Neocon meteor Sen. Cotton is funded by Abrams, Adelson and Kristol and loves war a little too much

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The letter by those 47 Senators is getting scorned and abused nationwide. The hashtag #47Traitors has been trending on twitter. Huffpo speculates that it was “treason.” And no wonder, USA Today says the letter has subverted US diplomacy. Slate calls the letter stupid and idiotic. Salt Lake City Tribune says it was felonious:

Chances are that the foolish, dangerous and arguably felonious attempt by the Obama Derangement Caucus of the Senate will soon be forgotten.

The Tribune labels Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton an “uber-hawk.” The letter is sure to define his career, and not in a good way. The Kansas City Star says:

On Tuesday, Tom Cotton, the freshman senator from Arkansas who started the letter, defended it and said he wasn’t a traitor.

The liberal Zionist group J Street says that Cotton was scripted by neoconservative Bill Kristol. Street is reveling in the letter because it is sure to drag the neoconservative rightwing Israel lobby down politically, marginalize the greater-Israel lobby in the far right wing of the Republican Party. Just as the Netanyahu speech has hurt Netanyahu and the Likud wing of the lobby, the Cotton letter is turning out to be an own-goal, scored by the neoconservatives. 

The neoconservatives reached out and groomed Tom Cotton when they saw him coming down the pike. The Harvard College and Harvard Law grad spent just one term in the Congress before challenging and defeating Mark Pryor last fall. And he got tons of money then from the Israel lobby.

Neoconservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin embraced Cotton back in 2012. She was worried then that with Joe Lieberman leaving the Senate, we were losing national security hawks.

Hawks are nervous that, with the retirement of Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and the demands of a fiscal crisis, fewer lawmakers will be interested in and devoted to national security.

It was a genuine embrace. The sixth-generation Arkansan who grew up on a cattle farm read Leo Strauss the neocon icon when he was in college. And the letter to Iranian leaders is not his first outrageous letter. In 2006 he earned notoriety for a letter he wrote to the New York Times from Iraq where he was serving as an officer officer. The letter said that he hoped the Justice Department showed the courage of US soldiers and prosecuted the New York Times and its journalists for disclosing details of the government’s program on stopping the funding of terrorists.

The letter was published on Power Line. It fetishized war:

I apologize for not writing sooner. But I am a lieutenant in the United States Army and I spent the last four days patrolling one of the more dangerous areas in Iraq.

Unfortunately, as I supervised my soldiers late one night, I heard a booming explosion several miles away. I learned a few hours later that a powerful roadside bomb killed one soldier and severely injured another from my 130-man company. I deeply hope that we can find and kill or capture the terrorists responsible for that bomb….

Next time I hear that familiar explosion — or next time I feel it — I will wonder whether we could have stopped that bomb had you not instructed terrorists how to evade our financial surveillance…

I hope that my colleagues at the Department of Justice match the courage of my soldiers here and prosecute you and your newspaper to the fullest extent of the law. By the time we return home, maybe you will be in your rightful place: not at the Pulitzer announcements, but behind bars.

He later told Power Line that war had been in his dreams:

“here I was in Iraq, leading a platoon, going out every day on patrol, as I had dreamed of doing for so long.”

Of course Cotton came home to run for Congress in southwestern Arkansas. By the time he reached D.C., he seemed to love war a little too much. From Jennifer Rubin’s column:

Cotton certainly advocates a strong U.S. presence in the world. He recalled, “What I used to say in the campaign was, ‘You may be tired of war, but war is not tired of you.’ There are evil people in the world who would do evil things.” Because of questions about U.S. resolve, he pointed out, “Certain Middle East countries are hedging and edging closer to Iran.” He said, “It’s important to remind the American people why we’re still engaged, [to] still maintain force projection, stand with Israel … because it is not something they experience firsthand. They experience the economy, but they don’t experience Gaza or Libya or Afghanistan.”

Neoconservative Bret Stephens made the same comment, by the way, in February, quoting Lenin:

“You may not be interested in war but war is interested in you.”

Cotton loves to flash his military experience:

He wryly took issue with the president’s suggestion in the last debate that ships were as outmoded as bayonets and horses. “My first four hours in basic training was in bayonet training. And we’ve used horses in a number of special operations.”

Grooming a young politician is how Bill Kristol and the Israel lobby work. I saw Kristol at AIPAC many years ago talking about how important it is to cultivate rising politicians. He mentioned Dan Quayle, whom Kristol ultimately served as chief of staff when he was vice president.

Bill Kristol said that Hart Hasten, a Holocaust survivor and successful Indianapolis businessman, had been crucial to shaping Dan Quayle’s view of Israel, having “spent a lot of time” with Quayle when he was still a congressman. (Quayle’s office later told me, “The statement Bill Kristol made was not exactly accurate. Mr. Quayle said his broad knowledge of Israel came from many people and sources, not specifically from Mr. Hasten.”) Dan Senor, an analyst on CNN and former AIPAC intern, boasted that AIPAC won over Spencer Abraham when he was the head of the state Republican Party, years before he became a Michigan senator. The party was $500,000 in debt, and an AIPAC leader helped him pay that off.

