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Kathleen

57 year old mother of three, activist, concerned citizen

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  • ADL is leading 'witch hunt' against Keith Ellison over Israel comments, J Street exec says
  • Jimmy Carter's proposal to recognize Palestine is dissed by all the usual suspects
    • Carter clearly and sincerely believes in the two state solution, Clearly Israeli leaders, the majority of the population, Aipac, Ross, Miller do not believe, Willing to keep the conflict on "perpetual hold" as Israel confiscates more and more land, air and water.

      As Jonathan Kuttah and so many others have pointed out the two state solution is no longer a possibility, Always a hoax...Carter was duped, That reality is becoming more and more evident to all involved and the public at large

  • David Brooks's drumbeat: an 'expansive foreign policy'
    • Brooks is certainly consistent. Consistently and willfully wrong .
      "There’s a fable going around now that the intelligence about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction was all cooked by political pressure, that there was a big political conspiracy to lie us into war. "

      How many experts warned that the validity of the pre war intelligence was seriously questionable if not absolutely inaccurate, Former head IAEA weapons inspector Scott Ritter did everything in his power to alert the masses, MSM host like Chris Matthews who likes to repeat that he was against the invasion yet consistently had Gaffney, Kristol, Frum, Woolsey on his program repeating the WMD lies over and over again, While Chris would kind of poke fun calling them "the best and the brightest" CM did not have Ritter, El Baradei, Dr. Zbig etc on the experts questioning,

      Remember when El Baradei came out and reported that the Niger Documents were forgeries and bad one at that. I remember thinking in March 2003 that well that will bring a halt to the Bush administrations push to invade. Madness, death and destruction ensued

      Liars and deniers like Brooks who were instrumental in pushing for the invasion of Iraq are complicit in war crimes in my book. He could give a rats ass about how many Muslims have been killed, injured, turned into refugees. Not a care, He is one of the poster thugs for ethnocentricity

      https://www.thenation.com/article/men-jinsa-and-csp/

  • Tulsi Gabbard's screw-the-neocons meeting with Trump sparks anger, derision, encouragement
  • Sanders says fight among Democrats is to go 'beyond identity politics' and stand for all working people
    • Did you go to any of the Sanders events? The involvement and enthusiasm of hundreds of thousands into the millions of Sanders supporters was beyond palpable,

      Pelosi and the old guard have no idea how to harness that energy and involvement, Too tarnished, They need Bernie and those who supported and support Bernie bad, Even Warren cannot harness that energy like Bernie. Everyone is well aware that she did not have the integrity and will to support Bernie,

      When I went to a Trump rally north of Dayton Ohio this past summer just to talk with some of his supporters. Many liked what Bernie was saying and representing, Although of course reactionary to how the msm always painted him as a SOCIALIST,

      The 2018 mid term will be on us in no time, With the old guards losing streak not looking good for Dems

    • Few have the history and voting record that Bernie has to back up what he says, Ok ok have not supported everything about his voting record, Damn close,

    • So hope Bernie stays healthy. We are never ever going to witness anyone better run for President than Bernie, Not even Senator Warren,

      One discussion between MSNBC's Chris Matthews and Bill Maher Matthews says something like Bernie is out next time around, Maher responds by calling CM an "ageist." Goes on to say that some people are brain dead at 78 and some are still sharp as a tack, So hope that will be the case for Bernie, Look at Carter at 90 whatever he is, Most of us never have the brain capacity he has at 90 something,

  • Why 'give him a chance' is not an option
    • Here is one of the articles I read during the time the Obama administration was deciding whether to militarily intervene in Libya. Seymour Hersh wrote one or two articles about how it went down, Pointed out Biden was against intervention, Clinton pushed hard, Anne Marie Slaughter and Susan Rice also.

      http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/inside-obamas-war-room-20111013

      ""It isn't leading from behind," says Anne-Marie Slaughter, the former head of policy planning at the State Department, rejecting a quote in The New Yorker by an unnamed Obama adviser that came to dominate the debate over Libya. "We created the conditions for others to step up. That exemplifies Obama's leadership at its best. The world is not going to get there without us – and we did it in a way where we're not stuck, or bearing all the costs."

      By the end of February, according to a senior administration official, Obama had begun "an incredibly intensive series of discussions in the Oval Office and the Situation Room" on how to handle Libya. From the start, insiders say, the players broke down into two distinct camps. On one side were top-level Pentagon and White House advisers who were skeptical of further military intervention, given the continued U.S. presence in Afghanistan and Iraq. This group included Biden, who had argued strongly against Obama's decision in 2009 to launch a military surge in Afghanistan, and Biden's friend Tom Donilon, the president's national security adviser. (The two men are close: Donilon's wife is Jill Biden's chief of staff.) Also in the skeptic camp were Donilon's deputy, Denis McDonough, who had served on Obama's campaign staff in 2008, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who dubbed calls for intervention "loose talk."

      The skeptics didn't disagree that a Libya without Qaddafi would be a desirable outcome. Libya sits atop the world's ninth-largest oil reserves, producing 1.6 million barrels a day, and the colonel was an unpredictable ally at best, a dangerous madman at worst. In 1986, Qaddafi ordered an attack on a Berlin disco that killed two U.S. soldiers, and in 1988, he authorized the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, resulting in the deaths of all 270 people onboard. His personal quirks – the rambling speeches, the Bedouin tents, the sexy female bodyguards – added to his image as a villain straight out of James Bond. Since 2003, however, Qaddafi had undergone an extreme makeover, courtesy of a multimillion-dollar PR campaign that enlisted influential Washington insiders and policy wonks like Richard Perle and Francis Fukuyama. He gave up his weapons of mass destruction, helped the CIA interrogate Islamic radicals and secured Libya a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council. To top U.S. officials he had become, in the infamous tweet in 2009 from Sen. John McCain, "an interesting man."

