Trending Topics:

And now a word from our Democratic Party standard bearer

on 26 Comments

(h/t Max Blumenthal)

Adam Horowitz

Adam Horowitz is Executive Editor of

Other posts by .

Posted In:

26 Responses

  1. just on July 18, 2014, 10:25 am

    wth? Too busy?

  2. Marnie on July 18, 2014, 10:29 am

    Another ass owned by AIPAC.

  3. on July 18, 2014, 10:37 am

    And lots of supposedly progressive people think she is actually different.

    She’s not. Just another gutless careerist.

    Dennis Kucinich or Cynthia McKinney are the pols to get behind

    • Kris on July 18, 2014, 12:19 pm

      @Giles, this is good, from Kucinich: “Israel Invades Gaza Because It Can,”

    • ritzl on July 18, 2014, 2:15 pm

      @Giles- Yep. Beyond that, her cowardice on this means her whole set of attractive positions/positioning are nothing more than words. Kinda like Obama (not that he was all that attractive).

    • Mooser on July 18, 2014, 8:01 pm

      “She’s not. Just another gutless careerist.”

      After being the most humiliated women in the US, she didn’t walk out on Bill. I knew right then she was useless.
      And now, to top it off, she doesn’t even know what she is saying, and can’t talk about the issues. She’s become incapable of taking any kind of a stand.

    • Clif Brown on July 18, 2014, 10:46 pm

      How many of us wouldn’t do the same if we were looking at a position of power realizing that one wrong comment on one particular issue would destroy any hope of gaining that position? It is true that to avoid the issue is gutless, but it is also true that it is pragmatic given our corrupt campaign funding system. All these pols know that they have little to lose and much to gain by toeing the Israel line. Kucinich and McKinney have zero chance of gaining a political position where they could have an impact on I/P, and it is in large part because they are honest about I/P that their chances of holding high office are nil.

      The problem is campaign financing. We can criticize scenes like this one with Max and Warren but nothing is going to change until we get public financing of elections or, what is more likely to happen first, the elderly Zionists pass on leaving heirs who don’t share the prejudice.

      We KNOW there will be no difference between the presidential candidates on Israel. So will we not vote? I plan to vote, placing my hope for change in I/P elsewhere than the in U.S. government. BDS is slow but sure, that’s where my hope lies.

  4. bopfromthedarkside on July 18, 2014, 10:46 am

    From Elizabeth Warren’s web site:

    “I do not believe that a lasting peace can be imposed from the outside or that either party should take unilateral steps – such as the Palestinians’ application for UN membership – that move the parties further away from negotiations.”

    From my letter to Warren:

    “Senator, why shouldn’t Palestinians have a peaceful, legal option available with which to establish sovereignty?. This stuff is boilerplate AIPAC, crafted to benefit Israeli (God-gave-this-land-to-me) expansionism, and your campaign fund. You should not be proud of this, Senator

  5. Justpassingby on July 18, 2014, 11:11 am

    Give her a break, she didnt have the aipac talking points with her.

  6. seafoid on July 18, 2014, 11:15 am

    Israel isn’t going to stop doing what it’s doing but every time it unleashes the IDF it dies a little in the court of public opinion. Twitter is really interesting- Israel just doesn’t have the numbers .

    Trend it out a few years and the US is going to be a battleground. It’s going to come down to serious money versus popular disgust.
    And the Jewish contribution to whatever went on in the 60s is not going to get a look in.

    • Mooser on July 18, 2014, 9:45 pm

      “And the Jewish contribution to whatever went on in the 60s is not going to get a look in.”

      Owsley was Jewish? Who knew?

  7. Citizen on July 18, 2014, 11:47 am

    Entire US Senate, Including Progressive Liberals, Rubber-Stamps Israel, Boots Palestinians to the Curb as NonHumans

  8. MHughes976 on July 18, 2014, 12:02 pm

    We keep thinking that something’s got to change, to give. But it never much does, not even with this grotesque spectacle unfolding before our eyes.

  9. seafoid on July 18, 2014, 12:02 pm

    “All this genocide
    Is not justified
    Are you satisfied?
    I’m not satisfied
    The rich minorities control the gov’ment
    But they would have you believe we on the same team
    So where you stand, huh?
    What do you stand for?
    Sit your ass down if you don’t know the answer”

  10. American on July 18, 2014, 12:04 pm

    Had enough of the ‘liberal’ Democrats yet?

    • Kay24 on July 18, 2014, 1:16 pm

      I have had enough of all of them. I had so much “Hope” when I voted for Obama, thinking the country will be back on track again, and the sucking up to Israel lessen.
      Nothing changes. They are all the same, especially congress. I stopped voting ever since, finding candidates who do not kiss up to Israel, is impossible to find.
      Menendez, who is a shameless cheerleader for Israel, did not get my vote, and I am glad I did not do so, when I see his sick obsession with it.

    • tree on July 18, 2014, 1:57 pm

      That already happened for me before the last Presidential election. I’m voting Green Party from now on until and unless I see a change in the Democratic Party.

