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‘Any legislation having to do with Middle East has to be vetted and approved by AIPAC’ — Tom DeLay

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“When Tom DeLay was House majority leader, I found out that any legislative provision having to do with the Middle East had to be vetted and approved by AIPAC before the bill could move forward.”

So states Mike Lofgren, recently retired after 28 years as Congressional staffer, the last 16 years as senior analyst for House and Senate Budget Committees. The statement is in a footnote on p. 69 of Lofgren’s new book, THE DEEP STATE: THE FALL OF THE CONSTITUTION AND THE RISE OF A SHADOW GOVERNMENT (New York: Viking, 2016).

Tom DeLay was House Majority Leader from 2003-2005. Just prior to that time, AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, pushed the Iraq war.

AIPAC quietly supported the Iraq War and celebrated its own role in lobbying for the war resolution that passed Congress in October 2002.

Maybe, just maybe, ten years after the publication of The Israel Lobby, when the matter is treated so forthrightly by a person of Lofgren’s standing, and is the subject of a scholarly study that reaches similar conclusions by Kirk Beattie, and when Bernie Sanders calls out Hillary Clinton for pandering to Netanyahu at AIPAC– maybe the Israel lobby’s corruption of Congress will be fodder for the mainstream media?

(And doesn’t this kind of corruption, in plain sight, help explain the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, and the distrust of the establishment politicians?)

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  1. bintbiba
    bintbiba
    April 16, 2016, 4:19 pm

    Time to give a faint little cheer !

    Truth and Justice creeping into the discourse of politicians …just barely about to see the flicker of light leading to hopefully obliterate the lies and obfuscations that keep being generated and could lead us to the abyss !

    What did they have on Tom DeLay ?

    Kudos to Mr Mike Lofgren… better late than never !

    Thank you , Phil

  2. Kay24
    Kay24
    April 16, 2016, 4:56 pm

    Well, Bernie Sanders bold move to show concern (only humane) for the Palestinians, showed Clinton looking unconcerned and totally without any compassion for them, and so far this has been the subject of some discussion on CNN and MSNBC. In fact many journalists even said it was a very brave thing to do (I guess they know more than others how difficult it is to even mildly criticize the occupier). This will all fizzle out, I am guessing, but for now it is the topic in many conversations and the subject of many articles. It was obvious Clinton did not agree to anything Bernie Sanders said, even that the Palestinians must be given their dignity and treat with respect. She prefers to side with their occupier, who bombs and kills them at the slightest excuse. If we had more honest politicians, they will all agree that our support and aid for the occupier, has only emboldened it, and made it into an uncontrollable monster.

    If only more people like Mr. Lofgren would speak out.

    • JWalters
      JWalters
      April 17, 2016, 4:33 am

      Yes, I noted Mike Barnacle and others saying Bernie was courageous. Too bad these reporters don’t have the same courage. Their praise proves how powerful and dangerous the oligarchy actually is.

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        April 17, 2016, 10:10 am

        I guess they love their lucrative jobs too much to ever risk speaking out and do what any good journalists should – be neutral in their coverage, and give criticism when it is due. If they can criticize their own President freely, why not an alien nation who occupies and kills? We know the answer to that very well.

    • Pixel
      Pixel
      April 19, 2016, 12:56 am

      @Kay24

      fizzle out… I don’t think so.

  3. jd65
    jd65
    April 16, 2016, 5:49 pm

    Nice catch Phil. I hadn’t heard of this. It’s important.

    Maybe, just maybe, ten years after the publication of The Israel Lobby,… the Israel lobby’s corruption of Congress will be fodder for the mainstream media?

    Or maybe 30+ years after Congressman Paul Findley’s publication of They Dare to Speak Out? :)

  4. Bandolero
    Bandolero
    April 16, 2016, 7:31 pm

    Thanks, Phil.

    It’s approximitely like I thought it is, but that quote I didn’t know.

    Great, and enligthening, article.

