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DNC chairwoman seeks to outflank Perry and Romney on the right– on aid to Israel

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic congresswoman from Florida, was appointed to the Democratic National Committee chair in part to reach out to Jewish donors. And true to the job description, she has leaped on the Republican debate of last weekend at which Rick Perry and Mitt Romney suggested they would start all countries at zero in foreign aid.

Wasserman Schultz yesterday sent out a craven email fundraising appeal that bashed the Republicans and called on about backing Israel, below. The letter directs you to a site where the Republicans are characterized as “extreme” isolationists.

Here’s her email:

Kathleen —

Here’s something I never thought I’d hear an American presidential candidate pledge to do:

Cut all foreign aid for Israel to zero.

But that’s exactly what happened at the Republican debate on Saturday, when Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Perry raced each other to the extremes of Tea Party isolationism, saying they’d “start everything at zero” in the foreign aid budget and force Israel and every other ally to make their case for receiving American assistance.

It’s outrageous and dangerous — and it shows a critical ignorance of how a president needs to act. It is never responsible to raise doubts about our commitment to the security of a key ally like Israel.

Stand up to the extreme elements of the Republican Party — join the call to reject “zeroing out” our foreign aid to Israel.

Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates have spent a lot of time lately saying how much they support Israel — and openly questioning President Obama’s commitment to the Jewish state.

But a stance like this tells us two really important things:

    1) These guys are so eager to please the most extreme elements of their Tea Party base that they’d forget about one of the most loyal allies our country has.

    2) They fundamentally don’t understand our current foreign policy agreements, like the commitments we’ve made to Israel that establish certain levels of aid for years to come.

At the end of the day, foreign aid is a tiny fraction of the federal budget — less than one percent — that goes a long way to support our national security and economic goals abroad. The cuts these candidates propose wouldn’t make a dent in the deficit, but they would wreak absolute havoc on our foreign policy and America’s standing in the world.

In typical fashion, the Romney campaign tried to say two different things to two different audiences, releasing a statement to try to walk back his words — saying he was referring only to Pakistan. But one look at the transcript shows otherwise: “One of the things we have to do with our foreign aid commitments, the ongoing foreign aid commitments, I agree with Governor Perry. You start everything at zero.”

While his campaign is already trying to wiggle out of it, Romney himself has been conspicuously silent on the matter. He might be hoping he can get away with pandering to the Tea Party isolationists, but we won’t let him.

Tell Romney, Gingrich, and Perry that it’s absolutely unacceptable for any presidential candidate to suggest zeroing out our foreign aid to Israel — add your name today to the effort to fight back:



Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee

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47 Responses

  1. eGuard on November 18, 2011, 8:02 am

    Right, into the sunlight with all this.

    The American voters should know what “1) a most loyal ally” and “2) foreign policy agreements” means. Then, debbie can explain “our national security and economic goals abroad” in this.

    • iamuglow on November 18, 2011, 11:29 am

      into the sunlight with all this. Exactly. It can’t be defended.

      Sorry America, I know you’re jobless and in debt but you can’t change the

      “commitments we’ve made to Israel that establish certain levels of aid for years to come.”

      Thats crazy talk! I didn’t want to mention this but did you know anti-semitism is on the rise? Yes, its true, just ask the ADL. I’m not saying you’re anti-semitic America…but do you know anti-semities never support Israel. Its true. Thats one way you can tell. I’m just saying…

      • dahoit on November 18, 2011, 12:22 pm

        I would imagine that rabid anti Semites want Israel to exist as a place for Jews to go to and leave the rabid anti Semites alone.
        Or does that not fit the narrative?Or the right thought (support)for the wrong reason(hate or dislike)?

      • ritzl on November 18, 2011, 3:31 pm

        Which is in significant part how it got there in the first place.

        Full circle.

  2. on November 18, 2011, 8:58 am

    She is ” the Democratic congresswoman from Florida”???
    Reading her “email” I thought that she is a loyal , faithful representative of Israeli Knesset.
    Maybe my brain is just slow in the morning.
    I will re-read it again.

