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Congress invites Netanyahu to rebut Obama on Iran, and White House slams ‘breach of protocol’

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Israel was down to one mention in last night’s stirring and progressive State of the Union Speech, and Palestine didn’t even get a name-check. Two states living peacefully side by side? Nope; President Obama seems to be walking away from the futile peace process.

Israel came up in the context of the big political battle Obama faces, Iran sanctions. Last night he vowed to veto any new sanctions bill. Few people would have known just what was at stake as the president made that declaration, saying the American people want him to talk to Iran, not go to war:

Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran, where, for the first time in a decade, we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material. Between now and this spring, we have a chance to negotiate a comprehensive agreement that prevents a nuclear-armed Iran; secures America and our allies — including Israel; while avoiding yet another Middle East conflict. There are no guarantees that negotiations will succeed, and I keep all options on the table to prevent a nuclear Iran. But new sanctions passed by this Congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails — alienating America from its allies; and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again. It doesn’t make sense. That is why I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress. The American people expect us to only go to war as a last resort, and I intend to stay true to that wisdom.

Obama was warning the Israel lobby; bug out of these negotiations. That’s the line he drew in the sand in the New York Times last week, criticizing donor pressure on Democratic senators.

Well, Congress has responded. This morning it invited Netanyahu to speak to a joint session in the House chamber on February 11– a month before the Israeli elections (as Haaretz noted).

House Speaker John Boehner’s statement on the invite plays off of the Paris murders, and grants Netanyahu an authority he doesn’t seem to grant Obama:

“Prime Minister Netanyahu is a great friend of our country, and this invitation carries with it our unwavering commitment to the security and well-being of his people,” Boehner said.  “In this time of challenge, I am asking the Prime Minister to address Congress on the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life.  Americans and Israelis have always stood together in shared cause and common ideals, and now we must rise to the moment again.”

The Hill reports the invitation as a direct rebuke to Obama’s Iran policy:

Boehner cast Netanyahu’s address scheduled for Feb. 11 as being intended to rebuke to Obama’s negotiations with Iran on that country’s nuclear program…

[T]he president “expects us to stand idly by and do nothing while he cuts a bad deal with Iran [Boehner said].”

“Two words: “Hell no!” … we’re going to do no such thing,” Boehner said.

Haaretz says the White House’s Josh Earnest “criticizes Netanyahu’s planned trip to U.S., calling it ‘departure from protocol'”.

“Such invitations are usually made leader to leader.”

AP reports that Earnest calls it a “breach of protocol.”

And on MSNBC today, Noga Tarnopolsky in Jerusalem says that Boehner and Netanyahu were “negotiating behind President Obama’s back” to bring off the invitation.

Boehner’s actual invitation sent out this morning says Netanyahu is being invited by the “bipartisan leadership” of the Senate and House. Says Scott McConnell of Netanyahu’s visit to Congress: “The only question will be how many standing ovations will he receive? I think he had 29 last time around. Should we set up a betting pool on it?”

Netanyahu with seven senators in advance of State of Union speech

Netanyahu with seven senators in advance of State of Union speech

As Boehner aides pointed out to the Hill “there is bipartisan support for Iran sanctions legislation.” That’s true: Netanyahu met two days ago with a bipartisan group of seven senators. Dems were represented by Indiana’s Joe Donnelly (second from the left) and Virginia’s Tim Kaine (not in the picture), not to mention Angus King, the Maine Independent, at left. It was South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham’s second visit to Jerusalem inside of a month. He can’t stay away! (He fielded Meet the Press’s Chuck Todd’s question about presidential hopes from Jerusalem.)

On NPR the other day, Steve Inskeep pointed out to Obama’s chief of staff Denis McDonough that many Democrats support sanctions.

given that people in both parties want to act, is there anything Congress can do that the president would accept?

MCDONOUGH: I think what Congress should do is give us some time to see if these negotiations can work. I think in looking back at the last year under the agreement – the temporary agreement that we and the rest of the world struck with the Iranians – we’ve seen their program frozen in important ways and even rolled back in very important ways. So we’ve seen good progress against an elicit Iranian nuclear program as a result of these negotiations. So if Congress wants to act later in the year, we could consider that. But at the moment, they ought to give us the space to let these negotiations work…

Inskeep asked McDonough four questions on Iran–because it’s a bipartisan issue in D.C. Last night on Hardball, Chris Matthews asked three Democratic leaders, Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, and David Axelrod, zero questions about Iran. Because he knows, hawkishness is inside the Democratic Party, and it would have been divisive.

Today in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Democrat Robert Menendez said of Obama’s Iran passage in the State of the Union:

“The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran, and it feeds to the Iranian narrative of victimization when they are the ones with original sin… They get to cheat in a series of ways and we get to worry about their perceptions.”

Menendez is co-sponsor of the Iran sanction legislation Obama has promised to veto.

Here is part of the statement by B’nai B’rith International on Obama’s speech. It praised him on immigration reform and human dignity and anti-Semitism. But it kept up the pressure for sanctions.

The president noted his commitment to pursuing diplomatic means to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons development program. We must make it starkly clear to Tehran that the expanded deadline for talks must not merely serve as an opportunity for Iran to continue to build its nuclear program and deceive the world about its weapons-making progress. B’nai B’rith has consistently called for maintaining pressure on Iran and keeping all options open. We are pleased the president acknowledged that Iran’s nuclear program has implications for the security of both the United States and Israel. But we remain concerned that removing sanctions as an option leaves an open door for Iran’s delaying tactics. All options must remain on the table. Keeping up pressure on Iran reinforces a strong U.S. negotiating position.

We’re moving toward a real confrontation. Let’s hope that journalists inform the American people about what is at stake. Let’s hope that M.J. Rosenberg gets out the epithet Israel Firster and heaves it around. How many Americans want another war in the Middle East?

Update: The story is making the cables. On CNN David Rohde says that Netanyahu seems to have challenged protocol by not consulting Obama before accepting the invitation. Boehner said he did not consult the president but “I don’t believe I’m poking anyone in the eye.” Netanyahu will be discussing jihadists and Iran, serious threats that Obama “papered over” in his State of the Union speech.

MJ Rosenberg is going after Netanyahu:

Bibi: “I wonder if I can get Schumer, Lindsey Graham. & my favorite gangster Bob Menendez, to lead Congress in singing Hatikva. YES!”

Adam Horowitz contributed all the newsy bits in this post.

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  1. CloakAndDagger on January 21, 2015, 12:22 pm

    We are being destroyed, not by invading alien hordes, but by the traitors in our midst. These serpents in our collective bossoms whom we elected to serve and protect us, are the very prescriptions of our demise. Annie advised me not to hate, but it is nothing but hatred that I feel for our congress, whose venal nature is stealthily employed to our destruction.

    To the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee. Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool!

    • American on January 21, 2015, 12:46 pm

      @Cloak & Dagger

      I was going to add more but it would be considered terrier-ism.
      So I wont post it on the net.
      But I will be telling it far and wide off the net.

      • CloakAndDagger on January 21, 2015, 1:39 pm


      • amigo on January 21, 2015, 3:06 pm

        American, I thought there was a limit on campaign contributions in the USA.How do people like Addled-son get away with giving millions to Romney,s campaign.

    • lysias on January 21, 2015, 2:10 pm

      Elections are a flawed way to select the people’s representatives. The people who end up being chosen are professional politicians who will do anything to continue to hold their offices. Also, the people who are willing to go through all one has to do in order to be elected tend to be pathetically flawed individuals who are too dependent on people’s approval.

      I recommend the ancient Athenian method of choosing representatives: choose them by lot from the whole citizen body, the way jurors are chosen.

      If we can’t do that, let us at least have term limits.

      • CloakAndDagger on January 21, 2015, 2:22 pm

        @ lysias

        Indeed – couldn’t possibly have a worse outcome than our current method of putting snakes in positions of power.

      • American on January 21, 2015, 7:08 pm

        amigo January 21, 2015, 3:06 pm

        American, I thought there was a limit on campaign contributions in the USA.How do people like Addled-son get away with giving millions to Romney,s campaign ”

        Two words…”Super Pacs’…a third way to screw americans courtesy of the SC.
        Rich individuals can not give as much money as they want “directly” to a candidate —but they can give as much as they want to a Super Pac whose goal is to elect or defeat some politician.
        Under the rules the Pac is not allowed to co ordinate with a candidate’s own campaign—but thats easy to get round by hiring the guy ‘recommended by ‘ or who just happen to have recently quit the Romney campaign for instance to go to work for the Super Pac.

        So people like Adelson or Koch can give 92 million to a Pac.

      • Boomer on January 21, 2015, 8:41 pm

        I rarely quote William F. Buckley, but he had a way with words, some of which seem appropriate here:

        “I am obliged to confess I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University.”

    • CloakAndDagger on January 21, 2015, 3:24 pm

      @ amigo (no reply button under your post)

      I thought there was a limit on campaign contributions in the USA

      Here you go:

      • amigo on January 22, 2015, 6:59 am

        This is a reply to C & A and American.

        Thanks for clearing up the issue of Campaign limits.

        There ain,t any. Surprise , surprise.(Gomer Pyle)

    • jdc2408 on January 21, 2015, 8:39 pm

      Agreed, except they are not doing anything stealthily, they don’t have to when they own the press and most people are either too stupid to see what is happening or they just don’t care. Senator Menendez makes my blood boil. Who are these idiots who keep him in power? The answer: The majority of idiot America!

    • Kay24 on January 21, 2015, 9:46 pm

      Traitors all right:

      “Inviting Netanyahu to Congress: A political blow to Herzog, Bennett and Obama
      Netanyahu will use the speech to boost his election campaign while helping his Republican allies undercut Obama’s efforts to secure an agreement with Iran.

      For the past month and a half – ever since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the early elections in Israel – the U.S. administration has been walking on eggshells. The instruction passed down from both the White House and from” Haaretz

      The Congress people responsible for this, should be tarred and feathered. Well, now it is up to Obama and the WH, and let us see if they have the spine to take this on.

      • Blownaway on January 22, 2015, 12:34 am

        Here’s who from Haaretz not the NYT…
        A senior Israeli official with knowledge of the contacts, who wished to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the matter, said that the one who had initiated the contacts with Boehner and with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and their staffs was Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, Netanyahu’s former aide.

        Dermer, the senior official said, had advanced the idea of Netanyahu addressing Congress in talks he has been having for several weeks on Iran’s nuclear program with senior members of Congress. Dermer is encouraging senators and representatives to advance new legislation that would impose additional sanctions on Iran, contrary to the position of the White House, which believes that new sanctions at this time would undermine the talks and kill the chances of reaching a diplomatic solution. During his State of the Union Address Tuesday night Obama made it clear that he would veto any such legislation.

        According to the senior official, Dermer approached Boehner, McConnell and other senior Republican Party figures at Netanyahu’s behest and suggested the idea of the speech. “Dermer and Boehner cooked up this whole invitation to Congress,” the official said.

      • just on January 22, 2015, 12:40 am

        yep~ good old dermer from cnn

        after I read that article earlier, I went and found this from wiki:

        “Regional observers and Washington political analyst see Dermer’s appointment as a “mixed bag” for U.S.–Israel relations. According to Ari Shavit, Dermer is one of the few people Prime Minister Netanyahu trusts enough for the job, and Dermer’s understanding of the American political system gives Netanyahu a way to navigate through Washington tactfully. On the other hand, Barak Ravid said, Dermer is suspected by key White House aides Denis McDonough and Ben Rhodes of lobbying members of Congress against President Barack Obama’s positions.[3]”

        bingo! sounds mossad- like and heavy aipac.

      • Kay24 on January 22, 2015, 1:16 am

        Dermer was called a true republican in some article, and he has been in trouble for doing Bibi’s dirty work – interfering in Israel’s elections from the US:

        “Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer expressed support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reelection on a U.S. media program, contravening explicit civil service regulations.

        On December 10 the Civil Service Commission distributed instructions to all civil servants forbidding them to be involved in any election propaganda or to express themselves on political issues. The instructions said senior officials must be especially careful about this.

        On Tuesday Dermer, who has been ambassador to Washington since last year, was interviewed on the Fusion cable network, whose programming is heavily geared to young English speakers of Hispanic background. The interviewer, Jorge Ramos, asked Dermer about the Israeli elections and cited polls showing that the Israeli public believed the country was not moving in the right direction.

        In response, Dermer said that during the last U.S. presidential election there was a certain percentage of Americans who believed their country was moving in the wrong direction, but it didn’t prevent U.S. President Barack Obama from being reelected.

        He then added, “I have no doubt that when they [the Israeli public] look at all the people that stand for the leadership of the country, that they will have confidence in the leadership of prime minister Netanyahu.”

