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Kathleen

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  • Palestinians evicted from homes in Jerusalem to make way for settlers' biblical theme park
    • this land belongs to the Palestinians not the Israeli's. Illegal and immoral

    • I remember when 60 minutes did a piece on The Ir David Foundation. Bet Leslie Stahl raised a bunch of money for the project with that program

  • Senate legislation on Palestinian refugees does not put 'US interests first,' Sen. Leahy says
  • Visualizing Palestine: Where the color of your license plate dictates which roads you can drive on
    • Adam the Mondoweiss team is on fire for justice. Thanks

    • Thanks Adam will use this incredible visual . Demonstrating once again Israel's apartheid state

    • "They’re getting a very bad name around the world for themselves and the cries of “anti-semites” and “Palestinians are terrorists” have lost their power." Have had and continues to expand their "bad name" around the world. When Israel stops building and expanding illegal settlements in the West Bank and illegal housing in E Jerusalem, decides to abide by UN resolutions, signs the NP'T that they demand that their neighbors abide by...Oh did I say when hell freezes over. Nations and people around the world will feel differently toward the internationally recognized state of Israel based on legal boundaries

  • Daniel Pipes says he and Steve Rosen drove Senate re 'so-called' Palestinian refugees
    • Hey Phil check this out over at Antiwar.com. Mondoweiss mentioned

      Now I am not anti Buchanan. He voiced strong opposition to the invasion of Iraq. Has brought up the influence of the I lobby and Israel's disproportionate and destructive influence on US foreign policy for years. Have I disagreed with him on either issues yes. But he is rock solid on other issues.

      How Bill Kristol Purged the Arabists

      by Patrick J. Buchanan, May 29, 2012
      Print This | Share This After taping John Stossel’s show on May 15 in New York, the Mrs. and I took the 10 a.m. Acela back to Washington. Once we had boarded the train, who should come waddling up the aisle but Bill Kristol.

      The Weekly Standard editor seemed cheerful, and we chatted about the surge in Mitt Romney’s popularity and prospects.

      I did not ask what he had been doing in New York, but thanks to the website Mondoweiss, I found out. Kristol was there for a May 15 “debate” with Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street, the pro-Israel organization, at B’nai Jeshurun synagogue on the Upper West Side.

      After listening to Kristol, writes Phil Weiss, “I am still reeling.”

      “Kristol was treated like royalty and came off as … a Republican Party warlord,” bragging “about how all the hostile elements to Israel inside the Republican Party were purged over the last 30 years — [and] no one [now] dared to question the power of the Israeli lobby.”

      “The big story in the Republican Party over the last 30 years, and I’m very happy about this,” said Kristol, is the “eclipsing” of the George H.W. Bush-James Baker-Brent Scowcroft realists, “an Arabist old-fashioned Republican Party … very concerned about relations with Arab states that were not friendly with Israel….”

      That Bush crowd is yesterday, said Kristol. And not only had the “Arabists” like President Bush been shoved aside by the neocons, the “Pat Buchanan/Ron Paul type” of Republican has been purged.

      “At B’nai Jeshurun,” writes Weiss, “Kristol admitted to playing a role in expelling members of the Republican Party he does not agree with.” These are Republicans you had to “repudiate,” said Kristol, people “of whom I disapprove so much that I won’t appear with them.”

      “I’ve encouraged that they be expelled or not welcomed into the Republican Party. I’d be happy if Ron Paul left. I was very happy when Pat Buchanan was allowed — really encouraged … by George Bush … to go off and run as a third-party candidate.”

      Kristol’s point: Refuse to toe the neocon line on Israel, and you have no future in the Republican Party.

      Ben-Ami seemed equally exultant: “We’ve won the war; we won the war,” he told the audience. Ninety-nine percent of Congress now votes almost 100% pro-Israel.

      But Ben-Ami appeared nervous about how this unanimity in the Congress behind Israel had been achieved:

      I very seriously and absolutely do believe that a significant percentage of American members of the House of Representatives and the Senate are intimidated on this issue (of Israel). … They worry about the ramifications of speaking out. … They are worried about the attacks that they will receive.

      Ben-Ami said the 50 members who have criticized Israel are courageous, but “another 200 are scared to do it.” Haaretz.com reports Ben Ami as saying congressmen “live in fear” of the Israeli lobby.

      Kristol laughed at this and dared Ben-Ami to name them.

      When Ben-Ami brought up the destruction of Palestinian rights on the West Bank and said Hillary Clinton repeatedly raises this issue with Israel, writes Weiss, “Kristol sniggered.”

      It’s a “myth,” said Kristol, that Arabs care about Palestinians. The Israeli occupation on the West Bank can last for 45 or 60 years more. Bill Kristol on Palestinian rights sounds like Bull Connor talking about Negro rights in Birmingham in 1965.

      Another source says Kristol predicted that Sen. Joe Lieberman, whose voting record is closer to Socialist Bernie Sanders’ than to conservative Jim DeMint’s, will be secretary of state in the Romney administration.

      A former head of the Israel lobby AIPAC describes Lieberman as “the No. 1 pro-Israel advocate and leader in the Congress.”

      Joe led the cheers for our last three Middle East wars — and has pushed for two more, against Syria and Iran.

      About Kristol’s comments, a point of personal privilege.

      George W. Bush never “encouraged” me to go third party. At the Iowa straw poll in 1999, he asked me to stay in the party, and party chair Jim Nicholson came to my home to make the same request.

      At the synagogue, Kristol was never asked about his role in the Iraq War that he and his collaborators pressured Bush to wage as “Israel’s fight against terrorism is our fight.”

      Some 4,500 Americans died in that war, 35,000 were wounded, and 100,000 Iraqis perished, leaving half a million widows and orphans.

      Result: U.S. influence in the Middle East is at a nadir. Al-Qaeda has spread into Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, and North Africa.

      Now the neocons are worming their way into the Romney camp, dropping us hints on whether John Bolton or Joe Lieberman will be the next secretary of state.

      Has Gov. Romney imbibed the Kristol Kool-Aid that caused the war and cost the party Congress in 2006 and the presidency in 2008?

      Hard to believe, but we should find out before November.

    • Thanks Annie and Phil. Amazing to think that Rosen a top official for Aipac caught red handed illegaly and knowingly accessing highly classified US intelligence about Iran etc. passing the info to Israeli officials undermining U.S. national security continues to have so much power...

      Amazing to watch and listen to the MSM host report about how many Syrians have been killed by the Assad government and stream gruesome images of the dead in and these same outlets have never ever displayed images of how many children or innocent people killed, injured displaced as a direct consequence of our immoral and illegal invasion of Iraq. You know "massacres"
      Never have these same MSM outlets displayed images of the thousands killed in Gaza during Israel's "massacres" Obama's drones killing thousands of innocents.

      Guess the U.S. and Israel etc do not like competition in the "massacre" arena.

