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an interested observer...and a critical thinker of american foreign policy intentions and interests.

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  • Renouncing my Israeli citizenship
  • Gaza is a concentration camp, and it's an American delusion not to recognize that -- Weschler
    • Those who support that Frankenstein monster in the Middle East and do not hold it accountable do a disservice to Judaism.

      Oy, gevalt!

  • Israeli strike kills four Palestinian children playing soccer on Gaza beach
  • Obama raises big bucks at home of man who said president and Netanyahu are on 'the same page'
    • I guess the imp knows how to raise money..."I can't hear you...donate more and we will consider listening".

  • Video: Diane Sawyer misrepresents photo of Gazans in aftermath of Israeli bombing as Israeli victims of Palestinian missiles (Updated)
    • A moment of great pride for the American free press.

      Nice Suit your Highness.

      Naturally, the King not wanting to appear a fool, said,

      "Isn't it grand! Isn't it fine! Look at the cut, the style, the line!
      The suit of clothes is all together
      But all together it's all together
      The most remarkable suit of clothes that I have ever seen.
      These eyes of mine at once determined
      The sleeves are velvet, the cape is ermine
      The hose are blue and the doublet is a lovely shade of green.
      Somebody send for the Queen."

  • Chomsky supports portions of BDS agenda, but faults others, citing realism and int'l consensus
    • Prof Chomsky

      To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.
      Chinese

  • Among US expressions of outrage and condolence, Obama, Kerry and Rice identify with Israeli parents
  • Reporters talk about Sykes-Picot of 1916 (and ignore the Balfour Declaration of 1917)
    • Here is a recap of the conversation within the Jewish community between the children and the adults in the room.

      Jack is on the adults side and Tom represents the children also in the room.
      Jessep (Jack Nicholson): You want answers?
      Kaffee (Tom Cruise): I think I’m entitled to them.
      Jessep: You want answers?
      Kaffee: I want the truth!
      Jessep: You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punch line. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it! I would rather you just said ‘thank you’ and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to! "

      my favorite line.
      "And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives."

  • What's your politically-correct World Cup bracket?
    • Sophistication and enlightenment are the hallmark of post racist, politically correct individuals, who ultimately end up enforcing their dogma upon the less enlightened. The bolsheviks were intellectual geniuses who knew what was best.

      Colombia has a stellar team.
      Brazil, Costa Rica, I will take Mexico over the Netherlands because their goalie is showcasing his talent magnificently. I'd love to see Nigerian beat France but do not think it would be possible. Germany over Algeria simply because I am a fan and they are strong as hell. ( now i would love for the Algerians make a strong showing against Germany just because they support the holy cause (Palestinian statehood).
      I would love to see Switzerland beat Argentina just because i am not a fan and it is possible as well.
      I would love to see the U.S beat Belgium and it is a possibility. Just depends on which U.S team shows up.

  • Oldman says Hollywood is 'run by Jews,' then offers over-the-top apology
    • Who cares about the religion of those who own the studios or whatever else that can be called Hollywood. Only the ADL type watch groups who's task it to try and contain anything that they feel might develop into the mal-odorous stench of anti-semitism.

      It's ok to laud someone for being jewish only when you stoop to your knees and accept reprogramming. But heaven forbid if you laud a jew for being wealthy, like if it were a sin for jews to be wealthy but not for gentiles.

      Like the Stalin show trials those who stoop and make a public contrition still go on to become persona's non grata to some degree or another.
      Sort of like getting sprayed by a skunk, the smell lingers on you.

      The ADL must think that they have to manage the image of jews around the world, these show trials only serve to point to the power that produce these b.s confessions and reprogrammed public figures.

      Conflating Israel with Judaism has turned out to be the disaster that those old non Zionist Rebbe's of Europe predicted this conflation would lead to.

  • From Mississippi to Gaza -- Dorothy Zellner reflects on 50 years of struggle
    • What a great interview!
      I wonder if Norman Finkelstein has changed his views on the BDS movement.

      One thing Finkelstein does say that i believe may be a very perceptive take on what will ultimately move the rest of the "most important community" on this issue, will be when they start to perceive that supporting Israel over the U. S in the open may cause their loyalty to the U.S to come into question.

      He says that this was a common attitude back in the late fifties and early sixties.

  • Cantor's defeat had nothing to do with religion
    • "I wish I could say that his district rejected him over his Israel stance, but it didn’t. His defeat has nothing to do with religion."

      Me too but alas tis probably immigration.
      My best guess as the contributors that took Dave Brat over the top were the twin blondes of immigration, Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham.

      He also got the anti establishment discontents, otherwise known as Libertarians vote.

      Brat: “There is just 1 party up in DC right now. It's not Republicans & Democrats, it's one party. It's the power party & it's the $ party.”

      "His loyalties both upward and downward have shifted in his eager embrace of the Ruling Class"

      link to saraforamerica.com

  • CNN showed 'blatant' bias when Blitzer aired Oren saying 2 killed Palestinians may not be dead -- Munayyer
    • This is Moral Normcore: Keeping your mouth shut and your head down in the face of what you and most everyone else would consider morally wrong. Silently acquiescing to—and thus accepting—something which you know to be wrong or in fact evil, all for the sake of comforming, and not rocking the boat.

      link to gonzalolira.blogspot.com

  • Alleged K.C. killer: 'If Jews can have a state of their own, why can't we have a White Christian state?'
  • Adelson would install Netanyahu in the White House if he had his druthers -- Avnery
    • God, wouldn't it be great if Israeli Jews would turn on their monied brethren in the diaspora and blame the direction that Israel has taken on the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee. We already have seen how the far right has turned on Alan Dershowitz recently.

  • 'NYT' stamps Jimmy Carter 'radioactive' and not 'a force for good'
    • The Israel firsters are going to have to go on the record. They have decided to stand for ethnocentricity, tribal superiority, and of course power through the channels of influence including the power of the purse along with the power to vilify by calumny and repetitious vitriol, smearing their enemy du jour, through the Press/MSM; their poodle.

  • Reports: Abbas faults Israel for 'procrastinating,' says Palestine will move to join int'l organizations
    • So the Palestinians don't want peace?
      Does Israel have a willing partner in this peace process?
      Stay tuned and find out tomorrow when we'll hear our Hero say " Blah blah blah bla bla Israel does not have a willing partner in this peace process".

  • Pollard was in it for money, and sold so many dox Cap Weinberger wanted the death penalty
    • So we are to believe that he did it for the money (filthy lucre) yet, he refuses to be exchanged for Palestinian prisoners as if the exchange would taint his noble deed (beau geste), done out of a deep seated affection, a dual love of sorts, for Americas' BFF in the Middle East.

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  • Not an April Fool's joke: U.S. weighs releasing Pollard to keep Israelis at negotiating table
    • If US intel and Military didn't resent Israel and our Zio-friendly Politicos enough yet, freeing the Israeli spy should pretty much finish pinning the tail on that donkey.

  • State Dept puts American seal of approval on latest Israeli-initiated round of violence
  • 'The new Zionism': Nefesh B'Nefesh urges young American Jews to leave 'exile' for the Negev
    • How can anyone pass up such a glorious invitation? This year in Jerusalem, no more waiting until next year.

  • Iran deal could result in 'nuclear suitcase' in US city in 10 years -- Naftali Bennett scares NY
    • Here is the U.S Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack
      Volume 1: Executive Report 2004

      link to globalsecurity.org

    • from the master of the emp Dr Gordon Prather...

      "Of course, it is one thing for Russia or China to have that capability. It is quite another for a "potentially hostile state or non-state actor" to develop or acquire such a capability.

      Is it conceivable that Iran could develop such a capability? Iran – one of the very largest producers of oil and natural gas in the world – can't even construct the refineries it needs to produce enough gasoline for its population.

