissented, which shows how far he has evolved.
Also note that it required some time for Israel to settle on a view of what should be Assad’s fate. The Lobby moved into step within days though. Interesting to watch MD Senator Ben Cardin today. Here’s a guy that actually voted against the Iraq war as a Congressman (which I believe is a piece of evidence that the Lobby didn’t want the Iraq War enough to demand action from its front-line troops), today showing full support for a Syrian action. Cardin has been representing Jerusalem rather than Maryland since entering the Senate.
Please keep in mind that this time it was Saudi Arabia that created the facts on the ground in Syria, which has gotten us to this point. Not Israel and not the US.

Kerry’s connections to the lobby. Maidhc Ó Cathail reports:

“Perhaps someday we will discover too that Kerry’s “Munich moment” was scripted by another partisan of the supposedly besieged “Jewish state” with hegemonic pretensions. The Secretary of State’s chief speechwriter, Stephen Krupin, is, after all, a former intern of the Solomon Project, a pro-Israel think tank affiliated with the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC). While working on a 2004 book entitled “Jews in American Politics,” Krupin’s director of research was Ira N. Forman. Forman, the NJDC’s longtime executive director, previously worked as legislative liaison and political director of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. With people like Krupin working inside the State Department, it makes it just that little bit easier for the Israel lobby to maintain the pretense that it has no position on U.S. intervention in Syria.”

 

Thanks to Alex Kane and Annie Robbins

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  1. RudyM says:

    I hope every American is watching this.

    • Citizen says:

      @ RudyM
      Yeah, but they are not. Very recent Pew poll revealed only 29% of ordinary Americans want the US to strike Syria. The rest fear any strike will expand into a full war, with lots of blowback. But that’s why Obama went to Congress–he felt his ass was hanging out, so he went where AIPAC ruled to cover it up. AIPAC jumped at the chance, along with the rest of the Israel First 5th column everywhere. Obama’s now sitting pretty, knowing he will get a bipartisan OK. link to jta.org

    • Krauss says:

      The media has done a much better job this time. It could still do better(such as the NYT standing it’s ground), but compared to Iraq ten years ago it is night and day.

      Obama will bomb no matter what, he goes to Congress mostly because he reads the polls, not because he cares.
      He has already stated that he’ll bomb even if Congress says no, so it’s mostly a PR-exercise not Obama actually being humble before the American people(as his PR people tries to spin it).

      If anything, this event has shown the deep necessity of left and right to look beyond their differences. This was already evident with the NSA leaks where mainstream dems and republicans are much closer to each other than each of the respective bases. Especially younger, more libertarian-oriented Republicans have a lot more in common with the progressive base.

      I hope that can be built upon.

      • RudyM says:

        We hear a lot of rhetoric about putting country above politics, but the Republican Jewish Coalition comes through this week with a robust endorsement of President Obama’s call for congressional backing for a Syria strike.

        It looks like they got confused about which country they are supposed to be putting above politics.

    • radii says:

      at long last israel has finally overplayed it’s hand – now that their Fifth Column has come out of the shadows here in the U.S. and the israeli influence is being openly discussed and criticised in all manner of places they fail even if they succeed

      the U.S. public absolutely does not want this new war by something like 80% … and no amount of salesmanship will work this time – the public has been played and they won’t stand for it again … it’s Obama’s own fault that he let himself get manipulated into using Netanyahu’s “red line” rhetoric

      so even if israel does manage to coerce U.S. policymakers into going forward they will have forever lost the American people – who will now by a large majority no longer trust israel’s motives or operatives

  2. gingershot says:

    great article – it’s a whole hog Israeli Lobby/Neocon push to war (- and it’s about Iran, not just Syria) – just like it was as the Israeli Lobby/Neocons lied us into Iraq, by the way

    This is Israel and her Lobby GETTING IRAN out of this deal – make no mistake.