      Despite the temptation to overthrow Qaddafi, however, the skeptics in the administration posed a set of tough questions: Would intervening on the side of the rebels make it harder to support U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan? Could it inadvertently lead us into a third ground war? Would it jeopardize cooperation from other countries in the battle against Al Qaeda? Would it undercut the rebels by putting an American footprint on what had up until now been a homegrown revolution? And did we really know who the rebels were? "There was a certain wariness to get involved militarily in a third Muslim country," says one senior administration official who took part in the deliberations.

      On the other side of the internal debate was a faction of unlikely allies within the White House and the State Department who viewed Libya as an opportunity to enact a new form of humanitarian intervention, one that they had been sketching out for nearly a decade. Up until this point, their views hadn't held much sway within an administration marked by its pragmatism and caution. Their formative experience in foreign policy wasn't Iraq or Afghanistan, but memories of the ethnic cleansing in the Balkans and Rwanda during the 1990s, a period in which they firmly believed that the United States had failed in its responsibilities to other countries. They would now be to Obama what the neoconservatives had been to Bush: ardent advocates for war in the name of a grander cause. Libya, in effect, represents the rise of the humanitarian Vulcans.

      One of the most vocal interventionists was Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who had been publicly apologizing for years for her failure to push for an intervention in Rwanda when she served on the National Security Council under Bill Clinton. "I would rather be alone and a loud voice for action than be silent," she has said, even if it meant her career "going down in flames." Obama had not only made Rice the first African-American woman to serve as ambassador to the U.N., he had made the position a Cabinet-level post, meaning that she reported directly to the president. Rice, in fact, had baggage with the Clintons, who felt slighted by her decision to join the Obama campaign as one of his earliest foreign-policy advisers."

    • Or Clinton was not a proven and deadly war hawk sure to inflict more death and destruction on areas of the middle east that she has all ready been part of destroying,, Or that she was not as sold out to Wall Street as Trump,

      Yes on domestic issues likely to be much better, What most people were going for...of course, Even those who voted for Trump believe his trade and jobs hyperbole

    • Fair enough...the way it is. Although I would love to see the electoral college abolished, http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/15/politics/barbara-boxer-electoral-college-donald-trump-2016-election/

      The popular vote for Clinton is up to around 2 million, Huge

    • "while millions of Syrians and Libyans have been devastated through actual neoliberal wars. "-

      And the majority of Americans appear to not care about the death and devastation that Clinton's push for interventions in Libya and Syria have caused, Clearly Obama had the ability to say no but did not, Biden was against the intervention in Libya...not sure about the arming of unknown rebels in Syria,

      Clinton is covered with blood from these interventions, Maddow, Matthews (ok he mentioned a few times) Lawrence O'Donnell, Joy Reid, Wolf Blitzer etc etc allowed her to skate past her deadly foreign policy decisions and the consequences,

      Despicable and so terribly irresponsible, Such tragedy our country has caused,
      The only things learned by our military and government from Vietnam is get rid of draft so the majority of people will not feel affected by our deadly interventions and make sure the mostly complicit msm maintains willful ignorance in the public sphere. Shameful...

    • Keep in mind in a real democracy he lost, This system is rigged...electoral college, super delegates, etc etc Then remember that if he does not produce hundreds of thousands of great paying jobs his goose is cooked, Guaranteed,

    • Alice this piece is so powerful and far reaching, Thank you, "The mask is off. The hard work begins in our neighborhoods, our schools, all the way to the halls of Congress. So support your Muslim neighbor, your sanctuary city, every grassroots organization working for economic and racial justice and prison reform and solar panels; listen to Bernie Sanders and John Oliver and fact check your Facebook now and again. If you see little boys grabbing a girl on the playground or hear a woman catcalled on the street or a Mexican American trashed with some racist garbage, do not be quiet. You are next. That’s how this works. -"

      This is how it works, Spot on,

      Although I would encourage folks to get out and talk with Trump voters, I did last summer in Dayton Ohio at a Trump rally, Stood outside and let people know I was a Sanders supporter but very much wanted to talk with Trump supporters, Had some amazing conversations, Some people were undecided, Many were former GM, Delphi etc workers, Most were upset with low wages and loss of jobs, Many knew as my WWII Teamster union father used to say " both parties sold the American worker down the pike"

      More people than you might think were listening to Bernie and agree with much of what he was saying, Of course people were not exposing if they were racist or sexist, However I do encourage people to get out and talk with Trump voters, Find out why, Don't just generalize, Clearly Trump has unleashed the ugly in people, Still not the driving force for why so many voted for Trump,

      The electoral college has always been corrupt,.

      One thing I have learned during this election process, I cast my first vote for a third party candidate in Ohio, After literally decades of putting several thousand hours in for D em candidates since I was 16 now 64 I could not face voting for a proven and deadly war hawk, Have we ever witnessed such a bloody war hawk move to the front of the line in a Presidential election? Yet I encouraged my friends who were HRC supporters to get out and work their asses off for her (as I have for so many candidates) if they believed in her, I basically knew my vote for Jill Stein (since I could not vote for Bernie) would more than likely not shift the election in any way, Clinton lost in Ohio by 450,000 and the third party vote took around 200,000 votes from who knows who, Ok I threw my vote away but could not stomach voting for such a very deadly war hawk,

      My so called liberal friends who supported the war hawk Hillary based on little knowledge about her destructive foreign policy decisions knew they stood a better deal with HRC domestically than Trump, Self interest vote which the election generally comes down to, However the anger and the personal attacks I have received because of my third party vote has been alarming,

