Bragging that she and Israel were born within months, Hillary Clinton wants to take relationship to ‘next level’

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Yesterday Hillary Clinton gave a speech in Washington at the Saban Forum of Brookings that included more pandering to Israel than any speech I’ve heard from any American politician. It was endless. Israel is a brave democracy, a light unto the nations, a miracle, its “prowess in war” is “inspiring,” and we must take the US-Israel relationship to the “next level.”

Introduced by her good friend the Israeli-American megadonor, Haim Saban, Clinton bragged that she and Israel were born a few months apart, gave a shoutout to Israel’s former lawyer in the White House, Dennis Ross, and assured Ari Shavit the rightwing Israeli columnist that the military option was still on the table with Iran. In fact, she repeatedly slammed Iran as a bad actor and did all she could to distance herself from the Iran deal and from secretary of state John Kerry, who gave a more realistic speech the day before. She never mentioned the occupation, vaguely touched on settlements as a problem, and praised the late Clintonite Sandy Berger as a “steadfast friend to Israel.”

Just as the Republican candidates had attacked Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) at the Republican Jewish Coalition last week, Clinton said that BDS was hurting the U.S.’s ability to fight terrorism. This is language straight out of Benjamin Netanyahu’s office.

Speaking of Netanyahu, Clinton was asked by Saban what she would do on her first day in office and she said dutifully:

on the first day I would extend an invitation to the Israeli prime minister to come to the United States hopefully within the first month, certainly as soon as it could be arranged to do exactly what I briefly outlined. To work toward very much strengthening and intensifying our relationship on military matters, on terrorism and on everything else that we can do more to cooperate on that will send a strong message to our own peoples as well as the rest of the world. So that is on my list for the first day.

Here are more incredible pander quotes. Now and forever we’re together, Clinton says; she’s even visited Israeli terror victims in hospitals:

yes, we stand with our ally and true friend Israel now and forever. Of course, Israel is no stranger to terrorism. I’ve sat in Israeli hospital rooms and held the hands of victims wounded by terrorist attacks, listening to doctors as they sometimes even showed me x-rays describe how much shrapnel was left in a leg, an arm, or a head. Today Israel faces growing threats in its own neighborhood.

She describes the latest wave of violence as occurring “inside Israel itself.” Though many of these attacks have been in occupied territories.

The boycott movement against Israel is making our alliance with Israel “more indispensable than ever”. Here is where she suggests that BDS is hurting US efforts to fight terrorism:

In this period of period of peril, Israel needs a strong America by its side, and America needs a strong and secure Israel by our side. It’s in our national interest to have an Israel that remains a bastion of stability and a core ally in a region in chaos. An Israel strong enough to deter its enemies, and strong enough to take steps in the pursuit of peace. We need a brave democracy whose perseverance and pluralism are a rebuke to every extremist and tyrant. We need a light unto the nations as darkness threatens. Today three trends in the region and the world are converging and making our alliance with Israel more indispensable than ever. The first is a rising tide of extremism across a wide arc of instability, from North Africa to South Asia. The second is Iran’s continued aggression.

The third is the growing effort to delegitimize Israel on the world stage. America and Israel need to address these threats together. We must take an already strong relationship to the next level. We have to develop a common, strategic vision and pursue a coordinated approach, deepen our cooperation and consultation across the board.

Why is fighting BDS an American interest? Clinton never says, though she links the movement with anti-Semitism globally.

As Secretary of State I called out systemic structural anti-Israel basis at the UN and fought to block the one sided Goldstone report particularly at a time when anti-semitism is on the rise across the world especially in Europe. We need to repudiate efforts to malign and undermine Israel and the Jewish people. The boycott, divestment and sanctions  movement known as BDS is the latest front in this battle. Demonizing Israeli scientists and intellectuals, even young students, comparing Israel to South African apartheid, now no nation is above criticism. But this is wrong and it should stop immediately.

And as for diplomacy, she says that no outside pressure should be brought on Israel:

Some proponents of BDS may hope that pressuring Israel may lead to peace. Well that’s wrong too. No outside force is going to resolve the conflict between Israeli’s and Palestinian’s. Only a two state solution can provide Palestinian’s independence, sovereignty and dignity and provide Israelis the secure and recognized borders of a democratic Jewish state.

