Newest political bedfellows — Obama & Adelson

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The looming U.S. attack on Syria is certainly bringing some interesting alliances to the fore. Bloomberg lays out an Israel lobby 101 in describing the push in the American Jewish community for war. From Adelson New Obama Ally as Jewish Groups Back Syria Strike:

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.

While most of the Jewish groups’ donations lean Democratic, Adelson alone transformed the 2012 Republican primary when he and his wife used $15 million in private funds to sustain the unsuccessful candidacy of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and then poured $53 million into groups advancing Republican nominee Mitt Romney. In all, Adelson and his wife donated $93 million to Republican causes in the 2012 campaign, center data shows.

The Republican Jewish Coalition, which counts Adelson as a board member, yesterday sent an “action alert” to its 45,000 members, directing them to tell Congress to authorize force. “This is not a partisan issue,” the coalition said in its message.

Adelson Support

It spent $6.4 million against Obama last year, according to the center, a Washington-based research group that tracks campaign spending.

Adelson, a Las Vegas casino owner, supports the coalition’s Syria message, his spokesman Ron Reese said in an e-mail.

The RJC’s counterpart, the National Jewish Democratic Council, today added its voice to a chorus of U.S.-based Jewish groups urging military intervention. Others include AIPAC, the Anti-Defamation League and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Their advocacy began after a telephone briefing yesterday with White House deputy national security advisers Tony Blinken and Ben Rhodes, who outlined the case for action against Syria, according to a participant who asked for anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss it publicly.

Pre-Holiday Pitch

Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said the group decided to act before the Jewish high holidays, when rabbis will likely speak on Syria. Rosh Hashanah begins tonight.

Jewish groups said their concern was that a failure to take action against Syria would send lessons to other countries, most notably Iran, that they could act with impunity.

45 Responses

  1. Citizen
    September 5, 2013, 12:54 pm

    “Jewish groups said their concern was that a failure to take action against Syria would send lessons to other countries, most notably Iran, that they could act with impunity.”

    This is exactly what Kerry told the House committee yesterday.

    • James Canning
      September 5, 2013, 2:53 pm

      @Citizen – – Could Obama be so foolish as to believe he needs to attack Syria, to ensure Iran does not try to build nukes? Or, is Obama pretending to be so foolish?

      • Citizen
        September 6, 2013, 4:22 am

        @ James Canning
        I guess that Obama pretends to a significant extent on everything except his conviction that historical American wrongs to American minorities, especially Blacks–are to be made whole by the US government.

      • James Canning
        September 6, 2013, 1:27 pm

        Obama may indeed be sincere about such fuzzy schemes of phoney do-gooding.

      • Theo
        September 6, 2013, 8:58 am

        If I was the president of Iran I would do everything possible to get a few nuclear weapons, either build it, buy it or steal it.
        The example of N. Korea proves that only a strong army and nuclear weapons stop the neocon hordes from attacking and destroying a weaker country. The USA or GB never attacks a land that is as strong as they are, they pick on weaks ones and try to destroy it from the air, what may not always work, see Iraq.
        Just imagine what this country could do with all that money blown in Vietnam and consequent wars to bring democracy to other nations?

      • James Canning
        September 6, 2013, 1:32 pm

        @Theo – – ZERO chance the US would attack NK (barring act of utter lunacy by NK gov’t). ZERO need for nukes.

      • gingershot
        September 6, 2013, 11:57 am

        It’s more that AIPAC desperately NEEDS this attack on Syria in order to have a chance at an attack on Iran.

