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The simple truth about John Bolton’s appointment to national security adviser is that the Republicans need Sheldon Adelson’s money in order to be competitive in the coming midterms, and John Bolton is a tool of Sheldon Adelson.

The appointment of course is a complete reversal of Donald Trump’s declaration during the campaign that the Iraq war – which Bolton pushed and still thinks is a great idea – was the biggest mistake ever, and he was against it from jump.

But Adelson was Trump’s biggest donor during the 2016 campaign, and Trump needs Sheldon Adelson’s money to keep Congress from flipping and cutting his throat.

It’s little wonder that any Republican with political ambition was quick to extol John Bolton. Politico reported in February that many of those “desperate” Republicans were trekking to Las Vegas and “gushing” over Adelson because they need him “more than ever” to try and hold on to the House this year.

Confronting the potential loss of one or both chambers of Congress in the midterms, and struggling to raise money against an energized Democratic base, the party is desperate for Adelson’s millions….

That Politico article mentioned Israel only once, to say Adelson couldn’t attend the shindig because he was in Israel. It never mentioned Iran, either.

But Israel is all that Adelson cares about. Yes he’s pro-choice and socially-liberal, but Adelson supports rightwing Republicans because he is an extremist on Israel. He has been pushing for One Jerusalem and an end to the peace process for 20 years– and Trump duly rewarded his biggest donor by moving the embassy to Jerusalem. Adelson has pushed for the U.S. to bomb Iran.   Bolton has pushed for the U.S. to bomb Iran.

Michael Wolff said it was all coming back in December 2016. From a dinner party relayed in his book, Fire and Fury

Bannon plunged on with the Trump agenda. “Day one we’re moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Netanyahu’s all-in. Sheldon” — Adelson, the casino billionaire and far-right Israel defender — “is all-in. We know where we’re heading on this … Let Jordan take the West Bank, let Egypt take Gaza. Let them deal with it. Or sink trying.”

That’s just what Bolton says too. Give the West Bank to Jordan, Gaza to Egypt.


The mainstream media have whitewashed Adelson’s agenda, and Bolton’s role as ventriloquist’s dummy. It’s not that they like Bolton, but they leave out the obvious connections to other powers.

This analysis of Bolton and Trump’s foreign policy, by David Sanger in the Times, says that it’s now inevitable that Trump will leave the Iran deal, but it says nothing about Adelson or Israel. MSNBC hosts also ignored the Adelson angle, in a long roundtable dsecribing Bolton as a fearful choice. Chris Hayes was strong against Bolton’s Islamophobia, but he will not touch the Israel lobby angle. On Lawrence O’Donnell’s show, Wendy Sherman warns about a possible “nuclear war” with Iran– and she then says the Bolton pick is an effort by Trump “to keep his base, to try to win reelection.” That’s pure disinformation. The base doesn’t want war, Adelson does.

Oh and Rachel Maddow wants to talk about Russia. Russia has corrupted John Bolton.

This article in the Times cites Senators Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton and Lindsey Graham cheering the appointment, but it would never bring up the Israel lobby’s role in Rubio and Cotton’s political careers. Cotton only got into the Senate with help from Adelson, and $1 million from the Emergency Committee for Israel. Rubio’s career was boosted by Norman Braman, whose big worry is that Israel won’t be around in 50 years.


The only place you will hear about Trump’s placating Adelson with the Bolton pick are on Lobelog and the American Conservative and Democracy Now!

At Lobelog, Jim Lobe and Eli Clifton say bluntly, the choice satisfied Trump’s biggest donor. “Adelson, a huge supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, likely played a critical role in Bolton’s ascendancy.”

At The American Conservative, Gareth Porter says that Trump’s biggest donor scripted lines in his militaristic speech to the UN last October, using Bolton as a go-between.

More than anyone else inside or outside the Trump administration, Bolton has already influenced Trump to tear up the Iran nuclear deal. Bolton parlayed his connection with the primary financier behind both Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump himself—the militantly Zionist casino magnate Sheldon Adelson—to get Trump’s ear last October, just as the president was preparing to announce his policy on the Iran nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He spoke with Trump by phone from Las Vegas after meeting with Adelson.

It was Bolton who persuaded Trump to commit to specific language pledging to pull out of the JCPOA if Congress and America’s European allies did not go along with demands for major changes that were clearly calculated to ensure the deal would fall apart….




There was a time when The New York Times was frank about the Adelson connection: when Bolton was under consideration for deputy secretary of state in December 2016.

[H]e enjoys a powerful ally in Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate and Republican megadonor who favors the kind of hard-nosed posture that Mr. Bolton would bring.

Mr. Adelson’s backing has gone an especially long way with Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is expected to take on an important but still undetermined role in the new administration.

But only leftwing and realist sites want to connect the dots today. The question is Why? Why won’t you see Adelson exposed as a pro-choice Israel firster who has caused Trump to flipflop on his antiwar position of the campaign? Because unlike the NRA, which any liberal Democrat proudly runs against (New Jersey governor Murphy, Jan Schakowsky , John Yarmuth), the Israel lobby is still very bipartisan. Adelson is not so different from Haim Saban on the Democratic side. They both are ardent Zionists; they both hate the boycott movement. Only Adelson buys Republicans and Saban buys Democrats.

The liberal media can’t talk about Israel as a driver of our foreign policy because their own executives love Israel. David Cohen threw fundraisers for the Israeli army. Now he runs Comcast, which owns NBC. Gary Ginsberg wrote speeches for Benjamin Netanyahu. He’s a high executive at Time Warner. If these guys were working for Russians, just think of the outrage. But it’s Israel. So it’s considered impolite, or coarse, or prejudicial, to mention these connections. Though the evidence is staring us in the eyes, just 12 years after The Israel Lobby was published. Remember that Barack Obama was accused of anti-Semitic conspiracy beliefs when in fighting for the Iran deal in 2015, he dared say that only one country in the world was against the Iran deal, Israel, but it would be an abrogation of his constitutional duty to think about Israel’s interest.