        In his December 10 circular, Civil Service Commissioner Moshe Dayan wrote, “A state employee must be careful that his actions or behavior cannot be interpreted as being aimed at promoting the interest of any particular party or candidate.” Anyone violating these instructions, he said, “will face criminal or disciplinary proceedings in accordance with the law.”

        There was no response from Dermer or the embassy in Washington to Haaretz’s query on this issue by press time.

        Dermer had previously been a close political adviser of Netanyahu’s and was actively involved in the 2009 and 2013 election campaigns. After the last elections he was appointed ambassador to the United States. Since arriving in Washington he has continued to advise Netanyahu on a wide range of issues.”. Haaretz article

    • ziusudra on January 22, 2015, 3:54 am

      ….bipartisan support……

      Look at all those smiling faces giving their enthusiastic. ‘standing ovation’,
      remains me of yesteryear’s smiling Germans appauding Goebbels.
      PS This photo will come back to haunt leaders of our houses in the future.

    • Marnie on January 22, 2015, 5:23 am

      If I may, I share your sentiments. I can’t believe the treachery and treason of this congress towards President Obama and the American people. Their allegiance is not to the country they live in or the people who voted for them to serve their best interests, but to an alien nation. I shudder to think what promises are made in antechambers to continue serving the zionist state.

    • Pixel on January 22, 2015, 9:28 am
      • CloakAndDagger on January 22, 2015, 10:11 am

        @ Pixel

        Thanks – I put in an order for the book. From the synopsis, it certainly fits my image of Obama – worse than Bush W., but with more charisma.

    • RockyMissouri on January 22, 2015, 10:38 am

      I sadly agree. Despicable traitors. AIPAC. Question any of it, and you are called antisemitic.

      Netanyahu insults his ancestors.

  2. Marshall on January 21, 2015, 12:25 pm

    Oh look, the Prime Minister of our “strong ally” is going to testify in Congress against the President’s foreign policy. Can we cut them loose yet?

    • Blownaway on January 21, 2015, 9:41 pm

      Two thoughts 1) when officials of our government pledge allegiance to a foreign state that’s traiterous. Lindsay (that’s appropriate spelling he’s clearly compensating) Graham goes to a foreign country to bow before their leader and pledge congress to do his bidding that’s treason of the highest order. Now when will our President grow some stones and stop being abused by Netanyahu? I can’t wait to see him in the Oval Office lecturing Obama on the evils of Iran…Obama deserves the humiliation he’s earned it.

      • Kay24 on January 21, 2015, 10:21 pm

        To a large extent, Obama’s hands are tied, we know he is not Bibi’s biggest fan, unlike the congress. His own people going against him, and doing the work for the devil, is really being disrespectful to the Presidency, especially when they take the side of an alien nation over him. They seem to find some sadistic joy to keep insulting Obama like this, and trying to pass resolutions undermining his efforts and policies when it comes to Iran.

        The American people should be asked if they prefer to take Israel’s instructions to bomb Iran, and have yet another war, or try to negotiate like mature adults.

      • just on January 21, 2015, 10:59 pm

        Obama is still the President. No war with Iran without his ok. Ain’t gonna happen.

        It’s insulting to the American people who elected him ~ twice. Let Congress show themselves for the craven fools that they are. Maybe it has to come to this for the sheeple to wake up. I don’t know anyone that wants war with Iran~ nobody, including my military friends.

        Hope he brings another cartoon bomb or two with him…the IAEA should be sitting in the gallery, howling with laughter and derision. So should CAIR and a few others…

      • American on January 21, 2015, 11:05 pm

        Blownaway January 21, 2015, 9:41 pm

        Two thoughts 1) when officials of our government pledge allegiance to a foreign state that’s traiterous. Lindsay (that’s appropriate spelling he’s clearly compensating) Graham goes to a foreign country to bow before their leader and pledge congress to do his bidding that’s treason of the highest order.

        The GOP, Netanyahu and the I -Firsters in both parties think they can get away with this kind of thing because Obama is black. They are taking advantage of racism and playing to racist for support of their agendas. I doubt if even Fox News would be calling a white president a Muslim Mullah as they have called Obama. Obama likely knows this but if he calls them on it they will accuse him of playing the race card.
        If I were him though I’d take to the bully pulpit and let it rip….”hey america, you really want to turn America over to a foreign country and traitors to this country so they get the US in another war–just cause I am a black man? Is that what you wanna do? ”

    • CloakAndDagger on January 21, 2015, 11:42 pm

      @ Kay24

      To a large extent, Obama’s hands are tied

      I respectfully disagree with you on this. If his hands are tied, it is because he has tied them himself.

      He has the power to stop Israel and the lobby dead in its tracks. All he has to do is go to the American people as some of our greater presidents have done. It would render congress, the lobby, and Israel, completely powerless and allow him to defang these vipers. He could rally the people by educating them on why war with Iran would be against our best interests as well as why supporting Israel has lost us all our prestige in the world and rendered us impotent. He would leave behind a legacy that would be hard to equal.

      We have given him a lot of credit over the years for being a smart man (unproven) and a constitutional scholar (drones anyone?). So why doesn’t he do this obvious thing that would be great for the country and great for him? I am sure he would like to get back at Netanyahu and congress for humiliating him these past few years and thwarting the great intentions he had for peace in the ME that he filled us with hope in his Cairo speech. He could do all that now that he no longer has another election to worry about and leave his mark on history as one of our greatest presidents, a man his two daughters would revere for generations to come.

      I can come up with only one reason why he doesn’t do it:
      he is being blackmailed.

      As with most politicians, he probably has some skeletons in his closet that the dark powers know about or trapped him into, that revealing them is not a consequence he can bear to allow. Maybe it has to do with whether he was really born in the US or maybe he had some sexual indiscretions (ala Dershowitz), or maybe he did some really nasty things (murders) in order allow him to come from nowhere to becoming the president of the USA, or maybe Michelle has some dark secrets of her own. Perhaps that is why he had to retract so many of his promises.

      His behavior over the past 6 years is inexplicable, and so much more so now when he no longer has election funding to worry about. I suspect that he is a proud man (hard to be a leader without that trait) and it must kill him to have his daughters look at his meekness with incomprehension. And yet, he has not demonstrated any actions to correct that state.

      What other reason could there be? I guess we may never know.

      • Kay24 on January 22, 2015, 2:52 am

        I think whether he tied it himself or not, his hands are tied. I think he did not realize just how powerful or insidious Israel/lobbies are. What these disgraceful congresspeople, especially Menendez and Boehner are doing, is almost unpatriotic, and stabbing Obama in the eye (CNN), It simply cannot be that ALL our Presidents had so much to hide or have skeletons in their closets. It must be hard to fight this when almost the entire Congress are being manipulated by Israel, and they seem to be mindlessly doing what they have been asked to do. When will ONE of our politicians have the courage to speak out and tell us, what allows Israel to make them dance like puppets? I guess they may be afraid of their families paying the price later.

      • Bornajoo on January 22, 2015, 6:06 am

        You make an excellent point. This is an issue we discuss often with friends. The Mossad are experts in blackmail, normally using ‘honeytraps’ (young boys or girls..whatever the preference) to get the blackmail ammunition. It can also be stuff about fraud, financial affairs…we all know this goes on (just look at what the Shin Beth does to recruit informers in Gaza and the WB for example. The method doesn’t start and end in Palestine, it’s used globally)

        But there is something more sinister about Obama and he might be one of the biggest fakes in history. These days you can only get the real story from the alternative press, the fringes which is where the truth is both confined and contained. Anyone who has anything to say outside of the MSM is destined to say it from the periphery and not from the core. But if you go to the periphery you are stigmatised. It’s an amazingly powerful and effective system of keeping your thinking in line with what the establishment wants you to believe:

        “America you are free to believe everything we tell you”. Bill Hicks

        What I always do when people tell me to read articles by certain people is to go back into their archives and see what they were saying at the actual time just before major events (such as the War on Iraq, the recent coup in Ukraine). That’s when you realise that the guys on the fringe were telling the truth all along and we were being duped.

        There’s a very controversial British conspiracy theorist called David Icke ((used to be a footballer and a well known TV presenter). Some of his theories are outrageous and have made him the go-to place for a lot of nutters. But when you read back through his archive and you see what he was saying BEFORE or AT THAT TIME then you realise that it starts to add up. He also makes a lot of sense on most issues

        Here is what David Icke wrote about Obama back in 2008, JUST AFTER he was inaugurated as POTUS . I really recommend that you read it as it might help make clear this apparent dichotomy between what is supposed to be this wonderful human being and the actual reality of what you see today in the USA and the rest of the world:

        And David Icke wasn’t the only one….

      • Pixel on January 22, 2015, 8:42 am


        Yeah,and the next thing we’re going to hear is that Obama’s closest mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, a political radical, card carrying Communist, and married father of two, was introduced to him by his maternal grandfather and mentioned 22 times (“Frank”), in“Dreams of my Father,” is his “doppelgänger”.

        Ha! Doppelgänger. They’d be idiots.

        Anyone can see with their own eyes that it’s completely ridiculous. And they’d probably think it was worth the time to seriously research!! What tripe!

        __There’s NO resemblance at all in these pics__

      • Pixel on January 22, 2015, 9:11 am
      • CloakAndDagger on January 22, 2015, 9:51 am

        @ Bornajoo

        Thanks for that link to Icke’s article. It is surprisingly insightful and prescient for 2008 and a far-cry from his “lizard people” reputation.

        Speaking of “Conspiracy Theories”, it behooves us to remember that each is, essentially, a theory and not mere baseless speculation. Wikipedia describes the essential traits of scientific theory to be the following:

        A body of descriptions of knowledge is usually only called a theory if it fulfills the following criteria:

        – It makes falsifiable predictions with consistent accuracy across a broad area of scientific inquiry (such as mechanics).
        – It is well-supported by many independent strands of evidence, rather than a single foundation. This ensures that it is probably a good approximation, if not completely correct.
        – It is consistent with pre-existing experimental results and at least as accurate in its predictions as are any pre-existing theories.
        – It can be subjected to minor adaptations to account for new data that do not fit it perfectly, as they are discovered, thus increasing its predictive capability over time.
        – It is among the most parsimonious explanations, economical in the use of proposed entities or explanatory steps. (See Occam’s razor. Since there is no generally accepted objective definition of parsimony, this is not a strict criterion, but some theories are much less economical than others.)

        Therefore, unless a so-called “Conspiracy Theory” can be debunked by demonstrating that it does not meet the above criteria, it should be regarded as valid as, say, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

        So, as far as Israel, the Lobby, congress, and my above assertions about Obama being blackmailed are concerned, I contend that it squarely meets the above criteria. and we can predict Obama’s behavior for the remainder of his term in office using that theory.

        Incidentally, many of the theories that surround JFK, 9/11, the Paris attack, and a host of other false-flag events, can also be subjected to the same criteria, and should be in the purview of respectable debate and discussion and not stigmatized to the fringes of tin-foil cults.

      • Bornajoo on January 22, 2015, 2:59 pm

        Great comment. You are absolutely right. Your theory is just as valid as any other until disproved otherwise.

        And truth is almost always stranger than fiction

      • Pixel on January 22, 2015, 10:20 am


        I forgot to mention that, at some point, I’ll BET the lunatics will claim that while “Frank,” Obama’s closest mentor who lived in both Chicago and Hawaii, and was mentioned in Obama’s print book 22 times, will disappear completely from the audio book. Ha! Ha! Ha!

        The Blaze

        American “Uncle” Frank
        oops… darn it.

        Why Has Frank Marshall Davis Been Quietly Removed From Dreams From My Father?

      • saramus on January 22, 2015, 1:39 pm

        Maybe threats to do violence to him or his family. The vile possibilities in the cesspool that is Washington are endless.

        I hope he finds courage to resist.

        NB I am convinced Boehner & Co would not treat a white President with such open, utter contempt.

  3. Maximus Decimus Meridius on January 21, 2015, 12:28 pm

    I am not and never have been a fan of Obama, and think Philip Weiss is sometimes way too soft on him.

    However, I think this is a good move. It has the potential to expose the nefarious Israeli interference in American affairs. I think it will be great if it’s made clear that the only ones fighting for yet MORE sanctions on Iran are the Israelis and their agents. The last thing lobbyists want is for their backroom scheming to be forced into the broad light of day, so hopefully that is what will happen here.

    • Ellen on January 21, 2015, 2:03 pm

      Nettyanhooooo has not yet accepted the invitation. But no matter what this is not good for the AIPAC lobby.

      If Bibi attempts to be a Statesman and gentleman (which he does not even know how to pretend to be one) and graciously (he don’t do gracious) decline, he will look like a looser (Frier) at home and embarrass his puppets in the US Congress.

      If he comes, essentially uninvited, he may wind up making a bigger fool of himself than he did in Paris.

      Obama has nothing to loose and no need to smooth the feathers of those who have stabbed him and the American public in the back, so I suspect he will not break down and extend an invitation after the fact.

