Archive for August 12th, 2012
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) sent through the following as well:
Post office nears historic default on $5B payment
Published July 30, 2012
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Postal Service is bracing for a first-ever default on billions in payments due to the Treasury, adding to widening uncertainty about the mail agency’s solvency as first-class letters plummet and Congress deadlocks on ways to stem the red ink.
With cash running perilously low, two legally required payments for future postal retirees’ health benefits — $5.5 billion due Wednesday, and another $5.6 billion due in September — will be left unpaid, the mail agency said Monday. Postal officials said they also are studying whether they may need to delay other obligations. In the coming months, a $1.5 billion payment is due to the Labor Department for workers compensation, which for now it expects to make, as well as millions in interest payments to the Treasury.
General (Ret) James David (who is mentioned on the cover of the third edition of former Republican 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:
Report: US presents Israel with Iran strike plan
The Associated Press
JERUSALEM — An Israeli newspaper reported Sunday that the Obama administration’s top security official has briefed Israel on U.S. plans for a possible attack on Iran, seeking to reassure it that Washington is prepared to act militarily should diplomacy and sanctions fail to pressure Tehran to abandon its nuclear enrichment program.
A senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential talks, said the article in the Haaretz daily was incorrect.
Haaretz said National Security Adviser Tom Donilon laid out the plans before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a dinner at a visit to Israel earlier this month. It cited an unidentified senior American official as the source of its report, which came out as presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was telling Israel he would back an Israeli military strike against Iran.
The American official also said Donilon shared information on U.S. weapons that could be used for such an attack, and on the U.S. military’s ability to reach Iranian nuclear facilities buried deep underground, the newspaper said. It cited another U.S. official involved in the talks with Israel as concluding that “the time for a military operation against Iran has not yet come.”
The Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a confidential meeting, said, “Nothing in the article is correct. Donilon did not meet the prime minister for dinner, he did not meet him one-on-one, nor did he present operational plans to attack Iran.” He had no information when asked if Donilon had discussed any kind of attack plans with any Israeli official. Haaretz said another Israeli official attended for part of the meeting.
The U.S. Embassy had no immediate comment. Haaretz cited Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, as declining to comment on the confidential discussion between Netanyahu and Donilon. The White House also declined comment.
Both Israel and the U.S. think Iran’s ultimate aim is to develop weapons technology, and not just produce energy and medical isotopes as Tehran claims. U.S. officials are concerned that Israel might attack Iranian nuclear facilities prematurely, and have been trying to convince Israeli leaders they can depend on Washington to keep Iran from becoming a nuclear power.
Israeli leaders have repeatedly said they would not contract out their country’s security to another nation.
In Jerusalem on Sunday, a top Romney foreign policy adviser told reporters, “If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing the capability (to build a nuclear weapon), the governor would respect that decision.” Romney also thinks the option of a U.S. attack should also be on the table.
July 29, 2012 03:51 PM EDT
Anti-Zionist Jew Jeffrey Blankfort (can hear his recent ‘Your Voice Counts’ interview with USS Liberty survivor Phillip Tourney via http://tinyurl.com/jeffblankfortonyourvoicecounts) was spot on with the following:
Jeffrey Blankfort wrote:
At the moment it is time for those who have exclusively focused on the Israel-Palestine conflict to look at the bigger picture and see that Israel is a threat to the future of the entire planet. If the scenario outline in this article (http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/the-secret-behind-an-iran-war-order.premium-1.456524 & http://america-hijacked.com/2012/08/12/israel-to-attack-iran-before-us-election-in-november-israel-media-report/) comes to pass, the gloves need to come off when dealing, politically, with those who allowed it to happen beginning with all but a handful of members of the US Congress, the operative word being treason, and the Zionists establishment being labeled for what it is, a fifth column that has worked to undermine what is left of our democracy.
While there are those who will still argue that the war on Iraq was not for Israel, if it comes to pass, there will be no question about this one. Having gotten away with the war on Iraq, thanks in no small part to the intellectual smokescreen provided by Noam Chomsky, who must be considered one of Israel’s major domestic assets, both Israel and its US Fifth Column have been quite open this time around about who a war on Iran would benefit.
