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I live in Los Angeles where I mostly don't believe anything I read in the media anymore.

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  • Warning to Obama: 'The Jewish community will remember in November'
    • "I’m tired of hearing the world ‘Israel’ during campaigns for the US presidency.”

      I sometimes think the only thing some of these congressional representatives (and Republican presidential candidates) are truly passionate about is Israel. I know some of this (a lot even of this) has to do with money but what's the rest of it about? Fear that they will be smeared? That Jewish support will go to their opponents in the next election? Do they really love their jobs so much they will happily abase and humiliate themselves just to keep their seats?

      Don't they care about the rest of America? Don't they realize there are unemployed blue collar Americans all over this country watching their declarations of undying love for Israel and asking themselves, "what in the hell is this?"

    • "When you got Michelle Bachmann calling herself Jewish because the Hebrew Bible is the Christian Old Testament, when Joe Biden calls himself a Zionist, and when Sarah Palin wears a Star of David pendant, it raises questions."

      I does for me too. When push comes to shove, whose side are these guys on anyway? Do they really believe Israeli and American interests are exactly the same? If not, why are they on the Israeli side?

    • I really hate it when American citizens take the side of hostile foreign leaders over that of the US president.

  • NIAC's Jamal Abdi: AIPAC-backed resolutions are 'blank check for war'
    • This is such an insane situation. The major Republican candidates all want to bomb Iran right now. Obama also wants to bomb too, but after the election, so the rising cost of gasoline doesn't doom his reelection.

      Hello? There are millions of Americans out of work in rust-belt states like Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Of course they cling to their guns and religion. They've been jobless so long that's all they've got left.

    • I don’t know what Obama thought, but I was deeply offended by Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech in which he suggested that the United States owes Israel big time because we didn’t bomb Auschwitz during WWII. That Netanyahu would say something so insulting in our own country suggests to me that not only is the man ungrateful for our sacrifice in WWII, he’s deeply manipulative too.

      If Israel bombs Iran, that country’s leaders might easily conclude that the United States gave its blessing to such an attack. Under those circumstances, Iran could attack our forces in the area, which then would require Obama to order a retaliatory strike.

      Obama could avoid this by pulling American troops out of the area and ships out of the Persian Gulf. As our own war games have shown, our ships won't easily survive massed attacks by Iran speedboats and cruise missiles in such a confined waterway. If we suffer any losses, we'll pulled into a war against our will. And Netanyahu will get what he's wanted all along--the US fighting Iran for him.

      Right now the biggest threat to America isn't Iran. It's Benjamin Netanyahu.

  • Walt and Mearsheimer don't think Israel will attack Iran, and neither will we
    • "Its my hunch higher oil prices won’t negatively impact Obama’s chances for a second term."

      Perhaps you don't live in fly-over country. My impression is that every time a guy in a pick up truck drives by a gas station and sees the price is over four bucks, he interprets the sign as a subliminal message to vote for anyone but Obama.

  • 'New Republic' says Obama 'detests' Netanyahu and treats him shabbily
    • Well I certainly hope Obama treats Netanyahu shabbily. Eisenhower would have beat Bibi with a whip for the things he says about America.

  • Netanyahu says, You also refused to bomb Auschwitz
    • "He’s like a fat demented, vicious rat in control atop a red, white & blue attack elephant looking for peanuts. "

      I don't think he's that fat.

    • But it's perfectly fine, Izik, if Israel has nuclear ICBMs aimed at Iran?

  • Consequences of an attack on Iran are no joke
    • "a draft wherein us youth die for Israeli hegemonic aspirations and existential fears would bring the average american to instant rage, particularly in concert with bankrupting this all to indebted country."

      There will be no rage. The congress, the media, fundamentalist Christians, and Republican candidates all support Israel (and will continue to do so) till the cows come home. There is no answer to this and there is no hope. War is coming whether we and Mondoweiss like it or not. It will kill tens of thousands of people and destroy the American economy for a generation, despite which US aid for Israel will continue undiminished.

  • Responding to commenters on recent bannings
    • What us the Catholic church doing today that you find so reprehensible? Yes, we know they oppose abortion but so do many non-Catholics. That doesn't make them evil though.

      It seems to me (a non-believer) that a lot of what the church stands for today is quite commendable (though I personally disagree with their views on contraception, as do, I think, most Catholics).

