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I keep saying that Max Blumenthal’s book is important, and a signal moment in the US discourse on the conflict, and here’s more evidence. The rightwing continues to deploy the politics of personal destruction to try and stop this book. The neoconservative Washington Free Beacon seeks to trash the Clintons as anti-Israel by publicizing the fact that Sidney Blumenthal gave a book party for his son Max, for the publication of the book.

Top Clinton confidante Sidney Blumenthal hosted a book party in October promoting Goliath, an anti-Zionist book that draws equivalence between Israel and Nazi Germany and was written by his son Max Blumenthal…

The news [that Sidney Blumenthal is supporting his son’s book] prompted a rebuke from Alan Dershowitz, a pro-Israel Democrat and Clinton ally, who called on the elder Blumenthal to distance himself from his son’s views.

“In light of the long association between the Clintons and Sid Blumenthal, I hope that the Clintons ask Sid to expressly dissociate himself from his son’s views—and if he refuses to, that they no longer work with him on any matters,” Dershowitz told Breitbart’s Joel Pollak.

This is crazy for a couple of reasons. What proud father doesn’t support his son after the labor of four years? Hat’s off to Sidney. And as for the Clintons, I only wish the linkage the Free Beacon is trying to establish were true. But the Clintons adore Israel and will continue to do so so long as there’s a library to heat and a presidential campaign to boil.

It turns out that the author of the Free Beacon attack, Alana Goodman, is a true partisan ideologue. She wrote this in 2008 in her college paper, praising George W. Bush and Meir Kahane.

But in certain circles, Bush will be deeply missed. In the past 60 years, no U.S. president has been a better friend to Israel. And for a country so desperately in need of friends, his assistance has been invaluable.

I had the honor of seeing Bush speak last February in Washington, D.C. As he approached the microphone – this man who had once famously thrown away Yasser Arafat’s phone number – I felt a wave of sheer gratitude. In Judaism, we have a term for people like Bush. We call them “Chassidey Umot Haolam” – “Righteous Gentiles” – and I’m proud to live in a country being led by one.

The piece compares the second intifada to the Holocaust, then praises rightwing racist Kahane:

The world has negotiated, denounced and condemned for too long. After a while, words lose their meaning unless they are backed up with swift and decisive action.

To borrow a phrase from Rabbi Meir Kahane, “One does not deal with terrorists; one does not bargain with terrorists; one kills terrorists.”

I’m grateful to have a leader who understands this. Bush will be truly missed.

The heat around Blumenthal’s book reminds us, this is a book that the rightwing doesn’t want you to read. When will the liberal mainstream get on the story– and look not at who Blumenthal’s father is but what he’s saying? His book is substantive and crushing. Deal with it.

As we noted last week, Buzzfeed, a site friendly to neocons, undertook the same dirty work as the Free Beacon, seeking to tie the Clintons to critics of Israel by way of Sidney Blumenthal. The author of that piece, Rosie Gray, continues to attack Max Blumenthal– this time citing a favorable review of his book by Gilad Atzmon. Ali Gharib is among several journalists who’ve pointed out that Blumenthal has nothing to do with Atzmon, and that Gray’s tweet is a low blow.

I’d add that the same smear campaign was launched against Walt and Mearsheimer in 2007, because David Duke had praised their work; and that Tony Judt denounced the smear at Cooper Union, quoting Arthur Koestler to the effect that the fact that fascists praise an argument of yours doesn’t make you a fascist.

Update: All this pushback might be spurring sales for Goliath. We intercepted some fun, encouraging tweets yesterday. Take a look at this:

 

Just checked, it’s still #1 on Amazon’s Best Sellers Israel History. And one of Ali Gharib’s responders:

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  1. Philip Munger
    Philip Munger
    November 14, 2013, 11:30 am

    I wrote about this last weekend, at firedoglake. Rosie just won’t let go, will she?

    http://my.firedoglake.com/edwardteller/2013/11/10/attacks-on-max-blumenthals-goliath-escalate-veer-into-wingnut-land/

    May article goes into other nutty responses to Goliath.