Jeffrey Blankfort also wrote:
These are very interesting times and I dare say no one can safely predict what is going to happen in the Middle East, although I think Netanyahu and Barak are so confident of their control over the US Congress that, short of a public warning from the White House which is not likely in the run up to the elections, they will take a chance and attack Iran, knowing that both houses of Congress will applaud and the talking heads from the Zionist think tanks who dominate the news programs will guide the public (the absolute dumbest in the developed or underdeveloped world!) into supporting Israel’s action come what may and, if necessary, push Obama into providing back-up air support. The rest of the world will blame the economic catastrophe that is likely to follow on Israel but, thanks to their control of Congress and the media, Israel will sail through it, though it may lose the support of Europe. Finkelstein doesn’t really know the American Jewish community. The dedicated sector, 20-30% is more pro-Israel than ever and the rest might as well be Protestants, Catholics or Buddhists for all the influence they have on US policy. (64% of the Jewish children in NY are ultra orthodox and the Hasidim have essentially taken over the state, getting money from the state for their schools and making church-state separation a joke). Also, the notion that The Lobby shapes US policy towards Israel and Palestine and not the rest of the Middle East is not only nonsense, it defies reason, since the policies cannot be separated. He must be the only person who doesn’t think that Israel and the The Lobby are setting our policy towards Iran. The fact of the matter is that he really doesn’t know very much about it. Which is even more true for his mentor, Chomsky, who I consider to be one of the most important assets for Israel in the US since he has almost singlehandedly provided protective cover for The Lobby for the past 40 years , keeping the Palestine solidarity movement staring off into space instead of going after AIPAC and the Zio establishment which is now stronger than ever. Jeff
PS: Jeff Blankfort wrote the following Iraq war for Israel article:
By way of deception Israel trying to drag US into war on Iran
Israel to attack Iran before US election in November – media report
ARTICLE – “By way of deception Israel trying to drag US into war on Iran.”
LOCATION (URL) – http://www.redress.cc/palestine/jkanj20120824
SYNOPSIS – Jamal Kanj argues that “leaked” Israeli information on plans to attack Iran are intended to drag the USA into a new Middle East quagmire through committing aggression against Iran on the eve of the American presidential election. FOR THE FULL STORY, GO TO: http://www.redress.cc/palestine/jkanj20120824
U.S., Israel still at odds over Iran “red line”
Israel to strike Iran as window of opportunity narrows?
‘Israel drops Iran-attack hints to US’ – Gareth Porter to RT:
Israel’s New Secret Weapon Unveiled
Iran could strike US bases if Israel attacks: Hezbollah
Israel might even attack Iran (drawing US into war with Iran) before election!:
Netanyahu ‘determined to attack Iran’ before US elections, claims Israel’s Channel 10
Military Muppet: TV character urges Israelis to prepare for strike on Iran
Iran strike a done deal? Israel prepares citizens for war
‘Military attack on Iran suicidal for Israel’
Mofaz: PM dangerously interfering in US election http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=281452
“Mr. Prime Minister, you are trying to grossly and dangerously interfere in the US election in an unprecedented manner,” Mofaz said. “Whom do you serve and why? Why are you putting your hands deep in the American ballot boxes? You are playing a dangerous game that will endanger our children’s future.”
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“The prime minister is using Dichter’s good name for a corrupt and cynical maneuver,” Mofaz said. “A home front defense minister should not be a rubber stamp in the hands of those planning a hasty attack [on Iran’s nuclear facilities] that has not been coordinated with the United States. Mr. Prime Minister, you are trying to scare the public, and the truth is we are scared because you are implementing such dangerous and irresponsible policies.”