      The lack of tolerance based on an open mind and logic has grown by leaps and bounds within the Dem party, Or maybe just maybe since this is the first time I have voted for a third party candidate in a national election I have now noticed that so called liberals can be as vehement and close minded as right wing Republicans,

  • After years of careless accusation, Dershowitz says anti-Semitism charges must be 'very careful'
  • Where do we go from here? Our thoughts & yours on the US election
    • "For this reason one immediate change following the election is that we plan to expand our coverage of the racism and violence here in the U.S. that is finding political expression and power through the Trump victory. It is central to our mission and our values as a news outlet dedicated to full human equality and fundamental human rights. "-

      "where do we go from here?" Continue to stay right in the middle of the injustice storm, There is a calm right in the center due to the deep level of commitment to human rights and social justice

      Mondoweiss and the team have demonstrated their commitment to these core beliefs “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" Most of the folks who come here to share opinions, information are also committed to human rights and social justice,

      Think it is important to keep your focus on Israel/Palestine while you are expanding however being more inclusive of injustice issues increasing as a direct consequence of Trump's inflammatory words, ideas seems responsible and worthwhile,

      Since Sanders, Warren, Ellison (I think Senator Brown will be among that team) are clearly the progressive leaders I do think there should be a collective effort to focus on them when it comes to middle east issues and any legislative actions that may surface,

      Wondering if the Palestinian rights issue could be somehow merged with the Million Woman march for Trump's inauguration,

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2016/11/14/womens-march-on-washington-planning-for-big-crowds-on-inauguration-weekend/

      Some advertising at this march? "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"

      More audio or video interviews with activist, experts on the I/P issue, at this site,

      Lobbying efforts during the Aipac conference?

    • One thing for sure we should all be hitting Trump's fb page, air waves, petitions on a no to John Bolton for Secretary of Defense, Trump bad, Bannon worse, Bolton worst?

      Trump kept repeating Clinton's war record during campaign, I liked that because Maddow, Hayes, Reid, CNN's talking heads did not, However what is he going after thinking about Bolton as Secretary of Defense? More death and destruction in middle east?

  • DNC chair tweets from Islamophobic gathering in Florida
    • Maddow has done a few segments on the 3 Trump siblings trying to get National Security Clearances, Jared Kushner too, Bet Phio is working on a piece,

      Rachel brought up General Michael Flynn's ties to Turkey then went onto talk about Kushner, Did not and probably would not bring up any possible efforts to be lobbying for Israel with Trump, What do we k now about Kushner's support for Israel, D

      Was it Kushner who pushed for John Bolton to be SOS?

      Monday and Tuesday, Unable to find Tuesday's segment
      http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show

    • "wears ties instead of hoods, but that's the only difference" Nailed it

    • What will liberals in the media sacrifice" We know in the past...facts and truth,

      Schumer getting behind Eliason is fascinating, If Eliason gets and accepts the position sure hope he talks with Howard Dean a great deal, Under Dean's leadership role in the past Dems have done much better state wide, He knows how to build a solid state wide foundation

      Will we ever know for sure if Brazille handed over those debate questions to the Clinton campaign?

  • Before Trump's revolution, there was Sanders'
    • Did not in any way shape or form Trump would deliver. However most of the people I have talked with who were or did vote for Trump that is where his rhetoric hooked them,

      I encourage folks to get out and talk with Trump voters find out first hand why they did so, Or go on ignoring them like the MSM did before this election, Well with the exception of former MSNBC host Ed Schultz, Ralph Nader, However many love ignoring Nader and continuing to blame him for the 2000 Supreme Court Selection of the Bush/Cheney regime

    • Sanders " “I do not believe that most of the people who are thinking about voting for Mr. Trump are racist or sexist.”

      Went to a Trump rally north of Dayton Ohio this oast summer just to talk with those who were attending. I stood outside although I did have a ticket that I had gotten on line to go in but could not bring myself to do it. So I stood outside engaging those in line in many conversations, I first let them know I was a Sanders supporter and a Dem since I could first vote 45 years ago, No problem for people, I then asked why they were in support of Trump. Many were unsure but wanted to hear him speak and get a feel in person, Many had lost jobs at GM, Delphi some were working at Wal Mart after job losses, Probably talked with 40 or so people…jobs, jobs, jobs was the theme. Two guys that I walked with to their cars were also very interested in what Sanders was saying and his voting record, One guy in Osh Gosh overalls had lost his roofing business due to what he felt was illegal immigrants, Although he did not have anger towards the workers, We went over how it was done by contractors, The other guy had a handicapped daughter at home and he and his wife could not get make I think more than 14,ooo a year or they would lose their daughters insurance coverage for her disabilities.

      Having worked for and run several Get Out the Vote campaigns in southeastern Ohio for the Dems heard the “loss of jobs” story over and over again. Real distinction between people over 40 and under. Those who had experienced the constructive results of being in unions etc, So many of them had kids who were serving and some dying in Iraq. Salt of the earth folks who want to believe but have lost jobs and hope

      While Trump's racist, sexist, bigoted remarks have brought like minded scumbags out of the woodwork, I really do think most Trump voters voted for him based on trade, jobs, pay scale,

      Trump has all ready built a wall of tens of thousands (cumulatively entering a hundred thousand) protesters against racism, sexism, bigotry across the country, A wall of people with Sanders and Warren (too bad she did not have the will to support Sanders), A wall against racism, sexism, bigotry, He really is a builder

      To think that the only major MSM news outlet host that daily, yes daily focused on working class issues was former MSNBC host Ed Schultz, MSNBC canned him.

