Archive for September, 2011
Rock Star Welcome for Ron Paul at the California Republican Party Convention (in which he had the most votes!)
Israel prepared to stay in West Bank at all costs
Obama urges UN to ignore Palestine
Tensions rise in Middle East amid Palestinian statehood bid
US fights rearguard action as Palestinians push for statehood
Russia vows to support Palestinian UN membership bid
Even Zbigniew Brzezinski says AIPAC is bad for USA and Israel stole Palestinian land
Can see the illegal Israeli West Bank settlements in the recently released ‘Miral’ film: http://tinyurl.com/miralfilm
Mearsheimer resists urge to say ‘I told ‘em so’
The Lobby Strikes Back
A new book riles the AIPAC crowd, but makes it to the bestseller list anyway.
Netanyahu: US easily manipulated
Can see the illegal Israeli settlements in the recently released ‘Miral’ film via http://tinyurl.com/miralfilm
Ron Paul Spot on with 911 Motivation: http://tinyurl.com/ronpaulspotonwith911motivation
911 Motive and Media Betrayal: http://tinyurl.com/911motivemediabetrayal
Tapping the Israeli Embassy
By Philip Giraldi | September 15, 2011
Shamai Leibowitz, an FBI Hebrew translator, was arrested in May 2010 for revealing restricted information consisting of five reports classified “secret” to an unidentified blogger. He confessed—explaining that he had been trying to reveal illegal activity—repented, and was sentenced to a minimum term of 20 months in prison. He has now been released. There was considerable speculation over what Leibowitz, a left-wing, Israel-born dual national, had actually revealed. A New York newspaper claimed that the information had gone to a “pro-Palestinian Arab group.”
In reality, Leibowitz, who had top-secret clearance, was working as the translator for an undercover FBI counterintelligence team operating out of Calverton, Maryland. The FBI was tapping into all the telephone lines and cell phone numbers associated with diplomats and intelligence officers working out of the Israeli Embassy in Washington and the United Nations in New York. The Israelis practiced good communications security when they were on their phones speaking English, but they were reportedly extremely reckless when speaking Hebrew because they believed that they could not be understood. The FBI compiled a thick dossier on Israeli diplomats and spies and was able to establish linkages to a number of other targets of interest. Analyzing the Hebrew recordings, Leibowitz identified a number of hidden relationships with U.S. government officials and the media, as well as advocacy groups like AIPAC and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
What the FBI uncovered was a massive and highly focused campaign referred to by the Israelis as “perception management,” but which the CIA would refer to as a covert action. Much of the activity was illegal or incompatible with the role of foreign diplomats in the United States, which is why Leibowitz took action after his supervisors refused to proceed with prosecution. The focus was on Iran, with Israeli officials intent on preparing the American public for war against the mullahs. They were spreading disinformation on Iran’s nuclear program, promoting international sanctions, and trying to obtain Washington’s support for an ultimatum on the nuclear program as a final diplomatic gesture that would be turned down by Iran, leading to war with the U.S. playing the lead role. The Israeli Embassy’s activities consisted of drafting articles and editorials that were placed with an accommodating media, paying journalists to write pieces making the same points, and working closely with groups like WINEP and AIPAC to present policymakers with a coordinated list of arguments for war. At least one congressman from Indiana was approached directly by Israeli intelligence and agreed to host an anti-Iran conference as well as to introduce legislation tightening Iran sanctions. The recorded telephone conversation between an Israeli intelligence officer and Rep. Jane Harman in April 2009, in which she agreed to intervene on behalf of accused AIPAC spies Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman in exchange for chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee, was also part of the special FBI counterintelligence operation.
Leibowitz’s concern that the illegal activity would not be prosecuted by the Justice Department proved correct. No Israeli or American named in the extensive FBI investigative dossier has been in any way punished.
Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, is executive director of the Council for the National Interest.
Alison Weir (of http://ifamericansknew.org) wrote:
A US ambassador just spilled the beans: “Israel drives all US policies.” Here is my article on Shapiro’s amazingly detailed revelations.
Clueless Republicans Demand More Militarism
Clueless Republicans Demand More Militarism
Posted By Philip Giraldi On September 14, 2011 @ 11:00 pm In Uncategorized | 22 Comments
While the Republicans who are running for president seem to have grasped the truth about the economic abyss that the country is peering into, there continues to be an air of unreality whenever the discussions turn to foreign policy and national security issues. Perhaps it is fortunate that the leading candidates rarely venture into those uncharted waters except in the form of simplistic slogans that could well be placed on bumper stickers.
