‘Desperate’ Senator Graham promises ‘violent backlash’ by Congress if Palestinians go to UN

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Republicans in Israel are making scary speeches. Three days ago, Senator Lindsey Graham told the Israeli Prime Minister he had rushed to Israel in “the most desperate way” then twice used the word “violent” to characterize Congress’s response to a Palestinian statehood initiative at the United Nations Security Council. That violence would include cutting off U.N. funds, he said.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence met with Israeli PM Netanyahu yesterday. Netanyahu railed against a “diktat” from the UN Security Council on the peace process. If the international community does not reject the Palestinian Authority’s proposal, we will, he promised.

Pence backed him up, saying, “Support for Israel in the United States has never been stronger.” He vouched for the Congress, even though he’s a governor:

And the  strong and broad and bipartisan support for the state of Israel  I know will be reflected in the decisions that our Congress makes in the months ahead to preserve the support the United States provides to Israel…I would pledge to you from my vantage point in the heart of the heartland…. that the appreciation for the state of Israel and the partnership between the state of Israel and America has never been stronger. And from the heart of the heartland, I say Thank you.

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina visited Netanyahu three days ago and spoke at greater length. He wanted to go to Israel “in the most desperate way.”

Number one, I wanted to come here in the most desperate way before the new Congress reconvenes to let you and the people of Israel know that the U.S. congress above all entities in America has your back in a very bipartisan way.

Bringing the Debate to YouGraham says the support is bipartisan, especially with the Republican Congress coming in.

I do not agree with the UN Human Rights Commission, I do not agree with the chief negotiator of the Palestinian Authority. I agree with the Prime Minister of Israel when he says that the Hamas regime does everything they can to kill children and the IDF does everything they can to avoid killing Palestinian children… The Congress clearly sees the difference between the tactics of Hamas and the democracy called Israel, and the international community seems to be a bit confused.

Of all the leaders in the world, Graham assures Netanyahu, “you’ve had the most consistent message regarding Iran Beware of the Iranians, they lie, they cheat.”

And he issued promises about Iran:

I’m here to tell you, Mr. Prime Minister that the Congress will follow your lead… From an American point of view, sanctions are alive and well…You will see a very vigorous Congress when it comes to Iran. You will see a Congress making sure that sanctions are real and will be reimposed at the drop of a hat.

As to the United Nations:

There will be a violent pushback if there’s any effort by the UN Security Council to set the terms of peace negotiations, avoiding direct talks… Any effort by the French, the Jordanians or anyone to avoid direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians over the peace process, anyone who tries to take this to the UN Security Council, there will be a violent backlash by the Congress that could include suspending funding to the United Nations. We will not sit back and allow the United Nations to take over the peace process.

What brings him to Israel is “common and shared values, and common and shared enemies.” That’s a frightening degree of solidarity. Especially when you consider that the executive branch does not share Graham’s view. From Ynet:

The US State Department described Israeli actions as “unacceptable” 87 times in 2014, with only three countries being more “unacceptable,” according to a Foreign Policy article published last week.

 

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  1. Boomer
    December 30, 2014, 9:58 am

    What makes you think that the Executive Branch is different?

    “Both Israel and the United States have voiced opposition to the Palestinians’ U.N. draft resolution.

    “State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said, “We don’t think this resolution is constructive. We think it sets arbitrary deadlines for reaching a peace agreement and for Israel’s withdrawal from the West Bank.”

    “Also, the United States says it does not back a draft U.N. resolution on Palestinian statehood, in part, because it would not guarantee Israel’s security.

    “Rathke said the resoultion makes peace talks less likely to succeed, and that the draft fails to take into account Israel’s legitimate security needs, which he said are necessary for a sustainable settlement.”

    From: http://www.voanews.com/content/palestinians-press-un-for-statehood-approval/2577932.html

  2. JLewisDickerson
    December 30, 2014, 10:06 am

    RE: Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina visited Netanyahu three days ago and spoke at greater length. He wanted to go to Israel “in the most desperate way.” . . .
    . . . “I’m here to tell you, Mr. Prime Minister that the Congress will follow your lead . . .”
    . . . Graham says the support is bipartisan, especially with the Republican Congress coming in

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    • JLewisDickerson
      December 30, 2014, 10:28 am

      • just
        December 30, 2014, 2:04 pm

        She’s amazing. ((Dame Judi))

        So is the US. 51 states, eh? Does Israel pay taxes?

