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Notice something about this election? The Washington establishment IS the Israel lobby. Millions are pouring into Republican establishment candidate Marco Rubio’s feckless campaign in an effort to guarantee and preserve a neoconservative foreign policy. Jeffrey Goldberg, who once served in the Israeli army, explains to a credulous National Public Radio host why a hawkish foreign policy in the Middle East is the right and righteous path for our country. And Hillary Clinton vowed yesterday that she will stand with Israel against Iranian threats and the leading Israel lobby group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, AIPAC, announced she will be speaking at its annual hoe-down in ten days:

AIPAC wants Bernie Sanders to come too:

AIPAC has extended invitations to all of the active presidential candidates of both parties, and we will inform you as others confirm their participation in this year’s conference.

Will he or won’t he? You’d think this is an opportunity for Sanders. His reliance on Arab-American voters to deliver Michigan Tuesday had a good effect on his policy positions. Murtaza Hussain at The Intercept reports:

On Tuesday, Bernie Sanders called for the U.S. to seek a “level playing field” in its approach to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Speaking after his surprising victory in the Michigan Democratic primary, Sanders asserted that there are people of good will in both “Israel and the Arab communities” whom he would seek to bring together as president.

“All I can tell you is I will make every single effort to bring rational people on both sides together, so that hopefully we can have a level playing field, the United States treating everybody in that region equally,” Sanders said.

Sanders made that promise even before the election. JTA reports on a rally in heavily-Arab-American Dearborn on Monday:

“For decades now there has been hatred and warfare in the Middle East, everybody knows it,” he said. “We’ve had some presidents — Carter, Clinton others — who have tried to their best to resolve it.

“All I can tell you is I will make every single effort to bring rational people on both sides together so that hopefully we can have a level playing field, the United States treating everybody in that region equally.” The crowd erupted in applause.

Sadly, Bernie Sanders is still afraid to make political hay of this issue nationally. He talked about Clinton’s relationship with the sinister Henry Kissinger again in last night’s Florida debate with her– but Kissinger is yesterday’s bad guy, and Democrats despise Benjamin Netanyahu for how he tried to show up our president. Hillary Clinton has said she would invite Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in her first month as president. Sanders boycotted Netanyahu in Congress a year ago. But he just won’t touch this issue (I think out of a generational attachment to Israel as the deliverance story for his parents; Chris Hedges notes that Sanders was an AIPAC wind-up doll on the Support Gaza slaughter vote of 2014).

Donald Trump has of course made similar “neutral” noises to Sanders. And he is the anti-Establishment candidate, on the right. Establishment deacon Bill Kristol is utterly desperate. He’ll support anyone over Trump:

Finally, this is unseemly. At a debate in Las Vegas last night between the rightwing Israel lobby (the Republican Jewish Coalition) and the lib version (Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street), a lot of greenbacks were flashed. From Jewish Insider:

RJC vs. J Street: “I would take my billionaire over your billionaire any day” — Brooks & Ben-Ami Battle in Vegas at a debate moderated by Jon Ralston at Temple Beth Shalom: “Who funds your organization?,” Ralston questioned Ben-Ami who replied: “We have over 10,000 donors. I know that the name you all are begging to hear is the name George Soros, and George Soros does fund J Street. There was controversy at the beginning of J Street as to the involvement of George Soros in our launching. A lot of miscommunication. I have apologized for all of that, and we are well beyond that. The only thing I have had to say about George Soros’s funding since then, is that I wish there were more of it.”

Brooks: “George Soros does not give us any money. I would take my billionaire over your billionaire any day.” Ben-Ami: “The billionaire you are stuck with, in this cycle, is Donald Trump, and you are going to earn your salary all year long defending Donald Trump.” Brooks: “I will take my billionaire and his wife (Sheldon and Miriam Adelson) over your billionaire any day.” Ralston: “So, Sheldon Adelson funds the RJC completely? Brooks: No. He doesn’t, of course not. We have a wide range of donors; we have 45,000 members across the country.”

