Archive for April, 2012

Ralph Nader on Gaza: The World’s Largest Open-Air Gulag

US support for the following is why the ‘underwear bomber’ and others have tried to attack US!:

The Crisis in Gaza  http://tinyurl.com/6sxwf3z
The World’s Largest Open-Air Gulag
by RALPH NADER
Have you heard much lately about the 1.5 million Palestinians illegally imprisoned by the Israeli government in the world’s largest open-air Gulag? Their dire living conditions, worsened by a selective Israeli siege limiting the importation of necessities of life – medical items, food, water, building materials, and fuel to list a few – has resulted in an 80 percent unemployment rate and widespread suffering from unlawful punishment, arbitrary arrests and imprisonment in Israeli jails.

 
The horrific conditions were a result of the Israeli invasion of Gaza in late 2008, ignited by Israel’s breaking of a truce with Gaza on November 4. Fourteen hundred people died, nearly three hundred of them children, and thousands were injured. The terror bombing of the Gazan population smashed into homes, hospitals, schools, ambulances, mosques, subsistence farms, UN facilities, and even the American International School. Israeli bombers destroyed over 30 members of one extended family in their home. That toll alone was three times the amount of Israeli fatalities, which included friendly fire.

 
The humanitarian crisis in crowded Gaza – about twice the size of the District of Columbia – “is now more dire than ever.” That is the judgment of Norwegian physician and professor of medicine, Dr. Mads Gilbert, who just finished a ten-day speaking tour in the U.S. Dr. Gilbert, returning from a recent visit to Gaza, was one of the only two foreign doctors inside Gaza during the massacre of December 2008 to January 2009.

 
He says: “During the Israeli attack, I saw the effects of new weapons including drones, phosphorous and also DIME [Dense Inert Metal Explosives], which leave no shrapnel, but I witnessed their capacity to cut a child in two; they also leave radioactive traces.”

Today, anemia and protein deficiency are widespread, reports Dr. Gilbert, especially among little children. UN and other relief supplies are inadequate, and UN humanitarian relief staff is often harassed by Israeli officials. Rebuilding pulverized Gaza is seriously obstructed by Israel blocking the imports of building materials.

 
Dr. Gilbert comments that he has “worked in other desperate situations in other places and Gaza is unique in a number of respects. It’s a captive population – usually if civilians are being attacked, there’s a safe place they can take refuge and then come back to their homes when the fighting has stopped. That doesn’t exist for the people in Gaza since they are effectively imprisoned by the Israeli siege.”

 
Writing in the prestigious British medical journal “The Lancet” in early 2009, Dr. Gilbert provided clinical details of the slaughter, including the destruction of ambulances and medical facilities that tend to the dying and the wounded.

 
He described a “shattered, attacked, and drained health-care system trying to help an overwhelming amount of casualties in a war between clearly unequal powers, where the attacker spares no civilian lives – be it man, woman, or child – not even the much-needed health workers of all professions.”

 
It is no wonder the Israelis banned all foreign reporters, including those from the U.S. – the very country that provided the weaponry – thereby preventing the world from seeing the carnage as it happened.

 
The media ban made it possible for George W. Bush and president-elect Barack Obama to get away with describing this aggressive war with the identical phrase “Israel has the right to defend itself.” But apparently, the Palestinians do not have any way to defend themselves against the second-most modern military arsenal in the world; and their pleas about who broke the truce and started the bloodshed are unheeded.

 
Crude, garage-built Palestinian rockets are no match for modern precision missiles, helicopter gunships, bombers and drones. Fortunately for the Israelis, the rockets failed to reach any population centers 99 percent of the time. It was a mystery even to the Israelis why the unchallenged Israeli air force and ground artillery did not knock out the primitive Gaza launching sites, given its spies, informants and knowledge of every block in Gaza.

 
Reporters would have dug out these stories were they allowed inside Gaza. Since 2009, the focus of both the Israeli and U.S. government toward Iran has taken Gaza, the thousands of Palestinians in Israeli prisons, and the swallowing up of more land in the Palestinian West Bank, off of the news screens in the West.

 
It is remarkable how successful the Israeli propagandists have been in controlling the news coverage. They have even sidelined prominent retired Israeli security, military and political leaders, who along with civic and peace advocates are seeking a two-state solution, an end to confiscation of Palestinian land and houses, and debunking war talk against Iran, designed for domestic political purposes in Israel and the U.S.

 
For example, Meir Dagan, director of the Mossad – Israel’s CIA – from 2002 until 2010, called bombing Iran “the stupidest thing I ever heard.” In agreement are many other Israelis in the know. But, as in the U.S. during the months before the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, experienced voices of realism and sanity are not heard. Nor are sobering words of candor, as voiced by Israel’s founding father, David Ben-Gurion, who said, of the dispossessed Palestinians years ago, “we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?”

 
Isn’t bringing these prominent Israeli truthsayers, peace advocates and military refuseniks to the U.S. Congress for their first-ever public hearing way overdue? At stake is peace or more wars in the Middle East. Also at stake is the possibility of another U.S. “war of choice” against Iran and the likely uncontrollable consequences that such belligerency would provoke. Would members of Congress let the AIPAC lobby block Israelis from coming here to present such testimony?

