Archive for December, 2012

Why the War Party Fears Hagel

Why the War Party Fears Hagel (by Patrick J. Buchanan)

http://buchanan.org/blog/why-the-war-party-fears-hagel-5443

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-the-war-party-fears-chuck-hagel/

Hagel Nomination, Israel and the Neocons:

http://america-hijacked.com/2013/02/16/hagel-nomination-israel-and-the-neocons/

http://tinyurl.com/hagelvsneocons

Israel first neocon mouthpieces John McCain and Lindsay Graham filibuster Hagel!:

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/02/dont-call-it-filibuster-why-hagel-stalled-senate/62165/

Hagel filibuster wrap:

http://slate.me/YusvCb

Reid schedules vote to end debate on Hagel nomination!:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/reid-schedules-vote-end-debate-hagel-nomination-213835491–election.html

Report: Hagel Said State Department Controlled by Israel

http://freebeacon.com/report-hagel-said-state-department-controlled-by-israel/

The Hagel Hearings:

Defense Secretary nominee Hagel squares off against McCain and Lindsay Graham 

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=767&Itemid=74&jumival=9617

Leon Panetta attacks senators’ questioning of Chuck Hagel at hearing

Outgoing defense secretary ‘disappointed’ by combative questions from Republicans who focused on Israel and Iraq war

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/03/leon-panetta-defends-chuck-hagel

Hagel offers himself as secretary of Israel’s defense

http://mondoweiss.net/2013/01/himself-secretary-defense.html

Hagel obeyed Senate taboo against criticism of Israel– ‘our most important ally in the entire world’

http://mondoweiss.net/2013/02/discussion-important-entire.html

DEBORCHGRAVE Commentary: Hagel and the Israeli lobby:

http://america-hijacked.com/2013/01/04/deborchgrave-commentary-hagel-and-the-israeli-lobby/

Its All about Israel (by Philip Giraldi)

http://america-hijacked.com/2013/01/17/it-is-all-about-israel/

Obama’s Purpose for Picking Hagel

http://america-hijacked.com/2013/01/30/obamas-purpose-for-picking-chuck-hagel/

http://tinyurl.com/ObamaandHagel

Secret Donors Finance Fight Against Hagel

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/us/politics/secret-donors-finance-fight-against-hagel.html

Israel and the nomination of Chuck Hagel (USS Liberty mentioned)

http://mondoweiss.net/2013/01/israel-nominaton-hagel.html

Has Kirk’s Office Been Running a Secret Anti-Hagel Campaign?

http://www.rollcall.com/news/has_kirks_office_been_running_a_secret_anti_hagel_campaign-220664-1.html

Don’t Let Pro-Israel Extremists Sink Chuck Hagel:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/27/opinion/dont-let-pro-israel-extremists-sink-chuck-hagel.html

The Neocons vs. Chuck Hagel

http://www.nationaljournal.com/whitehouse/the-neocons-vs-chuck-hagel-20130109

Hawks on Iraq Prepare for War Again, Against Hagel

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/us/old-foes-lead-charge-against-chuck-hagel.html

Neocon Nightmare: The Truth Behind the Attacks on Chuck Hagel

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/neocon-nightmare-the-trut_b_2478673.html

Bill Kristol’s big plans start with Chuck Hagel nomination

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/bill-kristols-big-plans-start-with-hagel-nomination-85816.html

Hagel  Nominated: What’s the Big Deal?: 

(http://www.aaiusa.org/page/m/4b660335/1ba9c8e8/8ce10b9/1c4e1ffb/305801512/VEsEBA/)
It’s official! The President nominated
(http://www.aaiusa.org/page/m/4b660335/1ba9c8e8/8ce10b9/1c4e1ffa/305801512/VEsEBw/)  Chuck Hagel for the next
Secretary of Defense yesterday despite the outcry  and campaign launched
against Hagel by a small fringe group. Why all the  interest in Chuck Hagel’s
nomination? Hagel is actually a reasonable and  levelheaded candidate for
the post, an old school Republican who had the  courage to break with the
Republican Party during the Iraq War. The former  Senator is a proponent of
bringing our troops home from Afghanistan, and  doesn’t think it’s a smart move
to push the U.S. into war with Iran, or  anyone else for that matter. Oh,
and he also doesn’t think U.S. foreign  policy should be dictated by Israel
or the Israeli lobby. Republican  Senator Lindsey Graham went as far as
calling Hagel “the most antagonistic  defense secretary towards the state of
Israel in our nation’s history.”  Yes, we don’t see the controversy in saying
we should dictate our own  foreign policy either. Leading up to the
nomination, some neocons have  been busy pushing a media campaign against Hagel. Bill
Kristol and the  Emergency Committee for Israel yesterday _purchased_
(http://www.aaiusa.org/page/m/4b660335/1ba9c8e8/8ce10b9/1c4e1ff9/305801512/VEsEBg/)  the Chuck Hagel domain (chuckhagel.com) in an extension of their  despicable campaign against Hagel, branding him as anti-Semitic and  anti-Israel,
and encouraging constituents to lobby their Senators to block  Hagel’s
confirmation. Incredible, isn’t it? President Obama should be  applauded for
supporting Hagel as his top choice for Secretary of Defense  in spite of the
manufactured controversy. By supporting the decorated  Vietnam combat veteran,
Obama sent a clear message to Congress that the  discourse on US military
intervention is changing, and maybe even the  knee-jerk pro-Israel dogma. Ask
us again after he is  confirmed.