Sen. John “bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” McCain has been expending most of his strangled rhetoric on defending the indefensible by talking up the “success” of the Libyan adventure, so he has left it to his colleague from Arizona Sen. John Kyl to do the heavy lifting on other national security issues. Kyl has already announced that Republicans will block any defense cuts in the $1.2 trillion in overall spending reductions being negotiated by a bipartisan commission. It is also reported that some previously agreed-upon budget reductions at the Pentagon are already being shifted to other parts of the government, so military spending will essentially remain untouched.
Is there any doubt that pervasive militarism has now become a core value of the Republican Party? If there is any confusion, check out the positions being taken by the presidential candidates, with the sole exception of Ron Paul. Front-runner Rick Perry has this to say: “We must renew our commitment to taking the fight to the enemy wherever they are before they strike at home,” an assertion that is not too different from what President Barack Obama is doing, which in turns derives from the Bush Doctrine that the U.S. can respond to any perceived security threat anywhere, at any time, and in any fashion. Perry is also being advised on foreign policy by neoconservatives including Doug Feith, and he identifies strongly with evangelicals. He is also a strong supporter of Israel.
But Mitt Romney outdoes Perry. In spite of the fact that Washington spends as much as the rest of the world on what it refers to as defense, Mitt sees weakness. He wants to “restore defense capabilities to ensure security at home and peace abroad…. America must make long-overdue investments in our military. Modernize air and naval forces, weapons systems, and equipment. Grow the number of troops and ensure that funds go to their needs and care. Establish robust missile defense and repair and update our nuclear arsenal. Oppose efforts to cut our military budget.” We must also “bolster our support for Israel, which has always been and will continue to be our strongest ally in the Middle East” and, “building on NATO, establish a global military alliance of democracies dedicated to ensuring security and protecting freedom.”
Even more discouraging is the mindless jingoism emanating from tea party favorites. The tea parties have led the charge for reducing government spending, and one has to believe that most of them are sincere, unlike Sen. Mitch McConnell or Rep. Eric Cantor, both of whom are now urging fiscal restraint after cheering the bloat of the George W. Bush years. Someone has to tell the tea partyers that an interventionist foreign policy has not only made us less safe, but it has also been the major driving force in the surge in the size and cost of the federal government. A recent Special Investigator for Afghanistan Reconstruction report reveals that each of the thousands of federal employees sent to Afghanistan for the bottomless pit job of “reconstruction” costs the taxpayer more than $500,000 a year, not counting the billions of dollars more dedicated to various projects that they supervise. Each American soldier costs closer to $1 million annually. And that is only Afghanistan. Unless you address the money-hemorrhaging by eliminating the root cause of an out-of-control foreign policy, shaving a bit from Social Security and Medicare will only wind up freeing up still more money for overseas adventures.
“Retrenchment” is not a word much favored by some tea partyers when it comes to foreign policy. Witness Michele Bachmann. On her website, she plays the national security issue hard, using a photo of a soldier saluting with what appears to be a sunset behind him as a backdrop.
Beyond the basic task of defending our borders and our homeland, it doesn’t take a Nobel Peace Prize to recognize that preserving our security comes down to one simple maxim: stand up for our friends … stand up to our foes … and know the difference.…We have a president who tells our true friend, Israel, that it must surrender its right to defensible borders to appease forces that have never recognized that nation’s right to exist.…We have a president who has taken his eye off the ball when it comes to the true threat in the Middle East: a potentially nuclear-armed Iran.…We have a president who — in unprecedented fashion — is ravaging our military strength and structure at a time of war, while elevating political correctness over readiness in its ranks. And we have a president who is declaring a premature end to the war on terror against the advice of his own generals. As commander in chief, I will … devote the resources necessary to maintain our fighting forces as second-to-none, while being judicious in the use of our power. I will ensure our borders are fully secured. And I will not rest until the war on terror is won.
Sounds a bit like lines from a playbook that has been around for the past 10 years, featuring more of the same and bombs away, to include Iran. And then there is Sen. Marco Rubio from Florida, much beloved by the tea parties. Rubio believes himself to be a foreign policy expert apparently because his parents were born in Cuba. He sought, and obtained, a seat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after developing a severe case of happy feet when elected senator on Nov. 2, 2010. He rushed off to Israel the following day, where he met with a major donor to his campaign and no doubt presented his credentials to be confirmed for the Foreign Relations Committee. The position on the committee was a reward for Rubio’s remarkably, even by American standards, outspoken support of the concept that Israel and the United States are two peas in a pod: “We should always remember that the obstacle to peace isn’t Israel; it is Palestinian extremists and Islamic terrorists who will not accept the Jewish state. Israel’s enemies are or will soon be America’s enemies as well. They are emboldened every time they sense any sort of daylight between the United States and Israel.”