    • Actually the thing about Witty that always appalled me most was his tin ear for prose. He wrote some of the most awkward, clunky, soul-flattening sentences I ever read. He had a habit of using transitive verbs without any object. I finally concluded that it's really hard to write well or clearly when your primary goal is to defend the indefensible.

  • Netanyahu seeks Iran conflict, extremist reaction to knock out Obama
    • "the US is doomed and nothing Americans do or say or vote is going to change what the White House or Congress does — they don’t answer to us anymore."

      And that tragic thing is he won't just finish of the Palestinians--this war will put America in a depression for the next 20 years. Retired people with fixed incomes will have to move into their children's basement, even as their children struggle to pay the mortgage and maintain a middle-class lifestyle. Netanyahu isn't just waging war on Iran. He's waging war on America too--and the US congress can't wait for the chance to help him.

    • "the US is doomed and nothing Americans do or say or vote is going to change what the White House or Congress does — they don’t answer to us anymore."

      Ain't that the truth!

    • "why hasn’t Israel already attacked Iran? Simple because Washington will not give permission!"

      My impression is that Israel never asks--and doesn't need--permission to bomb anyone.

      But even if it does need US permission, it will have it soon enough. Israel's threats to bomb Iran have driven the price of 89 octane gas to over $4.50/gallon here in Los Angeles. If it goes to five or six dollars a gallon--a not unlikely scenario--Obama will lose the election to Romey, Santorum or Gingrich, all of whom can't wait to bomb Iran.

  • Will the US act as Israel's proxy against Iran?
    • Netanyahu wants very much to get rid of Obama. One way to do that is to continually threaten war with Iran. The oil markets go nuts. Gasoline in the US goes to five or six dollars a gallon (it's already over $4.50 a gallon here in LA due to war anxiety). The voter blame Obama and a war-mad Republican wins the presidency.

      Santorum has already said he would happily bomb Iran. If he wins, his first act as president will be to coordinate with Israel a joint attack on any supposed Iranian nuclear sites (and anything else as well).

      If we go to war with Iran, this current recession will last another generation, a prospect which apparently doesn't even make the Republican presidential hopefuls blink (nor congress either).

      I don't know what it is about our congress and politicians. Apparently they have decided that since there's nothing they can do about our miserable economy they might as well go bomb someone instead.

  • Judge strikes down lawsuit against Olympia Co-op boycott of Israeli goods
    • A great decision by a smart judge. But even so the story can't be right. It says the judge awarded $10,000 to each member of the 22,000 member collective. That comes to $220 million.

      This can't possibly be right. I miss something or are the details about the verdict wrong?

  • Vets for Peace to Obama: Talk sense to Netanyahu to avoid war with Iran
    • What you say makes sense but it could never happen. No Republican (at least among those currently running) would even want to get tough with Israel (as far as I can tell Santorum is chafing at the bit to bomb Iran), the others only somewhat less so.

      As for Obama, his administration is so infiltrated with Zionists he can't pass gas that Netanyahu doesn't know about it instantly. The strongest action he'd ever take is paint one of the free planes we give them the wrong shade of grey. Boy that would show them they they can't push us around.

    • Most Americans--though perhaps not you and the people you associate with--are willing to fight when necessary for the United States. A war with Iran is neither necessary nor beneficial to this country.

      When Americans fight in wars that are necessary and beneficial to America, they deserve all the help they can get. Mocking them as people looking to start landscaping firms is (or should be) beneath you.

  • Husband of 'NYT' Jerusalem correspondent calls for attack on Iran
    • “Not because they are going to blow up Israel. They’ve got missiles that can reach the east cost of America, but what happens if the ayatollah (Iran’s supreme leader) wakes up one morning and destroys the Saudi fields and the Kuwaiti oilfields and the West is left with no energy.”

      Has anyone told Obama about this? It sounds to me like a great argument for building the Keystone pipeline.

  • Both sides are wrong in the ‘Israel Firsters’ debate
    • Some American citizens with dual loyalty issues are pushing this country hard to bomb Iran on behalf of Israel. If we do, Americans are going to die and, if the conflict spreads, this country could go bankrupt. Given that these people clearly don't have America's best interests at heart, it's absurd to say we can't call them what they really are--Israel Firsters.

  • So the U.S. military doesn't want to attack Iran and neither does Israel. Who does?
    • Ethan Bronner of the New York Times for one. He's the clear front runner for the 2012 Judith Miller-Dishonesty-In-Journalism Award.