    Getting ready for the long, icy drive to work, I’m listening to Max live on KGNU radio in Denver (or Boulder?):

    http://stream.kgnu.net:8000/KGNU_live_med.mp3.m3u

    Good interchange, with a host more knowledgeable on the issues Max addresses than most. Right now, Max talking about AIPAC and Zionist pushes for scuttling Iran talks, or worse. And – guess what? – Rosie is there, in on the push:

    WASHINGTON — Republican senators sharply criticized the administration’s closed-door presentation to the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday, an appeal that was designed to convince them to hold off on a new round of sanctions against Iran. The committee chairman said he was left “undecided.”
    “It was an emotional appeal,” Sen. Bob Corker told reporters after the briefing. “I have to tell you, I was very disappointed in the presentation.”
    Corker said that senators were given no details of the interim deal being formulated in negotiations between Iran and world powers in Geneva this month. Secretary of State John Kerry briefed the committee, along with Vice President Joe Biden and the State Department’s lead Iran negotiator Wendy Sherman.
    “I am stunned that in a classified setting when you’re trying to talk to the very folks that would be originating legislation relative to sanctions, to have such a lack of specificity — I feel I may get that over the next 24 hours in another setting, but it was solely an emotional appeal,” Corker said.
    Sen. Mark Kirk was even more forceful in criticizing the officials’ presentation, calling it “very unconvincing.”

    “It was fairly anti-Israeli,” Kirk said to reporters after the briefing. “I was supposed to disbelieve everything the Israelis had just told me, and I think the Israelis probably have a pretty good intelligence service.” He said the Israelis had told him that the “total changes proposed set back the program by 24 days.”

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/republican-senators-slam-administrations-briefing-on-iran

    • pabelmont
      pabelmont
      November 14, 2013, 11:58 am

      PM: I love it! ” I think the Israelis probably have a pretty good intelligence service. ”
      What is the CIA, “chopped liver”? Does Kirk (who’s Kirk?) think the Constitution was daft when it left F/P to the President? What shall we make of years-and-years of being told that the President knows more about [whatever] than other people know, so shut up and leave the President to deal with [whatever].

      And, just curious Mr. Kirk, have intelligence services never lied, even ones which are “pretty good”?

      PM: Hope all is well with you in from-time-to-time snowy, wet, dry, fiery Colorado.

      • Philip Munger
        Philip Munger
        November 14, 2013, 12:10 pm

        I’m in Alaska.

        Best free app for getting access to radio all around the world is TuneIn Radio. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

        The push for war on Iran just can’t be put back into Pandora’s box, eh?

      • MRW
        MRW
        November 14, 2013, 8:40 pm

        Thanks, pabelmont. You’re dead right:

        Does Kirk (who’s Kirk?) think the Constitution was daft when it left F/P to the President?

      • Hostage
        Hostage
        November 16, 2013, 10:07 am

        (who’s Kirk?)

        When he was recovering from his stroke, his office was being run by a bunch of sayanim.

        A look at who is running Mark Kirk’s office in his absence http://mondoweiss.net/2012/06/a-look-at-who-is-running-mark-kirks-office-in-his-absence.html

      • annie
        annie
        November 16, 2013, 10:57 am

        thanks hostage, and there’s more here: http://mondoweiss.net/2012/06/israeli-knesset-member-seeds-anti-palestinian-legislation-in-congress.html

        What is not common knowledge in the Beltway is that the Kirk Amendment got its start in the Jerusalem office of MK Einat Wilf (Atzmaut ), who toiled for months, together with AIPAC lobbyists and Kirk’s staff, to promote the change.

        Last September, as the Palestinians prepared their unilateral bid at the UN, Wilf met with representatives of the pro-Israel lobby in Israel. “I asked them why they weren’t doing anything about UNRWA,” Wilf says, adding: “The answer I got was that figures in the Israeli government had blocked such moves in the past.” . . .