        No, they don’t.

  3. lysias
    December 30, 2014, 10:10 am

    One wonders whether the explanation for Graham’s desperation is that he is being blackmailed.

    • JLewisDickerson
      December 30, 2014, 11:08 am

      RE: He [Lindsey] wanted to go to Israel “in the most desperate way.”

      MY COMMENT: It sounds as though Lindsey sho’nuff had a “bad case of the hot pants”*!

      * Henry Miller, hot pants and ants – http://www.salon.com/2000/03/24/geezer3/

      • Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer: “Washington Confidential”, 1951 – http://outhistory.org/oldwiki/Jack_Lait_and_Lee_Mortimer:_%22Washington_Confidential%22,_1951

      Washington Confidential ~ “An accidental guide to the gay D.C. of 1951” – http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/45868/washington-confidential-an-accidental-guide-to-the-gay-dc-of/

    • JLewisDickerson
      December 30, 2014, 12:03 pm

      P.S. ALSO RE: He [Lindsey] wanted to go to Israel “in the most desperate way.”

      POSSIBLY RELATED: “Shmuley Boteach’s Multi-Million-Dollar Hasbara Ad Campaign in U.S. National Media”, Tikun Olam, December 25, 2014

      [EXCERPT] “Rabbi” Shmuley Boteach’s multi-million dollar hasbara ad campaign financed by Sheldon Adelson continues with a new series of pinkwashing ads in the New York Times, Washington Post and other papers. This is the latest ad in a propaganda series. It is co-sponsored with StandWithUs, which also has made pinkwashing a hallmark of its pro-Israel advocacy. The ad features a gay non-Jew named Rennick Remley, who claims to “love Israel.” Boteach expands upon the ad in this Jerusalem Post broadside.

      What the ad doesn’t tell you is that Remley isn’t simply a gay non-Jewish lover of Zion. In fact, he’s a paid Republican political gunslinger who’s run campaigns for many right-wing candidates, including Boteach himself in his unsuccessful bid for a New Jersey House seat. Remley’s LinkedIn account reveals he’s also worked for, or run campaigns for Ryan Costello, a failed GOP Pittsburgh county-executive candidate, and Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson’s short-lived presidential campaign.

      R is clearly a gun for hire. This ad represents the power of Sheldon Adelson’s money to buy support in the gay community. Remley has joined the right-wing pro-Israel gravy train. He’s a ventriloquist’s dummy spouting views that are convenient to Boteach and Adelson’s Islamophobia.

      On what basis does Remley make his judgement that Israel is a “model” state for gays? On living there? On long-term interaction with Israeli gays? On credible media or academic sources? On what basis does he claim knowledge of the status of gays in Palestine or Iran? He acknowledges no sources, facts or even personal experiences that support his claims.

      This Wikipedia article is one good place to start. It notes that Jordanian law passed in 1951 decriminalized homosexuality in the West Bank. But British mandatory law remains in effect in Gaza, which continues to criminalize homosexual acts. The article makes no reference whatsoever to torture or murder of Palestinian gays. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2014/12/25/shmuley-boteachs-multi-million-hasbara-ad-campaign-in-u-s-national-media/

    • mondonut
      December 30, 2014, 12:13 pm

      One wonders if any conspiracy theory is acceptable at Mondoweiss so long as it is prefaced with “one wonders”.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 30, 2014, 12:32 pm

        i can assure you categorically that any and all conspiracy theories are not equal here at mondoweiss and some are not allowed (see comment policy).

        that said, could someone please stick a fork in lindsey graham.

      • lysias
        December 30, 2014, 2:36 pm

        If political figures cannot be blackmailed for being gay and any such speculation is a disreputable conspiracy theory, why do you suppose J. Edgar Hoover denied for so long that the Mafia existed?

      • seafoid
        December 30, 2014, 4:22 pm

        I’m sure GOP politicians can still be blackmailed for being gay.

      • lysias
        December 30, 2014, 4:34 pm

        Especially when they depend on South Carolina voters in order to be re-elected.

      • RoHa
        December 30, 2014, 5:55 pm

        If you fight your way through the tangled grammar, you will find that Annie is saying that some conspiracy theories are not acceptable at MW.

        I can understand why some are excluded from discussion for practical reasons, but ideally all should be permitted.

        The term “conspiracy theory” is used to try to prevent discussion by suggesting that the theory is a product of mental aberration, and, therefore, can have not truth it it.