  3. Kathleen on November 18, 2011, 9:01 am

    “Cut all foreign aid for Israel to zero.”
    Tell Israel and the I lobby to stop undermining US National security by continuing to build and expand illegal settlements in the West Bank and illegal housing in E Jerusalem. Aid to Israel should be tied in to this issue.

    Let Wasserman Schultz know that the scales for Palestinian justice are tipping

  4. Kathleen on November 18, 2011, 9:04 am

    Contact Wasserman Schultz let her know what you think
    Write or Phone My Offices

    You may phone or send a message to me through the U.S. Postal Service. Please note that this is the slowest method: All mail sent to my offices must be scanned for security purposes, which means it will take an additional two weeks for me to receive it.
    Washington, DC Office
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz 118 Cannon HOB
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-7931
    Fax: (202) 226-2052
    Pembroke Pines, FL Office
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz 10100 Pines Blvd.
    Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
    Phone: (954) 437-3936
    Fax: (954) 437-4776
    Aventura, FL Office
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz 19200 West Country Club Drive
    Aventura, FL 33180
    Phone: (305) 936-5724
    Fax: (305) 932-9664

  5. Taxi on November 18, 2011, 9:12 am

    My goodness where do I begin with this treasonous letter?

    Okay, I’ll just pick the basic overall message and I’ll leave it to others to break down further the rest of this toxic and insidious piece of propaganda:

    “It is never responsible to raise doubts about our commitment to the security of a key ally like Israel”, Debbie says.

    My first thought was: is this woman like really a believer in democracy, a system that only works when debate is open to all, or, is she a frigging communist who wants no questions asked about a specific governmental (failed and costly) policy?

    If I knew nothing of zionism I’d probably read her as a communist. And because I know zionism, I’m clear here to say that I don’t know which one is worse: zionism or communism. Both demand the individual surrender their individuality in order to serve the tribe/commune. I never understood why you couldn’t serve efficiently and effectively AND simultaneously still keep your individuality intact. Jailers of the mind of mankind. Predators of free spirited man. Soul leeches.


    And don’t you just love the money violin miss Shultz plays when she says that our foreign aid is ONLY one percent of the federal budget- instead of saying THREE BILLION DOLLARS PLUS PLUS PLUS PLUS PLUS PLUS ETC are going to a well-off Apartheid warmongering country. That’s how to soften the money blow: relay it in the smallest numerical available – and in this case, how can you get smaller than the number One. She didn’t just put a pillow on your face before she punched you in the face and wallet, she put a frigging mattress on your full length to soften the blow and kick so you won’t feel a thing.

    These traitors who are ‘managing’ our collective taxes are robbing us blind of both our money AND our democratic right to question them.

    How long can we live like this for? What makes us peculiarly take the incessant abuse for decades on end? Is our personal self-loathing translating collectively into our political relationship with our parental government?

    I know, I know: it’s probably all too deep. But one thing’s for sure: israel WILL BE on the debating table for 2012. And may the good lord speed up that merry hour and may the dirty devils do their little dance before the learning masses.

  6. seanmcbride on November 18, 2011, 9:25 am

    Both the Democratic and Republican Parties are more preoccupied with the interests of Israelis than of Americans, but the Democratic Party often seems to be more under the thumb of the Israeli government and the Israel lobby than even the Republican Party.

    Many leading Democrats are passionate supporters of the most extreme right-wing regime in Israeli history, one that is as at least as far right in its militant ethnic nationalism as David Duke or the English Defence League (and arguably more so). But they continue to pretend to be “liberals” or “progressives.” Sociopathic attitudes and behavior? You be the judge.

    Not a penny should be cut in American aid to Americans until foreign aid is cut — and that includes aid to Israel.

  7. seanmcbride on November 18, 2011, 9:27 am

    Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz is as much a pro-Israel extremist as Republicans Ilena Ros-Lehtinen or Eric Cantor. Her mind is not on the American interest.

