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On Monday, President Obama appealed to the Congress to approve his nominee for the counter-terrorism czar in Treasury: Adam Szubin. “This is a vital position for our anti-terrorism efforts,” Obama said, and Szubin is “highly qualified.”

Is one of those qualifications that Szubin is Jewish? It sure looks that way. As the Jewish Telegraphic Agency pointed out when Szubin was nominated in April, he would be the third Jew to hold this job: “In 2002, he helped found DC Minyan, an Orthodox congregation based on egalitarian principles.”

The two other men to hold this job before Szubin were Stuart Levey– who studied under Marty Peretz at Harvard and wrote his college dissertation about saving the Zionist “dream” from Meir Kahane’s extremism– and Levey’s deputy David Cohen, who had the blessing of Alan Dershowitz.  “He is very consciously Jewish,” DC attorney Nathan Lewin told the JTA. It’s a good bet that Szubin also has pro-Israel cred.

The reality is that the position of counter-terrorism czar is an Israel lobby job. He (they’re all men) is tasked with keeping up sanctions pressure on Iran through the international banking system, but also supporting the president’s efforts to negotiate a new relationship with Iran. David Cohen talked very tough about Iran when I heard him at NYU 3 years ago; and Obama could certainly point to Cohen and Levey as living proof that he was not being soft on Iran, and is trying to shut down Hezbollah and Hamas even as he seeks change. Covering his bases.

Levey was a George Bush appointee; but Obama kept him on in his administration, and got cheers from the Jewish community for doing so. That organized pro-Israel community wanted a signal that Jews who care about Israel are involved in making policy on Iran. And Obama cared what Jews thought. He has to. Who else opposes the Iran deal besides the organized pro-Israel Jewish community? As Eli Clifton reports, it’s megadonors Thomas Kaplan and Sheldon Adelson, both giant supporters of Israel, who are backing one of the leading attack dog groups trying to stop the Iran deal. This big rally against the deal is being organized at a synagogue in Long Island.

The Iran deal could be a huge win for the president. But he needs organized Jewish community support to bring it off. So yes, that’s why Under-secretary of Treasury for counter terrorism and financial intelligence is in essence a Jewish position.

Speaking of the pressure on the Obama administration over Iran from the organized Jewish community, look at the unseemly piece at Huffo about UN Ambassador Samantha Power from rightwing rabbi Shmuley Boteach. Boteach is Power’s former character reference, which on its face is ludicrous, but a reflection of the political power dynamics. He notes that the “Jewish community” never really trusted Power till he stood up for her, but it will turn against “Samantha” — addressing her in a familiar manner– if she doesn’t oppose a Palestinian state…

Ambassador Power wasn’t implicitly trusted by members of the Jewish community when she took her role in the National Security Council. After writing an op-ed where I encouraged her to clarify her statements, she did just that.

We met in the White House… I became intent on transforming the Jewish community’s opinion of her, working side-by-side to persuade others that she was someone whose judgment and understanding of the conflict could be trusted when it came to issues related to Israel. Ultimately, when the time came for her nomination to serve as US Ambassador to the United Nations, the Jewish American community registered strong, widespread support.

Yet in recent months, the Ambassador Power currently representing America before the United Nations has been a far cry from Samantha I knew. It has pained me to see her embrace the disastrous Iran deal, even as its leadership repeatedly and unapologetically threatened Israel with genocide.

You’d think Boteach is a rightwing loose cannon, but he’s not. He writes an op-ed and gets invited to the White House. He’s got power because the lobby transcends party alliances. Just as Stuart Levey served two presidents, it didn’t matter what party they were. Just as Hillary Clinton promised that she’d reach across party lines to oppose the international boycott campaign against Israel.

Israel supporter David Makovsky interprets Clinton’s message as a signal to the Obama administration not to OK a French resolution in favor of a Palestinian state because it could hurt her too much in the upcoming presidential race. As Martin Indyk once explained, “the Jewish factor” caused Obama to fold on settlements back in 2011. 

 [Jews] tend to vote for Democratic candidates and they provide a good deal of funding for political campaigns. So the Jewish factor is always a critical factor for Democratic candidates. I don’t think it’s telling any secrets that there are a lot of people who have been upset with President Obama. And I think that the White House came to the understanding that they have a real problem there and they are going out of their way trying to show they are friendly to Israel and committed to peace.

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  1. Qualtrough on July 9, 2015, 2:28 pm

    3,2,1… til Hopfmi is here with “Jew Counting!”.

    • Krauss on July 9, 2015, 6:25 pm


      The more serious point which Phil raises a lot is that you can’t understand Middle Eastern policy without understanding Jewish sociology. It’s that simple.