She says the two state solution is the only answer. And she’ll never give up. Though she pointedly did not echo the Obama administration’s citation of the ’67 borders.

I refuse to give up on the goal of two states for two peoples and no matter how unattainable it may seem at the moment Israelis and Palestinians shouldn’t give up on it either. Instead they should demand their leaders seek every opportunity to demonstrate their commitment. Inaction is not an option and a one state solution is no solution, it is a prescription for endless conflict. Israelis deserve security, recognition and a normal life free from terror and Palestinians should be able to govern themselves in their own state in peace and dignity.

Tough talk about Arab neighbors:

It’s also time to stop pretending that solving the Israeli/Palestinian conflict will solve all of the middle-east’s problems. For too long Arab states have used the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as an excuse to avoid facing their own challenges at home. The people of the region have shown that they will no longer accept this. Their leaders should drop the excuses and pick up the pace of getting their own houses in order

Obama was just a fly on the windshield of the special relationship;

we can see how Israel’s search for security, stability and peace goes hand in hand with the broader effort the United States must lead to secure and stabilize the middle east. Now we know our governments have had their share of disagreements in recent years, but the relationship has always been stronger and deeper than… So let’s expand high level U.S. Israel strategic consultations. Bring our best minds together for deeper discussions about enforcing the nuclear deal, countering Iran’s regional ambitions and developing new defense technologies for the future. If Israel and the United States stand shoulder to shoulder and present a united front to the region and the world I’m confident we can meet the threats and challenges we face today.

Clinton and Israel were born within months of each other. Israel is a miracle and a democracy and we are joined at the hip spiritually and militarily:

I was born just a few months before the state of Israel and my generation came of age admiring the talent and tenacity of the Israeli people. We marveled as you coaxed a dream into reality out of the harsh dessert soil and built a thriving raucous democracy in a region full of adversaries and autocrats determined to push Israel into the sea. We watched a small nation fight fearlessly for its right to exist and Israel’s pursuit of peace was inspiring as its prowess in war…
Many Americans feel a deep emotional connection with Israel. In its story we see some of our own and we see the story of all people who struggle for freedom and self-determination. We see a homeland for people long oppressed and a thriving economy that is a model for how innovation, entrepreneurship and freedom can delivery prosperity even in unforgiving circumstances. So we are two nations woven together. Lands built by immigrants and exiles seeking to live and worship in freedom, given life by democratic principles and sustained by the service and sacrifice of generations of patriots. Yet even with all this history, with all our common interests and shared values none of us can or should take our relationship for granted.

Some of this language is defensive. Clinton knows that the Democratic base doesn’t care about Israel:

With every passing year we must tie bonds tighter, reach out to the next generation to bring them with us and do the hard necessary work of friendship because there is a new generation in both countries today that does not remember that shared past… Ben Gurion once said, “In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.” Well, tonight is the first night of Hanukah and the Jewish people and Israel and all over the world praise the almighty for the miracles, for the redemption, for the mighty deeds, for the saving acts. This season and this moment in history is a time once again for mighty deeds and saving acts. For us to rededicate and renew our great alliance. For us once again to light candles of hope that will shine through the darkness for our peoples and all peoples if we do it together.

So Clinton is completely flouting the Democratic base. Because she feels secure inside the party on this issue. Imagine if she insulted Black Lives Matter in the way she’s insulting Palestinian-Americans and Arab-Americans. There would be an uprising in her own base. I have to believe that uprising will come on this issue too. As it is, Clinton is using fear to try and strengthen the U.S. Israel relationship even more.

After her speech, Jewish Insider caught Clinton talking about BDS to Norman Brownstein, a Denver lawyer and VP of the Israel lobby group AIPAC. She calls BDS “very insidious.”

Thanks to Annie Robbins.