      In any case, if Iran was to somehow acquire a multi-megaton nuke (from the Russians or the Chinese?), why do the Likudniks think you're stupid enough to believe their claim that the Iranians would choose some non-lethal use for it? Like using a magic carpet to haul it up 50 miles or so above Kansas and detonating it? Is that what you'd do? Or would you use eight tiny reindeer?

      Do the Likudniks really believe that you're stupid enough to believe that if the Israelis don't launch a "preventative strike" against the Mullahs and the Iranian IAEA-Safeguarded facilities this year or early next year that nine out of ten of us will – if we're the lucky ones – freeze in the dark?"

      link to antiwar.com

  • 'Jews did not emerge from millennia of exile to impose exile on another people' -- Roger Cohen
    • what utter bull...Israel was born because they imposed ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people, it has been their modus operandi since it's birth, and Israel claims to be the homeland of the Jewish people.

      Maybe Jews don't believe that they are doing this ethnic cleansing but in fact Israel under the banner of the homeland to the Jewish people have been doing it and continue to do to this day.

      doesn't double speak pi*s anybody off anymore...or is it just going to continue to be part of our daily diet?

  • McCain and Graham flipflop on aid to Egypt-- after AIPAC speaks up
    • Great article Phil. I love how Paul skirts Israel altogether when it comes to foreign aid, he is speaking to the base of the GOP that he wants to enlist as his followers...which is why he uses the language of " those who burn our flag" and other choice phrases to appeal to those within The GOP whose sacred cow is "protecting the homeland".

      I am keeping an eye on the seething contempt growing within the Intel establishment at some levels against our BFF in the middle east.

      Phil Giraldi is one voice that reflects what must be a angry mob, building within the establishment...when this pot starts to boil we shall be closer to the head on collision that i expect. Right now i see this as kids picking sides to see who is going to be on which team out in the schoolyard. The Politicos are usually the last to find out that the wind has shifted since they are too busy listening to the orders being given to them by the forces that govern their positions.

      Published opinion is not necessarily public opinion.

      link to original.antiwar.com

      As I have become accustomed to nearly every type of outrage here in the land of the BushObamas, it takes quite a bit to either surprise or shock me. But last week was a twofer and I’ll start with the shock. On Thursday morning I was reading my way through a rather silly piece "Rand Paul rebuked by fellow Republicans on foreign aid" by the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, who clearly does not understand the meaning of "isolationism." Then I hit the last few paragraphs. The article provided background and spin on the defeat of the recent Paul motion to cut aid to Egypt and included "[Senator Lindsey] Graham read aloud a letter from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) opposing Paul’s amendment…[Senator John]McCain needled Paul. ‘The question here is whether the senator from Kentucky knows what’s better for Israel, or Israel.’"
      Paul was clearly caught flat footed but, to his credit, called the AIPAC letter a "canard," and, according to Milbank, "challenged the ‘so-called leadership’ of AIPAC."

  • Andrea Mitchell says Rand Paul is 'isolationist,' like those who wouldn't take on Hitler
    • The neocons have broad appeal across both party lines, Dems and Repubs, but the GOP will not get the libertarian vote until and unless they expulse the neocon warmongers. The libertarian sentiment is maybe not as wide today as it is deep but it is growing on campuses across the country. There is no love lost between libertarians and neocon repubs.

      http://www.yaliberty.org

      "Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is the largest, most active, and fastest-growing pro-liberty organization on America's college campuses. With more than 380 chapters and 125,000 student activists nationwide, YAL seeks to identify, educate, train, and mobilize young people committed to winning on principle.

      This is not a new beginning but a continuation of a youth movement already brewing in this country. Our objective is to facilitate its success. Please take a moment to watch this video and use the links in the right column of this page to learn more about YAL."

      This is a battle that Libertarians will welcome, Let's air it out some it's getting stuffy in this here republic.

  • NPR's Bob Garfield blasts Snowden for Russian asylum: 'the height of hypocrisy'
  • Kerry's Middle East negotiator mocked Arafat's 'big shit-eating grin' in speech to pro-Israel group
    • Wow. Although english is a second language for me i still don't see how my post above delivers the meaning that citizen and ellen seem to have derived from it.

      Let me go slowly and deliver it like i was speaking a different language.

      1 I am a Born again Christian. this is my personal religion chill out.
      2 I believe Israel has a right to exist because it does exist.
      3 I believe Israel is an absolutely atrocious gov't
      4 I believe the Palestinian people are heroic in an epic way.
      5 i believe the complicity of the western press suppressing coverage of Israel's crimes is despicable.
      6 I believe that the Aipac and christian zionist lobbies are the biggest tools that Israel has in this country and they serve to manipulate the politicos, the american jewish community, and the christian communities with israel worship.
      5 i can not discount that my religion is prophecy based, i pretty much am a new testament christian paying little attention to the old testament other than for the messianic messages of his initial arrival not the second coming. this is obviously my business...if i believed in stardust and fairies what difference would that make in anyones life?
      i do not believe that God is a real estate agent, and how can i from my living room enable anything like the killing of innocents...sans flag and all.
      Hell i even dislike that American jews teach their kids hatikva and have an Israeli flag in their kiddie schools...but it's none of my business it is only my feeling about that issue.

      Thanks MHughes976....i thought maybe my words were being twisted by some top secret Narus invented software downloaded to my feed by a nefarious israeli agent to foment dissent against me.

      I am going to reread Lord of the Flies i know there is something there for me to learn from this experience.
      thanks.

    • wow!!! thanks for the enlightening advise. And yet Israel is back on the map after centuries and becoming a major center for conflagration.

      I will just continue to follow the breadcrumbs and listen to an inconvenient conscience that contradicts and accuses me of things i myself do...and led me to a saviour that i very much appreciate and value...who the hell is that conscience anyways to tell me that I did something wrong?

    • The arrogance of his speech, and other Israel firsters hamfisted statements with regards palestinians is worthy of revulsion for me, and just plain flat out reflexively repulsive. I hate bullying arrogance, so for me, it explains the reaction.

      I love how the Israel firsters absolutely love to tie the albatross of Israel peacemaking around the kneck of the United States, as unquestionably in our national interest, and at the same time continue to prolong the process as part of their strategy to continue to expand the borders of that state.

      They lie, the strategy is to push and continue to extend the settler land grabbing strategy and never settle on a final solution for peace, their preference is to obliterate the memory of the palestinians, but that opportunity passed them by when the world was not looking and was more willing to concede to jews the state of Israel under the shadow of the crimes of the second world war.

      In my mind we are not doubt in for a serious conflagration in that part of the world to protect Israel...but i am a Christian still and afterall have not been able to discount biblical prophetic poetry from the equation.

  • House passes AIPAC's 'strangle Iran' sanctions, 400-20
    • Unfortunately if or when a country wakes up, it's usually from a hangover, and they wake up ornery as history has shown. I know we all would like to believe otherwise but todays Americans are probably not as sophisticated or educated en masse as the Germans were in their day and the mass propaganda potential under the wrong guidance has great potential for misuse. Nationalism tends to polarize and break down even the best among us and usually not for the good. Me, i am a borderless humanist and whatever that term might imply.

  • Snowden's privacy warning is borne out by NY family's creepy experience -- Updated
    • i left out these two stories from the web today that are pertinent to my post above..links.

      link to ohtarzie.wordpress.com

      link to original.antiwar.com

    • This story although different than initially reported should still gives us pause for concern. It sounds like they investigated this family through other means before arriving, how else would they know of the visits to foreign countries? how about if they are actually doing this as often as they claimed every week...where are these other stories if true?

      "They mentioned that they do this about 100 times a week," Catalano continues, "and that 99 of those visits turn out to be nothing."