Now the deal is about to be rubbished by a party that is beholden to Sheldon Adelson, who has said he would rather have served in the Israeli army than the American one, and that influence can only be discussed in the margins.

The stakes couldn’t be higher. Lobe and Clifton warn about a war with Iran.

Adelson got his wish to move the embassy to Jerusalem, but he still hasn’t succeeded in pushing the U.S. into a military confrontation with Iran. Trump and the GOP’s biggest donor may now have installed their man in what is perhaps the most powerful foreign-policy position in the U.S. government, besides the presidency itself. As a result, the likelihood of a new U.S. war of choice in the Middle East has risen dramatically.

Col. Larry Wilkerson, who regrets his role in paving the way for the Iraq war, warns that Israel and the neocons are trying to suck us into a war with Iran, and that analysis doesn’t get reported. Wilkerson is invited on to MSNBC, but not to talk about Israel’s influence.

When he was running, Trump was sharp about Adelson’s money’s influence. He said that he would make Marco Rubio into “his perfect little puppet.”

But Trump needs Adelson’s money, so who’s the puppet now?

P.S. The neoconservatives are all scrambling, trying to distance themselves from Bolton. David Brooks said he’s not a neoconservative, he’s an American nationalist. Josh Rogin says it. So does Bill Kristol, though he’s a friend of Bolton’s and has been publishing him for years. From a Krisrol podcast:

[Bolton is] less interested [than neoconservatives] in democracy promotion abroad. More of a national interest first kind of guy, a little closer to Trump in that respect… John believes in a strong foreign policy, an internationalist foreign policy to be fair, a strong believer in our alliances, a strong believer in our friendship with Israel….but a little less interested as I say in the moral side, or the human rights side of foreign policy and more in the Let’s be tough for America, let’s not let international law constrain us too much.

There are three reasons neocons are saying this. First, they are moving over to Democrats now, in opposition to Trump, whose nationalism scares them (as it does many Jews). They don’t need Adelson’s money to get ahead, they have other, less-crazed pro-Israel funders. Third, they know Bolton and he genuinely scares them. Even Kristol says Bolton makes him “nervous.” (But as Dylan Williams of J Street says, the difference between neocons and conservative hawks is “a distinction without a difference.”)


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  1. HarryLaw on March 25, 2018, 2:09 pm

    These ‘don’t wannabe Privates [PVT’s]’ and putative regime changers, Donald ‘Bone spurs’ Trump [he couldn’t remember which foot was effected] and John ‘I don’t want to die in Vietnam’ Bolton, now lead the US war machine, both cowards avoided the US draft.
    A series of audio clips surfaced from the 1990s, including one in which Mr. Trump told Howard Stern, the radio show host, that avoiding sexually transmitted diseases while dating “is my personal Vietnam.” Though Bolton supported the Vietnam War, he declined to enter combat duty, instead enlisting in the National Guard and attending law school after his 1970 graduation. “I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy,” Bolton wrote of his decision in the 25th reunion book. “I considered the war in Vietnam already lost.”
    I am sure both cowards are more than willing to send other peoples children to die for US goals all over the world.

    • echinococcus on March 25, 2018, 3:00 pm

      Harry Law,

      While both Bolton and Trump deserve censure (in fact much more, in fact a Nuremberg sentence) for their warmongering / waging, their avoidance of military service during Vietnam must be commended. No matter what one’s politics, refusing to serve must always be praised, nor belittled.

      • HarryLaw on March 25, 2018, 4:32 pm

        echinococcus, There may come a time when a nation does need to go to war, the UK and Allies against Nazi Germany for instance, there are many circumstances when a state needs to go to war and unless you are a pacifist [which I am not] then I don’t agree with you. The Vietnam war was not a just war, it was a war of aggression. These two cowards did not have a real opinion of whether the Vietnam war was right or wrong, rather they did not want to fight in it because they might be killed. Better to send other peoples sons and Daughters.

      • echinococcus on March 25, 2018, 11:40 pm

        Harry Law,

        We (all English-speaking countries) only had wars of aggression since 1945. Not gonna change anytime in our lifetime, either. Otherwise you may be right in some ideal, immaterial world.

      • CigarGod on March 26, 2018, 10:24 am

        Sorry ech,
        There are many different reasons why many dodged the draft. Some have a good moral reasoning.
        Regarding your “wars of aggression” comment: You would find General Smedley Butler’s pamphlet, “War is a Racket” helpful. It’s only about 50 pages. The one page summary that is widely distributed won’t do the trick. The full pamphlet will get you thinking in a wider way.

      • on March 26, 2018, 12:19 pm

        I agree echi refusing to serve in a war of agression is commendable. Refusing to serve and asking others to is – well – not so commendable.

        Im betting tRUMP and Bolton avoided combat because they were scared – i would be too – not because of high morals. Admit you were scared and work towards saving other kids from facing death in a foreign land. Otherwise you are a hypocrite and a coward, imo.

      • HarryLaw on March 26, 2018, 1:20 pm

        Had John Bolton changed his mind about the Vietnam war in 1970, and then campaigned alongside Jane Fonda and Professors Noam Chomsky and Norman Finkelstein and many others, he may have redeemed himself, he did not. Many people regard Mahatma Gandhi as a pacifist but he regarded cowards as being the lowest form of human life, so he said if your opponent tries to humiliate you, then strike back, and strike back hard.

        “Cowardice is impotence worse than violence. The coward desires revenge but being afraid to die, he looks to others, maybe to the government of the day, to do the work of defense for him. A coward is less than a man. He does not deserve to be a member of a society of men and women.”
        ― Mahatma Gandhi

      • echinococcus on March 27, 2018, 1:12 am

        Harry, Cigar and Hunter:

        You’re all absolutely correct re the motivation of these low-life creatures; as I already said, they already deserve a stiff Nuremberg sentencing. However, worrying more about the motivation of each act more than the act itself is a typical, absurd habit peculiar to the English-speaking world. If act A is to be encouraged or censured, each and every instance of it is to be encouraged, independently of the actor or the general context. Period. Desertion, no matter why, is to be encouraged in our climes.

