This is fabulous. And a great improvement on Meet the Press or Face the Nation! Below is a summary of Max Blumenthal’s sharp analysis on Russian television, springing off his piece for Al Akhbar on Bibi Netanyahu ally Sheldon Adelson’s intervention in the Republican campaign (with a big gift to Newt Gingrich).
What would it mean for our sharpest political minds to be engaged on the Israel lobby issue? Well here is your answer, thanks to Russian TV. Walt and Mearsheimer had to go to London, Blumenthal to Russia. But as he indicates, the firewalls are breaking down. Next stop, Hardball! Summary:
This is the first time an Israeli prime minister has thrown himself into an American presidential race on the side of one party, the Republicans. Using his “cutouts,” the neoconservative allies in Washington.
The one they’re going after now is Ron Paul. But this faction will turn on Obama once the Republican nomination is resolved, and it will turn on the issue of Iran.
Follow the money? “The media… refuse to say the Israel word” when talking about Sheldon Adelson. Though the puzzle remains, Adelson and Netanyahu will be just as happy with a Mitt Romney presidency as a Newt Gingrich presidency, why the support for Gingrich?
Why is it that the media is not talking about Israel?
Well Adelson’s a funder of the Israel lobby in the U.S. So is Mel Sembler, a kingpin among Romney’s backers… And the media in the United States “is terrified of the Israel lobby and the power it has to suppress discussion.”
“We’ll never talk about this in a frank way–” TV producers have said to Blumenthal. Thus Rachel Maddow’s description of the Adelson money simply as “dark money.”
Blumenthal does not think that Netanyahu and the combined power of the Israel lobby can determine an election, but they can “color the political landscape.”
The good news:
Israel has become “a wedge issue” in the campaign, there is no longer bipartisan support for it. “The Democratic base is likely to turn increasingly more critical of Israel. Even if Democratic politicians vote with the lobby. This is of great concern to the Jewish establishment. That Israel can become a wedge issue like gay marriage and the abortion issue.”
Prediction: Very rancorous second term for Obama with a Netanyahu.