Wash Post story on Adelson as Republican kingmaker leaves out his nuke-Iran agenda

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The Washington Post has a long story today about “the Adelson primary:” the fact that Republicans who are considering a run for president are courting Sheldon Adelson as a preliminary to everything else they must do to prove their worthiness, like kissing babies in Iowa or formulating a position on jobs.

Shockingly, the story mentions Israel only three times, and not till the 24th paragraph (of about 30). It does not include Adelson’s October 2013 recommendation to Obama, that he nuke Iran. It does not even mention Iran, which was one of Adelson’s big issues in the last presidential race.

Here’s the Post’s setup:

former Florida governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich… will descend this week on Adelson’s luxury hotel in Las Vegas, the Venetian, for an important step in what some are calling the “Sheldon Primary.”

Officially, the potential 2016 candidates will be at the Venetian for the spring meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, which begins Thursday with a golf outing, followed by a VIP dinner featuring Bush and hosted by the Adelsons in the private airplane hangar where Adelson keeps his fleet.

Now here are the first two references to Israel, way down in the story, as an afterthought:

Most of the prospective candidates have made a point of reaching out to Adelson with phone calls and personal visits when they come through town. The conversations are not overt pitches for financial backing yet, but rather solicitations of Adelson’s thoughts on the economy and Israel as well as strategy for the 2014 midterm elections, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Adelson, who is worth an estimated $37.9 billion, according to Bloomberg, is a staunch supporter of Israel. He has expressed little interest in some of the social issues that motivate the GOP base. But he is driven by what he has said he sees as Obama’s socialist agenda. He is a fierce opponent of organized labor and is currently embroiled in a fight to ban online gambling.

I’m gobsmacked in Gotham. Adelson has one overriding issue, Israel, and preventing the creation of a Palestinian state and the division of Jerusalem. In his uncensored remarks last fall, he didn’t talk about organized labor, no, he came off as a lunatic. He talked about Muslims wanting “to kill 100 percent of the Jews,” about the Palestinian state as a precursor to another Holocaust, about there not being any such thing as Palestinians.

“There’s no such thing as a Palestinian people. They have fooled the world very successfully.”

Here was his advice to Obama about Iran:

What are we going to negotiate about? I would say ‘Listen, you see that desert out there, I want to show you something.’ …You pick up your cell phone and you call somewhere in Nebraska and you say, ‘OK let it go.’ And so there’s an atomic weapon, goes over ballistic missiles, the middle of the desert, that doesn’t hurt a soul. Maybe a couple of rattlesnakes, and scorpions, or whatever. Then you say, ‘See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So, we mean business. You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development. You want to be peaceful? Just reverse it all,  and we will guarantee you that you can have a nuclear power plant for electricity purposes, energy purposes.’

The Post deprives us of any such intelligence. No wonder the American people are so ignorant. No wonder that the grassroots are on fire. This is a hugely unstable situation, discursively.

Thanks to Scott McConnell.

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  1. Krauss
    March 26, 2014, 11:39 am

    The two candidates who got far and away the highest poll results in the CPAC straw poll, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, are not going to see him and kiss the ring.

    This tells me that the GOP base has gotten much better political instincts than a decade ago. Bush did a lot more damage to the conservative movement than originally thought. Because it seems that damage was great not just to non-conservatives like me, but apparently also to the GOP base’s perception of what the movement had become and what it stood for.

    I would never vote for either Paul or Cruz, but I still respect them both a lot more for daring to challenge the toxic GOP establishment, than I respect craven cronies like Jeb Bush or Scott Walker. Rubio is basically the Hispanic version of Mark Kirk.

    And I’m pleased to see the GOP base hasn’t given up on the questioning spirit since 2010.

    Now all I hope is that the liberal base follows suit and throws Hillary Clinton on the trash heap of history and selects a genuine liberal, a Warren-style candidate. (Unlikely to happen, our side has a lot to learn in political warfare, especially rooting out the neoliberals/neocon lite candidates like Clinton).

    • puppies
      March 26, 2014, 12:56 pm

      @Krauss – “Now all I hope is that the liberal base follows suit and throws Hillary Clinton on the trash heap of history and selects a genuine liberal, a Warren-style candidate. (Unlikely to happen, our side has a lot to learn in political warfare, especially rooting out the neoliberals/neocon lite candidates like Clinton).”

      Wrong discussion board. This one here is not a Demolican site. “Our” site, according to the documentation, has a common object in solidarity with the Palestinian people, except for the Zionist guests. So talk for yourself about your Zionist-bought “Warren-style candidate”. A “genuine liberal” as far as “liberals” go in the US, doesn’t mean squat one way or another with regard to Palestine and Imperialism in general.

      • Citizen
        March 26, 2014, 7:13 pm

        @ puppies
        Yep. Warren is great on Wall Street issues, but has imbibed the usual zionist kool-aid on the “special relationship.”