  • Romney's battle in FL was to show Adelson he is OK on Israel --TNR
    • In his victory speech the other night Romney dropped another pander-bomb when he promised on the first day of his presidency to sign an order moving our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

      Would he really do this? I have been hearing candidates promise this for what seems like 30 years now. Whether he does it or not though, it still makes me embarrassed as an American to have presidential candidates who talk like this. Doesn't Romney (or Gingrich or Santorum) realize that unemployed blue collar Americans listen to speeches like this and say to themselves "These guys are nuts!"

  • Is Israel a failed state? asks 'American Conservative'
    • It won't be Israel that goes bankrupt within a generation. It will be the United States. In the meantime, Israel will continue to receive its $3 billion a year, which when adjusted for inflation will be $6-or-$8 billion a year.

  • 'Israel Firster' debate is an American argument, not a Jewish argument
    • The US is right to be concerned about Israel Firsters. They are pushing for a war with Iran which the US doesn't need and can't afford. It will send the world price of oil to $300 a barrel or greater and plunge the US economy into a decades long depression.

      It's no surprise that many of us are so concerned about Israel. All Netanyahu has to do is give the order to bomb Iran and Iran will attack US forces in the area on the quite reasonable assumption that Israel would never pull a stunt like this without our tacit approval. In response we will enter the war on Israel's side, thus guaranteeing that the entire Baby Boomer generation will see their comfortable retirements vanish into poverty.

  • Isikoff expose of Gingrich backer -- 'All we care about is being good citizens of Israel' -- puts 'Israel firster' issue in mainstream
    • I agree with your points. But watching the Republican candidates abase themselves with assertions of eternal love and support of Israel doesn't make me laugh. I rather feel embarrassed for America (and furious at the stupidity of the GOP candidates).

      Doesn't the GOP understand that unemployed blue collar Americans in western Pennsylvania and Ohio watch these speeches too? Don't they know how it makes Americans feel to hear all this talk about love for Israel (and no comparable concern about the problems of unemployed Americans)? You'd think the Republican candidates might at least once in a while mention their burning desire to help the people of Ohio and western Pennsylvania (assuming of course they have any such feelings).

  • The antiwar movement must rise again. Now
    • The American left isn’t ‘anti-war’, it’s anti- saying nasty things about people’s ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation while bombing them.

      Boy, that's the truth.

    • Israel has the US over a barrel. If it attacks Iran, Iran will in turn attack US forces in the neighborhood, forcing the US to go to war on Israel's side. Israel knows this, which makes an Israeli attack all the more likely. The truly depressing part is there is nothing anyone in the US, including our president, can do anything to stop.

  • Obama begins push for Jewish support in 2012 by touting the 'unbreakable bond' between Israel and the US
    • I know that the reason politicians kowtow is for the money. But surely they must know that millions of ordinary Americans (often unemployed and living in rust belt cities) watch these teary-eyed profusions of eternal love and support for Israel and ask themselves "Whose side are these guys on anyway?" But yet the politicians go ahead and do it anyway.

      If I were a politician and I needed Israel Firster money for my reelection, I would give a speech in which I mentioned about five times how hard I was going to work to improve the lot of ordinary Americans. Then I would say whatever I had to say to get the Israel Firster money. Then I would conclude my speech making another five or six mentions of how hard I would be working to improve the lot of ordinary Americans. The one thing I wouldn't do is repeatedly profess my love for Israel without mentioning any comparable feelings about America.

    • What Adler is really saying is that unless the US quits blocking an attack on Iran, Israel will be backed into a corner where it might think it has no alternative than to do something truly crazy. To prevent that he wants the US to let Israel bomb whomever they feel they need to.

    • American politicians are always talking about the unbreakable bonds, rock solid support and shared values of the US and Israel. Just once before I die I'd like to hear an American president (or Republican presidential candidate) talk about his unshakable support for the unemployed blue collar workers of western Pennsylvania. What is it with American politicians? The only time they every sound truly passionate is when they talk about Israel.

  • Publisher of the 'Atlanta Jewish Times' suggests Mossad should assassinate Obama
    • Adler didn't commit a crime because he didn't advocate the killing of our president. What he said was that Israel was in such a corner that they might have to consider killing the American president in order to survive.

    • Adler isn't advocating that anyone assassinate Obama. He's basically saying (from his Israel-Firster perspective) that we are pushing Israel into a corner by not letting her attack her enemies and when nations are forced into a corner they do crazy things. So in order to prevent that we better let Israel bomb whomever she needs to bomb.

