AIPAC is going out with a whimper not a bang

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On the same day when four senators announced for the Iran Deal, giving an unalloyed triumph to the Obama administration and resulting in the firmest warning yet from the White House against vetoing the president’s historic achievement, the headline came out of the American Enterprise Institute. You remember them. They’re the thinktank that gave us the Iraq War!

One of the principal authors of that disaster, former Vice President Dick Cheney, was addressing the hall when a young protester from Code Pink rose to call him a warmonger, and you will see that a sportif gentleman in his 60s clad also in pink jumps past security to tangle with her and in the words of this twitterer, gets owned. He falls back in his chair, defeated after a hissy fit. 

Well according to folks in the know, that guy is Patrick Clawson, the director of research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP). I called and emailed WINEP, which is of course a spinoff of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, but have not confirmed the i.d. for sure. It sure looks like it from this image. Chris Hayes was on it last night: Protip, don’t grab the sign.

Patrick Clawson, with combed hair

Patrick Clawson, with combed hair

So let’s be clear, this is what the Israel lobby is reduced to, a hissy fit against a spirited protester in the former scene of feasts and glorious abandonment.

The rightwing Israel lobby has just doused itself in gas and set itself afire, with the assistance of Benjamin Netanyahu. The lobby will never be the same. They are no longer the nightflower, they’re the noonday clown. New York Magazine has a huge article about Sheldon Adelson trying to buy the election — New York Magazine, which has always protected Israel, is hanging the Republicans and Netanyahu out to dry. Haaretz reports on the piece:

The article doesn’t claim to know who Adelson is likely to back – although it notes that while he is close to Scott Walker, the Wisconsin Governor is considered “insufficiently serious” on Israel and foreign policy. As Mort Klein of ZOA [Zionist Organization of America] said of Walker, “Look, he’s the governor of Wisconsin – He knows about cheese and cutting pensions.”

Does Klein have any idea how arrogant this sounds? These guys are used to treating politicians like chattel; and they may have the Republicans today, but that doesn’t mean they’ll have them tomorrow. The same battle that broke out in the general public over AIPAC and Netanyahu’s overreach in the Iran Deal is bound to break out among the Republicans as the Iran Deal transforms international politics. They may be sold for another political year to Adelson, but the 82-year-old mogul’s urging to nuke Iran is bound to be controversial in 2016. And who wants the company of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach? He has been disowned by Senator Cory Booker, and is a walking farce.

Look at Boteach’s latest, comparing the Israel lobby’s stand to Masada, or a scene of mass suicide. “A modern-day Masada that will hopefully rally and unite the Jewish people.”

Amid all of this pain, doubt, and concern, I offer a message of hope.

It’s a message that hit me as I spoke with my dear friend and confidante Michael Steinhardt, the renowned mega-philanthropist and co-founder of Birthright Israel. … Michael and I spoke about whether the battle [against the Deal[ was worth it.

There can be no doubt that it was.

I told Michael, one of the great Jewish leaders of modern times, that he, along with Charles Bronfman, Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, and other great Jewish philanthropists, had brought over 500,000 young Jews to … Masada…

That’s a message of hope? The man is actually drinking Kool Aid as he sucks up to rich benefactors. Anyone who takes this seriously should reflect that Adam Bronfman, the son of the late Israel lobby stalwart Edgar Bronfman Sr, is a J Street Jew who can’t stand Benjamin Netanyahu. And Netanyahu sealed the deal for Obama by overreaching, by speaking before Congress and making a scandal of foreign interference and accusations of dual loyalty.

Before Netanyahu’s speech, few mainstream pro-Deal activists wanted to talk about the Israel question. After Netanyahu rubbed Israel’s interest in our faces, they jumped in with gusto, and the media began talking about the lobby.