      On healthcare, the economy, education and so on, go down the list, there isn’t really a “Jewish lobby” to speak about. But on these issues, there is – and there’s no point in trying to deny that(MSM) or being uncomfortable with it and somehow blaming “capitalism”(Chomsky).

    • on July 10, 2015, 8:01 am

      Pretty sure this job exists due to the machinations of “The Lobby”. From what I can see, these guys decide who is and isn’t a “terrorist” and intend on keeping economic sanctions on Iran no matter how the talks turn out. An important cog on the machine

      • Citizen on July 10, 2015, 9:41 am

        Yep, always good to know USA always has a good Jewish Zionist making the decisions on who’s a terrorist, who’s not.

  2. lysias on July 9, 2015, 2:50 pm

    Capsule biography of Adam Szubin on White House Web site:

    Adam J. Szubin, Nominee for Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes, Department of the Treasury

    Adam J. Szubin serves as the Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the Department of the Treasury, a position he has held since 2006. Concurrently, he serves as the Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes at Treasury, a position to which he was designated in February 2015. Prior to his time at OFAC, he served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes from 2004 to 2006. From 2003 to 2004, he was Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice. Previously, from 2000 to 2003, he was a Trial Attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division at the Department of Justice. Mr. Szubin was a Judicial Clerk for Hon. Ronald L. Gilman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1999 to 2000. Mr. Szubin received a A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

    Here’s an earlier Treasury biography of him. And here’s another from a Harvard Law School alumni blog.

    Note that Szubin got the OFAC job at Treasury in 2006, under Bush. He’s another holdover.

    • Mooser on July 11, 2015, 6:26 pm

      Mabye I’m a Pollyanna, but I remember Obama’s ostensible victory and I’ve never figured out why there were any friggin’ Bush Jr. holdovers!
      Oh well, long time ago now, sorry.

  3. for-peace on July 9, 2015, 3:20 pm

    “… they are going out of their way trying to show they are friendly to Israel and committed to peace…”

    kind of like trying to show they are friendly to Saudi Arabia and committed to inclusive democracy

    no wonder they are having a hard time.

    • Eric on July 9, 2015, 6:24 pm

      As absurd as saying “…they are going out of their way trying to show they are friendly to ISIS and committed to ISIS’s policy of equality for Shiites and Christians…”

      • Stephen Shenfield on July 10, 2015, 11:52 am

        No, it isn’t absurd. But you have to know what they mean by “peace.” A remark of Clausewitz comes in handy here:

        “The aggressor is always peace-loving (as Bonaparte always claimed to be); he would prefer to take over our country unopposed.”

    • RockyMissouri on July 10, 2015, 12:07 pm


      (Hey there, FP!)

      • for-peace on July 11, 2015, 3:55 am

        Thank you Rocky Missouri

  4. JWalters on July 9, 2015, 5:18 pm

    As more and more facts leak through the Zionist fact dam, and the cracks open into fissures, it becomes more and more obvious who is denying the obvious. It then becomes also obvious that these people have ulterior motives. Usually it’s money, but it can also be sexual secrets, or both. The more righteous the facade, the more tenacious the denial.

  5. JLewisDickerson on July 9, 2015, 8:53 pm

    RE: “Just as Hillary Clinton promised that she’d reach across party lines to oppose the international boycott campaign against Israel. “ ~ Weiss


    Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2015 18:04:37 -0400
    From: Just Foreign Policy
    Subject: Bernie, Tell Hillary: West Bank Settlements Are Not Israel

    Just Foreign Policy

    Dear John,

    On July 2, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent a letter to Haim Saban, a major Clinton donor and fundraiser, expressing her “alarm” over the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction movement,” which she called “a global effort to isolate the state of Israel by ending commercial and academic exchanges.” Clinton asserted that “we need to make countering BDS a priority.” Clinton’s letter failed to make any distinction between Israel and Israeli settlements in the West Bank. [1]

    • Urge Bernie Sanders to challenge Hillary to clarify her position on Israeli settlements in the West Bank by signing our petition at MoveOn. –

  6. JLewisDickerson on July 9, 2015, 9:04 pm
  7. traintosiberia on July 10, 2015, 6:07 am

    “Another American Zionist showed Neff his Israeli passport alongside his U.S. one. Neff was taken aback; it had been illegal for Americans to hold dual citizenship. The man proudly informed him that the policy had been changed in 1967 by the Supreme Court, adding with emphasis that the case had been brought by an Israeli and the swing vote was cast by Abe Fortas.”

    A lot of unnecessary entanglements would be avoided and loyalty issues could be resolved if we stopped endorsing 2 pr 3 passport carrying American citizenship.

  8. eduardoben on July 10, 2015, 10:00 am

    The anti-terrorism positions are just a small part. If you look at all the positions of power and influence in the State Department and the NSC regarding the Middle East and the Greater Middle East, there few that aren’t staffed by Jewish Americans. Amazing that with more than twenty Arab nations (22 members of the Arab League) and only ONE Jewish state, almost all US government positions for that part of the world are Jewish and hardly any at all are held by Arab-Americans.