      Adler is obviously not the brightest light in the marquee but I suspect that even Israeli Firsters know that a hit on Obama won't help Israel.

  • Today in Pittsburgh, Jesse Lieberfeld, 17, will deliver a hammer blow to American Jewish support for Israel
    • "Jewish culture does a great job at tribalizing a young adult."

      Well said, as was Liberfield's comment that growing up Jewish makes one feel lucky and victimized, all at the same time.

    • Someone is tone deaf but it's not Phil. There's nothing wrong with invoking the name of Martin Luther King when condemning oppression in the Middle East. Not on King's holiday, or any other day. It's surreal to think otherwise.

  • Israel's nightmare: Jew against Jew
    • It seems to me that people who attach such critical importance to their blood ties are just racists. Why not just admit, "I'm an Aryan and proud of it and nothing will ever make me give up my innate superiority to the lesser races?" (For "Aryan" you may substitute whatever blood ties you value the highest.)

    • I've had two Jewish girlfriends and one Jewish wife. My sons attended Jewish supper camps.

    • When Zionists (and their critics) argue interminably here over who is a Jew and who is not, their discussions sound to those of us who are not members of the tribe like a time warp from the thirties when other people worried who was Aryan or not.

      I simply cannot fathom why here in America it is so important to know who is a Jew and who isn't. Isn't it enough just to be American? I mean, wasn't that the deal when we all came to this country? That we let you in, no matter your race or ethnicity but in return you had to give up all your old allegiances and simply become Americans instead?

  • Israel is trying to hook us into a war with Iran-- Matthews and Baer speculate
    • "Thank you for at last admitting you are not Jewish."

      When you become an American, eee, it is expected that you give up former tribal loyalties and consciously put American first.

    • "The rational response to the Israeli’s doing this (trying to rope the US into war, and fight on their behalf) would be – tell Tel Aviv they risk US military retaliation on Israel."

      It may be rational but in the real world it's also totally impossible. The US would never threaten Israel militarily. We wouldn't even hint at a whiff of a trace of that. Any Democratic president who did that would doom his party to minority status for the next 20 years.

      Herbert Walker Bush only threatened to delay loan guarantees to resettle Russian Jews for a few months and that alone cost him a second term. The most we would ever do to Israel is to threaten to slow down the annual rate of increase in our military and financial support, which might have some effect actually.

  • WINEP official says U.S. strategy is aimed at provoking 'Pearl Harbor' that justifies war with Iran
    • It will be incredibly easy to provoke a war with Iran. If Israel keeps blowing up Iran's nuclear engineers, sooner or later Iran will respond. But the truth of the matter is Israel doesn't need an actual physical pretext. It will just announce Iran is too close to actually getting a bomb and then send in the planes on the basis of that supposed existential threat.

      In response Iran will attack Israel while we, as Israel's special friend, will immediately join the fight on her behalf. Actually, we might not even have to volunteer to fight Iran. Iran might very well assume that Israel wouldn't dare attack her without the support/connivance/implicit backing of the US. In that case Iran would not only retaliate on Israel but also on any nearby US forces. Once that happens the president would have no choice but to go to war.

      It will be a disaster for everyone but Israel. Our economy will be wrecked for an entire generation, our nation near bankrupt, our moral leadership vanished in the night. The war will ruin the futures of people who were hoping their retirement incomes would provide peace and security in their old age and it will crush the hopes our children might have about living a life as free and prosperous as the one their parents did.

      By the time it's all over, China, India and Brazil will be the new superpowers with the United States clinging to a fading fourth place. It would be a tragedy for America and a tragedy for the world, but hey, in the view of the Zionists here, it's the least we can do for the only democracy in the Middle East.

  • Just wars-- and civilian casualties
    • There are already more Jews in this country than in Israel. So I say we might as well invite the rest of them over here right now. That way they'd all be safe and we wouldn't have to listen to any more insane demands that we bomb Iran for Israel.

    • Why, eee, do I get the feeling that if Ron Paul had come out in favor of bombing Iran for Israel you'd be calling him a statesman and a prophet?

  • Ron Paul's foreign policy should be embraced
    • Sooner or later the Zionist community calls anyone who is against the bombing of Iran a racist, anti-Semitic homophobe. It's so predictable it's like watching the sun rise in the morning.