Rubio, like Bachmann and Sarah Palin, speaks often about American “exceptionalism,” interpreting that to mean a God-given right to intervene globally. As he explained in an interview with National Review, “There is no replacement for America in the world. If America withdraws from the world stage, it will create a vacuum, and that vacuum will not be filled by someone better than us.”
And much more craziness is afoot in the minds of those who continue to see the world in terms of unmitigated good engaged in an apocalyptic struggle with unmitigated evil, a concept introduced to the American people by the great political and moral philosophy duo George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. As noted with Bachmann and Rubio, the theme of defending Israel is like a river that runs through many of the foreign policy positions embraced by Republicans, who may consider it a sine qua non for those running for high office. Representative Joe Walsh of Illinois, described as a “tea party firebrand,” intends to introduce a motion in the House of Representatives that will express congressional support for Israeli annexation of much of the West Bank if the Palestinians attempt to declare statehood at the United Nations later this month. The fact that the United States has no national interest whatsoever in supporting a new Israeli land grab apparently does not occur to Joe, who considers the concept of Palestinian statehood “absolutely outrageous.”
Someone should tell Joe that, on the contrary, the American national interest will suffer grave damage as the Arab street reacts predictably to yet another indication that Washington will do anything to make Israel happy and absolutely nothing to help its Arab friends. Walsh was one of 56 Republican congressmen who made an AIPAC-sponsored all-expenses-paid trip to Israel during the congressional recess in August. While in Israel he met with hard-line Knesset member Danny Danon, who is politically to the right of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and who has been advocating Israeli annexation of what he refers to as Samaria and Judea. Walsh and Danon “bounced some ideas off each other.”
What is missing here is any whiff of realism or a sense of proportion. Most Americans believe that the country must have a strong military to defend itself against possible attack, though a short list of countries that might be inclined to attack would be rather hard to come up with these days. America should not be in the business of uncritically defending Israel or anyone else, and it shouldn’t be going around poking sticks in hornet nests, but somehow the country’s political class, weaned on a diet of Manifest Destiny, can’t help itself. Time to wake up. We can’t afford the wars and the overseas bases, we shouldn’t be interfering in other people’s quarrels, and we most definitely shouldn’t be sending our young people off to kill or be killed. If you want to return to a “normal” America, you have to end the war culture. It’s as simple as that, but try telling that to a Republican.
Read more by Philip Giraldi
- Biggest Losers in Palestine Veto? The American People – http://tinyurl.com/UNPalestine
StateVeto- September 21st, 2011
- A 10-Year Reckoning – September 7th, 2011
- Israel Wages Lawfare Against Gaza Flotilla – August 31st, 2011
- Whose Congress and State Department? – August 24th, 2011
- Rick Perry and the Neocons – http://tinyurl.com/rickperryandtheneocons – August 17th, 2011
Article printed from Antiwar.com Original: http://original.antiwar.com
Mearsheimer resists urge to say ‘I told ‘em so’
Why They Attacked US on 911: http://tinyurl.com/WhyTheyAttackedUSon911
Former CIA Bin Laden unit head Mike Scheuer on C-SPAN’s ‘Washington Journal’ this past Saturday (what he said near end about Al Qaida bankrupting US was spot on as well):
Mearsheimer resists urge to say ‘I told ‘em so’
Cheney to Newsmax: Israel Will Attack a ‘Nuclear’ Iran
9/11 Motive & Media Betrayal (Former CIA Bin Laden head Michael Scheuer mentioned Israel 1st neocon advocate John McCain as well)
9/11 Motive & Media Betrayal (Israel 1st neocon advocate John McCain mentioned):
Tom Murphy’s latest video for http://youtube.com/representativepress which included call (and his response) on C-SPAN’s ‘Washington Journal’ yesterday for former CIA Bin Laden unit head Michael Scheuer
9/11 Motive & Media Betrayal (Israel first neocon advocate John McCain mentioned as well):
Former CIA Bin Laden unit head Mike Scheuer on C-SPAN’s ‘Washington Journal’ yesterday morning (call and his response included as what he said near end about Al Qaida bankrupting US was spot on as well):
“Israel & Saudi Arabia Are Much More Dangerous Enemies To The US Than The Iranians Are!” says former CIA Bin Laden unit head Michael Scheuer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHqfuXl31YY
Former CIA Bin Laden unit head Michael Scheuer slams Israel lobby on C-SPAN
Additional via http://NeoconZionistThreat.com as well!