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Trump channels Netanyahu at the U.N., as his top policy-makers meet with Iran-war-mongers

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As you surely know, Donald Trump channeled Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly. He mentioned Iran 14 times (compared to 0 for Russia and 4 for Israel) and all but called for regime change. Iran’s “brutal regime” was financing the destruction of Syria, its leaders “sow chaos, death and destruction,” its “corrupt dictatorship” should be isolated by the world.

This sly appeal was right out of the Netanyahu script:

[W]e ask all nations to support Iran’s people as they struggle to reclaim their religious and righteous destiny.

The media made a lot of Trump’s sovereignty doctrine–  nationalism and “patriotism” over “globalism” and multilateralism–  but even those remarks had a pro-Israel cast. Trump was talking about the US rejection of two Israel-bugaboos, the UN Human Rights Council and International Criminal Court.

As far as America is concerned, the ICC has no jurisdiction, no legitimacy, and no authority…. We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy….America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism…

There is an obvious reason Trump is parroting Netanyahu. Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam are the largest funders of Republicans, ponying up $55 million for the midterm elections. Trump needs Sheldon Adelson now more than ever, and Adelson has a simple agenda, Israel. Adelson backs Netanyahu, pushed the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, opposes negotiations with Palestinians, and called on President Obama to nuke Iran. Adelson wanted Trump to tear up the Iran deal, and he did.

The New York Times ran a good piece on Adelson’s influence last week, saying Sheldon and wife Miriam “have emerged as the biggest and potentially most influential contributors to Republicans in the midterm season,” and that the Adelsons have gotten “their most cherished priorities” from the “unflinchingly pro-Israel” Trump administration. The Times even ran a letter saying the Adelsons bought the presidency.

But it is disappointing that no one in the mainstream press is connecting the Trump administration’s theatrical anti-Iran push in New York yesterday with the rightwing Israel lobby, which seeks a war with Iran.

The agenda is clear. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, addressed an Adelson shop, the organization United Against Nuclear Iran, in NY yesterday, and it was a war party at the Westin Grand Central Hotel. Bolton issued a bellicose warning to Iran to great applause: “If you cross us, our allies, or our partners; if you harm our citizens; if you continue to lie, cheat and deceive, yes, there will indeed be hell to pay.” As Eli Clifton and Derek Davison reported ahead of time:

According to the organization’s guest list, in attendance will be virtually every prominent official both in the United States and overseas who has pushed for a military confrontation with Iran—a veritable who’s who of warmongers…

Those guests included leading officials from countries that want a war with Iran: Yossi Cohen, director of the Israeli Mossad; ambassadors from Bahrain and the UAE; and the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia. Not to mention American hawks Dennis Ross and Joe Lieberman (the UANI chair), and a French one, Bernard Henri-Levy.

Bolton and Pompeo address warmongers at the Westin Grand Central Hotel, UANI conference.

Like Trump and the Republicans, UANI has been funded by Adelson. “Sheldon and Miriam Adelson… contributed $500,000 in 2013,” Clifton reports–  the same year Adelson called on Obama to nuke Iran.

UANI’s biggest funder is Thomas Kaplan, a billionaire investor who supports liberal and Jewish causes, such as wildlife conservation and the 92d Street Y. Five years ago, Kaplan introduced Benjamin Netanyahu at the 92d Street Y in fulsome terms –hailing the prime minister as the leader of “our people.”

It is… with great humility that we welcome the prime minister of Israel. On his shoulders rests the heavy decisions of  not only making a just peace, but confronting a fanatical regime that threatens his people, our people. We are inspired by your leadership, sustained by your faith, and truly honored by your presence.

UANI is closely aligned with Israel. Its board includes Tamir Pardo, a former Mossad director, and Irwin Cotler, the Canadian parliamentarian who is obsessed with BDS. Its contracts include $700,000 to Israeli consulting groups.

And you wonder why the media can’t touch the Israel lobby story; they’d have to talk about national interest, dual loyalty, whatever you want to call it. Sheldon Adelson once said he wished he’d served in the Israeli army, not the American one. Or as Obama said when he was trying to get the Iran deal through, only one country in the world was against it, Israel, and he’d be abrogating his constitutional duty if he didn’t work for the deal.

I recognize that Prime Minister Netanyahu disagrees — disagrees strongly… I believe he is wrong.  I believe the facts support this deal.  I believe they are in America’s interest and Israel’s interest.  And as President of the United States, it would be an abrogation of my constitutional duty to act against my best judgment simply because it causes temporary friction with a dear friend and ally.  I do not believe that would be the right thing to do for the United States.  I do not believe it would be the right thing to do for Israel.

Obama said the only alternative to the deal was war.