      So here is to hoping the Netanyahu arrives and finds himself and his security detail taking a DC Transit bus to the halls of congress. And this time it is half empty with the Israel uber alles “staunch supporters” puppets.

      May they all shame themselves.

      PS. During the SOTU speech, there was live polling. Well over 90% of US citizens responded they want negotiations with Iran to be successful. Just shows who Congress is working for. Not the citizens of the US!

      • Atlantaiconoclast on January 21, 2015, 4:52 pm

        You really think half of Congress will stay away? Ha!

      • Blownaway on January 21, 2015, 9:44 pm

        Not only will he come, but he will humiliate Obama in front of Congress to standing Ovations, but Obama will invite him to the White House for some more abuse.

    • Abierno on January 21, 2015, 2:04 pm

      This action is exceptionally poorly advised. Obama has agreed to work with Russia to develop some aspect of a peace process in the Ukraine, since Proroshenko is clearly out of control and now threatening a continental war with Russia. Iranian talks are moving forward slowly but surely with the UN and the IAEC validating that the Iranians are keeping their commitments. Netanyahu’s response to these actions was to assassinate by drone an Iranian general and Hezbollah’s favorite son whose father was assassinated by the Israelis a few years ago. This outrageously destabilizing action has been identified by of Netanyahu’s generals as an electioneering move – one which presents Netanyahu as the powerful protector of Israel. This action also has the capacity to disrupt the Iranian and Russian negotiations, as well as providing direct military support to ISIS and Al Nusra (as have several other bombings). Given that our country is now moving to “boots on the ground” against ISIS and its many affiliates, this action directly threatens our soldiers, irrespective of making the billions we are spending in bombing raids far less effective. It would appear that Netanyahu’s continuing and well documents support for ISIS stands in direct opposition to our current military operations and policy (as well as his own generals positions). House chairman Boehner and his congressional supporters in this invitation, have just given their full and unreserved approval for these assassinations and for Netanyahu’s policies.

      Inquiring minds might see this as not only a slap in the face for our President, but also a slap in the faces of our military personnel who are risking their lives to bring some semblance of peace to the middle east as well as US taxpayers who are expending billions in these efforts as well as expending 8.3 million dollars a day on Israeli foreign aid.

      • Ellen on January 21, 2015, 2:27 pm

        You make a very important point that has not been missed by security and military observers. This act supported ISIS (Daesh) and Al Nusra. It is greatly de-stabilizing .

        Neither Iran nor Hezbollah has retaliated, maybe they will not in the manner expected and hoped for by Israel. (I hope not) . Aside from the violence, that would be playing Israel’s game.

        As Hezbollah and Iran wait, Israel will work itself into a frenzy of fear. And blunder again, weakening itself and self destruct as it tries to provoke a response.

      • Atlantaiconoclast on January 21, 2015, 4:47 pm

        The Zio controlled media keeps Israel’s support for the extremists in Syria fighting Assad a back page story. It is up to each of us to educate our fellow Americans. The media will never do it. Too much cognitive dissonance among them.

      • JeffB on January 21, 2015, 7:10 pm


        I don’t think Israel is backing ISIS or Al Nusra. I was at the Golan 4 weeks ago with guys who had artillery aimed at Al Nusra in case they advanced towards Israel or let missiles they were firing at Assad stray. But if the policy of the United States Congress is pro-ISIS than that is the policy of the United States. Obama can have whatever opinions he wants about who are enemies are, but the body empowered to make the final decision on that front is the congress not the executive.


        Now what I really think is going on is this. . The White House is letting it be known they are working on a war powers resolution with Corker. They thought Menendez was way too hawkish and were afraid of what would come out so they didn’t push the issue.

        Inviting Netanyahu may very well be the white flag gesture for the hawks before they reluctantly agree with the Obama / Corker position.

      • Boomer on January 21, 2015, 8:49 pm

        Abierno, you make good points, but Congress doesn’t care about all that.

    • seafoid on January 21, 2015, 5:02 pm

      “However, I think this is a good move. It has the potential to expose the nefarious Israeli interference in American affairs. ”

      I think so too. The bots have this power trip thing but they forget they are a minority wedge whose biggest risk is getting caught in a stand off between the 2 power blocs.
      And there is no love lost between Obama and the GOP now.

      He threw out the idea of a $300bn levy on wealth to fund programs for the poor and middle class- very interesting way to play on the economic concerns of ordinary Americans to the detriment of the GOP . If Israel goes too far the bots could be hoisted up as an enemy of middle America too.

      • Abierno on January 21, 2015, 7:21 pm

        Does this not also expose diaspora interference in Israeli affairs? The majority of
        Netanyahu’s campaign contributions come from a few US patrons, for example Adelson. Netanyahu’s polls in December were down – this is reported to be a very competitive election which has the ability to determine whether Israel continues to careen to the right, engaging in what are defined by many as racist, facist behavior (e.g. Feiglin’s manifesto) or pulls back from the cliff. Whether Israel continues to spend the lion’s share of funds on settlements and the military or begins to address sorely needed infrastructure issues such as education, health care, access to services and income inequality. Pictures of our Congress members genuflecting to Netanyhu is a priceless election boon. This invitation has been carefully crafted and, most probably, was well in the works prior to Obama’s State of the Union speech.

      • just on January 21, 2015, 8:02 pm

        “Netanyahu’s Iran speech in Congress is a recipe for an explosive U.S.-Israel clash

        PM’s Congressional gambit unlikely to sway voters in Israel but could endanger Israel’s long term interests in America.

        What is clear is that the move achieves several results, all with potentially negative ramifications for Israel’s long-term interests. It portrays the Republican leadership as interfering in the Israeli election campaign and Netanyahu as intervening in the faceoff between Congress and the administration. It injects the U.S.-Israeli relationship into the Israeli election campaign and it inserts the troubled Obama-Netanyahu relationship into the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran.

        Above all, it places Netanyahu and the White House on a collision course that could make their previous clashes seem like child’s play.”

      • Boomer on January 21, 2015, 8:47 pm

        “It has the potential to expose the nefarious Israeli interference in American affairs. ”

        I’d like to think so, but that has long been obvious to all who pay attention. Most Americans don’t. Of those who do, opinions will be mixed, but the opinions that matter are those of the big donors. AIPAC has had no trouble getting problematic laws passed by unanimous consent in recent months. I see no reason to expect a change. If the Palestinians are to get any support, it will have to come for some place other than the U.S. God help them; we won’t.

  4. tinywriting on January 21, 2015, 12:57 pm

    Who in the f*** is in f****** control of this f****** country?

    • RoHa on January 21, 2015, 5:57 pm

      Not me, but I am available for when you decide to do the sensible thing.

    • Kay24 on January 21, 2015, 10:26 pm

      Israel controls the US and we know it. Do we see David Cameron being invited like this, or Angela Merkel? This is yet another example of how much more important Israel and Bibi are to the Congress, they are willing to go over Obama’s head, and arrogantly invite him KNOWING fully well it is not only an insult to Obama, but showing him they really do not give a damn for his policies. I am disgusting by that lot.

      • Daniel Rich on January 22, 2015, 2:31 am

        @ Kay24,

        Q: I am disgusting by that lot.

        R: I think you’re ‘disgusted’ by that lot, because, as far as I can see, there’s nothing disgusting about you :o)s

        [that’s my new bowie knife bow tie in case you’re wondering….]

  5. a blah chick on January 21, 2015, 1:30 pm

    I think there’ll be a few demonstrators to greet him when he gets here.

  6. CloakAndDagger on January 21, 2015, 1:48 pm

    One silver lining that may come of this:

    “The only question will be how many standing ovations will he receive? I think he had 29 last time around. Should we set up a betting pool on it?”

    There was quite an uproar from all quarters the last time he got those standing ovations. I am willing to bet that the ovations will be much more subdued this time around. With the exception of the usual suspects like Graham, Menendez, Cruz, and their ilk, I speculate that the response will be slightly more tepid (although still plentiful) compared to the last shameful event, because congress has to be more conscious that more eyes are on them as we wake from our stupor. I am sure that the attention that their last act of subservience got did not go unnoticed by them.

    • Qualtrough on January 21, 2015, 11:37 pm

      Whatever you do don’t make a drinking game out of this or your liver will hate you.

  7. David Doppler on January 21, 2015, 2:16 pm

    Netanyahu leaves Obama no choice but open confrontation. He should not continue to shy away from it, but use his exceptional mind for nuance and rhetoric to let Netanyahu hang himself before his own electorate. He and Netanyahu have been in a political fight ever since Obama was first elected, with Obama fighting as if his hands are tied behind his back.

    McCain was skewered when he bumbled into stupidly asserting that the fundamentals of the American economy are strong, even as they fell apart, and Obama, asked him what economy he was talking about. It took him forever to beat Hillary, he was in no hurry for a knock out punch then, either. But he needs to deliver a fatal blow politically to Netanyahu in connection with this brazen effort to interfere in our political system. Careful to destroy Netanyahu, as the failed leader he is, in front of the Israeli elections, but not to overstate who he is attacking.

    What are his choices? He could withhold funding. He could decline to run interference in the UN. He could openly criticize Netanyahu’s fear-mongering. He could take him to task for advocating for a Jewish State, for telling French Jews they are not safe anywhere but Israel. He could open up some of the investigations of Israeli corruption of US institutions that normally get quashed so effectively by the Lobby. E.g., Jeffrey Epstein, and whatever connections with the Israeli government he might have that the US government has knowledge of.

    What can the American public do, in light of this development? All those standing ovations should come at the risk of being viewed as disloyal to our President in foreign policy. There needs to be a grass roots efforts telling congresspeople that inviting a foreign leader to rebut the President, and wildly applauding him, on matters touching on sending American troops into war, will come at a cost. Maybe an organized effort by veterans disgusted with Congress. An organized effort by intellectuals about the bankruptcy of the Likud-Neocon ideology as applied to foreign policy. An organized effort by mainstream Christian denominations to condemn the racism and apartheid policies of Israel. Organized rallies by JVP opposing Netanyahu’s every move.

    How about forcing AIPAC to register as a foreign agent?

    What about some media reporting about the brazenness of Netanyahu’s efforts to interfere directly in the US political process? Is Netanyahu a suitable leader? or fatally heavyhanded? What about just some detailed analysis of the Israeli election? Netanyahu using and abusing foreign policy, including this effort to have his own state of the union speech in DC, in a desperate attempt to hang onto power.

    • Mooser on January 21, 2015, 4:30 pm

      That’s some Republican Congress we got this time around. Went after Social Security on the first day, and now this. They didn’t waste any time.

    • JeffB on January 21, 2015, 7:34 pm


      Obama fighting as if his hands are tied behind his back.

      Obama’s hands are tied behind his back. He doesn’t have the support of congress. Things could very ugly for him since any play he makes he can be forced to fold.

      brazen effort to interfere in our political system

      The congress of the United States has invited him to address them at the highest level as an advisor on policy. That isn’t interference with our political system, that’s incorporation into our political system. It generally is a sing of support. For example in September Petro Poroshenko was invited to show support for the Ukrainian government. We frequently allow the president of Korea as a strong sign of support to North Korea. Angela Merkel got to do it in 2009.

      He could withhold funding

      That’s questionable if Obama can do that. Moreover congress could order the Treasury to issue the check immediately which then takes away Obama’s power. If treasury refuses they issue a letter to a private bank to make an even larger payment and offer that bank a fee for their service. Again Obama is in a bind if congress doesn’t back his plays. He isn’t a dictator.

      He could decline to run interference in the UN.

      Which doesn’t mean much if congress considers what passes illegitimate. But even that’s kind of dangerous if congress doesn’t agree. Say for example they throw down and impeach Powers for acting against the policies of the United States then what? That sends exactly the opposite message Obama is trying to send.

      Remember doesn’t want a vote direct or indirect in congress on Israeli annexation policies because such a vote would easily win in congress.

      should come at the risk of being viewed as disloyal to our President in foreign policy

      I think congress has been pretty clear that they don’t agree with Obama’s foreign policy on Israel. They aren’t merely a bit disloyal they are deep fundamental disagreement. Something Obama doesn’t want to highlight.

      . An organized effort by intellectuals about the bankruptcy of the Likud-Neocon ideology as applied to foreign policy

      That happens all the time. There are intellectuals on the Neocon side. For a few years following Iraq they weren’t winning the debate. In the last few years they have been. Moreover, one of those neocon intellectuals is the likely Democratic nominee for President of the United States in 2016. Since the Republican candidates are mostly hawks as well the debate may not go well for Obama.

      An organized effort by mainstream Christian denominations to condemn the racism and apartheid policies of Israel.

      Most of them have already done that. They have gone as far as they are willing to go. Maybe Obama could push them to go a bit further. Fundamentalism (before the split with Evangelicalism) came from a rejection of the Social Gospel. There is probably no stronger favor that Obama could do for Netanyahu then tying anti-Israel to the social gospel.