Netanyahu’s Secret War Plan: Leaked Document Outlines Israel’s “Shock and Awe” Plan to Attack Iran
Time for talk with Iranians is over, Israel declares
Israel’s ‘Bomb Iran’ Timetable (by Ray McGovern):
US presents Israel with Iran strike plan:
The Babylonian Captivity of Washington: Israel Can Start a War and the US Can do Nothing to Stop It (scroll down to Philip Giraldi’s mention of how US media isn’t reporting US military concern about Israel dragging US into war with Iran if Israel attacks Iran in following article as Mitt Romney and the Israel first neoconned GOP is mentioned near the end):
Israeli Writer: Israel Can’t Gamble with a War on Iran
August 9th, 2012 • 2:02 PM >
A column in the Israel Ha’aretz paper, which has virtually > dedicated itself to stopping an Israeli strike on Iran in > recent weeks, has exposed “The secret behind an Iran war > Order,” in stark outline. Author Sefi Rachievsky, who has > written incisive attacks on Israeli fascists — such as > those who killed Yitzhak Rabin — says that the real > rationale behind the push for an attack, is a gamble, a > gamble on bringing the U.S. in behind Israel when Israel has > failed to destroy Iran’s nuclear program with its strike, > and is suffering “a large number of casualties and extensive > damage.” > “Natanyahu is gambling” that Obama will then have to > intervene, in order to win the election. If he doesn’t, then > Romney would win and finish the job. > Israel can’t destroy Iran’s nuclear program, he says; it > would have to bring in the U.S. Thus Netanyahu’s gamble. > Rachievsky concludes that this is totally immoral, and any > order to the Israeli military to make an attack must be > disobeyed. “No leadership in Israel has the right to send > the Israel Defense Forces to war and to endanger tens of > thousands of citizens and soldiers when it does not have the > power to win the war with its own forces,” he says. > Moreover, “Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and the senior > officers do not have the ‘possibility’ of not carrying out > this blackest of orders — they have the duty not to carry > it out.” > Indeed. For not just Israel is at stake, but the potential > of nuclear confrontation as well. > > >
Primakov Warns of “Very Dangerous” Threat of Israeli Attack on Iran
August 9th, 2012 • 12:02 PM
An interview with Yevgeni Primakov, Russia’s former prime minister, foreign minister, and foreign intelligence chief, > and the country’s senior diplomatic specialist on the Arab > world, appeared in the government newspaper Rossiyskaya > Gazeta today, under the provocative headline, “The Very Near East.” The date of its publication, exactly four years after Georgia’s attack on Russian peacekeeping forces in South Ossetia, underscored Primakov’s sober warning about the prospects for renewed war in Southeast Asia and its strategic implications. He discussed both Syria and Iran. Interviewer Vladimir Snegirev asked about the likelihood of “a strike by Israel, with or without the support of the States, against Iran’s nuclear facilities.” Primakov replied, “The United States doesn’t want that to happen now, before the President elections. They are restraining Israel.” But, he went on to say that there are different > factions on this matter in both Israel and the USA, making it “difficult to say who will have the upper hand.” Primakov compared the situation with August 2008, when U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had told Georgian President Michael Saakashvili not to move into South Ossetia, but Saakashvili had relied on a belief he got from contacts with Vice President Dick Cheney, “that NATO would intervene in his support.” Specifically: “Saakashvili thought that he could reach the Roki Tunnel and block it, whereupon Russia would be unable to get its tanks across the mountains. And at that point the Americans would intervene. The Israelis are following the same model. Obama is not the only one they are in contact with. Somebody might be telling them: if you > make a strike, then the United States, even if they don’t want to, will support you anyway.” Snegirev: “So the probability of such a strike remains? And > that presents a danger for this entire, > enormous region?” Primakov: “It is very dangerous. Because the impact of an > air strike — and a ground operation is not at issue — could be miniscule. Within two years Iran will completely > recover, exit the NPT with fanfares, and then for sure will > build its own weapons of mass destruction.” Concerning Syria, Primakov described the situation as “fullscale civil war with the involvement of outside forces.” He mentioned Saudi and Qatari financing of opposition guerrillas, mercenaries, and volunteers from outside of Syria, and Turkish support for the opposition, adding, “And here’s the latest: President Obama has directly ordered the CIA to support the Syrian opposition.” Primakov called these activities “gross interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation that presents no threat > whatsoever to the United States or anybody else.” Primakov said he thought that Russia’s position toward the > situation in Syria “could be called the only correct one in