And Trump owes war-mongering Adelson everything; and he tore up the Iran deal. And the media “has largely supported Trump’s fictitious view” of the deal.

That’s the real issue here. Trump has surrounded himself with warmongers. Though yesterday he tweeted that he is sure that Iranian president Hasan Rouhani is an “absolutely lovely man,” his militant speech at the U.N. was scripted; and the script is what we all have to worry about. Once again neoconservatives are scheming for the invasion of a sovereign country in the Middle East, and it would be helpful if the press described the agenda.

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  1. amigo on September 26, 2018, 3:59 pm

    I suspect Adelson has dirt on Trump “The likes of which the world has never seen before.

    So , effectively , trump is a chump for Putin and Adelson/Nietanyahu and possibly others, yet to emerge and that is where Mueller comes in.

    The whole world will be laughing at Trump, so the fiasco at the UN is just a practice run for what is to come.

    Does “Lock her up ring a bell “. Perhaps in time , Donald and Bibi can be “PPP,S, (Prison Pen Pals).

    We need to be rid of these war mongering morons before they get us all killed.

    • Misterioso on September 27, 2018, 9:42 am

      @amigo, et al

      For the record, here’s some more scuttlebutt on Sheldon Adelson, Zionism’s aspiring Hitler.
      Short video, Oct. 25, 2013, discussion between rabid Zionists, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Sheldon Adelson, Trump’s number one financial contributor and billionaire casino mogul. Adelson – “Attack Iran with an atomic bomb.”
      Jerusalem Post, April 24/18

      “I think it is the right from birth of all Jews to go to Israel”
      “Sheldon Adelson has made the biggest donation to Birthright in its history and given the organization $70 million on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.”
      Canada’s CBC Television’s Wendy Mesley interviews NYT reporter Ken Vogel regarding Sheldon Adelson, et al, and their support for Israel.

      The Guardian, June 8/18
      “Sheldon Adelson: the casino mogul driving Trump’s Middle East policy”

      “The Las Vegas billionaire gave Republicans $82m for the 2016 elections and his views, notably staunch support for Netanyahu’s Israel, are now the official US line.”

      “In 2015, the billionaire casino owner and Republican party funder Sheldon Adelson spent days in a Las Vegas courtroom watching his reputation torn apart and wondering if his gambling empire was facing ruin.

      “An official from Nevada’s gaming control board sat at the back of the court listening to mounting evidence that Adelson bribed Chinese officials and worked with organised crime at his casinos in Macau – allegations that could have seen the magnate’s Las Vegas casinos stripped of their licenses.”

  2. Spring Renouncer on September 26, 2018, 5:26 pm

    I was recently walking on the Upper East Side, a couple of miles north of the UN Headquarters, and was horrified when I read the street sign. It read “United Jerusalem Place”. I am disturbed that a NYC government sign asserts solidarity with Israeli colonial extremism. Do any other NYers want to help me petition the city to revise this street name, with the rights and feelings of Palestinians in mind?

    • JLewisDickerson on September 26, 2018, 7:02 pm

      Ariel (city)
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia –

      (EXCERPT) Ariel (Hebrew: אֲרִיאֵל‬; Arabic: اريئيل‎) is an Israeli settlement and city, belonging to the Judea and Samaria administrative area in the central West Bank, part of the Israeli-occupied territories, approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) east of the Green Line and 34 kilometres (21 mi) west of the Jordan border. . .

      . . . Twin towns — Sister cities
      Ariel is twinned with:

      Costa Rica Heredia, Costa Rica[28]
      United States Mobile, Alabama, United States[28][29]
      Moldova Ceadîr-Lunga, Moldova
      Albania Divjakë, Albania . . .

  3. Kay24 on September 26, 2018, 5:57 pm

    Most probably Netanyahu/Jared/AIPAC wrote that part of the speech. It was watching two evil men together, during Nutty and Nuttier’s meeting. Nutty controlled Chumpy and we know it.

    • just on September 26, 2018, 6:24 pm

      Word is that is was the xenophobic Stephen Miller, Kay~ although it hardly makes any difference, does it? It’s Ziogroupthink.

    • JLewisDickerson on September 26, 2018, 7:11 pm

      Trump struck me as being on a fairly potent “downer” during his speech. He barely seemed to be able to read the teleprompter. His spoke very slowly in a monotone.
      Also, he was late getting to the UN for his speech.

      • Jethro on September 26, 2018, 10:47 pm

        He barely seemed to be able to read the teleprompter. His spoke very slowly in a monotone.

        I’m certain he has dyslexia. And ADHD.

      • Kay24 on September 27, 2018, 5:59 am

        Yes, his voice sounds like a sing song, and he seems to find it difficult to read from the teleprompter. When he misreads a word, he pretends that is what he wanted to say. I also think he has vision problems.