As we noted yesterday, Kristol’s Emergency Committee for Israel bankrolled the Cotton campaign with $1 million as he went down to the wire against Mark Pryor last fall.

According to the Federal Election Commission, the Kristol family gave Cotton money. Susan Kristol gave Cotton $2500, his daughter Anne Kristol gave $1,000.

Elliott Abrams and Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam also gave Cotton money. So did rightwing Israel supporter Kenneth Bialkin. So did James Berenson, a board member of the neoconservative Hudson Institute.

Jennifer Rubin praised Cotton’s fire-and-brimstone speech about Iran in January. She was defensive about the Israel lobby allegation:

You see, this is not about simply being a friend to Israel — although a Cotton-type policy would certainly fit that description. This is about whether a leader is ready to defend the West against the jihadist threat — whether it comes from Sunni or Shiite Islamists.

Paul Blumenthal has a good piece up at Huffpo showing how a large portion of the money funding Republican Party nominees is from the same sources who are trying to defeat Obama’s negotiations with Iran– the Israel lobby in short, though Blumenthal does not use that description.

Cotton has received a great deal of support from the donors who fund these and other groups opposing an Iran deal. [Paul] Singer and [Seth] Klarman have given a combined $350,000 to the pro-Cotton super PAC Arkansas Horizon. Singer also gave $2.6 million to American Crossroads, $100,000 to B-PAC and $10,000 to John Bolton Super PAC, all of which spent money to support Cotton’s Senate campaign last year. Klarman has directed $400,000 to American Crossroads. The Emergency Committee for Israel — a nonprofit group, led by the neoconservative Bill Kristol, that opposes an Iran deal — spent nearly $1 million to support Cotton in his election campaign.

These donations are just a fraction of the total spent by these funders. Overall, the combined giving of [Sheldon] Adelson, Klarman, Marcus and Singer accounted for over 10 percent of all pro-Republican independent spending in the past two election cycles.

In some cases, contributions from these donors have been the dominant source of funds for party-linked groups.

Here is the bottom line on all these Iran capers, they have been self-defeating.

Democratic Hawk Brad Sherman: “Brouhaha last week reduced chances of Democratic support for veto override from 40 to 4 percent”

PS Here’s yet another likely-Israel-lobby group, the American Security Initiative, with a video out saying that the Iranians want to nuke an American city.

 

80 Responses

  1. Krauss
    March 11, 2015, 2:07 pm

    For me the interesting dynamic is why now?

    What I mean is that Corker-Menendez already had a letter with a much higher chance of getting to 67 senators going. So why this letter from AIPAC undercutting their own effort?

    For me, this displays the panic of the lobby. Note that Menendez claims he wasn’t even asked about the Cotton letter. So he is being routed by his own paymasters, ouch. And while Cotton has said that he welcomes democrats on his letter, none has thus far signed up.

    So the letter ends up like Bibi’s speech; solidifying support for negotiations among Democrats. Flop!

    With Menendez going down in an indictment, AIPAC must feel like Obama has got this handled pretty well so it went out and brought the big bazooka.

    The big loss to them was that Clinton, in her presser yesterday, basically took the side of Obama against the notorious 47. For me, this is a huge deal. Clinton was supposed to be this AIPAC-friendly hawk and here she is selling them down the river. This means she is confident she’ll win in 2016 with or without AIPAC and it also means, crucially, that AIPAC’s increasing desperation signals weakness, which a cunning pol like Clinton can sense from miles away.

    All in all, Obama has been slowly destroying AIPAC – with more than a little bit of help from themselves – and it’s been a gory and amusing spectacle. Will it last? Judging from Clinton’s comments, it would appear so. Plan A: get Clinton in the WH and pretend it is the 1990s again, seems to be floundering. The shift in perception among the establishment is permanent; AIPAC is on the way down.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      March 11, 2015, 4:33 pm

      ”For me, this is a huge deal. Clinton was supposed to be this AIPAC-friendly hawk and here she is selling them down the river.”

      I’m not sure if it’s that, exactly. It’s just that the arrogant AIPAC fools badly overplayed their hand. They forced Hilary, and other Democrats, to do something they have never had to do before – to publicly choose between Israel and their own party. And even the most cravan Israel lackey, which Clinton is, had no choice but to defend Obama.

      This is where the lobby slipped up, badly. They have at long last brought their nefarious workings into the harsh light of day, and made Israel a bipartisan issue. As Julia Roberts might say. Big mistake. Huge.

    • JWalters
      March 11, 2015, 8:07 pm

      It looks like panic to me as well. Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty may not have been its worst attack on the U.S. There may be genuine fear that some devastating information is close to breaking into the public consciousness. Manufactured wars have a way of involving criminality. Chaos can help an escape.