      They asked my husband about his work, his visits to South Korea and China. The tone was conversational."

  • Martin Indyk arrives, saluting Kerry's 'noble endeavor to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace'
    • This peace process is a sad charade, a joke played on us all. I wish i didn't know this was all a great game played on us, the feeling of being an unwilling participant make it comparable to being the victim of a crime.

      I compare this joke of a process to the one of how the Neocons pick their republican puppet for the whitehouse, remember the Sarah Palin story with Bill kristol discovering her while on a trip to Alaska, well now there is Chris Christie and Henry Kissinger, oy vey.

      'Two summers ago, after Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels decided not to run for president, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was summoned to meet Henry Kissinger. "When he called me into his office," Christie told Washington Post reporter Dan Balz, "he just said, 'The country needs a change and you connect with people in a way that I haven’t seen a politician connect with someone in a long time.'"
      Kissinger's pitch is a highlight of Balz's forthcoming campaign book Collision 2012. [...] [Christie] told Kissinger that he honestly didn't think he could run yet. 
      "I haven't given any deep thought to foreign policy," Christie admitted.
      "Don't worry about that," said Kissinger, according to Christie. "We can work with you on that. Foreign policy is instinct, it's character, that's what foreign policy is."
      Emphasis mine (above and below).
      Hmmm, provocative governor with political talent but no foreign policy experience treated as a promising tabula rasa by establishment hawks....Where have I heard that one before?
      In June 2007, a cruise hosted by the political journal The Weekly Standard set anchor in Juneau, Alaska. Standard editors William Kristol and Fred Barnes then lunched with Governor Sarah Palin. It was a moment of discovery to equal Hernando Cortez's landing at Veracruz.'

      link to reason.com

  • Chomsky says 'Snowden should be honored' for 'telling Americans what the government was doing'
    • Sen Ron Wydens speech the other day seems to be a timely warning to "we the people". The first link is the actual speech while the second is a transcript.

      link to americanprogressaction.org

      link to americanprogress.org

    • The Amash amendment was a close call...205 yea 217 no and 12 no votes. Ted Deutch who reps my area actually voted yes, when i contacted his office they told me that they were getting quite a few calls asking him to favor the amendment which really surprised me for some reason.

      "you find that overwhelmingly the security is the security of the state from its own population and that's why things have to be kept secret.
      There are some cases where there's authentic security concerns. But they're pretty limited."

      I have been amazed and am astounded by the fact that so many of the Natsec state guys that i follow on twitter are nothing but a bunch of tools for the state...It seems that they have this sense of being our saviours at some level, and that without them the world as we know it would be lost...when in the real world it's them and their profession that has caused the world as we once knew it to have morphed into a condition where it may as well be counted as lost. You are so right Phil they can only keep secrets from us "we the people".

      The so called cuban terrorist don't count as terrorist cause they are our terrorist. Possible sarcasm there. These old dudes; troglodytes now, since they never miss an opportunity to learn from the failed activities and strategies of the past, have served their CIA masters very well.

      "According to Marita Lorenz, Bosch became a member of Operation 40, a CIA assassination squad. One member, Frank Sturgis claimed: "this assassination group (Operation 40) would upon orders, naturally, assassinate either members of the military or the political parties of the foreign country that you were going to infiltrate, and if necessary some of your own members who were suspected of being foreign agents... We were concentrating strictly in Cuba at that particular time."

      "Lorenz pointed out that a few days before the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a group including Orlando Bosch, Frank Sturgis, Guillermo Novo and Pedro Diaz Lanz, travelled to Dallas. She also claimed that Bosch was at a motel in Dallas when Kennedy's murder was planned."

      I once met Pedro Luis Diaz Lanz who was Chief of Castros Air Force at a Born again Christian church he attended in Miami and invited him over to the house a few times for conversation a very interesting man who seemed to have walked away from the lifestyle, i believe. He ended up supposedly committing suicide many years later. Quite a few of those guys died strange deaths, in some cases just before having to testify before some Kennedy investigative committee.

  • 'Nation' says rightwingers paint FDR as anti-Semite so as to manipulate US support of Israel
    • This is an awesome piece and a great opportunity for jews to open up the closet of their past and deal with some very difficult truths about zionism and it's leaders during that era. I am sure that those truths could be seen through very many different prisms, but as a group, Jews ought not to allow their narrow minded views to be entirely colored by those whom they have considered their only real founts of truths; namely their leaders, the main fabricators of myths that have contributed so much to their current condition of, thoroughly hoodwinked, unquestioning supporters of the Israel myth.

      I see this issue from the past directly correlated to the very uninformed condition of the American jew today, ( as bewitched now as they were then), and how thoroughly hoodwinked they seem to be about the many facts that have been revealed about Israel by historians such as Ilan Pape and Benny Morris. Lenni Brenner's book Zionism in the age of Dictators can add some granularity to the history as well.

      To say nothing of the history that the naturei karts or Jewsagainstzionism jews have on their plate to also serve up to "community", but alas one dish at a time.
      Zionist have done a remarkable job at keeping the Israel closet door from swinging wide open to reveal it's hidden content to it's supporters, made more unapproachable by the dissonance of the false message of a highly moral creation under the tutelage of Judaisms principles, that particular feature of Zionism, the unholy tethering equating Israel worship and Zionism with Judaism, has been the lynchpin of and bonding agent which, has created the amalgam called zealous Israel support.

      The cognitive dissonance which the opening of that door would cause is more than likely one of the strongest forces that keeps jews from ever wandering near that doorknob. It would be earth shattering to them to learn these truths and only the narrative created by Zionist can serve to justify the fealty to the State and Zionism needed to keep the Jews in the Sht'tl of acceptable community.

      It is a sad joke to be played on a people that consider themselves to be so intelligent by the many measures used to grade intelligence. The shetl mentality and parochial trait of putting their trust on their intellectuals and most highly educated from among them to be the arbiters of what is the accepted narrative within acceptable society/community has done great harm to them as a people but also has to be appreciated for being the most useful tool that their so called leaders have used to mislead them on the Issue of Israel and Zionism.

      Phil your website has been a trailblazer in the opening up of that dialogue which you long for your community to have, I have learned a world from Jews of your stripe.

      "Your stripe" is not anti semitic no matter how you try to make it so, i delivered the word and know it's intent, am married to a jew, and am a considered a minority in the U.S even though i consider myself just a regular American and have never seen myself otherwise.

      I have used your website along with the few others out there as a source to legitimize the message and to help instruct my wife, for as you know, when the message comes from outside of the accepted source, mainly meaning, that when it's a non jew saying these things then the message is viewed as suspect and possibly tainted by antisemitism, that unholy strain in the DNA of those with whom Jews do not agree.

      No self hating jew, nor even anti-Semite, just little ole me Underdog.

  • NYC mayoral candidate John Liu: 'I don't opine on international issues' like Israel
    • Since Liu stands a better chance of being named manager of the yankees, he must be sowing the seeds for another position. A true visionary.

      Q Poll: If Weiner drops out of the race: Quinn 30%, Thompson's 26%, de Blasio 21%, John Liu 10%.

    • Smart man, with the [...] lobby waiting in the wings to defang anyone who dares to make a mistake on Israel and not kowtow to their demands and oath of fealty to Israel why would he dare, he needs work and is hoping to get the job.

      Smart people learn the lessons that life teaches.

  • Is Benjamin Netanyahu the George Zimmerman of the Middle East?
    • Not quite....he (Netanyahu) is more like the guy lurking in a crime infested neighborhood under cover of the night, hoodied up, just not as innocent as Trayvon MAY have been? but he does have the media creating the myth of a poor defenseless skittle eating, kid without a neighborhood lurking, in a neighborhood without a people.

