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Jerusalem, Iran Deal and ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’ — Miriam Adelson has better year than Babe Ruth!

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Donald Trump today announced he was giving the nation’s highest civilian honor, the presidential medal of freedom, to eight people, including Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth posthumously, as well as Senator Orrin Hatch, Judge Allan Page and– Miriam Adelson, the doctor wife of Sheldon Adelson. Recipients:

Babe Ruth

Roger Staubach, Hall-of-Fame quarterback

Miriam Adelson, philanthropist, wife of Sheldon

Orrin Hatch

Antonin Scalia

Allan Page, NFL player and 1st black judge on MN Supreme Court

Miriam Adelson

Miriam Adelson and her husband each gave over $55 million to the congressional races for Republicans this term, in apparent gratitude for the Jerusalem decision and Trump’s tearing up of the Iran deal. They also were the largest contributors besides Trump himself to his 2016 presidential campaign.

We have repeatedly said here that Trump’s Middle East policy is bought and paid for by Sheldon and Miriam Adelson. In 2015 Trump warned that Marco Rubio would become Sheldon Adelson’s “perfect little puppet” at the time that Adelson was supporting the Florida senator. Who’s perfect now?

Miriam Adelson is 71 or 72 years old and was born in mandatory Palestine and raised in Israel. Her parents had fled the Holocaust in Poland. She is a specialist in addiction medicine, and met Sheldon Adelson, now 85, in the late 1980s while doing a program on that specialty at Rockefeller University in New York. They married in 1991.

Jennifer Hayden of DailyKos:

I’m blown away Donald Trump is giving the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Miriam Adelson, Republican mega-donor who gave $55 million to Republicans in the 2018 midterms. Not only is Trump NOT draining the swamp, he’s giving the swamp the highest civilian award in the nation.

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  1. ErikEast on November 11, 2018, 8:19 am

    I was wondering for those living in North America what the reaction has been like following the leak of Al Jazeera’s ‘Israel Lobby USA’ four-part documentary. Over here in the UK the MSM have been diligently quiet.

  2. Misterioso on November 12, 2018, 10:12 am

    A primer on the Adelsons:


    If Americans Knew Blog, Sept. 23/18

    “Sheldon Adelson spending $100 million to keep control of U.S. policies on Israel”

    “Casino billionaire’s total contributions on behalf of Israel in 2016 & 2018 reported to surpass $100 million, possibly making him the largest single donor in American politics today”
    By Amir Tibon, reposted from Ha’aretz

    WASHINGTON – “Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson is reportedly spending at least $55 million during the upcoming midterm elections in order to keep Republicans in control of Congress. Adelson’s spending commitment was first reported on Saturday by the New York Times, in an article describing how Adelson has become the most influential donor in the Republican Party during U.S. President Donald Trump’s time in office.

    “According to the report, Adelson’s total spending on behalf of the Republicans in the 2016 and 2018 election combined, will surpass $100 million, probably making him the largest single donor in American politics today. Adelson had previously spent tens of millions of dollars during the 2012 election in a failed attempt to help Mitt Romney, that year’s Republican nominee, oust Barack Obama from the White House.”

    Sheldon Adelson: “Best Government Money Can Buy” By Philip M. Giraldi
    October 6/18

    “Very few Americans know who Sheldon Adelson is and fewer still appreciate that, as America’s leading political donor, when he speaks the Republican Party listens. By virtue of his largesse, he has been able to direct GOP policy in the Middle East in favor of Israel, which might well be regarded as his true home while the United States exists more as a faithful friend that can be produced at intervals whenever Israel finds itself in need of a bit of cash or political cover.

    “Adelson’s recent successes in translating his political donations into policy favorable to Israel have included shifting the US Embassy to Jerusalem, cutting aid to Palestinians, ending the Iranian nuclear monitoring agreement and closing the Palestine Liberation Organization’s diplomatic office in Washington. All those Trump Administration measures were reportedly worked out privately by Adelson speaking directly with the president.

    “Adelson’s activities in buying politicians reflect what he believes, he reportedly having said that ‘there’s no such thing as a Palestinian.’ Nor does his world view include much concern for the country that has sheltered him and made him wealthy. He served in the US Army in World War 2 and has said that he regrets having done so, as he would rather have worn an Israeli army uniform. He also expressed his desire that his son might become an Israeli Army sniper.

    “Adelson benefits from his exceptional access to the White House [**] to the detriment of actual American interests. A New York Times article ‘Sheldon Adelson Sees a Lot to Like in Trump’s Washington,’ states that he ‘enjoys a direct line to the president’ and meets the president monthly ‘ in private in-person meetings and phone conversations. He has been delighted with the openly expressed threats emanating from the Administration’s key foreign and national security policy spokesmen regarding Iran. He would like to see the United States go to war with the Iranians to destroy their government and bring about some kind of regime change, and, judging from recent developments, he just might get what he seeks, which could easily have catastrophic consequences for the entire region and beyond.

    “Adelson is somewhat unhinged on the issue of Iran and has even called for dropping a nuclear bomb on a desert region of the country as a negotiating tactic to show ‘we mean business’ so Washington could then ‘impose its demands [on Iran] from a position of strength.’ If Iran continued to resist, Adelson would to drop the next one on Tehran. If Tehran were to be nuked millions of Iranians would die, which doesn’t bother Adelson one bit. Such a development would, in Adelson’s opinion, be good for Israel, which is his primary concern.”

    **Adelson spent the evening of last week’s election day in the White House with his lackey, “President” Donald Trump, watching the results. He was very disappointed.

  3. James Canning on November 12, 2018, 12:17 pm

    Does Trump agree with the Adelsons, that the Palestinians should be induced or forced to disappear?

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