‘Beholden to AIPAC’ — progressive senators Warren, Murphy, Brown sign letter seeking to limit Obama’s actions

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The news that many progressive US senators as well as vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine signed on to an Israel lobby letter designed to limit President Obama’s actions against the Israeli occupation, now nearly 50 years old, has been widely reported, but the plain facts need to be stated.

Yesterday the Israel lobby group AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, flexed its muscle against President Obama and on the side of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu by posting a letter signed by 88 senators warning President Obama not to back any international measures that would pressure Israel to withdraw from occupied territories.

We urge you to… make it clear that you will veto any one sided UNSC [UN Security Council] resolution that may be offered in the coming months.

The brave senators who did not sign this letter include Democrats Patrick Leahy of VT, Bernie Sanders, Tom Carper of Delaware, and Dick Durbin of Illinois, along with Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky. The letter was circulated by NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and got many progressive signatures: Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Ron Wyden, Tammy Baldwin, Chris Murphy, Barbara Mikulski, Barbara Boxer, Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown, Richard Blumenthal, Ed Markey, Jack Reed, right along with John McCain, Mike Lee, Lindsey Graham and John Barrasso.

AIPAC issued a press release announcing the letter and highlighting this passage: “Even well-intentioned initiatives at the United Nations risk locking the parties into positions that will make it more difficult to return to the negotiating table and make the compromises necessary for peace… we must continue to insist that neither we nor any other outsider substitute for the parties to the conflict.”

The letter is entirely consistent with the Democratic Party platform pushed through by Hillary Clinton in July, which removed references to occupation and settlements; Cornel West said then that the party was “beholden to AIPAC.”

Haaretz’s Barak Ravid‘s interpretation:

Fearing post-election UN peace push by Obama, 88 Democratic and Republican senators tell president even well intentioned initiatives could make it more difficult to resolve conflict.

Jason Ditz at antiwar.com:

The letter was penned by the lobby at the behest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose office is concerned that years of acrimony between him and Obama might lead Obama to not veto a French resolution on the peace process if it comes between the November election and the day he leaves office.

There is that French initiative:

In the absence of any US led initiative, France has since made a push for a multi-lateral regional summit and has spoken of a resolution before the United Nations Security Council to set the contours of a new peace process.

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are to meet today in New York. The president is expected to launch some sort of initiative re the occupation in the last months of his presidency. His speech yesterday to the UN General Assembly offered just one line on the conflict:

And surely, Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel, but Israel recognizes that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land.

Obama aide Ben Rhodes told a press briefing yesterday, “I wouldn’t rule out the President taking any particular step on the issue,” but he dampened expectations, with pointed reference to settlements:

In terms of our own plans going forward, we don’t have plans for the President to pursue a new initiative at this point.  We do want to raise our concerns directly with the Israeli government, and the President said in his speech today that he does not believe that, ultimately, it’s in the interests of Israel to continue an occupation and to continue settlement activities.

At Tablet, Yair Rosenberg reports that Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Ben Sasse all did not sign the letter because it didn’t go far enough in support of Israel (and against the two-state solution, in Cruz’s case). All three are being drawn right by Sheldon Adelson’s financial contributions to Republicans. Tom Cotton of Arkansas is another firebreather who did not sign the letter.

The collapse of so many progressive Democrats can also be laid at the feet of campaign finance.

Emily’s List founder Stephanie Schriock explained the influence of AIPAC on progressive congressional candidates at a J Street event in June:

[W]here [are] you are going to go to raise the money that you needed to raise to win a race. And you went to labor, you went to the choice community, and you went to the Jewish community. But before you went to the Jewish community, you had a conversation with the lead AIPAC person in your state and they made it clear that you needed a paper on Israel. And so you called all of your friends who already had a paper on Israel – that was designed by AIPAC – and we made that your paper.

JJ Goldberg of the Forward said at that same public session that of the 14 biggest donors to Democrats, only one is not Jewish. “That’s gigantic in the terms of American politics.” He also said:

You ask a Democratic fundraiser, where do you get the money from? “Well from trial lawyers, from toys, from generic drugs, from Hollywood. From Jews.” Those are all essentially Jewish industries… When you are raising  money, you need to find rich people who are not right wing, and there are not– pardon me for saying this, there are not many rich goyim who are not right wing. Forgive me for saying that….