 
Or are the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees, chaired respectively by Democratic Senator John Kerry and Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, satisfied with following their party lines?

 
Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer and author of Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us! He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, forthcoming from AK Press.

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UN accuses Israel over phosphorus (in Gaza):

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7831424.stm

“Underwear bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab mentions Israel as motive:

http://america-hijacked.com/2011/10/13/%e2%80%9cunderwear-bomber%e2%80%9d-umar-farouk-abdulmutallab-mentions-israel-as-motive/

Reflections on Israel and Palestine: ‘I’ve Been Duped’

http://america-hijacked.com/2012/04/17/reflections-on-israel-and-palestine-ive-been-duped/

From Tampa to CBS, the Light Is Shining Through

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/641/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1244720

Eric Alterman on AIPAC’s influence and US support for Israel’s oppression of the Palestiinians motivation for 911

Eric Alterman on AIPAC’s influence and US support for Israel’s oppression of the Palestiinians motivation for 911:

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/305487-1

“60 Minutes” exposes the real problem, Israel

General (Ret) James David who is mentioned on the cover of the third edition of former Republican Congressman Paul Findley’s ‘They Dare to Speak Out’ book (about the power/influence of the pro-Israel lobby on the US political system and media) wrote the following

CBS needs to be praised for their courage in showing the latest “60 Minutes” that aired last night.  You would never see FOX having this courage. You need to take the time and watch it if you haven’t already seen it.  It’s a shame that more of the media don’t have this courage.
It made Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, look like an ass.  And that’s saying it mildly. He tried to blame the Muslims, like most ignorant fools try to do when, in fact, the problem is not with Muslims, but with the Israelis themselves.  Thank you CBS for showing the truth.
 
’60 minutes’ profiles Palestinian Christians
 
 

Christians of the Holy Land

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57417408/christians-of-the-holy-land/

’60 Minutes’ Israel Story: Benjamin Netanyahu Reportedly Briefed On Envoy’s Attempt To Kill CBS Story

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/24/60-minutes-israel-christians-netanyahu-kill-story_n_1449595.html

The above story ran on 60 Minutes tonight. It’s a powerful piece showing life under occupation, and a damning portrait of Michael Oren as the chief spokesperson for Israel’s unjust control over the West Bank. On the onerous permit regime that limits freedom of movement and defines Palestinian existence in the occupied territories Oren says, “It’s their inconvenience, it’s our survival.” Oren tries to blame the dwindling Christian community in the West Bank on Islamic extremism, and Palestinian Christians interviewed nearly break out laughing. Not surprisingly, Oren calls Israel’s Christian critics anti-Semites.

But perhaps the most revealing part of the show was Bob Simon sharing that Oren had complained to CBS News head Jeff Fager before the segment had even been aired, calling it “a hatchet job.”

Paul Findley Commentary: A fundamental change in who we are

http://www.myjournalcourier.com/articles/commentary-39651-findley-fundamental.html

From Tampa to CBS, the Light Is Shining Through

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/641/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1244720

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“It’s a Trick, We Always Use It.” (calling people “anti-Semitic”)
 
 
 
Reflections on Israel and Palestine: ‘I’ve Been Duped’
 

U.S. Republicans seek to provide Israel with $680 million for Iron Dome anti-missile system (as US states go broke!)

General (Ret) James David (who is mentioned on the cover of the third edition of former Republican Congressman Paul Findley’s ‘They Dare to Speak Out’ book about the power/influence of the pro-Israel lobby on the US media and political system) wrote the following:

 

It doesn’t matter if it’s Republicans or Democrats.  The Israeli Lobby has corrupted both sides  and the American people pay the price.  Is this what you call cutting back on spending?  We need to clean up Washington and vote all these crooks out of office.  When will America wake up???
 
U.S. Republicans seek to provide Israel with $680 million for Iron Dome anti-missile system – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel
 
 
Published 02:18 21.04.12 Latest update 02:18 21.04.12

U.S. Republicans seek to provide Israel with $680 million for Iron Dome anti-missile system

So far, the United States has provided $205 million to support the Iron Dome effort; Obama administration plans to request unspecified level of funding from Congress to help expand the system.

By Reuters Tags: Iron Dome Israel US AIPAC Barack Obama

The United States would spend an additional $680 million through 2015 to strengthen Israel’s short-range rocket shield under a plan crafted by Republicans from the House of Representatives, two congressional staff members disclosed on Friday.

The figure could put election-year pressure on President Barack Obama’s administration to spell out what it deems suitable support for the “Iron Dome,” which has played an increasingly important role in Israeli security.

Iron Dome battery. An Iron Dome battery.
Photo by: Reuters
 

Israel has so far deployed three operating units of the system, which helped thwart Palestinian rocket salvos during a flare-up in fighting around the Gaza Strip last month. It has spoken of needing a total of 13 or 14 units to protect various fronts.