  • WaPo unearths.... Iranian plot to assassinate US embassy officials
    • "Precisely who ordered the hits and why, was never conclusively determined." No surprise there...being conclusive is not a strength of the WaPo or other outlets pushing a military confrontation with Iran.

      When is the last time you have read an article in U.S. outlets or heard one of our Reps or an MSM host or journalist asking why Israel has and continues to refuse to sign the NPT?

  • Aaron David Miller: After a short 'peace process,' look for war with Iran in 2013
    • Aaron David Miller is on NPR a great deal. He often promotes what seems to be a reasonable approach with Iran then he much more smoothly repeats the unsubstantiated claims about Iran. Wonder if Israel will pre-emptively attack Iran between Nov 6 and inauguration day the way they with with the Gaza. Oh yeah Iran is not Gaza...

  • Iranian talks fail after neocon 'blitz' -- as Obama dispatches aide to reassure Tel Aviv
    • Hope folks track how many times and where they hear unsubstantiated claims about Iran being repeated. Would be a cool feature if Mondoweiss could put up a spot for us to post these unsubstantiated statements about Iran that are repeated all over our MSM

    • "How much does Israel drive the discussion here?" One hundred percent. Israel and the I lobby are the absolute driving forces. Not a shadow of a doubt. Amazing to think that Aipac still packs the punch that they do. After their two top officials Rosen and Weissman were tracked accessing U.S. classified intelligence on Iran and passing the information on to Israeli officials they skated. Undermine U.S. national security and what happens to Aipac...they get even stronger

      This morning on MSNBC's Alex Witts program they had former Ambassador Marc Ginsberg on pushing a military strike on Iran. He said something like it has been determined that Iran is enriching uranium beyond 20%. Which I have not heard anywhere else. This could be the new falsehood that the neocons will start repeating. And no where no where in the MSM do we hear that Iran as a signatory to the NPT has a legal right to enrich up to 20%. And we never ever hear them mention that these demands are coming from Israel a nation unwilling to sign the NPT which massive stockpiles of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. Not a whisper

  • 'Obama will only go as far on Iran as AIPAC permits him to go'
    • There is an analysis about this situation over at Race for Iran "Did Obama Take The Military Option Against Iran Off The Table" Worth the read

    • I thought Obama has said some things that indicate he knows Iran not only has the right to enrich uranium as signatories of the NPT but that he knows that the reduction in the percentage will be as far as they go...right now.

      What happenned to the Rand Paul legislation trying to block any military strike on Iran based on these unsubstantiated claims?

    • And we never hear any MSM host, Reps etc ever mention that as a signatory of the NPT Iran has the right to enrich uranium up to 20%. That there is no hard evidence that Iran has a nuclear weapons program. That a deal was turned down by the U.S. where Iran agreed to I believe access enriched uranium via other legal outlets. What Aipac Jinsa and the nation of Israel who continues to be unwilling to sign the NPT are demanding is absolutely absurd

  • Because of all my father and mother did to liberate Europe (I go to the West Bank)
    • Caroline what a beautiful and meaningful post. Remember as a child reading such horrific stories about what had happenned to Jews and others during Hitlers killing machine reign that I would sob in my room for hours so shaken that my mother tried to forbid me from reading WWII books. But I refused. Would shake my core as did reading stories about what took place for people brutally forced from their lives in Africa to shores far away or what took place for Native Americans as genocide was committed against them. Cruelty, torture, enslavement death. These human rights issues and crimes against humanity have shaken many of us to our cores. What we decide to do about it takes these humanitarian instincts to greater levels. Thank you for your activities in the West Bank

  • The charmingest flashmob you ever did see
  • U.S. and Israel coordinate-- and signal hard line in Iran talks
    • Andrea Mitchell was pushing the mantra that this latest effort with Iran will not work on MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning. She has been doing this on MSNBC for years now. Repeating the unsubstantiated claims about Iran and then pushing for sanctions for years. This morning on the program Former ambassador Richardson shared his opinion about these latest negotiations and said that he did not think these lastest efforts would work. Then Andrea took the opportunity to fuel that view by asking Bill Richardson "what would you do bomb them?" Talk about putting words in someones mouth. Richardson said " no but keep up the sanctions"

      Never ever in our MSM do you hear Andrea Mitchell, Diane Rehm, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews etc etc anyone state the facts. As a signatory to the IAEA's Non Proliferation Treaty Iran has the legal right to enrich uranium. They have the legal right to enrich up to 20%.. To ask them to enrich to a lower level is one thing. Israel and the I lobby want them to stop enriching all together and also undermined an offer by Brazil and some other nation to enrich to the level that Iran needs for peaceful purposes. All of this coming out of Israel a nation who has and continues to refuse to sign the NPT and sit on massive stockpiles of un inspected nuclear ,biological and chemical weapons. And Israel's Reps in the U.S. congress push this hypocritical stance in Aipac/ Jinsa legislation. So terribly absurd/

  • Passive-aggressive George Bush namechecks neocons for getting us into that mess
    • The Clinton administration responsible for those UN sanctions that killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people mostly children through those sanctions. Former IAEA inspector Scott Ritter who was in Iraq all during the 9o's said both Clintons knew there were no WMD's in Iraq when the Bush team started repeating their "pack of lies"

    • I have never bought that Bush was "clueless" Never

    • Libby...The Office of Special Plans was the main headquarter

    • The invasion of Iraq was pushed hard by neo, oil, theo cons. All of the above

    • So who would be on the "Neocon Thirty" list? Wolfowitz, Cheney, Feith, Wurmsers (2), 2 or 3 Kagans, Rhode, Luti, Woolsey, Ledeen, Bolton, Rice, Rumsfeld, Kenneth Pollack, Bill Kristol. I would pull the list from those Lt Col Karen Kwiatowski pointed out by name in "The New Pentagon Papers", and those in Jason Vest article in the Nation in 2002 "Men from Jinsa and CSP" add Judy "I was fucking right" Miller. She was instrumental in promoting that invasion based on a "pack of lies"

      And they should absolutely be "marched off to the Hagues in handcuffs and leg irions for their war crimes" But all Obama is repeating is "forward" I will certainly not be putting in the hundreds of hours for Obama that I put in that first round. Not that I had huge confidence in him. Had watched him to closely when he was a Senator. He has been a huge dissapointment in the accountability arena. May be the first time I do not vote since I was 18 and I am 60. Just do not have any confidence in either of them in the accountability area. "Forward" a hollow mantra. Very hollow

    • Hey Phil and the rest of you look "backward" types President Obama and most of the Dems and Republicans say "move forward, next chapter, turn the page, don't be about retribution, vengeance, witch hunts" Just drive right over that huge piles of dead, injured and displaced bodies as a result of that unnecessary invasion of Iraq. Obama and Msnbc "forward" lean forward for heavens sake. Watched that special on the Clinton years and reminded once again the Republicans (Ken Starr sure had it out for Clinton) spent four years and 40 million dollars investigating those blow jobs. What is wrong with you folks who want the individuals responsible for the Iraq intelligence snowjob...held accountable. When will you folks get your priorities straight?

