Neocons never fade away, they just get political cover in ‘The New York Times’

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According to the New York Times, some former Obama advisers are warning him not to cut that deal with Iran: “Ex-Advisers Warn Obama That Iran Nuclear Deal ‘May Fall Short’ of Standards.” It’s a long story on page A6, and has real political consequences.

For the White House, the letter may raise the level of political risk in seeking approval of any final agreement. A judgment from Mr. Obama’s own former advisers that the final accord falls short would provide ammunition for Republican critics

Among the signatories: Dennis Ross, Gary Samore of United Against Nuclear Iran, and David Petraeus. And this information is in the 26th paragraph of the story:

The letter emerged from a study group on nuclear issues organized by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a policy institute.

The NYT doesn’t tell you this, but WINEP is a pro-Israel thinktank, spun off 30 years ago by AIPAC the pro-Israel lobby group. MJ Rosenberg said:

WINEP was to be AIPAC’s cutout. It was funded by AIPAC donors, staffed by AIPAC employees, and located one door away, down the hall, from AIPAC Headquarters (No more. It has its own digs).

It would also hire all kinds of people not identified with Israel as cover and would encourage them to write whatever they liked on matters not related to Israel.

Look at its board of advisers: Mort Zuckerman, Richard Perle, Joseph Lieberman, and Marty Peretz.

Rightweb:

A more stringent U.S. “red line” on Iran’s nuclear program has also been a rallying cry for several WINEP scholars.

Ross is chairman of the Jewish People Policy Institute (which opposes intermarriage) and was said to be Israel’s lawyer during the failed Camp David negotiations of 2000-2001. Einhorn is at Brookings, and did outreach (in favor of the Iran deal) to Zionist groups in the past.

So the Times is covering up for the Israel lobby.

And why isn’t the Times reporting on all the folks who support a deal. Like Trita Parsi, who writes:

If the two sides manage to reach a deal by their June 30 deadline, their achievement will go beyond just preventing a war or blocking Iran’s paths to a bomb. The real achievement may be that a major international conflict — a conflict that has brought the United States and Iran to the brink of war in recent years — has been resolved through a compromise achieved by diplomacy.

Thanks to Annie Robbins.

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  1. just
    June 25, 2015, 3:56 pm

    The folks that brought shock & awe to the world. The same folks that never really sought peace/justice/ human rights in the Peace Industry. They’re no better than Netanyahu trying to scrub any deal with Iran~ only these jamokes have ‘waited’ until the last minute. It’s lovely that the NYT is all over it.

    I hope that Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry tell them ‘thanks, but no thanks.’

    There’s a good reason that they are “Ex-Advisers”, isn’t there?

  2. amigo
    June 25, 2015, 9:49 pm

    Some of those named would have been part of the “Six Jews in the room”on many occasions.Part of the reason why the so called peace talks never went anywhere.If you want to control a fire , you have to get to the source.

  3. Citizen
    June 26, 2015, 8:03 am

    Fox News did a segment pushing these former Obama advisors & their POV. I doubt the usual Fox audience knows the background of the likes of Dennis Ross or WINEP.

  4. CigarGod
    June 26, 2015, 8:38 am

    %@#&ing infiltration by a foreign power!

  5. David Doppler
    June 26, 2015, 11:41 am

    I’d like to ask the NYTimes editorial board and writers if they enjoy being a propaganda organ for the Neocons, and accept responsibility for the hundreds of thousands of dead in Iraq and the Middle East due to wars pushed by the Neocons, whose viewpoints get such uncritical amplification by their newspaper.

    Why not report that Netanyahu told his cabinet that his biggest fear about the Iran deal is that Iran will get it and then comply with every detail of it. http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.651350

  6. Kathleen
    June 26, 2015, 12:14 pm

    The “neocons never fade away.” Was able to ask Dennis Ross a direct question when he visited and spoke at Ohio Universities Peace Conference as the main guest speaker. Peace speaker?…the man failed and many believe that is exactly what he wanted…. failed deals. I asked Ross whether Israel should sign IAEA Non Proliferation Treaty. He hesitated and then shrugged his shoulders as if in question.

    Anyone seeing the new commercials on during MSNBC news undermining the P5+1?

    General Hayden was on Morning Joe undermining the deal of course with Joe Scarborough’s and more than likely Comcast blessings. Mika stayed silent.

    Have been calling into national radio programs about Supreme Court Judicial Coup in 2000, Iraq invasion push, I/P conflict, push for a military confrontation with Iran etc for decades. Don’t try as much as I used to. Had gotten through on NPR’S ON POINT in the last days of Dec of 2014. Question was what were your hopes for 2015. I talked about peace with Iran based on facts, the P5+1 and hoped the warmongers would not be successful at undermining the deal. One of the guest ended the show by agreeing with what I had said. During my comment I also asked the host to have the Leverett’s on to discuss Iran based on facts.

    Today I called in again. The topic was what have you been paying attention to this week. I told the phone screener that of course I had been celebrating the Supreme Court’s decisions this week. Then went on to say that I had seen General Hayden on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and he had been making an effort to undermine the P5+1. Asked once again if the On Point team would have Hillary Mann Leverett (negotiated directly with Iran) or her husband Flynt Leverett (former CIA middle east analyst) both were in the Bush administration and stepped down because they disagreed with invasion of Iraq and push to militarily to confront Iran.

    The phone filter (screener person, a male) stated that the Leverett’s have “credibility problems.” I asked “with who” Aipac and the Israel lobby? He blew that comment off. What I wanted to know is what this phone screener for NPR’s On Point bases such a biased comment on? He did not let me through and said that they will be talking about Iran this coming Tuesday. Hope folks call in. You can give screeners what they want to get through. However did not go there this time. Giving them what they want and then asking what you really want once you get through.

    The screener also said they had had the Leverett’s on. As I looked through their archives see that the last time that they had these two middle east scholars on was Hillary on June 15, 2009 and Flynt in Sept of 2007.

    We all know how successful the I lobby has been at taking down those in opposition to their agenda. Freeman, Finkelstein, Carter etc.

    I still want the phone screener and ON POINT to tell us why the Leverett’s have a “credibility problem?” We know Comcast must be blocking them on MSNBC. Not one host has had them on. If folks want to know what is really going on with the P5+1 go to the Leverett’s website GOING TO TEHRAN.

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