  • Is Paul a precursor of a more presentable candidate in 2016?
    • It amazes me how frightened some people are about even the minuscule prospect Paul might somehow win his party's nomination. Yesterday Gene Lyons on Salon called Paul an anti-Semite for not wanting to bomb Iran for Israel. Lyons said Paul had the right position. But he came to it for the wrong reason, which Lyons said was his dislike of "the Jews."

    • Anyone who thinks there's no inflation hasn't been buying gasoline or food lately.

  • Emergency Committee for Israel goes after Ron Paul
    • I'm astounded by the way these Republicans stumble over themselves telling us how much they will do for Israel. If Romney wins the election, Israel will be the first country he visits. Santorum has said he will bomb Iran for Israel. Gingrich, Perry and Bachmann have suggested they would do the same.

      I for one would like to see Romney promise to visit a rust belt area like western Pennsylvania if he wins the presidency. Why this rush to visit Israel? It's not as if he's ever not been there before.

    • I don't see how Iran would ever have any opportunity to throw it's superior numbers against Israeli troops. It's a thousand miles from Tel Aviv to Tehran. How would Israel even get its troops on Iranian soil? Certainly not through Jordan or Iran. I mean, wouldn't they notice?

  • Catholics won't warm up to Santorum's pro-war mindset
    • Fiona

      These are wonderful, poignant memories. I'm impressed by your revelation that more French civilians than Allied soldiers died in the Normandy invasion.

      Many years ago when I was a young Naval officer I attended with a few other people a festival in a small town in the mountains north of Cannes. An elderly Frenchman who had perhaps had a little too much to drink began screaming (with tears running down his cheeks) that we Americans had killed his family in WWII.

      The local cops, aware that he was half drunk, gently shepherded him away. Even so, I was shocked at the accusation. His reaction seemed so extreme. I was too defensive to understand where he was coming from.

      I hope you keep writing here. I love your perceptive (and wonderfully detailed) point of view.

      By the way, not all Americans are thrilled about yet another war. Most thoughtful Americans are anti-war, at least right after the last one. But then after 25 years we forget. It also doesn't help that the media tends to think of war as the greatest thing since cable TV.

  • Uniformed corporal's criticism of Iran attack breaks off on CNN mid-sentence
  • Linda Gradstein: 'I'm not an Israeli citizen, but that being said, I'm part of Israel.'
    • I for one would like to hear sometime how many mainstream reporters/commentators on the Middle East have served in the US military. We know they often serve in the Israeli military. What about the US marines? It would never happen.

      I read a story years ago about a kid who announced to his synagogue that he was going to go to Israel to serve in the IDF. The congregation jumped to its feet in cheers. If he'd said he was planning to join the US Army, the reaction, I suspect, would have been total silence, punctuated by a few embarrassed coughs.

  • 'People who promoted the Iraq war ought to be so discredited that no one listens to them any more'
    • "Censorship does not accomplish democracy. Enemies’ lists do not accomplish democracy. You work with who you’ve got, and with what they know."

      There's nothing wrong with trying to marginalize people who exhibit catastrophically bad judgment, especially when there are plenty of other people around with good character and better sense.

    • Given that your faith is about accountability, perhaps you could speak to some of your neo-conservative coreligionists about accepting responsibility for the disastrous war with Iraq (and the equally unnecessary upcoming war with Iran).

    • There's no need to refer to these people as enemies--even though they bankrupted American for no good reason. Why don't we just call them calamitously poor thinkers and let it go at that?

  • More responses to Ron Paul's surge
    • Ron Paul is surging because he's the only candidate who is saying what most Americans already believe---there's no reason in the middle of a deep recession to go to war against a country that is no threat to us.

    • Joer, you're perfectly right that voters feel no sympathy for Iran, but they also don't want to wreck our economy any more than our last two wars have already done by precipitating a major regional war by attacking a country that is no threat to us.

      We managed to survive a nuclear North Korea and a nuclear Pakistan. We can survive a nuclear Iran as well.

  • On Iran sanctions, Clinton bowed to Israel lobby in first term and corporate lobby in his second
    • The US is going to end up in a war with Iran. If the US puts sanctions on Iran's ability to sell oil, Iran is going to do what Japan did when we cut off their oil 70 years ago--it will attack America, in this case by closing the Straits of Hormuz, which the US will regard as an armed attack. We will strike back and the result will be the same--a disastrous war which neither country presumably wants and the United States certainly doesn't need.

      I heard a guest on NPR talking about Iran today. The host asked him about the chances of the US attacking Iran. The guest answered that a couple of months ago he would said near zero. Now, he said, the chances are approaching 50%.