        But the truth of theory does not depend on the sanity or otherwise of its proponents. It depends on the relationship between the theory and reality. Discussion of the theory helps in assessing that relationship.

        Saying “conspiracy theory” is simply censorship by smearing.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 30, 2014, 6:34 pm

        i agree that conspiracy theories have gotten a bad wrap. just imagine a world where detectives felt intimidated to consider a crime may have been a complex cover up involving conspiring humans. boring!

        speaking of blackmailing politicians, has anyone been following those pedophilia rings in the UK? my heavens. i stumbled on something the other day and started googling. just…the depravity is difficult to comprehend. when are they going to start arresting these people? or are they going to wait til their all dead to protect their reputations while they are alive?

      • lysias
        December 30, 2014, 6:44 pm

        I suspect the technique the powers that be use is only to allow people over whom they have control to advance to really powerful positions. And what better control could there be than to be able to blackmail somebody for pedophilia, especially if murder is also involved? And I strongly suspect that the same sort of thing goes on here.

        I heard on BBC Radio the other night a report on a similar pedophilia ring involving powerful people that was revealed in Portugal. Some at least of those people were punished. BBC has been most reluctant to report on the pedophilia ring(s) story in Britain, perhaps because BBC personalities like Jimmy Saville were involved. But I suspect the reporting of that Portuguese scandal was meant to send a message to people in Britain.

      • lysias
        December 30, 2014, 6:54 pm

        The polemical use of the phrase “conspiracy theory” to dismiss theories that the powers that be don’t like was originated by, guess who?, the CIA in the late 1960’s to deal with variant accounts of the JFK assassination. There’s a CIA document from the time that proves this, and Lance deHaven Smith’s book Conspiracy Theory in America is all about the history of the phrase and its dubious origins.

      • RoHa
        December 30, 2014, 7:23 pm

        “…was originated by – guess whom? – the CIA…”

        And not a surprise.

      • ckg
        December 30, 2014, 7:28 pm

        Mondonut– on June 5, you commented “The true, unlisted goal of BDS is to eliminate the Jewish state.” I think you forgot to preface your conspiracy theory with “one wonders”.

      • Mooser
        January 2, 2015, 11:35 am

        “Mondonut– on June 5, you commented “

        Commenter “ckg” knows that any commenter’s complete comment archive can be accessed by clicking the name above a comment.

        And “ckg” made good use of it.

    • surewin
      December 30, 2014, 6:10 pm

      lysias: Still wondering?

    • Kay24
      December 30, 2014, 9:54 pm

      You mean like Mossad finding skeletons in his “closet”? Highly possible. Those junket trips to Israel must make for many interesting pictures.

  4. Krauss
    December 30, 2014, 10:16 am

    Orrin Hatch has made a hebrew hiphop song(badly). In normal times, I’d think that was cool if slightly weird, if he did it because he actually cared about Jewish culture. But he doesn’t. He cares about Jewish donations.

    I remember I viewed a tweet by some reactionary congressmen who someone in leftist Twitter had linked. It wasn’t about I/P but the person had a menorah in his office. And the same thought came to me: does that congressman have it there because he thinks highly of Jews or because he thinks highly of their donations? And the kind of Jewish money he and Orrin Hatch receive are from the kind of Jews who support Bibi fullstop. Adelson isn’t as isolated as he is portrayed, look at how close he is to Haim Saban.

    We are dealing with a situation where the organized Jewish community has completely disengaged from the wider America and become a silo within a silo; a subset of the white power structure of America. No wonder minorities view us as one and the same. No wonder no tears were shed for the Jewish neocons at TNR.

    This is what happens when you gain power. It’s a sad story.

    • lysias
      December 30, 2014, 10:39 am

      But is Hatch even going to run again? He’s getting up there in years.

      All of this shows the extent to which the U.S. has degenerated into a pure and increasingly undisguised plutocracy.

    • Keith
      December 30, 2014, 4:39 pm

      KRAUSS- “We are dealing with a situation where the organized Jewish community has completely disengaged from the wider America and become a silo within a silo; a subset of the white power structure of America.”

      Empire Jews.

  5. lysias
    December 30, 2014, 10:36 am

    Moon of Alabama has a thread on this article from Ha’aretz: U.S. senator tells Netanyahu Congress will follow his lead on Iran sanctions:

    Graham (R-S.C.), who is expected to take over as chairman of the Foreign Appropriations Subcommittee when the Republicans assume control of the Senate in January, met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli capital on Saturday night.