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  1. Blownaway
    December 7, 2015, 12:22 pm

    I’m blownaway that trump is actually making more sense on the Middle East than Clinton. She must be made to realize her neocon ways are not being rewarded by the war party and she is going to Sacrifice her base

    • JWalters
      December 7, 2015, 3:56 pm

      Hillary appears massively blind to the reality of Israel. Or else she has completely sold her soul, and sees innocent Palestinian children, mothers, families, and villages as mere shrapnel catchers for the glory of Israel’s rabid bigotry and MIC profits.

      • Blownaway
        December 7, 2015, 4:57 pm

        You can’t sell what you don’t have. A politician with a soul is an oxymoron. It’s pure Clinton perfidy. Say or do anything to get elected. It will be much worse when she actually has power because her sights will be set in the next four years. More and more Trump and Betnie seem to be the lesser of many evils. Trump said it best to the RJC you won’t vote for me because you can’t own me

      • talknic
        December 7, 2015, 5:48 pm

        @ Blownaway ” Trump said it best to the RJC you won’t vote for me because you can’t own me”

        The man is a real idiot who has no idea of what he’d be up against when it comes to the Zionist Federation and its friends. Zionists are not idiots, they’re experts much practiced with murder in their tool kit as a bottom line.

        Financially Trump is a lightweight against their combined clout. If they can’t pull the carpet out from underneath someone, they’ll either buy it or sully it and everything that surrounds it to the point where his fortune will be whittled away trying to protect it or give up.

      • dx
        December 8, 2015, 12:21 am

        I believe “completely SOLD her soul” just about nails it. Trump was right when he said that nobody gives big money to a candidate without expecting something in return.

        Aside from that, this kind of blatant butt-kissing by Clinton is just really hard to watch. It is political prostitution on parade.

      • Mooser
        December 8, 2015, 12:03 pm

        “I believe “completely SOLD her soul” just about nails it.”

        No, she never had a chance to do that. It was taken from her, by her husband and the American media and public. After that, of course, she went into politics.

    • Lillian Rosengarten
      December 8, 2015, 11:47 am

      Clinton hides behind a mask of hypocrisy. I cringe to think she may be our next president. We all know US continued support of Israel will only create more violence and terrorism. The US support of rightwing violent regimes has destroyed the democratic fabric of the US, replaced by exceptionalism, nationalism and deadly militarism.

  2. Kathleen
    December 7, 2015, 12:32 pm

    She seems to be ramping it up. Her response to dealing with IS “in the air on the ground, on the internet” Of course not one talking head challenging her on role in unleashing Al Qeada in Iraq (her 2002 Iraq war resolution vote) her role in pushing military interventions in Libya (a disaster), arming rebels.

    Got a call into day with Tom Ashbrook of NPR’s On Point (numerous calls over the years) focused on IS and terrorism. I was first caller. Listen option not up yet They had just been talking about Clinton’s most recent statement about IS could not help myself after they brought up what Clinton had said about IS. Ashbrook did not want to hear about what he referred to as the “past history” of U.S. foreign policy.

    No one wants to talk about Clinton’s role as a neocon and how she has been very much a pusher of wars and destructive interventions.

    Was going to bring up how all of the talking heads on MSNBC Joe this morning (even Richard Engel) were saying that Obama had not said anything new in his address last night. Hell NUMBER FOUR on his list was focused on a new coalition having to do with Syria was involved in discussing negotiations and a cease fire. A timeline for a “transitional” government etc. Ok ok unlikely however one never knows whether the Obama administration can try to back track over hundreds of thousands of Syrian dead and millions of refugees and attempt to make a deal that Assad offered five years ago…”power sharing deal” that the Leveretts and other CIA analyst wrote about some years back.

    Number four on OBama’s list was focused on a new direction (strategy) that all involved should have taken years ago.

    Comment section interesting.
    San Bernardino And The Islamic State

    Dec 7, 2015

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    This undated combination of photos provided by the FBI, left, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook. (FBI, left, and California Department of Motor Vehicles via AP)

    On the ground in San Bernardino, with the latest on what we are learning about the husband and wife mass murderers and their motives.

    • Krauss
      December 8, 2015, 3:24 am

      Not to blow my own horn too much but I’ve been saying for well over a year now that Clinton is an extremist on Israel.

