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‘Someone is paying Trump to do it’ — Pompeo elevation shows neoconservative lock on foreign policy

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As you know by now, Donald Trump yesterday cashiered his secretary of state, of 14 months standing, Rex Tillerson, and named Mike Pompeo, the current director of the CIA, as his nominee to be the nation’s highest diplomat.

Pompeo is a longtime friend of the neoconservatives, while Tillerson is a realist. The nomination is a victory for those who want to destroy the Iran deal; some say the move will kill the deal. Tillerson was for it, Pompeo is against it, and had sought military intervention in Iran instead of a deal.

So all those who said Trump would have a non-interventionist or isolationist foreign policy are proven wrong by events. Steve Bannon, the big America Firster, is gone, and neoconservatives are in the driver’s seat.

Robin Wright at the New Yorker quotes a proponent of the Iran deal suggesting that Trump is getting paid to break up the deal.

“Trump is methodically destroying the moderate camp in his Administration and moving steadily crazy-hard right,” Joseph Cirincione, the president of Ploughshares Fund, an N.G.O. dedicated to containing the spread of nuclear weapons, told me. “Today’s firing and the crude, insulting way that he did it weakens the traditional conservative camp, the State Department, and American credibility. It’s almost as if someone is paying Trump to do it.”

Not that The New Yorker will ever look into the ways that the Israel lobby corrupts both parties. (No, let’s have another piece about the Koch brothers and all their “dark money.”) But Trump’s two highest donors are fervent supporters of Israel, the only country in the world that is trying to smash the deal. Eli Clifton and Jim Lobe:

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who spent $35 million via untraceable dark money groups to elect Donald Trump, more than any other donor, contributed at least $2 million to [Friends of Israel Initiative] between 2012 and 2016, according to tax filings. Home Depot founder Bernard Marcus, who placed second in the Trump campaign sweepstakes by spending $7 million to pro-Trump outside spending groups, contributed $215,000 to FOII between 2013 and 2014.

Sheldon Adelson pushed for the embassy to be moved to Jerusalem, and has offered to fund it, too.

Adelson gave tons to the Republican Party the last time a Republican was in the White House; and George W. Bush rewarded him by placing his friends all through policy making at State and Defense. At that time, Adelson’s chief cause was to stop the 2000 peace talks in their tracks, with their discussion of dividing Jerusalem. He had lately helped fund a group called One Jerusalem. It’s taken him 18 years, but Adelson has won.

Never-Trumper neocon Bill Kristol is thrilled by realist Tillerson’s departure.

On the one hand, McMaster (NSA), Pompeo (State), Mattis (Defense), Haley (UN) and Haspel (CIA)–and for that matter Kelly (COS)–is an excellent foreign policy team. On the other hand, Trump is POTUS.

By the way, Nikki Haley is widely thought to be such a shill for Israel at the United Nations because she harbors ambitions of higher office, some day, and — well, that’s where the money is.

Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

At Politico, Michael Crowley quotes a leading neocon (who just spoke at AIPAC).

“For anybody who thought that Trump was bluffing about his May 12 deadline to fix the deal or nix it, the appointment of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state should be a wake-up call,” said Mark Dubowitz, an executive at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who has close ties to the Trump administration.

Pompeo has reportedly worked closely with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies on hothead policy questions, when he was a Tea Party congressman.

“Bomb Iran and Execute Snowden,” is RT’s headline on the announcement.

Robin Wright says that Adelson-favorite John Bolton has been spotted shining around the White House again.

Tillerson’s dismissal has also deepened speculation about the departure of the national-security adviser, General H. R. McMaster. The former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, an über-hawk on foreign policy, visited the White House last week; Republicans in previous Administrations told me that he is an increasingly likely candidate to replace McMaster, whose long-winded lectures Trump has grumbled about.

That could mean war, say Lobe/Clifton:

Now, all we need is for Trump to replace National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster with former UN Ambassador John Bolton and the chances of some kind of military action against Iran before his presumed run for reelection will likely rise to a near certainty.

Israel and the neocons are trying to “suck America into” such a war, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson warned at the Israel lobby conference.

More praise from neocons. Dov Zakheim, a former Bush aide, is quoted at Jewish Insider:

Pompeo has been very solid on the Middle East. Excellent relationship with the Israelis. Excellent relationship with the Sunni Arabs. Very hard on the Iranians. All in all, it’s definitely a change for the better.