Of course, the lobby hasn’t gone away. AIPAC still commands millions. Eli Clifton reports that Democratic Senator Joe Manchin’s betrayal of the president after saying he was leaning for the deal– it has to do with AIPAC. It targeted West Virginia all summer with anti-Deal ads, and Manchin got more than $115,000 of out of state pro-Israel money in the last cycle and doesn’t want to lose funding in a state where Obama polled little more than a third of the vote in the last election. Manchin actually applauded Netanyahu in his awful speech (And Chris Matthews asked last night, Why did Manchin turn? This is the answer).

The lobby hasn’t gone away, but we’re going to get a new Israel lobby, one that is going to have to reckon with the occupation. Last night, Hardball hosted Jeremy Ben-Ami as the crown prince of the new lobby. Ben-Ami is an ardent Zionist but he is also a major opponent of Netanyahu’s and he worked with a very diverse coalition to cement the Iran Deal. J Street’s presence has undermined the lobby’s greatest strength, its unanimity. The Democratic Party is enraged at Netanyahu; and many senators no longer fear AIPAC.  Washington Senator Maria Cantwell’s statement on Iran doesn’t even mention Israel.

Yes, the Obama administration is about to ladle money over Israel. Or it’s trying to but Netanyahu is sulking. Get ready to hear the word MOP over and over again: Massive Ordnance Penetrator. A bunker buster; politicians want to give that to Israel. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Gary Peters covered themselves politically yesterday by saying how much they are going to do to preserve Israel QME– Qualitative Military Edge — in its fight with regional foes. Ron Wyden too; he will be working hard “to strengthen security assistance and cooperation with Israel.”

Last night Chris Matthews couldn’t stop talking about the Holocaust. He asked Richard Blumenthal about his reasons for mistrusting Iran — relatives who died in the Holocaust — and brought up the Holocaust in his closing speech too.

[The Iran debate] has been a battle for the heart. I think of the [Democratic] members in their true, well-based concerns for the state of Israel born in the very aftermath of the Holocaust…. Europeans killed Jewish people by the millions. Having to think of a present-day Iran, present-day Israel, present-day America, and the present-day world, all with the memories stirring of what happened in the recent century is a hard test. Not just a political judgment or policy judgment but in the deepest most permanent of moral terms.

This is a gift to a friend you are making a break with. Matthews is commemorating the Holocaust because the Obama administration is, because they know a generational shift is upon us, and their invocation of the Holocaust is backward looking view, toward the time that it was a central cultural matter. The crushing of the rightwing lobby raises the issue of whether one of its biggest moves, playing the Holocaust card, has been removed from the table of the U.S. foreign-policy discourse. I believe it has.

The Holocaust has nothing to do with Iran, the Holocaust was a European series of events. The fact that the Palestinians are still paying for it is grossly unfair. That debate is about to begin: thanks to the Iran Deal, Palestinian human rights are about to become a major issue inside the Democratic Party.

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  1. Krauss
    September 9, 2015, 12:11 pm

    A lot of us were saying over the last few weeks that AIPAC will be reduced to a ZOA-esque outfit but with lots more cash and a (slight) pretense of seriousness.

    I don’t think anyone expected that transformation to happen with this stunning speed.

    The next battle, and in my view the harder battle, will be to defeat the rest of the lobby. Not just J Street but journalists like Goldberg, Chait and others. These players were always part of the lobby – a “loose coalition” if you remember – but thus far the target has been the easier AIPAC.

    Netanyahu won’t come to the rescue of these people. He hates them and they hate him. And that alone, as long as Netanyahu is PM, will shield them from a lot of liberal criticism. Talking the media angle will also allow them to smear anyone who questions their fealty to a Jewish apartheid state as ‘tropes about Jews’.

    These people are the last bastion to storm and they are the last bastion for a reason: they sit in the biggest castle with the biggest moat. AIPAC is just the decoy.

    • unverified__68066i40
      September 9, 2015, 3:23 pm

      Taking down a decoy that sold the Iraq War is nothing to sneeze at.