CFR’s Elliott Abrams Smears Chuck Hagel on NPR

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1357

Listen to former Israeli minister tell Amy Goodman’s ‘Democracy Now’ how Israel firsters used the ‘anti-Semitic’ trick to suppress criticism of Israel: http://tinyurl.com/zionisttrick

Hagel Gets a Sensitivity Litmus Test From the Neocon Press!

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/hagel-gets-a-sensitivity-litmus-test-from-the-neocon-press/

US must get Israel’s approval before getting Senate confirmation:

http://america-hijacked.com/2012/12/19/u-s-must-get-israels-approval-before-getting-senate-confirmation/

The Paranoid Style of the Israel Lobby vs Chuck Hagel

http://america-hijacked.com/2012/12/19/the-paranoid-style-of-the-israel-lobby/

U.S. Middle East policy motivated by pro-Israel lobby

http://www.warwithoutend.co.uk/wake-up-america-your-government-is-hijacked-by-zionism/2006/03/17/u-s-middle-east-policy-motivated-by-pro-israel-lobby.php

The Israel Lobby (Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson mentioned ‘Jewish Lobby’ in following youtube as well):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N294FMDok98

Petition: Nominate Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense — and fight for his nomination

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/nominate-chuck-hagel-secretary-defense-and-fight-his-nomination

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/301/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12213

GOP Needs to purge Israel 1st Neocon warmongers and their mouthpieces like John McCain, Lindsay Graham and others!:

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyD20wngY20

Israel lobby pushing Syrian regime change to weaken Iran!:

http://tinyurl.com/jamesmorrisoncrosstalk

War Deterrent? Iran peaceful, drills aim to confront West threats

Just saw following tweet and heard such mentioned on CNN (on Wolf Blitzer’s ‘Situation Room’) as well (so perhaps Obama will prove us wrong and might defy the Israel lobby!), but neocon mouthpieces like John McCain (http://tinyurl.com/jamesmorrisoncrosstalk), Lindsay Graham and others oppose his nomination if it comes next week!:
Vaughn Sterling CNN‏ @vplus
The White House has told members of Congress to expect Hagel nomination. Gloria Borger will be live on @CNN with more in a moment.

Defending Hagel, Hayes & Greenwald assail neocon stranglehold on policy

Chuck Hagel To Be Nominated As Secretary Of Defense: Reports

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/04/chuck-hagel-defense_n_2411434.html

Hagel Nomination, Israel and the Neocons:

http://america-hijacked.com/2013/02/16/hagel-nomination-israel-and-the-neocons/

http://tinyurl.com/hagelvsneocons

Israel first neocon mouthpieces John McCain and Lindsay Graham filibuster Hagel!:

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/02/dont-call-it-filibuster-why-hagel-stalled-senate/62165/

Hagel filibuster wrap:

http://slate.me/YusvCb

Reid schedules vote to end debate on Hagel nomination!:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/reid-schedules-vote-end-debate-hagel-nomination-213835491–election.html

Report: Hagel Said State Department Controlled by Israel

http://freebeacon.com/report-hagel-said-state-department-controlled-by-israel/

Leon Panetta attacks senators’ questioning of Chuck Hagel at hearing

Outgoing defense secretary ‘disappointed’ by combative questions from Republicans who focused on Israel and Iraq war

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/03/leon-panetta-defends-chuck-hagel