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  1. pabelmont
    March 10, 2016, 10:35 am

    There are so many political fights that pols are invited to take sides in. I think Sanders has decided where to concentrate, to “pick his fights”, and sees no advantage to his campaign by becoming outspoken either as pro-Palestine or pro-human-rights or pro-international law. He might — just might — drift in that direction a bit now and again, dipping his toe in that water, but that’s not where his votes will come from. Or so he probably believes.

    A straight-out policy announcement that because the settlements are an obstacle to peace AND illegal therefore USA policy should be to demand the removal of the settlers and perhaps the dismantling of the settlements themselves would make he entire nation stand up and take notice, sure, resolute honest rectitude can be popular, but Kennedy got assassinated and etc etc etc.

  2. David Doppler
    David Doppler
    March 10, 2016, 12:28 pm

    Sanders impresses as very clever politically, especially in light of courting the Arab-American vote in Dearborn, and his pointed efforts to pull that off. Capable of thinking outside the box, acting on it, to pull off a important upset. He’s been very careful in the issues he chooses to address, and in timing and nuance. A Socialist with a very practical manner of succeeding in politics.

    So he’s being careful on the Israel relationship. You think it is emotional: “a generational attachment to Israel as the deliverance story for his parents.” I expect that emotional attachment is there in the background, but I also assume his parents have passed on, and I doubt Netanyahu, Likud, and the entire right-wing Israeli government inspires any positive emotions in him today – just the opposite. I expect he seethes inside toward Netanyahu and the Neocon playbook with similar feelings he expressed about Kissinger. But he is holding that back, for now, reading the political winds as best he can.

    The holding back occurs on his side and on the MSM side. There’s still a taboo about who can say what where, but we’re in a season where taboo-smashing is becoming the new phenomenon.

    Trump is showing that he can flaunt such taboos, violate them for positive political effect among a large and passionate part of the Republican electorate, in WrestleMania style, all the while treating every interaction as part of future deals to be negotiated. “Megan, I called you unfair, said I didn’t like you, attributed your behavior to your menstrual cycle, and walked out on a debate claiming you were unfit to ‘moderate.’ Now, what is our relationship going to be going forward [now that you and I – two high profile celebrities – have such a fascinating feud going on?]:”

    “Mr. Trump. Hi. How are you?” “I’m well, thank you, and you’re looking very well.” One of the attention-grabbing high-points of last Republican debates, of celebrity value to both of them.

    There is a level where politics are like Wrestlemania, as others including David Brooks have pointed out: dramatized conflict that on some level everyone knows is fake, but that doesn’t prevent the fascination. Kabuki Theater is another example from a very different culture. He’s insulted the Mexicans, the global Muslim population, the Chinese, the Japanese, the RJC, which has set an awkward table for when he will sit down with them next, but isn’t that just what he wanted to do? He has shown that he will punish each and every critic with double quid pro quo. But it is all set up for the main event, the future deals to be made, where terms are malleable, you prioritize and make trade-offs, which cannot be missed!

    Somehow I’d love to see Trump debate Sanders. I think Sanders can and is rallying support among Dem activitists by not fawning over Saban and Netanyahu, and Hillary could slip on that front, on the email indictment front, on some other messy secret front, of which we can only assume there are more. Somehow Hillary drives via looking through the rear-view mirror, striving for perfection based on how it was, but is blind to bumps in the road ahead. Her speech to AIPAC could be such a bump, if Sanders plays it right. If they’ve invited all the candidates, and they all show up, it could be beyond fascinating to compare Trump and Sanders and Clinton, and how they play to that audience. It could frankly be Clinton’s opportunity to go too far. Blind loyalty and no daylight vs friends don’t let friends drive drunk vs straight level table, someone, a Jew, who is prepared to campaign for the Muslim American vote vs a talking points reciter, vs one who might not get invited at all and who doesn’t take slights lying down. A real three ring circus.