    • Kathleen on November 18, 2011, 12:45 pm

      On US National security issues Wasserman Schultx is to be questioned as well as the fair and just solutions for the I/P issue. She needs to be challenged

  8. jayn0t on November 18, 2011, 9:28 am

    The only issue I have with this informative post is the phrase ‘on the right’. Surely the way Democrats and Republicans compete for AIPAC’s support shows it has nothing to do with left and right. The Dems aren’t outflanking the GOP on the right, they are outflanking it on support for Israel. Zionism is left or right depending on circumstances. There are just as many coherent conservative arguments for ditching this particular form of apartheid as liberal ones.

    • seanmcbride on November 18, 2011, 11:33 am

      Militant ethnic nationalism — and contemporary Zionism is totally dominated by militant ethnic nationalists — is always an extreme right-wing phenomenon historically, and one often associated with fascism, ethnic cleansing and genocide. I can’t think of any exceptions. Refresh my memory if I’ve overlooked some contrary examples.

      What is especially bizarre about many pro-Israel activists in the Democratic Party is that they think they can reconcile their support for Benjamin Netanyahu, Avigdor Lieberman and Israeli settlers in the occupied territories with liberal or progressive values. I find these people to be scarier and crazier than Christian Zionists. They suffer from the delusion that they are rational human beings — they are not.

      • jayn0t on November 18, 2011, 8:45 pm

        Stalin moved ‘nationalities’ about like they were bits of furniture. Mao’s China implemented Han chauvinism vs. minorities. Zionism was left-wing when it started. It was supported by the Soviet Union. Kibbutzes were described as a form of socialism. The HQ in Tel Aviv where ethnic cleansing was planned wasn’t called ‘the Red House’ just because of the color of its bricks. Sean – your explanation of the phenomenon of liberals supporting a particular ‘right wing’ cause is an example of the logical fallacy known as special pleading. Why did they oppose right-wing South Africa but support right-wing Israel? Your explanation isn’t the most economical. Ethnic supremacists using liberal or conservative means, whichever is convenient, is.

        Oh, and the Red Army ethnically cleansed a few people in 1945. How ‘bizarre’ that they could reconcile left-wing beliefs with right-wing behavior.

  9. Walid on November 18, 2011, 9:30 am

    Wrong flag in that picture.

  10. seafoid on November 18, 2011, 9:31 am

    10 million American homes foreclosed and the Dems are focused on Israeli settlers.
    What a joke.

  11. Dan Crowther on November 18, 2011, 9:50 am

    I love when Democrats do this……Thanks Debbie!!!

    • seafoid on November 18, 2011, 10:41 am

      The succession of financial bubbles, and the amassing of personal and public debt, Whybrow views as simply an expression of the lizard-brained way of life. A color-coded map of American personal indebtedness could be laid on top of the Centers for Disease Control’s color-coded map that illustrates the fantastic rise in rates of obesity across the United States since 1985 without disturbing the general pattern. The boom in trading activity in individual stock portfolios; the spread of legalized gambling; the rise of drug and alcohol addiction—it is all of a piece. Everywhere you turn you see Americans sacrifice their long-term interests for short-term rewards.

      What happens when a society loses its ability to self-regulate, and insists on sacrificing its long-term interest for short-term rewards? How does the story end? “We could regulate ourselves if we chose to think about it,” Whybrow says. “But it does not appear that is what we are going to do.”

      • Dan Crowther on November 18, 2011, 10:51 am

        Libertarian Socialism or Bust Seafoid!!!—-.htm

        the anarchosyndicalist economist Diego Abad de Santillan had written:
        …in facing the problem of social transformation, the Revolution cannot consider the state as a medium, but must depend on the organization of producers.

        We have followed this norm and we find no need for the hypothesis of a superior power to organized labor, in order to establish a new order of things. We would thank anyone to point out to us what function, if any, the State can have in an economic organization, where private property has been abolished and in which parasitism and special privilege have no place. The suppression of the State cannot be a languid affair; it must be the task of the Revolution to finish with the State. Either the Revolution gives social wealth to the producers in which case the producers organize themselves for due collective distribution and the State has nothing to do; or the Revolution does not give social wealth to the producers, in which case the Revolution has been a lie and the State would continue.