      How about forcing AIPAC to register as a foreign agent?

      How? What foreign government funds AIPAC? Which foreigners control it? AIPAC is a bunch of American Republicans who like Israel. It would go to court, and Obama would lose.

      What about just some detailed analysis of the Israeli election?

      OK what does that do? The people who are following Israeli’s elections closely are probably mostly Zionists who have their favorite parties.

      his own state of the union speech in DC, in a desperate attempt to hang onto power

      Desperate attempt? He’s getting endorsed by the world’s most powerful body.

  8. eljay on January 21, 2015, 2:51 pm

    >> “Prime Minister Netanyahu is a great friend of our country, and this invitation carries with it our unwavering commitment … ,” Boehner said.

    Don’t American (and other) politicians ever tire of fellating the Zio-supremacist donkey?

  9. jd65 on January 21, 2015, 3:20 pm

    I know there have been innumerable examples in the past, but Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu to address our Congress as a direct rebuke to our own President’s intended policies has got to be the most brazen, obnoxious, and obvious example of George Washington’s “Passionate Attachment” I’ve ever witnessed.

    I have a twitter account, but I don’t know how to use the damn thing. If anyone here knows how to use twitter, could you tweet “George Washington rolls in his grave: #PassionateAttachment, #BoehnerNetanyahuCongress, etc..”

    • Memphis on January 21, 2015, 5:46 pm

      I tweeted it. Although I have like 60 followers LMAO. So it won’t be getting much exposure

      • jd65 on January 21, 2015, 6:20 pm

        Thanks Memphis. That’s 60 more “followers” than I’ve got. I just feel that instead of preaching to the choir all time, maybe some “conservative,” “right- wing” Republicans who so often refer to our Founding Fathers as sacrosanct might stop their knee-jerk Israel support, even if just for a moment, when they’re shown that consistently giving Israel a pass due to our “special relationship” (i.e. – Passionate Attachment) goes against their precious George Washington’s beliefs. A belief, in this particular instance, I wholly agree with. Anyway, thanks again Memphis. Real nice of you to oblige. Maybe someone will see it and reconsider…

      • bintbiba on January 22, 2015, 5:43 am

        jd65 & Memphis…… That was Priceless !

    • mariapalestina on January 22, 2015, 2:15 pm

      I tweeted it too, including link to this MW article. Only 1091 followers, but my tweet is already getting re-tweets.

      • jd65 on January 22, 2015, 6:30 pm

        Thanks Maria. Re-tweets, eh? I’m assuming that’s a good thing :)

        If I finish the satirical news article based on this Netanyahu invite to congress and it goes up anywhere, I’ll let y’all know and maybe we can get that seen too. If I can do justice to my idea, it will be good…

  10. Shingo on January 21, 2015, 3:25 pm

    Sorry but I have no sympathy for Obama over this. He could have had a deal with Iran at least 6 months ago but instead his team has stonewalled and done everything in their power to simply prolong the negotiations indefinitely and kick the can down the road.

    Every time they got close to a deal, Obama’s team would shift the goal posts and introduce an irrelevant issue like Iran’s missile program.

    Obama had 12 months to close the deal while he had a majority in the senate. Just like his first term when he had overwhelming popularity and control of the senate, he wasted the opportunity.

    This is typical of Obama – start something promising but at the 11th hour, lacking the backbone to finish what he started. Short of denying Bibbi permission to enter the country, or closing the deal with Iran this week, Obama has no cards left – and he has no one to blame but himself.

    • Kris on January 21, 2015, 6:09 pm

      @Shingo: “Obama had 12 months to close the deal while he had a majority in the senate. Just like his first term when he had overwhelming popularity and control of the senate, he wasted the opportunity.”

      Exactly right.

  11. just on January 21, 2015, 3:25 pm

    My head nearly exploded when I heard this on NPR as I was driving along today…I had to shut my eyes listening to the speech last nite b/c I got sick of looking a Boehner’s lip- sucking, orange grumpyface….. then this happens.

    Netanyahu is indeed an expert in ISIS/al-Nusra ~ Israel is helping them!!! Iran poses no threat, but Israel did kill 6 Iranians just the other day, as well as 6 Hezbollah!! Then there’s the daily terrorism he delivers to the indigenous Palestinian people.

    Let there be a confrontation then! Mr. Obama, DO IT!

  12. RobertB on January 21, 2015, 3:39 pm

    Obama is “SPINELESS”! And AIPAC ‘the Israeli Lobby” knows it!

  13. HarryLaw on January 21, 2015, 3:48 pm

    This is a stunning breach of protocol, but it could backfire big time on Israel, Congress critters had to face the wrath of their constituents over bombing Syria, Syria would be a walk in the park compared to this. More sanctions would see the 5+1 group split Russia and China would back Iran, the others would get cold feet and the US imposed sanctions would fall away. Iran has promised that more sanctions would mean they will resume enrichment to 20% once again. Israels gambit has never been about the bomb, but to hamstring Iran’s growing economic and conventional military capabilities. Like Russia, Iran cannot and will not capitulate and become a vassal state. I agree with Maximus Decimus Meridus that this could be a fatal move for Israel if Netanyahu accepts the invitation [how could he refuse]. As George would say “bring it on”.

    • just on January 21, 2015, 4:34 pm

      I’ve always been astonished at the total lack of protocol wrt Isr. They phone our President anytime, any day. Congress people/Presidential hopefuls pay homage to him willy- nilly.

      Before the speech started, I was not at all surprised to see Samantha Power and McCain and Graham in a little grouping……

    • Ellen on January 22, 2015, 5:50 am

      Boehner is working the press now in defensive mode.

      His line is that Congress has the authority to invite anyone they want . And with that he is right, but he fails to say that when a head of state, national leader is invited, there is coordination with the Administration. And of course there is, but the media not call Boehner out on that. And that — no coordination — is where the protocol was violated.

      Next Boehner follows up with the AIPAC line, that Iran is a terrible threat….blah blah. Here, too, the media allows him to rant on.

      Meanwhile Bloomberg reports that Israel’s Mossad has gone rogue and does not support Netanyahu’s fear mongering on Iran.

      With the vast majority of Americans in support of normalized relations with Iran (we are “friends” with some much more horrible governments) support for our Congressional AIPAC puppets might blow away fast as this plays out.

      And AIPAC will have to pour an even stiffer drink for Boehner to get him through the day.

      And as this unfolds Netanyahu will be screaming Holocaust! AntiSemitism!!

  14. justicewillprevail on January 21, 2015, 4:01 pm

    So Congress invites a tinpot demagogue, an insecure bullying dictator and architect of apartheid and segregation, a denier of human rights and democracy to lecture the president on creating even more death and destruction for his own manipulative ends. What a craven, toadying bunch of retards who have abandoned any pretence at putting US citizens’ interests first, or showing any loyalty to the country which actually elects them. They don’t deserve to hold office.

    • Kris on January 21, 2015, 6:17 pm

      I agree with your sentiments, but “retards” is not the word you should use, since it not only insults innocent people with developmental delays, but also fails to express your meaning effectively. I think you must have meant to say “a-holes.”

      • Ellen on January 22, 2015, 5:55 am

        “Retards ” might be a poor descriptor, but it is fair to say that these Congress traitors suffer from developmental retardation .

      • Kris on January 22, 2015, 12:53 pm

        “Retard” is a word that hurts other people who are already suffering.
        “End the R word”

        “In this, as in other cases of discrimination, it’s probably best to let those affected speak for themselves.

        “Here is John Franklin Stephens, a man from Virginia with Down syndrome who serves as a “global messenger” for the Special Olympics. He has written op-ed articles giving lucid voice to thoughts you may never have heard before:

        “The hardest thing about having an intellectual disability is the loneliness,” he once wrote in The Denver Post. “We are aware when all the rest of you stop and just look at us. We are aware when you look at us and just say, ‘unh huh,’ and then move on, talking to each other. You mean no harm, but you have no idea how alone we feel even when we are with you.”

        “So, what’s wrong with ‘retard’?,” he asked. “I can only tell you what it means to me and people like me when we hear it. It means that the rest of you are excluding us from your group. We are something that is not like you and something that none of you would ever want to be. We are something outside the ‘in’ group. We are someone that is not your kind.”

  15. Les on January 21, 2015, 4:10 pm

    The Republcans are intent upon continuing, (if not intensifying) spending US taxpayer dolllars to pay Israel to test our weapons against the Palestinians.

  16. HarryLaw on January 21, 2015, 4:19 pm

    Congress should be aware, cameras will be watching their every move, who is the first to stand up, but more importantly who is the first to stop clapping, money and careers are at stake, my advice start training now bibi and the yoyos.

  17. Kathleen on January 21, 2015, 4:24 pm

    Detestable move by Boehner and crew. Sounds like Boehner and team are gunning for another war with Netanyahu and the bloody I lobby breathing down their necks. I used to periodically stick up for Boehner thinking he was totally subject to the manipulations of the tea baggers. However this demonstrates he is really under the influence of demonic influences.

    Can be sure Medea and Code Pink will put something special together for Boehner and Netanyahu when he comes to visit. These guys want another war.

    Most insane thing is Iran signed the NPT long ago, has the legal right to enrich uranium up to 20% for peaceful purposes and Israel has and continues to refuse to sign the NPT and the Chemical Weapons Convention Treaty. How can this get any more absurd. Disgusting

    Folks should turn up the heat on their Reps…contact them often over the next month. NO NEW SANCTIONS ON IRAN. Turn up the heat and spotlight

    • American on January 21, 2015, 8:13 pm

      ” Can be sure Medea and Code Pink will put something special together for Boehner and Netanyahu when he comes to visit. These guys want another war – ”

      I certainly hope so. Like to know in advance what they are planning and I hope it is big.

      • Kathleen on January 21, 2015, 9:45 pm

        Hoping Jewish Voice for Peace, Code Pink etc etc combine their efforts on this one. Protest Netanyahu pushing for another unnecessary war. Protest Boehner and war mongering teams efforts to go along with Israel’s agenda.

  18. Sulphurdunn on January 21, 2015, 5:07 pm

    That’s a great photograph of Netanyahu addressing ecstatic members of Congress. I wonder what happened to the first one who stopped clapping?

    • RoHa on January 21, 2015, 6:55 pm

      “I wonder what happened to the first one who stopped clapping?”

      Perhaps Stalin and Mao could help you with that question.

    • Kay24 on January 22, 2015, 2:55 am

      I have never seen such adoration, love, and pride, before in that hallowed place!

  19. Bornajoo on January 21, 2015, 5:09 pm

    The only way to stop these psychopaths is to hope they destroy themselves. This move might just be the start of that process.

    (if they don’t destroy all of us first)

  20. Whizdom on January 21, 2015, 5:29 pm

    The president should invite another head of state for a State a dinner on same date. maybe from a country the same size or smaller. The invite Netanyahu, but make him sit in the back.

    • Taxi on January 22, 2015, 12:40 am

      He should invite Hassan Nasrallah and Nasrallah should turn up, turban and all – lol!

      And Obama should say to the American people: Nasrallah has been killing Alqaida in their thousands while Bibi has been helping Alqaida in every conceivable way.

      He should say all this cuz it’s the truth.

      • just on January 22, 2015, 12:44 am

        +1 !

      • Taxi on January 22, 2015, 12:59 am

        Netanyahu will accept the invite cuz it’s really an invite from his own office to himself. And I really hope Netanyahu’s congress speech becomes a classic and spectacular donkey-felating orgy with fireworks and all for all to see.

        Already, the commenter community on the net is overwhelmingly against this ‘invite’. LOL! We’re about to see the arrogance of power backfire on the sooty-faced powerful.

      • just on January 22, 2015, 1:11 am


        I have been visiting other sites as well~ people are fuming. Lots of ‘traitor’ talk as well…

      • Taxi on January 22, 2015, 2:05 am

        Can I go OT here, just, and tell you that your nimble spirit is the cutest thing on MW?

      • Brewer on January 22, 2015, 4:19 am

        The push is on Iran now that the Yinon strategy is pretty much realised.

        Watch the rhetoric. They may have even sacrificed a pawn in order to raise the ghost of AMIA:

        ….in order to drum up anti-Iran sentiment. Nisman’s “evidence” is a crock BTW:

        This story is all over the Zionist press with no mention that Hezbollah and Iran’s involvement was disproved years ago. Maybe Israel is about to provoke Iran through Lebanon?

      • Shingo on January 22, 2015, 4:45 am

        This story is all over the Zionist press with no mention that Hezbollah and Iran’s involvement was disproved years ago.

        It’s funny how this story keeps getting resurrected every year or so when things between Iran and the US seem to be going too smoothly.

      • Taxi on January 22, 2015, 4:54 am

        Took the words right out of my mouth, Shingo.