    Graham told Netanyahu that “the Congress will follow your lead” …

    • a blah chick
      December 30, 2014, 12:03 pm

      Graham told Netanyahu that “the Congress will follow your lead”

      Right over that cliff.

    • Shingo
      December 30, 2014, 4:52 pm

      Graham told Netanyahu that “the Congress will follow your lead”

      Outsourcing US policy to a foreign government. That should be grounds to investigation into collusion or even treason.

      • CloakAndDagger
        December 30, 2014, 9:16 pm

        @ Shingo

        It is certainly treason, as it is a betrayal of all those whom he swore to serve and the country that gave him the luxurious life that he and his family enjoys.

        Each day we witness the venal traits of those whom we elected, and we elect them again (to say that the elections are rigged would be considered conspiracy theory, despite much evidence for that having happened on countless occasions).

        So, when do we get to tar and feather these contemptible excuses for human beings in public as an example for others that may aspire to such treachery?

        Start by trying the torturers and all those who supported them. The rest will follow.

  6. US Citizen
    December 30, 2014, 10:41 am

    Graham, Kerry, the US Congress? Nothing but AIPAC whores doin’ it for the money.

    Pathetic isn’t it? A tiny country the size of Bakersfield Cal that’s 6,000 miles away controls the most powerful nation in the world.

    It is sad indeed that the first African-American president of the United States defends in Israel exactly the kind of institutionalized bigotry, apartheid oppression, and racism in Israel the civil rights movement defeated in this country, a victory that made his election possible.

    Good news? There will be when the US recognizes a two-state solution, a separation between this one, the United States, and Israel.

  7. Boomer
    December 30, 2014, 10:45 am

    I guess the members of Congress will be dancing backwards in high heels with/for Bibi. The female Members should have an advantage, since they have practiced this.

  8. a blah chick
    December 30, 2014, 12:12 pm

    “…I agree with the Prime Minister of Israel when he says that the Hamas regime does everything they can to kill children and the IDF does everything they can to avoid killing Palestinian children…” Wow Israel dropped tons and tons of bombs on Gaza and managed to kill nobody!

    Folks, people this delusional cannot be reasoned with.

    But I love how they think they are threatening the Palestinians with a “violent backlash.” Yep, after decades of war, terra, murder by settlers, maiming by settlers, land theft by the government, land theft by the settlers, kidnappings, assassinations, house demolitions, expulsions and routine torture the Palestinians will cower before the might of a stern talking to!

    Why don’t they just go and defund the PA out of existence? That’ll learn ’em.

    And, yes, I know why they would never do that.

    • Theo
      January 1, 2015, 1:05 pm

      “Wow, Israel dropped tons and tons of bombs on Gaza and managed to kill nobody!”

      Those were our latest smart bombs, especially produced for the most moral army of this word, the IDF! They can drop it from any height, the bombs are calculated to avoid hitting a building or a group of human beings, they are used only to scare, but not to maim or kill.
      We use the same bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, however since our military does not qualify as a most moral army, they are calibrated to hit targets.
      Yes, we have a lot to learn in politics.

  9. David Doppler
    December 30, 2014, 2:09 pm

    ‘Of all the leaders in the world, Graham assures Netanyahu, “you’ve had the most consistent message regarding Iran: Beware of the Iranians, they lie, they cheat.” ‘

    If that isn’t prejudice, I don’t know what is: substitute any other nationality or ethnic group for Iranians, and you’ll see how offensive it is. Amazingly undiplomatic for an elected official overseas.

    But an accurate description of Netanyahu.

    And here is another value of Mondoweiss – reporting on what our elected officials say to suck up to Netanyahu and Israel, something that gets underreported in our MSM. As Israel’s image tanks, these types of statements will eventually come back to haunt.

    Netanyahu has also been very consistent in overplaying his ham-hand, and doing great damage to Israel and his followers every time. Here he has the soon-to-be Chairman of the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee publicly kissing his ass on an issue of war and peace with a country that the US is in deep negotiations with.