    • Former Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neil said Wolfowitz was the first to push for the invasion of Iraq along with Cheney during some of the earliest Bush administrations cabinet meetings.

      Did Bush mention Ledeen, Luti, Rhode, Woolsey, Bolton and the rest of the crew pushing for the invasion? Sounds like he skipped right over the Pentagons Office of Special plans that Lt Col Karen Kwiatowski wrote about in "The New Pentagon Papers" and Jason Vest article in the fall of 2002 in the Nation called "The Men from Jinsa and CSP" One of the best reads on all of these folks is Phase I and Phase II of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence investigation into pre war intelligence

  • 'Foreign Policy' peddles productive Iranian war theory
    • Such a great point

    • "There is of course a much more practical option that would not involve the death and destruction of the preceding scenario. The Israeli leadership can embark on a different strategy: With the current formation of a new "national unity" coalition with the opposition centrist Kadima Party (under the new leadership of Shaul Mofaz, who has seemed critical of a belligerent Iran policy at times in the past), it can withdraw from the option of attacking Iran and promote a peaceful agenda with the Arabs in line with the neglected Saudi peace initiative."

      Imagine...

      Micheal Sheuer has an interesting one up about Ron Paul
      "There is of course a much more practical option that would not involve the death and destruction of the preceding scenario. The Israeli leadership can embark on a different strategy: With the current formation of a new "national unity" coalition with the opposition centrist Kadima Party (under the new leadership of Shaul Mofaz, who has seemed critical of a belligerent Iran policy at times in the past), it can withdraw from the option of attacking Iran and promote a peaceful agenda with the Arabs in line with the neglected Saudi peace initiative."

      And Huff Po has this one up about the IAEA's latest negotiations with Iran
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      Enable Social Reading i Settings Read Share SettingsShare everything I readShare only things safe for workDont share what I'm reading.Read Share HistoryLearn More.Iran Nuclear Talks: Deal Reached On Nuclear Weapons Probe, UN Nuclear Chief Says
      By GEORGE JAHN

      "VIENNA — Despite some remaining differences, a deal has been reached with Iran that will allow the U.N. nuclear agency to restart a long-stalled probe into suspicions that Tehran has secretly worked on developing nuclear arms, the U.N. nuclear chief said Tuesday.

      The news from International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano, who returned from Tehran on Tuesday, comes just a day before Iran and six world powers meet in Baghdad for negotiations and could present a significant turning point in the heated dispute over Iran's nuclear intentions. The six nations hope the talks will result in an agreement by the Islamic Republic to stop enriching uranium to a higher level that could be turned quickly into the fissile core of nuclear arms."

  • Israeli judge to issue verdict in Rachel Corrie case
    • thanks Samuel T and Citizen

    • Phil I am going to make a persistent effort to get the Corrie's on MSNBC, The Diane Rehm show, Talk of the Nation . Washington Journal is where I have had my successes at getting guest on. I hope you and others will join me. Let's politely hammer these outlets and others to have the Corrie's on their programs. An hour a week.

    • from a 23 year old young lady standing in protest

    • I had the great honor of spending a bit of time with Cindy Corrie at the "Occupy Aipac" conference/ protest this year. Her vibe is like Art and Peggy Gish's. Peaceful, clear, walk your talk kind of folks. But being able to be like this after losing a child in such a horrendous manner is amazing to me. I held her hand for awhile. Again the woman transmits an aura of peace and clarity of vision to all she encounters. In front of the Washington Convention Center I was able to introduce this fella Mark from Columbus who I met last year at the Aipac conference when Medea Benjaman had so skillfully opened up a small stage to anyone who wanted to get up and respectfully have their say. Mark was attending the Aipac conference last year and got up on stage and shared some words. He was there again this year (a reasonable fella in many ways) I saw him walking up the steps and asked him if he would like to meet Rachel Corrie's mother Cindy. He hesitated by I pushed a bit more and he walked over to Cindy with me. I introduced the two of them and led out with what Cindy had been up to and then walked away. Watched Mark's face and being be overwhelmed by the sincerity and integrity of Cindy Corrie's words and heart felt experience. Did not need to hear what she was saying I could see it all over Mark's face. He had enough humanity in his being to let her and the story in.

      Now you never know who you can get on some of the MSM outlets if you are polite and persistent enough. Have had quite a few successes. Always worth the try. You just never know if you are going to get through. Again have had direct successes with some of these MSM folks

      Contact Rachel etc. Although I think are best possibility on MSNBC is Dylan Ratigan.

    • Jesus Mary and Joseph I had forgotten about this "Dr. Hiss" How horrific. Your daughter is killed by an Israeli bulldozer operator then a Doctor with verified reputation like this examines your dead daughters body and he takes body parts. Those who appointed this man to deal with Rachel Corrie's dead body should be called into question too.

      If the Corrie's lose this case. What is their next step? Can they go to the International Criminal Court?

    • Hope folks contact MSM outlets and ask that the Corrie's be brought on their programs as guest. Spotlight on this critical issue

  • March of the Flags
    • indeed..very different than even six or seven years ago. documentable difference

    • "My God that is a brave woman." She was so quick and smooth!

    • Phil did you ask your grandparents about this "don't get involved" response?

    • whoa.
      I remember thinking as I sobbed as a kid reading about the Holocaust how the hell did people just stand by and let this keep happening? And then you look at the I/P situation or the deaths of thousands of Iraqi's as a result of our invasion, Darfur and people standing by not responding...doing little to nothing and I get it. Self interest, apathy, classism, racism, fear keep so many from responding.

    • And as someone pointed out on another Mondoweiss thread if Palestinians were marching through the legal area of Jerusalem that belongs to Israel chanting "death to Jews" Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Fox,, NPR, Jon Stewart would be all over that

    • Hopefully someone will interview the young Palestinian boy and Sahar together...would be a great interview

    • This new stand up for Palestinans sea change coming from older and younger Jews in the states and in Israel is new and refreshing. A much needed change!

    • What an important first hand account and footage. Total defiance of international law, un resolutions (and the UN created Israel), boundaries. "The settlers were still dancing with their flags, while the Palestinian protest desperately tried to raise their flags high enough to be seen through the line of police that seemed to be the buffer between the two protests: the blue and white protest and the red, green, black and white one

      And then acted out with such hatred, cruelty along with defiance of international agreements. "The Israeli flags stormed the empty old city, chanting "death to the Arabs", "Mohammed is dead", "may the temple be build and the mosque burned", and all the while they were waving their flags."

      So sickening...these Israeli's have totally lost it. Lost all humanity.