  5. Citizen
    Citizen
    April 16, 2016, 8:16 pm

    Big Israel: How Israel’s Lobby Moves America by Grant F. Smith http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982775717/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_IBTexb1MH68A2 via @amazon

  6. Citizen
    Citizen
    April 16, 2016, 8:17 pm

    Congress and the Shaping of the Middle East by Kirk Beattie http://www.amazon.com/dp/1609805615/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_JCTexb0C58FYS via @amazon

  7. Citizen
    Citizen
    April 16, 2016, 8:28 pm

    Obama is hamstring by AIPAC matrix, thinking of his lucrative retirement career selling books and making speeches, when his income will really soar–He cannot afford to stand up to the Jewish Establishment and its long memory. Congress is, of course hopeless.

    • jd65
      jd65
      April 17, 2016, 12:04 am

      Lemme guess: Your nickname in college was “Mr. Rose Colored Glasses?” :)

    • DaBakr
      DaBakr
      April 17, 2016, 1:29 am

      @c

      you mean with all the folks and community of UN nations out there that truly hate and despise israel that obama couldn’t find any work making speeches at zionist-hating venues? what gives with that? is there no serious money to be made outside the purview of pro-zionist interests.

      as for the ‘distinguished’ author.
      1- he said he “found out” that apiece had to ‘vet and approve’ bills etc etc. from who did he ‘find out’ and when.
      2. his 2nd quote is quite lame in that it states aipac ‘ “quietly supported the war….”. and with iraq being the only nation that had unleashed unguided and deadly scuds on t-viv and saddam paying palestinian suicide murderers families $25k why shouldn’t they have taken that pro-american anti-saddam stance? in other words…why is this surprising

  8. kalithea
    kalithea
    April 16, 2016, 10:24 pm

    How much does it cost to put a full page ad in the NYT? That headline should be in bold type alongside: …and Hillary Clinton is AIPAC’s lady hawk on Zionist foreign policy.

    On another note: the earth didn’t just move in Japan; two headlines flying under the radar are going to shake up the election.

    1. Bernie Sanders met with the Pope and the Pope said that anyone who calls their meeting political needs a psychiatrist. Well, since this news hit the fan, Hillarybots have literally been going bonkers trying to denigrate their meeting. The comments are getting nastier by the minute; I mean they’re vicious. It’s like an army of Zionist hasbarists took to the web to trounce Bernie because he got to meet with Pope Francis and out-stage their Queen. Looks to me like psychiatrists are going to be in high demand in the Hillary camp. A Bernie Sanders supporter said something like: while Sanders meets with the Pope; Hillary’s meeting with the pope of Wall Street; actually she was meeting with the pope of Hollywood.

    2. Believe it or not? Obama the guy who arrested hope and change, locked them up and threw away the key, is lobbying Congress not to release a 28 -page 9/11 classified report because the Saudis are making all kinds of threats if these are released including dumping billions in U.S. investments. Obama, what a weasel, Zionist/Saudi ring-kisser he turned out to be! The second best thing that can happen for the Middle East is for the U.S. to cut ties with those corrupt monarchs and those docs could usher in just that outcome. Of course, the first best thing is for the U.S. to cut ties with Zionism. So what implications does the release of this classified material have for the primaries? Well, 9/11 families might start pressuring the candidates to take a stand regarding the release of these secret docs and that result will be earth shattering. We already know where Trump stands on this – he wants them released because he wants to cash in on the Saudi relationship. Bernie better not cave to the DNC; he’d better stand with transparency and not with Obama. One accurate prediction I can make: Hillary will try to skate around the issue in evasive Clintonite lingo; while she goes with Obama on this all the way. Cruz is anybody’s guess; it depends: is his hatred of Obama greater than his love for Zionism? Because here’s another prediction I’m easily willing to make: AIPAC will be secretly pushing not to have the docs released.