      Issued July 16th, 2014:

      WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States is calling for an immediate ceasefire in the current exchange of missiles between Israeli and Palestinian forces, negotiation for a just and peaceful resolution to the conflict, an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian Territories and human rights violations, repeal of apartheid policies in Israel, and establishment of one democratic state for all in Israel-Palestine.

      The Green Party opposes and condemns all violence against unarmed civilians and deplores the murder of young people on both sides that ignited the current face-off. Greens said that Israel must be held accountable for mounting Palestinian casualties in the assault on Gaza, with over 200 deaths, mostly civilians, caused by airstrikes in densely populated areas ( Hamas must be held accountable for indiscriminate rocket attacks, which have killed one Israeli during the escalating crisis.

      “We are appalled that the Obama Administration endorsed Operation Protective Edge. The White House must lead the rest of the world in bringing international pressure for a ceasefire, aid for civilian populations in the line of fire, observance of international law, and a just peace in the region with an end to Israel’s illegal occupation and apartheid policies within the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel,” said Dr. Justine McCabe, Connecticut Green and member of the Green Party’s International Committee (

      Greens are urging support for U.S., Israeli, and Palestinian peace groups that are protesting the air assault and possible ground invasion and demanding a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement and an end to the occupation and seven-year blockade of Gaza.

      “Assertions about Israel’s right to defend itself must be placed in the context of Israel’s high-tech military arsenal; the occupation of Palestinian Territories; mass displacement of Palestinians, including home demolitions and settlements; detentions and brutality by the IDF, often directed at children; denial of access to resources; and continuing denial of basic human rights and equality. There is no ‘right’ to occupy, violate human rights, or inflict collective punishment on civilians. Safety is only possible for Israelis and Palestinians when Israel ends these injustices and when both sides lay down arms and sit down to negotiate a solution,” said Muhammed Malik, former Co-Chair of the Miami-Dade Green Party and member of the International Committee.


      n an effort to bring about real peace, justice, and security for all Israelis and Palestinians, the Green Party of the United States has endorsed the Palestinian Civil Society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel as nonviolent measures to be maintained until Israel ends the occupation and colonization of Arab lands and dismantles the separation wall, recognizes the fundamental rights of Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality, and promotes the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in U.N. Resolution 194.


      The Green Party supports suspension of U.S. military and foreign aid to Israel and a U.S. foreign policy that promotes the creation of one secular democratic state for Palestinians and Israelis on the land between the Mediterranean Sea and River Jordan as the national home of both peoples with Jerusalem as its capital. The party encourages a new U.S. diplomatic initiative to begin the process of negotiation, laying the groundwork for such a single-state constitution.

      • ritzl on July 18, 2014, 2:19 pm

        Agree. “Unless it changes”…

  11. Dan Crowther on July 18, 2014, 1:17 pm


  12. American on July 18, 2014, 2:05 pm

    What is a mystery to me is why anyone ever expected anything different from her…dem voters knew what they getting when they voted for her.

    Regarding Israel:
    [O]ur alliance runs far deeper: it is a natural partnership resting on our mutual commitment to democracy and freedom and on our shared values. Both our countries have been sustained by our commitment to liberty, pluralism, and the rule of law. These values transcend time, and they are the basis of our unbreakable bond.

    Lasting peace, however, requires negotiations between the parties themselves, and although the United States can and should aid in this process, we cannot dictate the terms. Unilateral actions, such as the Palestinians’ membership efforts before the United Nations, are unhelpful, and I would support vetoing a membership application.

    Regarding Iran:
    ”Iran is a significant threat to the United States and our allies. Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons, it is an active state sponsor of terrorism, and its leaders have consistently challenged Israel’s right to exist. Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is unacceptable because a nuclear Iran would be a threat to the United States, our allies, the region, and the world. The United States must take the necessary steps to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. I support strong sanctions against Iran and believe that the United States must also continue to take a leadership role in pushing other countries to implement strong sanctions as well. Iran must not have an escape hatch.’

  13. Chu on July 18, 2014, 2:08 pm

    “And now a word from our Democratic Party standard bearer”
    and brought to you in part by ‘Soda Stream’!

  14. American on July 18, 2014, 2:14 pm

    I dont even talk to liberals any more, its pointless.
    If I ran to a liberal neighbor and told them the US was under nuke attack their response would be …..’well is this gonna affect our moveon petition to pay grade school teachers more?”

    • Mooser on July 18, 2014, 8:05 pm

      “If I ran to a liberal neighbor and told them the US was under nuke attack their response would be …..’well is this gonna affect our moveon petition to pay grade school teachers more?”

      Wow, they are a lot nicer than I would be if you pulled that crap on me.

  15. Parity on July 18, 2014, 2:31 pm

    At least Elizabeth Warren did not cosponsor H.Res.498 expressing “support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks.” Neither did Patrick Leahy or Dianne Feinstein. We should thank them and the handful of other senators who did not vote for this resolution giving Israel the green light to attack Gaza. You can see the long list of cosponsors here:{%22search%22%3A[%22support+for+Israel%22]}

    I think “unanimous consent” can represent only a handful of senators, depending on who shows up for the voice vote. However, this resolution did have overwhelming support, judging from the number of cosponsors.

