In May Bill Kristol, chairman of the Emergency Committee for Israel and a key Romney supporter and insider who helped select Sarah Palin in the last general election cycle, said:
I’m happy to sit here and agree with President Obama [on Iran] to a considerable degree, at least as the policy has moved in the last two or three years
Well the Emergency Committee issued the above ad last week pushing Obama to attack Iran now, then aired it during Sunday shows yesterday in key locations. ECI:
In light of yet another failed round of nuclear talks with Iran this week, the Emergency Committee for Israel ad “Time To Act,” which began airing last week in New York and Washington, DC, will begin appearing this weekend on broadcast and cable in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, with dozens of spots featured in major markets during Sunday shows, Major League Baseball games, and cable news.
ECI’s executive director, Noah Pollak, said: “President Obama says we must prevent the Iranian regime from getting nuclear weapons. Yet talking isn’t accomplishing this goal. Today, Iran has six times more enriched uranium than when President Obama came into office — enough for five nuclear bombs. We fear that the Obama administration is now intent on kicking the can down the road past the election. The Emergency Committee urges the president to live up to his promise to stop Iran. Don’t delay. Don’t ask others to do our job for us. It’s time to act.”
A unique and revelatory moment of irony is upon us when a group calling itself the Emergency Committee for Israel issues this sentence about the United States attacking Iran: “Don’t ask others to do our job for us. It’s time to act.” Remember, you are anti-Semitic if you say that the pro-Israel community is warmongering on Iran, and never mind that the self-proclaimed “pro-Israel wing of the pro-Israel community” is issuing these calls within the establishment discourse.
To its credit, J Street is making some of my points about Kristol and the hard-core lobby:
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