    This is the Clean Break Plan in delicto flagrante

    =============
    MUST-SEE great CARTOON of the greater than 800 lb King Kong-sized Israeli Lobby gorilla astride the US Capitol (and great article accompanying it) up at Tikun Olam

    ‘Gloves Come Off: Israel Lobby Goes All-In for Syrian Intervention, While New York Times Self-Censors’
    link to richardsilverstein.com

    • gingershot says:

      ‘This is the Clean Break Plan IN FLAGRANTE DELICTO’ (– corrected)
      ===============

      (Latin: “in blazing offence”)

      oops – I always accidentally transpose with ‘delicto’ with ‘flagrante’ … but I just love that term

      ‘In flagrante delicto’ is a legal term used to indicate that a criminal has been caught in the act of committing an offence; eg, caught red-handed; husband comes home and catches wife with lover as they are fully ‘enraptured’; burglar caught stuck halfway down the airvent into the 7-11, etc

  3. dbroncos says:

    “Members only.”

    Says it all in two words.

    • Rusty Pipes says:

      Actually, it made me wonder whether it meant that no other congresscritters are welcome or that members should not even bring their staff. The CBC is a caucus — this is a members only group.

    • Erasmus says:

      “Members only”

      …… so that we can talk more easily with each other, you know.

      No need for couched language….

      Just straight from our Israel Firsters-heart.

      After all: WE are among US.

  4. seafoid says:

    “Jewish Member call tomorrow”

    That must be a coded reference to Anthony Weiner.

    Great to see the links being made between the lobby and the calls for war.
    Israel’s ur problem hasn’t changed- there is no natural American gentile constituency for the Zionist war machine. No American gentile has a vested interest in blowing up the Middle East to secure Israel.

    • Woody Tanaka says:

      “That must be a coded reference to Anthony Weiner.”

      No. If it were, it would have said “pants optional.”

    • Abierno says:

      Also thanks to MSM media the gentile constituency is left in the dark. Nowhere do you see reference to Israeli polls indicating 79% of Likud and 99% of Labor/Meretz opposing Israeli involvement but 66% in favor of US/Europe involvement. Many military professionals allude to our military as”broken” due to stop loss policies under Rumsfeld which in combination with overuse of reservists drove out large numbers of professional career soldiers. The question Rand Paul should have asked Kerry “If there are boots on the ground, how long until we have a draft?” With more than one veteran per day committing suicide,broken in body heart and mind, the US public needs to see the true faces of war on the front page of every mainstream paper. If we cannot support our troops who so bravely fought al-quaeda in Iraq and Afghanistan, how can we spend trillions to install them in Syria. This action mocks all our veterans, mocks their tragic losses and those of their families.

    • Citizen says:

      Every gentile American and WH inner circle Gentile has a vested interest in blowing up the Middle East in behalf Israel–that’s what Adelson joining Obama means, to push for what, a distinct possibility of an emerging WW3?

      Is there anything AIPAC has ever done that amounts to anything but having US pay for Israel? Take a look at the very first US FTA, with Israel, made under Reagan: link to irmep.org
      It reveals AIPAC spying on US in behalf Israel, resulting in an unbalanced FTA; this 1985 FTA has resulted in USA business getting screwed royally by Israeli business since 1997. US has no customs charge on imported Israeli goods, but Israeli is authorized to charge imports from the USA. It’s unique, same as the bills in congress now to make US-Israeli visa waiver uniquely one-sided.

      Israel First Americans will yet be the downfall of the USA; they have a long history of screwing the USA in behalf Israel. The pending Syria strike is just another example, already mapped out by Bush Jr’s war on Iraq. Dick and Jane just keep sleeping–unless they are Christian Zionists into End Times rapture, in which case they must be giddy with delight right now.

    • miriam6 says:

      Seafoid@:

      there is no natural American gentile constituency for the Zionist war machine. No American gentile has a vested interest in blowing up the Middle East to secure Israel.

      What?!?!

      Aren’t you forgetting those American evangelical Christians?

      The ones awaiting the rapture when all the world’s Jews ( fat chance of THAT happening) return to the ME/ Israel and miraculously embracing Christ despite having strenuously avoided doing so en masse for 2,000 years?!?