    • Kathleen on March 26, 2018, 2:25 am

      On Meet The Press today (Sunday) a discussion about Bolton and how he avoided serving but more than willing to create wars where others are sent. Hugh Hewitt, Heather McGee go a few rounds. Heather McGee’s take on Bolton is spot on, Worth the listen

      • amigo on March 26, 2018, 1:03 pm

        I wonder how many US citizens recall the hundreds of Body Bags being covertly shipped back into various US airports from Iraq –no camera allowed or media.

        Some 4500 if I am correct.Most of the bodies were those of the sons and daughters of Working class Americans–in other words –a large percentage of Trumps base.

        Will they tolerate the addition of the main architect ,(Bolton) of the war in Iraq.Will they recall that their man in the WH ran on keeping the US out of destructive wars or will they slovenly cave in and let the war hawks send their children to their deaths .

        A war with Iran would make Iraq look like a street corner skirmish.

      • RoHa on March 26, 2018, 7:23 pm

        “.Will they recall that their man in the WH ran on keeping the US out of destructive wars ”

        They might, but they will be sold the line that it isn’t his fault. He did his best but the Russians forced the war on him. And even if they don’t believe it, what can they do about it? They will be stuck in the war by the time the next election comes round.

        And will there be a candidate who can stand up to the Deep State?

  2. Citizen on March 25, 2018, 2:36 pm

    If anyone says what Phil does here, he or she will be roundly denounced on Twitter as sounding like Storefront Propagandist. We The People are doomed by our own ignorance; WW3 is loping toward us as I type. US Marines will soon be dying more directly for Israel. Things will happen, and in a half century Jewish historians will be yakking about how the US was anti-semitic too, just like all goys throughout history. By then, many folks will be dead from WW3.

    • JWalters on March 25, 2018, 7:19 pm

      “We The People are doomed by our own ignorance”

      The people are suffering under a mainstream news monopoly. But it’s a hidden monopoly. Laws need to be refined to block this kind of monopoly. It is clearly being used to sabotage the purpose of the 1st Amendment and steer the country into needless, expensive, devastating wars for the benefit of a few.

    • Marnie on March 25, 2018, 11:53 pm

      “We The People are doomed by our own ignorance; WW3 is loping toward us as I type. US Marines will soon be dying more directly for Israel.”

      I agree. All those young 16-18 year olds marching for their lives could very well be marching for lives that really matter- israeli lives. tRUMP has made no comment about the students who took to the streets across amerikkka and the world but since it wasn’t a tRUMP love fest, he and his cabinet probably have something else to keep those young men and women busy doing – fighting another proxy war for the zionist state, shedding amerikkkas blood and future for an unspeakable evil.

  3. inbound39 on March 25, 2018, 3:11 pm

    You got it Harry….it is high time Americans starting talking loudly about Israel manipulating politics in America and therefore making the American Government an Israeli puppet. As an ex serviceman it is obvious to me Israel does not have the men or armoury to deal with Iran and with Iraq , Saddam would have rained down scuds etc on Israel had they entered the Iraq war.

    With Iran it is a much bigger and population wise more larger than Israel can handle and its missile numbers are phenominal. Israel has no hope of winning that battle either. Israel’s loss of life would be huge so they will manipulate the American Government to send its military and men in……even they will suffer huge losses. Iran is no pushover like Iraq.

    Americans need to decide whether they want to serve Israel’s needs or their own. There is no possible advantage of attacking Iran just to please Israel. If Israel wants war with Iran let it do so and let Israel get the thumping it deserves to learn its lesson.

    • Ozma on March 26, 2018, 8:57 pm

      Help me Mondoweiss. Does anyone know whether Sheldon Adlebrain ever went to Iran or even knew an Iranian. How about Haim Saban, Bill Kristol, and John Bolton. Are all of these guys calling for death sentences on people they know nothing about and spewing war plans for a place they may know only in cartoon terms?

      I recently found out that neither Hitler nor Napoleon went to Russia before they decided to invade it in the winter. This war looks like a world suicide pill.

  4. HarryLaw on March 25, 2018, 3:15 pm

    Two links from NYT article
    1/ “Ironically perhaps, Israel’s nuclear weapons have not triggered an arms race. Other states in the region understood — even if they couldn’t admit it publicly — that Israel’s nukes were intended as a deterrent, not as an offensive measure”. Of course they are.
    2/ The United States could do a thorough job of destruction, but Israel alone can do what’s necessary. Such action should be combined with vigorous American support for Iran’s opposition, aimed at regime change in Tehran. Then Bolton calls for the bombing of Iran, an obvious breach of the UN Charter and International Law. The NYT article is dated 2015 and the JCPA was signed in 2013 so no excuse for Bolton. It must be remembered that several individuals in the UK attending a highly charged rally were convicted and sent to prison for up to 6 years. How much more provocative is it for John Bolton to pen an article and cold bloodedly advocate the bombing of Iran, those sites would have many Russian workers there.

    “Rahman, of Palmers Green, north London, was recorded as calling for soldiers to be brought back from Iraq in body bags. Javed, of Washwood Heath Road, Birmingham, said to be one of the leaders of the protest, was recorded on video shouting: “Bomb, bomb Denmark. Bomb, bomb USA.” Muhid, of Whitechapel, east London, led a crowd in chanting “Bomb, bomb the UK.” Saleem, of Mellish Street, Poplar, east London, was heard to chant: “7/7 on its way.”
    The attorney general, Lady Scotland, said: “Freedom of speech has to be exercised with restraint, and where it is abused in order to encourage murder and incite racial hatred it has to be combated.”

  5. dx on March 25, 2018, 4:14 pm

    Heard Chris Matthews on Hardball (MSNBC) say some stuff about Netanyahu and the Iran deal and Israel wanting the US to fight a war with Iran for them.

    I am not so sure all this bombing/belligerence will be received by the public as smoothly as when Bush started the Iraq War. I think people are taking to the streets now for multiple reasons and there will be more pushback than Bush got. (More than just my letters to senators.)

    I don’t remember anything being said about the Bolton-Adelson connection, though.