        Our federal council of economy is not a political power but an economic and administrative regulating power. It receives its orientation from below and operates in accordance with the resolutions of the regional and national assemblies. It is a liaison corps and nothing else.4

      • on November 18, 2011, 10:53 am

        A nation in the state of decay??
        There is a time of growth, rise, advance, and there is a time of fall, decline, deterioration.
        It looks like the times of growth are over.
        Weak spirit, weak body, weak mind can not produce anything strong, vaild, lasting.
        You eat junk, you watch/read junk , you know junk, you adore junk, you become junk. Life become a life of a junky.

  12. Walid on November 18, 2011, 10:15 am

    American Jews need to speak up on this. I suppose this s.o.s is really aimed at the Christian Zionists because they have the numbers to make a difference.

    • annie on November 18, 2011, 10:30 am

      whoever it’s aimed towards it’s a framing godsend.

      ‘reject the “zeroing out” of foreign aid to israel’ VS ‘stop 30 billion aid to israel’.

      let’s have a big american debate about it and then some. bring out the claws!

  13. on November 18, 2011, 10:45 am

    I don’t trust Perry though. He is a sneaky weasel.
    He says anything just to score some points with the crowds.

    • seafoid on November 18, 2011, 11:24 am

      Perry is a sociopath. How many executions has he signed off ?

      • on November 18, 2011, 11:35 am

        Sociopath is a person, who will do and say ANYTHING just to achieve his/her personal gain.
        He will lie, manipulate , use and abuse people left and right in order to fulfill his/her wishes and desires.
        No remorse, no sense of guilt or shame.
        He/she wants to control everything ,and everybody and have the ultimate power over people.
        Aim ALWAYS justifies the means in sociopath’s “book of conduct”.
        And he/she will use ALL the means necessary to achieve the final goal/goals. Very , very dangerous people.
        Oftentimes portray themselves as a very nice, friendly, mannerly ,benign people with broad , fake smiles and expensive attire.

      • American on November 18, 2011, 12:50 pm

        Sometime ago I laid out the traits of a psychopath, according to Martha Stout of Harvard, the foremost expert, and comparing them to Israel, they fit to a “T”.

        One way to label psychopaths for lay people to understand them is to describe them as “predators”.

        Probably the most scary and dangerous thing about a psychopath is that predator nature…in that they are so zoned in on “destroying” that they will literally destroy their own selves in their mission to destroy and subjugate others. ..for them the “win” replaces any self survival instincts. Psycopaths never think of consquences even to themselves.

        Israel’s famous Sampson Option, to bring the world down if they are ever on a losing side, is a perfect example of that.

      • on November 18, 2011, 1:45 pm

        It looks like they are heading for that. Drumming loudly for war with Iran.
        If this war does start, those drums will be the drums for their own funeral.
        Along with a good chunk of the world.

        “Van Creveld was quoted in David Hirst’s “The Gun and the Olive Branch” (2003) as saying:
        “We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome.
        Most European capitals are targets for our air force.
        Let me quote General Moshe Dayan: ‘Israel must be like a mad dog, TOO DANGEROUS TO BOTHER.’ I consider it all hopeless at this point.
        We shall have to try to prevent things from coming to that, if at all possible. Our armed forces, however, are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third.
        We have the capability to TAKE THE WORLD DOWN WITH US.
        And I can assure you that that will happen , BEFORE Israel goes under.”.

        What an adorable statement.
        I feel so good after reading THAT , and hearing those war drums: bum, bum, tum, tum. Ir-an, Ir-an.

      • seafoid on November 18, 2011, 6:34 pm

        They can’t make the financiers keep their money in Israel. Take out the money and Israel is a paper tiger.