        If Syria is NOT attacked – basically because the American people have revolted against Neocon/Israeli-dictated wars (even if they do not even KNOW that, and are just greedily worried about economic costs etc) – then Iran will not be attacked

        If Iran is not attacked then Apartheid is twisting in the ICC wind, open to worldwide boycotts – that is the existential danger to Apartheid of NOT attacking Iran

        The Neocons and Netanyahu are DESPERATE for Syria because without Syria the DO NOT GET IRAN

        (Dershowitz is already up on Haaretz trying to damage control this fait accompli majority ‘NO’ House Vote debacle for Israel – trying to say this shouldn’t put anybody off their feed for Iran – and trying to turn lemons into lemonade by getting Congress to AUTHORIZE WAR on Iran RIGHT NOW so there’s no repeat of this problem for the Lobby like they just happened with Syria. UNBELIEVABLE

        Dershowitz:

        ‘Obama: Get approval from Congress on Iran now’

        The U.S. President’s commitment to preventing Iran going nuclear means he must go to Congress now, before it crosses the red line, and not after, as is now the case with Syria and its use of chemical weapons.

        link to haaretz.com )

      • James Canning
        September 6, 2013, 1:14 pm

        Ginger — Netanayahu wants a US war with Iran even if Iran does not try to build nukes. One easily can think Aipac backs this scheme.

  2. amigo
    September 5, 2013, 12:55 pm

    Jewish groups said their concern was that a failure to take action against Syria would send lessons to other countries, most notably Iran, that they could act with impunity.

    Yeah, wouldn,t want more than one country acting without impunity in the neighbourhood, would we.

    The arrogant hypocrisy coming from these sleezeballs is mind boggling.

    • Citizen
      September 5, 2013, 4:20 pm

      The Obama regime and the Israeli regime both feel they can act with impunity because they both have, many times. Such a dynamic duo, both feeling entitled in the world’s face. Putin’s got a tough job, and so does Iran. If there was no AIPAC bribery allowed, America would be in constant diplomatic talks, negotiations, joint ventures, with both Russia and Iran. It’s in both the US, and World interest, including Israel’s, just not Greater Israel’s.

  3. DICKERSON3870
    September 5, 2013, 2:08 pm

    RE: “Newest political bedfellows — Obama & Adelson”

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    • Citizen
      September 5, 2013, 4:22 pm

      Dickerson3870 has made it easy to send a message to both the WH and Congress. Please take advantage of his persistent offering here. It only takes a few minutes.

      • amigo
        September 6, 2013, 7:44 am

        I did it through the “outside the USA” link.

    • DICKERSON3870
      September 5, 2013, 5:20 pm

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      • Citizen
        September 6, 2013, 4:32 am

        Done.

  4. Philip Munger
    September 5, 2013, 2:51 pm

    The RJC’s counterpart, the National Jewish Democratic Council, today added its voice to a chorus of U.S.-based Jewish groups urging military intervention. Others include AIPAC, the Anti-Defamation League and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

    Why do these groups hate Syria’s Christians?

    On Tuesday, the Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, Gregorius III Lahham, said, “The military strike that is expected against Syria will increase the distress of the Christians and lead to the destruction of Syria, of both its Christians and its Muslims–no one will be spared.”

    Gregorius added that 450,000 Syrian Christians had been displaced from their homes since 2011, either remaining inside Syria or fleeing abroad.

    Christians may make up as many as 14% of the Syrian population of 22 million. That is, there may be as many as 3 million of them (about the population of Iowa or Kansas). The biggest denomination is Eastern Orthodoxy or Greek Orthodoxy, i.e. the same branch of Christianity as in Greece and Russia. The second biggest is the Greek Catholics, who had been Eastern Orthodox but who came into communion with Rome in the 1700s and recognized the Pope. The Christians of Syria for the most part are either neutral toward the Baath regime of Bashar al-Assad or support the government in preference to the radical Sunni fundamentalists of Jabhat al-Nusra (The Succor Front). The Christians of Lebanon support the Christians of Syria and also tend to favor the Damascus government versus the al-Qaeda affiliates.

    The Bishopric of Damascus praised the call of Pope Francis I to make Saturday a day of mourning and prayer on behalf of Syria. They said that the planned military strike was planned out by the enemies of the Syrian people.

    (The US Catholic Bishops have decided against the war; but the Catholic clerics are only allowed to be seen on television in the US on such matters when they support the hawks; i.e., almost never).

    link to juancole.com

    • Walid
      September 6, 2013, 7:49 am

      The Pope asked for a day of fasting and praying for Syria, not of mourning.