    • Kathleen on March 25, 2018, 5:25 pm

      Yep Matthews was visually pissed off the other night in response o the Bolton announcement, He was the only MSNBC to go as far as he did.

      • JWalters on March 25, 2018, 7:13 pm

        He’s also alone in mentioning the cheap labor factor in the immigration impasse. But it never gets a full discussion. It seems that a mention is all he’s allowed.

  6. Kathleen on March 25, 2018, 5:24 pm

    Can you imagine any host on MSNBC/CNN connecting the dots about the Bolton choice and the Adelson /I lobby influence on U.S, foreign policy, How Israel is dragging the U.S. into another disastrous and deadly intervention into Iran. Can you imagine Maddow spending one tenth of the time she spends on Russia’s destructive influence on our elections on Israel’s (via the I lobby)influence on our elections and deadly U.S. foreign policy.

    Hell Over the last few years Lawrence O’Donnell has regularly had Iraq war hawks Max Boot, Bill Bloody Kristol and David Frum on to discuss foreign policy. He has provided them with a cable stage for promoting a more aggressive approach with Iran. Andrea Michell, Ari Melber and sometimes Joy Reid follow suit.

    The other night Ari Melber had Iraq war hawk Bill Kristol on to discuss the appointment of fellow Iraq war hawk Bolton as National Security Adviser. So absurd, One would think Melber would know better,

    The only one is who has been really on fire about neocons being in the picture again is Chris Matthews. He brings up the death and destruction in Iraq without getting specific but far more than other MSNBC host, He appears to refuse to have the Iraq war hawks on his program the way O’Donnell, Mitchell, and Melber do regularly. Joy Reid does so but less often than she had been. However as Phil has pointed not one of these msm cast of characters will say out loud that the I lobby, (Kushner) Adelson are dragging the U.S. into another unnecessary and disastrous confrontation with Iran labeled as an existential enemy of Israel’s.

    • JWalters on March 25, 2018, 7:06 pm

      Thanks for the rundown on the cast of characters over at MSNBC. I rarely see them anymore. On a recent flyby I noticed Matthews had a segment on the new poll showing 75% of Americans think there is some kind of “deep state”, i.e. hidden government. His panelists all mocked the idea – no hidden influences here, move along everybody! Do they realize how readily available information is, e.g. “War Profiteer Story”?

    • Misterioso on March 26, 2018, 10:33 am


      To state the screaming obvious, if Netanyahu, Bolton, Pompeo, Sheldon Adelson, and MSB, the soft-handed, utterly corrupt, murderous, not very bright man child Saudi prince, convince Trump to launch a war against Iran, the consequences will make the invasion/occupation of Iraq look like a picnic. The regional and worldwide consequences will be massive and long term.

      • Kathleen on March 26, 2018, 11:52 am

        So many experts have been saying just this for over a decade. So important to keep repeating.

        When news outlet host say things like “Americans are weary of war” All I can think about are the people of Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen etc. How fucking absurd they must think statements like this are. In regard to suffering or being “weary of war” What is it less than 1% of the American population has served in these unnecessary and immoral military actions…and of course their families suffer. However it is the people in those countries that we have so brutally intervened in who have done the suffering and continue to do so,

      • on March 26, 2018, 1:55 pm

        It would be unbelievable – Russia & China would not sit this one out – WW3 scenario imo.

  7. JWalters on March 25, 2018, 6:46 pm

    This is a GREAT article! Straightforward and clear with the important facts and connections. And what a scoop! Not even the MSNBC team has reported this one yet. But give them time, they must be working on it. Pulitzer Prize for sure.

    “Adelson buys Republicans and Saban buys Democrats”

    And with those purchases Israel keeps the conflicts rolling along with …

    “…major changes that were clearly calculated to ensure the [Iran] deal would fall apart”

    “Rachel Maddow wants to talk about Russia. Russia has corrupted John Bolton.”

    Meanwhile Tel Aviv Rachel ignores the bigger story – Israel has corrupted both John Bolton and her.

    • Kathleen on March 26, 2018, 2:28 am

      $$$ has corrupted Rachel Maddow. Her check is too big to jeopardize or she is a believer and a complete hypocrite. Which could be the case

  8. Keith on March 25, 2018, 7:40 pm

    PHIL- “But it’s Israel. So it’s considered impolite, or coarse, or prejudicial, to mention these connections.”

    Mentioning these connections would likely get someone branded as an anti-Semite. And, depending upon circumstances, there would be heck to pay.

  9. RoHa on March 26, 2018, 2:21 am

    From this article about investment in railways in Iran.

    “China National Machinery Industry Corp, known as Sinomach, signed a contract worth 5.35 billion yuan with Iran ”
    “Beijing’s biggest transportation project in Iran is worth $1.5 billion …”
    “a Chinese company signed a deal with Iran’s Ministry of Roads and Urban Development …with $700 million of investment.”
    “China’s CRRC Nanjing Puzhen Rail Transport later signed a contract with Iran’s IDRO Group to supply 450 metro cars …”
    “A German consortium has pledged $3.5 billion for rail development projects in Iran,”
    “Russia’s largest rail equipment manufacturer Transmashholding has signed a 2.5 billion euro deal with Iran ”’. Russian Railways also signed $1 billion euro deal in 2015 …”
    “Italy’s state rail company Ferrovie dello Stato has signed a $1.37 billion deal ”
    “France’s Alstom has signed onto a joint venture to set up a factory to construct 1,000 railroad cars in Iran. In 2015, the French architecture firm AREP committed to a $7 million project …”
    “Japan has signed deals with Iran to provide $10 billion in funding …”

    China, Germany, Russia, Italy, France, and Japan would all rather like a bit of peace and quiet in Iran.

    Bolton and Trump will not make themselves popular if they if they stir up trouble.