  • Biden meets major Israel lobby group at White House
    • So amazing to think how powerful Aipac still continues to be after their two top officials were caught red handed accessing highly classified US intelligence and passing that classified intelligence over to Israeli officials...but of course the case was dismissed. Undermine US national security again and nothing happens again

    • ". That is my belief, that George H.W. Bush lost his job in part because of the lobby" have heard this said many times.

      I think many have connected the dots

  • Bill Kristol celebrates Republican Party purge of 'oldfashioned Arabists' Scowcroft, Baker and Bush I
    • "There’s nothing wrong with acting as an agent for a foreign country’s benefit. It’s the fact that neither America nor Israel can be considered “a Shining City upon a Hill” these days. " I actually believe this is a federal offense if not registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. But of course we never see the FARA applied to agents for Israel or organizations like Aipac

    • Bill "bloody" Kristol is a war criminal. If there were ever Nuremberg type trials having to do with the "pack of lies" in the run up to the invasion and the invasion of Iraq. Kristol would be convicted for being complicit for war crimes

  • Neocons in Washington Post: Military strike on Iran would 'calm nerves in the region'
    • The Leverets have had quite a few pieces up about how Brazil and I forget the other nation who offered to do the enriching for peaceful purposes for Iran but that this deal was turned down by other nations.

      amazing to think that a nation who signed the NPT and has the legal right to enrich uranium up to 20% is being asked by Israel (who we know refuses to sign the NPT)to give up enrichment all together which they have the legal right to. So absurd

    • " His politics are liberal" but when it comes to the I/P issue over the decades so many have taken a hard turn to the radical right when it comes to Israel.

    • did not...thanks will listen. The Rehm team has not focused on the I/P issue for some time. Never even whisper about events in the Friday international hour. Diane has allowed lots of guest to repeat unsubstantiated claims about Iran the last five or so years. Pathetic. Never even questions sources etc?

    • An important read over at Race for Iran
      DID OBAMA TAKE THE MILITARY OPTION AGAINST IRAN OFF THE TABLE?

      "U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, whose relationship with President Obama dates back to Obama’s days in the Senate, made headlines this week with his statement, in an address to Israel’s bar association, that America’s military option against Iran is “not just available,” but “ready. The necessary planning has been done to ensure that it’s ready,” see here. Commenting on these remarks, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said today, see here,

      “Let me just make clear that Ambassador Shapiro’s comments were designed to reflect completely what the President has said all along, which is that even as we move forward with the P5+1 discussions with Iran and hope that we can settle these issues through diplomacy, that we nonetheless take no option off the table.”

      Against these remarks by Ambassador Shapiro and Ms. Nuland, we juxtapose one of the more striking pieces of commentary we have read since last month’s nuclear talks in Istanbul between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 countries—an article from Mehdi Mohammadi, published in Kayhan. Mohammadi has written important and insightful pieces in the past. We provide below an English translation, titled “What Did Not Take Place,” below. For the original text, see here.

      Mohammadi’s analysis is especially interesting with regard to the U.S. military option against Iran. In the middle of his analysis, he also makes an arresting factual claim: that President Obama, “in a letter written to Iran this past winter, announced openly that the military option from his country’s perspective is not on the table.”

      –Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett

      What Did Not Take Place

      By Mehdi Mohammadi, domestic political analyst and contributor to Kayhan

      A useful way of truly understanding what took place in the Istanbul talks [in April] is to analyze these talks through the lens of “what did not take place.”

      From about six months before these negotiations and with the memories of the Istanbul I talks still on the Westerner’s minds, the primary concern of the P5+1 was that of how to force Iran to end its perseverance and to adjust its strategic calculus.

      First of all, the most immediate issue for the United States and Israel was to halt Iranian uranium enrichment from progressing any further than where it currently stood. Therefore, a wave of “semi-hard power” operations in the form of cyber attacks, assassinating nuclear scientists, restricting the imports of certain materials and components to Iran, and most important of all, the cutting off what the Americans call the “source of funding” for the nuclear program has been undertaken. However, if we use the criterion of the expansion of installations and the amount of nuclear materials produced by Iran as a measure for the acceleration or deceleration of Iran’s nuclear program, these operations have achieved none of their goals. Scientists have been assassinated, but this affair has only convinced other scientists that they must work harder and take revenge for their martyrs. Cyber attacks were carried out against nuclear facilities but the only result was that not only did Iranian specialists learn defensive technological skills, but they quickly became capable of carrying out widespread cyber attacks in enemy territory. The sanctions prompted Iranian producers to search for new methods and in a short time this lead to self-reliance in certain areas which prior to the sanctions were dependent on imports. The financial resource for Iran’s nuclear program has not been cut off, since the increased oil revenue due to the psychological effect of the sanctions – keep in mind that the oil sanctions neither from Europe nor America have been enacted so far and it is all talk until now — has been much greater than the effect of the tiny amount of reduction Iranian oil exports have experienced."

    • Judy "I was f---ing right" Miller. A horrific person covered with blood. And clearly does not give a rats ass

    • I still like Zbigniew's comments "Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former national security adviser to U.S. President Jimmy Carter, said on Sunday that U.S. forces should forcibly prevent the Israel Air Force from reaching Iran to strike its nuclear facilities.

      In an interview with news Web site the Daily Beast, Brzezinski said that the U.S. forces were "not exactly impotent little babies," saying that Israel forces have "to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?"

      When asked what should the United States do in case Israeli jets fly over Iraq anyway, the former national security advisor said the United States would "have to be serious about denying them that right."

      "That means a denial where you aren't just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them," Brzezinski said, adding that Israeli fighters would then "have the choice of turning back or not."

      Spot on

    • "which was once a mainstream liberal American newspaper" only on certain issues. Never on the I/P issue or other middle east issues. Hawks...solid hawks.

      This is an interesting article about the Wapo

      "How Two Jewish Publishers Who Privately Opposed Zionism Folded
      By Staff 1/06/07 12:53pm
      In her 1997 autobiography, the late Katharine Graham of the Washington Post described her father as an assimilating Jew who didn’t talk about his Jewishness to his Episcopal-church-going children. He was “involved in Jewish charities, causes, and international issues.

      “He was not a Zionist, however, believing strongly that he was an American citizen first and foremost.”

      That’s odd. Her father, the financier Eugene I. Meyer Jr., who bought the Washington Post in the 1930s, is a figure in Zionist history. Behind the scenes, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis turned to Meyer again and again for money to support the Jewish settlement in Palestine. Meyer met with Brandeis’s Zionist klatches, personally lobbied his friend FDR on their account, and agreed to head the University Zionist society—an organization to build support among Jews on campus (per Brandeis’s letters, edited by Melvin Urofsky and David W. Levy, and Peter Grose’s Israel in the Mind of America).

      So was Katharine Graham lying about her father?