      The Christians of Lebanon favour the regime over the A-Q affiliates simply because Syria’s Christians had been safer under the regime of Assad than they would be under A-Q that would cleanse the land of them. There are some pro-US Christians in Lebanon that are strongly against the Syrian regime but these are in the minority among the Christians and while they are campaigning to have Syria bombed, they’re not praising the rebels. As to the remaining majority (Aounists and friends)Lebanese Christians, they don’t necessarily favour the regime as much as they are neutral to it because it has been good to the Christians so far. These same Christians that are not against the regime today were the same Christians that had originally campaigned for years to have Syrian regime evicted from Lebanon and that had been instrumental in helping the US Congress pass its “Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act” in December 2003 on which the US is currently basing its (WMD)decision to bomb Syria. These Christians are no longer against the Syrian regime because Syria left Lebanon in 2005 and they no longer have reasons to be against it, but they don’t go around rooting for it either.

    • MHughes976
      September 6, 2013, 1:46 pm

      Are Bishops against war likely to have much influence?

      • Walid
        September 6, 2013, 2:01 pm

        “Are Bishops against war likely to have much influence?”

        No. The various Patriarchs of Antioch and the East and even the Pope are all against the bombing. I’m remembering the massive demonstrations all over the world to stop the bombing of Iraq and these didn’t work.

      • MHughes976
        September 8, 2013, 5:20 pm

        These are American bishops, though. Should that not make a difference?

  5. James Canning
    September 5, 2013, 2:51 pm

    Let us remember that Sheldon Adelson wants the Palestinians to cease to exist. He even claims they are an “invented people”.

  6. American
    September 5, 2013, 3:31 pm

    “U.S.-based Jewish groups urging military intervention. ”

    US ‘based” Jewish groups….’based”?
    Huummm…….thats some different wording from the usual ‘US Jewish community ‘ or American Israel Lobby.
    We already know the Z-Cult considers the US to be a ‘off shore base of operation’ for Israel.
    But it’s surprising to see it described that way.

  7. Justpassingby
    September 5, 2013, 4:55 pm

    “Jewish groups said their concern was that a failure to take action against Syria would send lessons to other countries, most notably Iran”

    The only state that have used chemical weapons is Israel, I guess these jewish Groups accept when jews use chemical weapons. Something which is called R-A-C-I-S-M in the Dictionary.

    • Citizen
      September 6, 2013, 4:42 am

      @ Justpassingby
      Israel used white phosphorus during OP Cast Lead. It has also used depleted uranium. The US used white phosphorus in Falluja, Iraq, and has also used depleted uranium in Iraq, It used Agent Orange & napalm during Vietnam War (collateral damage to many US grunts), Saddam Hussein used gas against the Iranians and his own people (Kurds). Kerry points out Hussein’s gassing of his own people, along with Hitler’s. (Hussein didn’t think the Kurds were his people, as Hitler didn’t think Germans were his people. Israeli regimes don’t think Palestinians are its people either.)

      • yonah fredman
        September 6, 2013, 5:54 am

        Citizen- The claim that Israel has used depleted uranium is certainly in a different realm of “fact” (meaning much less so) than the white phosphorus. (As in: who makes this claim, what is the evidence? Israel has admitted its use of white phosphorus. It has never admitted use of depleted uranium.) To put these two issues one after the other in the calm manner that you do so, is disingenuous.

        Also: the numbers killed by Saddam Hussein’s gas attacks are of a different magnitude than the numbers killed by Israel’s white phosphorus attacks.

      • Citizen
        September 6, 2013, 6:59 am

        @ yonah fredman
        According to the Syrians, the evidence was in the cloud resulting from Israeli missiles rained down, and the nature of the missile containers used–the latter is also the evidence from the Gaza claims. It’s true Israel has not admitted using depleted uranium. OTH, Israel seldom admits anything with a negative PR angle, until years later.