    • Kathleen
      March 12, 2015, 4:57 am

      Great points about Hillary Clinton’s turnabout on Iran. Before her campaign in 2007 and after she lost to Obama she repeated the I lobbies unsubstantiated claims about Iran. She sure is singing a different tune now. A great shift.

    • lysias
      March 12, 2015, 11:30 am

      Note that Hillary said at her presser that the senators must have signed the letter for one of two reasons: either to help the Iranians or to hurt Obama. She ignored the obvious possibility that they meant to help Israel. Not to mention to help themselves.

  2. Memphis
    March 11, 2015, 2:37 pm

    Only people unfamiliar with Strauss’ works point to his influence on the Neo Cons.Read his works and you’ll see Leo Strauss was a great philosopher and nothing being attributed to him by Tim Robbins, or Shadia Drury (idiot) is representative of his thoughts.

    I would wager good money most neocons have never read a word by Strauss. They certainly have not explained or defended their policy choices by referencing Strauss. And how many these so called neo cons actually studied directly under Strauss? The answer is NONE. Both Kristol and Wolfowitz have said that their political views and political advocacy own nothing to Leo Strauss

    Thought Mondoweiss was above parroting the lies of the mainstream media?

    • Mooser
      March 11, 2015, 3:59 pm

      “Thought Mondoweiss was above parroting the lies of the mainstream media?”

      When it comes to Strauss, even a parrot can end up with its back up against the waltz .

    • JLewisDickerson
      March 11, 2015, 6:57 pm

      FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH, SEE: “The Right’s False Prophet”, By Kenneth B. McIntyre, The American Conservative, 5/10/12

      [EXCERPTS] When writing about the work of an academic historian or philosopher—as opposed to a polemicist, a politician, or a popularizer—there is an obvious threshold question with which to begin: is the writer’s work intrinsically interesting or compelling in some way? If this question is answered in the negative, then there is usually no reason to carry on.

      The strange case of Leo Strauss, however, proves that there are definite exceptions to this rule. Strauss’s work is almost universally dismissed by philosophers and historians, yet he has attracted a following amongst political theorists (hybrid creatures most often associated with political science departments) and neoconservative political activists. So, while the verdict on the intellectual importance of Strauss’s historico-philosophical work has been that, like Gertrude Stein’s Oakland, there is no there there, the practical influence of Strauss, its manifestation as Straussianism, and Straussianism’s connection with neoconservatism still present themselves as intriguing problems in contemporary American intellectual history.

      In ‘Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America’ Paul Gottfried, the Horace Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College, offers an explanation of the Straussian phenomenon that is concise and compelling. While treating Strauss’s work with considerable respect, Gottfried concludes that the historians’ and philosophers’ rejection of Strauss is, for the most part, justified. . .

      . . . According to Gottfried, Strauss and his followers have always been more concerned with practical questions about contemporary politics than with intellectual history or complex philosophical questions. Their primary purpose, which allies the neoconservatives with them, is to develop an abstract legend of American politics that supports a moderate welfare state domestically and a quasi-messianic internationalism in foreign policy.

      . . . The second direction from which Gottfried approaches Strauss leads through an examination of the Straussian method and its products. Gottfried provides a critical account of the method and also notes the ahistorical, quasi-legendary, and often hagiographic character of the interpretations that the method produces. The Straussian method consists of two distinct doctrines, neither of which is particularly clear or convincing. First, Strauss asserts that understanding the work of a philosopher involves the reproduction of the author’s intention. Unfortunately, and as Gottfried argues, Strauss never explains what he means by “intention,” nor does he explain how one might reproduce an author’s intention. The second doctrine, however, renders the first irrelevant. Strauss argues that authentic philosophers hide their teaching from the casual reader and only initiates into the true philosophic art can decode the esoteric meaning of such texts. For Strauss and the Straussians, this is not an historical claim but a theoretical one, and it yields an interpretative strategy both naïve and paranoid.

      The results of the Straussian method read like they were written by the intellectual offspring of Madame Blavatsky and Edgar Bergen. It may seem difficult to distinguish between the oracular pronouncements and the intellectual ventriloquism, but that’s because there is no real distinction to be made. As Gottfried notes, there is uncanny similarity between the Straussian reading of texts and the postmodern deconstruction of language. The esoteric claims provide cover for Straussian interpretive preferences and shield against criticism from anyone outside the clique. . .

      ENTIRE BOOK REVIEW – link to theamericanconservative.com

      • Mooser
        March 12, 2015, 4:03 pm

        Thanks Mr. Dickerson. Also, uncanny parallels between Charlie Wilson and Tom Cotton. Thanks again.