  • Obama confidante says Iran would not use nuke against Israel, but 'I still think he will pull the trigger'
    • And i believe that this story below coming from a man who lived in the bowels of U.S national security is an example of the resentment that is an ongoing seething sore within one segment of that community, namely the analyst side of the house, as opposed to the more troglodyte operational side which would tend to be less informed and thus more easily manipulable side of that community. Phil Giraldi and Paul Pillar along with Ray Macgovern serve as samples of a sentiment seething.

      The flaunting of this sort of in your face power will one day backfire against the Israel firsters, if history is any guide for the future.

      link to consortiumnews.com

      'The now well-known background to this is an interview more than a decade ago, in which Power suggested that to quell Israeli-Palestinian violence at that time the United States should consider deploying a large protective force even though this might mean “alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import.” The constituency in question, as is its custom, denounced Power as anti-Israeli.

      Power’s later means of retaining her confirmability in the face of such accusations was to disavow, totally and tearfully, her own observations. A key event was a meeting with American Jewish leaders at which, according to the meeting’s organizer, she “became deeply emotional and struggled to complete her presentation as she expressed how deeply such accusations had affected her.”

      This sequence has made Samantha Power a more valuable commodity to the Israel lobby than if she had never made any comments to offend the lobby in the first place. Sustaining the lobby’s power depends on repeated demonstrations of submission to that power. The lobby could not have gotten a better demonstration of submission than to have the nominated chief U.S. diplomat at the United Nations abandon all evidence of any independent thought on the issues concerned and to make herself indistinguishable from Israeli diplomats.

      Besides making for more dysfunction in the confirmation process, this kind of response from a nominee, as when Power said at her hearing that the United States has “no greater friend in the world” than Israel, badly distorts the larger public discourse on important issues. To appreciate how much it is distorted, we have to listen to distinguished and experienced people who are not up for a confirmation vote, do not expect to be in the future, and thus can voice their observations in an honest and untrimmed manner.

      One such person is retired Marine Corps General and former Central Command head James Mattis, who last weekend explained some of the cost to the United States of the festering Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “I paid a military security price every day as a commander of CENTCOM because the Americans were seen as biased in support of Israel,” said Mattis.

      Moderate Arabs “who want to be with us,” he said, restrict their support for the United States because they “can’t come out publicly in support of people who don’t want to show respect for the Arab Palestinians.”

      Paul R. Pillar, in his 28 years at the Central Intelligence Agency, rose to be one of the agency’s top analysts. He is now a visiting professor at Georgetown University for security studies.

    • Thank you Phil for this peek into the inner workings of the Israel project. I found this piece from Norman Finkelstein about the ongoing breakup of American Zionism; the slow motion train wreck, ongoing, even as the old timers continue to believe and gloat that they still control of the locomotive.

      Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; 1
      Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all.
      Friedrich, Freiherr von Logau

  • If Kerry fails, Israel will be an apartheid state 'and that didn't work too well the last time,' CENTCOM general warns
    • Listen to how he speaks of Iran and Venezuela after bragging how well Yemen has come along, he says....

      "There is a way to have a democratic gov't, but it does not have to be one that is run by IMPERIOUS HAUGHTY moralistic kind of my way or the highway politically islamic leaders who put the religion first, and you take a look at iran, they can't win the affection of their own people, they can't run an economy, they've infuriated the world, they have no strategic ally; regional worldwide, i wouldn't count Venezuela when they had the little fat guy in charge as a strategic ally, so you see these failures and the best thing you can do is something like a muslim brotherhood..."

      Smooth, if you change a few words around he could be talking about The beacon of Democracy, the indispensable nation, led by moralistic kind of my way or the highway politically democratic leaders, the light unto the nations, that shining city on a hill with a thousand points of light shining on the world...peddling Democracy the God that failed across the globe at the point of a gun, whose willing coalitions have to be bribed or threatened to join them in their murderous romps across the globe making the world safe for hegemony.

      what hypocrites these elitist be!
      this doesn't sound like a friend to peace to me.
      he does at least understand as he mentions early on, that it would bankrupt the country.

    • Maybe Bill Kristol can discover him soon and put together a Palin/Mattis ticket for the next presidential run, he is already fully vetted and very smart sounding.

    • My take is that unfortunately he believes his intel services wholeheartedly. The Iranian Mexican bs he believes because his intel svs told him so...yeah. Is he not aware of the stove-piping of intel that led us into Iraq? Not possible, no way no how.

      And what's up with the fact that he fully embraces the idea that we can intervene in other countries civil wars, and are almost duty bound to do so...this is very unfortunate in my estimation and speaks volume about the entire culture of what is called Gov't in the U.S. Sumting wong.

      We are just so f-kd...if this is what passes for wisdom.

  • Israel is Samantha Power's first priority in opening statement to Congress
    • history's actors...Israel and the US are so full of themselves and deluded with hubris that they can not see the shoals which will lead to their unavoidable shipwreck. below is a quote from the GW Bush admin circa 2002...has it been revealed who said these revealing words of an ideology built on a hubris induced fantasy of the indispensable nation?

      ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''

    • So it seems to me more and more since becoming an observer of the Israel\US relationship and the related issue of the Israel firsters and their advocate role on behalf of that little colonial outpost of the United States that the words of Alexander Haig best describe the reasons for the raison d'être of Israel. Both sides play the other and both sides are thus the player and the game.

      Haig once referred to Israel as “America’s largest aircraft carrier which never could be sunk.”

      Puck:
      Captain of our fairy band,
      Helena is here at hand,
      And the youth, mistook by me,
      Pleading for a lover's fee.
      Shall we their fond pageant see?
      Lord, what fools these mortals be!

      A Midsummer Nights Dream Act 3, scene 2, 110–115

  • Liberal MSNBC host says Snowden thinks he's in a Spielberg movie and Greenwald is a 'jerk'
    • Ask MSNBC's Melissa Harris Perry to ask Diane Feinstein what she thinks of Russel Tice's allegations?

      link to peterbcollins.com

    • Snowden case, and the U.S. media: the lockstep followers
      By Marc Pitzke , New York
      AP
      "Guardian" reporter Greenwald: criticism of the bearers of
      In America's mainstream media, the NSA snooping hardly plays a role. Instead, find whistleblower Edward Snowden and the "Guardian" journalist Glenn Greenwald in the crossfire of the commentators.

      Walter Pincus, 80, is a veteran scandal. The columnist and former reporter for the "Washington Post" wrote already about Watergate and Iran-Contra, and some secret affairs and won the Pulitzer Prize. But even colleagues criticize him Pincus stand of U.S. state power often too close - especially the CIA, for which he spied a young age itself.

      This time, however, must eat lots of extra chalk Pincus: Last week provided the "Washington Post" published a two days earlier Pincus column about the NSA scandal with three paragraphs long correction, which made ​​obsolete most of the core statements in it . It was an unprecedented action in the 136-year history of the U.S. capital newspaper.
      Pincus had speculated that whistleblower Edward Snowden and "Guardian" reporter Glenn Greenwald and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras - which brought most NSA revelations to the public - had a political agenda and "controlled" secret of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would. Pincus' "evidence" were demonstrably false. The "corrected" column - or what's left of it - was nothing more than slander.

      Greenwald, has long been in the crossfire of the U.S. media , immediately protested in an open letter ("Dear Mr. Pincus") against the "baseless allegations". The "Washington Post" took more than 48 hours to rectify the blatant flop comment.

      Criticism of the whistleblower, not the revelations

      With the broadside against Snowden and his press contacts Pincus swims both the government line - as long in the zeitgeist. More and more mainstream media criticize instead of the actual revelations prefer the whistleblower. Snowden in Moscow, Greenwald in Rio: Not getting new details of this seemingly endless scandal dominate U.S. headlines - but its bearer.