Elizabeth Warren ran away from questions about the Gaza slaughter of 2014. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy has led the noble effort to cut off aid to Saudi Arabia because of atrocities committed in Yemen. But he refuses to say a word against Israeli atrocities in occupied territory. Chris Murphy and Rand Paul joined in this effort at the Center for the National Interest two days ago. There was no mention of Israeli war crimes there either. Though Rand Paul did not sign the AIPAC letter.

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  1. Marnie
    September 21, 2016, 12:06 pm

    There is nothing more repugnant than the continued obeisance/fellating of a foreign government that is hostile, demanding, neurotic and extremely dangerous. I don’t know how these 88 cowards can look anyone in the eye again. Remembering, with great sadness, what an upright, strong and honest woman Elizabeth Warren used to be. Now I best remember her running from a question about israel. the cowards that signed the AIPAC letter have SOLD THEIR SOULS.

    • Ellen
      September 22, 2016, 11:33 am

      “Elizabeth Warren use to be…” Don’t know if she ever was 100% upright and honest. A closer look, shows she is an intelligent opportunist.

      She gets lots of political mileage and attention with her theatrics of scolding the financial industry at Senate hearings which are just a show for public consumption — but in reality are mostly meaningless.

      It is politically safe for her to do that and she — unlike most all of her colleagues — knows what she talking about. But this makes her a one trick pony .

      She is clueless about the greater world beyond US borders and allows herself to be a puppet of others. Call her out with good questions on why she supports the deeply damaging support of a coloniel enterprise — at what we know to be great costs to the US — and she will squirm and run like the rest of them.

      • Linda J
        September 22, 2016, 8:30 pm

        “She gets lots of political mileage and attention with her theatrics of scolding the financial industry at Senate hearings which are just a show for public consumption ” kinda like Bernie.

      • Marnie
        September 23, 2016, 12:20 am

        You’re right Ellen. LindaJ – absolutely!

    • Marnie
      September 23, 2016, 12:34 am

      SOLD THEIR SOULS. Sorry for the caplock dramatic effect. It had no effect. Selling one’s soul seems to be as easy as getting some coffee.

      These 88 cowards represent ‘israel’ and are spending their careers defending a criminal enterprise that is possibly worse than South Africa was. Isn’t it time americans do something about that?

      The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson (I know…..)

      “I for one believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that produce it, they’ll create their own program, and when the people create a program, you get action.” Malcolm X

      “Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.” Malcolm X

    • captADKer
      September 23, 2016, 8:25 pm

      the formerly “upright” warren will have to perform some “fellating” of her own after snubbing bibi appearance at congress a short while back not to mention her being a signatory to that repugnant nuke deal too. fellating while genuflecting the PMISR might just make proper amends.

      • Mooser
        September 24, 2016, 11:38 am

        “her being a signatory to that repugnant nuke deal too.”

        Israel signed the NPT? That’s great. Now Israel can be as nuclear-legal as Iran.

  2. ritzl
    September 21, 2016, 12:22 pm

    Hey Phil, why can’t you just say “occupied Palestine?” You just ran an article by Jonathon Cook decrying the “erasure of Palestine.” Surely not being able to call Palestine by its name propagates that erasing (literally, if for no other reason).

    Why do you participate in the “erasure of Palestine” in your writing?

    The borders are defined, the world recognizes it, and using the name Palestine has no bearing on any one-state, two-state considerations (as Palestine is being inexorably absorbed by Israel). Not getting the reluctance. Just thought I’d ask directly.

    Peace.

    • echinococcus
      September 21, 2016, 1:53 pm

      Ritzl,
      Speaking of calling things by their names, it’s also “erasure of Palestine” to call post-47-pre-67 Occupied Palestine “Israel”.
      “The world recognizes it” is not exactly a compelling argument.

      • ritzl
        September 21, 2016, 2:54 pm

        Point taken echinococcus. It felt wrong when I wrote it. My bad.