      I can't believe this. Iran is no threat to the United States. If we can live with a nuclear Korea and a nuclear Pakistan we can also live with a nuclear Iran.

      I know what the answer to this will be: How can you so cavalierly abandon our ally Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, to nuclear Armageddon?

      That's nonsense. Israel has something like 300 nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, satellites, submarines and an air force which is probably better than any in the world. That's more than enough to defend itself (if not 10 times what it needs to defend itself).

      This is one war we need to stay out of, if, for no other reason than the fact that our economy hasn't yet recovered from the last two.

  • Klein: Ron Paul is surging because he opposes another neocon war for Israel
    • Ron Paul is right about something else. The countries that hate us do so because, in part, we are blowing up weddings and funerals (not to mention legitimate bad guys) with high tech drones. That is a policy that is going to come home to roost faster than anyone imagines.

      In recent years I've been to a couple of Saturday afternoon remote control model plane fly-abouts in the San Fernando valley. Some of these guys fly three or four feet long jet-engined powered model planes that must hit 120 mph. It's true these are only high tech remote control models but they are fast maneuverable ones and a lot bigger, not to mention faster, than the balsa toys I grew up with. One of these days a home-grown terrorist with experience in remote control planes is going to buy one of these things off the shelf at a some suburban model shop, drive to Washington DC, park half a mile from the White House and let her rip.

      I know the White House has all kinds of defenses, but I don't know how you stop something this small, this fast, flying this low, launched with ease from virtually any street, alley, flat roof or bike path and whose flying time is only perhaps 20 seconds.

      It's no doubt true such a model wouldn't do any real damage to the White House or anyone inside--even if the plane had a small payload on board (the plane would probably just crumple harmlessly against the bulletproof glass of the Oval Office). But the headlines would be so dramatic--"terror drone hits White House; first family miraculously unharmed"--it would publicly embarrass the military/homeland security types in the same way the Dolittle Raid embarrassed the Imperial Japanese military. (And the result in that case was their navy's launching a hasty attack on Midway from which they never recovered.)

      After a drone attack on the White House the folks who already want us to attack Iran would be blogging that the terrorist suspect had "ties" to Iran. Those charges would be picked up by congress and the more-warlike Republican candidates, which is to say nearly all of them, if Obama didn't promptly launch a preemptive strike he'd be ridiculed as a president so unmanly he wouldn't even protect his own family. Many of Obama's advisers have been pushing for years for a war with Iran. The last think they need now is a way to challenge Obama's manhood on the issue.

      Moral of the story. We need to bring our troops home and all our drones too.

  • 'Christopher Hitchens's loathing for Israel...' --John Podhoretz
    • When Podhoretz gets up in the morning the first thing he does is put on his Israel-tinted glasses. For the rest of the day then, he only sees things that are good (or bad) for Israel. Nothing else really much matters.

  • Ron Paul's stunning antiwar performance: Iran threat recalls Iraq, 'a useless war that killed 1 million Iraqis' and 8000 Americans
    • It's amazing that Kimberly Strassel thinks the American public might think Paul unpatriotic because he doesn't want to start a war with Iran (unlike her presumably). I wonder where Strassel thinks we're going to get the money to fight another war or why the public would support a new war now after 10 years in Afghanistan (9 1/2 of which were totally wasted).

      I also don't know why Strassel thinks it's so ludicrous that the terrorists attacked us on 9-11 because "we're in the Middle Eeast." As Paul has observed in previous debates, the 9-11 Commission came to the same conclusion, as have American generals.

    • If a Paul administration were to start closing some of the 900 bases we have in around the world, quit bombing other countries and refuse to start any new wars, we wouldn't have worry about military contractors getting rich or our soldiers shedding blood. Military contractors would shrivel on the vine and our soldiers would happily come home, where they should be anyway.

      I realize there's not any great likelihood of Paul getting the nomination, let alone winning the presidency, but the notion that military spending would go wild under a President Paul is a misreading of his many statements on the subject. He's the one candidate who really would slash the military budget. Not that he'll ever get that chance (despite the $25 I sent him last night in hopes he might somehow get the opportunity).

  • Why did it take 6 years to talk about the Israel lobby?
    • Typical Witty. You could drain pasta with his logic.

      That's a terrible (terribly true) thing to say about 40 watt member of the Mondoweiss community.