    Somehow I think the Israel-America relationship will get to front and center, and I don’t think AIPAC-Likud-Neocon-Netanyahu will survive the glare in the main event. Can Hillary and her pledge of loyalty stand the take-down from both the nuanced Socialist on the Left and the Wrestlemania rabble-rousing deal-maker on the Right?

    Not by looking in the rear-view mirror.

    • Danaa
      March 10, 2016, 5:49 pm

      Interesting comments, DD. And this:

      “I expect he seethes inside toward Netanyahu and the Neocon playbook with similar feelings he expressed about Kissinger. But he is holding that back, for now, reading the political winds as best he can.”

      I tend to agree with you on this one, as I said before. I know some on the left criticize sanders for not going to bat AIPAC straight and square. But taking them or the neocons embedded within and with them head on would be a politically foolish move, especially as he, as the sole combatant does not get to even choose the duel weapon. Far better to mount political guerilla tactics on this front, at least while the battleground is so uneven.

      That being said, chances are – and I agree with you on that as well, that Sanders can’t stand netanyahu and his ilk. Among other things Netanyahu took israel on a neoliberal course that has resulted in just about the worst inequality among OECD countries. Yes, even worse than the US and much much worse than most European countries. Surely that alone would put sanders on a collision course with present day Likud-racist-religious-Ideological israel, which is rife with corruption, graft and outright racism, even before the occupation is factored in. After all, when he was young, it was a Shomer hatzair Kibbutz he volunteered in and they didn’t come much more socialist than that back in the day. (other than the communist party).

      Sanders actually enjoys quite a bit of support among the israeli left, pale echoe of their former selves that they are. I have seen quite a few expressions in israel wishing they had someone like him on their political scene.

      • Krauss
        March 10, 2016, 6:46 pm

        You guys are very generous. I don’t think it is tactical, it’s ideological.

        You don’t stand up and say the Gaza slaughter was justified, which is essentially what he did in 2014, unless you have a deep attachment to the country.

        The reason why I’ll still support him is a recognition that moral bankruptcy over I/P is the norm, not the exception, even on the left. (The institutional left, not the progressive base, which is far more moral and smarter). And it’s also the fact that Clinton is just a Likudnik, essentially, on foreign policy.

        But let’s not cut Bernie too much slack on an issue where he deserves to be called out on.

      • Danaa
        March 11, 2016, 5:00 am

        Krauss, sometimes, when we don’t know the facts about how or what a politician is thinking (and let’s not forget that Sanders is a politician, if a principled one) it may be instructive to look at who is opposing them. And the one group I see fiercely opposing Sanders are the neocons who are basically apoplectic about him. The other group is from the liberal ranks of the establishment. Why wouldn’t J street endorse Sanders for example? isn’t he for their precious 2-state chimera? or the other jewish operatives and/or commentators? is it just that they are all ogling for a position in a Hillary administration, or could it be they know some things we don’t?

        I think we should take a serious look at the ones from the supposedly “liberal” side of the aile who speak up so forcefully for Hillary when their own positions conflict with everything she stands for (cf establishment etc.).