      • John O on September 27, 2018, 11:14 am

        I think it was Woodward’s book that mentions he does have reading glasses, but of course won’t use them in public.

    • inbound39 on September 26, 2018, 8:53 pm

      I was totally sickened by Trumps speech. All the accusations and criminal behaviour he accused others of he and Presidents before him have methodically done. US,invaded Iraq and trashed that based on a lie and egged on by Israel and its questionable intelligence reports. Same with Libya and Lebanon and Syria and Afghanistan. America has killed thousands of innocent civilians and breached sovereignty of other nations just like Israel and America has let Israel hide behind its skirts while it foments rebel groups and arms them in Syria. America protects Israel from prosecution at the UN. Whatever you do don;t take a close look at America. Iran is in Syria by Assads request. He is the legal Sovereign leader of that country and Israel wanted him out because he voiced his opinion on Israel;s action and because he wanted the land back that Israel stole. America and Israel are in no position to point fingers. Things have changed for Israel. Eight S-300 launchers will be placed in Syria to protect Syrian Airspace. They can cover Lebanon and Northern Israel. Putin has shut Israel out.

      • just on September 26, 2018, 10:03 pm

        Well said, inbound39. There’s just one rather large correction I would contribute~ America has killed not thousands, but millions of innocent people directly and by sanctions and by proxy! Who created AQ and Isis?

        Both the US and Israel have violated the sovereignty of many nations in MENA countless times and continue to do so… their bluster about protecting their ‘precious national security’ costs others theirs~ including the Palestinians for 70 years and counting.

        One has to vomit at the hypocrisy of it all… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We could discuss nukes, international law, etc., too…

      • Citizen on September 26, 2018, 10:22 pm

        I agree with every word in your comment, inbound39. I hope Putin does shut Israel down.

      • Sibiriak on September 27, 2018, 12:09 am

        inbound39: Things have changed for Israel. […]Putin has shut Israel out.

        Putin has taken measures to protect Russian forces in Syria, not necessarily to “shut Israel out” entirely. Wishful thinking notwithstanding, the fact remains that Russia wants to maintain its friendly relationship with Israel (political, economic, military) and has no interest in further escalating tensions.

      • inbound39 on September 27, 2018, 2:52 am

        Cheers just! I freely admit guilt on the bodycount. I erred on the side of conservatism. I will also add the Iranians are not the warmongers. America and Israel are. America encouraged and armed and gave chemical weapons in order for Iraq to attack Iran. Thousands of Iranian soldiers are still in hospital suffering from the effects of those attacks but Iraq never succeeded in winning. Israel wants Iran out of the way not because it is a threat to them. The only threat it can possibly make is to Israel fulfilling its dream of The Israeli Commonwealth of the Middle East. It wants full control which is why Israel with American help is breaking up Iraq and Syria and Libya and Lebanon. All those countries oppose Israel’s plan so Israel has actively engaged in destabilizing them so they cannot mount military opposition. Only Iran is left standing and is NO pushover. Putin was not expected to be there either and he has upset the applecart for Israel and America. Interesting times and tactically fascinating.

      • RoHa on September 27, 2018, 7:10 am

        Putin’s main aim is to protect Russian forces in Syria, but he also has to take into account the feelings of the Russian people, and especially the Russian military. And those feelings will not be friendly towards Israel. The military are making it very clear that they blame Israel for the loss of the plane. With the delivery of the S300 the Russians will keep a close eye on the Syrians to make sure that they don’t shoot down Russian planes. But if the Syrians use the S300 to shoot down Israeli planes which are attacking Syria, I doubt that the Russian military will be overly upset.

        Putin, of course, doesn’t give a [moderated] about Israel, but he knows that the Americans do. He also knows that the Americans are crazy, so he has to balance keeping his domestic support with avoiding a full-scale war with the US.

  4. Citizen on September 26, 2018, 10:44 pm
  5. scott9854958 on September 27, 2018, 1:01 am

    To be fair, Trump was talking about tearing up the Iran deal in 2015 and early 2016, well before he was elected and definitely before Adelson backed up his Brinks truck at Trump Tower (I believe Adelson’s guy was Rubio). So this isn’t really unexpected. It is depressing that he’s surrounded himself with Bush neocons like Bolton. That’s a betrayal of his base which wanted a more isolationist posture. We’ll see what happens. I still think Trump is too savvy to get into another dumpster fire in the ME. At one of his recent rallies he (again) brought up the insanity of the Iraq intervention. That’s the Trump I know and voted for.