        After Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Ron Dermer, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s foreign-policy adviser, gave their approval to Wilf’s efforts, she returned to AIPAC staffers and also approached Steven J. Rosen, a former foreign policy director for the organization who now works for a Washington think tank, to get things rolling on Capitol Hill.

        In April Wilf and Rosen met with Kirk’s deputy chief of staff, Richard Goldberg. Kirk is recovering from a stroke he suffered a few months ago, and Goldberg is promoting the senator’s legislative efforts.

    • Ellen
      Ellen
      November 14, 2013, 3:24 pm

      So Kirk (whoever he is) and others put more faith into the information from Israel than from their own government? Israeli firsters….they could also work for other states. KSA? Traitors to their own country.

      “I think the Israelis probably have a pretty good intelligence service.” He said the Israelis had told him that the “total changes proposed set back the program by 24 days.”

  2. amigo
    amigo
    November 14, 2013, 11:37 am

    British Society regarded it a badge of honor to be insulted by Oscar Wilde.This helped his career enormously.

    Dershowits condemning Max,s book may well have the same effect.However , I doubt that the media hack Dersh has that intention.

    Keep whining Dersh.

    • marc b.
      marc b.
      November 14, 2013, 12:09 pm

      better title amigo: “Blumenthal’s book draws ire of a former Kahane-supporter (and latent Kahanist)”

      • amigo
        amigo
        November 14, 2013, 1:40 pm

        “better title amigo: “Blumenthal’s book draws ire of a former Kahane-supporter (and latent Kahanist)””marc b.

        Calling Dershowits a kahanist might get you sued but the evidence is so plentiful the dersh would lose .It would be good press for the Palestinian cause.Court TV and all that MSM attention.

      • MRW
        MRW
        November 14, 2013, 8:44 pm

        Or the plainer and more truthful:

        Blumenthal’s book draws ire of famous Harvard Kahanist.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        November 14, 2013, 10:14 pm

        MRW- Dershowitz supports questionable policies regarding torture and other inhumane policies in the enforcement of security. But to equate this to Kahanism is a false leap. Dershowitz has supported a two state solution for about forty years. To equate any and every shade of Zionism to the right of Buber with Kahanism is a habit of rhetoric that ill serves the pursuit of accuracy, however much it makes you feel good to lash out with your keyboard.

      • talknic
        talknic
        November 15, 2013, 12:52 am

        @ yonah fredman s “Dershowitz has supported a two state solution for about forty years.”

        Dershowitz supports a two state solution whereby Israel gets to keep a huge swathe of non-Israeli territory illegally acquired by war by the Jewish state since it was proclaimed and recognized ” as an independent republic within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947″ http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections/israel/large/documents/newPDF/49.pdf

        To equate Dershowitz’s stance to Kahanism is more accurate than less

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        November 15, 2013, 1:00 am

        talknic- Simplicity and simple mindedness are not synonyms, though you are trying your best to equate them.

      • talknic
        talknic
        November 15, 2013, 2:59 am

        @ yonah fredman “talknic- Simplicity and simple mindedness are not synonyms, though you are trying your best to equate them”

        Simplicity: Since at least 1933 it has been illegal to acquire territory “by force whether this consists in the employment of arms, in threatening diplomatic representations, or in any other effective coercive measure” http://pages.citebite.com/y1f0t4q1v4son Israel has never legally annexed any territory since independence. Therefore Israel has no sovereignty over any territory outside of its proclaimed and recognized frontiers.

        Simple mindedness: denial of the fact in the face of incontrovertable evidence

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        November 15, 2013, 3:29 am

        x plus y divided by 2 equals z. god does not exist. q.e.d.

        preposterous of course.

        kahanism and the acquisition of territory legal or illegal by means of war are ideas that are more related than the x plus y equals z, granted. but in fact, most people can differentiate between kahanism and the illegal acquisition of territory. if you can’t tell the difference, i am sorry for you.

      • talknic
        talknic
        November 15, 2013, 5:54 am

        yonah fredman “most people can differentiate between kahanism and the illegal acquisition of territory “

        What’s the difference?