    • HarryLaw on March 26, 2018, 10:26 am

      Just as important to all these trade deals is the security aspect, Iran has been offered membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Council [a security block] led by China, they will soon join, making any military threats against them problematical in the extreme. The West has tried and failed to regime change Syria, and are now in the process of implementing plan B, the partitioning of Syria via occupation East of the Euphrates. This will flop since they have no real allies to bring it to fruition. Ideally the Kurds could fit the bill, but the Turks will never allow a nascent Kurd entity to be set up on its borders. The original plan was the low hanging fruit, Syria, followed by Hezbollah, then Iran. Russia upset that scenario when they answered a call from Assad for assistance to combat the multi nation proxy forces waging regime change war against them led by US/UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. So Iran’s security has been enhanced. The US role in the Middle East is slowly eroding, and Saudi Arabia and other GCC states plus Israel can see the ‘Arc of resistance’ growing stronger, much to their consternation. The reason Trump and Israel want to dump the JCPOA has nothing to do with any nuclear issue, rather the conventional highly accurate missile program Iran is developing, which also benefits Hezbollah, that is a huge no no. If they limited their defence needs to a couple of Sopwith pups there would be no dispute, but since those missiles can reach Israel..Enter John Bolton stage right, it will make no difference, Russia and China will see to that.

    • Abierno on March 26, 2018, 3:55 pm

      It’s not just railroads and the Silk Road, Bolton, Trump and Pompeo will find themselves directly confronting Chinese interests if they bomb Iran. Iran holds the 4th largest share of crude oil and the 2nd largest share of natural gas of all world reserves. When the US initially imposed sanctions, many countries who were in contract with Iran left so as not to be sanctioned. However, China not only stayed but also worked with the Iranian state oil company to develop the Yadavaran Field (Sinopic) and the North Azadegjan field (CNPC). which are producing significant percentages of China’s need for crude. They area also poised to step in and take over the South Pars gas field if the French Total (oil company ) step back. China’s GDP growth requires large and stable energy supplies. Also, transport of these supplies is at issue: 43% of the Iranian oil moves through the Strait of Hormuz and an much greater percentage through the Straits of Malacca. Hence the proposed construction of the Iran-Pakistan-India/China pipeline.

      Thus, China in concert with Russia, India, and Pakistan( the latter with whom Trump in his Trumpian high dudgeon diplomatically flushed down the toilet despite its being a critical connecting country between the middle east and China and India). While MbS, Kushner, Trump, Bolton and Pompeo dream of disrupting the Shia crescent and paving the way for greater Israel, wiser minds are recognizing that the bombing of Iran will unequivocally lead to a massive world war as China and India join with Russia and Iran to set the middle on fire. Even if it was only an isolated Iran (which it is not), the US does not have the money, the military or the technology to win. Furthermore, the precarious US financial position would ensure that such as war would bring the US down like a house of cards, if not exposing it to a war on US territory, which the US has not experienced since the Civil War. Given the numbers of countries the US has dismembered to the cost of millions of dead and wounded civilians, many in the world would have no sympathy.

      • Mooser on March 26, 2018, 5:04 pm

        Any significant conflict would require re-implementing the Selective Service Act.
        After, of course, it has been re-written to make it gender neutral. And preference-neutral, and income-neutral, and setting up an oversight system for Draft Boards. So there might be a delay of a week or two.

      • RoHa on March 26, 2018, 7:07 pm

        It’s not just railways, and not just China. Plenty of countries in Asia and Europe want a slice of Iranian pie, and will be seriously miffed if the Americans try to prevent it again.

    • Kaisa of Finland on March 26, 2018, 5:39 pm


      “China, Germany, Russia, Italy, France, and Japan would all rather like a bit of peace and quiet in Iran..”

      And after showing what U.S. going to Irak ment to the Middle East, I don’t see U.S. finding many allies here either: No will or need to slaughter any more innocent people in support of any U.S./Israel interest or “wanna-be-great-again”-dreams.

      • RoHa on March 26, 2018, 7:10 pm

        The Australian and UK governments will almost certainly offer help, though without the enthusiastic support of the people.

  10. JLewisDickerson on March 26, 2018, 1:41 pm

    RE: “Trump appointed Bolton because Republicans desperately need Adelson’s money”

    MY COMMENT: Last call!
    Absolutely the last call!
    All aboard the Queen Miri!
    All aboard Sheldon Adelson’s Queen Miri!
    Last call, y’all!
    All right boys, remove the gangway.
    Full steam ahead and steady as she goes!
    Anyone care for a canapé?

    P.S. Don’t forget the after-party at Shelly’s new mansion and waterpark.
    Oh . . . and, if you’ve got it, flaunt it!

    ■ Sheldon Adelson’s Queen Miri ~

  11. genesto on March 26, 2018, 1:47 pm

    Interesting article and very plausible. However, I still think Trump, for his part, is preparing for war as a last resort should he be in true danger of being ousted from office.

    War, after all, is the last refuge of a failing tyrant. Just recall how the unpopular and incompetent George Bush was able to win a second term!

    • Maghlawatan on March 26, 2018, 2:32 pm

      I think a war to shore up the GOP is virtually guaranteed. The other thing is that the war borrowing and the tax cuts combined will bankrupt the US. That will probably be the end of plutocracy for 2 generations and will be very bad for Israel.

  12. Ossinev on March 26, 2018, 2:17 pm

    Have heard little mention in the context of a heightened possibililty of an attack on Iran of the threat to the flow of oil through the Straits of Hormuz “the most important oil choke transit point in the world” and the knock on effect on the world economy:

    With doombrain Ziobent warmongers in the US and Zioland`s own domestic versions it is of course irrelevant and the thought of going it alone , unlike in the Iraq war fiasco and with seriously major players inc Russia,China and the EU 100% against them doesn`t raise any eyebrows.
    The Zios have become totally conditioned to getting their own way that they really don`t see a war with Iran as being anything more than a brief surgical blitz. Much the same as Herr H and fighting on the Eastern and Western front at the same time.

    It seems to me that any “what if” questions in the US media are suppressed,edited out or simply ignored on the issue of a possible strike on Iran. The extreme evangelicals in America including Trump`s pet rabbit Pence must be wetting themselves in anticipation of their longed for end of days.