      ‘Gorgeous’ George Galloway is always saying the biggest Zionists in the USA are Christian evangelical types.

      BTW , the Weiner reference was a genuinely funny joke from you for once…

      Your politicians do seem to experience tremendous difficulties keeping their libidos/ umm.. significant body parts under control…

      LOL!

  5. American says:

    ”Please keep in mind that this time it was Saudi Arabia that created the facts on the ground in Syria, which has gotten us to this point. Not Israel and not the US.””

    I beleive this to be at least 90% true re any Isr plotting to upset Syria–it was instigated by Saudi.
    However the US Zionist crowd is different factor, they are still agitating for the complete Clean Break plan. And Netanyahu is and has always been plugged into the US Zios Israel domination of the ME vision.
    I think the US Zios assured Netanyahu that they ‘can always handle’ the US side of Israel interest. So in this case Israel is to be quiet and let the Lobby and Obama’s saving his face do the talking.
    If striking Syria goes sideways for Israel and the region it will be no problem for the US Zios and Lobby, they will just then agitate for a complete take out of Syria–get the ‘wider war’ they want.
    Whoever really did use the chemicals weapons in Syria gave the US Zios the perfect set up for their end goals.

    • Rusty Pipes says:

      Saudi Arabia and Qatar are johnny-come-lately to creating the current facts on the ground in Syria — they’ve only been involved in the massive funding and arming of the insurgents for the past two years or so. Israel, the Israel Lobby and the US have been working at destabilizing Syria for over a decade. The Syria Accountability Act, which the Israel Lobby pushed through congress (with over 400 yea votes), has been slowly strangling Syria’s economy. Various actions by the US at the UN, like accusing Syria of assassinating Rafiq Hariri (John Bolton’s immediate histrionics about evidence in that case should raise even more questions about the Obama administration’s unwillingness to wait for the UN investigation now), have caused Syria to retrench on several fronts. The State Department and CIA have been overtly supplying the insurgents with non-lethal supplies, communications devices and training and other support since before the beginning of the conflict. Below the radar, they have been fostering opposition groups to the Syrian government for years. Overtly, Israel has bombed Syria several times during this conflict and has given medical care to rebels (while neglecting the medical care of Palestinians under its control). Israel has been just as “helpful” in supplying intelligence to convince the US to fight Syria as it was in the lead up to fighting Iraq. Israel, the Israel Lobby and neocon/neolib policymakers in the US laid the groundwork for an attack on Syria.

      • American says:

        @ Rusty

        I know the back story on Isr and Syria, but I havent seen where Isr had a direct hand in organzing the rebels against Assad like Saudi did.
        I would guess Isr knew about the plans and maybe encouraged Saud but dont see where they actually kicked it off. ……I have doubt Mossad is really good enough to have gone into Syria and organized this….Saud had a better chance of doing that with locals than Isr…..But who knows really.

        • Rusty Pipes says:

          It’s not as though Israel and the Israel Lobby have been softening Syria up for regime change all of these years and then lost interest. The game plan may have have been tweaked since A Clean Break was drafted for Bibi in the 90′s, but the neocons and the Israeli right are still pursuing those goals — they’ve just managed to find some other players to fill some of the roles. Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been supplying funding and fighters. Turkey, Lebanon (Sa’ad Hariri’s Future Party), and Jordan have willingly acted as channels for the weapons and insurgent camps and/or training (Iraq has reluctantly acted as such, AQI is their common problem with Syria). America has supplied equipment and food. Those physical contributions are more easily verified.

          Israel has bombed Syria and fired at Syrian troops near the Golan Heights when any fire from the conflict has landed near Israeli troops. Even though car bombs and sniper fire have been a hallmark of Israeli terrorism over the decades, no one has linked such activities in Syria to Israel — indeed, they have been credited by AQI or been blamed on the SAA.

  6. Obsidian says:

    That’s not the way it happened, Phil.

    Eli Lake confirms that Obama sought out AIPAC’s help to pass the Congressional Resolution on Syria, not the other way round.