        Meir Kahane advocated a Jewish theocracy. There’s no mention of democracy in the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel
        “The state of Israel ….will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel = theocracy

        The provisional Israeli Government even robbed Israelis of their promised constitution. There’s never been a legally elected government in the State of Israel, under a constitution.

        Meir Kahane advocated a Jewish voting population sans non-Jews. Israel has in the past and continues today to dispossess non-Jews, especially Palestinians

        Meir Kahane promoted hatred of non-Jews. By denying the Nakba, by LYING to its citizens about its borders, by encouraging Israelis to think they have more rights to Arab territory than the Arabs, by assisting Israeli Jews to illegally settle in Arab territory, the State of Israel also promotes hatred of non-Jews, especially Palestinians.

        Meir Kahane advocated a Greater Israel. The Jewish state has and still is trying by illegal facts on the ground to establish itself as sovereign over the Gaza Strip, Syrian Golan, West Bank (was under Jordanian sovereignty) and attempted to illegally to establish itself as sovereign over parts of Egypt and Lebanon.

        Meir Kahane advocated violence. The State of Israel uses violence via its military to subjugate the Palestinians, acquire territory by war.

        Meir Kahane has merely been replaced with the same under the guise of a peace loving neighbour, with a far bigger and more effective military, lobby and propaganda machine

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        November 15, 2013, 6:35 am

        talknic- Your reductive lines of thought: Zionism equals Kahanism reminds me of the reductive line of thought expressed from Zionists to my right: antiZionism equals antiSemitism. I reject both. The day when cooler heads will prevail is still not upon us. But if that day ever comes your reductionism will be of little use. We are still in the stage of propaganda. Your reductionism fits in perfectly with the current atmosphere.

      • marc b.
        marc b.
        November 15, 2013, 9:18 am

        talknic, it’s just too much strain on the sensitive psyche of fredman types to have kahane linked to anyone from an ivy. too much. after all, their views are sophisticated and nuanced and sensible (fredman himself falls squarely in the reasonable center. just ask him.) but dershowitz and kahane are two arrows in the same racist quiver, and all it takes is a weak nudge, the smallest of provocations, and *abracadabra* dershowitz sounds like kahane sounds like Richard Cohen.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        November 16, 2013, 12:49 am

        hello marc b., long time no suffer your slings and arrows. another soldier in the propaganda war, you will be no use in the war for peace, we should live so long. so long.

      • marc b.
        marc b.
        November 16, 2013, 12:46 pm

        slings and arrows? fred, you’re no hamlet. better suited to play Ophelia. out on a limb.

  3. Chu
    Chu
    November 14, 2013, 11:55 am

    “In light of the long association between the Clintons and Sid Blumenthal, I hope that the Clintons ask Sid to expressly dissociate himself from his son’s views—and if he refuses to, that they no longer work with him on any matters,” Dershowitz told Breitbart’s Joel Pollak.

    – and they say republicans eat their own.

  4. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    November 14, 2013, 11:58 am

    RE: “In Judaism, we have a term for people like Bush. We call them ‘Chassidey Umot Haolam’ – ‘Righteous Gentiles’ – and I’m proud to live in a country being led by one.” ~ Alana Goodman

    MY COMMENT: If Ms Goodman was truly thankful for George Bush’s support for Israel, she would ‘see the light’ and accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior so that Bush and his fellow fundie cult followers could have their precious Rapture!

    SEE: “George Bush set to speak to Christian End-Times group that calls for conversion of Jews”, by Kenneth Derstine, Mondoweiss, 11/13/12
    LINK – http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/george-christian-conversion.html

  5. DaveS
    DaveS
    November 14, 2013, 12:12 pm

    It seems to me that Dershowitz’s remark was a thinly-veiled threat directed at Hillary to jettison Sid B or risk the loss of his support. One might casually dismiss such a threat as the usual bloviation, but my hunch is that he might succeed. I would not be surprised if Sid and the Clintons parted ways amicably. Dersh’s threats over MJ Rosenberg and Media Matters did lead to his departure.