    If Republicans are slow to take offense, what of academia, the intelligentsia, the DC elite, the young activists on campus, the growing body of American Jews who want peace and an Israeli government committed to working for it? what’s left of the soul of journalism? [All members of Mondoweiss’s growing readership.] Unless you’re Sheldon Adelson or Bibi Netanyahu, glorying in having US elected officials publicly kiss your ass, who’s left to be other than revolted? And right-wing Americans, when they finally get fed up, are not likely to be very circumspect in their wording when they finally tell Netanyahu or his successors where to go. They are not Israel’s natural allies.

    If Israeli voters don’t turn this ham-handed yahoo out of office, who else will they blame for the very predictable consequences?

  10. Atlantaiconoclast
    December 30, 2014, 2:25 pm

    Fools like Lindsey Grahm continue to win re-election, because the Christian Zionists are very passionate about “standing with Israel.” As a former Christian, it makes me sick. Its a complete mockery of everything Christ taught, but its very strongly held in America, especially in the South. The only way to counter this IMO, is to unleash every true fact implicating Israel in a number of literal and metaphorical attacks on America, including the attack on the USS Liberty. and the push by the Israel lobby for the Iraq War.

    • Citizen
      December 31, 2014, 10:32 am

      Problem is the average American gets his or her news from at best a nightly TV few minutes., especially when it comes to foreign affairs. The last decent discussion of the USS Liberty incident was in an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune many years ago. Nobody in the main media followed up so that it would get to Dick and Jane’s ears. Ask Phil Donohue–remember him?

  11. italian ex-pat
    December 30, 2014, 2:53 pm

    Wow. Indiana’s governor expressing “appreciation” for the state of Israel on behalf of the American Congress, actually saying “Thank you” to Netanyahu . For what? You’d think WE are the recipients of billions of $$ each year from Israel’s taxpayers, not the other way around. For which largesse, incidentally, I don’t remember ever hearing a word of gratitude.
    On the contrary, according to comments I’ve read in the NYT by various Israelis and American Jews, they are of the opinion that, since those billions are spent purchasing arms from American manufacturers, Israel is in fact helping our economy. I’m not making this up.
    So perhaps that’s what Indiana’s good governor was thanking Netanyahu for.

    • Annie Robbins
      December 30, 2014, 4:28 pm

      italian, i think some people are logically challenged. they can’t figure out the US government could just give american tax dollars back to the american public (because it’s our money) and think if that money is shoveled back into our system via weapons for israel we get more benefit from it, we don’t. and israel says things like ‘we give american jobs’ as if the feds couldn’t just hire american workers to improve schools or spend it on health care or something else. they actually think investing in slaughtering palestinians benefits the american public. it’s crazy. maybe if we invested it into the education systems americans would be smart enough not to fall for that hasbara. but alas, we don’t.

      • lysias
        December 30, 2014, 4:40 pm

        To quote Ike:

        Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

        And Ike was thinking of money spent on arms for the U.S. military.

      • Mooser
        December 30, 2014, 4:45 pm

        And Dwight Eisenhower was a Republican President, and an US Army General in WW2. And he had no problem figuring it out.

      • Mooser
        December 30, 2014, 4:51 pm

        “and think if that money is shoveled back into our system via weapons for israel we get more benefit from it”

        The good old “broken window fallacy”.

  12. MichaelSmith
    December 30, 2014, 4:20 pm

    The US State Department described Israeli actions as “unacceptable” 87 times in 2014, with only three countries being more “unacceptable,” according to a Foreign Policy article published last week.

    They did a search for “unacceptable” and various country names on the web site. The briefings on Israel-Palestine are done by the same people at the same time as those on Egypt, Syria, Iran, and other Middle Eastern countries, and information about all those countries appears in the same documents on the web.

    So documents referencing unacceptable actions or situations in Egypt, Syria, Iran, and other countries turn up when you search for web pages which contain the words “Israel” and “unacceptable,” and that accounts for many of the hits you get with that search.

    Also, the search turns up transcripts of briefings where reporters ask if a particular action or situation in Israel or Palestine or elsewhere is “unacceptable” and officials giving negative or non-committal responses. In other words, what I saw wasn’t a very systematic or serious survey or the available information.

    I suppose it could still be that Israel is number four in unacceptability at the State Department, but the data one turns up with the search makes for some skepticism about that conclusion.

  13. seafoid
    December 30, 2014, 4:24 pm

    Lindsay Graham has SUCH a drawl.
    He’s such a bitch for Israel too. Remember the Chuck Hegel hearings?

    And Congress is going to do what? Cut off funding? So the Palestinians hand the keys to the bantustans back to Israel ?