      Well, no. Despite Meyer’s support, even Brandeis conceded late in life that “his heart was never in Zionism and he did this largely on my account.” So Meyer was merely tithing—to something he didn’t believe in. This speaks to an interesting feature of the Israel lobby: It has long counted on support from assimilationist Jews who were lukewarm on the idea but went along under pressure from their nationalist Jewish friends.

      Consider Meyer’s counterpart at the NYT: former publisher Arthur Hays Sulzberger. When Sulzberger died in 1968, the Times obit was emphatic about his views. “[Jewishness] was to him a religion, not a nationality. He did not believe Jews to be a race or a people, and, like Mr. Ochs [his father-in-law], was deeply opposed to the Zionism movement…”

      Deeply opposed. Successful assimilating German Jews like Sulzberger and Meyer loved America. They were becoming big deals in the land of opportunity, they didn’t quite see the point of Zionism—though they knew that Eastern European Jews who had fled pogroms were excited by it.

      Sulzberger flirted with public declarations of his anti-Zionism. According to Thomas Kolsky’s splendid history, Jews Against Zionism, in the 1940s, Sulzberger helped draft the mission statement of the anti-Zionist Jewish organization, the American Council for Judaism—which opposed “all philosophies that stress the racialism, the nationalism and the homelessness of the Jews, as injurious to their interests.” Wow.

      But in the end Sulzberger dithered and didn’t sign on publicly. He wanted to, he told the Reform rabbis who headed the group. But till it got a big following, he just couldn’t do so. It would hurt the integrity of the newspaper. Chicken.

      Besides, the nascent Israel lobby was already on the Times’ case, accusing it of being “a transmission belt for anti-Zionist propaganda.” This ticked Sulzberger off. He said the viciousness of the Zionists’ attacks were a big reason he had converted to anti-Zionism!

      What is my point? Here are two powerful Jews, one a non-Zionist, the other anti-, controlling two of the most important newspapers, and both are afraid to express their views. Some may call that professionalism, I call it abdication: they were holding back on a central issue of the time. The publishers of the New Republic and the New York Sun and Commentary would never cheat their readers of their views of Israel, that’s their raison d’etre.

      Why didn’t these men express their views? I think they were ashamed of their assimilation. And they were outplayed by the nationalists in their community. Kolsky says that the Zionists beat the anti-Zionists not on the issues, but by outsmarting them. They put them on the defensive by saying they were unrepresentative or “self-hating.” They allowed them to piously play by the rules—no lobbying! the anti-Zionists declared— while the Zionists were working the White House. Give them credit. Today the Israel lobby works the cloakrooms and paints anyone who criticizes the intimacy of the U.S.-Israel relationship as an anti-Semite; and liberal Jews sigh and walk away.

      Lately Richard Cohen of the Washington Post admitted regretfully that the creation of Israel was a “mistake.” Sixty years ago a group of Reform anti-Zionist Jews were saying just that: that a Jewish state was an anachronism, it would result in endless violence in the Middle East, and would require support from Jews here, which would make those Jews confused about their allegiance. The two publishers evidently shared many of these views but couldn’t take a stand.

      So what was the position of liberal assimilating Jews in the Zionist movement? Just what Stokely Carmichael said the position of women was in the black power movement: prone"

    • Walt "He is openly calling for preventive war against Iran, even though the United States has no authorization from the U.N. Security Council, it is not clear that Iran is actively developing nuclear weapons, and Iran has not attacked us or any of our allies -- ever. He is therefore openly calling for his country to violate international law."

      No hard proof that Iran has a nuclear weapons program, no hesitation to violate international law. Nothing new out of these warmongers.

      Interesting how the Washington Post is more than willing to promote these inflammatory articles based on unsubstantiated claims. Bob Woodward associate editor of the wapo and his willingness to go along with the "groupthink" in the run up to the invasion of Iraq. Woodwards persistent efforts to undermine the Plame investigation and trial "much ado about nothing" Knowing he knew a great deal about the outing of Plame during his efforts to undermine that investigation.

      His blown up role in the Watergate scandal all the while be led by the nose by Felt. The questions about what the real agenda was for taking out Nixon. He has been riding that wave for a long time.

      And Wapo's willingness to promote an unnecessary strike on Iran based on cherry picked intelligence. Woodward needs to be deeply investigated.

  • Feeling the hate in Long Island
    • institutionalized racism

    • Been happenning for decades. So called "liberal" Jews who have and continue to take a radical right wing turn when it comes to a greater Israel. Support Israel no matter how many un resolutions how many international treaties they are in violation of.

  • The awakening: Missouri paper runs a Jew's call for equal rights for all
  • 'King Bibi' is ready for his close up, and 'Time' is willing to oblige
    • King Bibi "Mr. Security" has always been in support of expanding illegal settlements and illegal housing in E Jerusalem. in the name of "security"

  • Kristol: 'I don't see it as a huge problem'
    • Bill "bloody" Kristol is drowning in the Iraqi people's and American soldiers blood. The problem with psycho paths is that they do not notice or care. Can not stand this man. Keep in mind he went after the Clinton health care bill. "kill the bill" If the Iraqi people were ever to go after the Bush administration war criminals at the International Court of Justice (Nuremberg type trials) Kristol would be found complicit in war crimes and they might just say 'kill the bill" for war crimes

  • New US demographics make Israel's demographic fears seem all the more prehistoric
    • Great book "The Browning of America" Read it some time ago. Good read

      Oh by the way folks we all need to make phone calls,, send money, hit the ground, step up to the plate on the upcoming Walker recall election on June 5th. This is an important election for Wisconsin, the labor movement and the fall election...can set the tone.

      Wisconsin recall slipping away from Democrats
      "All three polls out this week show Walker leading Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) by between 5 percent and 9 percent. Perhaps more illustrative, though, are the candidate’s personal favorability and approval numbers.

      Despite all the attempts by Democrats and organized labor to turn him into the bogeyman, Walker’s job approval and favorable rating both remain in positive territory, at right around 50 percent.

      Barrett, meanwhile, has no such luxury. The latest Marquette University Law School poll of this race showed his favorable rating at just 37 percent, compared to 45 percent who view him unfavorably."

      Russ Feingold Hosting Fundraiser For Tom Barrett In Wisconsin ...www.huffingtonpost.com/.../russ-feingold-tom-barrett-wisc...

  • WaPo's Walter Pincus says US is 'going above and beyond for Israel'
    • "Since leaving Fulbright’s staff in the 1960′s, Pincus has mostly avoided this issue, when he wasn’t writing inaccurate coverage of the AIPAC espionage case. That he’s taking it up again is probably a sign that he’s getting ready to retire."

      Interesting that there is a note in Pincus's notes that allege Fulbright asked him not to report about the investigation. And then he wrote "inaccurate coverage of the Aipac expionage case"

      Can it be verified through other sources that Fulbright allegedly asked him not to write about the investigations? Pincus writing inaccurately about the Aipac espionage case would sure bring that claim into question.