    Must be a strangely severe shortage of Arab American scholars in political science or international relations.

    Imagine what Iranian representatives to the P5-1 “nuclear talks” feel like seeing Wendy Sherman, Jewish and reportedly a staunch Zionist, at John Kerry’s side and obviously an adviser and gatekeeper of information for him.

    This is all pretty disgraceful. and provides support to those who argue that Israel and it’s greater lobby in the US control US foreign policy in the Middle East. Why should anyone think otherwise?

    • Stephen Shenfield on July 10, 2015, 11:46 am

      Yes, but it is worth stressing that the “job requirement” is not just “Jewish” but “Jewish and Zionist” with the second element even more important than the first, because we can be pretty sure that faced with a choice between an anti-Zionist (or even non-Zionist) Jew and a reliably Zionist Gentile they would choose the latter. Phil isn’t going to get a job like that, is he?

    • RockyMissouri on July 10, 2015, 12:24 pm


    • Bornajoo on July 10, 2015, 1:18 pm

      “This is all pretty disgraceful. and provides support to those who argue that Israel and it’s greater lobby in the US control US foreign policy in the Middle East. Why should anyone think otherwise?”

      Good comment and good point eduardoben!

  9. bintbiba on July 10, 2015, 11:18 am

    eduardoben , +1

    Welcome to the fold !
    Our family grows by leaps and bounds , despite the naysayers.

  10. RockyMissouri on July 10, 2015, 12:27 pm

    This leaves me sickened.

  11. Krendall Mist on July 10, 2015, 11:27 pm

    This bit soft-peddles one of the more open, notorious and obnoxious examples of Zionist fifth column usurpation of US government offices. For over a decade, Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control and its Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence have been an arm of the Government of Israel in all but name. These are the entities that designate the “terrorists” and write all the asset-snatching regulations. In these positions, these people used the enormous resources of US financial supervision and enforcement power to “cripple” Iran’s economy for the sake of Zionism and to the irreparable harm of US (non-Jewish) business interests and the American people generally, for whom US government enmity toward Iran and Palestine is economically and cultural deleterious, utterly unnecessary, and plain stupid.

    Here’s just a partial list of “leadership” and top apparatchiks in these corrupted agencies over the past decade-plus:

    David S. Cohen
    Stuart Levey
    Daniel L. Glaser
    Adam J. Szubin
    Matthew Epstein
    Howard Mendelsohn
    Jonathan Schanzer
    Matthew Levitt
    Robert Werner

    Notice any…pattern? A goy would have better luck becoming top Rebbe in Chabad Lubavitch than getting a job at OFAC or OTFI.

    Weiss mentions the quote from Nathan Lewin, one of Zionism’s leading legal hacks, about Levey. Levey and Cohen were two of Nate’s boys at the former Miller Cassidy law firm back in the 1990s. After Levey got through ruining the financial well-being of millions of decent Persian people as a US government official, he went to be chief counsel at HSBC where he, along with Werner, a former head of OFAC, promptly set about closing scores of accounts of Muslim charities, including the largest in the UK, all the while overseeing the transfer of HSBC’s drug money laundering operations from London (where it had been busted) to its private banking group in Zurich.

    The clutch of Zionist elite in control at Treasury cannot be touched. Try it, no matter who you are, and they will burn you.

    • canonfodder on August 11, 2015, 1:05 pm

      u mean
      \/\/0T:.. /\patternEmerges

      The Jewish Encyclopedia writes that from the beginning of the 20th century “though official Soviet propaganda writes that anti-Semitism in the latter part of the 20?s was a “legacy of the past”, “the facts show that, it arose mainly as a result of colliding social forces in large cities.” It was fanned by the “widely held opinion that power in the country had been seized by Jews who formed the nucleus of the Bolsheviks.” Bikerman wrote with evident concern in 1923 that “the Jew is in all corners and on all levels of power.” “The Russian sees him as a ruler of Moscow, at the head of the capital on Neva, and at the head of the Red Army, a perfected death machine . . .

      “The Russian sees the Jew as judge and hangman; he sees Jews at every turn, not only among the communists, but among people like himself, everywhere doing the bidding of Soviet power” not surprising, the Russian, comparing present with past, is confirmed in his idea that power is Jewish power, that it exists for Jews and does the bidding of Jews” [14].

  12. RockyMissouri on July 11, 2015, 12:05 am

    Disgusting and heartbreaking at the same time.

    People deserve better.

    Palestinians, Syrians.. People of Iraq..Iran …Afghanistan.. People of the USA, even, we have all been betrayed.

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