The system intercepted more than 80 percent of the targets it engaged in March when nearly 300 rockets and mortars were fired at southern Israel, saving “many lives,” a U.S. Defense Department spokesman said on March 27.

The Obama administration plans to request an unspecified, “appropriate” level of funding from Congress to help expand the system based on Israeli requirements and production capacity, George Little, the Pentagon press secretary, said at the time.

There was no immediate official comment from the Obama administration on Republican plans to seek $680 million starting in the current fiscal year through fiscal 2015. It is not clear how the administration will view the proposal.

The matter may come up when panels of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee start crafting their version of the 2013 Defense Authorization Act next week or, failing that, when the full committee writes its bill in May.

So far, the United States has provided $205 million to support the Iron Dome effort, manufactured by Israel’s state-owned Raphael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. The system uses small radar-guided missiles to blow up in midair Katyusha-style rockets with ranges of 5 km (3 miles) to 70 km (45 miles), as well as mortar bombs.

A Republican congressional aide said the proposed additional $680 million would provide the batteries and interceptors needed to defend Israel, based on the current coverage and the arsenal available to Hamas and Hezbollah Islamist militants.

The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the biggest pro-Israel lobbying group, did not immediately respond to questions about what it deems the scope of Israel’s need.

Republicans critical of funding level

This year, Obama’s budget requests $3.1 billion in security assistance to Israel, part of a 10-year, $30 billion U.S. commitment to the Jewish state’s security. None of that is scheduled to fund Iron Dome.

Top Republicans have criticized Obama for what they described as inadequate funding of U.S.-Israeli missile defense cooperation in his 2013 budget request released in February amid deficit-reduction requirements.

“We are deeply concerned that at a time of rising threats to our strongest ally in the Middle East, the administration is requesting record-low support for this vital defense cooperation program,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard McKeon, wrote in a February 14 letter to Obama.

Political analysts said U.S. and allied defense needs were often treated as wedge issues in election years along with other potential vote-getters.

Congressional Republicans may hope their strong support for “Iron Dome” will help “crack the normal two-to-one advantage Democrats usually enjoy with Jewish voters,” said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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U.S. to announce additional $1 billion to Israel

Sunday, May 13, 2012 6:37 AM

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/barak-panetta-to-announce-special-u-s-military-assistance-to-israel-1.430129

 

You must read some of the comments in reference to the below article from the Israeli news Haaretz.  These comments would never be allowed in the American media.   Here are some of them.
 
 
A Measure of Washington’s Corruption

  • By Fred S. Morrison
  • 13 May 2012
  • 03:55PM

US with a national debt 7 times that of Israel U.S. gives billions. Panetta shows the American people he would trample on American children for his personal frame and power. Israel has plenty of money and yet they act like a parasite.

  • By Nick Potzayid, Montreal
  • 13 May 2012
  • 03:51PM

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has a strong point – Israel will be defeated without stating a war. That’s exact point ignored by the Bibi Netanyahu’s government and all specters of Israel political establishment. Economic and political downfall of America (the only one loyal supporter thanks to a powerful Jewish lobby in Washington D.C.) will isolate Israel within the global communities. Europe was and will be anti-Semitic till the end of our human history. So two simple options are left for Israel: 1. Introduce a stable and viable “state capitalism” economic system and distance itself from the deep pocket of Uncle Sam. American “pure” capitalism is over (read closely books of a brilliant scholar and a German Yid Karl Marx). 2. Expel without any mercy all Arabs from the Israeli territories, there will be absolutely no support (political or economic) to Israel after the fall of America in the near future.

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  • By Warren
  • 13 May 2012
  • 03:36PM
  • By John-An America-Firster
  • 13 May 2012
  • 03:32PM

If Americans don’t start removing the treasonous elected officials from office this absurd fiscal irresponsibility will continue. I will certainly be writing to my congressman to demand answers as to why they are cutting funding to domestic programs while increasing aid to a foreign country!

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  • By Marlem
  • 13 May 2012
  • 03:28PM

Israel would have all the time to make an effort to establish friendly and peaceful relations with its neighbours. However, she prefers to consider its neighbours as potential enemies and has so far mainly engaged in armarment and bellicose issues, settlements and continued occupation. It is surprising that no other routes seem possible. Instead of forcing Israel to engage in peace, the U.S. has nothing else to do then to provi more weapons. This is defence of rockets coming from a place which is under Israeli siege. Stop the siege and blockade, allow people to live in freedom and the rockets will disappear.

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  • By Nol
  • 13 May 2012
  • 03:20PM

but because of the strong lobby its possible for america to give alomost 1 additional billion to warfare and acceptin landgrab.