    ‘ A senior official at AIPAC tells The Daily Beast that the organization’s leadership received a phone call from a senior White House official on Saturday, after the president’s surprise announcement that he would be seeking congressional authorization for a Syria strike, asking what AIPAC’s position would be on a congressional resolution. This official said the lobby received similar calls from Republican and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate.

    ‘The senior AIPAC official said the conversation with the White House was informational. “‘Where are you going to be on this?’ That was a similar message that came from the Hill as well,” this official said in describing the call from the White House and congressional leaders. “It was not so much an ask as much as an inquiry of where you are going to be.”’
    ‘But, this official also said, the message was clear that AIPAC’s participation in the lobbying effort to pass the authorization “would be helpful.”’

    link to thedailybeast.com

  7. hophmi says:

    “The American Jewish establishment jumped off the fence on Tuesday and came out in full support of Congressional approval of President Barack Obama’s plans to launch a military strike against Syria’s chemical weapon capacity.”

    Gee, do ya think it has anything at all to do with the fact that Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner publicly supported the President’s position yesterday?

    “So now you know why Obama met with Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain first on Labor Day: That was the only way he could get the lobby on board. ”

    Or, just maybe, part of the President’s campaign for building support for his policy in the Senate would include speaking with the senior Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I don’t know, I mean, it’s my logic versus your conspiracy, but I think that has something to do with it.

    Apparently, any time a Jewish organization takes a position on anything, it is de facto the main supporter of that thing.

    Your argument is wrong, and as usual, it’s refracted through your obsession with AIPAC.

    • Citizen says:

      @ hophmi
      Read M & W’s The Israel Lobby, just for starters. Most of the footnotes come straight from the zionist sources, and it’s got about 100 pages of footnoted sources. It’s a very transparent conspiracy. Obama has recognized the power of the Israel Lobby by catering to it, and the GOP leaders have done the same thing–that’s why Obama-McCain-Grahm trio are front and center now (while Dick n Jane watch America’s Got Talent).

      • Bumblebye says:

        One is left with the impression that hophmi doesn’t get the calls and emails urgently demanding that he pressure his rep to support Israel/Aipac position. Surely not?! They wouldn’t leave such a stout defender of Isreal off their lists, couldn’t possibly!

  8. frankier says:

    There could be another interpretation for the openness with which AIPAC is operating now.

    They no longer care if they are visible. They may think that there is now enough widespread acceptance of their role and, more importantly, of the posture our government and elected officials have toward Israel. Israel gets mentioned and, to my knowledge, few people even notice, let alone care.

    • hophmi says:

      “They no longer care if they are visible.”

      They were never not visible. They’re getting involved now because the House leadership has expressed support for the President’s position, and they feel that US prestige would take a major hit if we didn’t respond. That’s a position that shared by virtually all of our Gulf allies. They are also simply doing what a lobby does – building support for a political position they support – at a time where it is not at all clear that Congress will vote for a military strike.

      People who work hard for what they believe is in the US’s best interest are called patriots.

      • Woody Tanaka says:

        “People who work hard for what they believe is in the US’s best interest are called patriots.”

        AIPAC works for what is in israel’s best interest, not the US’s best interest.

      • Citizen says:

        @ hophmi
        No US mainstream media has ever pointed out to Dick and Jane the conflict between the Israeli regime’s agenda and the USA’s official agenda. People who work hard to show the difference are US patriots.

      • Donald says:

        ” they feel that US prestige would take a major hit if we didn’t respond. That’s a position that shared by virtually all of our Gulf allies. ”

        Prestige? Gulf allies? These have got to be among the least impressive arguments anyone could make for jumping headfirst into yet another Mideast quagmire.

      • frankier says:

        Yes, sure… they have been hiding in plain sight. While most of the information is publicly available, there has always been an effort by AIPAC to work in the background and away from the eyes of the general public. The only exception, maybe, is the annual meeting where the donkey or donkeys get plenty of it, if you know what I mean.