    • Misterioso on September 27, 2018, 10:30 am

      @scott9854958, et al

      With my fingers crossed, I remain convinced that despite Sheldon Adelson’s rabid urging and huge financial contributions, Trump will follow the advice of his military leaders and not attack Iran. Unlike Adelson and his gang of Zionist war mongers, their prime interest is America, not Israel.

      Apart from the unimaginable slaughter that would ensue, the disastrous geopolitical and financial consequences would be worldwide on a massive scale. The Strait of Hormuz would end up littered with scuttled and sunken ships making it unnavigable and driving the worldwide price of oil into the stratosphere, which would lead to an unprecedented and lengthy international economic crisis/collapse.

      Nor would the entity known as “Israel” escape the consequences. As is of increasing concern to its citizens – more and more of whom are emigrating – an all out regional war would lead to thousands of advanced missiles being launched against them from the north to the south by Hezbollah.

      Also, for the record:

      “Iran will wait for Trump to lose power.”

      “Iran has no reason to talk to a hostile, war-mongering administration which may lose power very soon.”
      Al Jazeera, Sept. 27/18 By Seyed Hossein Mousavian

      “Before his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, US President Donald Trump tweeted: ‘Despite requests, I have no plans to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Maybe someday in the future. I am sure he is an absolutely lovely man!’

      “The tweet came after weeks of speculations that a meeting between Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani might take place on the sidelines of the UNGA sessions.

      “Indeed, such a meeting did not happen, not because the US president tweeted his refusal, but because the Iranian side is simply not interested. Last year, the Iranian government had to turn down requests from the White House for such a meeting eight times and this year President Rouhani again emphasised that his government is not interested in holding direct talks with the present US administration.

      “There are several reasons why Iran really doesn’t want to talk to Trump….”
      “Five world powers and Iran agree to set up legal entity to circumvent US sanctions after Trump pullout from 2015 deal.”
      Al Jazeera, Sept. 26/18

      “In a major snub to the United States, the European Union has decided to set up a new mechanism to enable legal trade with Iran without encountering US sanctions.

      “The EU will create new payment channels to preserve oil and other business deals with Iran, Federica Mogherini, the bloc’s foreign policy chief said late on Monday, in a bid to evade US punitive measures.

      “US President Donald Trump withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal in May and re-imposed sanctions on the country.

      “Mogherini’s announcement came after a meeting with foreign ministers from Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, and Iran on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

      “‘In practical terms this will mean that EU member states will set up a legal entity to facilitate legitimate financial transactions with Iran and this will allow European companies to continue to trade with Iran in accordance with European Union law and could be open to other partners in the world,’ she told reporters after the closed-door

      “The EU, along with Russia and China, said in a joint statement that the so-called ‘Special Purpose Vehicle’ will ‘assist and reassure economic operators pursuing legitimate business with Iran’.

      “The statement added that the six countries signatory to the 2015 nuclear agreement ‘reconfirmed their commitment to its full and effective implementation in good faith and in a constructive atmosphere.'”

    • Mooser on September 27, 2018, 6:42 pm

      “I still think Trump is too savvy…”

      Yeah, that’s just the word I would use to describe Trump, “savvy”.

      “That’s the Trump I know and voted for.”

      To replace Bush, and stop the War on Iraq?

  6. inbound39 on September 27, 2018, 2:57 am

    Sibiriak….watch this space….Putin paid out the rope to Israel as a test and Israel got cocky and has hung itself. Watch the Israeli Jets start falling.

    • Talkback on September 27, 2018, 10:28 am

      I don’t think that the S300 is going to be much trouble for Israel. But maybe Putin is baiting Israel into attacking the S300 to justify stationing S400.

  7. John O on September 27, 2018, 3:21 am

    “We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy…”

    This is almost word for word what Europhobes have been saying about the European Union for years. Plays well with the base, and is depressingly effective propaganda.

  8. Maghlawatan on September 27, 2018, 8:56 am

    Trump is for the birds. Stephen Miller wrote the speech- he is a Nazi.
    Miller wrote that great art can only happen under nationalist regimes. Rumi would demur. So would Shah Jahan.

    The world is going through an Alice in Wonderland phase. Nothing is going to be fixed so there is no point in interrogating nonsense.

    Logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead

    Judaism at this stage is basically lashed to hatred and extremism. I wonder what Hillel would say.

  9. Edward Q on September 27, 2018, 5:17 pm

    I think Donald Trump’s speech needed to include a cartoon of a bomb. He could have earned bonus points with AIPAC by glaring at the audience for one minute. And where was that orb they used in Saudi Arabia?

  10. James Canning on September 27, 2018, 7:02 pm

    Trump apparently is unaware Iran is helping the Syrian government to end the vicious civil war which has inflicted catastrophic damage on Syria and its people. Was Lincoln trying to destroy the US when he pursued final victory in that vicious civil war?

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