    Of course, Dershowitz’s hypocrisy here is enormous. Max is now so treif that the Clintons better be wary of associating with someone who associates with him. Dershowitz, on the other hand, is free to commit sins worse than those he falsely accuses Max of committing. Par for the course.

  6. Nevada Ned
    Nevada Ned
    November 14, 2013, 1:48 pm

    Max Blumenthal can now market Goliath as

    The book that Alan Dershowitz doesn’t want you to read!

  7. annie
    annie
    November 14, 2013, 1:49 pm

    check out the update at the base of the article for some good news.

    GO MAX

  8. annie
    annie
    November 14, 2013, 1:59 pm

    i was just over at the free beacon checking out their article, which i really think is driving sales. they included an instagram photo of max and his dad at the book party and asked the person who posted the instagram, journalist Mike Elk, for a comment:

    Reached by phone, Elk said “I hope you fucking burn in hell for this. I really fucking do. Go fuck yourself.”

  9. tree
    tree
    November 14, 2013, 1:59 pm

    To borrow a phrase from Rabbi Meir Kahane, “One does not deal with terrorists; one does not bargain with terrorists; one kills terrorists.”

    Ironically then, Kahane was calling for his own murder since even in the strictest sense of the word he was a terrorist himself. Not that Alana Goodman would have the clarity of mind to understand that.

    Further idiocy from Goodman’s college paper opinion piece:

    Where was the action during the second intifada as Israelis cowered in underground bomb shelters? Did the world understand how humiliating that was – for Jews to tremble; hidden underground in their own country as their enemies burned the proud Israeli flag above their heads?

    Besides being a laughably delusional, racist and paranoiac vision of what happened during the second intifada, its problematic in the extreme to compare the second intifada to the Holocaust. All you do by such a comparison is diminish and falsely justify the Holocaust. The second intifada was a reaction to Israel’s decades long oppression of the Palestinians in the occupied territories. The Holocaust was not wrought by people who were oppressed by Jews, but rather by people who believed that their own “superiority” over others allowed them to kill the “untermenchen” indiscriminately.

    • lysias
      lysias
      November 14, 2013, 5:19 pm

      The Nazis did believe, however falsely, that they had been oppressed by Jews, whom they blamed for the Weimar Republic and much besides. The Nazis and a lot of other Germans believed, with a certain amount of justice, that Germany had been oppressed by the Allies with such things as the blockade against Germany, which was continued for some nine months after the Armistice in 1918.

  10. Talkback
    Talkback
    November 14, 2013, 2:59 pm

    I ordered Max’s book, because any book that makes the Hasbara clowns go mentaöl can only be interesting. And I have to say that I enjoy reading it very much.

  11. Cliff
    Cliff
    November 14, 2013, 3:01 pm

    Alana Goodman got away with praising the Jewish terrorist, Meir Kahane?

  12. seafoid
    seafoid
    November 14, 2013, 3:17 pm

    I presume israeli history is in the fiction section.

  13. Krauss
    Krauss
    November 14, 2013, 3:42 pm

    The way the smear campaign is set up, at least how it looks, is something like this:

    1. The biggest publications like the NYT, WaPo, WSJ and others do not write about it at all.

    2. The lower-tier or tabloid trash websites like BuzzFeed or the Beacon are instead tasked with going after the book(read: the author himself) and tarnish him. So that whenever someone googles him, you get these attacks and most people are lazy and stupid, so they don’t bother doing the feedback. Still, will it matter in 10, or even 5, years? I doubt it. The tide is turning fast.

    3. In addition, niche publications like Tablet or Forward chime in to add that Jewish angle. Since Max is Jewish, it complicates things, but if he wasn’t, they would act as the subtle fuelgivers to the charges of anti-Semitism, without explicitly endorsing it.
    This is what happened to Walt/Mearsheimer. They seem to be trying the “self-hating Jew” track, except that Max seems very comfortable in his skin and his dad supports him a lot, so it doens’t seem to work out for them.

    It’s still quite amazing that ‘Like Dreamers’ which got a lot of coverage from the mainstream press and very good reviews for it’s centrist Zionist perspective is doing worse than a book which has still never been seriously reviewed and has been targeted by a smear campaign, or more so the author of it.