Zakheim and Martin Indyk both tell Jewish Insider that Pompeo will not challenge Jared Kushner on the Israel/Palestine file. Not that anything’s happening there.

Pompeo is crazed about Iran as a “pernicious empire” and “despotic theocracy.” Jim Lobe and Eli Clifton document it:

Since becoming CIA director, he has kept up his extremely hostile rhetoric against Iran, quite possibly in an attempt to provoke Tehran to renounce the JCPOA and/or to strengthen hardline forces in the Islamic Republic opposed to rapprochement with the West.

The nominee likened Iran to ISIS, as a would-be caliphate, in a speech at the University of Texas just before Trump decertified Iran’s compliance with the Iran deal last fall:

Unlike ISIS and its mirage of a caliphate, Iran is a powerful nation-state that remains the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism. The Islamic Republic is Iran’s version of what the caliphate ought to look like under the control of an Ayatollah and his praetorian guard, the IRGC….They’re the vanguard of a pernicious empire that is expanding its power and influence across the Middle East. In recent years, the IRGC has become more reckless and provocative, seeking to exploit the vacuum left by instability in the Middle East to aggressively expand its influence.

The neocons love this talk, so they have no problem with Pompeo’s Islamophobia. Again, Lobe and Clifton:

Pompeo’s Islamophobia is well documented, and any questions about it should be answered by Tuesday’s excellent recap by Dean Obeidallah in The Daily Beast“Mike Pompeo’s Disturbingly Consistent Friendships with Anti-Muslim Bigots.” In 2016, Pompeo reportedly accepted the “National Security Eagle Award” from ACT for America, which, according to the Anti-Defamation League, “propagates the hateful conspiracy theory that Muslims are infiltrating US institutions in order to impose Sharia law [and] stokes irrational fear of Muslims via a number of false claims that headscarves are a sign of radicalization, and that 25 percent of Muslims approve of terrorism.” (Flynn served on ACT’s board, while Gorka has spoken before local ACT chapters around the country.) It’s not surprising then, that the country’s most influential Islamophobe Frank Gaffney has interviewed Pompeo on his radio show more than 20 times, and Pompeo also figured prominently among the speakers at his Center for Security Policy’s (CSP) 2015 “Defeat Jihad Summit.”

J Street is urging senators to reject Pompeo’s nomination because he’s an Islamophobe and he pushed military intervention instead of the Iran deal.

President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, is an advocate for unnecessary wars, not a champion of diplomacy.

Pompeo has a long history of expressing outrageous anti-Muslim views, made even more troubling by his close relationship with Frank Gaffney, who the Southern Poverty Law Center calls “one of America’s most notoriou Islamophobes.”

Of course Pompeo’s promotion to State has long been rumored. We can be thankful that Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton is not being named to replace Pompeo at CIA. Eli Clifton at Lobelog reminds us of the expectations of the Trump foreign policy. Elevating a neocon to State would be “a striking departure from Trump’s campaign rhetoric denouncing previous administrations who saw the U.S. as ‘policeman of the world’ and the George W. Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq as based on a ‘lie.’”

By the way, I watched Trump’s amazingly entertaining (and ineffective) speech in western Pennsylvania on Saturday night. He was trying to get Republicans to the polls for congressional nominee Rick Saccone, of course; and Trump did not mention Israel or Jerusalem once. Remember that when people tell you about those powerful Christian Zionists…

Meantime, Democrat Conor Lamb, the apparent winner in that race, had an Israel moment in the race. It was exposed that he had written in 2002 of an Israeli attack on Gaza– which killed a woman in her 40s and a 14-year-old boy:  “If this latest attack is not terrorism, I don’t know what is.” Lamb was then 17 and a student at the University of Pennsylvania; but the Free Beacon later reported that he worked hard to privately assure Jewish supporters about his stance on Israel, and even said he had no memory of writing those words. Here’s why he did so: because newby Democrats get their policy positions from AIPAC.

Thanks to Colin Wright. 

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  1. Annie Robbins
    March 14, 2018, 12:06 pm

    you nailed phil

    • Misterioso
      March 15, 2018, 9:27 am

      @Annie

      Agreed!
      It comes as no surprise to me. America has been hijacked. Dark times ahead.

      • Arby
        March 17, 2018, 5:31 pm

        America was evil from the beginning. It’s just ramping up the evil.