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US approves 1 BILLION for Israeli missile systems while US faces economic woes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XSTdxI82i4

The Israel Lobby Never Sleeps (by Philip Giraldi)

http://thepassionateattachment.com/2012/05/09/the-israel-lobby-never-sleeps-2/

Ron Paul courageously against billions for defense (of Israel) as US states go broke:

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/blog/2012/05/09/billions-for-defense-of-israel/

Ron Paul only candidate to put America first:

 
Statement on US-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012
 
 

Berman, Congressional Foreign Affairs Boss (before Congressman Howard McKeon took over the position), Cites Israel as a Prime Motivator in His Politics, Then Calls Israel Lobby a ‘Total Canard’

http://mondoweiss.net/2008/02/foreign-affairs.html

 
Press TV talks to James Morris on ‘CNN GOP Debate’
 
 
Ron Paul spot on with 9/11 Motivation:

http://tinyurl.com/ronpaulspotonwith911motivation

 
Romney Embraces the Neocons: http://tinyurl.com/romneyembracesneocons

General James David also wrote the following:

 

What a joke!!!!!   I wonder how many Republicans would stand up and vote to repeal this obnoxious waste of taxpayer money?
That’s right, Americans must suffer cuts in the budget but when it comes to Israel, we give them even more.  The only problem is that this money is used to confiscate more Palestinian land in order to build more illegal Jewish settlements that only extends the violence insuring there will never be peace.  But our duped American public believe that this money is well spent because their brains have been fried from watching too much FOX. 
And by the way, don’t try to link on to the above link because, whenever it comes to freedom of the press, it is freedom as long as it’s not critical of Israel.  This is why the link above has been forbidden access by the controlled media.  So, here is another link that you can read about in reference to how the Israeli lobby uses extortion tactics to guarantee each member of Congress votes “yes” to Israeli demands.  So the title of this message is very appropriate even if the initial intention wasn’t meant to be.  And as long as the Israeli lobby and the controlled media such as FOX continues to erroneously paint Israel as the victim when the opposite is the truth, the American taxpayer will continue to feed a mad monster in the Middle East.

Has Ron Paul Sold Out To Israeli Lobby?

Has Ron Paul Sold Out To Israeli Lobby?

Ron Paul Shocks Campaign Staff With New Position On Israel

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31148.htm

Ron Paul Gets One Wrong (by Philip Giraldi)

http://america-hijacked.com/2012/05/03/ron-paul-gets-one-wrong/

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I have been an ardent supporter of Ron Paul but he caved on this one.. I didn’t like it when he said that it wasn’t our business if Israel attacked Iran (as conveyed in the following Press TV interview) but of course it is when we provide Israel with BILLIONS of US dollars and weaponry which would enable such an attack. In addition, Dr. Paul doesn’t seem to understand how serious it is when he mentions that Israel should be allowed to move its capital to Jerusalem which is against international law and against official US State Department policy as well. Any supposed two-state solution whould involve Jerusalem as a shared city between Israelis and Palestinians (I happen to believe in the One-State Solution though). Again it is obvious that Dr. Paul caved on this one.. I am an independent and was going to switch back to Republican to vote for him in the primary but I am not going to bother doing that now.. I still may vote for him as a write-in in November if he comes back to reality with this one!:

Press TV talks to James Morris on ‘CNN GOP Debate’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEtASJOjDU8

In addition you might want to take a look at George Washington’s Farewell Address linked at the bottom of http://astandforjustice.org/ as well. Israel murdered American sailors and marines on the USS Liberty as I have friends who were on that ship. Israel should never be cut any slack for such treachery. Israel is no friend of America as I don’t agree with Ron Paul’s position of wanting to let Israel do whatever it wants to using US taxpayer dollars for such! We can’t allow Israel to start WW3!

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Incredible for Ron Paul to cave like that especially with the following ’60 Minutes’ segment last night:

Christians of the Holy Land

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57417408/christians-of-the-holy-land/

’60 minutes’ profiles Palestinian Christians
 
 
“It’s a Trick, We Always Use It.” (calling people “anti-Semitic”)
 
 

Ron Paul & Napolitano~Restore Civil Liberties

Ron Paul & Napolitano~Restore Civil Liberties

 

NEW RON PAUL AD DESTROYS THE ENTIRE ESTABLISHMENT and flushes the remaining pieces

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRX3fUwUtIE

 Ron Paul attacks CISPA in urgent call to oppose ‘Big Brother’ bill (AUDIO)
 
 
Ron Paul is EXPLODING!! with Zero media coverage
 
 
Rachel Maddow : Ron Paul delegate strategy is working
 
 
Ron Paul Still in the Race with Millions in Funding and Zero Debt
 
 

Ron Paul has UCLA students hanging out in Trees OMG ~ 2012 Presidential Race

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOKkjybzoSE

Ron Paul UCLA Rally 2012 Best footage compilation (in HD)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5TeneSysiw

Mike Chickey wrote: This (above youtube!) really captures the excitement and energy of the UCLA event:
7,000+ person Ron Paul rally at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 4/4/2012, shatters attendance record.
Video highlights: Incredibly long line to get in, fire marsh…all holds 1,000 people at the gate, people climb trees to see, some speech highlights, massive crowd goes nuts.
I was one of the aprox. 1,000 that were held at the gate. Strauss Stadium’s fixed seats hold 5,800 people which were completely filled after fire marshall allowed them to be by the end yet there was still a massive crowd outside the gate, peering through the fence, and up in the trees. I hope this video gives you the feeling that you were actually there. I shot most of the footage with a Canon 60D camera and edited in Final Cut X.