    • inbound39
      March 10, 2016, 6:43 pm

      Somehow I think the Israel-America relationship will get to front and center, and I don’t think AIPAC-Likud-Neocon-Netanyahu will survive the glare in the main event. Can Hillary and her pledge of loyalty stand the take-down from both the nuanced Socialist on the Left and the Wrestlemania rabble-rousing deal-maker on the Right? – See more at:……..Yes Mr Doppler…..Someone needs to find the testicular fortitude to shine that light on full beam in front of ALL Americans. He or she who does will do the most Patriotic act America has seen since Paul Revere. America has been undermined by subterguge by the Zionists of Israel. It has done it to such depth that Democracy has been wiped out and only one party sits in governance of America….the Israel Lobby Party ,which panders to the interests of Israel only and cares not what happens to Goyim Americans….they are dispensable. American troops for decades have been used to defend and protect Israel. Show me one war in times since WW2,since Israel became a State,where Israeli troops have put boots on the ground alongside American and British troops. They were not in the Korean War,nor in Vietnam,nor in Afghanistan,nor in Iraq, nor in Libya,nor in Somalia,nor in Syria…….they encourage American and British troops to engage in Wars that are fought in Israel’s direct neighbours and then they sit back and pick fault and shout not enough troops are being sent in to die in their defence. America buys Israel weaponry and ammunition and the latest jet aircraft and Germany gives them Submarines which are used in large to kill Palestinians and carpet bomb Gaza and ethnically cleanse Palestine in support of their Occupation. It is more important for them to engage in Land theft and ethnic cleansing than to fight REAL threats to their own borders. They do however supply weapons and intel to organisations like the Al Quaeda affiliate Al Nusra and they do supply weapons to African rebel groups and Taliban in Afghanistan. Often we read short news articles of Israeli weapons found here and there and next morning the article disappears. Millions of refugees have been created by Israel. It is time for Americans to voice their true opinion and tell Israel to pay its own way,fight its own wars,kill its own troops and stay the hell out of meddling in American Governance. It damages American Security,global respect and all that America used to stand for. Israel should have its get out of jail card torn up and let it face the consequences of its own criminal actions instead of hiding behind the lives of Americans. Every American is now at a greater likelihood of being attacked around the World than ever before for ‘THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP’ with Israel that only serves to protect its serial criminality. AIPAC needs to be shut down as a Foreign Agent engaging in subterfuge.

      • David Doppler
        David Doppler
        March 13, 2016, 2:23 pm

        AIPAC confirms Trump and Clinton among the presidential candidates confirmed to speak, but none other, so far, a little over a week out.

        I guess the invitation list could be broadened, post FL and OH primaries, to include any other serious survivors. Rubio may have to win in FL to get invited. Kasich in OH. And Cruz may need them both to win to keep the brokered convention hope alive. Cruz’s lack of a confirmed speaking date can be interpreted as doubt in the Israel Lobby whether he will survive Tuesday.

        Given the virulence with which the Neocons have opposed Trump, is this not likely to be a major take-down, or take-down effort? A set up for Trump to self-immolate? Or for immolation, by whatever means? Will Trump’s speech be televised? I guess it will be available on Youtube shortly after the event, in any case.

        I would love to hear Trump-Clinton-Sanders, but am tired of listening to Rubio and Cruz. Kasich, I like, but he doesn’t seem to have a chance, except in the most remote brokered-convention probabilities, as everyone’s second choice where that becomes the only level where a majority can be cobbled together.

  3. Steve Grover
    Steve Grover
    March 10, 2016, 2:18 pm

    Hopefully, she’ll vow to move the embassy to Jerusalem the Capital of Israel and call out Sidney Blumenthal and Max Blumenthal as the haters of Israel that they are.

    • eljay
      March 10, 2016, 2:39 pm

      || Steve Grover: … Jerusalem the Capital of Israel … ||

      That’s a good one, “Zingers”. :-)

    • talknic
      March 10, 2016, 5:34 pm

      @ Steve Grover “Hopefully, she’ll vow to move the embassy to Jerusalem “

      There’s a problem pal. The US has never recognized Jerusalem as Israeli. The US recognized Israel as it officially asked to be recognized, so too every other state that granted recognition. The US has not since officially recognized any further territories as Israeli, nor has any other country

      May 15, 1948“MY DEAR MR. PRESIDENT: I have the honor to notify you that the state of Israel has been proclaimed as an independent republicwithin frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947, and that a provisional government has been charged to assume the rights and duties of government for preserving law and order within the boundaries of Israel, for defending the state against external aggression, and for discharging the obligations of Israel to the other nations of the world in accordance with international law. The Act of Independence will become effective at one minute after six o’clock on the evening of 14 May 1948, Washington time.”