  2. JLewisDickerson
    March 14, 2018, 2:00 pm

    RE: “Nikki Haley is widely thought to be such a shill for Israel at the United Nations because she harbors ambitions of higher office, some day, and — well, that’s where the money is.” ~ Weiss

    ■ Nikki “shoot ’em up” Haley

    from the cult film noir Gun Crazy (1950)
    screenplay by the blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_Crazy

  3. JLewisDickerson
    March 14, 2018, 2:26 pm

    RE: “We can be thankful that Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton is not being named to replace Pompeo at CIA.” ~ Weiss

    BUT, SEE:
    Don’t Do It: Why Moving Tom Cotton to the CIA Is a Bad Idea
    By Fred Barnes | WeeklyStandard.com | December 11, 2017

    [EXCERPT] A job shuffle that would put Senator Tom Cotton in charge of the CIA is one of the worst ideas to come out of the Trump administration.

    It’s not that Cotton couldn’t handle things at the intelligence agency. That’s not the problem. It’s what would be lost on Capitol Hill if Cotton, 40, leaves the Senate. He’s only been there for three years but he’s already a critical player.

    Who came up with the proposal to use the Trump tax reform bill to kill ObamaCare’s mandate forcing everyone to buy health insurance? (A two-fer that also allows for a bigger cut in taxes.) Who wants to kill “blue slips” so a single Democrat can’t block confirmation of Trump’s judicial nominees? Whose letter to Iran’s mullahs, endorsed by 46 Senate colleagues, warned that a nuclear arms agreement not ratified by the Senate wouldn’t be worth the paper it’s written on?

    The answer is Cotton. And I could go on. So I will. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.weeklystandard.com/dont-do-it-why-moving-tom-cotton-to-the-cia-is-a-bad-idea/article/2010794

  4. amigo
    March 14, 2018, 2:47 pm

    The return of the Neocons , Part 2.

    Recall how happy we all were when Obama was elected .Observers extolled the virtues of the death of Neoconservatism.

    Sorry to say but they are back and this time it is even worse as POTUS is even more dumb than Dubya ,who was not the playboy of the western world and champion p—y grabber unlike the present occupant of the WH who is a prime target for blackmail.Looks like the Neo cons have the donald by his cojones and are squeezing him until he succumbs to their demands.

    Look for some more “Shock and Awe” and “Slam Dunks” .

    On the bright side , the USA may find it a tad more difficult to put together a coalition of the willing , given that most of them will not take too kindly to the unravelling of the Iran deal to whiich they invested so much effort and time.

    Mabe Israel will send their most moral heroes to lend a hand , given they are the International cheerleaders for this venture and it is for their benefit.

    • RoHa
      March 15, 2018, 1:14 am

      “but they are back”

      I didn’t notice any temporary absence.

      • Citizen
        March 15, 2018, 2:42 pm

        Then you didn’t notice Obama’s way belated but non-use of his UN SC veto against resolution calling Israel settlements illegal. Can’t imagine this in a Trump Whitehouse, can you? More likely another war for Israel.

      • RoHa
        March 15, 2018, 11:50 pm

        No, I didn’t notice that silence. It was drowned out by US bombs.

    • Misterioso
      March 15, 2018, 10:34 am

      Just received from a Canadian friend.

      Regarding Trump’s decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem:

      https://www.pressreader.com/canada/national-post-latest-edition/20180314/281719795105500

      Letter to the editor, National Post, Mar. 14/18

      From David Hughes, Grotius Research Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School.

    • echinococcus
      March 16, 2018, 9:13 am

      Recall how happy we all were when Obama was elected .Observers extolled the virtues of the death of Neoconservatism.

      Speak for yourself, please. You may have been happy because you weren’t aware that the Neocons were not only still there but expanding. Who do you think was in charge of all the new wars and invasions?

      • oldgeezer
        March 16, 2018, 9:43 am

        I can remember a very brief period of relief that the neocons were out but only brief. Measured in hours or days. It quickly disappeared as I saw the advisors he appointed. There is no lack of smartness on the part of the neocons. They infiltrated both parties.

      • echinococcus
        March 16, 2018, 4:24 pm

        Oldgeezer,

        Two parties? Don’t you think it would have made enough noise to be heard if the single-party system had been abolished?

      • oldgeezer
        March 16, 2018, 6:41 pm

        Can’t begin to interpret that ech.