        Beyond that you and I are just going to disagree on the dissolution of ’67 Israel. Sadly it exists as a repressive, colonial Jim Crow state. I don’t believe anything is going to happen to roll that back border-wise ever. I’m just hopeful that whatever the new single state is called becomes (can become) one with equal rights.

      • echinococcus
        September 21, 2016, 4:06 pm

        No contest, Ritzl.

        There is no necessary correlation between rights, what is possible, and what ultimately happens. Or, if there is, it’s only in the heads of the Grimm brothers. Even so, there is no reason for letting go of claiming one’s rights –and occupied populations aren’t wont to. At least since the Roman occupations of Gaul and Dacia, which were probably misreported anyway.

        In fact, I am way more pessimistic than you are. I fully expect a replay of the genocidal US colonial settlement, no matter the UNs and the charters and the “Holocaust”(TM) museums, unless a regional or worldwide war intervenes.

        Still no reason not to fully affirm the rights, though.

      • Mooser
        September 21, 2016, 4:53 pm

        ” I don’t believe anything is going to happen to roll that back border-wise ever.”

        Have you seen the latest low-volt, digitally controlled Christmas lights? They just might do the trick.

        . Sadly it(Israel) exists as a repressive, colonial Jim Crow state.”

        Which guarantees Israel’s stability and success? Good lord, just think how much more secure and sucessful the US would be if we never passed the Civil Rights laws.

      • ritzl
        September 26, 2016, 9:28 pm

        Hi Mooser. I just think there are competing dynamics. The wholly unaccountable, power, change-resistant dynamic that has so much annexation/border-expanding inertia at the moment and for the foreseeable future, vs. the embryonic equal rights broad-consensus moral dynamic.

        Imho the annexation inertia won’t be countered by the nascent, yet ultimately overwhelming, rights dynamic before Palestine is absorbed into a single state. In the end, “the moral arc of the universe” (firm believer in that), wins via the like-to-like (Apartheid/Hafrada) clarity, awareness, and legal precedents that the annexation vision of the new state will bring.

        Idk. I won’t live to see it, but I believe an equal rights version of Palestine-Israel will happen.

        FWIW.

  3. Kay24
    September 21, 2016, 12:55 pm

    With our politicians and leaders there is always a price. AIPAC is not looking after American interests, it is mostly a subservient entity of a devious nation, that uses it as a tool to extract all it can from the US, disregarding basic rules of decency, as most of our true allies have shown towards us, whatever the disagreements are. The mere fact that progressive like Warren and others finally capitulate to the power Israel wields over this country, and falls in line to how zionist policies dictate. I have travelled to many parts of this world, and it is common knowledge that the US protects, supports, and allows, zionist policies, including the occupation.

    As for these congress people, they are selfishly thinking of what THEY can get out of this entire American predicament. AIPAC’s filthy support and money for re-election perhaps, and to hell with the needs of the American people.

    • Rusty Pipes
      September 21, 2016, 5:39 pm

      Politicians who have been worried about their AIPAC scorecards (even those who occasionally risk stepping out of line) have gotten used to signing on to “toothless” resolutions or letters because the only constituents who used to pay attention were Zionists. With the rising influence of the internet over the past decade or so, many more of their constituents are becoming aware of their signatures on AIPAC’s napkins.

    • inbound39
      September 22, 2016, 4:57 pm

      Here we have clear proof of subterfuge being carried out by Israel against the American people and their government. 88 Traitorous senators doing the bidding of foreign agents of Israel AIPAC and ADL. The clear intent to make America complicit in Israels violations of International Law and War crimes against the Palestinian people. That in any real interpretation is an act of war committed by Israel against America. It allows Israel to steer the American Government whilst administering its directives in safety through AIPAC and ADL. Already this week we have seen Secret papers from Israel Foreign ministry stating it has deliberately been breaking the Fourth Geneva Convention since 1967. We have heard Kerry earbash Russia at the UN about Syria dropping chemical weapons on civilians again and again and again and again as Kerry asserted, with impunity. Obama has stated this week also that Strongman Governments with dictatorial regimes have no future and that Democracies are by far the more desired global wish. Yet America can’t practice what it preaches because traitorous senators in the American Government ignore the will of the American people and instead carry out the will of Israel an apartheid and criminal state engaging in religious supremacism . The defacto Israeli government sitting in the Whitehouse has allowed the criminal state of Israel to act with impunity for seventy plus years while it dropped illegal white phosphorous shells and D.I.M.E explosives on innocent Palestinian civilians. Israel murders civilians in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories openly….doesn’t hide it anymore. Fills in Palestinian water wells and demolishes their houses and does all this with impunity thanks to the defacto Israeli government in Washington using the power of the American peoples veto at the UN. Any backlash against Israel is worned by the American people instead. Not rocket science to work out why Americans are increasingly under threat. This election two more American traitors are running for president….paid employees of Israel……….Stand up America and take your nation back.