      • Krauss
        September 9, 2015, 5:19 pm

        You’re acting as if AIPAC sold the Iraq war on their own.

        You’re conveniently forgetting the role of a unified media, where Chait, Goldberg and, yes, people like Remnick, Beinart and many more played a cruical role.

        Notice I’ve only mentioned self-described “liberals”. I haven’t even gotten to the neocons in the media.

        Yes, AIPAC was and remains a decoy.

  2. pabelmont
    September 9, 2015, 12:35 pm

    I don’t imagine that AIPAC’s thrown in the towel. The test is the pressure they bring to bear on candidates, the primary opponents-from-AIPAC, etc. We’ll see.

    • ziusudra
      September 10, 2015, 3:40 am

      Greetings pabelmont,
      Aipac is here to stay.
      Whatever losses they take, they must carry on bribing off both houses of reps. a small change in the equasion would be if the politicians don’t have to side on every issue with Israel & still keep their ‘moonlighting’ shekels coming. Aipac could need them more that they need aipac in the future; have shekels, will pay!

  3. eljay
    September 9, 2015, 12:44 pm

    … Look at Boteach’s latest, comparing the Israel lobby’s stand to Masada, or a scene of mass suicide. …

    What’s even more troubling is that he appears to compare the very essence of i) being Jewish and ii) Israel to a suicide mission:

    … Our fight was never in vain. We showed the world that when the they put the security of the Jewish people on the back-burner … we would not stand down, we would not be silent.

    On the contrary, we rose up proud and tall. And that alone made the whole battle worth it.

    The word Israel translates literally as “he who struggles with God.” We are a nation that is consecrated to the fight against injustice, evil, or bloodshed. And with Iran being one of the greatest violators of human rights on earth, we brought glory to our cause by resisting them. …

    In the course of doing this – and in addition to demonstrating that he is certifiable – he demonstrates that he is:
    – anti-Semitic for conflating Israel with all Jews and all Jews with Israel; and
    – a supremacist bigot for disregarding the fact that 20% of Israelis are not Jewish.

    • weiss
      September 10, 2015, 2:44 am

      All the more reason make Israel relinquish the “Samson Option”

      They are desperate now, and their backs are against the wall.

      The scary thing is … They just might do it

  4. Chu
    September 9, 2015, 12:54 pm

    Clawson couldn’t get it from her hands. lol – classic wimpy chickenhawk syndrome.
    At least grampa Cheney is there – who is just about the same caliber of man.

    These think tanks like WINEP are so corrupt and Clawson shows us what a snake he
    is – implying a false flag could work (video below) to get the ‘Bomb Iran’ campaign going.

    • John Douglas
      September 9, 2015, 1:44 pm

      Thanks, Phil and Chu, for the videos. In the AEI video we have the manly vision of a furious, then pouting, Neocon failing to wrest a piece of cloth from a Code Pink protester, all in the line of his duty to hasten the onset of another war. In the earlier WINEP video we have the manly Clawson proffering tactical advice about how, in order to get the US “in the game” of war with Iran, we need to be just a little more clever. That’s “clever” like (George Wallace got one thing right) all the pointy-headed intellectuals in the pointy-headed DC think-tanks who so love to see themselves as shakers and makers of history (always through war and always for the worse).

    • oldgeezer
      September 9, 2015, 2:42 pm

      Geeze what a sick turd.

      Some comedic relief when he says now I’m not advocating that. An institution for the criminally insane may be suitable.

    • eGuard
      September 9, 2015, 3:25 pm

      Patrick Clawson is an American. This video is from September 2012. I have to clean up some vomit over here.

    • Kathleen
      September 9, 2015, 10:31 pm

      Another cold calculated psychopath. Seems like the Iraq Iran warmongers are a collective of psychopaths. Truly.

    • weiss
      September 10, 2015, 2:48 am

      Considering 911 was exactly that: a successful false flag op / inside job, what makes you think he is just kidding?