 Ron Paul at UCLA:
 
 

Ron Paul Gets 10,000 People At UCLA! This Is The Revolution We Have Been Waiting For!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br2ml4U0zIo&feature=share

Ron Paul Draws 7,800+ at UCLA Rally! Video Clips of Crowd and Speech!

http://www.dailypaul.com/224867/ron-paul-draws-7800-at-ucla-rally-video-of-crowd-and-speech

Ron Paul UCLA Overcapacity crowd! 4/4/2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCKzRuAcBp0

Congressman Ron Paul explains the TRUE reason behind the resentment of the U.S. around the world

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30Ugvsw_pHY

 Ron Paul spot on with 9/11 Motivation:

http://tinyurl.com/ronpaulspotonwith911motivation

What Motivated 9/11 Hijackers? See testimony most didn’t!

http://tinyurl.com/911motivation

Valentino’s Ghost (new documentary about US media coverage of the Arab/Muslim world):

http://www.valentinosghost.com

CISPA: Patriot Act for the web’ – Internet activist http://on.rt.com/34jsl2

Via @RT_com at Twitter (no coverage by US mainstream media):

BREAKING: House approves #CISPA 248-168 http://on.rt.com/hvjng7 #news

CISPA Critics Warn Cybersecurity Bill Will Increase Domestic Surveillance and Violate Privacy Rights

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/4/26/cispa_critics_warn_cybersecurity_bill_will

Ultimately, the legislation passed 248-168:

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/profile/7788/blog/2012/04/26/cispa-roll-call-42612

Festival of Books: Iraq as ‘distraction’ and other post-9/11 loose ends (US could be become tyrany):

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2012/04/festival-of-books-iraq-as-distraction-and-other-post-911-loose-ends.html

“Sit Down!” The Power to Silence the Truth about 9/11 Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7EB1FxENxQ

Scroll down to Terry McDermott’s Los Angeles Times article at http://tinyurl.com/motivation911 and see http://tinyurl.com/911motivemediabetrayal youtube as well!

Press TV Talks to James Morris on Republican CNN debate about Ron Paul on Iran:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEtASJOjDU8

Additional youtubes automatically play after the first one (same one as the above one with James Morris) finishes at following youtube link!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEtASJOjDU8&list=PL4E7095E082094785&feature=plpp_play_all

Additional at following URL:

Press TV Talks to James Morris on Republican CNN debate about Ron Paul on Iran

http://america-hijacked.com/2011/11/28/press-tv-talks-to-james-morris-on-republican-cnn-debate-about-ron-paul-on-iran/

Ron Paul vs the Israel 1st Neocon Warmongers: http://tinyurl.com/ronpaul911

Neocon Warmongers: http://tinyurl.com/Neoconwarmongers

Romney Embraces the Israel first Neocon Warmongers:

http://tinyurl.com/romneyembracesneocons

 

DEBORCHGRAVE on neocon driven Afghan & Iraq wars

Arnaud de Borchgrave nailed it in the following Washington Times article (which appeared prior via the UPI article included below as well!) as he mentioned the neocon ‘A Clean Break’  war for Israel agenda (http://tinyurl.com/cleanbreak) for Iraq as historians will use articles like that one to see what a mess neocon/AIPAC toady politicians like John McCain and others got US into (Mitt Romney is no better as one just has to read what Phil Giraldi mentioned about him and the neoconned GOP at the bottom of http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2012/04/11/the-babylonian-captivity-of-washington/ and watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEtASJOjDU8 and click on http://tinyurl.com/romneyembracesneocons)!:
 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/apr/18/de-borchgrave-lost-in-space-nasas-63m-russian-taxi/

DE BORCHGRAVE: Lost in space: NASA’s $63M Russian taxi rides

By Arnaud de Borchgrave      The Washington Times                       Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Space Shuttle Discovery flying piggyback on a Boeing 747 for its “Last Hurrah” flight around the Washington Monument and the White House was a grim reminder of misplaced and misspent priorities.

The storied 30-year space shuttle program, which began with the launch of Columbia, April 12, 1981, ended last July, when Atlantis landed back on Earth. Since then, the price of a Russian taxi ride aboard the Soyuz to reach the International Space Station has skyrocketed from $55.8 million per seat – with a guarantee of no less than six trips to 12 round trips – to $63 million per seat, in 2013-14.

It was the shuttles – Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Endeavour, Atlantis – and the 355 crew members who flew 135 missions over 30 years that built, hunk by hunk, the football field-sized lab in Earth orbit and launched the Hubble Space Telescope that allowed humanity to see billions of times farther into space than we ever could before.

