American political class is “traumatized” by Iraq, says a neoconservative who pushed that war, Robert Kagan, in urging the Obama administration to put 50,000 troops into Syria and regime-change Assad
Category Archives: Neocons
After 9/11, the neocons sought to conflate US and Israeli interests in a global war on terror. They have started up the same talking point again, as Chuck Schumer says– mindlessly– the terror in Paris could have been stopped if world had stood by Israel.
ThinkProgress irresponsibly blames the settlements on the religious right, thereby exonerating the Democratic Party, which has been a strong and vocal a supporter of the settlements going back to Bill Clinton
Neocon David Makovsky wants Israel to annex portions of the West Bank to save itself from becoming a binational state. And Jane Eisner, a liberal Zionist, endorses the plan. That’s because they’re both Zionists committed to the need for a Jewish state
Bruce Kovner of American Enterprise Institute says that only multi-ethnic coalitions are stable. Right, that’s why Israel is unstable. But Kovner can’t tell his friend Netanyahu that.
Every moment of Neera Tanden’s conversation with Benjamin Netanyahu at the Democratic Party thinktank, the Center for American Progress, was scripted; the audience looked like it was drugged and Tanden was a supplicant to the PM. The need for a show-conversation demonstrates that the Israel lobby is losing power, as progressive Americans get the story.
“I just want to know what right you think you have to smear me as an anti-Semite and as a self-hating Jew,” Rob Bryan challenges an anti-BDS gathering in the New York synagogue where he was bar mitzvah’d
Neera Tanden, president of Center for American Progress, who is hosting Israeli PM Netanyahu today, once scoffed at Peace Now’s defense of her own employees even as she reached out to the rightwing groups that were attacking them
Even as the New York Times, Hillary Clinton and the Center for American Progress urge Obama to get over his snit with Netanyahu, the Israeli government disses the president by announcing 2,200 new settlement units.
NYT wants Obama and Netanyahu to patch up differences. By reducing Israel’s crimes to settlement building the NYT makes Israeli misdeeds seem nonviolent and abstract, while the only violence ever condemned is Palestinian. NYT puts liberal Zionism lip service away from neoconservatism.
Emails published by Glenn Greenwald show the Democratic Party thinktank Center for American Progress censoring writers under pressure from AIPAC, and top Democratic advisers Ann Lewis and Howard Wolfson
The Washington Post has now run Elliott Abrams’s angry rejection of two liberal Zionists’ call for a boycott of Israel, and six readers’ letters, but no response from a Palestinian
A few years after his son served in the Israeli army, Bloomberg editor Ethan Bronner will host an event at a NY Jewish space on the skill, strength and courage of Israeli soldiers.
The New York Times underplays Paul Singer’s commitment to rightwing pro-Israel groups in coverage of Singer’s endorsement of the neoconservative favorite, FL Senator Marco Rubio
A day after he gets the Kristol prize at the neocon thinktank American Enterprise Institute on November 9, Israeli PM Netanyahu is to get welcomed at the Center for American Progress, a Democratic Party thinktank with close connections to Hillary Clinton. He’s back in the saddle again!
In signs of the end of US consensus on Israel, longtime Israel lobbyist Steve Gutow says Israeli journalists have no compassion for Palestinians and Dexter Filkins trashes Dennis Ross in the New Yorker as indifferent to justice and only caring whether a president is a “friend of Israel.”
Yousef Munayyer says the Palestinian rebellion could hurt international solidarity efforts if it is not channeled into the non-violent BDS movement that has transformed global opinion. While Max Blumenthal says the violence suggests an Algeria outcome in Israel and Palestine rather than a South Africa ending.
Times change: A day after the formerly neoconservative Washington Post ran an article calling for boycott and sanctions against Israel written by two prestigious Jewish scholars, it runs a piece by novelist Assaf Gavron saying Israel has become a savage rightwing society and it must end the occupation to save itself.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor says he wanted to be a rabbi, and he supports Israel, after rightwing fanatics denounce as “evil” an event at town hall that merely called for equal rights for Jews and Palestinians
As Marco Rubio assiduously plies rightwing pro-Israel donors in NY, his big goal is Sheldon Adelson. Rubio promises to reverse the Iran deal, which should be music to Adelson’s ears.
Sheldon Adelson, who wants to nuke Iran, is reportedly close to endorsing Marco Rubio for president. And Donald Trump warns that Adelson will make Rubio his “perfect little puppet”
Hillary Clinton doesn’t notice any Palestinian victims of attack in a statement saying the “recent wave of attacks against Israelis” is wrong and must stop. If you want to understand why American politics is busted, and how far we have to go in changing the discourse, you need only read that statement.
Marco Rubio courted Sheldon Adelson in Las Vegas last week, is routinely praised by Bill Kristol, and gave his campaign the same title as a disastrous neoconservative project. Who’s he auditioning for? The pro-Israel lobby.
Bill de Blasio’s trip to Israel is being funded by a Zionist. No wonder he told AIPAC his job is to defend Israel. And Kelly Ayotte of NH, Marco Rubio of FL, and Lindsey Graham of SC– all of them politically ambitious–are also beholden to rightwing supporters of Israel.
Jewish Voice for Peace has strongly opposed Senator Ben Cardin’s new legislation aimed at derailing the Iran Deal. But J Street supports it. The argument against the occupation will finally come to the Democratic Party