  13. Maghlawatan on March 26, 2018, 3:04 pm

    The GOP is completely lost. The voters don’t know yet that they have been shafted. It will be very messy when they join the dots. And the economy is a Ponzi scheme.

  14. HarryLaw on March 26, 2018, 3:52 pm

    It is very strange when an Israeli hawk on Iran, Shaul Mofaz [former Israeli Defence Minister] tries to be a sort of peace maker and attempts to hold Bolton back.

    “According to the Times of Israel, Bolton pushed then Israeli defense minister Shaul Mofaz to attack Iran even though no discernible threat was presented by Iran. As the Times reports:

    A former Israeli defense minister and chief of staff said Sunday that John Bolton, US President Donald Trump’s incoming national security adviser, once pushed him to order airstrikes against Iran.

    “I know John Bolton from when he was the US ambassador to the UN. He tried to convince me that Israel needs to attack Iran,” Shaul Mofaz told a Jerusalem conference held by the Yedioth Ahronoth daily.

    “I don’t think this is a smart move—not on the part of the Americans today or anyone else until the threat is real,” he added.

    Ironically Mofaz himself – in line with the Israeli defense establishment – takes a generally hawkish position on Iran”,

  15. James Canning on March 26, 2018, 6:58 pm

    Sheldon Adelson wants the elimination of Palestine and the Palestinians, and of course Bolton is an eager exponent of the same program. Trillions of dollars squandered on foolish military adventures in the Middle East, by the US at their urging, disturb them not a bit.

  16. JLewisDickerson on March 27, 2018, 7:40 am

    RE: “Trump appointed Bolton because Republicans desperately need Adelson’s money”

    MY COMMENT : Our Republicans, like Israel’s LIkudniks, look at Adelson with “calf’s eyes”.* See below about his having “bought” Israel’s sixtieth birthday party for $3,000,000. As to this country, the recent tax cut legislation (overwhelmingly favoring the oligarchs to the detriment of everyone else) was particularly beneficial to Adelson, because so much of his profits reportedly come from his casinos in the Far East (Macau, Singapore). Those pofits were accumulating offshore so that Adelson didn’t have to pay U.S. taxes on them. Of course, those funds weren’t availible for Adelson to use in buying our corrupt pols. Thank the lord(s) that the Congress included a provision so Adelson can now bring those accumulated billions into the country at a very reduced rate. Of course, the Republicans will expect their cut to be donated for the benefit of their campaigns.

    * SEE: “The Brass Ring” | By Connie Bruck | | June 30, 2008 Issue
    • A multibillionaire’s relentless quest for global influence [i.e., despotic control].

    [EXCERPTS] . . . During the celebration of Israel’s sixtieth birthday, in mid-May, Shimon Peres wanted to hold a conference that would be attended by leaders from around the world. . . Adelson agreed to provide three million dollars; after that, conference organizers were able to raise the rest. . . At a formal dinner attended by more than a hundred senior officials of various Israeli and Jewish organizations, guests were offered the opportunity to tell Peres what they considered the biggest challenge facing the Jewish people. Adelson, according to Ha’aretz, declared, “I think Jews should have lots of sex. That is the solution to our demographic problem.”

    After Adelson addressed the conference, Nahum Barnea wrote in his column in Yedioth Ahronoth, “I saw a gambling tycoon from Las Vegas who bought my country’s with calf’s eyes I thought with sorrow: Is the country worth so very little? Were the champagne, wine and sushi that were given out for free in the lobby—breaking convention for such events—worth the humiliation?” Barnea went on:

    Adelson is a Jew who loves Israel. Like some other Jews who live at a safe distance from here, his love is great, passionate, smothering. It is important to him that he influences the policies, decisions, and compositions of the Israeli governments. He is not alone in this, either; even back in the days of Baron Rothschild, wealthy Jews from the Diaspora felt that this country lay in their pocket, alongside their wallet. Regrettably, in the latest generation, we are being led by politicians who look at these millionaires with calf’s eyes.

    In Israel, where political, academic, and business leaders tend to be outspoken, there is a striking reticence at the mention of Sheldon Adelson. Even people who are diametrically opposed to his politics refuse to be interviewed. “There is a discernible amount of self-censorship going on,” the liberal Israeli-American writer Bernard Avishai said. “There is no ideological justification for what Sheldon is doing among the Israeli intelligentsia—and a revulsion at an American weighing in so heavily on Israeli politics, in such a crude, reactionary way. But they won’t speak.” . . .?


  17. wondering jew on March 27, 2018, 8:57 am

    First thought is how right Judah magnes was, that the Jewish presence in Palestine accomplished through the force of arms would lead to global complications and it required int’l oversight to prevent this. I don’t know proper US policy on iran, let alone China, tarrifs and North Korea, yet I can see a photo of Donald with adelson and feel my stomach churn.

    The complications of the middle east are deeper than the zionist versus Palestinian struggle, but the deeper problem should not blind us to the hardening of the heart involved in the expulsions of 48 and in much of what has come since, particularly the civilian settler occupation of the West bank. When ehud barak , olmert, rabin or even Sharon were in power there was a hope for change, but bibi, since 92, has represented a hard line and a negation of hope.
    Zionism is an insufficient answer to Hitler. Yet since there is no sufficient Jewish community answer to Hitler, it has become the only answer to Hitler.

    Passover is about slavery, freedom, law, identity and hardening of hearts. It is about continuity in its traditions, but it is about radical change in its message. (One of its messages)

    • RoHa on March 27, 2018, 10:10 am

      What do you mean by “an answer to Hitler”? What is the question?

      • CigarGod on March 27, 2018, 10:48 am

        YF: “Those rascal Arabs.”

      • wondering jew on March 28, 2018, 9:19 am

        Roha- you posed the question yourself any number of times: if being Jewish makes you into an object of hatred: why be jewish.
        ( an answer can be a response to a challenge, not necessarily a response to a question.)

      • wondering jew on March 28, 2018, 9:25 am

        Hitler’s challenge: the Jewish exile (in europe) is not working. What are you going to do about it? Jewish nonviolence is not working, what are you going to do about it? Jewish waiting for salvation by God is not working. What are you going to do about it?