      And what a convenient way out to claim such a thing

    • Why would Fulbright ask that of Pincus? And why would that hold Pincus back about writing about facts on the ground in the I/P conflict over his career? Has he written about this issue? Can not find anything.

      What do you think about his role in the Plame outing?

      Thanks for all you do

    • And this young fella seems to have gone "above and beyond" for Israel
      May 15, 2012 9:28amIran Hangs ‘Israeli Spy’ for Nuclear Scientist Assassination: Iranian state media reported today the man convicted of assassinating an Iranian nuclear scientist on behalf of the Israeli spy agency Mossad has been executed by hanging in an Iranian prison.

      The Iranian government claims Majid Jamali Fashi, 24, was recruited and trained by Mossad to be a spy and was paid $120,000 to kill Iranian nuclear physicist Massoud Ali-Mohammadi in January 2010. Mohammadi died after a motorcycle packed with explosives was detonated by remote control as he walked past. Fashi also confessed to receiving forged travel documents in Azerbaijan to travel to Israel, Iran’s Press TV reported

    • From wikipedia "After his discharge from the Army, Pincus worked at the copy desk of the Wall Street Journal's Washington edition, leaving in 1959 to become Washington correspondent for three North Carolina newspapers. In a 18-month sabbatical he took in 1962, he directed his first of two investigations for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under J. William Fulbright. The investigations into foreign government lobbying led to a revision of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. In 1963, he joined the Washington Star, and in 1966 he moved to the Washington Post, where he worked till 1969. In 1969 till 1970 he directed another investigation for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, looking into U.S. military and security commitments abroad and their effect on U.S. foreign policy, which eventually led to the McGovern-Hatfield amendment to end the Vietnam War.[2]"

      #If Pincus was such an intricate part of Fulbright's investigative team into "foreign government lobbying" why is it that he has not written much about the I lobby and Israel's influence over US foreign policy over the years. Can't find anything by him from years ago about this issue.

      Known role Pincus played in the Plame outing:
      "I think it got turned into a crime by the press, by Joe” — Wilson — “by the Democrats. The New York Times kept running editorials saying that it’s got to be investigated — never thinking that it was going to turn around and bite them.”

      Interesting read on Pincus role in the Plame outing
      Why Isn't Walter Pincus Being Called as a Witness?

      Why isn't Patrick Fitzgerald calling WaPo reporter Walter Pincus as a witness in the Scooter Libby trial?

      We now know from the grand jury testimony and briefs (pdf) that Scooter Libby was a source for Walter Pincus's June 12, 2003 article on Wilson's trip to Africa. On October 12, 2003, Pincus wrote:

      On July 12, two days before Novak’s column, a Post reporter was told by an administration official that the White House had not paid attention to the former ambassador’s CIA-sponsored trip to Niger because it was set up as a boondoggle by his wife, an analyst with the agency working on weapons of mass destruction. Plame’s name was never mentioned and the purpose of the disclosure did not appear to be to generate an article, but rather to undermine Wilson’s report.

      Fitz writes in a footnote to his brief filed Sunday,

      Defendant testified before the grand jury that he could have been a source for Walter Pincus’s June 12, 2003 article, and that it was during preparation for providing information to Mr. Pincus that the Vice President informed him that former Ambassador Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA. 3/5/04 GJ Tr. at 60-63.

    • This is interesting about Walter Pincus if trueZionists and the Foreign Agents Investigation

      Leonard R. Sussman
      Issues
      Fall 1997

      "When Fulbright returned to Arkansas to take part in a state-wide political campaign he was harassed at his fund-raiser. Zionists badgered him over his "anti-Israel" views. The decision to expose the Israeli lobby, according to Fulbright’s biographer Randall Bennett Woods, "was not Fulbright’s but [staffer Walter] Pincus’s, who was himself Jewish." His investigation, writes Woods, "had revealed clearly that agents of the Jewish Agency and other American Zionists had violated provisions of the Foreign Agents Registration Act."

    • In the past I thought Pincus played a role in keeping roadblocks against reporting honestly about the I/P issue up in which ever media outlets he was working for.

  • Killing Without Consequence: New campaign challenges Israeli impunity
  • In '92, AIPAC president raised $1 million for Bill Clinton -- and he supported the settlements
    • Just more documentation of how Israel's special relationship based on threats and money has and continues to undermine US national security in that region

  • International attention must be paid to the Palestinian nonviolent movement
    • stop building and expanding illegal settlements...now!

    • giladg..time to start reading the writing on the wall. Israel is its own worst enemy.

    • Thank you Dr. Barghouti. You are admired world wide

      "Day after day and week after week, Palestinians have been doing their part to bring about a nonviolent resolution to the conflict."

      My dear friend Art Gish (deceased) who participated in the occupied territories as a witness to Israeli abuse with the Christian Peace Maker Team and with ISM said for years that there have been may Palestinians who tried to cultivate a non violent movement for decades. That many of these individuals were either jailed or killed. Is there a source to read about the efforts over the decades to focus on non violence in this movement by individuals

  • Dershowitz attacked from right for supporting two-state solution
    • Phil over at Huff Po
      Rand Paul Amendment Barring War With Iran, Syria Added To Sanctions Bill

      NEW YORK -- The Senate is poised to consider updated legislation stepping up sanctions on Iran on Thursday, and due to persistence from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the bill will contain a provision making sure the measure is not used as an excuse to go to war with Iran or Syria.

      According to a Senate Democratic leadership aide, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will ask for unanimous consent on Thursday to pass an updated version of the Johnson-Shelby Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Human Rights Act of 2012. The measure would go after Iran's mining, energy and shipping sectors and penalize U.S. parent companies for the Iran-related activities of their foreign subsidiaries.

      The bill easily passed out of the Senate Banking Committee, but in March, when Reid tried to bring it up for unanimous consent, Paul blocked it in an effort to insert his amendment.

      Although nothing in the sanctions bill authorizes war with Iran, Paul didn't want to take any chances. His amendment would make clear that nothing in the bill "shall be construed as a declaration of war or an authorization of use of force against Iran or Syria."