      “and call out Sidney Blumenthal and Max Blumenthal as the haters of Israel that they are “

      Calling on countries to adhere to the law isn’t hatred buddy.

      Your wanting a country to be in breach of International Law, the UN charter, of its own borders and Declaration of Statehood, deceiving Jewish folk, robbing them of their rightful constitution thereby never allowing them a legally elected government, now illegally selling them land in non-Israeli territory, then taxing them on land in non-Israeli territory, stealing the resources in non-Israeli territories, using them as human shields for the Zionist Federation’s ghastly colonization scheme, shows folk that you’re the one who’s full of hatred and nothing better than the criminal scum you support

      You must be soooooooooooo proud

    • Mooser
      March 10, 2016, 6:35 pm

      “Hopefully, she’ll vow to move the embassy to Jerusalem the Capital of Israel and call out Sidney Blumenthal and Max Blumenthal as the haters of Israel that they are.”

      You’ll drink to that! L’chiam!
      And add Hilary Clinton to Rabbi Kedar and Eric Fingerhut on your roster of fantasy friends.

      • Steve Grover
        Steve Grover
        March 10, 2016, 8:59 pm

        You are funny. I met Hillary Clinton years ago at the Pickwick Restaurant in Park Ridge. She was the first lady of Arkansas at the time. Since you’re interested in the people I have met or I would like to meet, I would like to meet the brilliant and beautiful Caroline Click. I hope my wife doesn’t become jealous.

      • talknic
        March 10, 2016, 11:09 pm

        @ Steve Grover ” I would like to meet the brilliant and beautiful Caroline Click”

        Uh huh. I’m sure she’ll be impressed

      • Mooser
        March 11, 2016, 11:15 am

        “I would like to meet the brilliant and beautiful Caroline Click.”

        “The brilliant and beautiful Caroline Click”? But Steve, you meet up with Ms. “Click” every time you post here. “Caroline Click”! That is fabulous, “Steve” .
        ‘Zionists, come to Mondo, where you’ve always got a date with “Caroline Click”‘.

      • Steve Grover
        Steve Grover
        March 11, 2016, 6:52 pm

        I always make typos. All my comments on MW are made on my phone. It should be the brilliant and fabulous Caroline Glick.

      • Mooser
        March 11, 2016, 7:43 pm

        “I always make typos. All my comments on MW are made on my phone.”

        Now, there’s a real Mondo fan! What a guy, putting up with all that inconvenience, and phone rates, to contribute to Mondo!

      • talknic
        March 12, 2016, 4:04 pm

        @ Steve Grover March 11, 2016, 6:52 pm

        When a person who screams and blatantly lies is considered to be “brilliant and fabulous”, someone has a reality problem

      • eljay
        March 12, 2016, 5:32 pm

        || talknic: … When a person who screams and blatantly lies is considered to be “brilliant and fabulous”, someone has a reality problem ||

        Zio-supremacists routinely redefine words…
        – “morality” = goal + methods;
        – “self-determine” = commit (war) crimes to establish and maintain a religion-supremacist state in as much as possible of Palestine,
        …so it’s anyone’s guess what “brilliant and fabulous” translate to in real English.

    • kalithea
      March 11, 2016, 10:55 am


      And hopefully it will rain in hell when that happens.

      • Steve Grover
        Steve Grover
        March 11, 2016, 6:54 pm

        Just contact your local meteorologist and find out so you don’t have to hope.

  4. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    March 10, 2016, 4:33 pm

    Looks like Saban’s getting his money’s worth.

    By the by, has his name crossed anyone’s lips on the campaign trail yet?

  5. Danaa
    March 10, 2016, 6:00 pm

    Phil, thanks for bringing in that debate in Las Vegas. Truly precious. The standard bearers of the New Mandarins chatting among themselves – how cute!

    I hope that once Hillary gives her supine address to AIPAC Sanders will find the courage to comment on the power of lobbies in the US, even if he doesn’t take her on directly. Of course that will take place after the Ides of March, when many things can either change or not.