      • JLewisDickerson
        March 12, 2015, 11:07 pm

        You’re welcome. Please just call me Dickerson or John.
        “Mr. Dickerson” was my father. He had a series of pathetic “They call me Mr. Dickerson” stories he liked to repeat over, and over, and over when he was inebriated. The only purpose for his telling these stories seemed to be that they provided an opportunity for him to “casually mention” that various people (e.g., gas station attendant, garage mechanic, businessman, bank teller, store clerk, etc.) called him “Mr. Dickerson”. How incredibly sad is that?!?!

      • Mooser
        March 13, 2015, 12:01 am

        John, I pulled up to the ferry today, and the ticket agent took one look and gave me the senior rate. And she was probably not inebriated.

      • Mooser
        March 15, 2015, 2:04 pm

        By Jove, by Jing By Strauss is the thing!

      • JLewisDickerson
        March 29, 2015, 2:52 pm

        P.S. RE: “Only people unfamiliar with Strauss’ works point to his influence on the Neo Cons. Read his works and you’ll see Leo Strauss was a great philosopher . . .” ~ Memphis

        MY COMMENT: Admittedly he’s a great philosopher if you’re a fascist and/or one of Leo Strauss’ cult followers!

        SEE: “Neocons: the Echo of German Fascism”, By Todd E. Pierce, Consortiumnews.com, March 27, 2015
        Exclusive: The “f-word” for “fascist” keeps cropping up in discussing aggressive U.S. and Israeli “exceptionalism,” but there’s a distinction from the “n-word” for “Nazi.” This new form of ignoring international law fits more with an older form of German authoritarianism favored by neocon icon Leo Strauss, says retired JAG Major Todd E. Pierce.
        LINK – link to consortiumnews.com

    • Kathleen
      March 12, 2015, 5:32 am

      Paul Wolfowitz studied with Leo Strauss at Univ or Illinois. Chalabi too. Straussian thought is embedded in the manipulation and deception. “noble lies” “creative destruction”

      Arrogant and elitist. My basic take on their way of thinking and doing in the middle east is rearranging the middle east in their image. Do not give a rat’s ass about the millions killed, injured, displaced in the horrific process.

      Appears that those in the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans that created, cherry picked and disseminated the lies about WMD’s in Iraq were heavily under the influence of the “noble lies” strategy.

      • lysias
        March 12, 2015, 11:31 am

        Paul Wolfowitz studied with Leo Strauss at Univ or Illinois.

        University of Chicago, I believe.

      • Kathleen
        March 12, 2015, 4:47 pm

        University of Chicago. Yes yes yes

        I read somewhere that Jeb Bush has hired Wolfowitz on his foreign policy team

      • oldgeezer
        March 12, 2015, 5:11 pm

        Wolfowitz on Bush’s team? That’s great then. Pushed for the Iraq war and abused his position at the world bank for his gf’s/personal gain.

        What could go wrong!

    • JLewisDickerson
      March 29, 2015, 2:50 pm
  3. CloakAndDagger
    March 11, 2015, 3:11 pm

    Phil,

    Looking at the drama of Israel supporters unfolding all around us, I was reminded about how much has happened in 2015, and it is only March! It began with the Dershowitz saga, and I still believe that it is the key to unlocking the corruption and blackmail in our government, which could well be behind the 47 traitors as well. I am waiting with bated breath for the next shoe to drop in that case.

    Meanwhile, I ran across this article you wrote about Epstein back in 2007. Very interesting in retrospect!

    link to nymag.com

    • JWalters
      March 12, 2015, 8:58 pm

      Cloak, I agree and share your optimism. The cover stories of the war profiteering 1/10 percent are unraveling. When most American Jews realize that the “Zionist project” was financed by war profiteers, using Jewish supremacists as their boots on the ground, and intended to be a continuing source of conflict and profits, and that’s why Israel’s policies avoid peace at all costs, and completely flout all modern standards of humanity and justice, then AIPAC’s power will vaporize into a thin mist.

      This looks like a historic opportunity to spotlight and destroy the corrupt grip the barbaric 1/10 percent holds on western democracies’ governments and media. It’s a time to double down and push harder. That’s what they’re doing.

  4. ckg
    March 11, 2015, 4:12 pm

    @C&D: The Dershowitz saga involves Dershowitz claiming he is the victim of an extortion plot involving whistle-blower/victim Jane Doe #3 in the Epstein pedophile case. Interestingly and coincidently, another whistle-blower, Sam Kellner, in a completely different pedophile case just announced a lawsuit against Dershowitz for defamation, claiming Dershowitz falsely accused him of attempting to extort the family of pedophile Rabbi Boruch Lebovits.

    • lysias
      March 11, 2015, 4:29 pm

      There was a very powerful article on the Kellner case in The New Yorker a few months ago.

    • CloakAndDagger
      March 11, 2015, 5:05 pm

      @ckg

      They do come home to roost!

      • Kathleen
        March 12, 2015, 9:46 pm

        Just read the New Yorker piece. Going to read again at a later time. Kellner is a brave man. What a depraved community in regard to holding pedophiles responsible. Round and round you go and where Kellner found himself the Libovits family knew. Hideous.