      In the "post" that began when the first material Snowden be responsible for safety issues reporter Bart Gellman offered. Gellman Snowden immediately discredited as "melodramatic", because of his uncompromising conditions . Snowden has since launched nothing more to the "Post".

      So it went on. The financially troubled "post", once uncovered Watergate, derided the "Guardian" as "financially injured" - "small and lightweight, even by British standards". "Why a London media revealed so many secrets about the American government?" she groused, as would be the only U.S. journalist to .

      A recent editorial in the "post" could even be written by the White House. Snowden leaks, it said, were harming "the fight against terrorism" and "legitimate intelligence operations." Conclusion Verqueres the grandmother of investigative journalism: The revelations would "end" immediately. Columnist Richard Cohen also held not behind the bush: Snowden was "narcissistic", Greenwald a "braggart".

      link to translate.google.com

  • 'Poor journalism': NBC's Mohyeldin calls out 'NYT' for refusing to name 3 writers who smeared Oday Aboushi
    • Maybe the Journalist dissident will be the new american hero fighting for “Truth, justice and the American way”.

    • Poor Journalism will be challenged effectively and successfully, more and more people are looking for ways to get truth out to the people because an awakening is occurring which has been caused by the realization that the msm ( press) is a servile tool of the National security state and the one political party with it's two wings.

      Blogging is one conduit-the first step in the internet age against the msm's total control of the narrative. The goal and crown jewel will be the takedown and complete discrediting of the servile tool that is the msm (press). It is a trend in place, the train has left the station, now it's a slow motion control demolition event.

      link to kickstarter.com

  • First stop for presidential contenders begins with I, but it's not Iowa
    • Eventually no American seeking political office will dare go to a country like Israel...unless it changes.

      Gideon Levy for BDS in Haaretz.
      link to haaretz.com

      'Anyone who really fears for the future of the country needs to be in favor at this point of boycotting it economically.

      A contradiction in terms? We have considered the alternatives. A boycott is the least of all evils, and it could produce historic benefits. It is the least violent of the options and the one least likely to result in bloodshed. It would be painful like the others, but the others would be worse.'

  • Goddamn the neoconservatives
    • You know Phil, I follow your work here and believe that the neocons have been singled out and cornered so to speak and everyone knows what they are all about...i.e Israel first, big corporate national security spending, and Israel always, followed by cheerleading American jews into blindly supporting the jewish state and keeping that herd from splintering.

      I contend that it's the msm...the mainstream media and how they serve these interests that is most damning to us out here in the real world, where an out of control national security state threatens our ever dwindling civil liberties to say nothing of the soldiers are sacrificed on the altar of these interests.

      The Snowden Greenwald affair has once again shown how servile this group; the press, is to the interests they obediently protect...it is becoming more apparent that the national press is loosing credibility and the Brooks example is more proof of this, but i again will use the word contend, that until more people like yourself take the battle directly to these sycophantic stenographers for the state, and literally point to the underhanded way their reporting serves to propagate the lies of the state that no matter how many battles the neocons will seemingly loose they will always continue to win the war of the minds against the American people.

      This is where the crucial battles in that war will need to be waged, by calling out individually every one of the highest of profiles among them....Greenwald just took his sword out against Pincus i believe at the wash post ....people read this and sooner or later these guys will respond because otherwise they know that their ramparts will be completely overun and their bastions will be lost.

      We do need more Greenwalds and maybe they all will come from the Blogosphere because the msm suffers from Stockholm Syndrome.

      The same with Politicos, they are a captured lot also.

      Best to you, I am just an observer of the tides.

  • The forever conflict: Will America's war on terror ever end at home?
    • Case in point re:msm (press), Russel Tice has an unbelievable story to tell which adds to the Snowden story, where is the truthseeking press, here is a story directly related to the Snowden Greenwald affair, it gives the entire episode more granularity which ought to give the msm press plenty of ammo to cause them to do their job and report this to the american people on the big channels where most americans get their news. The national security state rules the roost and the press is the key gateway.

    • Everytime there is pushback against anything underhanded that the national security state does via some revelation such as Snowden or any of those others from the past, we see over and over and over ad infinitum, that with the complicity of the msm press, they take over the narrative and what we thought was a victory quickly turns into a down the rabbit hole experience. Game set match national security state.

      You need to step back and look at this as a strategic battle and go after the right targets...you can blog and break a great story, but until you call out the guys who direct the narrative in the press it'll always continue to be game set match them.

      I know you guys like to be polite and keep with social convention whatever nonsense that might be, but they do not play fair, they mislead and take over the narrative with misdirection, all the time obfuscating what was once a story into the deep darkness of oblivion.

      While your question is the right question to ask, As long as the msm (press) is allowed to continue to carry on in their sycophantic, national security state servile way, and bloggers of importance do not start calling them out by name nothing will change.

      The msm press is the gateway, and the high profile guys are the ones that serve as the main gatekeepers, unless they are confronted for every single failure for not asking the hard questions then fuhged-aboud-it. Look at what greenwald did with Pincus and the Washington post...he called them out on the Twitter-sphere and followed it up with a story in the Guardian.

      The Twitters-phere is a tremendous transmission belt of information, and denigrating the sycophantic, servile, state serving press superstars, will at least get everyones attention. You have to set the Twitter-sphere on fire.

      Playing nice doesn't get it, the press suffers from Stockholm syndrome at best and flat out treason against truth seeking at worst.

  • Exile and the Prophetic: Obama’s reverence for Mandela has failed on every count
    • Thanks Mark, that was an excellent expose of the failures of another politician who's promises and claims must be placed in the crucible of facts to be able to judge them clearly.

  • Leading American Jewish group announces plan to ramp up campaign against BDS movement
    • These guys; the lobby, their arrogance will be their undoing. But i fear that, as in the past, people will play the association game. "what's past is prologue".

    • This might be the Samuel Untermeyer moment in New York City in Aug 1933. Force Majeure.

      Samuel Untermeyers words quoted in NewYorkTimes Monday Aug 1933
      "It is a war that must be waged unremittingly until the black clouds of bigotry, race hatred and fanaticism that have descended upon what was once Germany, but is now medieval Hitlerland, have been dispersed. If we will but enlist to a man and persist in our purpose, the bright sun of civilization will again shine upon Germany, and the world will be a safer place in which to dwell."

      "Force Them to Learn" 

      They have flaunted and persisted in flaunting and defying world opinion. 

      We propose to and are organizing world opinion to express itself in the only way Germany can be made to understand. Hitler and his mob will not permit their people to know how they are regarded by the outside world. We shall force them to learn in the only way open to us. "

  • Exile and the prophetic: Edward Snowden, on the run
    • The Pollard question should be asked of Peter King and the Christian Zios Graham and "get off of my lawn" McCain. But alas our press belongs to them, the(U.S govt).

    • The Edward Snowden episode has polarized many in both the right and left towards the civil liberties middle.

      I hope that you all saw this very telling quote by Dan Senor expressing his fear on behalf of the U.S Govt...what he calls the U.S govt must be our ruling elites in the Democratic Party and Republican Party united.
      link to fair.org

      On ABC's This Week, former Iraq War military spokesperson Dan Senor offered his take, along with ABC military correspondent Martha Raddatz (6/23/13):
      SENOR: Snowden's, you know, interviews that he gave, and documents he released to the Chinese press, obviously puts us in a very uncomfortable position. But I think domestically, the U.S., I think this further strengthens the center on national security. I think there was a real risk over the last couple weeks that there would be this left/right coalition that would backlash against the United States government, sort of libertarian uprising. And I think Snowden just traveling around the world, flying to these anti-American capitals, behaving the way he's doing further strengthens–I think the center is holding right now in the U.S., and I think that's a positive development.