    • Phil "And though Chris Matthews talked every night about America’s costly and brutalizing wars in the Middle East,"

      That is a willful exaggeration, I watch Matthews almost every evening and along with others have pushed him for years to be more honest about U.S. wars an interventions in the middle east, He has not covered this issue even weekly, although far more than his Clinton loyalist economic comrades Maddow, O'Donnell, Hayes, Reid who have all outright provided Clinton with cover for her war record, Matthews has not talked every night about these critical issues, Far from it, Just not as far as those who provided complete cover for Clinton's war record,

  • Trump's path to 'most pro-Israel' president paved by bankruptcy expert and real estate attorney who once lived in a settlement
    • http://www.npr.org/2016/11/09/501451368/here-is-what-donald-trump-wants-to-do-in-his-first-100-days
      "* FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;
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      * FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;

      * SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections."

      Trump sure sounds like he wants to play hardball with foreign lobbyist or officials who lobby for a foreign country and are generally wrapped around one another, Do you think these bullet points for his first hundred days do not apply to Israel?

    • Friedman has talked at length about his view against a Palestinian state and for Israeli annexation of the West Bank, but on Monday he said that Trump’s position was the same.

      “We’re taking the view that the Israelis have just as much of a right if a much greater right to Judea and Samaria as the Palestinians, and when they sit down and talk to each other it will be on that basis. That is frankly, a unique position of Donald Trump and one that we are very proud of,” he said, using the religious Jewish term to designate the West Bank.

      Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967 and since that time the official policy of every U.S. administration has been that these are occupied lands. Similarly, every U.S. administration has considered Israel’s capital Tel Aviv.

      “It’s not just the commitment of an individual, it’s the commitment of an entire political party to support the state of Israel in ways that frankly Israel has not seen from this country before,” Friedman said."

      So Friedman essentially supporting one state or apartheid. Or both
      -

  • New York panel highlights fissures on the left over Syria
    • Clearly. However not easy to make it to and into the states.

    • Will do. Tried to keep up on the Syrian crisis on the internet as it unfolded. The Leverett's brilliance, clarity and commitment to the facts sure helped a great deal.

      When you roll back so logical to wonder with the warnings early on from the Leveretts of horrific death and destruction likely to take place if the U.S. continued to intervene if the goal sort of spelled out in convoluted language in Securing the Realm and the Project for a New American Century's stated agendas if complete chaos without concern at all for the death and destruction was the goal. You have to wonder.

      Also Seymour Hersch. http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n08/seymour-m-hersh/the-red-line-and-the-rat-line

      http://www.lrb.co.uk/v38/n01/seymour-m-hersh/military-to-military#onepass

      Jeffrey Sachs did not hold back
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-sachs/hillary-clinton-and-the-s_b_9231190.html

      Either did former head of the IAEA inspections teams in Iraq during the 90's Scott Ritter
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-ritter/hillary-clinton-foreign-policy-record_b_9221284.html

    • A great deal of talk about holding those accountable for crimes committed from the air, on the ground...Syrian government, rebels, Russians, IS, etc etc.

      One of the questions is will those responsible for the actual violence, death and destruction including the Obama/Clinton administration that provided arms for unknown rebels, and U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford for fueling the violence be held accountable before an international body?

      The panel also kept bring up the American view or prism on the Syrian conflict. Our MSM outlets including Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Joy Reid, Chris Matthews etc have been complicit in keeping Americans eyes closed on this critical issue.

      Mrie ended her views with total misrepresentation of the other panel guest Max and Zein. She strongly inferred that they both felt solidarity with the Assad government. Total bullshit. Mrie "as much as you show solidarity on the government side" What a crock.

      Earlier she asked Max why he quotes war pushers here in the U.S. instead of talking to the Syrian (her) at the table. Myre "I don't care about people in D.C." Hello Myre some Americans are deeply concerned about how our government continues to fuel and fund civil wars, coups etc around the world including Syria, How our taxes are being used ultimately to kill innocent people.

      You may not care "about people in D.C." Many anti war activist here in the states do.

    • Syrian exile: 'My mother is dead. And it was my father who killed her'

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/nov/11/syria-shabiha-alawite-peace

    • Mrie said that arms being supplied to rebels was started six months after the civil rights protest in Syria. Is this accurate, I know former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford recommending providing arms years ago. Before the 2011 civil unrest in Syria.

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/19/us-weapons-to-syria-repeats-historical-mistake

      Also conveniently ignored by Congress and those advocating for arming the rebels was a classified study the CIA did at the time showing that arming rebel factions against sitting governments almost always ends in disaster or tragedy.

      You’d think whether or not the current weapons-running program was effective – or whether any similar program ever was – would have been a key factor in the debate. But alas, the CIA program is never mentioned, not by politicians, and not by journalists. It’s just been conveniently forgotten.

      It is true that perhaps the best advocate for why we never should’ve armed the Syrian rebels to begin with came from President Obama himself. He told the New Yorker in early 2014 that “you have an opposition that is disorganized, ill-equipped, ill-trained and is self-divided. All of that is on top of some of the sectarian divisions.” Critically, he cited that same above-mentioned classified study:

      Very early in this process, I actually asked the CIA to analyze examples of America financing and supplying arms to an insurgency in a country that actually worked out well. And they couldn’t come up with much.