      She will make Obama look like a PLO official in comparison, and Obama basically threw the Palestinians under the bus in favor of the Iran deal.

      But Clinton is also the last politician of that generation. In 2024, the democratic base will be wildly different than today. Not just indifferent to Israel, but hostile.

      Phil’s “2016 will be the year that I/P becomes a campaign issue” was always too optimistic. It will be post-Clinton. In a sense, it has to be. People have to understand that they can’t blame the GOP for the endless American support for Apartheid.

      The power of the lobby resides in both parties, it resides in events such as the Saban forum. Until and unless liberal activists are willing and capable of dealing with that harsh truth, nothing will be done of substance. You can’t blame the GOP neocons forever. Neocons exist in both parties, and they are to a large extent driven by tribal interests on behalf of Zionism.

    • Kathleen
      December 8, 2015, 12:01 pm

      My comment and question on Tom Ashbrook’s On Point at 21:00. They had all ready brought up Hillary’s comment about IS. However Tom clearly did not like what I was saying about Clinton and U.S. foreign policy decisions cultivating “radicalization”

      San Bernardino And The Islamic State | On Point with Tom …

      https://onpoint.wbur.org/…/islamic-state-san-bernardino-motives

      On Point

  3. amigo
    December 7, 2015, 12:36 pm

    Amidst all this nauseating ass kissing , here is some good news.

    “The administration of German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Monday its support for the labeling of Israeli settlement products from the disputed territories in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

    In a significant setback for the Israeli government, which sought Germany’s help in convincing EU member states to reject the implementation of labeling, Merkel favors the EU measure to target settlement products.”

    http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Merkels-government-announces-support-for-EU-labeling-of-settlement-products-436579

  4. Kathleen
    December 7, 2015, 12:45 pm

    Have not read the Clinton piece in the NYBloody Times about Wall Street yet. Although immediately want to say how can she possibly live down her past stances (votes) and Wall Street’s support of her? Oh yeah just the way the MSM is conveniently trying to shut down any real discussions of her warmongering the way On Point’s Tom Ashbrook tried to do after touting her recent statements about IS.

    Have we heard anyone talk about how her husband signed the Glas Steagal repeal legislation?

    Hoping Sanders starts to come on strong again after operation. Nothing about him in the MSM that I am hearing about. Where is Bernie?

  5. Kathleen
    December 7, 2015, 12:52 pm

    Can you imagine if Trump gets nomination, pivots on some of his latest rants having to with foreign policy and decides to partially stand on some of past foreign policy opinions (against Iraq war, interventions in Libya, Syria).

    Locking up the blue collar vote in Republican party. Can not put it past him to lock up a segment of blue collar voters in the Dem party. He could do it by focusing on Hillary’s warmongering ways and votes and ties to Wall Street. He may be slicker than Bill.

  6. Ossinev
    December 7, 2015, 1:07 pm

    Hillary ArlisliClinton at her finest complete with oratorical diarrhoea:
    “In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.” Well, tonight is the first night of Hanukah and the Jewish people and Israel and all over the world praise the almighty for the miracles, for the redemption, for the mighty deeds, for the saving acts. This season and this moment in history is a time once again for mighty deeds and saving acts”

    WTF is she talking about.

    Blownaway is spot on. Every time she opens her mouth and spews out this Zionist c..p she makes Trump look and sound like a middle of the road Liberal.
    It is also hysterically funny that this revolting political trollop continues to refer to the need for the Palestinians having a “sovereign” state when she knows damn well that her cuddly Israeli bedfellows have absolutely no repeat no intention of ever allowing a “sovereign” Palestinian state.
    Bad news she is likely to become the next US President.
    Good news at 68 she is physically and mentally no spring chicken and despite the advance of science yes you can and she has gotten facelifts but you simply cannot get brainlifts.

    • traintosiberia
      December 7, 2015, 4:06 pm

      Miracles continue to happen to the Zionist in America where rational mind is offered as a reason for American exceptionalism that is ,one could be sure,Clinton’s pride as well as that of dumb Carlson or Huckabee.

  7. Annie Robbins
    December 7, 2015, 1:23 pm

    i can’t stand her. i just can’t stand her. how dare she squander our dignity like this — pandering to this violent aberration of a country.