  • Nakba consciousness-raising... in our nation's capital
    • Great photos. One of the first times I interacted with a large group of Palestinians was at a Palestinian solidarity rally protest in DC at least 15 years ago. Went around and audio taped older Palestinians 70,s, 80's. Many I talked with had been run out of their homes in the 40's, 50's. The stories were horrific, heart breaking. Wonderful that awareness keeps expanding. The big question is how much has changed on the ground? Just remember Art Gish saying for many years before he passed that during the 20 or so years that he had been going to the area to witness the situation had gotten much worse for Palestinians. Clearly Israel has continually been expanding illegal settlements which continues to be a huge "obstacle to peace"

  • 'New York Review of Books' calls it 'apartheid' and prepares Americans for the end of the Jewish state
  • American's cartoon on Israeli site shows Netanyahu cannibalizing Obama and compelling him to service him sexually
    • Foxman "it crosses the line" Israel keeps crossing the line and that is the biggest problem of all. The cartoon shows it like it is

  • Rep. Pitts in damage control mode following call for Arafat-Sharon negotiations
  • Nakba 64 years later, we will never forget
  • Oren's defensive piece on 'sinister' delegitimization movement shows boycott is working
  • Peter Beinart's cognitive dissonance on 'threats to Israel's demographics'
    • "This has nothing to do with universal and eternal morality." Beinart is reading the writing on the wall. Not like he has really had a moral epiphany. He knows what has been going on. Opportunist but a welcome one.

    • "It’s one big giant circle jerk in the American Jewish community, so that they can square the circle and not have to admit to themselves the truth that is apparent to those of us on the outside"

      Never quite thought about this recent better late than never movement as a "circle jerk" but think you have something.

    • "But Israel has done this continuously for the past 64 years, both in Israel "proper" and in the occupied territories. Israel's Jewish majority is solely due to premeditated ethnic cleansing. If Beinart acknowledges it "would" be wrong for Israel to do this (in an imagined future), was it wrong to do it in the past? Is it wrong to do it now? He thinks it's wrong in the West Bank, but what about Israel's current routine ethnic cleansing of Bedouin villages within the green line? Beinart calls inside-the-green-line Israel "democratic Israel"; what about ethnic cleansing is democratic? (Because the majority -- who is only a majority due to prior ethnic cleansing -- voted for it?)"

      You nailed it

  • The left lacks an analysis of the neocon rise
    • "You can't go forward without an analysis. As long as the mainstream left is being purposely vague about the causes of the neoconservative investment, it will be powerless to stop it. "

      Such a powerful statement. Driving me crazy how often Obama, Republicans and Dems alike keep repeating "forward, next chapter, turn the page, don't be about retribution, vengeance" FORWARD FORWARD. Not going to work. Because under the surface are piles of dead bodies, destroyed lives all based on that "pack of lies" No way to really move forward without analysis and accountality. No way

    • "Remember that there are millions of Americans who believe they are hastening the return of Christ – or his first arrival – by supporting Israel. That is one more link in the disaster chain. There are at least a dozen more we could think of."

      I talked with some of these fundamentalist as I held a sign at Univ of Colorado during Obama's visit which said " Cut US aid to Israel" or something like that. These three folks came up and questioned the sign. Had quite the conversation with them. They were quoting the Bible I was quoting international laws, agreements, UN resolutions etc. At one point I said "well clearly we disagree" They talked about the return of Christ, ascension to heaven, those who would get to go and those who would not. I responded politely "you can believe in myths if you want to. But "I am into the law, international agreements" It went down hill from there. Cut it off because it was going no where fast.

    • The left and others have been writing and talking about this issue in the last 10 years more than ever before.

    • " they were a key part" A KEY PART And Lt Colonel Karen Kwiatowski in the "New Pentagon Papers" as well as others explain how the neo cons came to be such a destructive influence.

      "but their views had to align with other sects within the society and the government, and they did." Neo, oil, theo cons helped fix the intelligence around the Bush/Cheney/Wolfowitz policies.

    • Some of the earliest folks to focus on the large percentage of right wing radical Jews involved in the neocon movement was Jason Vest in the Nation in 2002:
      The Men From JINSA and CSP | The Nationwww.thenation.com/article/men-jinsa-and-csp
      "Almost thirty years ago, a prominent group of neoconservative hawks found an effective vehicle for advocating their views via the Committee on the Present Danger, a group that fervently believed the United States was a hair away from being militarily surpassed by the Soviet Union, and whose raison d'être was strident advocacy of bigger military budgets, near-fanatical opposition to any form of arms control and zealous championing of a Likudnik Israel. Considered a marginal group in its nascent days during the Carter Administration, with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980 CPD went from the margins to the center of power.
      Just as the right-wing defense intellectuals made CPD a cornerstone of a shadow defense establishment during the Carter Administration, so, too, did the right during the Clinton years, in part through two organizations: the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) and the Center for Security Policy (CSP). And just as was the case two decades ago, dozens of their members have ascended to powerful government posts, where their advocacy in support of the same agenda continues, abetted by the out-of-government adjuncts from which they came. Industrious and persistent, they've managed to weave a number of issues--support for national missile defense, opposition to arms control treaties, championing of wasteful weapons systems, arms aid to Turkey and American unilateralism in general--into a hard line, with support for the Israeli right at its core.

      On no issue is the JINSA/CSP hard line more evident than in its relentless campaign for war--not just with Iraq, but "total war," as Michael Ledeen, one of the most influential JINSAns in Washington, put it last year. For this crew, "regime change" by any means necessary in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority is an urgent imperative. Anyone who dissents--be it Colin Powell's State Department, the CIA or career military officers--is committing heresy against articles of faith that effectively hold there is no difference between US and Israeli national security interests, and that the only way to assure continued safety and prosperity for both countries is through hegemony in the Middle East--a hegemony achieved with the traditional cold war recipe of feints, force, clientism and covert action."
      ---------------------------------------------------

      And Lt Col Karen Kwiatowski wrote about this group in the Pentagon that she watched first hand in "The New Pentagon Papers":
      The new Pentagon papers - Iraq war - Salon.comwww.salon.com/2004/03/10/osp/Cached
      Mar 10, 2004
      "From May 2002 until February 2003, I observed firsthand the formation of the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans and watched the latter stages of the neoconservative capture of the policy-intelligence nexus in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. This seizure of the reins of U.S. Middle East policy was directly visible to many of us working in the Near East South Asia policy office, and yet there seemed to be little any of us could do about it.

      I saw a narrow and deeply flawed policy favored by some executive appointees in the Pentagon used to manipulate and pressurize the traditional relationship between policymakers in the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies.

      I witnessed neoconservative agenda bearers within OSP usurp measured and carefully considered assessments, and through suppression and distortion of intelligence analysis promulgate what were in fact falsehoods to both Congress and the executive office of the president.