The program’s shutdown comes after blowing $1 trillion on the Iraq war that put Iran’s mullahs in the driver’s seat in Baghdad, and half a trillion dollars (and counting) in Afghanistan, where the Taliban enemy, taking a page from the U.S. defeat in Vietnam, surprise-attacked several widely scattered targets simultaneously,

The longest period of war in U.S. history, with its grim toll of 6,345 U.S. troops killed and 46,300 wounded in both Iraq and Afghanistan, unlike World War II, did not produce hosannas of praise and gratitude. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans are also dead, and still more injured. By Afghan exit time in 2014, the two wars will have cost the U.S. taxpayer $3 trillion.

America ’s “outstanding public debt” as of April 17, 2012, at 9:30 p.m. was $15,658,555,381,084.56 – that’s almost $16 trillion. And it has been increasing $4 billion per day since Sept. 28, 2007.

Future historians will shake their heads in disbelief over the trillions thrown at Iraq and Afghanistan with very little to show for it – except the biggest U.S. Embassy in the world in Baghdad, one originally built for 2,000 U.S. diplomats in residence (vs. 87 next door at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey). Today, the Baghdad site is an embarrassing white elephant.

These delusions of grandeur were inspired by President Bush 43, who thought we had gone to Iraq to punish Saddam Hussein for trying to kill his dad. To this day, he does not seem to realize that Dick Cheney was both vice president and White House svengali. Iraq was a sleight of hand, for a different agenda.

This reporter was present at the vice president’s house for dinner 11 months before the invasion of Iraq, when the Iraq operation was described to me as “a done deal.” It was to be part of a larger geostrategic plan known as the “Clean Break” report written in 1996 by a study group of American “neocons,” chaired by Richard Perle, for Benjamin Netanyahu, about to become prime minister of Israel for the first time.

Discovery’s last journey to the Air and Space Museum ( Washington Dulles International Airport branch) was a grim reminder of where history may say we took a wrong turn.

What elicited the admiration of the world were not U.S. feats of arms in Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan (where 70 percent of Americans say we don’t belong), or a “securing the realm” plan for Israel, but the way we defeated the evil Soviet empire without war, along with displays of technological prowess and humanitarian assistance. The U.S. also launched the first American female and the first black astronauts into space.

Decades after John Glenn rocketed into space on the first American manned orbital mission, he added another milestone to space history in 1998 when at the age of 77, he returned to space – as a payload specialist aboard Discovery.

During the 213-hour flight, he participated in multiple experiments on the aging process in space to countering the effects of old age on Earth. A tad more useful for humanity than fruitless attempts to democratize Afghanistan.

All we need from Taliban chieftain Mullah Omar is a pledge to sever any link with al Qaeda terrorists. He did that three months before 9/11 – but we still don’t believe him. So why not test him instead of wasting blood and treasure through the end of 2014?

Arnaud de Borchgrave is editor-at-large of The Washington Times and United Press International.

 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Analysis/de-Borchgrave/2012/04/19/Commentary-Down-to-63-million-Russian-taxi-rides/UPI-94471334834028/

 Commentary: $63 million Russian taxi rides

By ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE
UPI Editor at Large
WASHINGTON , April 19 (UPI) — The space shuttle Discovery flying piggyback on a Boeing 747 for its last hurrah flight around the Washington Monument and the White House was a grim reminder of misplaced and misspent priorities.

The storied 30-year space shuttle program, which began with the launch of Columbia , April 12, 1981, ended last July, when Atlantis landed back on Earth. Since then the price of a Russian taxi ride to reach the International Space Station aboard Soyuz spacecraft has skyrocketed from $55.8 million per seat with a guarantee of no less than six trips to 12 roundtrips for $753 million, or $63 million per seat, in 2013-14.

It was the U.S. space shuttles — Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Endeavor, Atlantis — and the 355 space flyers who flew 135 missions over 30 years that built, hunk by hunk, the football-field size lab in Earth orbit and launched the Hubble Space Telescope that allowed humanity to see billions of times farther into space than we ever could before.

The program’s shutdown comes after blowing $1 trillion on the Iraq war that put Iran’s mullahs in the driver’s seat in Baghdad and half a trillion dollars (and counting) in Afghanistan, where the Taliban enemy, taking a page from the U.S. defeat in Vietnam, surprise attacked several widely scattered targets simultaneously.

The longest period of war in U.S. history, with its grim toll of 6,345 U.S. troops killed and 46,300 wounded in both Iraq and Afghanistan , unlike World War II, didn’t produce hosannas of praise and gratitude. Tens, if not hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans, are dead, and still more injured. 

By Afghan exit time in 2014, the two wars will have cost U.S. taxpayers $3 trillion.

America ‘s “Outstanding Public Debt,” as of 9:30 p.m. EDT, April 17 was $15,658,555,381,084.56 – that’s almost $16 trillion. And it has been increasing $4 billion per day since Sept. 28, 2007.

Future historians will shake their heads in disbelief over the trillions thrown at Iraq and Afghanistan with very little to show for it — except the biggest U.S. Embassy in the world in Baghdad originally built for 2,000 U.S. diplomats in residence (versus 87 next door at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey). Today it’s an embarrassing white elephant.