    • Mooser
      December 7, 2015, 3:42 pm

      It’s completely subjective, but I can’t help feeling that Hilary Clinton has it in for us.

    • Kathleen
      December 9, 2015, 12:24 pm

      She has never given a rat’s ass about how many millions of people have been killed, injured, displaced as the neo, oil, gas, theo cons rearranged the middle east. Her decisions and votes as a Senator and as Secretary of State have ensured death and destruction.

      With you Annie. Would I like to see a woman win hell yes. However will not support her based on her horrific and deadly decisions. She knew what she was doing.

  8. Don
    December 7, 2015, 1:39 pm

    Could not agree with you more, Annie. “Just can’t stand her” is right on the money.

  9. pabelmont
    December 7, 2015, 1:58 pm

    I wonder if Bernie is presently any better (or any quieter) or whatever? Could Clinton conceivably get all that money — the point of this exercise after all — but squander the dem base and lose to Bernie?

    Once upon a time, as I recall, Clinton “made nice” with Mrs. Arafat (LINK: http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/brad-wilmouth/2009/01/05/nbc-s-mitchell-recounts-hillary-clinton-kissing-arafat-s-wife )

    She’s come a long way, baby.

  10. Steve Macklevore
    December 7, 2015, 3:07 pm

    Don’t despair – she’s almost as pathological a liar as Netanyahu.

    The moment support for Israel becomes inconvenient to her she’ll dump it, just like every other political principle she’s ever come across.

  11. Boomer
    December 7, 2015, 4:23 pm

    More of a prostitute than a pander. She doesn’t need a pimp to turn her out. She does what it takes to get the money, whether from Wall Street or from Zionists.

  12. Sibiriak
    December 8, 2015, 2:29 am

    I can’t stand Hillary Clinton. And she is a politician, with all that entails. But she is also an intensely devout, deeply religious Christian Zionist. A true believer.

    • Keith
      December 8, 2015, 5:15 pm

      SIBIRIAK- “But she is also an intensely devout, deeply religious Christian Zionist.”

      Upon what do you base your characterization that Hillary Clinton is an “intensely devout, deeply religious Christian”?

      • Sibiriak
        December 8, 2015, 9:50 pm

        Keith: see http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2007/09/hillarys-prayer-hillary-clintons-religion-and-politics

        Mother Jones (2007)
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        […]Through all of her years in Washington, Clinton has been an active participant in conservative Bible study and prayer circles that are part of a secretive Capitol Hill group known as the Fellowship. Her collaborations with right-wingers such as Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) grow in part from that connection. ”

        […]Clinton’s faith is grounded in the Methodist beliefs she grew up with in Park Ridge, Illinois, a conservative Chicago suburb where she was active in her church’s altar guild, Sunday school, and youth group. It was there, in 1961, that she met the Reverend Don Jones, a 30-year-old youth pastor; Jones, a friend of Clinton’s to this day, told us he knows “more about Hillary Clinton’s faith than anybody outside her family.”

        Because Jones introduced Clinton and her teenage peers to the civil rights movement and modern poetry and art, Clinton biographers often cast him as a proto-’60s liberal who sowed seeds of radicalism throughout Park Ridge. Jones, though, describes his theology as neoorthodox, guided by the belief that social change should come about slowly and without radical action. It emerged, he says, as a third way, a reaction against both separatist fundamentalism and the New Deal’s labor-based liberalism.

        Under Jones’ mentorship, Clinton learned about Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich—thinkers whom liberals consider their own, but whom young Hillary Rodham encountered as theological conservatives. The Niebuhr she studied was a cold warrior, dismissive of the progressive politics of his earlier writing. “He’d thought that once we were unionized, the kingdom of God would be ushered in,” Jones explains. “But the effect of those two world wars and the violence that they produced shook his faith in liberal theology. He came to believe that the achievement of justice meant a clear understanding of the limitations of the human condition.” Tillich, whose sermon on grace Clinton turned to during the Lewinsky scandal, today enjoys a following among conservatives for revising the social gospel—the notion that Christians are to improve humanity’s lot here on earth by fighting poverty, inequality, and exploitation—to emphasize individual redemption instead of activism.