        When you read the break down of how the Catholic church hierarchy protected pedophile priest (one of the most serious abusers in Ohio was at the parish I grew up in) it is incredibly shameful, criminal and absolutely shocking. Finally people who had been molested came together and stood firm with the support of family members, the justice system etc.

        Where did those 100 people who called into the radio station telling their stories about being molested by Lebovits and others go? Watched what Kellner was going through and decided to protect their own asses. Pathetic.

        Dershowitz a pedophile protector…adding to his list of shameful stances.

        So terribly tragic for those young men to be sexually abused many times and then abused again by the so called justice system.

    • ckg
      March 13, 2015, 12:03 am

      @Kathleen–Another case you may be interested in is the American IDF ‘lone soldier’ who apparently killed himself following the 2014 Gaza massacre. His trauma may not have been war-related–the kid had blogged about his sexual abuse by rabbis in the Detroit area. His parents now reside in Columbus. See my link on this thread.

      link to mondoweiss.net

  5. pabelmont
    March 11, 2015, 5:32 pm

    If the letter was written by Kristol (for instance), is it possible that it was not run past the entire board-of-directors (as it were) at AIPAC? Could this have been the act of a crazy “I’ll show ’em, you fellas are way too cautious” rather than the well-considered act of the entire leadership of this fine & upstanding & ever-so-patriotic organization?

    • JLewisDickerson
      March 11, 2015, 6:24 pm

      I suspect you’re right. I’m certainly no fan of AIPAC, but the snarky/sarcastic/juvenile wording of the letter isn’t their style. It is more the style of some of the far-right, pro-Israel operatives like Bill Kristol, Josh Block and Mark Dubowitz.
      It is also quite odd that many of the senators’ signatures can’t be read, and the names are not typed below the signatures. That’s incredibly unprofessional.

      • Pixel
        March 12, 2015, 7:36 pm

        It was a snowstorm. They were in a hurry.

  6. JLewisDickerson
    March 11, 2015, 6:04 pm

    RE: “The letter by those 47 Senators is getting scorned and abused nationwide” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: For instance, see THIS! ! ! *

    * Safe for work.

    • Pixel
      March 12, 2015, 7:39 pm

      That’s FUNNY.

      …and not too far from what they actually sent!!

      I don’t mean to be mean, here, but I really think something’s wrong with their brains. The kind of thing there’s nothing you can do anything about.

      I have a terrific persian cat and she’s just like that. Her eyes look permanently glazed over, when she meow’s no sound comes out, and she spends most the day sitting 2 inches away from a wall staring at it.

      One day, I looked at her and thought, “You know, she’s not very smart”.

      She can’t help it, though. She was born that way.

      She is a good cuddler, though, like a warm stuffed animal that breathes. :o)

  7. PeaceThroughJustice
    March 11, 2015, 6:15 pm

    more on that new anti-Iran ad at the end of Phil’s article–

    Norm Coleman is president of “American Security Initiative, Inc.”
    link to stations.fcc.gov

    here’s some of their recent air time purchases–
    link to politicaladsleuth.com

  8. David Doppler
    March 11, 2015, 6:21 pm

    I do think a Logan Act case should be brought, the major legal issue being whether the Senators can have it struck down as applied against them as unconstitutional. It was named after Logan, a senator, after he did the forbidden with France, and the Gummint enacted the Logan Act to make sure it never happened again. There is here a clear violation of the terms of the act. The Attorney General should enforce the law, launch an investigation and indict; let the courts decide if the Logan Act is unconstitutional, as applied to Senators, presidential candidates, to lobbyists who may have helped write it and carry it around, to foreign agents who contributed, to financial backers who lent material support. I don’t think the constitutional issues get decided the same, as applied to different players. In any event, such a case would provide numerous discovery opportunities, and opportunities for the much easier to prove perjury or obstruction of justice charges that might arise in an investigation against arrogant, uncooperative suspects.

    • Citizen
      March 12, 2015, 8:10 am

      I won’t hold my breath in America, where the case against the AIPAC defendants was buried ASAP with no mention in the media.

      • Pixel
        March 12, 2015, 7:53 pm

        Yeah, where Petraeus is eating biscotti and counting his money, while Snowden is eating kolaches looking for any stray rubles he can find on the sidewalk.

  9. traintosiberia
    March 11, 2015, 9:32 pm

    If the laws based on commonsense were enacted and applied these guys would have been in jail .Instead they are basically chanelling same lies ,flasehood,conspiracies,and bribery to redo an Iraq on Iran . These guys like Kristol and Abrams could have been put behind bars for misuse of power,authorities,and for treaosn including the for charges of incitement to mass murders and the charges of thretaening the safety of the land .