      Sociopaths thrive on these horrible things…

      • Kathleen
        September 10, 2015, 10:13 pm

        He is so calm so matter of fact when he strongly infers taking people out.

      • RoHa
        September 11, 2015, 12:46 am

        It seems to me as though he doesn’t infer taking people out. He does strongly imply it, though.

    • Annie Robbins
      September 10, 2015, 5:24 am

      how could we forget that! yes, covered here

      less memorable — clawson 2 weeks prior:

      Incitement: Washington Institute for Near East Policy applauds covert war on Iran – See more at:

  5. hophmi
    September 9, 2015, 12:55 pm

    Keep deluding yourself into thinking that this is anything but a vitiation of your theory that AIPAC has the ability to control US foreign policy.

    • weiss
      September 10, 2015, 2:55 am

      It once did, but those days are over. JVP is a rising star as well so don’t count them out!

      The author is correct: One thing IS for sure: it is no longer taboo to talk about the Israel Lobby thanks to Satanyahoo’s belligerent antics towards the President of the U.S. & the American people.

  6. Mooser
    September 9, 2015, 2:45 pm

    Can anybody tell me if I can get the image at the top of the page put on my credit-card? I think it’ll bring me luck.

  7. Citizen
    September 9, 2015, 3:10 pm

    AIPAC’s Waterloo? Recommendations by former AIPAC boss Dine:

    • Rusty Pipes
      September 9, 2015, 10:13 pm

      If AIPAC takes Dine’s advice, it might be able to bounce back as it did after 1982. Already, hasbarists are using the incident to claim that there is no Israel Lobby because AIPAC loses 1% of the time. As long as there is Citizen’s United, there will be plenty of congresscritters eager to take AIPAC’s donors’ money and turn in AIPAC’s drafts as their term papers. AIPAC’s power will not be seriously curtailed until it is forced to register as the agent of a foreign government (AIPAC has been able to sidestep that requirement because of lack of foreign financing. Of course, when you consider that the Zionist project has always been a charity case dependent upon the largesse of its diaspora supporters, before and after statehood, getting American Zionists to send some of their support to AIPAC — rather than to Israel, then Israel sending as much to AIPAC — really simplifies bookkeeping.)

    • yourstruly
      September 10, 2015, 12:15 am

      Former AIPAC boss Dine:
      “We have to heal the wounds inflicted by the clashes over the Iran deal as soon as possible.The future of the U.S., the Middle East and Israel depend on it.”

      Doesn’t this tell us that the Israel Lobby is on the ropes. Our task? To keep pummeling away until they go down for the count*. And just because AIPAC was able to recover from the 1982 AWACS debacle doesn’t mean they can recover from this one. For one, there was no organized Jewish anti-Zionist movement then, there is now. Secondly, no BDS. Thirdly, we can do this!

      *please forgive the sports metaphor

      • Froggy
        September 10, 2015, 3:46 am

        Yourstruly : “*please forgive the sports metaphor”

        Nothing wrong with a good sports metaphor.

  8. JLewisDickerson
    September 9, 2015, 4:11 pm

    RE: “The rightwing Israel lobby has just doused itself in gas and set itself afire, with the assistance of Benjamin Netanyahu. The lobby will never be the same. They are no longer the nightflower, they’re the noonday clown. ~ Weiss

    JUSTICE LOUIS BRANDEIS: “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” ~ Other People’s Money—and How Bankers Use It (1914) *

    * Other people’s money, and how the bankers use it (PDF, KINDLE, ETC.) –

  9. oldgeezer
    September 9, 2015, 4:15 pm

    The guy trying to grab the flag is comedic. Not satisfied with showing he’s a total ahole and loser by trying to wrest the sign from a sole individual who is already corralled by three securty guards he goes on to further prove it by failing.

    I so dearly wish someone would do some digital analysis and get his name and affiliation.