      He didn’t mention the CIA’s already-active weapons-running program. Why he didn’t stick to his guns since he supposedly was weary of getting the US military involved in yet another quagmire it could not get out of is beyond anyone’s comprehension. Instead, he supported Congress’s measure to create yet another program that sent even more weapons to the war-torn region"

    • Syria was also on the PNAC's hit list. More "creative destruction" based on "noble lies"

      PNAC Rebuilding American's Defenses" Whose defenses?

      http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf

    • "It’s a mistake, Mrie argued, to “focus on the last fragment of the conflict without really understanding the timeline,” how the uprising began. -"

      A Clean Break:
      A New Strategy for Securing the Realm

      What role Israeli firsters here in the U.S. representing Israel's believed interest have played in the build up to this intervention and conflict is critical also. Syria has been on the Wurmsers, Feith, etc hit list for years.

      http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1438.htm

      "Securing the Northern Border

      Syria challenges Israel on Lebanese soil. An effective approach, and one with which American can sympathize, would be if Israel seized the strategic initiative along its northern borders by engaging Hizballah, Syria, and Iran, as the principal agents of aggression in Lebanon, including by:

      striking Syria’s drug-money and counterfeiting infrastructure in Lebanon, all of which focuses on Razi Qanan.

      paralleling Syria’s behavior by establishing the precedent that Syrian territory is not immune to attacks emanating from Lebanon by Israeli proxy forces.

      striking Syrian military targets in Lebanon, and should that prove insufficient, striking at select targets in Syria proper.

      Israel also can take this opportunity to remind the world of the nature of the Syrian regime. Syria repeatedly breaks its word. It violated numerous agreements with the Turks, and has betrayed the United States by continuing to occupy Lebanon in violation of the Taef agreement in 1989. Instead, Syria staged a sham election, installed a quisling regime, and forced Lebanon to sign a "Brotherhood Agreement" in 1991, that terminated Lebanese sovereignty. And Syria has begun colonizing Lebanon with hundreds of thousands of Syrians, while killing tens of thousands of its own citizens at a time, as it did in only three days in 1983 in Hama.

      Under Syrian tutelage, the Lebanese drug trade, for which local Syrian military officers receive protection payments, flourishes. Syria’s regime supports the terrorist groups operationally and financially in Lebanon and on its soil. Indeed, the Syrian-controlled Bekaa Valley in Lebanon has become for terror what the Silicon Valley has become for computers. The Bekaa Valley has become one of the main distribution sources, if not production points, of the "supernote" — counterfeit US currency so well done that it is impossible to detect.

      Text:

      Negotiations with repressive regimes like Syria’s require cautious realism. One cannot sensibly assume the other side’s good faith. It is dangerous for Israel to deal naively with a regime murderous of its own people, openly aggressive toward its neighbors, criminally involved with international drug traffickers and counterfeiters, and supportive of the most deadly terrorist organizations. "

    • 'It’s a mistake, Mrie argued, to “focus on the last fragment of the conflict without really understanding the timeline,” how the uprising began."

      http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33997408

      The story of this disastrous programme dates back to the early days of the uprising in the Middle East. Robert Ford, the former US ambassador to Syria, had a front-row seat to the drama.
      Image copyright AFP
      Image caption Amabassador Ford with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2011

      In early 2011 he met with Assad. Governments were being overthrown in Tunisia and Egypt, but things were still quiet in Syria. They discussed diplomacy in a polite manner. Then Ford asked about human rights. Assad "hit red real quick," Ford said.

      "He raised his voice, and it was very clipped, short," Ford said, twisting his face and karate-chopping a desk.

      After serving as ambassador to Algeria and working as a diplomat in the Middle East, Ford was the State Department's go-to Syria expert for years.

      He was faced with the challenges of managing the department's portfolio for Syria, a lovely country with olive groves and rolling plains that's "not of any particular strategic interest to anybody who doesn't live there," as Anthony Cordesman, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said.

      Even worse, Ford had taken on a seemingly hopeless task - arming the opposition in Syria with US weapons.

      Because of the uprising, Syria was in the news. But despite the changes within the country, Syria still wasn't vital to the strategic interests of the US.For that reason it remained a low priority for administration officials.

      When the Assad regime started to falter in 2012, Ford believed the US should get involved in the conflict by supporting the rebels. Otherwise Syria could slide into anarchy and become "another Somalia/Yemen", he said, using state department code for Failed State.

      Virtually everyone in the US, including Obama, wanted to support the opposition in Syria. But the question was whether the US should send Stinger missiles and rocket-propelled grenades, or offer moral support and humanitarian aid and stay out of the conflict.

      Ford told administration officials years ago they should arm the rebels. If the US doesn't help, he said at the time, extremists will give them money and lure them into their organisations.'

    • "Mrie said the left’s main problem was “denying Syrian voices and the agency of the Syrian people.” Why is regime change a bad idea, she asked, if it comes from them"

      Middle east experts Flynt and Hillary Mann Leveret wrote and spoke extensively about the situation in Syria. They wrote six years ago that 50% or more of the Syrian people supported Assad. That it would be a wise and life saying approach for the Obama administration (HRC) to negotiate with Assad about a power sharing deal that he was offering then.

      Clearly Mrie was able to leave Syria due to wealth or connections. Not the case for millions of other Syrians

  • In Clinton campaign email, former White House officials call Tom Friedman a 'committed Zionist'
    • "Right now the Israeli-neocon lie machine is busy manufacturing a war with Russia. And there is NO discussion of this in the current election campaigns. "-

      MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Joy Reid have all been pushing the "Russians are coming" fear mongering big time, Donna Brazille and others too,

      In the MSM the DNC "rigged system" (against Bernie) scandal was dropped as soon DWSchultz was dropped The big Dem players turned the Wikileaks drops into a highly suspect and dismissed source for what goes on behind the scenes to fearmongering in a matter of weeks after the convention, MSNBC talking heads have continually fueled the fear about Russia.