    I do BTW agree with DD that Sanders’ “emotional” attachment to israel is somewhat dubious. At best, he has very mixed emotions as do many once idealistic jewish israel supporters in the US. Chances are that what he feels is a deep sense of sadness for the country that could have been and isn’t (putting aside for a second the original sin of colonization and dispossession of the natives). Ultimately though he has to wrestle with his own political instincts that right now are telling him that taking Israel and/or AIPAC head-on in inadvisable. His plate is plenty full already and for the battle against the big bad wolf he will have to be much better weaponized than he is at the moment.

    Speaking just as a tactician here, not a wisher for all good things. On that second front I am of course with you and all true progressives.

    • inbound39
      March 10, 2016, 7:01 pm

      As a tactician the time is now for the American People to stand up and take their nation back from Israel. It cannot rely on its Politicians. AIPAC and Netanyahu have bought them and they run America. They have made America a laughing stock during Netanyahu’s tenure and bled it of more American money and weaponry while Americans lose their jobs,homes and futures. They have insulted the Presidential Office for the first time in History repeatedly since Netanyahu took Office. Americans need to grasp and seize the initiative and not vote for Israeli bought Politicians. End the ties with Israel and End the Occupation and get some self respect back.

  6. kalithea
    March 10, 2016, 11:04 pm

    First I want to make a blanket true statement: Everyone without exception behind a podium at the Republican debate is bat shit crazy.

    Don’t get any illusions regarding Trump; he thinks all or the majority of Muslims hate Americans. This statement is insane.

    He then says no one on this stage loves Israel more than me. So if you add those statements together, does anyone find credible that he’ll be neutral in a bogus deal between Israel and the Palestinians?

    Let’s get real now; Trump is the Mad Hatter in the Republican crazy train.

    Now, let’s face it: the future is bleak. Hillary is the darling of Aipac. Bernie as a Zionist has more often than not failed to stand on the side of justice, but, if we don’t want irreparable harm done to the cause for justice of Palestinians; Bernie’s the only hope.

    But everyone should stop deluding themselves here. There is only one path to justice and that’s the path that people all over are starting to pave with BDS and other activism that draws attention to the glaring and perpetual injustice suffered by Palestinians for decades. Palestinians are the only people to suffer an ongoing decades-old precedent of being excluded as a nation of people from the protections offered under International Law to all people and the only people in modern history not to benefit from world-wide condemnation against their oppressors and this is because Zionists have rigged the system in every possible way to obstruct justice for them and that’s the reality we’re dealing with. So we have to fight twice as hard and be relentless.

    Therefore because the system is Zionist rigged, the solution must come from each and every one of us standing up against a Zionist cabal impeding justice and obstructing the law. No more illusions of a political messiah.

    • Emory Riddle
      Emory Riddle
      March 11, 2016, 11:10 am

      Trump is being clever.

      He states Muslims hate “us” — and we need to find out why.

      It’s that we need to find out why that scares the Zionists.

      • kalithea
        March 11, 2016, 12:33 pm

        I know what you’re getting at: the hate is blowback for the treatment of Palestinians, but…

        Witnessing how dissenting blacks are treated at his rallies; I’d hate to see what would happen if a few Muslims showed up at one of his rallies to protest his bigotry.

        I think we should stop projecting our hopes and better selves on Trump; because that’s the quickest route to delusion and bitter disappointment.

        The only value Trump has right now is to get Rubio out of the race after Florida. From that point on…I hope he self-destructs.

  7. kalithea
    March 11, 2016, 3:27 am

    What do you get when you add up Hillary’s and Trump’s supporters? The same answer you get to how many gullible, dumb (and on his side especially) racist Americans make up the American voting demographic?

    So in fact these primaries are more a statement on Americans than they are on the candidates themselves.

    Trump’s kids may have turned out normal; their mothers no doubt had all to do with that, but just look at Trump; he’s an embarrassment; but I guess his rise on the political scene is called karma for being stupid for so long and looking the other way while millions are slaughtered and millions are dispossessed on behalf of American interests.