      • echinococcus
        March 17, 2018, 7:20 am

        I know, the belief that there are two parties is rather widespread.

      • oldgeezer
        March 17, 2018, 10:49 am

        @echinococcus

        Ah got ya… Yes I agree. Two parties is merely window dressing these days.

        Props to Led Zep for The Song Remains the Same.

  5. Maghlawatan
    March 14, 2018, 3:08 pm

    Tillerson achieved nothing . Pompeo will be the same. The Trump world view is not rational.
    Neither is the Zionist world view. Adelson didn’t win. Unless you think Hitler won in 1941.

  6. JWalters
    March 15, 2018, 1:00 am

    I hope Conor Lamb is a mole, as deceitful toward the Israelis as they are toward Americans. e.g. http://warprofiteerstory.blogspot.com

  7. Kay24
    March 15, 2018, 3:23 am

    Meanwhile Israel will rid the Galilee of Arabs…

    “Standard of Living in the West Bank Is Dropping for the First Time in Years, World Bank Warns in New Report
    The unemployment rate in adults under 30 in the West Bank stands at 40 percent, report says; Gaza, in the meantime, continues to hurtle towards collapse, and aid cuts to UNRWA will only exacerbate the crisis.”

    Thanks to the US.

    • MHughes976
      March 15, 2018, 1:20 pm

      The intention must be to cause a large movement of population, which will be called voluntary. I wonder if that intention will be manifest in the Trump Peace Plan, if that plan really exists.

      • Maghlawatan
        March 16, 2018, 3:42 pm

        There won’t be any movement of population. That is the lesson of 1948. There is nothing more miserable for an ordinary Palestinian than to be in exile.

        The scents of Palestine are special.
        And anyway Israel is losing.

      • Jackdaw
        March 17, 2018, 6:57 am

        How’s it that the 500,000 Jews exiled by the Arab States, post-1948, have found a home?

      • Mooser
        March 17, 2018, 12:45 pm

        “How’s it….rrrawk!…500,00Jews…raaawwwk…!”

        Isn’t there a green-biaze cover we can put over his cage?

      • echinococcus
        March 17, 2018, 2:32 pm

        Perish the thought! The only biaz he’ll ever accept is blue-white

      • Tuyzentfloot
        March 17, 2018, 2:55 pm

        “How’s it….rrrawk!…500,00Jews…raaawwwk…!”

        I thought at first it was the sound of a stuck record but now I see that was impossible.

      • MHughes976
        March 17, 2018, 4:42 pm

        Well, I don’t see how 1948 shows that there will be no population movement. It was unjust, it was cruel, it was demonic but it happened.
        As to ‘voluntary’ emigration ‘Breakng Israel News’ (7.08.2016), not a trustworthy source but quoting the Al-Quds Arabic newspaper, which may be more trusworthy, claims that 400, 000 WB young people have emigrated over ‘the last few decades’ (vague!) and some villages are now very thinly populated. The PA statisticians work on the principle that they all return sooner or later but it’s hard to be sure of that when unemployment is so high. Still, the various ‘pay them to leave’ proposals have always fallen flat. But It’s possible that Trump and Netanyahu will attempt a big push.

      • RoHa
        March 18, 2018, 1:34 am

        Mooser, I’ve been trying to work out the relevance of the “500,000” comment to the discussion, but without any luck so far.

        I suspect that the peacock feathers he has been strutting in have tickled his keyboard.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 18, 2018, 2:42 am

        Well, I don’t see how 1948 shows that there will be no population movement.

        i think you read it wrong.

        the lesson of 1948. There is nothing more miserable for an ordinary Palestinian than to be in exile.

        iow, they won’t be fleeing en masse again. of course Maghlawatan could be wrong. instead of more outright israeli slaughter (mowing the grass) israel could set up extermination camps or something w/trains to either certain death or exile while the whole world watched. i mean, anything is possible. palestinians could be used, again, like lab rats. but something tells me they’d hold their ground and choose the ‘give me liberty or give me death’ option.