      • RoHa on March 29, 2018, 3:01 am

        “if being Jewish makes you into an object of hatred: why be jewish.”

        My version of that question, or at least of possible answers, is, I think, a little different from Hitler’s. I regard being Jewish as a matter of choice. Hitler, I am given to understand, thought that there was no choice about the matter.

        ” an answer can be a response to a challenge, not necessarily a response to a question.”

        Fair enough.

        “Hitler’s challenge: the Jewish exile (in europe) is not working. What are you going to do about it? Jewish nonviolence is not working, what are you going to do about it? Jewish waiting for salvation by God is not working. What are you going to do about it?”

        Thank you. That makes much more sense. (I would, of course, reject the term “exile”.)

      • wondering jew on March 29, 2018, 8:53 am

        Yuri Slezkine uses the term “service nomads”.

      • eljay on March 29, 2018, 9:18 am

        || RoHa: … I regard being Jewish as a matter of choice. … ||

        I also regard being Jewish as a matter of choice…because it is.

        || … Hitler, I am given to understand, thought that there was no choice about the matter. … ||

        And Zionists agree with Hitler. Go figure.

      • echinococcus on March 29, 2018, 2:46 pm

        Reb Fredman asks:

        “Hitler’s challenge: the Jewish exile (in europe) is not working. What are you going to do about it? Jewish nonviolence is not working, what are you going to do about it? Jewish waiting for salvation by God is not working. What are you going to do about it?”

        Why, murder and rob Ayrabs at the other end of the world to get revenge on German Nazis, of course. That’ll larn Hitler.

      • Mooser on March 29, 2018, 5:17 pm

        “Yuri Slezkine uses the term “service nomads”.”

        He does? Well, the next time you see him, you can tell him from me that he’s an ass.

    • Keith on March 27, 2018, 11:12 am

      YONAH FREDMAN- “Zionism is an insufficient answer to Hitler.”

      Since Zionism preceded Hitler and Nazi Germany by about four decades, your comment is profoundly illogical. Zionism was a reaction to the enlightenment and modernity and the “threat” of assimilation. It represents a return to the tribalism of Classical (medieval) Judaism mixed together with blood and soil nationalism. The original Zionists were quite clear that Zionism was NOT about refugeeism. In fact, they cooperated with the Nazis when it served their nationalistic objectives. Furthermore, without the Holocaust, I doubt that Israel would have come into being as a Jewish state.

      • Jackdaw on March 27, 2018, 12:05 pm

        @Jew Expert Keith

        No fool.
        Zionism was reaction to Russian pogroms and Jews forced to live in the Pale Settlement. That’s why most of the early Zionists were Russian Jews.
        Czarist Russia was neither modern nor enlightened, and Jews in Russia couldn’t assimilate even they wanted to.

        Keith. You’re obsession with Jews is revolting.

      • HarryLaw on March 27, 2018, 12:15 pm

        Keith, You would be expelled from the UK Labour Party for suggesting Zionists cooperated with the Nazis….”In a defiant series of interviews outside the hearing in Westminster, Livingstone said he had nothing to apologise for and would need to consider whether to challenge the suspension. “If I’d said Hitler was a Zionist, I would say sorry. You can’t apologise for telling the truth,” Ken Livingstone was suspended by the Labour party for saying there was an agreement between the Zionists in Germany and the Nazi’s, he was right, the 1933 Haavara agreement, this was well documented, but telling the truth is no defence in today’s witch hunting Labour Party. As for what they would do to Phil Weiss… the woodshed.

      • Mooser on March 27, 2018, 12:22 pm

        ” and Jews in Russia couldn’t assimilate even they wanted to.”

        Ah, no wonder Jews were so active in dissident movements in Russia, and came to play such a large part in the Bolshevik Revolution, and the Communist government.

        “Keith. You’re obsession with Jews is revolting.”

        No it’s not, to know us is to love us.

      • MHughes976 on March 27, 2018, 12:27 pm

        I’m with Yonah to some extent. I think that Z has always seen itself as an important answer to the problems or ‘pressing questions’ faced by the world – or to a rather oddly assorted set of them. The first Christian Zs, who preceded the first Jewish ones, thought of. a new Jewish Kingdom as ‘more desired than our own salvation’ because it would solve the problem faced by Christians since Peter’s – or ‘Peter’s’ – Second Epistle – ‘where is the promise of Christ’s coming?’ The new Kingdom was, they thought, the necessary first step.
        As the Jews gained a reputation for radical modernity radical, highly educated modernists like George Eliot came on board, hoping for a Jewish return to Palestine as a solution to the ossification of Western culture. Only then did the likes of Herzl see this programme as the answer to anti-Semitism and its vicious ingratitude for all the Jewish contributors to Western life. This was still the view of a small minority until it was embraced as the answer to the problems that Hitler had posed, even to ‘the question that he had asked’, which you could frame as ‘Do Jews have either the right or the power to exist in the modern world?’ Z says ‘Jews have power, proved by militarism, and right, proved by being the light to the nations’.
        Many of us think that the second element of this answer is false because of the basic injustice of Z claims and of what Yonah has called its ‘cruel vector’ in practice. But so many people from right across the political spectrum have rushed to embrace the Z way of proving that Hitler was a demonic force, haven’t they? They’re still at it. Yonah has mentioned that the establishment of Israel was an episode in the rivalry of the emerging superpowers but it was also their only real joint project.

      • annie on March 27, 2018, 12:46 pm

        vicious ingratitude? oh my.

      • MHughes976 on March 27, 2018, 1:14 pm

        I think that it was in that spirit, with an element of personal offence, that Herzl contemplated fighting a duel with Mayor Karl Lueger, another member of the. Viennese intellectual set.

      • Jackdaw on March 27, 2018, 1:37 pm


        Molotov and Trotsky weren’t Jews. They were Bolsheviks who worshiped Marx, not Torah.

      • Mooser on March 27, 2018, 2:46 pm

        “vicious ingratitude? oh my.”

        As Rula Lenska says: “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful”

      • Mooser on March 27, 2018, 2:57 pm

        .” They were Bolsheviks who worshiped Marx, not Torah.”