    That says something about the power of his writing and by the fact that people want to see the unvarnished truth and not just another Zionist filter to weed out the comfortable things about the standard Israel narrative which is so corrupt.

    • Philip Munger
      Philip Munger
      November 14, 2013, 4:53 pm

      Another factor, Krauss, that is becoming apparent as Max’s book tour enters its 7th week, is how well Max is doing in confronting the attacks on his book and what it represents. I’ve been following it fairly closely from the beginning, while reading the book, and since. A few observations along these lines:

      1). Listening, or, especially, watching Max field questions about Goliath, Israeli history, contemporary Israeli society or what the trends he describes mean for the future, Max’s grasp of facts, dates, names and relationships is quite phenomenal. Haven’t seen him stumble or dissimulate yet. I’m a musician, trained to memorize, who trains others to memorize. One student in 500 has Max’s head for detail. It’s as if he has memorized all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, or all of Mahler’s symphonies, even the viola parts (obligatory viola joke).

      No wonder none of the so-called liberal Zionists wants to engage him one-on-one. They probably suspect they would end up on the wrong end of a 1.5 million-view Youtube.

      2). His ability to remain unfazed by hostility isn’t iciness, nor is it aloofness. It is, rather something that strikes me as an indicator that he understands the unveiling of this shocking narrative is often disturbing, and carries tremendous responsibility. For instance, here is Marcy Wheeler, responding to another commenter’s uneasiness with the school curriculum-based racism Max recounts:

      I had a reaction between yours and Elliot’s. I abstractly knew about this. But it still scares me.

      So I can imagine the cognitive dissonance of those who’ve invested a lot in disbelieving this who take the time to read it.

      http://fdlbooksalon.com/2013/11/02/fdl-book-salon-welcomes-max-blumenthal/#comment-2238222

      3). Max, by unveiling the nature of a project he would like to undertake next, brings how many of us feel about the wrongness of religious Zionism into a wider context. His first book, Republican Gomorrah was about the deep insinuation of Messianic Cristianism into GOP politics. Goliath deals with Messianic Jewish Zionism. Both are mostly right-wing or worse. His contemplated next project (perhaps one of many), looking at the rise of new right groups in Europe, shows a continuity. Liberal Zionists who still have faith in the Israel experiment will not enjoy Goliath being sandwiched between Blumenthal’s first and third books:

      I am not sure where I’ll go next in terms of journalism but I think the rise of the xenophobic right-wing in Europe might be one area I will explore.

      http://fdlbooksalon.com/2013/11/02/fdl-book-salon-welcomes-max-blumenthal/#comment-2238336

  14. Memphis
    Memphis
    November 14, 2013, 4:05 pm

    I got this book 2 days ago, and have not been able to put it down

    It is an important book.

    Really shows what Israel is becoming as a country.

    I read a book In The Garden of Beasts: An American Family Living in Hitlers Berlin

    I must say, That book makes Israel today remind me of Germany in the 30’s

    • a blah chick
      a blah chick
      November 14, 2013, 6:58 pm

      I also read In the Garden of Beasts, it’s a great book.

      What I found interesting was how, in the early days, the Nazi regime allowed the German Rotary clubs to retain their Jewish members. This was so that when foreign Rotarians arrived and saw Jews still in these clubs they would go home and dispute reports that these people were being banned from German life.

      The biggest revelation for me was the fact there were Jewsish leaders in the US that were against boycotting of German goods, because they though this would just revoke the situation.

  15. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    November 14, 2013, 6:02 pm

    We are so excited to have Max in Boulder tomorrow night Friday Nov 15th at the Friends Meetinghouse, 1825 Upland Av Boulder at 7PM. Free event

    Max was great on KGNU this morning. So clear, no nonsense statements. So many details. He is now in the long line of honorable activist over the decades who have focused so hard on getting the facts out to the public about what has and continues to go on in the conflict. Max has done so much in his five or so years of activism on this issue. Pushing so hard.