      Left Right coalition is the remedy that is need to break the logjam, the question is how do we get there, i am guessing it could come about around the issue of foreign policy.

  • Snowden shows up Obama on leadership
    • David you ought not to seriously be concerned. Snowden will wind up in jail for life or dead, unless, he opts to seek refuge in a third country. Snowden can't win and therefore is not a willing participant in any scheme, this can only be an altruistic undertaking on his part. I salute him.

      Phil you definitely belong to the second type of journalist mentioned in the article below, congratulations you do some great writing.

      link to pressthink.org

      The professional stance that proscribes all political commitments and discourages journalists from having a clear view or taking a firm position on matters in dispute (you can call it objectivity, if you like, or viewlessness, which I like better) is one way of doing good work. A very different professional stance, where the conclusions that you come to by staring at the facts and thinking through the issues serve to identify your journalism… this is another way of doing good work.

  • Tom Friedman says candidate with AIPAC backing can raise in 3 phone calls what his opponent needs 50,000 calls to raise
    • " took a strategic decision, they will never be out pro-Israel'd again. That they believe cost them electorally a lot"

      So the poor hapless Republicans can't with with them ( the lobby with the Neocons in tow) and they can't win without them, what a conundrum.

      I will never vote Republican until and unless they move to the libertarian less statist middle...progressive libertarian.

      How about what Glenn Greenwald calls the Jeffrey Goldberg media?
      link to salon.com

  • Meet the Israeli-linked firm that sold Big Brother machines to Mubarak, Qaddafi – and Washington
    • Thanks for the story Max, i follow you on Twitter also.

      This is the thorny War of the Roses.

      My favorite Narus/Comverse technologies story was the one on Fox news right after 9/11 by Carl Cameron it is just sweeeeet.

      The second part of the report by Carl Cameron explains the call monitoring by Amdocs ltd at the 5:30 minute mark on the video.

      "That CIA considers Israel to be the number-one spy threat in the Middle East is a revelation only to neophytes. Counterintelligence officers for decades have been aware of the extent of Israeli espionage against the U.S., at home and abroad, though politicos are customarily wise enough to never mention it. Indeed, CI experts for years have spoken of the Big Four threats to the USG: Russia, China, Cuba, and Israel."

      link to 20committee.com

  • Chris Matthews takes populist stance against another Establishment war on an Islamic country
    • The War of the Roses is getting thornier with Chris Matthews taking an affront to the Neocons winning another battle in the 'Neocon War Machine Master Plan' ...

      U.S accuses Israel in the world press...of spying against the U.S.A (homeland).

      Is Israel the CIA’s top counterintelligence threat in the Near East?Signs of sophisticated surveillance prompt US intelligence officials to speak out on ‘complicated relationship’ with Mideast ally; Prime Minister’s Office: It’s a false report
      link to timesofisrael.com

  • Snowden/Greenwald show: left and right must overcome cultural differences for work ahead
    • Justin Raimondo at antiwar dot com is also daring to dream of an alliance.

      Kumbayah!!! To the barricades.

      link to original.antiwar.com

      Joshua Marshall, of the decidedly “progressive” Talking Points Memo blog – who approves of the spying and thinks Snowden is a criminal – has been good enough to provide an ideological rationale for what seems on the surface to be mere partisan loyalty to the Obama administration.

      We are living in an age when yesterday’s liberals are today’s authoritarians, and even a pathetic few of yesterday’s alleged libertarians find themselves on the other side of the barricades from those who are actually fighting for liberty.

      "In Marshall, the regression to “modern,” 1930s-style liberalism is complete. Moving rapidly away from the old-style anti-authoritarianism represented by such turn of the last century liberals as Randolph Bourne and Oswald Garrison Villard, the new liberalism of Marshall’s school believes “democratic” majorities can vote away the rights of minorities, and that so long as a regime can claim a “democratic mandate,” they are free to do as they like. This is quite possibly the most illiberal concept one could possibly come up with, but that just goes to show how inverted our political values have become, and how what used to be called liberal is instead merely another name for despotism. Marshall’s liberalism is the Bizarro World version – and I’m afraid that with the death of Alexander Cockburn, and the absorption of much of the left into the Obama cult, every other kind is nearly extinct.

      Although perhaps not: after all, the reporter who broke this story – Glenn Greenwald – is an exemplar of the old liberalism, and perhaps his example will inspire others to push back against the Obamaite mutation. So maybe – just maybe – there’s hope for the future of American liberalism after all."

    • It seems that Glenn Greenwald has some observations about Mr Ron Paul.

      link to salon.com

      "Ron Paul’s candidacy is a mirror held up in front of the face of America’s Democratic Party and its progressive wing, and the image that is reflected is an ugly one; more to the point, it’s one they do not want to see because it so violently conflicts with their desired self-perception.

    • Great article and awesome recognition of an inevitable alliance..the libertarian left and the libertarian right.

      The Neoconservative stranglehold over both Dems and Repubs is a marriage made in the bowels of Mordor.

  • 'Washington Post' columnist doesn't rule out 'mass roundups of ethnic or religious groups' in U.S.
    • I have a visceral reaction every time i see the term homeland applied to the United States, makes me feel sad for this country that i grew up in and learned to love.

      Here is a look at what our Neocons act like out in cyberspace, this is about Gen Keith Alexander:Director of NSA.
      by James Bamford.
      THE SECRET WAR
      link to wired.com

      He is director of the world’s largest intelligence service, the National Security Agency; chief of the Central Security Service; and commander of the US Cyber Command. As such, he has his own secret military, presiding over the Navy’s 10th Fleet, the 24th Air Force, and the Second Army.

  • Cory Booker's connection to Zionism steeped in religious fundamentalism and ties to the Jewish community
    • from feb 2007 in the jewish forward.
      "In the beginning of the Iraq war they talked about the neocons‚ as a code word," Hoenlein said. "Now we see that code words are no longer necessary." He warned that the United States is nearing a situation similar to that of Britain, where delegitimization of Israel is widespread.

      "This is a cancer that starts from the top and works its way down," he said. "It poisons the opinions among elites which trickle down into society."

      According to Hoenlein, such critics tend not only to delegitimize Israel but also to "intimidate American Jews not to speak out." He called on American Jews to take action against this phenomenon, saying that Christian Zionists seemed at times more willing than Jews to fight back."

      I contend that the Christian Zionists were cultivated by Israel-AIPAC, just look at it's history and how Dora Gold, Netanyahu and a whole panoply of Israeli's were paraded on Christian tv to firm up the image of poor suffering Israel to the Christian sheep. It is a deeply emotional message that is easy for a bible believer to cling to.

      I saw this first hand, I was one of those bleating sheep who was weaned listening to that message at one time. I saw it also in the messianic jewish congregations in the city of Philadelphia at congregation Beth Yeshua on Haverford, they practice the same methods, they parade Israeli's who to me seemed more like propagandists for Israel than Christians.

      Cory Booker is the poster child and we see who his handlers are by reading the article above.

  • The MSM tries to distinguish between Manning and Snowden. Don't let them
    • Wesley Clarke....seven countries to be attacked, only one left cause even Sudan has been split in half.

      Iran is unfinished business.

      He mentions Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz towards the end of this short clip.

    • I don't think you need to use the qualifier of prophetic for what Ron Paul said in his farewell speech.

      I loved the way the reporters/journalist were all up in arms when Rosen from Foxnews was targeted by DOJ, they thought they were part of the ruling class, the national security state does not operate like that, they intimidate very much like the lobby we are so fond of following here on this website.

      storms a coming, and all it does it get closer and closer one event at a time.

    • Great post Phil. To me both Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden did our nation a great service which it may not recognize until we are way further down the road and we'll be able to look back and lament not having heeded the warning.

      James R. Clapper lied to congress under oath. Now that is a crime worth pursuing.