        How did we get in a discussion about Alan Alda?

    • Jackdaw on March 27, 2018, 11:58 am

      In the early 1940’s. Judah Magnus secretly conspired with the British and the Arab States to form a huge Arab confederacy that would ‘protect’ any Palestinians living in ,our near, a small Jewish State.

      The plan never materialised because the Arab leaders couldn’t agree on who’d be the leader.

    • echinococcus on March 27, 2018, 12:24 pm

      Reb Fredman yet agaın at it:

      how right Judah magnes was, that the Jewish presence in Palestine accomplished through the force of arms would lead to global complications and it required int’l oversight to prevent this

      So it wouldn’t be “through the force of arms” but how, seeing that there was no authorization from the owners? By the force of British and American arms. Wowie.

    • RoHa on March 27, 2018, 11:09 pm

      Well, Yonah, has MHughes guessed the question correctly?

  18. Jackdaw on March 27, 2018, 11:00 am

    Mondoweiss myopia fails to notice that Bolton wasn’t Trump’s first choice for NSA Advisor. McMaster was.

    Trump is reshuffling his whole administration. Why? For Adelson?

    • eljay on March 27, 2018, 12:01 pm

      || Jackdaw: Mondoweiss myopia fails to notice that Bolton wasn’t Trump’s first choice for NSA Advisor. McMaster was. … ||

      Except that he wasn’t. Flynn was.

      • Jackdaw on March 27, 2018, 1:31 pm

        You are right. It was Flynn.
        And that being the case, it makes Phil’s Adelson argument even more remote.

        But who cares, just so long as the Jew-money canard gets recycled.

      • eljay on March 27, 2018, 2:33 pm

        || Jackdaw: You are right. It was Flynn.
        And that being the case, it makes Phil’s Adelson argument even more remote. … ||

        Not at all.

        In the first paragraph of his article, Phil asserted that Bolton is now – at this time, with midterm elections approaching – replacing McMaster because Bolton “is a tool of Sheldon Adelson” and “the Republicans need Sheldon Adelson’s money in order to be competitive in the coming midterms”.

        The fact that Bolton was not Trump’s first pick roughly 14 months ago is completely irrelevant to that argument.

      • Jackdaw on March 28, 2018, 1:51 am

        “The fact that Bolton was not Trump’s first pick roughly 14 months ago is completely irrelevant to that argument.”

        No it is not irrelevant. There is only a fixed set of people whoTrump’s wants running the NSA. Flynn, McMaster, Bolton, and very few others.

        Bolton wasn’t Trump’s first or even second choice, but now, Bolton is eligible, available and not likely to resign.

        eljay. If Sheldon Adelson didn’t exist, wouldn’t Trump have picked Bolton anyway?

      • eljay on March 28, 2018, 8:24 am

        || Jackdaw: … Bolton wasn’t Trump’s first or even second choice, but now, Bolton is eligible, available and not likely to resign. … ||

        Even as you’re desperate to disagree with Phil, you agree with him.

      • Mooser on March 28, 2018, 11:39 am

        “Even as you’re desperate to disagree with Phil, you agree with him.”

        “Eljay”, give the poor roseh avis a break. If “Jackdaw wasn’t here agreeing with Phil, he would have to talk to Israelis.

    • Citizen on March 29, 2018, 9:31 pm

      Trump didn’t like Bolton’s mustache; but he soon found out he needed Adelson’s dollars to spend America’s tax dollars for his own whims. And it didn’t hurt when he learned Haim Saban had the same single purpose as Adelson.

  19. Mooser on March 27, 2018, 2:50 pm

    “But who cares, just so long as the Jew-money canard gets recycled.”

    Very good “Jackdaw”! You are using the “Since anti-semites have falsely accused Jews of everything, any charge against a Jew must be spurious” technique.

  20. HarryLaw on March 27, 2018, 3:23 pm

    Has Bolton registered yet as an agent for a foreign country?

    • Citizen on March 29, 2018, 9:33 pm

      No, but he promised to do so as soon as Bobby Kennedy makes AIPAC do so.

  21. ritzl on March 27, 2018, 7:05 pm

    War with Iran means the end of economic life as we know it, globally. Strait of Hormuz would be closed, oil would go to $500/bbl, to us (OBOR still operable), Sovereign debt with China would be unsupportable at the jump in interest rates, China would call its US debt, or at least stop buying it. Tbill interest rates hit 15%. (I may slightly exaggerate, but it’s a delicate balance which could swing wildly.)

    Business stability/pragmatism has always kinda guided our foreign policy (some “nastiness,” tic, here and there, but never outright cataclysm).

    Are these people that completely ignorant/psychopathic?

    Tosses coin….

    PS, We in the US are shielded, by policy, from the effects of our perpetual wars on others – the millions of dead in other countries from our destruction – so there’s a strong popular sense here, imo, that Bolton doesn’t matter – to us. It/he won’t affect our trips to the mall. Oh well.

  22. Maghlawatan on March 28, 2018, 2:05 pm



    41 Min.

    This is what a corrupt, criminal kleptocratic regime looks like


    Last March, @EPA Administrator Pruitt met with a company at the behest of GOP mega-donor Sheldon #Adelson. Now, the agency will study one of the company’s products.

  23. Zara on March 29, 2018, 4:50 pm

    If war with Iran means that a good chunk of the 5th Fleet is relegated to gathering crabs and curious divers at the bottom of the Persian Gulf, then maybe it’s not such a horrible thing.

    • Citizen on March 29, 2018, 9:36 pm

      Yeah, remember Imperial Japan built the biggest battleship in the world?

    • RoHa on March 29, 2018, 9:52 pm

      Might not be much fun for the sailors if they stay with the ships.

  24. HarryLaw on March 30, 2018, 8:09 am

    We will know war is imminent when all the US warships exit the Persian Gulf and assemble way beyond Iran’ s missiles. Must read…’How aircraft carriers will die’

    • Mooser on March 30, 2018, 1:37 pm

      “There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today”,

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