        Nice to know you defend Israel’s use of white phosphorous by claiming S Hussein killed more people with the same chemical weapons. I don’t think Iraq has ever claimed it had “the most moral army in the world,” nor did the Iraqis people ever claim to be “a light to the world.”

      • Walid
        September 6, 2013, 7:24 am

        “It (Israel) has never admitted use of depleted uranium.”

        Are you saying that Israel never used any Bunker Busters on Gaza and Lebanon in 2006 and that it doesn’t have hundreds of others on the ready for use on Iran?

      • Citizen
        September 6, 2013, 7:43 am

        @ Walid
        No, only that, to my knowledge, Israel never officially admitted it has used depleted uranium. But in fact Israel used bunker bombs containing depleted uranium warheads on civilians in Lebanon: has link to globalresearch.ca
        The USA gave those bombs to Israel.

      • Walid
        September 6, 2013, 8:10 am

        Citizen, that stink bomb was intended for Yonah that’s claiming Israel never used DU.

      • Theo
        September 6, 2013, 9:12 am

        yonah

        Israel used white phosphorous in Gaza and cluster bombs in Lebanon where hundreds were maimed and killed with those satanic weapons.
        Do you think that the ICC should have charged the responsible israeli politicians with mass murder and using forbidden chemical warfare?
        Do you think the USA and GB, who are so hot now to punish Assad, should have done the same to Israel?
        Is it not a crime that the USA for 60 years now uses its veto to block any resolution condemning the crimes commited by Israel and forcing it to withdraw from occupied palestinian lands?
        Israel killing palestinians is OK, but Assad killing his own people, (what is not proven beyond a doubt yet, the russian have proof that the rebels have done it), is to be punished by bombing, possibly killing thousands of syrian?

      • Obsidian
        September 6, 2013, 9:53 am

        @Theo

        “Israel used white phosphorous in Gaza and cluster bombs in Lebanon where hundreds were maimed and killed with those satanic weapons

        WP is legal and cluster bombs were legal in 2006.
        Somehow, when Israel used these weapons, they become ‘satanic’.

        Theo. Which weapons in the modern arsenal are not ‘satanic’? I’m dying to know.

      • eljay
        September 6, 2013, 10:08 am

        >> Also: the numbers killed by Saddam Hussein’s gas attacks are of a different magnitude than the numbers killed by Israel’s white phosphorus attacks.

        But the number of people killed by Assad’s alleged CW attack is roughly on par with the number of people killed by Israel’s white phosphorus attacks. If military strikes against the Assad regime are the appropriate response, military strikes against the Netanyahu regime are also the appropriate response.

        Hop to it, Amurrika!

      • Justpassingby
        September 6, 2013, 12:47 pm

        yonah, oh so if you just kill few people with chemical weapons, its ok to use them? Immoral comment by yourself.

      • yonah fredman
        September 7, 2013, 12:28 am

        eljay stated, “But the number of people killed by Assad’s alleged CW attack is roughly on par with the number of people killed by Israel’s white phosphorus attacks.”

        I do not think this is true. Israel’s white phosphorus attacks killed how many? 10 or 20? Assad’s alleged attack killed 280 to 1400. If my numbers are wrong, correct me, if I’m wrong.

        As far as other commentators who feel that numbers are irrelevant. Killing one human is evil, like killing a world. So I understand the sentiment you are expressing. But nonetheless, numbers do make a difference. That may be “immoral”, but it’s a fact of life. Numbers of casualties/deaths makes a difference. If I have to explain this, then I accept your point of view, which accepts only the essence of the fact, which I stated first and cannot see the external elements of the facts, which to me, is also a matter of interest.

      • eljay
        September 7, 2013, 10:04 am

        >> Numbers of casualties/deaths makes a difference. If I have to explain this, then I accept your point of view, which accepts only the essence of the fact, which I stated first and cannot see the external elements of the facts, which to me, is also a matter of interest.