    Zionism has reached the end of its logic and has very few choices left.

    • CloakAndDagger
      December 30, 2014, 9:29 pm

      @ seafoid

      Zionism has reached the end of its logic and has very few choices left.

      Unfortunately, logic was never the underpinning of the zionist experiment, so absence of it does not spell its demise. The choices have always been there and they are there today. Absent sufficient incentives to make those choices will sustain the status quo.

      The impetus evident today remains grossly insufficient.

      • seafoid
        December 31, 2014, 3:20 am

        Apartheid is not a logical option and the peace process is dead. what can Israel do that is strategically coherent?

        That picture of the menorah behind the chief Wizard and Thug Lord says so much about how Zionism has corrupted Judaism.
        How many Jews are aware that their religion is being dragged through the mud?

    • Kay24
      December 30, 2014, 9:58 pm

      Oh the irony. Here we are one of the most “democratic” nations in the world, very concerned about human rights and freedom, and we make such a stink about it when other nations do not adhere to these basic principles, and yet, when an occupied people, go legally to the UN to ask for those very same things, we threaten and make sure they FAIL in their efforts, supporting the criminals responsible for human rights violations.

      What is wrong with this picture?

      • eljay
        December 30, 2014, 10:08 pm

        >> Kay24: Here we are one of the most “democratic” nations in the world, very concerned about human rights and freedom …

        … when it suits the American agenda. What I really don’t understand is America’s desperate obsession with Israel, which appears to be far more of a liability than an asset.

  14. seafoid
    December 30, 2014, 4:27 pm

    “anyone who tries to take this to the UN Security Council, there will be a violent backlash”

    Get plenty of light over that right wing Jewish money so everyone can see what bought and paid for Congress whores like Graham will do for it. Is he as concerned about his own constituents in Georgia or Alabama who eat grits for breakfast as he is for his Jewish campaign donations ?

    • Atlantaiconoclast
      December 31, 2014, 12:05 pm

      Grits? Very stereotypical of you. I guarantee you that most Southerners do not eat grits most mornings. Anyway, he is South Carolina’s senator.

      • lysias
        January 3, 2015, 1:41 pm

        Shrimp and grits are a specialty of restaurants in Charleston. I have had them there (although not for breakfast).

        A friend of mine does volunteer charity work at a soup kitchen for the homeless in D.C. The breakfasts they serve on Sunday mornings always include grits.

  15. Boomer
    December 30, 2014, 5:43 pm

    SNL needs to run that donkey skit (or an updated version) on TV, not just on the web.

  16. italian ex-pat
    December 30, 2014, 6:42 pm

    Annie:

    Ironically, Israel does NOT need any more weapons – they have enough to wipe out the entire planet. So what do they do with the weapons they are forced to buy from the US with the billions we give them? They sell them to other countries, that’s what. Why don’t we just give them the $$ directly? Same loss to us, possibly fewer weapons in the wrong hands.

  17. eGuard
    December 30, 2014, 8:24 pm

    BDS

  18. traintosiberia
    December 30, 2014, 10:52 pm

    “Violent Backlash” by Graham? What did he mean? A cosmic struggle will stop at his orgasmic ecstasy ? Nope.It wont .

  19. CigarGod
    December 31, 2014, 9:35 am

    Im not a clairvoyant, (or a great speller, anymore) but…”i cant help wondering…”….will we soon see lindsey give in and start humping bibi’s leg, or come out, or share with us what god is saying directly to him.

    • Marnie
      January 1, 2015, 7:06 am

      LOL! Of course, now I’ll have to have the picture of Lindsey humping Bibi’s leg surgically removed from my brain, but thanks for the chuckles!

      Isn’t it against the law to pledge allegiance to a country other than the one you’ve been hired to serve?

      • CigarGod
        January 1, 2015, 1:19 pm

        I think so…
        In some regimes…i think we’d have all the soft and hard evidence needed to round up 100 prostrate senators…well…at least on their knees.

  20. Vera Gottlieb
    December 31, 2014, 10:13 am

    The US doing again what it has been doing so well for decades: disturbing the shit all over the world. Americans aren’t exceptional, they are exceptionable. Big difference.

  21. Citizen
    December 31, 2014, 10:39 am

    Meanwhile, while the crass & oily redneck prostitute Linsey Graham humps Bibi’s leg–taking selfies while at it for AIPAC, Bibi inflates his lebenraum policy with yet more settlements: http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=741065

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