  16. Citizen on July 19, 2014, 3:07 am

    Latest Bill Maher episode covers Gaza and Israel Lobby and is a Zionist love fest. Get ready to puke:

  17. DICKERSON3870 on July 19, 2014, 10:22 pm

    RE: “Elizabeth Warren Runs From Question About Israeli Invasion of Gaza”

    MY COMMENT: This beautifully illustrates in a mere 8 seconds some comments made yesterday by Glenn Greenwald on Democracy Now to the effect that “nothing puts fear into the heart of American journalists—and American politicians—like the word ‘Israel’ . . . , [and that] . . . American members of Congress are petrified of uttering a peep of criticism of Israel . . . [and that] . . . the evidence is just so conclusive, so clear, about all kinds of pressure and intimidation that are put on American media and political figures”*

    * WATCH THIS VIDEO, AND/OR SEE THIS TRANSCRIPT – “Glenn Greenwald: Why Did NBC Pull Veteran Reporter After He Witnessed Israeli Killing of Gaza Kids?” ~, Friday, July 18, 2014

    ● GLENN GREENWALD: Interestingly, you know, from working in the last several years in media, I’ve gotten to know a lot of journalists. I’ve gotten to understand a lot more about how these large media outlets function. I’ve worked with some of them over the last year in the reporting I’ve done. And it really is remarkable, and not hyperbole, that there is nothing that makes major media figures and news executives more petrified than reporting on Israel. I mean, the way in which they become so frightened to do any sort of reporting that could make what they call Israel’s supporters inside the United States angry really can’t be overstated.

    And that’s the reason why this ABC, quote-unquote, “error” resonated so greatly, is because one of the things that you almost never see in major American media reporting is anything that shows the suffering of the Palestinians, that shows the brutal savagery of the Israeli military inside of Gaza. It was almost like they showed it by accident there and then just misreported it as being Israeli suffering because that’s what they’re so accustomed to showing, even though Israeli suffering is so much less than the havoc that is wreaked on the Palestinians.

    But the one thing I will say that I think is actually encouraging is this is one case where social media really does make a difference. You have now Gazans inside of the worst attack zones that are able to go onto Twitter, that are able to go onto Facebook, that are able to upload video imagery, that are able to be heard in their own voices. And you have lots of pushback on social media, as well, toward media outlets and their unbelievably just grotesque pro-Israel bias, in a way that I think has really kind of improved the coverage this time, so that we are now seeing more of the reality of Israeli militarism and aggression. And they’re not being able to get away with calling every victim a Hamas terrorist or a Hamas supporter or a human shield, because social media enables the stark reality of what the Israelis are doing to be seen. It’s just part of the overall trend where major media outlets are losing their monopoly on how we understand the world, but it is still the case that nothing puts fear into the heart of American journalists—and American politicians—like the word “Israel.” It’s really remarkable to watch.

    ● JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, Glenn, in terms of this issue of the pressure on these media companies and also the ability of the Israeli government and their supporters to manage news coverage—for instance, the invasion was actually—the stage was set for it when an unnamed, high-ranking Israeli official conducted interviews with The Washington Post, The New York Times, all of whom wrote stories before the invasion began that it was likely to happen, but yet never named the official and, in essence, participated in the trial balloon that was set up for the invasion.

    ● GLENN GREENWALD: American media officials are incredibly subservient to American political officials. That’s been—you know, American media figures are. But when it comes to Israeli political officials, it’s virtually cringe-inducing to watch how accommodating and deferential and submissive they become. And it really is true that American media outlets play a very similar role when it comes to Israeli military operations as they played in the run-up to the Iraq War, which is that they give constant anonymity to any Israeli military or political official who request it, they launder those claims without the slightest bit of skepticism expressed, and there’s never or virtually never the other side presented, which is the views of the people living in those areas that are attacked by Israeli aggression, or the politicians or the military officials who are in Gaza or who are in the West Bank. It’s incredibly one-sided, it’s propagandistic, and it really is deliberate. I mean, it’s so overwhelming and extreme in terms of how one-sided they are. They barely pretend even to be even-handed in their coverage.

    And, you know, you’ve seen—I mean, I think one of the most amazing things was, the producer, the longtime producer at CNN, Octavia Nasr, she was there for 20 years, a completely competent, well-liked employee, never had any kind of disciplinary problems. A Shia imam in Lebanon, who had links to Hezbollah, died. He was beloved by millions and millions of Shia around the world. She went on Twitter and very innocuously just expressed condolences, and she was instantly fired.

    And this has happened over and over, where major media figures have been stigmatized or lost their jobs or had their careers destroyed for the slightest amount of deviation from pro-Israel orthodoxies. And those lessons have been really well learned, just in the same way that American members of Congress are petrified of uttering a peep of criticism of Israel, which is why you see pro-Israel resolutions unanimously passing in the U.S. Congress, even as public opinion is sharply divided around the world or even against the Israelis. I mean, the evidence is just so conclusive, so clear, about all kinds of pressure and intimidation that are put on American media and political figures, such that we have less of an ability in the United States to debate Israel policy than they even do in Israel. . .


Leave a Reply