      Taking a Page from Joe McCarthy
      November 1, 2016

      https://consortiumnews.com/2016/11/01/taking-a-page-from-joe-mccarthy/

  • Invite to Netanyahu brought a big donor to Dem thinktank-- and 'we'll never be called anti-Semitic again'
  • 'Atlantic' editor says that Israel's 1948 expulsion of Palestinians was not 'a tragedy'
  • Roger Cohen's epiphany
    • Continued Israeli theft of Palestinian lands and homes check points on stolen land, separate roads, lack of rights for Palestinians provide a carved out path to an epiphany for anyone paying attention.

  • Ari Shavit’s humiliating fall from grace: AIPAC, Hillel cancel events in wake of groping story
    • I am partially with you Keith... clearly intentional and unprofessional. Yet not an excuse for Shavit's

    • She added later, “I am glad Ari Shavit has at least acknowledged an encounter took place. "

      Far, far more than Trump or Bill Clinton have done, Although that is not saying much.

      " As a committed Jew, I am always open to the possibility of forgiveness and redemption.”

      Smart, And clearly she is not forgetting and appropriately so,

      "Reporters were in a race to name Shavit, and then to explore the disservice the story will do to liberal Zionism.' Sounds like his very bad behavior is all ready being used to silence the facts that he explores and writes about,

  • Clinton aide called Netanyahu a ruthless 'wing nut' and Israel 'depressing'
    • Sounds like the "rank and file" are so beneath Goldberg,

    • Neera "It’s a good lesson that the wing nuts are just ruthless in every country." Neera's boss falls into the "ruthless" category on foreign policy decisions, Iraq, Libya, Syria. Seriously ruthless HRC,

      Neera's lip prints are all over BB's ass, That interview was the most ass kissing I had ever seen,

  • Draft of Clinton letter called BDS 'odious,' 'unconscionable' attack on 'legitimacy of Zionism'
  • 'My solution is just equality for all of the people': Israeli activist Renen Raz dies at 28
    • What an incredible young man filled with integrity and compassion. So sad about his death. Brutal, May he rest in peace and may his family also find peace

  • Clinton to drop Israel from 'public' speeches, put it back in 'with donors' -- email
    • "All the smart guys in Tel Aviv thought Bibi was having a nervous breakdown. In the US you could never get away with those kind of racist appeals. But, man, did it work."

      BB clearly understands the fundamentals of racism and that he can get away with expressing what is really going on. Racism in action...he gets it that Israel has and can get away with it.

      That Hillary will support no matter what.

      MSNBC host, CNN host not mentioning Wikileaks at all. Silence

      On Friday night Fox News Megyn Kelly lets those not reporting about Wikileaks drops off the hook by saying "they are so complicated" and the MSM likes easy reporting. Odd

  • Clues to the end of the world shared during final 2016 presidential debate
    • Oh yeah Mort Zuckerman in that discussion group too with Clinton. Best video coverage of dinner on Cspan

    • Last night (Wednesday) during the debate Clinton asked Trump if he would refuse to be influenced by Russia. Trump said he would not be influenced by "any country" If you watched the Al Smith dinner tonight you witnessed Henry Kissenger, Schumer having some looked like intense conversation with Clinton. The I lobby is one of the groups that own Clinton's foreign policy. All war hawks As if Israel does not have influence...

  • B'Tselem calls on world to 'intervene' to stop 'more perfect occupation,' and Netanyahu goes ballistic
    • off topic...Last night (Wednesday) during the debate Clinton asked Trump if he would refuse to be influenced by Russia. Trump said he would not be influenced by "any country" If you watched the Al Smith dinner tonight you witnessed Henry Kissenger, Schumer having some looked like intense conversation with Clinton. The I lobby is one of the groups that own Clinton's foreign policy. All war hawks As if Israel does not have influence...

      Phil if you happen to be watching the Al Smith dinner. Notice how Kissenger was only a few rows behind Clinton. He hovered around her for quite some time waiting to speak with her. Can't think of the other man with him that appears on Joe Scarborough all of the time. Part of the I lobby mafioso. Schumer and Clinton looked like they had an intense discussion...Kissenger too. Best video coverage was on Cspan. Chris Matthews fit a hob nob in with her too.

      Trump's best line was when he said he had met with Hillary's election team and then went on to point them out in the crowd. NBC, CNN, etc etc. Funny as hell

  • In email, Clinton calls for a 'Potemkin' peace process
  • Necessary Transformations: Ending the claim to exclusivity
    • On the exclusivity issue...Americans are not that different than Israeli's. How often do you hear Americans think, feel or write about the fundamentally racist invasions, military interventions in Libya, Syria and the deadly consequences discussed on our MSM. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims have been killed, injured, millions turned into refugees in large part due to the Bush/Cheney, Wolfowitz, Obama/Clinton. Anne Marie Slaughter foreign policy turned into military actions, proxy wars, Muslim lives seem not to matter to most Americans...dispensable . Shameful

  • The battle over Obama's legacy, featuring Netanyahu, Zogby, liberal Zionists, and 88 senators
    • One person, one vote, one state. Israel closed the doors to a 2ss long ago, 1ss only solution, Let's hope Obama puts his words into action

      Made it, What is the latest with the comments section, Hope folks keep sharing all MW pieces via fb onto other sites etc,

  • Israel begins deporting women who tried to sail to Gaza
    • Hoping folks share this story and respond to the request of the brave women who participated in this human rights act focused on justice for Palestinians.

  • Adelson: My 'most important' project ups Jewish inmarriage from 42 to 76 percent
    • Keep going back and taping "post comment" again and again

    • Adelson unabashed in his celebration of ethnocentricity.