        Niebuhr and Tillich’s combination of aggressiveness in foreign affairs and limited domestic ambition naturally led Clinton toward the GOP. She was a Goldwater Girl who, under the tutelage of her high school history teacher Paul Carlson (whom Jones describes as “to the right of the John Birchers”), attended biweekly anticommunist meetings and later served as president of Wellesley’s Young Republicans chapter. Out of step with the era’s radicalism, Clinton wrote Jones from college, lamenting that her fellow students didn’t believe that one could be “a mind conservative and a heart liberal.” To Jones, this question indicated that Clinton shared Niebuhr’s notion of Christians needing to have “a dark enough view of life that they can be realistic about what’s possible.”

        […] When Clinton first came to Washington in 1993, one of her first steps was to join a Bible study group. For the next eight years, she regularly met with a Christian “cell” whose members included Susan Baker, wife of Bush consigliere James Baker; Joanne Kemp, wife of conservative icon Jack Kemp; Eileen Bakke, wife of Dennis Bakke, a leader in the anti-union Christian management movement; and Grace Nelson, the wife of Senator Bill Nelson, a conservative Florida Democrat.

        Clinton’s prayer group was part of the Fellowship (or “the Family”), a network of sex-segregated cells of political, business, and military leaders dedicated to “spiritual war” on behalf of Christ , many of them recruited at the Fellowship’s only public event, the annual National Prayer Breakfast. (Aside from the breakfast, the group has “made a fetish of being invisible,” former Republican Senator William Armstrong has said.) The Fellowship believes that the elite win power by the will of God, who uses them for his purposes. Its mission is to help the powerful understand their role in God’s plan.

        […]The Fellowship’s ideas are essentially a blend of Calvinism and Norman Vincent Peale, the 1960s preacher of positive thinking. It’s a cheery faith in the “elect” chosen by a single voter—God—and a devotion to Romans 13:1: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers….The powers that be are ordained of God.” Or, as Coe has put it, “we work with power where we can, build new power where we can’t.”

        When Time put together a list of the nation’s 25 most powerful evangelicals in 2005, the heading for Coe’s entry was “The Stealth Persuader.” “You know what I think of when I think of Doug Coe?” the Reverend Schenck (a Coe admirer) asked us. “I think literally of the guy in the smoky back room that you can’t even see his face. He sits in the corner, and you see the cigar, and you see the flame, and you hear his voice—but you never see his face. He’s that shadowy figure.”

        Coe has been an intimate of every president since Ford, but he rarely imposes on chief executives, who see him as a slightly mystical but apolitical figure. Rather, Coe uses his access to the Oval Office as currency with lesser leaders. “If Doug Coe can get you some face time with the President of the United States,” one official told the author of a Princeton study of the National Prayer Breakfast last year, “then you will take his call and seek his friendship. That’s power.”

        “If you’re going to do religion in public life,” concurs Schenck, a Jewish convert to fundamentalist Christianity who’s retained his sense of irony, Coe’s friendship is a kind of “kosher…seal of approval.”

        Coe’s friends include former Attorney General John Ashcroft, Reaganite Edwin Meese III, and ultraconservative Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.). Under Coe’s guidance, Meese has hosted weekly prayer breakfasts for politicians, businesspeople, and diplomats, and Pitts rose from obscurity to head the House Values Action Team, an off-the-record network of religious right groups and members of Congress created by Tom DeLay. The corresponding Senate Values Action Team is guided by another Coe protégé, Brownback, who also claims to have recruited King Abdullah of Jordan into a regular study of Jesus’ teachings.

        The Fellowship’s long-term goal is “a leadership led by God—leaders of all levels of society who direct projects as they are led by the spirit.” According to the Fellowship’s archives, the spirit has in the past led its members in Congress to increase U.S. support for the Duvalier regime in Haiti and the Park dictatorship in South Korea.