  10. JLewisDickerson
    September 9, 2015, 4:33 pm

    RE: As Mort Klein of ZOA [Zionist Organization of America] said of Walker, “Look, he’s the governor of Wisconsin – He knows about cheese and cutting pensions.” Does Klein have any idea how arrogant this sounds? These guys are used to treating politicians like chattel . . .” ~ Weiss


    • Boo
      September 11, 2015, 1:26 pm

      I’m glad to see the horizontal blue stripes above and below the SOD, thereby rendering it non-antiSemitic … ;-)

  11. Kathleen
    September 9, 2015, 4:45 pm

    What a great cartoon above. Yes more than ever before the I lobby has been exposed, Reps for the first time voted against what Israel and the I lobby wanted. This is a first. However as you pointed out Israel will be getting plenty and there is clearly more undermining to come in different ways. There will still be efforts to take the deal down.

    Chris Matthews always protecting his own a$$. The only MSNBC host who has gone out on a limb to actually educate the public about the Iran deal was Melissa Harris Perry. J Street’s Ben Ami has the Rep for the shift taking place…..He represents the establishment and well yest there has been a shift there. The real action has been taking place her on Mondoweiss, Going To Tehran, Informed Comment and yes at Huffington Post. Along with amazing educational efforts by Allison Weir’s If Americans Knew, Electronic Intifada. J Street the establishment front safe enough for Matthews to have on his Comcast owned program. He is a tip toe through the tulips journalist. MHP brave journalist

  12. Shingo
    September 9, 2015, 4:48 pm

    Wow, that hissy fit reminds me of a speech Netanyahu gave in the U.S. A few years ago to a Jewish audience where a group of young Jews interrupted Bibbi with their own demonstration and some of the other audience members threw a similar hissy fit, including one Orthodox Jee trying to hear the signs with his teeth.

    Does anyone remember that? I can’t remember the details enough to look up the video.

    The guy in this video looks too old to be Clawson IMO.

    • Rusty Pipes
      September 9, 2015, 9:50 pm

      About five years ago, a few members of the JVP group, Young Jewish and Proud took turns holding up signs at a Netanyahu speech with variants of “Israel Delegitimizes Itself.” It wasn’t AIPAC, maybe AJC or ADL. I think one of the protesters was attacked with a folding chair.

  13. Kay24
    September 9, 2015, 5:29 pm

    That cartoon is amazingly descriptive of how Benjy now looks to the rest of the world. He got pooped all over. AIPAC will never go away. Yes, they are looking foolish right now, and they can thank dear Benjy for his interference, but knowing how sickeningly stubborn these zionists are, they will get their rich diaspora (Adelson included) to collect the funds and run against those who dared to go against their instructions. They will make sure they make generous contributions for the next elections, and have their puppets on their string again.

    • inbound39
      September 9, 2015, 7:59 pm

      Correct Kay24…..never underestimate the enemy. AIPAC is made up of intelligent and seasoned people who are formidable to oppose. They will not go away. Too much money involved. Military folk use this phrase often….It is not the battle that wins the war it is the campaign. We have won just one,singular battle in an ongoing campaign against Zionism and its crimes and arrogance.

      • Kay24
        September 10, 2015, 7:08 am

        Only after the votes have been counted in Congress will I be able to feel that yes indeed Benjy was defeated, big time, and that his interfering in our policies and manipulating our foolish members of congress, did not work this time. As for his pro Israel-anti American policies lobbies, they should be tarred and feathered and dumped in the Dead sea.