  10. traintosiberia
    March 11, 2015, 9:37 pm

    “NYT’ reports ‘surge of hostile sentiment against Jews’ nationwide — on what basis?
    James North and Philip Weiss on March 6, 2015 ”

    Now NYT doesn’t have to look for the reason under the chair or the table the way Bush was looking for WMD.

    • Walid
      March 12, 2015, 2:02 am

      “the way Bush was looking for WMD.”

      I don’t think this was a totally bogus story. Bush was mostly probably actually looking for the tons of poison gas that the US had given to Saddam for the Iraq-Iran war. Nothing was found by the inspectors in Iraq but it was believed by the US that Saddam had given the gas to Syria., which may explain why Syria had so much of the stuff that was turned over to the UN for disposal.

  11. Kay24
    March 11, 2015, 10:28 pm

    A must watch. John Kerry slams Presidential wannabe, Marco Rubio, very, very nicely, about Iran.

    An enjoyable episode on the Hill. John Kerry looks so experienced, Rubio looks amateurish.

    link to msnbc.com

    • just
      March 11, 2015, 10:46 pm

      Watched it today~ it was an excellent scalding of a teabag.

      He took him to school.

    • Kathleen
      March 11, 2015, 11:07 pm

      Watched it. Corker and Paul were so disrespectful with kerry. Those 47 really want a war with Iran. Wonder why Rand Paul went along for the ride..$$$?

      I believe Kristol was on the big band wagon for Sarah Palin. One of the Republican cruises they met Sarah. That did not work out so well. This letter is not working out so well either. Looks like a lose lose situation for Cotton and Kristol

      • just
        March 11, 2015, 11:14 pm

        An excerpt from The Guardian’s article about the hearing:

        “But the condescending tone of the letter, which suggested that Iranians do not understand the American political process, provoked harsh words from both the Obama administration and even Iran’s foreign minister.

        The minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif called the letter a “propaganda ploy” and derided Republicans for failing to understand international and US law. Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith notes that Zarif has a valid point: the letter incorrectly states that the Senate has the power to ratify treaties, which it does not – a fact stated even on the Senate’s own website.”

        Much more @ link to theguardian.com

        bwahahahahah! They look like the traitors that they are. Fools, too.

      • Kay24
        March 11, 2015, 11:54 pm

        Rand knows which side his bread is buttered, and it is with the evil donors side. With aspirations to be President, he knows which side he must show loyalty to, and it is not on the side of America.

        There was an article which said Tom Cotton was going to meet with DEFENSE CONTRACTORS, and we can only guess why he is pushing for wars. Another layer to this entire situation is that the possibilities of yet another war will once again make arms manufacturers wealthy again, and for this I also mean US and Israel, two of the world’s biggest arm manufacturers. This is a shameful effort yet again, by the same zio conservatives, who mostly belong to the GOP, and fooled this nation into attacking other nations. The repercussions are still being felt in those poor nations, and which we still pay for dearly. These unpatriotic and greedy congress people, who rightfully should be part of the Knesset, have shown a very ugly side to our political system, and have openly delegitimized the Presidency of the US.

        They deserve to be put into a pillory:

        Pillory:
        Like the Stocks, the Pillory was wooden. The Pillory had holes for a person’s head and hands. It was a worse punishment than the Stocks because the criminal had to stand. It was common for onlookers to throw rotten fruit and/or rocks at the criminal, making the punishment even worse.”

        Pillory Source
        Colonial Williamsburg Juvenile Justice

      • Pixel
        March 12, 2015, 7:56 pm

        ” Looks like a lose lose situation for Cotton and Kristol.”

        We can only hope.

      • Doubtom
        March 13, 2015, 2:29 am

        Good question on Paul! Heretofore he has always been a critic of unnecessary wars, as has his father .

  12. Kathleen
    March 11, 2015, 11:12 pm

    That petition against the 47 Senators letter looks like it is going to hit 200,000 in the next few hours. All ready double the amount they wanted to reach by April 8th. The Petition is two days old. Chris Matthews whispered about the Logan Act on his program tonight. Did not mention the petition.

  13. Citizen
    March 12, 2015, 8:20 am

    All this going on and our main news/infotainment shows have yet to chat a bit about the hoard of AIPAC–orchestrated matrix lobbies.

  14. steven l
    March 12, 2015, 8:31 am

    Truth can be very painful.
    The fact of the “47” is that it removes a lousy deal from the table. It tells Iran to get serious and chose between NO DEAL + self-imposed new sanctions or a super-verifiable good deal which if violated will trigger bombing.
    What is wrong with that? Where is the war the left loves to talk about.
    If war is to be, better before than after Iran gets nukes.
    Verifiable good deal is the way to go and if rejected by Iran, so be it. They want to blackmail the whole world (- Russia) with the consent of the left.

    • just
      March 12, 2015, 10:31 am

      Good grief.

      The US is not Israel. Israel does not dictate to the US (in a sane world). Netanyahu/Isr doesn’t DO peace or diplomacy.