      Phil have you noticed how often Chris Matthews refers to the deadly chosen wars, interventions in Iraq, Libya, Syria as "stupid" wars. Stupid...that is the strongest description Chris Matthews can come up with for these crimes against humanity that both the Bush and Obama administrations have been involved in. "stupid" He says this over and over again. My latest comment at CM's fb Hardball page "Monday Oct 3. Chris why do you continually refer to the middle east wars which we know Clinton has been deeply involved in pushing for as "stupid" over and over again you call those wars "stupid" Come on Matthews you are more of a wordsmith than that. (although dishonest in your application). Those horrific decisions that HRC has been deeply involved in making have been catastrophic, horrific, cataclysmic, devastating, dreadful, horrendous, horrible, frightful, fearful, awful, terrible, atrocious, heinous; horrifying, shocking, appalling, harrowing, gruesome;
      hideous, grisly, gory, ghastly, unspeakable, monstrous, nightmarish, sickening. Crimes against humanity, war crimes. Take your pick Mr. Wordsmith or include them all. Your weak description of the cost of U.S. actions in the middle east are pathetic and and deeply disrespectful of all of those who have lost their lives, been injured and turned into refugees because of the gruesome decisions that Clinton has been deeply involved in. If there is a hell she is going to be spending some time there."

  • Problem with Comments
    • Tried once, again and three times a charm.

    • Just tried to put this up under Phil's latest. Will try it here. Phil have you noticed how often Chris Matthews refers to the deadly chosen wars, interventions in Iraq, Libya, Syria as "stupid" wars. Stupid...that is the strongest description Chris Matthews can come up with for these crimes against humanity that both the Bush and Obama administrations have been involved in. "stupid" He says this over and over again. My latest comment at CM's fb Hardball page "Monday Oct 3. Chris why do you continually refer to the middle east wars which we know Clinton has been deeply involved in pushing for as "stupid" over and over again you call those wars "stupid" Come on Matthews you are more of a wordsmith than that. (although dishonest in your application). Those horrific decisions that HRC has been deeply involved in making have been catastrophic, horrific, cataclysmic, devastating, dreadful, horrendous, horrible, frightful, fearful, awful, terrible, atrocious, heinous; horrifying, shocking, appalling, harrowing, gruesome;
      hideous, grisly, gory, ghastly, unspeakable, monstrous, nightmarish, sickening. Crimes against humanity, war crimes. Take your pick Mr. Wordsmith or include them all. Your weak description of the cost of U.S. actions in the middle east are pathetic and and deeply disrespectful of all of those who have lost their lives, been injured and turned into refugees because of the gruesome decisions that Clinton has been deeply involved in. If there is a hell she is going to be spending some time there."

  • Video: Israeli soldiers' nighttime raid of house of two Palestinians killed in demonstrations
    • Where are the international human rights responses and enforcement of human rights laws in these cases of horrible abuse, Heard a former Israeli soldier in Boulder Colorado talk about his participation in these human rights abuses, Israeli soldiers are terrorist in large part

      Terrifying for all,,,especially children, Clearly the intent of Israel.....wanting the Palestinians people to be in a perpetual state of fear and anxiety,

  • 'Beholden to AIPAC' -- progressive senators Warren, Murphy, Brown sign letter seeking to limit Obama's actions
    • thanks Mooser

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

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

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

      FED PROBE: TRUMP ADVISOR IN KREMLIN POCKET?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Two women's boats set sail for Gaza in effort to break blockade
    • Hope and pray it is a peaceful trip, We know on their end it will be, Bet Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell and the rest of the MSNBC host will be silent on this action,

      Was glad to see them cover the North Dakota "Water is life" protest etc, Certainly will not be the case in this situation, Not brave enough,

  • 'Shame on you,' Israel, for turning Obama 'into some Jew hater,' Tom Friedman says
  • After building a protest movement, West Bank village of Nabi Saleh steps back from weekly Friday protests
    • Over half of the village injured. 50 permanently disabled. Lost two family members. Unbelievable human tolls.

      What incredible stamina, commitment. Awe struck.

      Pleased to read they will continue once a month.

      Has anyone donated to this honorable cause?

      Sure folks noticed that in the "Commander in Chief" forum Matt Lauer did not ask anything about the I/P conflict. Zero

  • The United States of Innocence -- the worldview of Major Todd Pierce (retired), Part 2
    • Been thinking about Trump's imperialist statements that "we should have taken Iraq's oil." That is essentially what took place. Clinton supported. U.S. Imperialism in action..

      "From ExxonMobil and Chevron to BP and Shell, the West's largest oil companies have set up shop in Iraq. So have a slew of American oil service companies, including Halliburton, the Texas-based firm Dick Cheney ran before becoming George W. Bush's running mate in 2000.

      U.S. Imperialism in concrete form:
      The US Embassy In Baghdad Cost A Staggering $750 Million [PHOTOS]

      Remember Paul Bremmer was sent into Iraq soon after the illegal and immoral invasion to privatize oil etc in Iraq. Which had been nationalized http://www.alternet.org/story/19293/the_handover_that_wasn't
      The Handover That Wasn't
      Before his departure, CPA chief Paul Bremer issued 100 Orders to dramatically restructure Iraq's economy to fit…
      alternet.org

      http://www.businessinsider.com/750-million-united-states-em

    • Have not read this second part, but will. Major Todd Pierce movement towards the stance Andrew Bacevich has taken for several decades.

      Heads up...on Charlie Rose last night (Friday Sept 9th) Ian Bremmer stated that he thinks Obama will move to recognize Palestine after elections. Now that would be quite the Netanyahu thumping and a much needed one at that. Have to wonder

  • Many leftwing Israelis are leaving the country -- 'Forward' breaks an important story
    • It does seem like anyone with a conscience would leave Israel, Although one might say the same for all of the death and destruction the U.S. has caused in the middle east. Why do we stay?