    Trump has a gift alright; I’ll give him that — a gift for bringing out the true colors of a huge chunk of the American public.

    Well, at least the younger 18-25 generation are showing a little promise when they’re not popping pills and moving on to the hard stuff despairing over their future and the sagging American Dream.

    What really gets me though is how gullible the black community is believing that Hillary represents social justice and will lead them to the promised land when all she wants is power and to be the lady of the White House Manor again, only this time; she gets the Oval Office. Take that Bill! She’s only beholden to her Zionist backers.

    Obama rejected Rev. Wright’s wisdom to get a shot at power and with Hillary’s help took the Neocon agenda a step further. What a price to pay for Obamacare because really how has Mr. Speeches Obama bettered the future?

    It’s rigged in every way.

  8. JimMichie
    March 11, 2016, 9:21 am

    Well now, Phil Weiss, I would presume that you would have gotten “the Bern” by now and, if so, when are you and Mondoweiss going to endorse Bernie as did Nation Magazine? Response?

    • kalithea
      March 11, 2016, 12:24 pm

      I’m assuming Trump crossed the red line.

      Bernie’s the lesser of all evils for now albeit being a PEP; he might do the least damage to the cause for justice for the excluded Palestinians.

      But should he gain serious traction and Aipac moves in to remind him of tribal loyalty, then we’ll see how Bernie handles that inevitable attempt to guilt and re-indoctrinate him into the Zionist cult.

    • Steve Grover
      Steve Grover
      March 11, 2016, 6:57 pm

      Michie you should know by now that Weiss only endorses Gus Hall (dead or alive).

  9. tarheelnm
    March 11, 2016, 10:15 am

    Clinton will stand against the “iranian threat”? What “threat” would that be? Iran hasn’t attacked anyone in 200 years, even when under attack itself. The only Iranian threat is that Iran stands against a total American hegemony in the ME.

    As far as Sanders’ “emotional attachment to Israel” is concerned, the only facts about this are public record – his three decade support of Israeli atrocities. All the rest is pure speculation and/or wishful thinking on the part of “Progressives” who just so much want him to be a Progressive too that they are willing to abandon any historical perspective on the issue.

  10. seethelight
    March 11, 2016, 12:02 pm

    There is only one sure way to prevent Trump from winning in November, and that’s for Bill Kristol to predict Trump will win. Kristol’s legacy is and will always be: Wrong about more issues more times in more ways than anyone else, period! I’m confident this trend will continue unabated.

  11. kalithea
    March 11, 2016, 12:10 pm

    So now it’s a fact that there’s violence against journalists, women and blacks at Trump rallies and Ben Carson endorsed Trump this morning.

    So will Ben Carson represent Jim Crow in the future misogynist, racist Trump police state?

  12. brent
    March 11, 2016, 12:45 pm

    My take on Trumps statement about a tremendous hatred and the need to get to the bottom of it, the need to figure out what is going on is a gift. Unfortunately, his point is near universally missed.

    US policy has been offensive to Muslims over the years, coups, interventions, enabling Israeli aggression, etc. When a large group is offended, extremists among them do stupid things.

    “Put down the gun, be civilized, join the political process.” Then, “Veto”.

    Fundamentalist Christians and Jews have been tolerated for the most part and that has fertilized Islamic fundamentalism.

  13. echinococcus
    March 11, 2016, 3:40 pm

    Phil, and most commenters:
    What’s the idea? It’s not only AIPAC. It’s not only fundamentalist religious, or in-your-face extremist Zionists.

    These things are only accessory. Zionism was started and did the most damage to the world under Labor! With the “liberal” Zionists. With the likes of Sanders and now J Street.

    These guys are more determined and more dangerous, because they may look human at times.

    So let’s finally stop concentrating on AIPAC. That’s exactly what the propaganda agents for Zionism want you to do.

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