      • on November 18, 2011, 11:45 am

        You do not have to necessarily “sign off” executions to find yourself in a broad cathegory of socio/psycho/paths.

    • dahoit on November 18, 2011, 12:15 pm

      I’m still trying to figure out why the media has promoted an avowed secessionist for POTUS.
      I guess I’ll be figuring for the rest of my life why the MSM promotes insanity instead of sanity with every nation hurting decision of our Congress critters and our POTUS’s of recent times.I guess they don’t like US,other than a cash machine,but talk about killing their golden goose in a form of Seppeku,sheesh you couldn’t make this crap up in a novel.

      • on November 18, 2011, 1:18 pm

        The only problem is that WE are the characters in this “crappy” novel, no matter if we want/know it or not. The history now revoles around US, and WE are all intangled in the effects of actions of a few/chosen ones.
        History was never favourable for a common, average man.
        A life of a “common man” was/is just a NANO-FLASH in a course of history of civilisation/humankind.
        Not noticeable, not recorded, not of any importance. They come, they go. Billions of them.
        But for us ,personally, here and now, our lives, lives of the closest to us, our family, friends etc are very important.
        And even though, in the course of the whole history of the UNIVERSE, we/our lives count for nothing, for us , here and now, our lives are important, valid , priceless, unique.
        Nobody should have the right to gamble on them. But ..they do.

  14. on November 18, 2011, 11:38 am

    Sociopaths are actually more common that it seems to be.
    For some strange reason, a lot of them flock to politics.
    Wonder why??

    • Charon on November 18, 2011, 12:10 pm

      Sociopaths and especially psychopaths are extremely common among politics, leaders, and the ruling class. There has been a ton written about it, but usually they conclude too low of a percentage that’s in the single digits. I’d wager it’s more like 80%. Among neoconservatives, 100%

      You can tell this women is nuts by looking at the eyes. Her right eye (stage right.. heh) goes off in a weird direction.

    • dahoit on November 18, 2011, 12:16 pm

      Perverted sex opportunities?

      • Walid on November 18, 2011, 1:50 pm

        We had bad Rachel, then naughty Jennifer and now this Debbie. What is it with those Zionist women; they are more scary than Zionist men.

      • on November 18, 2011, 2:51 pm

        Don’t forget a recent addition : Miss Lauren Pearce from TX.
        I think women, in general , are more emotional ,and they just say what they think. Plus, usually more is forgiven to the women, so they can get away with a lot.
        And women are just more involved in politics, so they, oftentimes, do become ruthless, calous like man/politicians.
        Politics does require a thick skin ,and ability to bow and morth/transform pretty easily, depending on which side the “wind of fortune/money/adventage is blowing.
        I could not be a politician.
        I’m too stiff for it.
        Fake smiles and bowing left and right are not for me :(

  15. American on November 18, 2011, 12:13 pm

    My outrage-o-meter has gone thru the roof so many times over this kind of thing that it no longer works.

    What I believe, have observed, is that when most Americans hear politicians pledge allegiance to Israel on the campaign trail, when they see that Hoyer and others have said aid to Israel will continue even though Americans are suffering financially, they feel deeply uncomfortable, repulsed, like are they really hearing what they are hearing…that Israel comes ahead of America and Americans? But the thing is, this American feeling is blocked out by the msm…it only comes out on the net. This American revulsion to the Israel fetish in our government is different from the outrage over what Israel is doing in Palestine. This problem isn’t typically covered in the justice for Palestine groups.
    But it’s there, simmering off stage. We can believe one of two things;..that the holocaust cloak will always protect the zionist and politicians from accusations of disloyalty and treason…or we can believe that sooner or later American outrage over this will break out into the open.
    It could be that someone will verbally attack some Israel loyal politician,accuse them of serving a foreign country and not Americans, on the campaign trail and it gets covered or played in the msm and it snowballs from there.
    I don’t know exactly how or when or where this aspect of zionist and Israeli infiltration of the US will come out. But Israel, the zios, our politicians are so “in our faces”, so public and over the top in their loyalty to Israel and dedication to the Jews welfare instead of Americans that someone, some Joe Blow citizen, somewhere is going to say something, create some incident, throw the Israel pie in some politicians face in public, something the msm can’t resist showing and it will go from there.