      • MHughes976
        March 18, 2018, 8:07 am

        I wasn’t sure whether Maghlawatan meant that the lesson of 48 teaches us that there will be no significant population movement at all or just none that could be disguised as ‘voluntary’. I’m sure that any such movement these days could only be gradual and incomplete. But there does seem to be some readiness among Palestinians to declare a wish to emigrate along with a belief that the whole world has abandoned them. This emerges from a poll conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research July 13 2017. The desire to emigrate was given as 47% in Gaza and 23% in WB. I found this quoted with glee in ‘The Jewish Press’ July 6 2017 – maybe they had a preview. It’s possible that these sentiments could be exploited and disguised hideously as ‘meeting the voluntarily expressed needs’ in the Trump plan – if there is such a plan. The intention would be to disarm or weaken or at least appear to weaken the argument that ‘you can’t for ever be Jewish and democratic’ , which I think is the one that most gets to them.

      • Mooser
        March 18, 2018, 1:39 pm

        ” the relevance of the “500,000” comment to the discussion”

        Thye relevance is, by now, pretty goddam clear:
        “Jackdaw” would rather talk to anti-Zionists than talk to the Israelis around him.

      • Maghlawatan
        March 18, 2018, 4:57 pm

        Mhughes

        I don’t think there will be any success to ongoing paupérisation by Israel. Palestinians know if they leave it is one way only.
        And secondly nobody wants Israel’s Palestinian problem. Israel has to fix it.
        Zionism is a total failure.

      • MHughes976
        March 20, 2018, 10:10 am

        Palestinians leave and return quite a lot. The pressure of unemployment, which it’s hard to see how a captive economy can really escape, is surely quite serious. Countries acquiring Palestinian immigrants are might be seen as acquiring useful citizens rather than importing a Palestinian problem comparable to Israel’s. I am not at all sure that Z has been a failure for its intended beneficiaries. The OECD 2016 report on Israel’s economy certainly shows that Israel is not ‘a progressive paradise’, as we’ve been discussing recently – it’s a very unequal society – nor an economic miracle territory but still its economy is reasonably sound. International political support remains pretty strong. Israel has not yet been forced into any significant concession.

  8. James Michie
    March 15, 2018, 9:30 am

    Phil, unintentional I am hoping, but your headline and lead for this piece obscure the facts. A far more accurate headline and lead:

    Israel further solidifies its lock to kill the Iran deal–with Pompeo as Secretary of State!

    N’est pas?

  9. Misterioso
    March 15, 2018, 10:23 am

    Some good news from Canada:

    https://madmimi.com/p/6a0fdb

    BDS movement makes historic gains at
    the University of Ottawa
    Independent Jewish Voices Canada March 15, 2018

    OTTAWA-“Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) congratulates Palestinian solidarity activists and their allies for the landmark mobilization in favour of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) at the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) General Assembly Tuesday. The motion in favour of BDS received 241 votes, surpassing the anti-BDS camp tally by 10 votes. Since the motion would change the SFUO’s constitution, it required a two-thirds majority and therefore did not pass. Instead, it will be referred to the Board of Administrators where it will be voted on at a later date.

    “‘Pro-Israel lobby groups such as Hillel Ottawa and B’nai Brith are attempting to spin the narrative and paint this as their victory. The reality is that they were out-organized and out-voted,’ said Independent Jewish Voices UOttawa-Carleton Co-president Geneviève Nevin.
    ‘Students from Hillel Ottawa and the Israeli Awareness Committee claimed that this motion was an attack on Jews’ said Nevin. ‘As a Jew, I will not let my Jewish identity be utilized to justify the human rights violations carried out by the Israeli state. These organizations do not speak for me, nor do they speak for many other Jews at the University of Ottawa’.

    “The motion, brought forth by Students for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR), IJV UOttawa-Carleton and the Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM), called upon the SFUO to endorse targeted and non-violent economic measures against companies with ties to the Israeli government, military and illegal settlements, until such a time that Israel complies with international law.

    “’IJV is extremely pleased to see such mobilization in favour of Palestinian human rights,’ said Nevin. ‘This is only the beginning of our efforts and we are very proud of what we have accomplished.’”

  10. genesto
    March 15, 2018, 12:29 pm

    If this ultimately takes us to war with Iran, I don’t ever want to hear from apologists like Chomsky and other liberal Zionists that say the Israel lobby has power over our government only as it pertains to the Palestinians. An Israel-inspired war with Iran would prove that the lobby’s influence carries far beyond Israel/Palestine, resulting in untold misery for our nation.

    If this doesn’t send a chill down the spines of everyone that cares about protecting US sovereignty against control by a hostile enemy – in
    this case, Israel – I don’t know what will. Time for all to start reading what Alison Weir has been trying to warn us about for years.