Hagel offers himself as secretary of Israel’s defense

http://mondoweiss.net/2013/01/himself-secretary-defense.html

Hagel obeyed Senate taboo against criticism of Israel– ‘our most important ally in the entire world’

http://mondoweiss.net/2013/02/discussion-important-entire.html

Its All about Israel (by Philip Giraldi)

http://america-hijacked.com/2013/01/17/it-is-all-about-israel/

Obama’s Purpose for Picking Hagel

http://america-hijacked.com/2013/01/30/obamas-purpose-for-picking-chuck-hagel/

http://tinyurl.com/ObamaandHagel

Secret Donors Finance Fight Against Hagel

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/us/politics/secret-donors-finance-fight-against-hagel.html

Israel and the nomination of Chuck Hagel (USS Liberty mentioned)

http://mondoweiss.net/2013/01/israel-nominaton-hagel.html

The Neocons vs. Chuck Hagel

http://www.nationaljournal.com/whitehouse/the-neocons-vs-chuck-hagel-20130109

Hawks on Iraq Prepare for War Again, Against Hagel

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/us/old-foes-lead-charge-against-chuck-hagel.html

Neocon Nightmare: The Truth Behind the Attacks on Chuck Hagel

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/neocon-nightmare-the-trut_b_2478673.html

Bill Kristol’s big plans start with Chuck Hagel nomination

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/bill-kristols-big-plans-start-with-hagel-nomination-85816.html

Hagel  Nominated: What’s the Big Deal?:

(http://www.aaiusa.org/page/m/4b660335/1ba9c8e8/8ce10b9/1c4e1ffb/305801512/VEsEBA/) It’s official! The President nominated (http://www.aaiusa.org/page/m/4b660335/1ba9c8e8/8ce10b9/1c4e1ffa/305801512/VEsEBw/)  Chuck Hagel for the next Secretary of Defense yesterday despite the outcry  and campaign launched against Hagel by a small fringe group. Why all the  interest in Chuck Hagel’s nomination? Hagel is actually a reasonable and  levelheaded candidate for the post, an old school Republican who had the  courage to break with the Republican Party during the Iraq War. The former  Senator is a proponent of bringing our troops home from Afghanistan, and  doesn’t think it’s a smart move to push the U.S. into war with Iran, or  anyone else for that matter. Oh, and he also doesn’t think U.S. foreign  policy should be dictated by Israel or the Israeli lobby. Republican  Senator Lindsey Graham went as far as calling Hagel “the most antagonistic  defense secretary towards the state of Israel in our nation’s history.”  Yes, we don’t see the controversy in saying we should dictate our own  foreign policy either. Leading up to the nomination, some neocons have  been busy pushing a media campaign against Hagel. Bill Kristol and the  Emergency Committee for Israel yesterday _purchased_ (http://www.aaiusa.org/page/m/4b660335/1ba9c8e8/8ce10b9/1c4e1ff9/305801512/VEsEBg/)  the Chuck Hagel domain (chuckhagel.com) in an extension of their  despicable campaign against Hagel, branding him as anti-Semitic and  anti-Israel, and encouraging constituents to lobby their Senators to block  Hagel’s confirmation. Incredible, isn’t it? President Obama should be  applauded for supporting Hagel as his top choice for Secretary of Defense  in spite of the manufactured controversy. By supporting the decorated  Vietnam combat veteran, Obama sent a clear message to Congress that the  discourse on US military intervention is changing, and maybe even the  knee-jerk pro-Israel dogma. Ask us again after he is  confirmed.

Petition: Nominate Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense — and fight for his
nomination

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/nominate-chuck-hagel-secretary-defense-and-fight-his-nomination

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/301/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12213

Defending Hagel, Hayes & Greenwald assail neocon stranglehold on policy

http://mondoweiss.net/2012/12/defending-greenwald-stranglehold.html/

Hagel Gets a Sensitivity Litmus Test From the Neocon Press!

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/hagel-gets-a-sensitivity-litmus-test-from-the-neocon-press/

Why the War Party Fears Hagel (by Patrick J. Buchanan)

http://buchanan.org/blog/why-the-war-party-fears-hagel-5443

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-the-war-party-fears-chuck-hagel/

DEBORCHGRAVE Commentary: Hagel and the Israeli lobby:

http://america-hijacked.com/2013/01/04/deborchgrave-commentary-hagel-and-the-israeli-lobby/

Don’t Let Pro-Israel Extremists Sink Chuck Hagel:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/27/opinion/dont-let-pro-israel-extremists-sink-chuck-hagel.html

With conventional wisdom solidifying behind Hagel, will Obama finally declare on ‘Meet the Press?’