  • Iran airs footage of US drone intact
    • I think you may have misread my post. I'm suggesting that the Iranians may have had nothing to do with the downing of the drone one way or the other. I'm wondering if perhaps this was a false flag operation by someone which wants us to attack Iran.

    • Maybe it wasn't the Iranians who took control of the drone and landed it in their country. In situations like this, one always has to ask who profits. With a super-secret drone now in Iranian hands the US is now far more likely to attack Iran than previously. And who profits most from that? Israel.

  • GOP presidential candidates offer red meat on Israel (UPDATED)
    • I don't know why a president or candidate should visit Israel anyway. The countries important to the United States are Germany, Japan, China, India, Brazil, Russia, Britain, and Mexico. Israel's only important because AIPAC makes it so (and, sigh, because Israel can involve us in a war with Iran any time it chooses).

    • I can't believe how servile, fawning and obsequious the candidates become when the subject of Israel arises. Do they really think that jobless blue collar Americans in Ohio and western Pennsylvania will be impressed by this? Or do the candidates (along with Obama too) figure the working class is so busy going to church and oiling its guns to notice how cravenly the candidates abase themselves when it comes to Israel?

    • I can't imagine Israel becoming an issue unless lightning strikes and Ron Paul somehow becomes the Republican nominee. Of course all bets are off if Israel attacks Iran. In that case, Iran will attack US forces in the area on the grounds that Israel would never attack unless we gave the go-ahead. Once our forces are hit, the US will then enthusiastically join the war on behalf of Israel (with Iran and the rest of the world on the other side against us).

  • Accusing Obama of 'appeasement,' Romney says he'd travel to Israel on first trip as president
    • Accusing Obama of ‘appeasement,’ Romney says he’d travel to Israel on first trip as president.

      I'd be happy if he just traveled to Ohio or Western Pennsylvania

    • I simply can't understand who these guys think they're impressing when they act like Israel is far more important to voters than the citizens of Ohio, Pennsylvania or Michigan. Do they really think working class Americans without jobs care more about Israel's security needs than America's need for jobs, for a functional economy, for a future for our children? Apparently they do.

  • Panetta's last words to Israel: 'Get to the damn table... Get to the damn table'
  • From Occupation to 'Occupy': The Israelification of American domestic security
  • Could Ron Paul's Iowa surge finally open up political debate on Israel and Iran attack?
    • Bob Schieffer was obviously trying to do to Ron Paul what Charles Gibson did to Sarah Palin (on the Bush Doctrine). But Paul knows a good deal more than Palin. I only wish Paul was a better speaker (and had a better modulated voice). Although he called alertly called Schieffer on his claim that no report had ever assigned any blame to the US over 911, he didn't do with the kind of impact that would leave Schieffer gasping for breath like a fish out of water.

    • What you call "weak exculpatory points" were the heart of the original case against Gingrich.

      As for his first wife paying for Gingrich to go to graduate school, what are you suggesting--that he couldn't therefore divorce her? According to Gingrich's daughter, it was her mother who requested the divorce.

    • Gingrich's daughter says that never happened. They family had had a sit-down discussion of the impending divorce before Gingrich's wife went in the hospital. And she wasn't there for cancer. It was for the removal of a benign tumor. The -dumping-his-wife-while-she-was-hospitalized-with-cancer story originated with Mother Jones, which undoubtedly had its own reasons for propagating an unsubstantiated story.

  • Israeli gov't warns Israelis in U.S. not to marry Americans but come home
  • 'It’s time to stop the bully': Adbusters editor Kalle Lasn on Occupy Wall Street, the Israel lobby and the New York Times
    • Isn't it obvious? It exposes Zionists and neoconservatives as people with dual loyalties. It forces them to pick a country (America or Israel) and say "this is the one I'm really loyal to." It explodes the myth that putting Israel first somehow helps America too.

  • NBC and the Israel lobby
    • "If Israel attacks Iran it will be a disaster for everyone. Iran has said that it will attack Israeli nuclear facilities and disrupt Persian Gulf oil shipments if they are attacked. If this happens the Jewish lobby and Christian Zionists will bleat for all out war."

      They won't have to bleat for all out war. If Israel attacks Iran, Iran will attack US forces in the area (on the assumption that we gave Israel the go-ahead). Once that happens, we will automatically enter the war on Israel's behalf.

  • Salon: Israel pushes US warmongering via neocon dog-tail-waggers
    • "American, whether the US would back an Israeli strike is the question."