        The Fellowship’s God-led men have also included General Suharto of Indonesia; Honduran general and death squad organizer Gustavo Alvarez Martinez; a Deutsche Bank official disgraced by financial ties to Hitler; and dictator Siad Barre of Somalia, plus a list of other generals and dictators. Clinton, says Schenck, has become a regular visitor to Coe’s Arlington, Virginia, headquarters, a former convent where Coe provides members of Congress with sex-segregated housing and spiritual guidance.

        […]Throughout her time at the White House, Clinton writes in Living History, she took solace from “daily scriptures” sent to her by her Fellowship prayer cell, along with Coe’s assurances that she was right where God wanted her. (Clinton’s sense of divine guidance has been noted by others: Bishop Richard Wilke, who presided over the United Methodist Church of Arkansas during her years in Little Rock, told us, “If I asked Hillary, ‘What does the Lord want you to do?’ she would say, ‘I think I’m called by the Lord to be in public service at whatever level he wants me.'”)

        […] The Fellowship isn’t out to turn liberals into conservatives; rather, it convinces politicians they can transcend left and right with an ecumenical faith that rises above politics. Only the faith is always evangelical, and the politics always move rightward.

        This is in line with the Christian right’s long-term strategy. Francis Schaeffer, late guru of the movement, coined the term “cobelligerency” to describe the alliances evangelicals must forge with conservative Catholics. Colson, his most influential disciple, has refined the concept of cobelligerency to deal with less-than-pure politicians. In this application, conservatives sit pretty and wait for liberals looking for common ground to come to them. Clinton, Colson told us, “has a lot of history” to overcome, but he sees her making the right moves.

        These days, Clinton has graduated from the political wives’ group into what may be Coe’s most elite cell, the weekly Senate Prayer Breakfast. Though weighted Republican, the breakfast—regularly attended by about 40 members—is a bipartisan opportunity for politicians to burnish their reputations, giving Clinton the chance to profess her faith with men such as Brownback as well as the twin terrors of Oklahoma, James Inhofe and Tom Coburn, and, until recently, former Senator George Allen (R-Va.). Democrats in the group include Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor, who told us that the separation of church and state has gone too far; Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is also a regular. [ETC.]

  13. Ossinev
    December 8, 2015, 7:00 am

    “inspiring as its prowess in war”
    No doubt she was absolutely thrilled to bits with the attack on the USS Liberty and the killing of 34 of her compatriots.

  14. bryan
    December 8, 2015, 8:16 am

    Surely she has this one wrong: employing the same speech-writer who gets Netanyahu all those standing ovations at the joint sittings of Congress, will not win her battle for her. It may win campaign donations which she could expect anyway from her Wall Street friends, but in the last resort she has to appeal to John and Jane Doe. Anyway haven’t Trump and Saunders already partly exploded the myth of the necessity of campaign donations – the one by outrageously preferring free television coverage to paid-ads, and the other by enthusing his base?

    This is surely a horrible misreading of the current American mood – the “Chump” phenomenon seems to tell us that Americans are saying to hell with you machine politicians and your obsequious deference to the corrupt lobbies – be yourself and put American interests first. Surely Hillary has the intelligence, experience and nous to be able to articulate a policy that can genuinely appeal to Middle America whilst down-playing but appearing to remain loyal to her erstwhile champions, rather than adopting a policy that dams her in the eyes of the uncommitted? Or does she just think she has it all sewn up and can therefore go through the motions?

  15. Chu
    December 8, 2015, 12:17 pm

    Every candidate panders to Israel because every candidate needs Jewish money.
    This last American century has proven that many cannot survive without it, so
    they endlessly pander at the peril of their own nation.

    • lysias
      December 8, 2015, 12:42 pm

      Trump constantly proclaims that he doesn’t need anybody’s money, as he repeated at that conference of rich Jews.

      Since Sanders gets his money from small donations, I shouldn’t have thought he needs the money of rich Jews. No doubt a lot of the small donors contributing to his campaign are Jewish, but I doubt if all that many of them share the extreme Zionism of the vary rich Jewish donors.

    • Sibiriak
      December 8, 2015, 1:14 pm

      Chu: Every candidate panders to Israel because every candidate needs Jewish money.

      ————–

      Yep. Loads of non-Jewish money out there, but it’s worthless, politically.

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