      • just on January 22, 2015, 9:12 am

        aw, shucks~ :-o

        thank you, Taxi~ I am very glad that you are back.

    • just on January 21, 2015, 6:23 pm

      omg! priceless, pitiful, and sadly true! Thanks, Refaat.

      • Blownaway on January 21, 2015, 9:55 pm

        Sadly won’t happen the ass kissing begins
        Kerry: Netanyahu welcome to speak in US ‘any time’
        After icy response from the White House, US secretary notes invitation from House Speaker John Boehner is a ‘little unusual’
        BY AFP January 22, 2015, 12:40 am 11

        Read more: Kerry: Netanyahu welcome to speak in US ‘any time’ | The Times of Israel
        Follow us: @timesofisrael on Twitter | timesofisrael on Facebook

  21. JLewisDickerson on January 21, 2015, 5:56 pm

    RE: “Obama was warning the Israel lobby; bug out of these negotiations. . . Well, Congress has responded. This morning it invited Netanyahu to speak to a joint session in the House chamber on February 11– a month before the Israeli elections (as Haaretz noted).” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Unbelievable! A replay of Bibi and the Yo-Yos! ! !*
    A mammoth mass protest in D.C. is in order.

    * SEE: “Bibi and the Yo-Yos”, by Uri Avnery,, 05/26/11

    [EXCERPT] It was all rather disgusting.
    There they were, the members of the highest legislative bodies of the world’s only superpower, flying up and down like so many yo-yos, applauding wildly, every few minutes or seconds, the most outrageous lies and distortions of Binyamin Netanyahu.

    It was worse than the Syrian parliament during a speech by Bashar Assad, where anyone not applauding could find himself in prison. Or Stalin’s Supreme Soviet, when showing less than sufficient respect could have meant death.
    What the American Senators and Congressmen feared was a fate worse than death. Anyone remaining seated or not applauding wildly enough could have been caught on camera – and that amounts to political suicide. It was enough for one single congressman to rise and applaud, and all the others had to follow suit. Who would dare not to?
    The sight of these hundreds of parliamentarians jumping up and clapping their hands, again and again and again and again, with the Leader graciously acknowledging with a movement of his hand, was reminiscent of other regimes. Only this time it was not the local dictator who compelled this adulation, but a foreign one.
    The most depressing part of it was that there was not a single lawmaker – Republican or Democrat – who dared to resist. When I was a 9 year old boy in Germany, I dared to leave my right arm hanging by my side when all my schoolmates raised theirs in the Nazi salute and sang Hitler’s anthem. Is there no one in Washington DC who has that simple courage? Is it really Washington IOT – Israel Occupied Territory – as the anti-Semites assert? . . . [ANSWER: Yes, it is; and there are many other “occupiers”. Like the military-industrial complex. And, the NRA. And, Big Pharma. And, the too-big-to-fail banks. And, Wall Street. And, the Chamber of Commerce. And . . . (continued ad nauseam) ~ J.L.D.]


    • Daniel Rich on January 21, 2015, 6:20 pm

      Q: Is it really Washington IOT – Israel Occupied Territory – as the anti-Semites assert? .::

      R: So, now you have to be an antisemite [all Muslims/Arabs/Palestinians fully excluded] to find congress’ vivid clappers to be pro Israel?

      What a load of horse manure.

      • JLewisDickerson on January 22, 2015, 1:24 am

        Avnery doesn’t appear to understand the true nature of our corrupt, “pay to play” Congress.

        FROM WIKIPEDIA [Pay to play]:

        [EXCERPT] Pay to play, sometimes pay for play, is a phrase used for a variety of situations in which money is exchanged for services or the privilege to engage (play) in certain activities. The common denominator of all forms of pay to play is that one must pay to “get in the game,” with the sports analogy frequently arising.[1]

        • In politics [See also: Political corruption]

        In politics, pay to play refers to a system, akin to payola in the music industry, by which one pays (or must pay) money to become a player.
        Typically, the payer (an individual, business, or organization) makes campaign contributions to public officials, party officials, or parties themselves, and receives political or pecuniary benefit such as no-bid government contracts, influence over legislation,[2][3] political appointments or nominations,[4][5] special access[6] or other favors.
        The contributions, less frequently, may be to nonprofit or institutional entities,[7] or may take the form of some benefit to a third party, such as a family member of a governmental official.[8]
        The phrase, almost always used in criticism, also refers to the increasing cost of elections and the “price of admission” to even run[9] and the concern “that one candidate can far outspend his opponents, essentially buying the election.”[10]
        While the direct exchange of campaign contributions for contracts is the most visible form of Pay to Play, the greater concern is the central role of money in politics, and its skewing both the composition and the policies of government.[11][12] Thus, those who can pay the price of admission, such as to a $1000/plate dinner or $25,000 “breakout session,” gain access to power and/or its spoils, to the exclusion of those who cannot or will not pay: “giving certain people advantages that other[s] don’t have because they donated to your campaign.”[13] Good-government advocates consider this an outrage because “political fundraising should have no relationship to policy recommendations.”[14] Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington called the “Pay-to-Play Congress” one of the top 10 scandals of 2008.[15]
        Incumbent candidates and their political organizations[16] are typically the greatest beneficiaries of Pay-to-Play. Both the Democratic and Republican parties have been criticized for the practice. Many seeking to ban or restrict the practice characterize pay-to-play as legalized corruption. . .

        SOURCE –

    • just on January 21, 2015, 6:20 pm

      Thanks for that JL.

      “A mammoth mass protest in D.C. is in order.”

      Totally agree, and it should be preceded by a barrage of emails/phone calls, etc. to all of the shameful Congress. President Obama needs to hear from us too! Shame them all if they allow a war criminal to take charge of the rostrum of the House Chamber of the United States of America.

    • Boomer on January 21, 2015, 6:54 pm

      JLD: yes, sad but true.

  22. Rodneywatts on January 21, 2015, 6:14 pm

    It is no wonder why there is a growing rift between Europe and America, when we see Bibi’s big poodle licking up to him. I almost give up in despair when I hear of the utter stupidity of labeling Iran as the major enemy. Indeed America’s politicians have caused such terrible and needless war and destruction for far too many years. We had great hopes when Obama was made president, but his pussyfooting around has been nausiating and an enormous disappointment. Now it seems that the GOP are about to try and unleash even more acts of madness. The prophet Hosea’s word from The Lord in ch8 v7 comes to mind – “They who sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind” and may G*d help us all!

    In the UK we are really angry about the way prime minister Blair was Bush’s poodle and how we got into the Iraq war. A petition is now current to get the Chilcott report on Britain’s role in the Iraq war published before our general election in May –it is already 4 years overdue, so it doesn’t take much imagination to guess what terrible findings there are. Anyway dear friends America cannot pin too many hopes on our ‘special relationship’. By coincidence I completed a survey today by YouGov, our main pollster, and one of the questions concerned opinions on the ‘special relationship’.

    In truth in Britain there is a huge credibility gap between the political class and the people, and the election in May will probably see a major shake up in the way that political parties are represented in parliament. There is also a strong chance that the Israel/USA lobby will have even less sway than it does now– so at least hope remains!

  23. Daniel Rich on January 21, 2015, 6:15 pm

    Does Charlie Hebdo’s right to freedom of speech now mean that those who have doubts about the current narrative of the German holocasut [sorry, still working in the movie industry] just can say and think what they want?

    “Jews today have been blessed with another right, a right that didn’t exist for previous generations: The right to join their Jewish brothers in our historic homeland – the land of Israel.” – BiBi Netanyahoo

    Besides the fact that he lives on stolen land, whatever happened to the Jewish sisters?

  24. JLewisDickerson on January 21, 2015, 6:43 pm

    RE: “We must make it starkly clear to Tehran that the expanded deadline for talks must not merely serve as an opportunity for Iran to continue to build its nuclear program and deceive the world about its weapons-making progress. B’nai B’rith has consistently called for maintaining pressure on Iran and keeping all options open.” ~ B’nai B’rith International

    REGARDING B’NAI B’RITH, SEE: “Israel’s staunchest ally: Stephen Harper has transformed Canada’s Mideast policy”, By Lorrie Goldstein, Toronto Sun, 9/26/12

    [EXCERPT] Back in 2006, Frank Dimant, executive vice-president of B’nai Brith, caused a considerable stir when he described Canada’s then-new prime minister, Stephen Harper, as the answer to the Jewish community’s prayers.
    Controversial because not all Jews are Conservative supporters. Indeed, historically, the default party for most Canadian Jews has been the Liberals. In addition, Harper, both in 2006 and to an even greater extent today, is a more ardent supporter of Israel than many Canadian Jews.
    Or, more accurately, Harper is more comfortable with the hardline policies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on everything from confronting a nuclear Iran to maintaining Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories.
    But even with those qualifiers, Dimant’s remarks in praise of Harper at a B’nai Brith dinner in Toronto almost six years ago — where Harper was treated by the audience like a rock star — ring even truer today .
    To many Canadian Jews, Harper is widely admired as the most unequivocally pro-Israel prime minister Canada has ever had, abandoning what his political, media and diplomatic critics describe as Canada’s historically more “nuanced” position in the Mideast as “an honest broker,” working primarily through the United Nations. . .


    • JLewisDickerson on January 21, 2015, 7:07 pm

      P.S. ALSO REGARDING B’NAI B’RITH, SEE: “The Strange History of the Anti-Defamation League: ADL Spies”, by Jeffrey Blankfort, Counterpunch, 6/12/13

      “[T]he Anti-Defamation League for many years has maintained a very important, confidential investigative coverage of Arab activities and propaganda….Our information, in addition to being essential for our own operations, has been of great value and service to both the United States State Department and the Israeli government. All data have been made available to both countries with full knowledge to each that we were the source.” ~ Letter from Benjamin R. Epstein, National Director, Anti-Defamation League to Saul Joftes, Executive Secretary, B’nai B’rith, July 7, 1961.

      Those were the days when snooping usually meant digging through garbage cans, checking other people’s mailboxes, and primitive phone tapping. How the Anti-Defamation League is doing it today one can only imagine. . .
      . . . What is definitely in order is a reminder that this year also marks the 20th anniversary of the exposure of a nation-wide spying operation run by the ADL that went back at least five decades.
      In January, 1993, San Francisco newspapers reported that the city’s police department had raided the ADL’s Northern California office and discovered it was keeping files on more than 600 largely liberal civic organizations and over 10,000 individuals whose interests and activities included but also went far beyond those of the Arab-American community.

      After examining the sequestered files, San Francisco police inspector Ron Roth, estimated that 75% of the information had been illegally obtained and by November, District Attorney Arlo Smith appeared to be on the verge of indicting the ADL for numerous violations of state and city codes. . .
      . . . In California, the ADL’s secret spying and file keeping was mainly the provenance of Roy Bullock, a beefy San Francisco weight-lifter, who went by the code name, “Cal,” and reported to the ADL’s chief spymaster in New York, the now deceased Irwin Suall.
      To keep the relationship out of public as well as government eyes, Bullock was paid through a cut-out in Beverly Hills, Bruce Hochman, a lawyer and member of the ADL’s board, also now deceased.
      As late as July 19, 1992, Suall had described Bullock as “our Number One fact finder” whose assignments included, in addition to his duties in California, attending and monitoring conferences and conventions of Arab-Americans across the country.
      He was, in fact, doing the kind of work that former ADL director Ben Epstein described in the quote at the beginning of this article. At the time, Bullock was receiving close to $25,000 a year for monitoring what he and the ADL considered “antidemocratic” organizations and individuals and he had been doing it for 40 years. . .
      . . . Bullock was assisted in his endeavors by a San Francisco policeman and former CIA contractor in El Salvador, Tom Gerard, who would take down the license plate numbers of people attending Palestinian and Arab-American events and provide Bullock with their names, addresses, and personal information, all of which was illegal. What made this easy for Gerard was that he was the SFPD’s “official liaison” to the Arab community.
      What was particularly embarrassing for the ADL was the release of information that Bullock and Gerard, who had also provided information directly to ADL officials, were also being paid by South African intelligence agents to supply information on the activities of the Bay Area’s anti-Apartheid organizations and South African exiles affiliated with the ANC and other black African organizations. . .


      • Walid on January 22, 2015, 2:28 am

        Jeffrey Blankfort’s great articles are missed here.