      The U.S gov't v/s the Citizens of the United States. It isn't about my party v/s your party any longer.

      i'll put up the coffee catch a whiff.

  • Approaching 60, Norman Finkelstein reflects
  • Four months later, did Hagel's confirmation make any difference at all?
    • Hagel himself has proven to be just another tool but, his show trial did bring about a breakthrough.

      I think that the Donkey fellatio skit on SNL was a very important piece simply because it shows that we are on the verge of a major breakthrough on this issue...and the breakthrough will not come until the American people on main street become aware that there is a very powerful foreign lobby that works very hard to send their sons and daughters to wars in the middle east at their behest.

      if comedy is the chosen vehicle to get the message across to middle america then so be it...colbert and the daily show are built around just that.

      Nothing short of this type of breakthrough will impact the power of that lobby, they have no fear, but the regular jew on the street that might be impacted by this fear which will raise their hackles and send the lobby scurrying back home to the country they lobby for.

      You already see how people are choosing between being zionist supporters and zionist amenders or zionist rejecters.

      just my read of this dilemma.

      what is that lobby's name, therein lies the problem...identifying that lobby by name and associating it with a foreign nation...do not be surprised that the lobby has cultivated the ziochristians for that moment if it ever arrives.

  • The education of Samantha Power
    • You do some remarkable writing Phil. The American Jewish community could learn something from you if you can get them to remember that they have a myth about themselves to live up to.

      “Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.” — Edward Abbey

  • End your illusion: Israeli government will never implement a two-state solution, top official says
  • Exile and the Prophetic: A word from the (Jewish) Secretary of Pandering
    • " And these families’ lives should not be determined by terrorists in their midst."

      Wow calling the israeli security state "terrorists in their midst" right to their face and they did not even take note.

  • Hannah Arendt and the Hungarian Jews
    • Jobbik is just another example of 'Blowback' in spades is being dealt around the world.

  • Obama told friends he reneged on progressive promises out of fear of assassination -- former CIA analyst
    • Since you brought up Mary Pinchot take a look at Mary's Mosaic by Peter Janney.
      Phenomenal story about the daughter of a prominent Philadelphia family from yesteryear.

      link to amazon.com

      Peter Janney grew up in Washington D.C. during the 1950s and 1960s. His father was a high-ranking CIA official and close friends with Richard Helms, James Angleton, and Mary’s husband, Cord Meyer. His mother and Mary Meyer were classmates at Vassar College.

    • Phil have you ever heard of Col Prouty? His witness adds some granularity to the narrative of the JFK assassination.

      Col Prouty was Pentagon assigned and was traveling back through New Zealand on the day of the assassination of JFK.
      Fletcher discusses his own experiences in New Zealand the day of the killing.
      link to prouty.org

      The commentary section and the photo section is interesting.
      http://www.prouty.org

      The Col. L Fletcher Prouty Reference Site is a focal point where researchers can locate and retrieve articles, books, videos, and tapes on a variety of subjects which Fletcher has written and participated in.

      Col. Prouty spent 9 of his 23 year military career in the Pentagon (1955-1964): 2 years with the Secretary of Defense, 2 years with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and 5 years with Headquarters, U.S. Air Force. In 1955 he was appointed the first "Focal Point" officer between the CIA and the Air Force for Clandestine Operations per National Security Council Directive 5412. He was Briefing Officer for the Secretary of Defense (1960-1961), and for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

      At times he would be called to meet with Allen Dulles and John Foster Dulles at their home on highly classified business. He was assigned to attend MKULTRA meetings. In this capacity Col. Prouty would be at the nerve center of the Military-Industrial Complex at a time unequalled in American History. He has written on these subjects, about the JFK assassination, the Cold War period, and Vietnamese warfare, and the existence of a "Secret Team". He backs up his his work with seldom seen or mentioned official documents - some never before released.

    • One has to love that wing of the national security state that speaks through Mcgovern, Pillar, Giraldi and the others unknown to me but apparent in the pushback against the zionists within the body politic.

      The Rosen and Franklin spying did not go over too well within the red white and blue intel community who must be sick and tired of catching Israeli spies and being forced to let them fly the coop. Remember Dominik Suter and Urban moving systems? They are also known as the Israeli spies that were arrested after the event that put a ring around the nose of the American body politic and drove us headlong into the middle east.

      They say that James Jesus Angleton has a statue honoring him in Israel.
      The movie "The War of the Roses" comes to mind to me, i think the U.S wants a divorce but it could prove too costly.

      link to antiwar.com

      "Middle Eastern-looking men," as described by witnesses, were Israelis: they were found with box cutters in their van, $4,000 in cash, and multiple passports. Police interrogated them for hours, and transferred them to a maximum security facility, where they were held for months.

      Their van was registered as the property of Urban Moving Systems: A raid on the Urban Moving Systems warehouse yielded computers, documents, and other evidence – of what, we don't know. Suter, the owner of the company, refused all comment, and soon fled the country – to Israel.

      The inclusion of Suter, an Israeli, and the front man for what even the Forward acknowledges was a Mossad operation, on an official list of terrorist suspects should silence, for good, those who dismiss the Israeli connection to 9/11 as a "myth," urban or otherwise. As a great patriot once said:

      "I have in my hands a list…."

      Phil Giraldi recently wrote and analysis of the Big O and deduced that he was a buck-passer, which again does not run against the grain of Mcgoverns revelation of why he passes the buck so much.

      I love this revelation and the reverberations it will have within the tweeting intellectuals, both statist types and the not so statist types.

      Let's see how soon before the tweet-osphere goes a twitter.

      Good catch Phil.

  • As Manning trial begins-- 'Does America have a conscience?'
    • Apparently this site is horrid with venomous posters according to this tweeter...
      this type of condemnation ought to be considered a badge of courage to those of you who run this site.

      yaacov lozowick ‏@yaacovlozowick 22m
      .@Mondoweiss WOULD regard Bradley Manning as a hero. link to mondoweiss.net … via
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      Charlie Adams ‏@AdamovichC 18m
      @yaacovlozowick @Mondoweiss is a horrid site especially their venomous commentators. Thankfully, its an echo-chamber of fringe lunatics.

  • Hey New York, get ready for the big (anti-Zionist) parade!
    • The Naturei Karta Jews have some very interesting books telling a history that many zionist would prefer never be told...and the rest of world jewry would find very unpallatable if they allow themselves to cross the chasm of cognitive dissonance over the bridge of facts.

      link to truetorahjews.org

      The Yemenite Children

      Early Crimes of the Zionists Against Jews The Story of the Yemenite Jewish Community ... that this violated the Sabbath, he was told: “Only in Yemen is there a Sabbath; here, in Israel there is no Sabbath.”

      The Tehran Children

      The Children of Tehran Early Crimes of the Zionists Against Jews The Story of the Polish ... communities who were fooled into leaving their homes in Yemen and other Arab countries and depart for the Zionist state. The ...

  • J Street is no longer on outs with Netanyahu
    • JStreet is like a containment operation, (i always suspected that they had a Zionist purpose) designed to capture the jews who could no longer handle the aggressive racist AIPAC agenda and their fraying image in the U.S and were ready to defect. But with Jstreet they get to be progressive which is part of the image that is so important to the mostly liberal jews who vote Dem, but the purpose as is now evident was to create support for Israel from the breakaway left.

      Zionism uber alles.

  • Why did 'NYT' serve as platform for 'military propaganda'?
    • Harold, I am surprised the see that you were surprised by the New York Times; do not be, this is what we have learned to expect from most U.S news source, as well as any politician. Serving as a propaganda arm for the state of Israel is par for the course over here for main stream news sources, as well as for politicos. I must surmise from your surprise that you either are new to this issue orrrrr you do not live in the United States, either that or this is just you being as polite as possible in your approach to the NYT. Either way this is the lay of the road re: the subject of Israel: support and sycophantic propaganda in support for anything Israel does is the American way.