These delusions of grandeur were inspired by U.S. President George W. Bush, who thought we had gone to Iraq to punish Saddam Hussein for trying to kill his father, President George H.W. Bush. To this day, the younger Bush doesn’t seem to realize that Dick Cheney was both vice president and White House Svengali. Iraq was a sleight of hand for a different agenda.

This reporter was present at the vice president’s house for dinner 11 months before the invasion of Iraq when the Iraq operation was described to me as “a done deal.” It was to be part of a larger geostrategic plan known as “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm,” known as the “Clean Break” report written in 1996 by a study group of American “neocons,” led by Richard Perle, for Binyamin Netanyahu, about to become prime minister of Israel for the first time.

“Realm” is Israel . The report’s recommendations: Abandon “comprehensive peace” with the entire Arab world; renounce the Oslo accords on a Palestinian state negotiated by Yitzhak Rabin; annex the West Bank ; eliminate Saddam Hussein.

The Israeli Haaretz columnist Akiva Eldar warned that Perle and his co-writers “are walking a fine line between their loyalty to American governments … and Israeli interests.” It was all in a good cause — securing Israel . The idea was to surround Israel with pro-Western democracies that would give Israel a generation’s worth of security.

Discovery’s last journey to the National Air and Space Museum ‘s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport outside Washington was a grim reminder of where history may say we took a wrong turn.

What elicited the admiration of the world weren’t U.S. feats of arms in Vietnam , Iraq or Afghanistan (where 70 percent of Americans polled say we don’t belong) or a “securing the realm” plan for Israel but the way we defeated the evil Soviet empire without war, along with feats of technological prowess and humanitarian assistance. The United States also launched the first American female and the first black astronauts into space.

Half a century after John Glenn rocketed into space on the first American manned orbital mission aboard Mercury, he added another milestone to space history when at the age of 77, he returned to space — as a payload specialist aboard Discovery.

During the 213-hour flight, he participated in multiple experiments on the aging process in space to countering the effects of old age on Earth. A tad more useful for humanity than fruitless attempts to democratize Afghanistan .

All we need from Taliban chieftain Mullah Omar is a pledge to sever any link with al-Qaida terrorists. He did that three months before 9/11 — but we still don’t believe him. So why not test him instead of wasting blood and treasure through the end of 2014?

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This is what John McCain and the neocons are responsible for in pushing those Iraq and Afghan wars (for/because of Israel) as Ron Paul was right at the end of the day!:

Poor America – BBC Panorama (must watch BBC broadcast about poverty in America as the US goes broke paying for neocon/AIPAC driven wars pushed for by their politician toadies):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRwvJY9CWns

The Israel lobby’s enabling of Iran’s postwar takeover of Iraq

http://america-hijacked.com/2012/04/11/the-israel-lobbys-enabling-of-irans-postwar-takeover-of-iraq/

Afghan War Support Hits a New Low (two thirds of Americans against Afghan quagmire)

http://america-hijacked.com/2012/04/12/afghan-war-support-hits-a-new-low/

Colin Powell’s New Book: War With Iraq Never Debated

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/09/colin-powell-book_n_1503592.html

 

Shady Companies With Ties to Israel Wiretap the U.S. for the NSA

Shady Companies With Ties to Israel Wiretap the U.S. for the NSA

By James Bamford

Wired Magazine, April 3, 2012

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/04/shady-companies-nsa/all/

James Bamford was on C-SPAN’s ‘Washington Journal’ again this morning via following link:

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/SAsT

Following ‘Wired’ article by James Bamford was discussed as well:

The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say):
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1
James Bamford: “The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America”

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/10/14/james_bamford_the_shadow_factory_the

AMY GOODMAN: So you have these companies, AT&T and Verizon, that are secretly working with the NSA and tapping Americans’ phone lines, and these companies actually outsource the actual tapping to some little-known foreign companies?
JAMES BAMFORD: Yeah. There’s two major — or not major, they’re small companies, but they service the two major telecom companies. This company, Narus, which was founded in Israel and has large Israel connections, does the — basically the tapping of the communications on AT&T. And Verizon chose another company, ironically also founded in Israel and largely controlled by and developed by people in Israel called Verint.

 

Reflections on Israel and Palestine: ‘I’ve Been Duped’

Reflections on Israel and Palestine: ‘I’ve Been Duped’
Rick Steves

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-steves/reflections-on-israel-and_b_1401220.html

I’ve been duped. Do you know the frustration you feel when you believed in something strongly and then you realize that the information that made you believe was from a source with an agenda to deceive? … My understanding of the struggles in the Middle East has been skewed by most of our mainstream media. I saw how coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian problem is brilliantly controlled and shaped. I pride myself in understanding how the media works … and I find I’ve been bamboozled … Most of the time we only hear one viewpoint when it comes to the interminable struggle in the Holy Land.
 