Israeli Agents of Influence determined that Chuck Hagel not serve in Cabinet. He is unbought: The Hagel Haters:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/13/the-hagel-haters.html

The wrong way to defend Chuck Hagel from neoconservative smears

http://mondoweiss.net/2012/12/defend-neoconservative-smears.html

Kristol Launches the Neo-Con Campaign to Stop Hagel

http://www.lobelog.com/kristol-launches-the-neo-con-campaign-to-stop-hagel/

Demand Diplomacy Advocate Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/crisis-proobama-jews-must_b_2360751.html

Chuck Hagel and the Neocon Smear Machine

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/12/chuck-hagel-and-the-neocon-smear-machine/266499/

Neocons against Chuck Hagel: The Independent Senator Who Wouldn’t Genuflect

http://bit.ly/Yua3yw

Defending Hagel, Hayes & Greenwald assail neocon stranglehold on policy

http://mondoweiss.net/2012/12/defending-greenwald-stranglehold.html/

Opposition to Hagel appointment unites pro-Israel advocates, women’s groups, Republicans

http://www.timesofisrael.com/opposition-to-hagel-appointment-unites-pro-israel-advocates-womens-groups-republicans/

Possible Hagel pick raises concerns in (AIPAC/neocon owned) Senate GOP:

http://news.yahoo.com/possible-hagel-pick-raises-concerns-senate-gop-214610850–politics.html

The Paranoid Style of the Israel Lobby vs Chuck Hagel
Obama’s Hagel Test:

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What’s at stake in the Hagel affair? Walt: The real meaning of the Hagel affair is what it says about the climate inside Washington. Simply put, the question is whether supine and reflexive support for all things Israeli remains a prerequ…isite for important policy positions here in the Land of the Free. Given America’s track record in the region in recent decades, you’d think a more open debate on U.S. policy would be just what the country needs, both for its own sake and for Israel’s. But because the case for the current “special relationship” of unconditional support is so weak, the last thing that hardliners like Bill Kristol or Elliot Abrams want is an open debate on that subject. If Hagel gets appointed, it means other people in Washington might realize they could say what they really think without fear that their careers will be destroyed. And once that happens, who knows where it might lead? It might even lead to a Middle East policy that actually worked! We wouldn’t want that now, would we?: http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/12/26/whats_at_stake_in_the_hagel_affair

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

There doesn’t even need to be a Senate confirmation hearing to decide on Hagel’s selection.  The decision is already made.  Now who will Obama select?  John Bolton would be someone who Israel would approve, meaning a certain Senate approval.
Israel supporters have come out against the possible nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel for the Secretary of Defense post – and this isn’t a first.

‘Pro-Israel lobby has a strong stranglehold on US political system’

http://www.presstv.com/usdetail/181337.html

Press TV Talks to James Morris on Republican CNN debate about Ron Paul on Iran as GOP should purge neocon warmongers:

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyD20wngY20

The CIA Is Not Too Happy with ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

The CIA Is Not Too Happy with ‘Zero Dark Thirty':

http://news.yahoo.com/cia-not-too-happy-zero-dark-thirty-152018214.html

If our country goes down it will be because of the US media not conveying the truth about why we were tragically attacked on 911 (which was also used to go into Iraq by Cheney and company with their lies about Saddam associated with Al Qaeda) and has basically shredded the Bill of Rights – see what was written seven years ago at the top of http://tinyurl.com/motivation911 as well. Look (via above link) how Hollywood is now trying to basically validate Israeli inspired torture (introduced by Cheney and his neocon friends) in the ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ film instead of conveying the truth as to why we were attacked on 911 (and earlier at the World Trade Center in 1993) as I noticed that C-SPAN’s ‘Washington Journal’ hasn’t had Michael Scheuer back on (to my information) after his excellent response to the call for him via http://tinyurl.com/911motivemediabetrayal as that was on the anniversary of 911 last year – look how Dan Rather left out mention of Israel near the end).

But one just has to read the following piece to see who runs the show with Hollywood too:

http://articles.latimes.com/2008/dec/19/opinion/oe-stein19

Christmas in Connecticut

Christmas in Connecticut

http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2012/12/19/christmas-in-connecticut/

Posted By Philip Giraldi On December 19, 2012 @ 11:00 pm In Uncategorized | 34 Comments

The slaughter of 20 elementary school children in Connecticut has shaken me to the core. As an American who has been horrified by Washington’s foreign policy over the past 11 years, I must admit to having imbibed a steady diet of death and destruction, but there is nevertheless something special about a tragedy that strikes close to home. I was born and raised in a mostly Catholic factory town in New Jersey, probably a place not unlike Newtown. I remember vividly my first day of kindergarten. My daughter is a teacher in an elementary school, and my grandson, a little boy full of curiosity and life, is now five and is in kindergarten in a small town in Virginia. He went off on his school bus wearing a Santa Claus hat on the day of the Newtown massacre. It shocks me to think that but for the accident of being in the wrong place at the wrong time he might have returned home dead, shot by some maniac who coolly reloaded while executing a classroom full of cowering children.