    • Citizen
      March 15, 2018, 2:53 pm

      Take a google gander at the recent military exercise Juniper Cobra, it cross-trained IDF & US Marines for Israel’s imminent war against Syria, Lebanon, Hamas, Hezbollah, with IDF to decide when to send in US Marines to help the IDF. It’s not the usual joint military exercise with Israel. This new Israel-US war could easily spill into a world war three since Iran and Russia have big vested interests, to say the least.

  11. James Canning
    March 15, 2018, 1:08 pm

    I recommend Ed Luce’s comments in the Financial Times today, regarding the placement of Pompeo at the heart of US foreign policy. Potential for disaster is huge.

  12. Ossinev
    March 15, 2018, 3:52 pm

    @Citizen
    “Take a google gander at the recent military exercise Juniper Cobra, it cross-trained IDF & US Marines for Israel’s imminent war against Syria, Lebanon, Hamas, Hezbollah, with IDF to decide when to send in US Marines to help the IDF”
    Wow so the IDF have been training the US Marines in the art of 0300 a.m. raids on family homes in refugee camps and the skills required in terrifying defenceless unarmed men women and children and safely (for the elite units that is ) extrapolating those highly dangerous sleepy eyed little boys and girls.
    I expect the marines will feel as moral as hell after the training and will feel positively angelic once they get to do the real thing.

    • Citizen
      March 15, 2018, 4:47 pm

      The biggest skill the US Marines learned was tunnel warfare, which had not been done by US military since the Vietnam War. The biggest skill the IDF learned from the US Marines was how to most effectively use light military vehicles.

  13. shaun patrick
    March 15, 2018, 7:47 pm

    Another thing to remember about Adelson he said at a conference in Tel Aviv in 2013 that northern Iran should be nuked and if the Iranians don’t get the message then nuke Terahn. He didn’t say whose weapons but l assume he meant Israel’s. There was no condemnation from Israel so l assume they agree. What a charming bunch of humanity both Israel and the neo cons are they should be ashamed of themselves. No country on earth deserves that kind of disgraceful retoric

  14. Jackdaw
    March 16, 2018, 6:17 am

    No one is paying Trump to do anything.

    Trump’s raison d’être is to dismantle everything Obama had built during his two administrations. It’s that simple.

    • Mooser
      March 17, 2018, 12:50 pm

      “Trump’s raison d’être is to dismantle everything Obama had built during his two administrations. It’s that simple.”

      And won’t that work out well for Israel!

  15. Ossinev
    March 16, 2018, 9:06 am

    @shaun patrick
    “He didn’t say whose weapons but l assume he meant Israel’s”
    As per the clip he talks about picking up a phone and phoning Nebraska etc so it is clearly US weaponry he is thinking about. Perish the thought that poor little eternally victimised eternally threatened Zioland foots the nuking bill.

  16. broadside
    March 16, 2018, 11:11 am

    And that’s the truly repugnant Bret Stephens at the end of the clip, saying he agrees “98 percent” w Adelson’s recommendation to drop a nuclear bomb on Iran. The NYT has been a neocon rag for years, the hiring of Bret Stephens and Bari Weiss by James Bennet is worse than simply the step from which they’ll never recover — it’s precisely what they intended to do. From here on in it’s shooting the moon for the Zionists. The whole table knows they’re going for it; is there anything the table can do to stop them? Is there a high heart left to be played? Not when no one’s willing to play it.

  17. Kaisa of Finland
    March 16, 2018, 2:16 pm

    “SUPREMACY – Trio Joubran & Roger Waters”
    (Poem – The Penultimate speech of the ‘Red Indian’ to the white man)

    • catalan
      March 16, 2018, 3:27 pm

      “The Penultimate speech of the ‘Red Indian’ to the white man)” Kaisa
      Hey Kaisa,
      I still haven’t received the letter stripping me of my citizenship due to expressing some scepticism towards the effectiveness of BDS. When should I prepare for the inevitable? Also, I noticed that Israelis can still travel visa free in the EU and that their trade with Europe is very healthy. What’s happening?

  18. RoHa
    March 16, 2018, 10:34 pm

    “Trump is methodically destroying the moderate camp in his Administration and moving steadily crazy-hard right,”

    So the US is getting back to normal, then.

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