      If you really need to know why the New York Times served as a platform for military propaganda for Israel, then let me tell you what i have learned, we live in country where Zionist Jewish americans wield a lot of political power, and they use it all the time to protect the Israel brand here in the States, as Phil has catalogued here at Mondoweiss. This website has covered issue after issue, confrontation after confrontation, where we have seen the Zionist win battle after battle, but the damm does seem be have been broached a few times and is showing signs of serious strain.

      Support for Israel is the Golden calf, now all we need is for a Moses to come down from the mountain with the ten commandments and chastise the tribe for their idolatry.

      Is there a Moses in the house? someone with the status of a Moses?

      Exodus 32
      When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods[a] who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”
      2 Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf.
      Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. 8 They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it.
      When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. 20 And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.

      How will the Lord deal with the new Idolatry?

  • Kerry goes for the Hail Mary, but Obama is punting
    • Israels best friend in the United States gives an analysis of "the project in the middle east".

      link to chasfreeman.net

      "The first question is how long Israel can survive as a democracy or at all. The Jewish state has left the humane vision of early Zionism and its own beginnings far behind it. Israel now rules over a disenfranchised Muslim and Christian majority whom it would like to expel and a significant minority of disrespected secular and progressive Jews who are stealing away to the safer and more tolerant environs of the United States and other Western countries. Israel has befriended none of its Arab neighbors. It has spurned or subverted all their offers to accept and make peace with it except when compelled to address these by American diplomacy. The Jewish state has now largely alienated its former friends and supporters in Europe. Its all-important American patron and protector suffers from budgetary bloat, political constipation, diplomatic enervation, and strategic myopia."

      "For a large majority of those over whom the Israeli state rules directly or indirectly, Israel is already not a democracy. It consists of four categories of residents: Jewish Israelis who, as the ruling caste, are full participants in its political economy; Palestinian Arab Israelis, who are citizens with restricted rights and reduced benefits; Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank, who are treated as stateless prisoners in their own land; and Palestinian Arabs in the Gaza ghetto, who are an urban proletariat besieged and tormented at will by the Israeli armed forces. The operational demands of this multi-layered, militarily-enforced system of ethno-religious separation have resulted in the steady contraction of freedoms in Israel proper."

  • Obama's secret wars in Muslim world make Americans vulnerable
    • If you get a chance to watch a rerun of Jeremy Scahill's speech at the Sanctuary please do, you will not regret it if you wish to better understand why they hate us.

      link to mediasanctuary.org

      "Dirty Wars" w/ journalist Jeremy Scahill
      Date & Time: 05/22/2013 - 7pm
      Jeremy Scahill, author of "Blackwater: The World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army" and "Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield," will speak at The Sanctuary for Independent Media on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Admission is by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low income). Advance tickets are available by clicking here.

      This event is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Women Against War, Project SALAM and the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, Albany chapter.

  • Biden says Jewish 'influence' behind American cultural politics is 'immense... immense'
    • Maybe if President Obama gets impeached then Joe Biden can be the next Israel firster jewish pandering president.

  • Exile and the Prophetic: Disappearing Massad, disappearing Palestine
  • Exile and the prophetic: Encountering Otto Maduro
    • Great article, thanks for the background. Is Nicolas Maduro the current president of Venezuela related to Otto Maduro?

  • More on the Church of Scotland's controversial report on occupation
    • wikispooks has it in case anyone didn't copy the original release on abrahams inheritance.

    • Can anyone direct me to where i can get a copy of the original document released by the church.

    • I'll give you my take on the reason for the switch; the isreli jews with the support of their american brethren have cultivated a narrative within the christian church in order to get cover for "such a time as this" to quote a biblical phrase from the book of esther. Dora Gold and Binyamin netanyahu and myriad others have been paraded through pat robertsons 700 club for yeeears and yeeears, searing that putrid racist message of god mandated support for that disgusting racist project in the middle east called israel in the minds of the christian sheep.

      I'm not too far from the truth on this, look at that history and note the handywork.

  • Church of Scotland backs away from boycott call in the face of pressure
    • This move getting the Church to step away from the correct biblical position re:Israel really aggravates me...i can now only hope for the day when these hyper zionist jews get their comeuppance.

      Phil Giraldi says...

      link to original.antiwar.com

      President Obama recognizes the power represented by Jewish groups acting as a cohesive and focused political entity when he meets with them collectively in the White House, so why the reluctance in recognizing and confronting their persistent pro-war, pro-intervention agenda? At a March 7th session, shortly before his trip to Israel, Obama met with Alan Solow, Lee Rosenberg and Michael Kassen of AIPAC; Barry Curtiss-Lusher of the Anti-Defamation League; David Harris of the American Jewish Committee; Jerry Silverman of Jewish Federations of North America; Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz; former Congressman Robert Wexler; Dan Mariaschin of B’nai B’rith; Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; Jeremy Ben-Ami, executive director of J Street; and Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Admittedly the linking of Jewish organizations’ easy access to policymakers with their possible role in launching a string of failed wars in Asia and still more in the offing on behalf of Israel makes many people uncomfortable because it invites the dual loyalty critique and even more extreme commentary that is ultimately racist in nature, but there you have it. The president knows who is pulling his strings and so should the rest of us.

      Americans can either confront the ugly realities of what has been going on for the past twelve years or they can pretend that what they are seeing is not really there. The gatekeepers are understandably concerned lest Washington’s next war be blamed on American Jews..

  • US Jews are so 'polarized' over Israel they can't talk about it to each other, 'Jewish Chronicle' reports
    • I applaud you for your concern, I not being jewish, see the potential for blowback if a xenophobic reaction ever arises. We live in precarious economic times and those have been the times when these events have taken place in the past, and since I married jewish I try to introduce the zionist issue into my partners life so that she can intelligently choose which position she will ultimately take.

      Knowledge is power.

    • For this point of view and the outreach that you have started with your website Mr Weiss; I salute you.

      Drive that wedge through your community Phil, heaven knows you all need to separate yourselves from any association with the zionist, once the tide turns who know what that wave will bring. Judging from history there is reason for concern.

      Brutus:
      There is a tide in the affairs of men.
      Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
      Omitted, all the voyage of their life
      Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
      On such a full sea are we now afloat,
      And we must take the current when it serves,
      Or lose our ventures.

      Julius Caesar Act 4, scene 3, 218–224

  • 'The policy of the present Israeli government is likely to lead to disaster': Stephen Hawking pulls out of conference hosted by Shimon Peres, backs academic boycott of Israel (Updated)
  • Mainstream turns against intervention, this time (Tom Friedman has spoken)
    • A better question instead of what are liberals for is why does Israel hold such power over American politics?

      "Israel is the largest American aircraft carrier in the world that cannot be sunk, does not carry even one American soldier, and is located in a critical region for American national security." Alexander Haig.

      Is the nation of Israel some type of science experiment being used by the American national security nut cases ?

      When will the aipac crowd realize this and stop being used by their american sponsors?

      Does the aipac crowd not care that Israel is giving Jews the world over a very bad name and has the potential to cause some very serious blowback, something comparable to what the bolshevik dream caused for them in the not too distant past.

      does anybody ever learn from the past?
      Sometimes you're the player sometimes you're the game.

  • Syria wrap: Grumbling This won't be easy, NYT's Bill Keller suits up for another Mid-East war
    • Justin Raimondo tweets about the takedown of Huffpost piece.

      Justin Raimondo ‏@JustinRaimondo 1m
      RECORD TIME Huffpo piece on UN claim rebels used sarin gas taken down in 5 mins. replaced by piece saying UN "distances itself" from claim.

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