Inevitably, many of my friends in the antiwar movement have taken Newtown as a metaphor for what the United States is doing all around the world. I understand that, but when the unspeakable happens in a village in Connecticut it has an immediacy for me that Gaza does not. The pictures of the children, teachers, and parents filing out of that school in shock and fear inadvertently conjure up so many memories of small-town life in America that I cannot replicate it by thinking of other horrors. The thought that those little boys and girls had their lives snuffed out for absolutely nothing, that they will not grow and learn about the world, that they will not have children of their own and grow old surrounded by family and loved ones leaves me completely empty.

And even if I know that I cannot fully transfer what I am feeling to the thousands of victims of the cult of American Exceptionalism overseas, I think I do understand how their suffering is not unrelated to what took place in Connecticut. I always opposed George W. Bush’s wars on realist grounds, i.e., that they were based on faulty intelligence, they were disproportionate, and they could not possibly succeed. But I turned passionately antiwar over the death of a child when I saw the front-page newspaper photoof the body of poor little Ali Hussein being dragged out of the rubble of his home in Baghdad back in April 2008, the victim of an errant American bomb. People wrote to the paper complaining that the picture would hurt the war effort, some suggesting that the photo had been staged. I asked myself, “What kind of monsters have we become?” More recently, I was shattered when I looked at the photoof BBC reporter Jihad Masharawi holding his dead 11-month-old son Omar, the grief evident on his face, another innocent victim of Israel’s latest White House–enabled outrage against Gaza.

Who is to blame for the horror? Well, maybe we all are in that we are not marching in the streets in protest, but those in power are surely more culpable than the rest of us. America’s precipitate ethical decline might have started when Bill Clinton’s secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, declaredthe deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children were “worth it” and no one in the mainstream media demanded her resignation. Or it might have been the growing jingoism in the wake of 9/11. Our country’s worship of the military has advanced in lockstep with our evolution into a national-security state in which the dead are trivialized by the euphemism “collateral damage.” The American way of death produces triumphalist war managers such as Gen. David Petraeus who themselves have never experienced combat up close and personal, and it ignores the suffering of the poor bastards who have to try to survive underneath our drones or who face miscarriages and birth defects from our left-behind depleted uranium. Our soldiers in Afghanistan, brought up on a diet of shoot-first, now consider“children with potential hostile intent” acceptable targets. All sensible people worldwide should demand that America’s insistence on the intrinsic righteousness of its rather tattered cause, however that is defined, has got to stop. It’s time to fold up the huge flags at football games and return to the Founders’view of the military, that it was a necessary evil and nothing to be proud of. Soldiers and Marines do not exist for hurricane relief and to collect Toys for Tots at Christmas. They are trained to kill people, and they are very good at it.

And then there is popular music that exalts violence and the revoltingly graphic videogames in which teens can kill hundreds of enemies using a joystick. Battle by way of a video screen has created a mindset in which eliminating whole categories of adversaries for entertainment has inevitably reduced any moral restraint over the act of killing. The unemployed teenagers put aside their games and naturally morph into assassins in uniform sitting in air-conditioned rooms in Nevada who can spot and kill a suspected bad guy half a world away. The Air Force armchair warriors are now even demanding medalsfor their service when they should instead be ashamed of what they do, if not fearful of eventually going to prison for war crimes.

In today’s America, the government manages much of the violence. CIA torturers walk free even when an exhaustive reportfinally reveals that what they did destroyed the lives of many of those on the receiving end while accomplishing nothing but tarnishing the name of the United States. And then there were the renditions, turning suspects over to the torturers in other countries to carry out the heinous act by proxy. Rule of law? Just ask Khaled al-Masri, who was detained by the CIA then tortured and sodomized. When he sought redress through the U.S. courts, he wasblockedthrough the invocation of the state-secrets privilege, an instrument that has been used many more times under President Obama than during the terms in office of George W. Bush, who was generally accused of being unsympathetic to constitutional rights.