        Also, just as an instance that actually surfaced, let’s not forget ambassador Oren’s efforts to silence 60 minutes on the Palestinian Christians. Not directly AIPAC, but in the same family. Maybe that cost Oren his ambassador’s post… But that is another story.

  9. Chu says:

    It’s this insidious feeling that grows inside, when I see all these Zionist bedfellows come together for their self-serving agenda. And the media who follow to trumpet their concerns is truly a corrupt model, where those on the outside can see the entire corrupt enchilada for what it is. It’s a repackaged 1984 script.

    Some author needs to write an allegorical novel about the entire Zionist operation, as Lords of the Rings was to WWII. Maybe, just maybe, if it’s packaged correctly to the average American, they might just see what is happening.

  10. MRW says:

    Any bets on what this will do to discourse about the Lobby in the MSM in future?

    • Kathleen says:

      Have to define the MSM a bit more for me to place a bet. I don’t think on MSM cable we are going to hear Blitzer, Andrea Mitchell, Amanpour, Maddow, Matthews,Ed Schultz, Fox any of these MSM folks ever point out just who is pushing this strike. Chris Hayes was the only valve really open on one or two shows of his on UP where he really covered this issue honestly. Think with his move to the 8 spot that open valve was stuffed closed.

      Don’t think NPR’s Diane Rehm, Scott Simon, Robert Siegel will be addressing who is pushing for this strike. We know Terri Gross will not,have not been listening to her as of late but my guess would be she would be pushing for a strike on Syria by having someone on who left the Syrian regime or something like that.

      Anyone hear any mention of the Golan Heights during this heated run up to a more than likely pre=emptive strike on Syria?

    • Hostage says:

      Any bets on what this will do to discourse about the Lobby in the MSM in future?

      The Lobby is deliberately bringing-up the rear. This is actually a really good example of the Lobby being most powerful when its own interests coincide with those of other heavy weight players. In this case, Obama is asking the Lobby to bailout or whip the vote in favor of a policy that he is pursuing on behalf of Sunni Arab allies that have been arming and backing the rebels in Syria all along in violation of international law and in spite of Security Council resolutions.

      A real 800 pound gorilla could have gotten a joint resolution passed last night, under suspension of the rules, by a voice vote. It looks like the Lobby is only piling-on to prop-up the credibility of its moribund campaign to get the US to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities.

      • marc b. says:

        not your tightest analysis. SA/Turkey/Israeli positions on Syria are synonymous. AIPAC is not simply tagging along at Obama’s request, as the Syrian opposition flounders. And the reason that it is acting so gingerly in this case is not its lack of enthusiasm for an intervention, it’s its recognition of the potentially catastrophic consequences of being too overtly tied to a foreign policy disaster at this particular time. with Americans’ distaste for war after a decade of mayhem which many also rightly associate with our economic decline, the downside for AIPACers is pretty significant.

  11. MRW says:

    You’ve been waiting for this day for years, Phil.

    Etta James come to mind:

  12. It occurs to me that Israel represents a toy for wealthy people to play with, a kind of “Ant Farm” for the rich.

    There is no real purpose for Israel to exist, it doesn’t make Jews or the world a safer place, especially with their meddling. It exists only for their amusement and a testament to their power.

    And just as a child plays with his toys, invariably they go to war, not because the need to but because it’s fun.

  13. gingershot says:

    Hopefully the outing of the ‘NEOCON Lobby’, dragging the problem of the Lobby out into the sunlight, will inspire 12-step programs for US Congressmen;

    ‘Hello, my name is John McCain and I am an AIPAC-oholic’

    ‘I regularly sold my vote for AIPAC-money and lied my countrymen into a war with Iraq, and have been trying to lie them into a war in Iran or Syria or Russia ever since. I am the Manchurian Candidate, once a Hanoi Hilton POW, I am now an Israeli asset’

  14. Hostage says:

    The pro-Israel community contributed $14.5 million to federal campaigns for the 2012 elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s more than the $11.1 million in donations by the defense aerospace industry, one of the biggest and most consistent political contributors.