      If Israel attacks Iran the US won't get a chance to decide whether to back Israel or not. Iran will assume that the US was complicit in any Israeli attack. In response, the Iranians will attack all US forces in the area. The US then will have no choice but to join Israel in attacking Iran.

  • Sabra alternative: Inching towards social responsibility at DePaul University
    • "Why is the administration of a Catholic University so closely tied to Israel?"

      A liberal's greatest fear is being called a racist. His next greatest fear is being called an anti-Semite. They simply can't imagine a defense to such charges. Thus the one way they see to protect oneself is never to do anything (like Banning Israeli hummus) that might raise these issues at all.

  • AIPAC Hollywood junket to Israel meets protest
    • "Integrated? To me they seem like another tribal group."

      Such as? Most Italian-Americans I know (and I'm one myself) would bean you with a chafing dish if you suggested they had anything remotely resembling dual loyalities. As for their organizing lobbying groups to demand more foreign aid for Italy or eternal unwaivering "rock solid" support for support for her (as Hillary Clinton once promised for Israel), it would never happen. Americans of Italian descent (they are Americans now and nothing else) support just one country--the United States.

  • Obama administration approves navy warships seizing two boats carrying peace activists and letters to Gaza as necessary for Israeli 'security'
  • As UNESCO moves toward Palestinian recognition, Congress threatens to cut funding
    • I thought it was beyond question that Social Security was a Ponzi scheme. There is no Social Security trust fund. The newer workers pay the benefits of former workers.

      Isn't that the definition of a classic Ponzi scheme? And one of the reasons the system is collapsing is that there aren't enough new workers anymore to pay taxes into the system.

  • US aid to PA withheld over statehood bid, Hamas, and 'failure to recognize Israel's right to exist as Jewish State'
    • "Israel is a state for all of its citizens regardless of their faith."

      If that's true, why is so critically important to Zionists that Israel be recognized as the "Jewish state"?

  • An American Jew who emigrated to Israel is asked if the end of the Jewish state would be a tragedy for her
    • I agree. Some German Aryans used to be hysterically fearful of breeding with non-Aryans. To me there is little difference between that attitude that of Jews who seem so horrified at breeding with non-Jews.

  • 'Time' features generational divide over Israel-- when will 92d St Y stage this family affair?
    • "It makes me feel absolutely terrible when you stridently voice criticisms of Israel."

      It makes me feel absolutely terrible when some Americans can't see far enough beyond their tribal loyalties to realize our identification with Israel has made us hated around the world.

  • Knesset to vote on full Israeli annexation of the West Bank
    • I think you're right. What is any other country going to do against Israel's military fighting on their own turf (with the undoubted support of the United States). Israel will do whatever it wants and the US will back it all the way. Furthermore, no matter what Israel does there will be some in the US Congress who will argue Israel didn't do enough.

    • I wonder if the Obama administration (as well as the US Congress) will support the annexation of the West Bank. Maybe Obama will take a wild stand and say it's unhelpful.

      Probably not. More likely there will be some in Congress who will insist that Israel annex the West Bank (along with a 20 mile security corridor on the east bank of the Jordan River too).

  • Obama approves secret sale of 'bunker buster' bombs to Israel
    • I remember reading at least a couple of years ago that the US had agreed to supply Israel with bunker buster bombs. The story, as I recall, was based on a US government request for bids on a shipping contract to deliver the goods.

  • Abbas brings Tahrir to New York, and some of our media seem to be on board
    • I hope Netanyahu doesn't decide to try to rehabilitate Israel's image by attacking Iran. That would put American troops under attack and we would instantly enter the war on Israel's side, thereby plunging us into a depression that would last an entire generation. And when it was over we would be a much poorer and less important nation.

  • Ismail Khalidi: A tragic lecture, justifiying a vicious occupation, with no awareness that we killed the two-state solution
    • Instead of “watching their future state disappear”, the Palestinians should negotiate in earnest since there is no other way to a peaceful solution.

      The Palestinians would negotiate in earnest if the Israelis would quit building settlements on stolen Palestinian land.

  • Obama speech was shattering to liberal Zionists
    • Obama couldn't be more pro-Israel than if he pre-enrolled both his daughters in the IDF (which he might just try if things are still looking really bad when next fall rolls around).

  • America is fed up with the 'old man's commiseration club'
    • "For a putative progressive website to lovingly quote a free marketeer is cause for concern."

      I don't see any cause for concern when Weiss quotes a fearless clear-eyed woman.

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