  14. ivri
    September 9, 2015, 5:33 pm

    Well, aren`t the celebrations here a bit premature? Try to add the following:
    Congress can add a whole array of toughened amendments to the deal (which cannot be vetoed because they are essentially compatible with it), which would create a new ballgame.
    Isn`t it peculiar that the ability of a President to garner the support of a third of Congress is hailed as a victory?
    The president has a year left so all will be reopened soon. All Republican candidates said they will cancel it. And suppose there will be some Iranian violation until then or further Iranian support of their anti-US allies will be revealed, e.g. in Syria and with Hezbollah (the Iranians see disconnect between the nuclear deal and other standing issues with the US).
    Lebanon is sinking these days into anarchy and that can trigger all kinds of repercussions (including ones that involve Israel)
    The Saudis, the other allies of the US, continue their anti-Iranian policy in Yemen and other places – so it is all pretty explosive.
    So, most likely this is now just the first salvo in a complex game with a lot still in uncertainty and subject to all kinds of twists – my guess is that many here will want to swallow their words now in the not too distant future.

    • Shingo
      September 9, 2015, 9:34 pm

      Congress can add a whole array of toughened amendments to the deal (which cannot be vetoed because they are essentially compatible with it), which would create a new ballgame.

      Think again. Congress can’t to squat without the cooperation if the other P5+1 members. Congress has no authority to amend the dealing iota.

      Isn`t it peculiar that the ability of a President to garner the support of a third of Congress is hailed as a victory?

      Not when you consider that until now, AIPAC was able to consistently garner 99% of votes and couldn’t muster 66% this time.

      All Republican candidates said they will cancel it.

      They can say what they like. Without the UNSC they won’t be able to.

      The deal has nothing to do with Iran support for Assad and Hezbollah. Those who insist otherwise are perpetuating a myth.

      my guess is that many here will want to swallow their words now in the not too distant future.

      My guess is that you are wishing rather than guessing

      • Mooser
        September 9, 2015, 10:14 pm

        Shingo, there is an old Yiddish word which describes “Irvi’s” comment perfectly. The word is “lame”.

    • Boo
      September 11, 2015, 1:32 pm

      “The president has a year left so all will be reopened soon. All Republican candidates said they will cancel it.”

      Yeah, and the kindergartners just voted to have ice cream and blueberry pie every day for lunch.

      You do understand, don’t you, that there’s a trivial thing called an election that’s the only thing standing between the GOP and the Presidency? And you do realize that their star candidate is Bobby Trump, the American Netanyahu, a buffoon even they can’t stomach? You’re supposed to hitch your wagon to a star, not a safe plummeting from the 100th. floor.

  15. just
    September 9, 2015, 6:01 pm

    Thank you Ambassador Giulio Haas. My hat is off to you and the doves!


  16. yourstruly
    September 9, 2015, 6:21 pm

    One crucial victory for us peacemakers over the Israel Lobby, but continued progress depends upon our ability to keep Israel-firsters on the defensive.

    • yourstruly
      September 9, 2015, 9:49 pm

      Furthermore, given this victory over Israel-firsters along with their prominence in the neocon cabal, what will the imminent dissolution of Israel (the entity, not its people), portend for the global so-called order?

      • yonah fredman
        September 9, 2015, 10:10 pm

        yours truly- care to give a mathematical definition to your prediction of imminent?

  17. BI
    September 9, 2015, 7:39 pm

    The day AIPAC is out is the day you can ready yourself for The Downfall of Apartheid Israel >>> as predicted by none other than Kissinger himself.

  18. JWalters
    September 9, 2015, 7:41 pm

    Mondoweiss rocks!

  19. rensanceman
    September 9, 2015, 8:22 pm

    The Zionist influence in our political system has become part of its DNA. Just as the stock market has occasional corrections/downturns, the determined investors will continue to believe that the underlying strength of our economy will result in eventual success. Likewise, the zealots of the Zionist tribe will treat this as a minor interruption in their quest for continued U.S. support-militarily, politically, and financially to reach their goal of a cleansed Palestine of non-Jews, the obliteration of any country that could hinder this outcome, and to increase its borders to include parts of Egypt, Lebanon,, parts of Jordon, and most of Syria. The Ben Gurion Dream is not dead yet and the current Likkud government seems quite capable, and are arrogant enough to move the agenda along.

  20. Tom Callaghan
    September 9, 2015, 11:53 pm

    Strong piece by Phil, as usual.