    • Woody Tanaka
      March 26, 2014, 1:21 pm

      No, the zionists have the deck fairly well stacked; they’ve got operatives and agents in place in both parties, so the process is so corrupt, the Apartheid State will come out ahead regardless of which of the two parties is elected. On the issue of whether the US should continue to support one of the great injustices in the world today (i.e., the destruction of Palestine at the hand of the zionists), the American people are given no meaningful choice. The zionists have figured out how to poison the US government without killing it. Washington warned us about this and we didn’t listen and we’re suffering the consequences and indignities because of it.

    • piotr
      March 26, 2014, 4:55 pm

      I have scant sympathy for “conservative movement”. The basic dilemmas are: class warfare at home, warfare abroad or both. Thinking about it, “only warfare abroad” is one of the Democratic options.

      Of course, we can screw the lower income and middle class people in more way than one, so there are more differences, plus “culture wars”. By the way, any reasons to respect Ted Cruz?

      The bottom line is that it is natural for a conservative to run on the flatworm “I will [deleted for all-family audience] super-rich people with more flair than other candidate”. It is more like nymphomania than whoredom.

      • Karl Dubhe
        March 27, 2014, 12:32 am

        As the politicians are doing it for campaign cash are you sure it’s not whoredom?

      • piotr
        March 27, 2014, 11:24 am

        The question I raised is whether the tycoons that interview politicians to check if they are worthy of splurging millions on them are loved by the politicians (as it may be the case with GOP, they are pretty consistent in expressing that love) or are mere tricks (as it may be the case with Democrats who are not as consistent).

        When a young beautiful women marries an octogenarian billionaire, she is usually not viewed as a whore (except for the dismayed family of the groom), but it is a tad unusual. I do not know if it should be called gerontophilia or plutophilia, but she may be a faithful wife.

        By the way, I meant to write “run on the platform”, not “on the flatworm”.

      • eljay
        March 27, 2014, 11:26 am

        >> When a young beautiful wom[a]n marries an octogenarian billionaire, she is usually not viewed as a whore …

        But, IMO, she is almost universally viewed as an opportunist / a “gold-digger”.

      • German Lefty
        March 27, 2014, 4:18 pm

        As the politicians are doing it for campaign cash are you sure it’s not whoredom?
        Please don’t say that. That’s an insult to all honest, hardworking prostitutes.

        By the way, I just had a look at your profile:
        I am a bit older than my teeth.
        That’s really funny.

      • piotr
        March 27, 2014, 8:16 pm

        Honest or not honest, the working definition here is “performing acts of love in exchange for money and/or other goods rather than for genuine affection”. By the way, if I were you, I would be very careful with “honest, hardworking prostitutes”. For example, once I rented a car in Las Vegas and in the glove compartment was a brochure advertising entertainment establishment in adjacent counties, where you would need to drive in a rented car (I was heading elsewhere) showing the photos of “current or actual entertainers”. Presumably, some photos were 20 year old, and some were current but not actual. So if you are satisfied with your entertainer to be either very pretty or very experienced (and you do not care which) you can follow the directions.

        At least with politicians we know who is very pretty and who is very experienced. Like: Obama, pretty, HRC, experienced.

  2. unverified__5ilf90kd
    March 26, 2014, 1:09 pm

    It is a very important point we should be beating on. The Clintons are actually neocons for all practical purposes. .

    • tree
      March 26, 2014, 3:01 pm

      If you think that’s the case, then Obama and Biden and Kerry are also neocons by such a definition. As will Warren prove to be. Her foreign policy positions are no better than any other leading Democratic possibility.

  3. German Lefty
    March 26, 2014, 1:53 pm

    Chris Hayes had a segment about the same story last night: http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/you-need-to-know-about-the-sheldon-primary-206583875590

  4. dbroncos
    March 26, 2014, 8:24 pm

    Interesting article on monies collected by Jewish orgs. citing Israel as biggest recipient.

    http://forward.com/articles/194978/-billion-bucks-the-jewish-charity-industry-unco/?p=all

  5. jsinton
    March 26, 2014, 10:40 pm

    Long time (recovering) readers of WaPo like myself had long known that since the demise of Ben Bradley and Katherine Graham , the paper wasn’t worth lining a bird cage. It was only because it cost 25 cents for years that I actually bought it. One always had a sense that the editorial writers were oblivious to the rest of the news contained in the paper. Happily, the paper has lost most of its readership, and has closed many printing plants. Thanks be to Allah for the internet and sites like Mondoweiss.

  6. Citizen
    March 27, 2014, 1:40 am

    Meanwhile, the whole world outside the USA watches Israel insult our top leaders. You’d think Israel was paying us $3.5 B this year, not the other way around. http://richardedmondson.net/2014/03/26/a-us-officials-blistering-but-anonymous-response-to-israeli-insults

    • piotr
      March 27, 2014, 8:22 pm

      Calling our leaders “wimps” is perhaps actual, and in that case, is in an insult? As far as the proof is concerned, the aftermath of the statements pretty much confirms them.

      • American
        March 27, 2014, 8:46 pm

        Our leaders are wimps, corrupt little wimps.

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