      While this commandeering of a narrow segment of both intelligence production and American foreign policy matched closely with the well-published desires of the neoconservative wing of the Republican Party, many of us in the Pentagon, conservatives and liberals alike, felt that this agenda, whatever its flaws or merits, had never been openly presented to the American people. Instead, the public story line was a fear-peddling and confusing set of messages, designed to take Congress and the country into a war of executive choice, a war based on false pretenses, and a war one year later Americans do not really understand. That is why I have gone public with my account. "
      --------------------------------

      Former Cia analyst Katheen and Bill Christison have written a fair amount about the neoconservatives:
      Bush's Dual Loyalties » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the ...www.counterpunch.org/2002/12/13/bush-s-dual-loyalties/
      "A Rose By Another Other Name The Bush Administration's Dual Loyalties
      Bush’s Dual Loyalties
      by KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON Former CIA Political Analysts
      Since the long-forgotten days when the State Department’s Middle East policy was run by a group of so-called Arabists, U.S. policy on Israel and the Arab world has increasingly become the purview of officials well known for tilting toward Israel. From the 1920s roughly to 1990, Arabists, who had a personal history and an educational background in the Arab world and were accused by supporters of Israel of being totally biased toward Arab interests, held sway at the State Department and, despite having limited power in the policymaking circles of any administration, helped maintain some semblance of U.S. balance by keeping policy from tipping over totally toward Israel. But Arabists have been steadily replaced by their exact opposites, what some observers are calling Israelists, and policymaking circles throughout government now no longer even make a pretense of exhibiting balance between Israeli and Arab, particularly Palestinian, interests.

      In the Clinton administration, the three most senior State Department officials dealing with the Palestinian-Israeli peace process were all partisans of Israel to one degree or another. All had lived at least for brief periods in Israel and maintained ties with Israel while in office, occasionally vacationing there. One of these officials had worked both as a pro-Israel lobbyist and as director of a pro-Israel think tank in Washington before taking a position in the Clinton administration from which he helped make policy on Palestinian-Israeli issues. Another has headed the pro-Israel think tank since leaving government."

      Stephen Green wrote an important piece about the history of this group of individuals in 2004:
      Feb 28-Mar 01, 2004
      Two Flags
      Neo-Cons, Israel and the Bush Administration
      by STEPHEN GREEN

      Since 9-11, a small group of "neo-conservatives" in the Administration have effectively gutted–they would say reformed–traditional American foreign and security policy. Notable features of the new Bush doctrine include the pre-emptive use of unilateral force, and the undermining of the United Nations and the principle instruments and institutions of international law….all in the cause of fighting terrorism and promoting homeland security.

      Some skeptics, noting the neo-cons’ past academic and professional associations, writings and public utterances, have suggested that their underlying agenda is the alignment of U.S. foreign and security policies with those of Ariel Sharon and the Israeli right wing. The administration’s new hard line on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict certainly suggests that, as perhaps does the destruction, with U.S. soldiers and funds, of the military capacity of Iraq, and the current belligerent neo-con campaign against the other two countries which constitute a remaining counterforce to Israeli military hegemony in the region–Iran and Syria.

      Have the neo-conservatives–many of whom are senior officials in the Defense Department, National Security Council and Office of the Vice President–had dual agendas, while professing to work for the internal security of the United States against its terrorist enemies?"
      ---------------------------------

      Congressman Findlay, former weapons inspector Scott Ritter, former US National Security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, fomer President Jimmy Carter, former Cia analyst Ray McGovern, former head of the CIA's Bin Laden unit Micheal Scheuer and many others have written and spoken about the issue of a small radical right wing group of individuals and a disproportionate amount of this group being Jewish manipulating US foreign policy in a way that is ultimately destructive to US national security

    • "Why are we mired in Middle Eastern wars? Maddow's analysis seems to be, That's just us. We've got a military establishment. They do this stuff. They can't be stopped. They build drones and like to fly 'em." Rachel Maddow is a well paid cog in the neocons wheel of misinformation. She has persistently repeated false claims about Iran. She has persistently avoided directly reporting about the the Israeli Palestinian issue honestly if at all. Oops must admit that she did have former President Jimmy Carter on ONCE to discuss the issue which was a big step for her. He of course stated facts that she will not go near. Rachel is no different than any other so called liberal MSM host or congress person who is moderate to liberal on health care, education, labor but turn hard right on Iran, the I/P conflict etc.

  • West Virginia newspaper: 'Apartheid imposed on Palestinians'
    • West Virginians have been dealing with a very serious type of oppression of their own for decades. Timber, coal, mountain top removal, power plants industry have taken advantage of this area for decades. Over the last 30 years the tourist industry(Snowshoe etc) have replaced some of the oppressive extraction industries with low paying jobs. A huge history in West Virginia of fat cats paying poor wages, low taxes and taking their wealth elsewhere . Although back in the long for fought for hard core union days it was different.
      They know about oppression. If the facts get out about what has been going on in the I/P conflict for decades other oppressed people should be able to relate

    • bingo
      Yeah what does he know about apartheid?

    • From Athens Ohio to Columbus to Charleston West Virginia etc etc awareness about the apartheid nation of Israel is growing. Tutu has been out on the front lines of this issue for quite awhile. Brave risk taker for decades.

      Yet we continue to have MSNBC host of Morning Joe and so many other MSM outlets kiss Israel's and the I lobbies collective behinds over and over again. Anyone hear Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough kiss the mayor of Jerusalems ass on Morning Joe on Monday?

  • AIPAC's Iran resolution (What if Congress had told JFK he couldn't 'rely on containment' with Soviets?)
    • On "barking" Mika and Joe Scarborough were "barking" for Israel this morning on Morning Joe. They had the mayor of Jerusalem on. No mention of E Jerusalem belonging to the Palestinians and illegal housing. Mika and Joe got on bended knees barked and kissed the Mayor of Jerusalem right on his behind.

    • And Iran as a signatory to the NPT has the right to enrich uranium up to 20%. While Israel continues to refuse to sign the NPT and has massive stockpiles of nuclear biological and chemical weapons that continue to be a threat to peace in the middle east. People around the world are sick and tired of these huge double standards. And the US congress will roll over to Israel and the I lobby and bark while undermining US national security via inflammatory legislation like this

  • At Ohio State, a week of events on the Nakba and apartheid
    • Attended a controversial Palestinian Solidarity event on Ohio State's Campus close to 10 years ago. Real movement on that campus....awareness growing. Nothing changing on the ground over there.

  • I Want My NPT: A weekend review of Iran nuclear program propaganda
    • Great post Nima. And this type of unsubstantiated and inflammatory reporting about Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program has been going on in the MSM for close to 10 years.

  • The neocon machine
    • "Washington is setting up the same path all over again." And anyone paying attention to the MSM and congress would know that this go get Iran stage has been being set since soon after the invasion of Iraq. Kristol, Lieberman, Cheney, Bolton, Reul Marc Gerecht, Rice , Hillary Clinton etc were all over the place repeating the unsubstantiated claims about Iran.

      Phil this morning the Mayor of Jerusalem was on MSNBC's Morning Joe. Mika and Joe were kissing his butt. No mention of the illegal housing being built in the Palestinians E Jerusalem. Not a whisper. But later on during the show they were all over the human rights issues in China. Huge and disastrous double standards prevail on MSNBC's Morning Joe

  • Activists block entrance to Ma’ale Adumim settlement in solidarity with Palestinian hunger strike
  • It took decades for South Africa boycott resolutions to gain traction

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