    And to get back to Bernie’s meeting with the Pope: I just knew the Pope would sneak in a meeting! There’s a bro’mance brewing there…a little bird told me so:

    So will it be the dovish sparrow or the lady hawk?

  9. hophmi
    hophmi
    April 16, 2016, 11:50 pm

    Still pushing this poisonous Jewish cabal idea.

    • jd65
      jd65
      April 17, 2016, 12:07 pm

      Still pushing this poisonous Jewish cabal idea.

      That type of overblown, silly remark in response to ideas/information like this is soooo played dude. And is not taken seriously by people who are informed and relatively honest in their discourse on the subject. You likely don’t realize this, but it’s how it is.

    • JWalters
      JWalters
      April 17, 2016, 6:51 pm

      Perhaps you meant to say “Zionist cabal”?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        April 17, 2016, 8:18 pm

        “Perhaps you meant to say “Zionist cabal”?

        Nope, “Hophmi” doesn’t like the word “cabal” :

        “The term cabal derives from Cabala (a word that has numerous spelling variations), the Jewish mystical interpretation of the Hebrew scripture. In Hebrew it means “reception” or “tradition”, denoting the sod (secret) level of Jewish exegesis.” Wiki

  10. kalithea
    kalithea
    April 17, 2016, 12:45 am

    Update: I guess Cruz hates Obama more; he’s for the bill attached to those classified docs and so is Al Franken – really strange bedfellows, and so is Chuck Shumer! – really? I still think Aipac is against this bill. You see Israel always sides with immunity for itself; I’m thinking…just in case it needs to resort to a false flag in future to move things in the right Zionist direction. I know it sounds conspiracy theory and all; but imagine a Sanders presidency; and Bernie putting too much pressure, a false flag might come in real handy to bring him back to the dark tribal side.

  11. JWalters
    JWalters
    April 17, 2016, 4:28 am

    Thanks for the link to the new Deep State book. An excellent earlier interview with author Mike Lofgren by Bill Moyers, plus an essay by Mike Lofgren on this subject, is at
    http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/22075-anatomy-of-the-deep-state

    It’s very well-done, and would be stunning for those who rely on the Establishment Media.

    Hillary is obviously deep in the Deep State’s “group think” on Israel’s wars, she has left no doubt. Neither can the absolute corruption behind that “group think” be doubted by anyone who knows even a modicum of the facts.

    Lofgren fingers Wall Street as the center of the corporate war profiteering enterprise. Given that, plus Hillary’s consistent support for Israel’s wars, and all her Wall Street money, it’s virtually impossible to believe she’s not equally immersed in the corrupt “group think” of Wall Street.

    This is why so many Sanders supporters have serious doubts about voting for Hillary. She is not the “other” Democrat in the race, and especially not the “true” Democrat that she claims. Bernie is clearly the FDR Democrat in the race, which makes him a true Democrat at heart.

    Hillary is indeed on the roster of the Democratic party. But behind the feel-good claims, her steady stream of intentionally misleading statements and direct lies in this campaign show she is actually not a candidate of the people, but a “group think” candidate of the oligarchy. Only the oligarchy’s corrupt financial control of the Establishment Media, and many Establishment Politicians, have kept enough voters in the dark for her to win any primaries at all. But their power is fading as their masks are coming off.

    It’s a tragedy to watch women like Senators Barbara Boxer and Kirsten Gillibrand tacitly supporting the barbarians financing Hillary’s campaign by standing by their woman. The tide is turning and gathering momentum. Now is a time to push forcefully AGAINST the Big Money, not downplay its powerful corruption and play along with it. It depends on that.

  12. Kay24
    Kay24
    April 17, 2016, 10:24 am

    Apparently the Drumpfs son in law is very pro Israel, and he took that call from Ron Dermer before Trumps speech to AIPAC. I guess they were instructed as to what to say and do.
    AIPAC controlling American politics and politician. They should simply drop that “A” in AIPAC.

    Almost every candidate from both parties have shown unwavering support not for the UK, France, or other allies, but always for apartheid land.

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