      • Kay24
        September 22, 2016, 9:45 pm

        Yes, we are under an occupation too, but no one seems to notice. But then again we have the enablers who call themselves Americans, but really they are zionists in American clothing.

  4. pabelmont
    September 21, 2016, 1:08 pm

    12/88. Brave 12.
    Sordid 88. senators from the sovereign State (of the USA) of Israel.
    BTW the French initiative does not (as described here) sound like much of a muchness. More mere words, which Israel has always ignored.
    What’s needed is a demand from the UNSC — backed by spelled-out and increasable sanctions for non-compliance — that Israel remove all settlers and remove all settlements buildings, all within specified and short time spans, from all territories occupied in 1967 and still occupied, and a lifting of the siege on Gaza.

    That would mark international recognition of international law. More going-after-peace will not.

  5. Arby
    September 21, 2016, 4:43 pm

    So sad. And infuriating. But that’s corporatocracy for you. It’s all about corporations (especially those, like the military intelligence industrial complex and the oil industries) that in turn defend the entire money system. Betrayal is de rigueur among the politicians in the gangster corporatocracy, whose godless, lawless states (whose borders, note, are not natural or, even before God’s intervention, guaranteed) abuse their citizens in the name of ‘national security’. Those who have chosen careers in politics (too often, but not always) are those who are prepared to break rules and laws, written and unwritten. Warren and Sanders, despite their (contradictory) positions on crucial issues, sometimes, are clearly down with the wild beast of corporatocracy’s requirement to get it’s slave mark of 666 (symbolizing missing the mark, from God’s standpoint). We are all cogs within this globe-spanning corporatocracy. So the only real issue is: Do you resist? I don’t think that Sanders’s Warren’s selective pro people, anti imperialist votes qualify as resistance. They could get other jobs, certainly at this point. They don’t ‘have to’ feed the beast. They choose to, because they also worship it.

    • Atlantaiconoclast
      September 23, 2016, 12:03 am

      It’s about Jewish supremacism and the MIC which benefits from upholding Jewish supremacism in the ME.

  6. Boomer
    September 21, 2016, 5:19 pm

    re: “The news that many progressive US senators as well as vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine signed on to an Israel lobby letter designed to limit President Obama’s actions against the Israeli occupation, now nearly 50 years old, has been widely reported, but the plain facts need to be stated.”

    What a basket of deplorables. Has it really been “widely reported” by the kinds of media most Americans depend on for news? It deserves to be, but this is the first I learned of it. After reading about it here, I did a couple of quick searches on Google News. Not exhaustive, but indicative. I found several reports in publications targeted at Jewish audiences, including some English-language Israeli publications. Also a few websites such as “Mintpress” and “Breitbart” that I don’t consider MSM, though others may do so. Your report at Mondo got top billing for the searches I tried. I value this site, so I mean no offense when I say that I don’t consider it MSM either. Maybe someday.

    BTW: I’d put the word “progressive” in quotes when describing such signatories. Or maybe “PEP.” But that’s petty, I suppose.

    • Mooser
      September 21, 2016, 5:28 pm

      “What a basket of deplorables.”

      I think she derived that phrase from “basket of derivatives”, something Ms. Clinton might be familiar with, having run the Whitewater rapids in one. (Joke, bad joke, too)

      • inbound39
        September 22, 2016, 5:25 pm

        Wouldn’t a basket of dirigibles be a better description to use in conjunction with Clinton….full of hot air…….Mooser?

      • Mooser
        September 23, 2016, 12:17 pm

        I’m not a Hilary Clinton fan, never have been.