    The Federal Election Commission estimated that $7 billion was spent on elections in 2012. link to reporting.sunlightfoundation.com

  15. RE: “The pro-Israel community contributed $14.5 million to federal campaigns for the 2012 elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s more than the $11.1 million in donations by the defense aerospace industry, one of the biggest and most consistent political contributors ~ Bloomberg

    SEE: “Raytheon shares hit record highs on Syria war talk”, By Bruce Kennedy, money.msn.com, 9/30/13
    The producer of the Tomahawk cruise missile is expected to benefit from any US conflict against Damascus.

    [EXCERPT] It’s been a dramatic six months for Raytheon (RTN +0.52%). Earlier this year, shares of the defense giant were at a 52-week low, pressured by the federal sequestration’s effect on the U.S. defense budget, according to The Boston Business Journal.
    But this week, with talk of a U.S. assault on Syria, Raytheon’s stock is up 50% to an all-time high. Shares closed Friday at $75.41.
    Raytheon produces Tomahawk cruise missiles — Washington’s opening-volley weapon of choice in many recent conflicts and what analysts believe will be among the first shots fired if the U.S. intervenes in Syria.
    A possible attack on Syria would likely signal new Pentagon orders of Tomahawks. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://money.msn.com/now/post–raytheon-shares-hit-record-highs-on-syria-war-talk

    P.S. EVERYBODY REMEMBER TO STOCK UP ON BEER AND PRETZELS FOR A BIT OF THE OLD ‘SHOCK AND AWE’ IN HD.
    And don’t forget to do the Tomahawk (Cruise Missile) Chop!
    ● Braves vs Cardinals Tomahawk Chop Pregame [VIDEO, 01:21] – link to youtube.com

    • P.P.S. TAKE ACTION! ! ! TAKE ACTION! ! ! TAKE ACTION! ! !

      ● FROM RootsAction.org: Prevent an Attack on Syria Now

      If you live in the U.S. and want to email Obama, your senators and representative, expressing opposition to an attack on Syria, please click HERE.

      If you reside outside the United States, you can still sign this petition by clicking HERE.

  16. RE: “And Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren took the unusual step of expressing support for elements of President Obama’s statements on Syria, including his assertion that the Assad regime must be held accountable and that there should be ‘international consequences’ for his use of chemical weapons.” ~ Chemi Shalev in Haaretz

    THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN “INTERNATIONAL CONSEQUENCES” FOR THIS: “Cluster Munitions at a Glance”, armscontrol.org, November 2012

    [EXCERPT] . . . Although cluster munitions first saw use in World War II and more than 50 countries have since acquired stockpiles of such arms, efforts to regulate or ban the use of cluster munitions gained greater attention and momentum after the summer 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, a Shiite organization that the United States identifies as a terrorist group. Israel’s extensive cluster munitions use in the last 72 hours of that conflict resulted in an estimated one million unexploded bomblets scattered across southern Lebanon, arousing some strong condemnation. Jan Egeland, then-UN Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, blasted Israel’s use of cluster munitions as “shocking and completely immoral.” . . .

    SOURCE – link to armscontrol.org

    P.S. ALSO SEE: “18-year-old Lebanese killed by Israeli cluster bomb”, By Mohammed Zaatari, The Daily Star, 8/10/13

    SIDON, Lebanon: An 18-year-old was killed Saturday when an Israeli cluster bomb exploded in Hasbaya, south Lebanon. Hisham Abdel-Al, a young shepherd, was working on a farm in the Hallat village when he stepped on a cluster bomb, dying instantly.
    Israel dropped some 4 million cluster bombs in Lebanon during the July-August 2006 war, most during the last 48 hours of the conflict, according to the United Nations.Hundreds have been wounded in cluster-bomb related incidents since 2000 and 2006.
    The Army’s Lebanon Mine Action Center along with the U.N. and other international organizations have been working since 2006 to remove the deadly ordinance from the south.

    SOURCE – link to dailystar.com.lb

  17. eGuard says:

    I get it. Now please stop writing that NYT’s Judy Rudoren is doing her job so greatly.