    My favorite article that his father Sidney Blumenthal wrote http://www.salon.com/2005/04/28/powells_revenge/
    “The Bolton confirmation hearings have revealed his constant efforts to undermine Powell on Iran and Iraq, Syria, and North Korea. They have also exposed a most curious incident that has triggered the administration’s stonewall reflex. The Foreign Relations Committee discovered that Bolton made a highly unusual request and gained access to 10 intercepts by the National Security Agency, which monitors worldwide communications, of conversations involving past and present government officials. Whose conversations did Bolton secretly secure and why?

    Staff members on the committee believe that Bolton was likely spying on Powell, his senior advisors, and other officials reporting to the secretary of state on diplomatic initiatives that Bolton opposed. If so, it is also possible that Bolton was sharing this top-secret information with his neoconservative allies in the Pentagon and the vice president’s office, with whom he was in daily contact and well known to be working in league against Powell. If the intercepts are ever released, they may disclose whether Bolton was a key figure in a counterintelligence operation run inside the Bush administration against the secretary of state, resembling the hunted character played by Will Smith in “Enemy of the State.” Both Republican and Democratic senators have demanded that the State Department, which holds the NSA intercepts, turn them over to the committee. But Rice so far has refused. What is she hiding by her coverup? ”

    I could swear this Blumenthal article was at least 2 pages long when I first read it in 2005.

  16. just
    just
    November 14, 2013, 7:36 pm

    I hope that the event is jammed- packed, cozy, and that lots and lots of good discourse occurs. (of course it will!)

    Please try to capture it on video, Kathleen. Have fun!

    • Kathleen
      Kathleen
      November 14, 2013, 10:25 pm

      It is going to be video taped and hopefully put up on you tube. He was interviewed on KGNU this morning still not up at their site. Worth the listen when it does come up

  17. amigo
    amigo
    November 14, 2013, 10:07 pm

    “I hope that the event is jammed- packed, cozy, and that lots and lots of good discourse occurs. (of course it will!)”just

    I am jealous .Will he come to Ireland–trinity perhaps.

    Or the UK.Say yes .I will travel for the privilege.

    Feed back if anyone knows??.

    • Philip Munger
      Philip Munger
      November 15, 2013, 2:41 am

      Mr. Blumenthal hopes to take the Goliath book tour to Europe. I don’t know whether or not the publisher has translation plans, but until that happens, the UK and Ireland would be natural starting points. I’ve heard that his book is already being avidly read by some of my friends in the UK.

      • amigo
        amigo
        November 15, 2013, 7:19 am

        Thanks Phillip.I got the book a few weeks ago.I cannot say I enjoy reading the content (the cruelty of it all) but I do enjoy knowing that Israel,s crimes are being exposed by yet another brave journalist like Max.

        I will be in touch with the Dublin branch of IPSM (Ireland Palestine Solidarity Movement) as they are sure to be aware of any such event.

        Thanks again.

      • American
        American
        November 15, 2013, 9:49 am

        How bad is it? I keep putting off ordering it, I want to read it, know I should read it but every time I go to order it I draw back—-I feel like I am forcing myself to put my hand on a hot stove that’s going to burn hell out of me.

      • amigo
        amigo
        November 15, 2013, 7:46 am

        Correction to above post.

        That should read ,IPSC.Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

        Wouldn,t want any zios to think of it as a sort of militant group.

  18. adele
    adele
    November 15, 2013, 12:29 pm

    Just,
    please don’t debase and harm the just cause of exposing the truth/reality of the zionist entity by resorting to calling any pro-Israelis “cockroaches”. Let’s not forget that Rafael Eitan called Palestinians “drugged cockroaches in a bottle”. So if we take umbrage when the Israelis make such horrendous statements we shouldn’t resort to using the same labels.

    Please take my comment in the friendly spirit in which it is meant. Otherwise, I agree with you wholeheartedly that the Israeli apologists are on the offensive, trying desperately to undermine Max’s book with smears and lies, instead of addressing the book’s content & thesis.

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