  7. Boomer
    September 21, 2016, 6:38 pm

    PS: I’ve sometimes thought that this site is actually about “The War of Ideas in the U.S. about the Middle East,” not “the War of Ideas in the Middle East.” Reports like this one from the battlefront in DC suggest that it isn’t going well: Mordor is winning.

  8. mariapalestina
    September 21, 2016, 8:40 pm

    I never ever refer to it as anything other than illegally occupied Palestine. I believe my Palestinian friends deserve no less.

  9. Kay24
    September 21, 2016, 9:40 pm

    Mixed signals:

    Obama signed that generous check for billions in aid to the illegal settlement builder, and yet…

    Obama to Netanyahu: Settlement Growth Is Threatening the Two-state Solution
    In New York meeting, which lasted about half an hour, Netanyahu pushed back against Obama’s remark, U.S. official says. Possibility of U.S. move in UN Security Council was not discussed, Israeli official says.
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.743523

    Conclusion” Netanyahu cracked his whip and Obama’s efforts simply fizzled.

    Nutty leader knows that AIPAC/Congress will work hard to support the occupiers.

    • inbound39
      September 22, 2016, 5:27 pm

      Kay24…sad truth is that it is clear after this week the American Government is simply a defacto Israeli Government operating from America against the wishes and interests of Americans.

      • inbound39
        September 23, 2016, 7:41 am

        This should tickle Phil et al……..Amos Oz’s latest contribution to the Guardian. Judas is the cause of World anti semitism now. I get the feeling Amos is looking for an out and feeling the pressure……read it here……….https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/23/amos-oz-i-love-israel-bit-i-dont-like-it-very-much-interview

      • Mooser
        September 23, 2016, 1:21 pm

        “inbound39” it’s even better than you describe it.
        It’s Amos Oz as seen by Jonathan Freedland who wrote the piece. Hoo-boy.

      • inbound39
        September 24, 2016, 7:49 pm

        I concede Mooser…..I posted that after having my painkillers for the day…they have a lot to answer for. I put my coffee in the fridge to heat it up often then lose my coffee….lol

  10. Ossinev
    September 22, 2016, 7:44 am

    Not really fussed by the action of these bought and bent reptiles. Whatever Obama choses to do or more likely not to do with regard to a French UNSC resolution is now I believe irrelevant.
    The Yahoo`s JSIL is now inexorably committed to a single state from the Jordan Valley to the Mediterranean which will be an openly Apartheid state. Then the rest of the world inc US and all the other major world players will be faced with a new reality which they won`t be able to bullshit away with talk of “peace” and” negotiations”.

  11. NickJOCW
    September 22, 2016, 11:16 am

    If there is such a resolution and the US does veto it, it will widen the fracture between the US and the EU. Not that the issues are in anyway connected but a fracture is a fracture.

  12. genesto
    September 22, 2016, 12:48 pm

    And the anti-Zionist Zionists continue to deny the existence of the tremendous power that the Israel lobby exerts over our government. When will they ever learn.

  13. James Canning
    September 22, 2016, 4:57 pm

    How truly pathetic: foolish US Senators trying to foster further insanity by Israel, in its attempt to keep the West Bank permanently.

    • Kathleen
      September 24, 2016, 12:52 pm

      Indeed. Sure miss new post by the Leverett’s, You?

      Thank goodness for the monumental efforts to inform the public about the situation on Iran based on facts. Even though MSNBC host like Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell would not have them on. We did have Melissa Harris Perry who had Hillary on about five times I believe.

      Hell even Diane Rehm did not have them on during the fight for the Iran deal. Pathetic

  14. Donald Johnson
    September 22, 2016, 6:47 pm

    That’s disappointing, but not surprising, It’s an interesting test of the relative strengths of the Israel vs Saudi lobby. The Saudi lobby is strong, but Israel’s is stronger.

    Not that I would expect anything good from Obama anyway. The likelihood is that his ideas for peace would be less favorable than what they ought to get even if they were willing to settle for a 2ss. And his parameters would be treated as the ones Palestinians would have to support or be called the enemies of peace, not serious, blah, blah, blah. The US can’t be an honest mediator and in a way the Senators accidentally did the Palestinians a favor with this stunt, just by making our bias very plain.