‘I’ve Been Duped’: Travel Guide Rick Steves Says US Media Blacks Out Israeli Occupation
Annie Robbins – Mondoweiss

http://mondoweiss.net/2012/04/ive-been-duped-americas-travel-guide-rick-steves-says-our-media-black-out-the-brutal-occupation.html

Rick Steves watched “Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land” and had an epiphany, he has seen the light. If you happen to be one of the 3.5 people in America who have never heard of Rick Steves watch this “60 Minutes” episode. He’s huge, the only famous American tour guide … Can’t get much more mainstream than that. He’s the all-American boy (that’s how he strikes this California girl anyway). So imagine my surprise when I read his recent article on Huffington Post, “Reflections on Israel and Palestine.”
 

Peace, Propaganda, And The Promised Land
Media Education Foundation – Video
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2165626245072381061

Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, “Peace, Propaganda, & the Promised Land: U.S. Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict ,” carefully analyzes and explains how — through the use of language, framing and context — the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied territories appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one. This 2003 video presentation shows how American public perceptions about the Middle East are manipulated. Runtime: 79 mins.

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Valentino’s Ghost (new documentary about US media coverage of the Arab/Muslim world):

http://www.valentinosghost.com

 

Ralph Nader on Gaza: The World’s Largest Open-Air Gulag

http://america-hijacked.com/2012/04/28/the-crisis-in-gaza/

The (Israeli) General’s Son:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4ZfnpN4Dfc

Israeli General Son’s Speech for Palestine Awareness Week at SDSU:
 
 
Has The Zionist Inquisition Come to These Shores? By Miko Peled
 
 
 Take Action: House Vote as Early as Tomorrow to Expand U.S.-Israeli Military Ties

Speech by the General himself:

Matti Peled in San Francisco May 1992

 

Faith in Action:Israel walls off Lebanon, Egypt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWpDe4rUfUM

 
 Why children are the first casualties of war in Gaza
 
 
Israel Attacks Gaza, Silence from Mainstream Media about Israeli Violations of International Law
 
 
Israel’s Attempt to Arrest 2 year old Palestinian Child
 

Palestinian Prisoners Launch Massive Hunger Strike in Israeli Jails

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/4/17/headlines#4175

Some 1,200 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have reportedly begun an open-ended hunger strike. An additional 2,300 declared they would not eat for one day as Palestinians mark Prisoners’ Day. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports the hunger strikers are protesting against what they call “humiliating” measures in Israeli prisons, including strip searches of visiting family members and night searches of prison cells, as well as the jailing of many prisoners without trial. Several Palestinians are already on extended hunger strikes, including Tair Halala and Balal Diab who have not eaten for 48 days. Khader Adnan, a Palestinian who ended a 66-day hunger strike in February, is due to be released from prison today.

Israeli interrogators ‘in Iraq

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3863235.stm

Jeff Halper: Is the Two-State Solution Dead?:

Let’s say it clearly and categorically: the two-state solution is dead. If the possibility ever genuinely existed—a subject historians are welcome to debate—it is gone as a political option. We should even stop talking about it because constant reference to an irrelevant “solution” only confuses the discussion.read more:  http://tinyurl.com/727yqlq

US is the only nation to vote against a UN probe of Israeli settlements

http://america-hijacked.com/2012/04/02/us-is-the-only-nation-to-vote-against-a-un-probe-of-israeli-settlements/

ZIONISTS WON’T LET YOU SEE THIS ON YOUR TV 

http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/zionists-wont-let-you-see-this-on-your-tv.html

Paul Findley Commentary: A fundamental change in who we are

http://www.myjournalcourier.com/articles/commentary-39651-findley-fundamental.html

“60 Minutes” exposes the real problem, Israel
 
 
 
Such support for Israel’s brutal oppression of the Palestinians got the US tragically attacked on 9/11 (and earlier at the World Trade Center in 1993 as James Bamford conveys in his ‘A Pretext for War’ book – simply look up ‘Israel as a terrorist’s motivation’ in the index):
 
What Motivated the 9/11 Hijackers? See testimony most didn’t!:
 
 
Read Los Angeles Times article near top of http://tinyurl.com/motivation911
 
9/11 Motive and Media Betrayal: http://tinyurl.com/911motivemediabetrayal
 
 
 

Surprises in the Israeli-Iranian Duel
By Patrick Seale

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=51773

Listen to former Israel minister mention how the ‘anti-Semitic trick’ is used in following video:

 
“It’s a Trick, We Always Use It.” (calling people “anti-Semitic”)
 
 

‘Neocon John’ McCain once again calls for arming Syrian rebels (for Israel on behalf of AIPAC & the Neocons)

McCain once again calls for arming Syrian rebels

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/236520.html

McCain: U.S. must lead (for Israel on behalf of AIPAC and the Neocon ‘Clean Break’ war for Israel agenda) in Syria (see comments at following link as well):

http://www.cbsnews.com/8618-3460_162-57414325.html

Lieberman-McCain Strike Again (scroll down to comments at following link as well)

http://thepassionateattachment.com/2012/04/11/lieberman-mccain-strike-again/

Israel lobby pushing Syrian regime change to weaken Iran:

http://tinyurl.com/jamesmorrisoncrosstalk