    • JLewisDickerson on January 21, 2015, 7:17 pm

      P.P.S. ALSO REGARDING B’NAI B’RITH, SEE: “Who determines Canada’s Israel policy?” ~ by Murray Dobbin, 02/02/10

      [EXCERPT] It is difficult to imagine a country more accepting than the U.S. of any Israeli policy or bad faith but Stephen Harper and his Israel file manager, Jason Kenney, have shown they can outdo the U.S. The Harper government appears to develop its policy vis a vis Israel and the Palestinians not from any consideration of Canadian interests in the Middle East or by any reference to the considerable expertise in DFAIT — the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. These normal inputs into foreign policy are simply by-passed and the government seems to simply seek the direction of Frank Dimant, executive vice president of Jewish advocacy group B’Nai Brith. Every time Canada announces another policy plank — that is, an attack on any agency or civil society group that ever criticizes Israel — Dimant is there to congratulate them.
      The latest chapter was revealed recently (following closely on the heels of the attack on Kairos and the elimination of its $7 million development budget) — the decision by Ottawa to cancel its $15 million (we were the seventh largest donor) in general fund contributions to UNRWA — the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, or UNRWA, alleging strong ties between it and terrorist groups. Like the claim used to justify the cancellation of funding to Kairos (that it was a strong advocate of the boycott of Israel) this claim is vehemently denied by literally everyone close to the situation except, of course, Israel, B’nai Brith and other Israeli lobby groups in Canada. The government’s own foreign affairs officials have never made such a claim.
      CIDA Minister Bev Oda and (then) Treasury Board president Vic Toews two weeks ago quietly confirmed that Canada’s would be directing its $15 million specifically to “food security” instead of supplementing core funding and the general budget of UNRWA. . .


      • Walid on January 21, 2015, 11:28 pm

        JLD, the Rabble article makes Canada appear stingy, which of course it isn’t. It cut off the funding of $15 million to UNRWA, Israel’s big bugaboo because it’s one of the Palestinians’ lifeline to millions of refugees, but Canada simply redirected the $15 million away from UNRWA and directly to Abbas’ security apparatus on the West Bank and threw in an additional $5 million to raise Canada’s contribution to $20 million. Canada reasoned that by diverting the money to Abbas, it’s preventing refugees in Hamas-controlled Gaza from getting any of it.

      • JLewisDickerson on January 21, 2015, 11:59 pm

        RE: “Canada simply redirected the $15 million away from UNRWA and directly to Abbas’ security apparatus on the West Bank and threw in an additional $5 million to raise Canada’s contribution to $20 million.” ~ Walid

        MY SNARK: That was “mighty white of them”!*

        * FROM WIKIPEDIA [Play the white man] AS OF 2-16-14:

        ‘Play the white man’ is a term used in parts of England meaning to be decent and trustworthy in one’s actions.[citation needed]
        The origin of the phrase is obscure. The term carries with it a reference to an obligation which outnumbered English civil administrators in the latter years of the British Empire might have considered themselves to be under: that is, the obligation to uphold respect for their county abroad by maintaining personal standards of behaviour and fairness which darker-skinned native peoples could respect [citation needed]. The act of calling upon someone to remember his personal moral obligations in this way is expressed in Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘The White Man’s Burden’. On the other hand, the racially neutral colour white has long been associated with pureness and virtue. The phrase is losing popularity in common parlance, because the term is considered by many to be racist – it clearly implies that “white” behaviour is “better”.
        A similar expression in the United States is “That’s mighty white of you”, meaning, “Thank you for being fair”. Among African Americans, this phrase is said in response to being patronized or told what to think.[1]

        SOURCE –

      • Walid on January 22, 2015, 3:04 am

        JLD, the Palestinian refugees are the source of the Zionists’ nightmares and they very stupidly feel that if the UNRWA would just fade away, so would the Palestinian refugees. Zionists abhor the UNRWA much more than they ever did the PLO in the past and the Hamas in the present. You could tell by the UNRWA schools they love to bomb in Gaza. Zionists blame the continued existence of the refugees on UNRWA.

      • JLewisDickerson on January 23, 2015, 7:30 pm

        RE: “Zionists abhor the UNRWA much more than they ever did the PLO . . .” ~ Walid

        MY REPLY: Yes, I began noticing this about 15 or so years ago. I believe it began with Bernard Lewis and his ilk.
        They are determined to see UNRWA defunded, even if it requires destroying (i.e., eliminating) the entire UN to accomplish it.

      • just on January 23, 2015, 7:36 pm

        Walid and JLD: Then they are really going to hate this:

      • Walid on January 23, 2015, 8:14 pm

        Just, of course the Alwan exhibition is great but it’s on only for about 20 days, then it’s the auctioning of the photos and the closing of the exhibition. It’s a half-assed effort in the tradition of Arabs. These photos and other memorabilia of Palestinian culture should form part of permanent exhibition in a prominent NYC or European location to be seen by thousands that could be funded by the oil-rich Arabs that are spending billions on things of much less importance. Saudis, Qataris and Emiratis are buying up the most prized real estate projects all over Europe and it would be nothing for them to donate space in one of them to house a permanent museum on Palestine.

  25. JLewisDickerson on January 21, 2015, 7:02 pm

    RE: “Obama was warning the Israel lobby; bug out of these negotiations. . . Well, Congress has responded. This morning it invited Netanyahu to speak to a joint session in the House chamber on February 11– a month before the Israeli elections (as Haaretz noted). ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: This illustrates my fear that Revisionist Zionism and Likudnik Israel (specifically by virtue of their inordinate sway over the U.S.) might very well be an “existential threat” to the values of The Enlightenment ! ! !

    “How We Became Israel”, By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, 9/10/12
    LINK –
    “America Adopts the Israel Paradigm”, by Philip Ghiraldi,, 7/05/12
    LINK –
    “Report: Israeli model underlies militarization of U.S. police”, By Muriel Kane, Raw Story, 12/04/11
    LINK –
    “From Occupation to ‘Occupy’: The Israelification of American Domestic Security”, By Max Blumenthal, Al-akhbar, 12/02/11
    LINK – OR
    “Homeland Security Made in Israel”, by Philip Giraldi,, 8/22/13
    LINK –
    • NRA pushes plan imported from Israel to put police in all of our schools:
    NRA President’s Report: David Keene on the Push to Protect Our Children [VIDEO, 12:10] –
    • In the wake of the Boston bombings, a “National Security Expert” on Fox Faux News said that the U.S. is like a 14-year-old teenager going through “security puberty”; and we must demand that our government “get on the Israeli page”! ! !
    On the Wish List from the Boston Bombings – The Israelization of America [VIDEO, 00:25] –
    “Two Secretive Israeli Companies Reportedly Bugged The US Telecommunications Grid For The NSA”, By Michael Kelley, Business Insider, 6/07/13
    LINK –
    “IDF Unit 8200 Cyberwar Veterans Developed NSA Snooping Technology”, By Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 6/07/13
    LINK –
    “Meet the Israeli-linked firm that sold Big Brother machines to Mubarak, Qaddafi – and Washington”, by Max Blumenthal, Mondoweiss, 6/15/13
    LINK –
    “What was the Israeli Involvement in Collecting U.S. Communications Intel for NSA? ~ By Haaretz, The Associated Press and Reuters,, 6/08/13
    LINK –
    “The Second Battle of Gaza: Israel’s Undermining Of International Law”, by Jeff Halper,, 02/26/10
    LINK –
    “The Trial of Israel’s Campus Critics”, by David Theo Goldberg & Saree Makdisi, Tikkun Magazine, September/October 2009
    LINK –
    “Brooklyn College’s academic freedom increasingly threatened over Israel event”, by Glenn Greenwald,, 2/02/13
    LINK –
    “Peter ‘Powder Keg’ Beinart is disinvited from gig at Atlanta Jewish book festival”, by Annie Robbins, Mondoweiss, 11/05/12
    LINK –
    ‘Israelis are helping write US laws, fund US campaigns, craft US war policy’, by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 6/30/12
    LINK –
    “David Yerushalmi, Islam-Hating White Supremacist Inspires Anti-Sharia Bills Sweeping Tea Party Nation”, by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 3/02/11
    LINK –
    “Boston airport security program rife with racial profiling has Israeli links”, by Alex Kane, Mondoweiss, 8/14/12
    LINK –
    “Obama’s kill list policy compels US support for Israeli attacks on Gaza”, By Glenn Greenwald,, 11/15/12
    LINK –

  26. just on January 21, 2015, 7:15 pm

    JLD~ how do you do it? You are amazing!


    “Behind Obama’s back: How Netanyahu’s U.S. trip was cooked up

    Speaker Boehner’s invitation was preceded by weeks of contacts between Republican leadership and Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer, who is pushing lawmakers for new Iran sanctions.

    A senior Israeli official with knowledge of the contacts, who wished to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the matter, said that the one who had initiated the contacts with Boehner and with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and their staffs was Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, Netanyahu’s former aide.

    Dermer, the senior official said, had advanced the idea of Netanyahu addressing Congress in talks he has been having for several weeks on Iran’s nuclear program with senior members of Congress. Dermer is encouraging senators and representatives to advance new legislation that would impose additional sanctions on Iran, contrary to the position of the White House, which believes that new sanctions at this time would undermine the talks and kill the chances of reaching a diplomatic solution. During his State of the Union Address Tuesday night Obama made it clear that he would veto any such legislation.

    According to the senior official, Dermer approached Boehner, McConnell and other senior Republican Party figures at Netanyahu’s behest and suggested the idea of the speech. “Dermer and Boehner cooked up this whole invitation to Congress,” the official said.”

  27. RoHa on January 21, 2015, 8:01 pm

    ‘That’s the line he drew in the sand”

    Lines in the sand can be wiped away with just a little wind.

    • Daniel Rich on January 22, 2015, 1:18 am

      @ RoHa,

      Q: Lines in the sand can be wiped away with just a little wind.

      R: I like that imagery/thought/philosophy.

    • Walid on January 22, 2015, 2:33 am

      The tide also washes it away:

      • RoHa on January 22, 2015, 4:27 am

        One day I wrote her name upon the strand
        But came the waves and washed it away:
        Again I write it with a second hand,
        But came the tide, and made my pains his prey.
        Vain man, said she, that dost in vain assay
        A mortal thing so to immortalise!
        For I myself shall like to this decay,
        And eke my name be wiped out likewise.
        Not so quoth I, let baser things devise
        To die in dust, but you shall live by fame:
        My verse your virtues rare shall eternize,
        And in the heavens write your glorious name;
        Where, whenas death shall all the world subdue,
        Our love shall live, and later life renew.

        (Edmund Spenser)

        Or, as Landor put it:

        Well I remember how you smiled
        To see me write your name upon
        The soft sea-sand . . . “O! what a child!
        You think you’re writing upon stone!”

        I have since written what no tide
        Shall ever wash away, what men
        Unborn shall read o’er ocean wide
        And find Ianthe’s name again.

      • Walid on January 22, 2015, 10:52 am

        Spenser and Landor make it much more serious than Pat Boone.

      • RoHa on January 22, 2015, 6:01 pm

        Elizabethan and later poets used that “my poetry will make your name immortal” line a lot. I don’t know whether it actually got them the girl, but it’s worth a try.

  28. American on January 21, 2015, 8:07 pm

    After thinking about this off and on all day I finally decided on what I am going to say in my calls to DC tomorrow.

    If I may, I suggest everyone make the calls and express themselves.

    Congress – toll free 1- 877 -762 -8762—Just ask for who’s office you want.

    I usually start with my own district’s congressman and senator, Then sometimes I also call all the NC senators and congressmen.
    Then, depending on what the issue is I also call both the minority and majority leaders offices.
    Sometimes I call whoever has pissed me off regardless of what state they represent… Menendez.

    And please do not listen to those who tell you to be “respectful’ in your calls and faxes.


    None of the aides you speak to take note of or pass on mumbly little respectful objections—–they only take note of ‘mad’, ‘shocking, ‘threatening, ‘angry’ really mad’…..and if they get enough of the really mad calls.

    Then you can leave your opinion at the WH comment line also- 202-456-1111

    • just on January 22, 2015, 10:03 am

      Thanks for posting that information.

      I’ve started my first round.

  29. Kay24 on January 21, 2015, 8:36 pm

    This is showing disrespect to their own President, and going against US interests. This is inviting a controversial leader from an alien nation, and defying the White House. This is the Congress, especially the Republicans showing arrogance, and doing what their President must do – invite another leader. Congress is once again, showing their sick devotion for leader who recently massacred civilians in Gaza, and we are going to have him in stand up in Congress, for the entire world to see us “honor” him? What the heck is this? US leaders trying to make sure this war criminal is elected again back home? Or are they advertising to the world we are in league with this man who was the laughing stock of the world, when he elbowed his way to Paris?
    We must look stupid to the rest of the world.

    • just on January 21, 2015, 8:46 pm

      Not only stupid, but it’s a continuation of rampant hypocrisy…it’s a threat to our national security. It’s both stupid and dangerous, which is why I hope and pray that Mr. Obama does something unprecedented and necessary.