        Essence of the facts:
        – Israel knowingly used CW against civilians in Gaza.
        – Israel admitted to using CW against civilians in Gaza.
        – Approximately a dozen people were killed, dozens more were injured, as a result of Israel’s intentional and proven use of CW against civilians in Gaza.
        – Assad is alleged to have used CW against civilians in Syria.

        External elements of the facts:
        – A weasel phrase used by Zio-supremacists to absolve themselves, their co-collectivists and/or their supremacist “Jewish State” of responsibility and accountability for their / its (war) crimes.

      • Theo
        September 8, 2013, 12:59 pm

        Obsidian

        “WP is legal…..

        It is not true, WP may be used in open terrain against military opponents, but strickly forbidden in a settlement where civilians live close by.
        Human Rights Watch had requested full information from the israeli government, but was refused. According to them using WP in Gaza is a war crime and the responsible leaders should be charged.

        You are spreading hasbara propaganda. If you want to punish Assad, (I have nothing against it if you arrest him and deliver him to the ICC without destroying Syria and killing many innocent persons), however in that case you should also charge with war crimes Livni and all other responsible israeli politicians and military commanders!

      • Citizen
        September 6, 2013, 7:33 am

        A short world history of the use of bio-chemical weapons of war:
        link to counterpunch.org

  8. kalithea
    September 6, 2013, 2:29 am

    So Obama’s waking up with Adelson by his side and some of you are actually surprised? He made his bed the first time back in June 2008, June 4th to be precise, when Rahm presented him at Aipac and that’s when he lost…his integrity.

    • Citizen
      September 6, 2013, 4:50 am

      @ kalithea

      Not quite. Check out his Cairo speech, delivered and mad public June 4th, 2009:
      link to nytimes.com

      • Theo
        September 6, 2013, 9:21 am

        citizen

        That speech was just a propaganda to put the world to sleep, after all he had to earn his Nobel Prize.
        Obama sold his soul years before by having many zionist supporters and friends, when he realized that the road to power and wealth is paved by the naives who were run over by the ones who want more of both.

    • James Canning
      September 8, 2013, 7:44 pm

      Obama may have seen his obligation to grovel before Aipac.

  9. Citizen
    September 6, 2013, 5:16 am

    Obama’s aipac speech june 4, 2008, one year earlier, is also as interesting to read now as his Cairo speech. Inter alia, he says in it that Jerusalem “will remain the capital of Israel” and that’s an undivided Jerusalem. In the lower third of the speech he compares McCain’s views with his own regarding Iran, Iraq, Israel, Syria: link to npr.org

  10. gingershot
    September 6, 2013, 9:30 am

    What’s the shelf life of any American politician once AIPAC has gotten into them?

    Adelson and Obama? How much do you want to bet that Adelson will be funding Hillary’s 2016 bid? Or that he will be fully hedged and funding BOTH the dem and repub candidates?

    How long did it take to beat Obama into shape, into a tool of AIPAC?

    It’s like they get bit by the AIPAC Zombie and then it’s just a matter of time before they’re consulting with William Kristol, have Neocons stuffed into their Foreign Policy spots, and have McCain and Graham as their Congressional go-to men.

    I think American politicians, if they get elected thru the AIPAC filter at all, are then just beaten into shape like a piece of metal, until they serve AIPAC’s goals

    • Walid
      September 6, 2013, 10:10 am

      “It’s like they get bit by the AIPAC Zombie and then it’s just a matter of time before they’re consulting with William Kristol… ”

      Good one.

      • Chu
        September 6, 2013, 10:53 am

        haha, good one. MJ Rosenberg explained in a recent article how the pressure works, the phone calls from AIPAC, rabbis, etc. Does this seep into their dreams? Is their an AIPAC ray gun like device like in the movie MIB. It’s creepy how the body politic votes when AIPAC tells them to. Really its political enslavement when politicians are pressured to vote by a lobby, over the interests of the citizens that elect them. That’s what they call – getting a good shafting. Many of the domestic trolls on this site, don’t see this as a problem. go figure.

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