      Butt out. Israel’s nuke program should be a cause for concern for everybody on this planet! You wrote: “super-verifiable good deal which if violated will trigger bombing.” Why should anybody trust Israel or any of those in the US that are lusting for WW3???

      You sound exactly like one of the 47! How do you know if the deal is “lousy”? hmmm? Provide some proof that the US administration is working a “lousy” deal.

    • piotr
      March 13, 2015, 9:20 pm

      “47” did not remove anything. Not everybody knows that, but

      — by US Constitution, ratified treaties are the law of the land

      — UN Charter is such a treaty

      — resolutions of UNSC are binding by UN Charter

      — the executive branch decides how to vote in UNSC

      — a deal with Iran would entail removal of UN sanctions, i.e. replacement of the respective UNSC resolution

      A future US president cannot go to UNSC and tell that he/she wishes to retroactively change the vote on a past resolution. In other words, Zarif knows better than Cotton, as in SOME countries it actually takes some expertise to become a diplomat.

      Then there is this “innocent” question of what is a “super-verifiable good deal”. This dog will not hunt. Everybody knows that a country needs secrets in its military installations and in other matters, only the immediate threat of war can make a country to agree to an “extremely intrusive inspection regime”. And when that happened, we invaded ANYWAY, so no one will ever fall for that trick again.

  15. Boomer
    March 12, 2015, 9:08 am

    Interesting. Thanks for this report. It may explain a mystery. If an item from WaPo is correct, Cotton wanted:

    ” . . . to prosecute the relatives of those who violated sanctions on Iran, saying that his proposed penalties of up to 20 years in prison would ‘include a spouse and any relative to the third degree,’ including ‘parents, children, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, grandparents, great grandparents, grandkids, great grandkids.’ . . . ”

    link to washingtonpost.com

    The mystery to me was how a legislator who supposedly graduated from high school in the U.S., (to say nothing of Harvard Law school, which may in fact be over-rated, given the presence of people like Dershbag ), could introduce a bill so plainly unconstitutional. The answer to the mystery may be that the bill was drafted by someone more familiar with Israeli legal principles than with the U.S. constitution.

  16. tombishop
    March 12, 2015, 9:19 am

    AIPAC and neocons may be the source of this, but the enablers are Christian Zionists. AIPAC would not be able to do what they are doing without this significant base in the United States.

    link to goo.gl

    link to goo.gl

  17. Kathleen
    March 12, 2015, 4:53 pm

    That petition focused on repercussions for the 47 Senators who sent the letter to Iranian officials at 242,050. Still rising. Hope people keep sharing, linking to other sites etc.

  18. Pixel
    March 12, 2015, 6:16 pm

    .
    Genesis of the Iran Treason Letter…

    “It was kind of a very rapid process. Everybody was looking forward to getting out of town because of the snowstorm,” McCain said. “I think we probably should have had more discussion about it, given the blowback that there is.”

    Iran Letter Blowback Startles GOP

    • Kathleen
      March 12, 2015, 8:50 pm

      This out of “bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran” McCain. Was that too many bomb’s?

  19. Pixel
    March 12, 2015, 7:12 pm

    I do have to say that he’s one cool customer.

    There’s no way that I wouldn’t be sweating bullets knowing I was spouting nothing but Talking Points and bu!!$hit. I’d die of the embarrassment.

    Can he really believe what he’s saying? Those guys just keep repeating the same thing over and over again no matter what question they’re asked like pulling that darn string in and out and in and out on my kid’s old doll upstairs in the attic.

    He reminds of me a Stepford Wife.

  20. piotr
    March 12, 2015, 7:19 pm

    “My first four hours in basic training was in bayonet training. And we’ve used horses in a number of special operations.”

    Perhaps that was a sensible suggestion! Rather than ships, why not procure more horses and bayonets? Do you know how many horses and bayonets one can buy for the cost of a single destroyer? Imagine how smoother the campaign in Grenada would be with properly trained mounted troops traversing hillsides of the island. Horses are also good during snowstorms etc., and we could supply them to Ukrainians (together with bayonets).

    • Pixel
      March 12, 2015, 8:09 pm

      Horse and bayonets?

      Those are in all the b & w WWI documentaries I watch.

      How old are you, anyway, Piotr?

      • Mooser
        March 13, 2015, 12:07 am

        piotr, as part of our effort to aid the “mujihadeen” thousands of Tennessee mules were purchased and shipped to Afghanistan. To be decimated by Soviet helicopter gunships, and much else.

        Let’s leave the poor animals out of it.

  21. Pixel
    March 12, 2015, 7:21 pm

    Felonious. Felonious Monk.

  22. Pixel
    March 12, 2015, 8:59 pm

    It’s so outrageous. I mean, really who could make this stuff up?

    The guy rotates twice.
    Harvard looking to pump up the number of vets they’re taking.
    He gets in, stays in > law degree.

    There’s all sorts of other stuff in there with shady people popping in and out of the story.