      The whole world is watching…

      PS~ “Foreign heads of state and heads of government from 48 countries have addressed joint meetings of Congress more than a hundred times. France and the United Kingdom lead the list with eight joint meeting addresses by heads of state or dignitaries. Other countries leading the list are: Israel (7), Mexico (7)………”

      Anyone can look it up…

      • Kay24 on January 21, 2015, 8:58 pm

        Good point. Obama will look weak and helpless if this good for nothing congress pulls this off.
        What kind of message are we sending to the rest of the world? That Congress goes against their own President to support and show devotion to the leader of Israel?

        We are flaunting the fact that Congress are the devoted servants to the war criminal. If you take a look at the picture of Bibi in Congress last time, the look on the faces of his slaves is embarrassing. They are a bunch of sick people. They do not even applaud like that for any President. Sheesh.

    • RobertB on January 21, 2015, 10:08 pm

      The critters in the US Congress are the slaves of AIPAC/Israel! They have no shame…they are bought and paid for by AIPAC=Israel.

  30. American on January 21, 2015, 8:52 pm

    ” We’re moving toward a real confrontation. Let’s hope that journalists inform the American people about what is at stake. -“”

    I wish but dont think so. The MSM will ignore the implications of the GOP inviting the foreign country of Israel to go against the US President in our own US congress.
    All their talk will be about Iran and to sanction or not.

    If Obama really wants to confront he can veto budgets that contain any aid to Israel. But he wont.

    The confrontation will come when Americans learn what has been and is going on –30 pieces of Silver taken to sell out America—–but they wont learn it until after the damage is already done.

  31. Xpat on January 21, 2015, 8:57 pm

    “seven senators”

    Sorry to be picking nits but unless Netanyahu suddenly won a Senate seat, there are six, not seven senators in that picture.

    • just on January 21, 2015, 8:59 pm

      From the article: “Virginia’s Tim Kaine (not in the picture)”

      (he SHOULD be ashamed~ fool)

  32. American on January 21, 2015, 9:34 pm

    I am listening to Fox News propaganda with Huckabee on—

    Netanyahu should straighten Obama out…Obama is a Muslim
    Mullah….Israel is experiencing terrorism every day….it should be made clear that if Israel wants to take out Iran the US will support it down to the last man……

  33. Blownaway on January 21, 2015, 9:52 pm

    Mossad said to warn US on Iran sanctions in break with PM
    Intelligence agency maintains new bill would torpedo talks with Tehran, Bloomberg reports; move at odds with Netanyahu’s position
    BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF AND JTA January 22, 2015, 3:46 am 1

    Read more: Mossad said to warn US on Iran sanctions in break with PM | The Times of Israel
    Follow us: @timesofisrael on Twitter | timesofisrael on Facebook
    Interesting to read Bob Corker dissemble on his separate bill requierement that congress bless any agreement in that article, claiming no one said anything bad about his bill conveniently ignoring the other bill. He’s just as dangerous as Lindsay

    • Whizdom on January 21, 2015, 10:38 pm

      Wow. Menendez is pissed. Wheels are coming off this thing.

      But other US lawmakers in the delegation said they received conflicting messages from Israeli officials on the sanctions bill.

      “We met with a number of government officials from many different parts of the government. There’s not a uniform view there,” Republican John Barrasso said.

      Menendez, who has fiercely fought for his bill, and on Wednesday sharply criticized the Obama administration’s approach, was reportedly irked by the Mossad intervention, and contacted Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer for an explanation.

      Read more: Mossad said to warn US on Iran sanctions in break with PM | The Times of Israel
      Follow us: @timesofisrael on Twitter | timesofisrael on Facebook

    • Kay24 on January 22, 2015, 3:06 am

      I just read this in Haaretz too. It seems Mossad has dissed Netanyahu and is backing Obama.

      A very interesting situation. I don’t think however anything can make me forget the loud slap Obama got from his own democratic congressman, Bob “Dominican Republic” Menendez.

    • Kay24 on January 22, 2015, 9:19 am

      Well what do you know, the backtracking has started. Someone called and yelled at him, and he sings a different tune.

  34. Whizdom on January 21, 2015, 9:53 pm

    interesting op-ed in today’s paper.,7340,L-4617154,00.html

    “It follows, therefore, that the State of Israel should think about the purpose of its foreign policy, which is connected to global values, find a new path and save its eroded legitimacy.

    It is up to the professionals of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to lead the process of adopting and designing a purpose, via consultations with intellectuals from a variety of fields and sectors – Jews and non-Jews, Arabs, men and women, religious and secular, from the center and the periphery.

  35. American on January 21, 2015, 11:16 pm

    GAG ME.
    Little wimp Kerry mumbling about how we are always happy to have the Israeli leader in the US but the invitation from congress was unusual.
    And he was being serious not snarky.

  36. American on January 21, 2015, 11:47 pm

    Martin [email protected]_Indyk · 1h 1 hour ago
    Mossad has broken with Netanyahu on Iran, adding fuel to the fire in Washington. @joshrogin @elilake … via @BV

    Israeli Mossad Goes Rogue, Warns U.S. on Iran Sanctions
    34Jan 21, 2015 7:26 PM EST
    By Josh Rogin & Eli Lake
    The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has broken ranks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, telling U.S. officials and lawmakers that a new Iran sanctions bill in the U.S. Congress would tank the Iran nuclear negotiations.
    Already, the Barack Obama administration and some leading Republican senators are using the Israeli internal disagreement to undermine support for the bill, authored by Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Robert Menendez, which would enact new sanctions if current negotiations falter.
    Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — supported by Republican Senators Lindsay Graham and John McCain — is pushing for his own legislation on the Iran nuclear deal, which doesn’t contain sanctions but would require that the Senate vote on any pact that is agreed upon in Geneva. The White House is opposed to both the Kirk-Menendez bill and the Corker bill; it doesn’t want Congress to meddle at all in the delicate multilateral diplomacy with Iran.
    Israeli intelligence officials have been briefing both Obama administration officials and visiting U.S. senators about their concerns on the Kirk-Menendez bill, which would increase sanctions on Iran only if the Iranian government can’t strike a deal with the so-called P5+1 countries by a June 30 deadline or fails to live up to its commitments. Meanwhile, the Israeli prime minister’s office has been supporting the Kirk-Menendez bill, as does the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, ahead of what will be a major foreign policy confrontation between the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government in coming weeks.
    Evidence of the Israeli rift surfaced Wednesday when Secretary of State John Kerry said that an unnamed Israeli intelligence official had said the new sanctions bill would be “like throwing a grenade into the process.” But an initial warning from Israeli Mossad leaders was also delivered last week in Israel to a Congressional delegation — including Corker, Graham, McCain and fellow Republican John Barrasso; Democratic Senators Joe Donnelly and Tim Kaine; and independent Angus King — according to lawmakers who were present and staff members who were briefed on the exchange. When Menendez (who was not on the trip) heard about the briefing, he quickly phoned Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer to seek clarification.
    Barrasso told us Tuesday that different parts of the Israeli government told the delegation different things. “We met with a number of government officials from many different parts of the government. There’s not a uniform view there,” he said.
    In a Wednesday morning hearing on Iran at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Corker talked about the Israel visit and said that his bill (not the Kirk-Menendez bill) was acceptable to all the Israeli officials they spoke with. “Some of us were in Israel this weekend over this very same issue. We have heard no one, no one, say that if Congress were to weigh in on the final agreement it would in any way destabilize the negotiations,” Corker said.
    Menendez is so livid at the administration, he decried its efforts to avert Congressional action on Iran at the hearing, telling Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken: “You know, I have to be honest with you, the more I hear from the administration in its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran.”
    Tuesday night, Obama threatened to veto the Kirk-Menendez bill if it passes Congress. Wednesday morning, House Speaker John Boehner responded by announcing that Netanyahu has accepted his invitation to address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 11, just as Congress is likely to be embroiled in a legislative fight over both bills. Boehner told fellow Republicans that he was specifically inviting Netanyahu to address the threat posed by radical Islam and Iran. Netanyahu is expected to deliver full-throated support for sanctions. The administration is upset that Netanyahu accepted Boehner’s invitation without notifying them, the latest indication of the poor relationship between the Israeli government and the White House.
    Two senior U.S. officials tell us that the Mossad has also shared its view with the administration that if legislation that imposed a trigger leading to future sanctions on Iran was signed into law, it would cause the talks to collapse.
    The Israeli view shared with Corker and other senators also mirrors the assessment from the U.S. intelligence community. “We’ve had a standing assessment on this,” one senior administration official told us. “We haven’t run the new Kirk-Menendez bill through the process, but the point is that any bill that triggers sanctions would collapse the talks. That’s what the assessment is.” Another intelligence official said that the Israelis had come to the same conclusion.
    This is not the first time Israel’s Mossad has been at odds with Netanyahu on Iran. In December 2010, former Mossad chief Meir Dagan told Israeli reporters that he had openly opposed an order from Netanyahu to prepare a military attack on Iran. At the time, Obama was also working to persuade the Israeli prime minister to hold off on attacking Iran.

    Mossad has my permission to assassinate all the sobs.

    • Abierno on January 22, 2015, 1:13 pm

      Mossad’s actions reflect highly significant concerns regarding Netanyahu’s war threats as well as his engaging in actions which place Israel at risk. The assassination of the Iranian general is only one example. Israel – its people – benefit significantly from peace with Iran. Also, Iran is now strongly allied with Russia (see recent mutual assistance pact) with China (who is developing oil fields) and moving toward stronger relations with India. Also, Iran has been instrumental in assisting Iraq to push back ISIS. Furthermore, many retired military leaders have also spoken strongly against Netanyahu’s threats to Iran. Remember that Israeli newspapers are subject to the military censor – I would suspect that little of this conflict makes its way into the daily news. However, this recent Mossad action signals high levels of concern regarding Netanyahu’s actions. If Netanyahu and his cronies in our Congress and Senate were to drag the US into an Iranian/Russian/Chinese war – the popular blowback would be overwhelming, think blowback to bombing Syria raised exponentially to 100. This would not bode well for Israelis. Not only would their own country most probably be devastated but a weakened Israel would be a prime target for ISIS butchers while the US is overwhelmed in a massive, multi region conflict. Chairman Boehner, Senators McCain, Lindsey, Schumer and Menendez – be careful what you ask for; attend carefully to the law of unexpected consequences. Most important, ask yourselves – are your actions helpful for
      Israel the country or Netanyahu the politician?

      • RoHa on January 22, 2015, 5:55 pm

        “Israel – its people – benefit significantly from peace with Iran.”

        Israel should still pay the money it owes, though.

  37. just on January 22, 2015, 1:05 am

    “……In the past six years the Israeli prime minister and the U.S. president have had more than a few crises. But if every time it seems that the relationship between Netanyahu and the White House couldn’t get any worse, Netanyahu proves that it can.

    Still, Netanyahu might end up regretting the plot that he cooked up with the Republicans. The anger at the White House on Wednesday skyrocketed. When he comes to Washington, Netanyahu shouldn’t be surprised to find the gates of the White House closed to the Israeli prime minister – for the first time in the history of U.S.-Israel relations. ”

    please, please, please! and then the old heave- ho!

    • Rodneywatts on January 22, 2015, 5:48 am

      I hope you are right Just! This would be a beautiful counterbalance to the way Netanyahu managed to appear at the Paris solidarity march, when we know that President Hollande did not want him there.

  38. TW on January 22, 2015, 6:32 am

    Russia may send S-300 missile system to Iran :

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia might deliver a long-overdue S-300 air defense missile system to Iran, honoring a contract that was canceled in 2010 following strong pressure from the West, Iranian and Russian media said on Tuesday.

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is visiting Tehran and signed an agreement with Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan to boost cooperation, Iran’s Fars semi-official news agency said.

    Fars said the two countries would resolve problems with the delivery of the advanced missile system, while Russia’s RIA state news confirmed the issue was once again under discussion.

    “A step was taken in the direction of cooperation on the economy and arms technology, at least for such defensive systems such as the S-300 and S-400. Probably we will deliver them,” RIA quoted Colonel General Leonid Ivashov as saying.

    Ivashov is the former head of the defense minister’s department of international cooperation.

    No further details were immediately available.

    Dmitry Medvedev, then the Russian president, canceled a contract to supply Tehran with the advanced missile system in 2010 in the wake of U.N. sanctions imposed on Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

    The United States and Israel heavily lobbied Russia to block the missile sale, saying it could be used to shield Iran’s nuclear facilities from possible future air strikes. Iran in turn has taken Russia to arbitration to finalize the sale.

    Ivashov said that Russia’s ties with Iran had strengthened recently due to Western sanctions that they are both now facing and added that the two countries were looking to expand their cooperation in other areas.

    The S-300 advanced missiles have a 125-mile (200-km) range and Russia has stoked tensions with the West by trying to sell the system to other Middle Eastern countries, including Syria.

    Russia’s ties with the West are at Cold War lows over the conflict in Ukraine where Kiev says Moscow has sent troops and arms to support pro-Russian rebels in the country’s east. Russia denies the allegations.