  • New York Times is on the scent of another Russian agent... Julian Assange
    • No matter how many times I witness the msm flip what should be the focus of an issue to whatever they so choose I am always stunned that the masses fall for it. For instance the wikileaks release of DNC emails confirming the DNC had "rigged the system" for Clinton now it totally focused on the "Russians are coming" the Russians are influencing our election.

      The DNC "rigged system" issue was really never picked up by anyone at MSNBC etc. Joy Reid, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews so sold out.

      T

  • Daniel Berrigan's 1973 prophecy: Israel is becoming 'the tomb of the Jewish soul'
    • No way in hell would Berrigan be chosen to be Pope. He might have burned the place down. He threatened the patriarchal, oppressive, extremely wealthy system

      Who knew that Jeremy Scahill knew the Berrigan brothers. Their inspirational actions touched so many. They were so consistent in their application of their deep humanitarian beliefs. Vietnam, Civil rights, nuclear weapons, Israel's oppressive system.

      In this clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc28QfybR34 Chris Wallace ask Berrigan if not being as big as they had been in the 60's, 70's bothered Father Berrigan.

      Berrigan's response "No I don't think we ever felt our conscience was tied to the other end of a T.V. cord. I think we have tried for a number of years to do what was right because it was right." Whether the issue is Vietnam, Iraq, Israel...the Berrigan brothers were deeply committed to their humanitarian values.

    • Not sure who the man is to the left of Daniel Berrigan....nailed it " Not only are we killing people through violent physical war, but we are also killing them through the extension of our economic, political empire."

      The Holy Outlaw

    • The Berrigan brothers, Cantonsville 9 inspired millions of us to walk our human rights and social justice talk. As a young Catholic girl in 1967 their words and actions moved me to get deeply involved in anti-Vietnam actions and civil rights in the U.S.

      Their actions were rooted in deep spiritual beliefs. Thomas Merton inspired many of us during this same period. Many Notre Dame nuns too.

      Cantonsville 9

  • 'Everything that we have done since 9/11 is wrong' -- the worldview of Major Todd Pierce (Retired)
    • "all those protest didn't stop the warmongers" Indeed. In many ways only reinforced how out of control or in control the neo, oil, theo cons are. I think these enormous efforts left many feeling impotent and turned into apathy and complacency.

      Although clearly Sanders was able to unite concerned citizens and sure sounds like he inspired many to get involved at local levels and run for office.

      On Jill Stein planning to vote for her. Will be the first time in 45 years of being active in Dem Presidential campaigns that I will vote for a third party candidate. Have never voted for a proven and deadly war hawk. Not planning to do it now...

    • " This morning, Joe Scarborough said you know the Democrats have gotten rid of their Vietnam syndrome. They’re back in full warfare mode. They’re just triumphant. There’s a satisfaction that both parties are united on their foreign policy. No more of this antiwar dissent, or Democrats apologizing for what we’re doing. We finally silenced the antiwar left. There’s a triumphalism being expressed."

      Hundreds of thousands of Americans (into the millions nacross the nation) marched, lobbied their reps, protested before the invasion, Against the invasion, In D.C. there were three anti invasion marches before January 2003, The first one had about 30,ooo then increased in size, The anti invasion march in Feb of 2003 was massive,

      In all of these anti invasion marches there were teachers, plumbers, students, people of all ages. I marched with the Vets in New York, Vets from WWII, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Hell I pushed an old guy who was 9o at the time in a wheel chair, He had served during WWII,

      The 9/11 families against the invasion led the anti invasion march along with Vets, I have friends whose daughter was a stewardess on the United flight who was killed, Bev and John Titus were at the front of the anti invasion march https://www.urbana.edu/about-us/community/alicia-titus-memorial-peace-fund

      Keep in mind this happened before the invasion, 30 million world wide marched against the invasion....BEFORE THE INVASION https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protests_against_the_Iraq_War

      What the media and our government/military learned from Vietnam was not what one would hope...do not start another unnecessary war, They learned not to show those sitting at home watching the news who was really out there trying to stop the invasion, The powers that be learned not to show the American people what the results were in Iraq, Libya, Syria, The extremely well paid talking heads like Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow etc go along,

      The draft ended after Vietnam another thing the military learned, Cut the draft, Less resistance because fewer often poorer people join the military, Keep the public in the dark....easier

      Sure did not see msm cameras at those early anti invasion marches, Sure don't hear or see, Fox,CNN, MSNBC covering what has and is going on as a result of the Obama administrations interventions in Libya, Syria

      Many of us were involved with the Vietnam anti war movement

  • France's burkini ban is a dangerous, Islamophobic assault on feminist values
    • You can be assured "a modest dress of Jewish orthodox lady" would not be required t-o strip. This would be considered anti-semitic" and it would be. This would make big news all over the world.

      This is absolutely "anti Muslim" and .feminist. Let those who want to cover up cover up. For heavens sake this is insane.

    • Indeed...redongdiculous....

    • French police demanding Muslim woman to take off burkini seems criminal. Talk about the French being anti feminist. "Hey you lady strip" in France "you are required to show tits and ass" "breast and buttocks" if you want to be more proper.

      Next the French will be passing the "Pro show tits and ass legislation" What the hell.

      Leave people who want to cover up alone. Talk about anti choice. Who cares? Men addicted to getting their ya ya's off by catching the skin show on the beach. Geez...

  • Let's talk about Russian influence
    • When Obama picked Hillary as his Secretary of State my mind and mouth dropped. The hundreds of hours I had put into doing my part and more in getting Obama elected went down the tubes Then they brought Ross in for awhile and one knew the pre election hopes were dust when it came to foreign policy changes

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