    One day he lands in the rotunda wearing a navy suit, white shirt, and red, white, or blue rep tie.

    Nobody has a clue who he is but it’s clear that he has a date with destiny.

    He loves to flash his military experience, around. (per Phil)
    Proud, confident, calm, quietly cocky.
    He sees only great things ahead for himself frequently draws ovals when he doodles.

    And, within a MERE seven weeks, he becomes the POSTER BOY for TREASON in America, known all around the world!

    I thnk he’s memorable; he’s even has a Hollywood name. You know the kind that include inanimate objects, e.g., Rock Hudson, Jack Lemon, Kevin Bacon, Pearl Bailey, Buster Crab[be] .and ..Tom Cotton… plus his long distant relative, Joseph.

    I really think this guy will be remembered for a long time.
    I mean, this whole thing is so odd.
    It will be an odd juxtaposition with Tom Delay — who had been completely forgotten on the national stage before he debuted, as the very first seriously-arthritic, formerly-convicted contestant, on “Dancing with the Stars.”

    Unlike Tom D (aka “The Hammer), I just can’t see Tom C, “wearing a sequined, leopard-print lined vest with orthopedic shoes performing the cha-cha-cha — complete with air guitar, knee-sliding, finger-pointing, and hip and rear action galore- to The Troggs’ 1966 hit song “Wild Thing”. (DeLay said “Wild Thing” was an apt description of him during his college days.)” [Wikipedia.]

    You decide…

    “The Dancing Birther”

    • just
      March 12, 2015, 9:05 pm

      rotflmao!

      He could always wear a bunny outfit…with lederhosen.

    • Kathleen
      March 13, 2015, 9:35 pm

      Ripping it up Pixel. Thanks for the colorful images. Some great chuckles.

  23. stevelaudig
    March 13, 2015, 9:56 pm

    U.S. Senator Tom Cotton [Z. Tel Aviv]. Is an agent of a foreign government and should register as one.

    • Kathleen
      March 14, 2015, 6:16 pm

      He would have to get in line behind many of our U.S. Reps McCain, Schumer, Wasserman Schultz, Ros Lehtinen, Graham etc etc. Long line of for agents for a foreign nation in the U.S. congress.

  24. piotr
    March 13, 2015, 10:25 pm

    I think that treason charge, while resonating emotionally, is wrong. For example, it should not be the duty for a legislator to approve of Constitution, after all, legislative branch can use a procedure to change the Constitution. It is also not clear if Logan Act is constitutional.

    It is more clear that the letter was stupid, and undermining the position of USA. In that respect, it was good, because USA has too strong position for its own good, breeding the way of thinking that it is up to USA to define, for the enjoyment and gratitude of the World, what does it mean “good” and “evil”. In other words, the more clearly stupid American politicians are, the more clever their successors will have to be. And few of the august solons at the Capitol Hill are more stupid than the junior Senator from the great state of Arkansas. Does he partake in meth, allegedly abundant in his home region? Read and weep:

    link to huffingtonpost.com

    That said, the charge of stupidity and ignorance is difficult to made, as it sounds elitist, while the charge of treason is more appealing, Additionally, Democrats are prone to get ensnared in Zionist grandstanding and are in need of counter-grandstanding to rally around their President. As so it came to pass that even the senior senator from the State of New York rallied behind the President, even as he heartily clapped when a certain prime minister gave a speech in his presence. What a view to behold! I must admit that I could not resist and gave 150 to DNC. Usually, a bunch of “working girls”, but they do have some good moments.

    The question arises: what are those other 46 Senators, also idiots? Not necessarily. The goal could be grandstanding, cultivating an issue that reliably differentiates the patriots (who are for) from the treacherous elitists who just get hives whenever they encounter something good and decent (and thus they are against), a.k.a. wedge issue. Give me a few good wedge issue and the great State of Arkansaw is mine! And with enough state, the whole Union is ours, and with that, the World!

    For true and clever Zionists making a wedge issue like that is not a good idea. But people like ECI could not care less about “bipartisan support”. They have their axes to grind, and they hate liberal Zionists anyway (if for nothing else, because they are liberal on SOME issues, even if not on Palestine)/

  25. Kathleen
    March 14, 2015, 6:17 pm

    As is always the case another incredible interview with middle east expert Hillary Mann Leverett about negotiations with Iran She was on Democracy Now on Friday

    GOP Senators’ Letter to Ayatollah Khamenei and the Strategic Imperative of U.S.-Iranian Realignment: Hillary Mann Leverett on Democracy Now!
    link to goingtotehran.com

    • just
      March 14, 2015, 6:21 pm

      It was a really great interview~ I saw it on Democracy Now! and am glad that it is making the rounds…

      • Kathleen
        March 15, 2015, 1:31 pm

        Yep. We need to keep sharing, linking. Have been doing so with the Leverett’s sane foreign policy voices for years now. Share everywhere I can

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