this situation.” This is not > necessarily a policy which will prevail, he said, but “we are taking a moral approach, based on concern for the lives > and security of millions of people and the future stability of an enormous and important region.” He added that Russia’s > sticking to its policy, especially of not advocating the ouster of President Bashar Assad, was not being done for narrow advantage, and was even hurting Russia’s relations > with several Arab countries. Members of the Arab League that are primarily Sunni, he pointed out, are worried that Assad’s prevailing in the conflict will “create the conditions for the formation of a Shi’ite belt of Iraq-Iran-Syria-Lebanon, whereas the overthrow of Assad would mean the establishment of a Sunni regime in Damascus, launching mass repressions against Baath Party members and Alawites generally. Thus, said Primakov, “all talk to the effect that the West, in supporting the opposition, wants to establish democracy and stability in Syria holds no water at all.” In a discussion of the Arab Spring, Primakov cautioned against “demonizing” the United States as its orchestrator. > He emphasized the economic crisis, especially for youth facing high unemployment, as a key trigger. Even now, > Primakov disagreed with the notion that “radicals” have come out on top everywhere. In Egypt, for example, he called the > Muslim Brotherhood “a fairly moderate organization,” compared with its branches elsewhere, and there the > political question for the country will be the Brotherhood’s interaction with the more radical Salafites. Primakov also discussed Kurdish issues, Israel-Palestine relations, and Afghanistan in the wide-ranging interview.
Israeli Military & Intelligence Institutions Push To Stop Netanyahu’s Thermonuclear War Trigger in Iran
August 7th, 2012 • 12:00 AM
In almost non-stop articles and interviews since August 3, top figures in the Israeli security establishment have taken to radio and print media to warn that Bibi Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are intent on an Israeli attack on Iran and to oppose this insanity. Ha’aretz journalist Amos Harel puts the word out: These people are not just talking—they are the people who know, and they know that Bibi intends to attack Iran, and they are trying to stop him. Gideon Levy of Ha’aretz also warns, “Israel will attack Iran within a few weeks, according to Maj. Gen. Aharon Ze’evi Farkash…. We can assume that Farkash, one of the most responsible and restrained of speakers knows what he’s talking about.” “In the past 72 hours, three former top guns of israeli intelligence have discussed, with unnerving candor a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities,” Harel wrote on Aug. 5. “Do they know something that remains opaque to the public? > Former IDF intelligence officers continue to have access to security system briefings, even though they are not brought into the actual planning process of a secret military operation. No less importantly, they know how to analyze disclosed, public data — and developments — and developments of the past weeks teach them that the likelihood of an Israeli decision in favor of an attack is > now higher than it has been previously.” Most active in opposing the war in the last few days have > been Farkash, the former head IDF intelligence, Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, who succeeded Farkash as IDF intelligence chief, and Ephraim Levy, former head of the Mossad. Other top Israeli national security officials who continue to try to block Netanyahu’s madness include former Mossad chief Meir Dagan, former Israeli Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazy, former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter, and former Defense Minister and IDF Chief of Staff Shaul Mofaz who heads the opposition (actually majority party by one seat) Kadima Party. Other active opposition to the attack on Iran includes the Meretz Party in the Knesset, which has 3 seats: Meretz chairwoman Zehava Gal-On called for Israeli law to be changed before Israel attacks Iran to require Knesset approval to go to war. Akiva Eldar, one of Ha’aretz’s top security analysts, invokes the Basic Law (Israel has no Constitution) to show that already Bibi’s inner cabinet of 8 people DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY to go to war; not even the full 25 member cabinet has the authority to go to war. Quoting the Basic Law, Eldar writes, “‘the state will not go to war except by a government decision.’ The law goes even further. It requires the government to convey ‘as soon as > possible’ an announcement of its decision to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and also to the whole Knesset.” Ha’aretz has another 3 articles on August 6 attacking Netanyahu’s war. Gideon Levy attacks the government for putting out the assessment that “only” 200 to 300 Israelis will die in Iranian retaliation. “Only,” he says, maybe they can have a “death lottery” to determine who the dead will be. But, “no one can deny” another possibility: “the hundreds could become thousands with thousands more wounded.”
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