    Not that anyone in the mainstream is paying attention. We are helping the Saudis create mass famine in Yeen and even with 27 senators they can barely get any attention. It’s a back page story. Just babies dying in a war conducted with with American weapons– nothing to see here.

  15. Atlantaiconoclast
    September 23, 2016, 12:01 am

    Don’t you guys think it is time to reevaluate strategy? What progress has been made in ending the Zionist enterprise?

    Do you really think the key is to get more progressives onboard? If the progressives aren’t on board by now, they NEVER will be.

    The key to changing this is in changing the minds of the masses. You do that by showing them the harm Israel has done to the US. Not by hoping for eternity that people will feel sorry for Palestinians.

  16. Atlantaiconoclast
    September 23, 2016, 12:02 am

    And there is no need for new resolutions. Since when has the US abandoned past UN resolutions it supported?

    • inbound39
      September 23, 2016, 8:17 pm

      You are correct about no need for more Resolutions the main one s 181 and 238 and 242 spell it out clearly that Israel is illegitimate in its actions and its own leaked documents show it defied the legal position it was required to act on deliberately. Therefore the World has every right to give Israel the very sanctions it demanded be placed on Iran. Consequences for Israel are very grave. It is in no position to take on the World.

  17. silamcuz
    September 23, 2016, 1:36 am

    I see no difference between being beholden to AIPAC or to the American state. Both serve settler-colonialism and white supremacy.

  18. Kathleen
    September 24, 2016, 12:55 pm

    Phil this has been at the top of Huffington Post all morning. As if the U.S. and Clinton etc are not beholden to Israel. As if Clinton’s advisors to don’t have very corrupt ties to Israel.

    FED PROBE: TRUMP ADVISOR IN KREMLIN POCKET?

    U.S. intel officials probe ties between Trump adviser and Kremlin

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-s-intel-officials-probe-ties-between-trump-adviser-and-kremlin-175046002.html
    “U.S. intelligence officials are seeking to determine whether an American businessman identified by Donald Trump as one of his foreign policy advisers has opened up private communications with senior Russian officials — including talks about the possible lifting of economic sanctions if the Republican nominee becomes president, according to multiple sources who have been briefed on the issue.

    The activities of Trump adviser Carter Page, who has extensive business interests in Russia, have been discussed with senior members of Congress during recent briefings about suspected efforts by Moscow to influence the presidential election, the sources said. After one of those briefings, Senate minority leader Harry Reid wrote FBI Director James Comey, citing reports of meetings between a Trump adviser (a reference to Page) and “high ranking sanctioned individuals” in Moscow over the summer as evidence of “significant and disturbing ties” between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin that needed to be investigated by the bureau.”

    • Kay24
      September 24, 2016, 2:16 pm

      Kathleen, I agree that Clinton has questionable ties with many Jewish/Israeli people, but then that will be acceptable by most people here. After all Israel is our only “true” ally in the ME, and the recipient of the most aid we bestow on any nation, in this case a wealthy one. Israel is privileged and always has been smothered in love by our politicians and media.

      Russia is the big Devil that we despise and have no affection for, and it will be laughable to see Drumpfette make nice with them, after all the rumors say he has many business links to it worth millions. We are going to be in a fine mess whoever wins.

  19. Kathleen
    September 24, 2016, 12:58 pm

    Senator Elizabeth Warren’s statements about the middle east, Palestine/Israel all line up with the neocons/Hillary Clinton/Wolfowitz/Dennis Ross.

  20. Kathleen
    September 24, 2016, 12:59 pm

    Here at Mondoweiss you used to be able to tap your name to see your comments and the comments of others to look at responses. Not working any longer. I am a bit backwards with all of this.

    • Mooser
      September 24, 2016, 5:02 pm

      Hiya, “Kathleen”! Mondowiess was off-line Sunday and Monday of last week for service to the server. It seems the project or repairs didn’t get done in those two days, and the site is running on reduced resources for now. That’s my guess.

    • MHughes976
      September 25, 2016, 8:42 am

      I think we deserve a statement from Phil and colleagues about this!

  21. Kathleen
    September 27, 2016, 8:30 am

    thanks Mooser

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