    Comments: “If Iran will get S-400 system, Israeli air force will not be able to penetrate the defenses as the system is designed to eliminate air superiority at long range – stealth or not. Iran also has a much better air force than Iraq did.”

    • Rodneywatts on January 22, 2015, 10:18 am

      Sadly Congress is demonstrating stupidity on a grand scale wrt Israel/Iran and did not anyone realise there would be consequences? There should have been diplomatic initiatives many, many years ago, and now the current precarious talks will be in danger of collapse. The US is not the omnipotent state that some think it still is, and as much as we don’t like it, who can blame Russia and Iran at this time for mutually beneficial arrangements.

    • Walid on January 22, 2015, 10:59 am

      Israelis are going to have to live through another week of hell; Nasrallah will make his declaration only next Friday October 30th and until then, they will be wondering what’s in store for them. Maybe he’ll surprise them and tell them he hasn’t yet made up his mind.

      • Walid on January 22, 2015, 12:42 pm

        News out of Israel: Settlers living near the borders with Lebanon keep hearing noises in the night and are sure it’s coming from tunnels being dug under their villages, so they hired specialists to come inspect the ground around the settlement. Some settlers are saying they can smell the sweat of Hizbullah fighters in the air around their homes. Drugstores must be doing fantastic business selling nerve relaxing pills to the Galilee settlers.

      • Taxi on January 22, 2015, 12:51 pm

        LOL Walid!

        Yeah Al Mayadeen TV has ran this story too; including the story of israeli military top brass cancelling their vacation plans in fear of getting assassinated while they sun their buns poolside.

  39. Kay24 on January 22, 2015, 7:10 am

    From an article in Talking Points Memo:

    “But even with that context, experts on American-Israeli relations expressed shock that Boehner had invited Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran next month. One described it as an effort to “humiliate” and “embarrass” Obama as the two sides dig in over Iran. The invitation from the Ohio Republican positions Congress, rather than the White House, as Israel’s ally.

    “It’s unprecedented. It’s hitting below the belt. It’s taking partisanship to a whole new level,” Guy Ziv, a professor at American University who has studied U.S.-Israeli relations, told TPM. “It is a way for them to embarrass and humiliate the Obama administration.”

    It does track, though, with a broader trend of Israel becoming an area of partisan divide in a way that it hasn’t always been.

    “My reaction was that ‘Wow, Boehner really wanted to bigfoot President Obama’s State of the Union address,” Matt Duss, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, which advocates for a two-state solution, told TPM. “It’s part of a pattern we’ve seen, taking the Israel issue and using it as a partisan wedge.”

    There is no doubt that Boehner has connived with Chickenshit, to “humiliate” and “embarrass” Obama, and it is indeed unprecedented and “hitting below the belt”. All words from this article, and plenty more can be found in others. This is an insult to the President, just after his SOTU address. Congress should just move to Israel and live there, after all they consider, and treat, Bibi, as their leader. I wish Obama would show his disapproval in some form or the other, instead of bending over backwards to please the zionists, who once again, have disrespected him, through the traitors in Congress. This is going to show the rest of the world, just who is boss in the good ole USA.

    • ritzl on January 22, 2015, 8:12 am

      How can going behind the US president’s back to ally oneself with a foreign leader embarrass or humiliate anyone but the one allying with the foreign leader?

      The fact that these writers accept the premise that it can be a humiliation is an astounding example of how normal it is in some circles to have Israel so seemlessly embedded in US politics.

      It is abnormal in the extreme.

      While reading your excerpt, Kay24, I got the crisp mental image of someone walking next to a cliff, blindfolded — in a dense fog. Don’t ask me why.

      • Kay24 on January 22, 2015, 8:43 am

        I guess this shows Obama has no control over this, and as the WH officially said, it is a breech of protocol. It must feel a bit humiliating to know the world is watching the defiance, the arrogance, and the preference shown for a foreign leader, while totally ignoring their own President. Being undermined like this is humiliating for the President of the world’s biggest superpower. Dermer is trying to sell Netanyahu to the voters in Israel, while his opponents are at a disadvantage. He will now thump his chest, beat the drums of war, show disrespect for Obama, and get the biggest applause ever. He will growl at Iran, and ridicule the efforts by Obama to negotiate and settle with Iran, it will be the performance of his life. Oh yes, he will also mention that Israel is a Jewish state, a victim, and forget to mention the occupation.

    • oldgeezer on January 22, 2015, 9:01 am

      I don’t think Obama has any reason to feel embarrassed. I find the whole situation quite staggering though.

      If anyone should feel embarrassed it should be the voters who elected those representatives.

      That an elected group of people should show such disrespect to the nation’s institutions, divisions of power (ie constitution), the voters who elected Obama, in such an outright show of fealty and subservience to a foreign country is mind blowing.

      They make it quite clear who they owe their loyalty to and it’s not the American people.

      I don’t know why Americans stand for this and it’s not the first time. Leader of the free world or servants of Israel? I think the question is valid.

      • Kay24 on January 22, 2015, 9:08 am

        I wonder if the American people are able to comprehend that, and realize that when it comes to passing a bill that will benefit the American people, Congress cannot agree. nor get their act together, but when it comes to bills or resolutions that favor or support Israel, they pass it swiftly and almost unanimously. The moment bombs rain down on Gaza, Congress will pass a resolution supporting and giving them unwavering support, before you can say Chickenshit.

      • Pixel on January 22, 2015, 9:22 am

        Most voters don’t have a clue.
        They don’t get a fair chance to get a clue.

        Clues are hard to believe anyway.

        (It’s Colonel Mustard in the kitchen with the knife.)

      • just on January 22, 2015, 9:39 am

        That’s correct.

        The American people should be the ones screaming to/at their elected reps for this shanda. It is Congress that they must hold accountable, not President Obama. It’s the only way to get the influence of aipac out of the halls of Congress and our elections. That time is now. I guess that some are still in the thrall of that disgusting, Islamophobic “American Sniper” flick…

        To celebrate a war criminal who dearly wants for us to go to war with Iran~ IRAN~ is criminal beyond compare. Iran has done nothing to anybody! We, on the other hand, have launched two miserable, deadly, and failed wars on its borders! (has anyone seen the awful results of our munitions on Iraq’s youngsters?) Our country’s responsibility is not to fight/kill for Israel! And then there is Gaza…

        Meanwhile, Israel has an arsenal that they’ve not even declared, they’ve never signed the NPT, and have never submitted to inspections. This is an abomination, as is the PM.

      • Walid on January 22, 2015, 9:53 am

        Oldgeezer, your federal legislators are in the same Israel fan club; will Harper win or lose next October or would it make any difference?

  40. Pixel on January 22, 2015, 9:16 am

    Bibi thinks he’s the biggest swinging d!¢k.

    What’s anybody going to do about it?

  41. Taxi on January 22, 2015, 9:18 am
    • Kay24 on January 22, 2015, 9:25 am

      No show but definitely tell. He will give the world an Oscar worthy performance. Watch out for drama and exaggerations, there will be moments of threats, the oy vey woe is us routine, the flexing of muscle, the thumping of chest, victimhood, brotherhood to Americans, accusation against Iran.

      What you will never hear, will be the occupation, the illegal settlements, the Iranian scientists that were murdered inside Iran, the number of children killed in Gaza, and that despite his lies about Iran getting a nuclear bomb a few months away, he was totally wrong. That day passed long time ago. Keep a box of tissues handy, when it comes to the victim part. Heh.

    • Pixel on January 22, 2015, 10:24 am


      ROTFL ;o)

  42. NickJOCW on January 22, 2015, 9:28 am

    A couple of days ago back on the farm Iran and Russia signed a mutual defence treaty.

  43. concernedhuman on January 22, 2015, 9:40 am

    There should be billboards and ads that speak about how US Congress work for israel and its interests not for US.

    Most Americans seem unaware of this.

  44. concernedhuman on January 22, 2015, 9:44 am

    Nutinyahu did testify about Iraq WMD which turned to be a pack of lies and landed US in to a costly illegal war many innocent lives lost.
    It is really unfortunate that US congress still wants to hear nutinyhaoo when the world leaders consider him a proven liar

    • just on January 22, 2015, 10:08 am

      If people think the ME is in flames now, just see what launching a thoroughly unjustified war with Iran is going to get you… and no, Israel will not be better off.

      Quite the contrary.

      Iran has forbearance and wisdom~ something Israel has never had.

  45. Whizdom on January 22, 2015, 10:27 am

    AIPAC has its annual policy conference in DC at the same time, senior Israeli politicians generally attend. This year it looks like there will be a whole pack of them this year. Perhaps the president should invite all of the heads of Party lists to to meet with him at WH together, or separately. That would send a message and somewhat neutralize Netanyahu’s electioneering boondoggle.

  46. just on January 22, 2015, 1:44 pm

    Professor Cole:

    “….If that is what it takes, the US and Israeli hawks are perfectly all right with it. It would be good times for the military-industrial complex, and Israel’s last major conventional enemy (though a toothless one) would be destroyed. An irritant to US policy and a threat to Wahhabi Saudi Arabia, our big volatile Gasoline Station in the Sky, would also be removed.

    Iran is three times as populous and three times as large as Iraq. So I figure this enterprise would cost at least 15,000 troops dead, 90,000 seriously wounded, and altogether $15- 24 trillion dollars over time (including health care for the 90,000 wounded vets). Given the size of the country and the nationalism of the population, it could be much more like the US war in Vietnam than Iraq was, i.e. it could end in absolute defeat. Russia and China would almost certainly aid insurgencies to weaken the US.

    And that is what the right wing psychopaths in Washington DC and Tel Aviv have planned for us. If they can over-ride Obama’s veto and scuttle the negotiations, they set us up for a war down the line, as Obama warned in the SOTU.

    In contrast, professional Israeli intelligence analysts are warning against new sanctions and any torpedoing of the Iran talks. Because they deal in the coin of pragmatism and the real world.

    Readers should please let their congressional representatives know they would prefer not to be subjected to this disaster.

    That Netanyahu is an unreliable narrator should be obvious by now….”

  47. mariapalestina on January 22, 2015, 2:32 pm

    #Netanyahu is currently trending on Twitter – and not in a good way. Here’s a sample:

    Obama Will Not Meet With Netanyahu During Trip To Washington
    By HuffPost Politics @HuffPostPol
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he travels to Washington in March. Spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan says that in keeping with…

  48. dajson on January 22, 2015, 2:50 pm

    The American people want a Congress beholden to the American people and Israel can go pound sand. All Obama needs to do is stop one single veto at a UN vote regarding Israel and Netenyahu will be done, period. The American people will back the President on this and Congress will plunge themselves another 6 points into negetive popularity ratings that they so well deserve. The White House should stand up to Israel this way because, as recent history demonstrates, messages of aggressive intimidation like not vetoing the UN holding Israel internationally accountable are the only kinds of things a country like Israel understands, and they will get the message loud and clear. This extortion of our government by a foreign country is quickly becoming a crime that cannot be ignored any longer.

  49. Kay24 on January 23, 2015, 6:36 am

    Even the American people support Obama’s push for negotiations and peace with Iran.

    Why are our servants in Congress ignoring us and doing the bidding of Bibi?

    • just on January 23, 2015, 9:51 am

      If we had proceeded in negotiations with Iran without the pesky Israelis constantly at our heels and our being at their beck and call, this would have been accomplished long ago.

      Israel has really never been a force for peace or normalization of relations.

      • Kay24 on January 23, 2015, 10:18 am

        Israel thrives on violence and wars. It justifies why they keep the occupation going, the land grabs, and the constant provocation of it’s neighbors. Israel also need lab rats to test it’s deadly weapons, which could be another reason and convenience to keep waging wars.

        If Israel genuinely wanted peace and security, it would have stopped the occupation and illegal settlements long time ago. It makes every damn excuse in the book to keep the status quo.
        The world by now, realizes Israel’s master plan, but Western nations including the US pretend otherwise. Israel loves playing victim – it has it’s benefits.

  50. Boomer on January 24, 2015, 10:18 am

    @JLD “RE: “Zionists abhor the UNRWA much more than they ever did the PLO . . .” ~ Walid

    [JLD’s reply]: “Yes, I began noticing this about 15 or so years ago. I believe it began with Bernard Lewis and his ilk.
    They are determined to see UNRWA defunded, even if it requires destroying (i.e., eliminating) the entire UN to accomplish it.”

    I didn’t know about the vital work of UNRWA until the most recent Israeli attack on Gaza prompted even U.S. MSM to devote some attention to the story. Since then, I’ve been a contributor. My small token won’t make a difference, alas, in the destruction paid for by U.S. taxpayers and “charitable” contributors to Israel, but at least it shows which side I’m on. Hopefully, my government won’t decide that UNRWA is a terrorist organization and put me in jail, as has happened with some innocent people who thought they were trying to help victims of U.S.-Israeli oppression.

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