    And this is the issue the zios are most afraid of, more afraid of than criticism over I/P…..US subservience to Israel is their lifeblood,without it they are finished. If the US public gets really vocal on this, starts saying this is a betrayal of Americans interest, then the whole zionist project is history and AIPAC and Jewish influence becomes skunk juice.
    Maybe I am too close to this issue to be a good judge of “if’ this will happen..but I consider myself an average citizen in terms of how I view government, what a government’s duties are to it’s populace.
    Even though I am more educated on Israel than the average citizen I don’t think that knowldege matters…….any American hearing that their government puts another country, a foreign country ahead of them, expects them to sacrifice their own welfare for it, is going to react the same way, no matter how little they know about the real facts or what country it is. It’s human nature.

    • seafoid on November 18, 2011, 2:45 pm

      I think Israeli politicians will beat Americans to it. If someone like Danon or Lieberman takes over in Israel there won’t be much time left. And that is inevitable the way things are moving. I expect Bradley Burston to do a reverse aliyah. He and Amira Hass and Gush Shalom and Gideon Levy are warning what is to come. Nothing to do with so called American values or even Jewish values. The secular Jews in Israel are the link to the outside world and the settlers and Orthodox want to destroy them.

      • Dan Crowther on November 18, 2011, 8:41 pm

        reading levy recently, one imagines him alone in a dark room, bottle in hand, especially “Only Netanyahu can save Democracy” – haha… – he’s almost to the point of saying “this was a bad idea to begin with,” and yes, more to come.

        I got to agree with seafoid, the knesset and courts are moving at break neck speed…..

  16. Kathleen on November 18, 2011, 1:03 pm

    so interesting

  17. Chaos4700 on November 18, 2011, 1:06 pm

    I mourn for occupied America. We’re not suffering under the worst occupation by a long shot, but we’ll likely still be under occupation long after Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan are free.

  18. atime forpeace on November 18, 2011, 1:55 pm

    Phil at some point if not at all times we must strive to point to the press as a culpable agent of influence for the obfuscators.

    Americans would not be so out of the loop if not for the marvelous job that the pliant press has done on us.

    Surrender, resistance is futile otherwise.
    Either the press levy breaks or we will remain divided as a people.
    Chris Mathews where are you? Chris is symbolic of the press so we implore him to symbolically step up.

    Two parties, one objective, to rule.

  19. alfa on November 18, 2011, 2:31 pm

    Hi, Another subject, but did you see this story — Bloomberg to Netanyahu: You Shouldered the Burden of Leadership

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu hosts New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is visiting Israel.

    By Elad Benari

  20. Chu on November 18, 2011, 4:00 pm

    What an inbred traitor. This is sickening.
    It’s either her, or Wiener or Barney Frank.
    This list goes on and on with poseur leftists.
    What a corrupt bunch of liars.

  21. piotr on November 19, 2011, 4:07 am

    In some sense, I fully agree with Congresswoman.

    Subjecting aid to Israel to a normal review process — does the receipient really need it, do USA achieve any worthwhile objectives through the grant, do other application have more merit — is a deeply anti-Israeli position because Israel has no prayer of passing a fair review.

    “seanmcbride: Militant ethnic nationalism — and contemporary Zionism is totally dominated by militant ethnic nationalists — is always an extreme right-wing phenomenon historically, and one often associated with fascism…”
    Perhaps it is a wrong statement. Fascism can be progressive to some degree, there was some Socialism in National Socialism. Things like public transit, national healthcare system, social insurance, belief in science (nowadays including Evolution and Global Warming) that our domestic right wing happens to hate.

    I am almost tempted to write to Congresswomen in protest of abandoning Israel in this difficult hour when she struggles with the most pernicious enemy — human right organizations. Can Democratic Party stay silent?

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