    The incident involving Clawson getting owned on the Battle of the Banner will mark the beginning of the end of neocon influence. Cheney’s speech is already forgotten. The Battle of the Banner will live forever.

    The video posted by Chu, above referring to a “false flag operation” is worth worrying about. Back shortly after 9/11 Iran reached out to us, helping us in Afghanistan and indicating a willingness to normalize relations on all fronts.

    Israel got wind of Iran’s overture and at the appropriate time “discovered” a ship, the Karine A,
    loaded with weapons prominently labelled “Made in Iran” heading to some bad actor in the region.

    It worked. Normalization was dead in the water.

    We’re getting close to end game in the Iran Deal. It would clearly be a desperation move to try a False Flag Operation at this late date. That doesn’t mean, however, its out of the question.

  21. Marnie
    September 10, 2015, 12:57 am

    I love this cartoon!!!

  22. RobertHenryEller
    September 10, 2015, 9:34 am

    I’d like to celebrate, Phil. But I think we’re being premature with any AIPAC obituary. If indeed AIPAC is wounded, I expect it to be as dangerous as many wounded animals are.

    I am also most concerned that, at least from now until November, 2016, the Democrats are going to be piling on aid to Israel, and making no noise about settlements, Gaza, etc. The Palestinians are going to pay a price for the Iran deal.

  23. CigarGod
    September 10, 2015, 10:24 am

    The thing about Rats, is that when their ship goes down, they just swim over to another ship.

  24. b.grand
    September 10, 2015, 12:49 pm

    Twice now, I’ve tried to post a link to the petition to arrest Bibi. Does this somehow not meet the MW posting guigelines?

    Folks here were all excited about the petition in the UK. What’s wrong with doing the same thing here? This petition may not be the most spectacularly articulated, but it makes the point.
    Please post this link, and get behind this petition. Thank you.

    Netanyahu is to hold talks in New York this month. Under international law he should be arrested for war crimes.

    • Pixel
      September 11, 2015, 1:18 am


      Thanks for your persistence.

      I didn’t know this was afoot.

      • CigarGod
        September 11, 2015, 11:11 am

        Hi Pixel,
        I tried to sign it in my phone from a link here but it wouldn’t take. I’ll try from my laptop.

        Btw, are you the beautiful Pixel artist from the pacific nw I used to know?

  25. SonofDaffyDuck
    September 10, 2015, 1:05 pm

    Just remember that the American short-term memory is astonishingly short and always susceptible to the latest propoganda.
    And AIPAC has mega-gobs of money to hook congresspersons and reel them in.
    The effort to keep AIPAC-as well as the myriads of legislators they whisk off to Jerusalem for “birthright-lite” visits– in the spot-light is an essential task that must go on and on and on.

    Kick AIPAC while they are down and keep stomping.

    • Pixel
      September 11, 2015, 1:23 am


      Kick AIPAC while they are down and keep stomping.

      Great line.

  26. Pixel
    September 11, 2015, 1:21 am

    Cheney’s beady side-eyes gives me the willies.

  27. Boo
    September 11, 2015, 1:43 pm

    “Get ready to hear the word MOP over and over again: Massive Ordnance Penetrator. A bunker buster; politicians want to give that to Israel”

    Yep, we’re hearing that acronym a lot. The blessing is that Israel has absolutely no hope of delivering one under their own steam. The only two delivery systems capable of handling it are the B-52 and the B-2.

    There’s no way on earth Americans are going to hand either of those over to the Israeli military — either one would require its own dedicated support infrastructure which the US would have to provide, and we can’t afford to have American DNA all over an Israeli attack. Not gonna happen.

    The Iranians’ S2A missile capability would make a B-52 as big a sitting duck as Malaysian Air Flight 17.

    And the B-2, besides being chock-full of black technology that we’d never ever lend anyone, is the bomber that can’t fly in the rain.

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