And so, Mr. Obama, this has all got to stop. You can do it and the people will support you, as most are tired of the continuous warfare and all the killing. Declare the war on terror over. You can even say that we won if that would help you politically. You do not have to provide lethal aid to Syrian rebels and you do not have to attack Iran. No one in America will be safer if you do so. Bring everybody home. A growing number of your fellow citizens are beginning to understand that America’s increasingly institutionalized viciousness overseas is spilling over and taking root here in the U.S. The devil walks among us. If you can’t see it, you are blind to the reality and maybe it is time to change your advisers, replacing the yes-men and women dedicated to getting you and other Democrats reelected with ordinary people who still possess a moral compass and common sense. It’s not just a question of gun control, which will undoubtedly be the tune that you will play, but rather of what kind of nation we have become in the past 11 years. Twenty children have died in Connecticut, but you have used drones to kill176 children in Pakistan and Yemen. The U.N. reportsthat an average of 4.8 Afghan children are killed or injured every day in a war that you should have ended four years ago. Twenty-eight children died in Gaza alone last month in the latest paroxysm of hatred engineered by Israel with the acquiescence of your administration. Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, far from expressing regrets, saidthey “deserved it.” Do you think the Afghan, Pakistani, and Yemeni kids also deserve it? Most of those dead children are invisible, since there is nothing in the U.S. media commemorating their names and their aspirations, still less about their grieving families, but, perhaps unlike the poor innocents killed in Connecticut, their blood is undeniably on our hands. A nation that is constantly at war will inevitably produce a people that is at war with itself, hardly a consoling message as we approach Christmas.

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Israel denying Vanunu freedom because he told the truth about Israeli nukes!

PLEDGE: Stop this miscarriage of justice denying Vanunu freedom because he told the truth

http://www.causes.com/causes/523841-free-mordechai-vanunu/actions/1714676

Mordechai Vanunu’s Response To UN Call on Israel to Open Dimona

http://www.deliberation.info/mordechai-vanunu-responds-to-un-call-on-israel-to-open/

UN calls on Israel to open nuclear facilities!:

http://america-hijacked.com/2012/12/06/un-calls-on-israel-to-open-nuclear-facilities/

Al Qaeda grows powerful in Syria as endgame nears

Al Qaeda grows powerful in Syria as endgame nears

http://news.yahoo.com/al-qaeda-grows-powerful-syria-endgame-nears-060641471.html

http://news.yahoo.com/syrian-rebels-fight-strategic-town-hama-province-140524863.html

Israel lobby pushing Syrian regime change to weaken Iran:

http://tinyurl.com/jamesmorrisoncrosstalk

Obama Nominates Pro-Zionist John Kerry as Next Secretary of State

Kerry ducks question about Israel’s illegal settlements

http://mondoweiss.net/2013/02/settlements-listening-possibilities.html

When Kerry was Kohn: The Jewish roots of John Kerry

The new nominee for secretary of state only found out about his Jewish grandfather while running in the 2004 presidential election.

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-features/when-kerry-was-kohn-the-jewish-roots-of-john-kerry.premium-1.489209

ADL: Throughout his Senate career, Mr. Kerry has consistently been an effective advocate for Israel’s security in a dangerous region and demonstrated his commitment to fighting against anti-Semitism and bigotry all over the world.  He has traveled to Israel many times, and his first visit to Israel was as part of an ADL Congressional Mission in May 1986. He is a staunch champion of the cause of civil rights and human dignity, and was an outstandingly powerful leader in the Jewish people’s struggle to free Soviet Jewry.

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Dr. Stephen Sniegoski (author of ‘The Transparent Cabal: http://tinyurl.com/thetransparentcabal) wrote the following:

 

I am going to be on a radio show this evening and I thought I should have something to say about John Kerry, the apparent new Secretary of State designate.  I wrote an article about him in 2004 which is quite revealing—he was for the Iraq war, so close to John McCain that he wanted him for his VP, ultra-pro-Israel, supporting Israel’s settlements on the West Bank, and he is actually half-Jewish.

From my article:

In the case of John Kerry, we must consider an additional factor: he is half-Jewish himself. Both of his paternal grandparents were ethnic Jews from the Austrian Empire who converted to Catholicism before emigrating to the United States at the turn of the 20th century. Kerry’s grandfather changed the family name from Kohn to Kerry. If John Kerry wins the election, he will be the first U.S. president of Jewish ancestry. [59]

 

Interestingly, Kerry’s younger brother Cameron converted to Judaism in 1983 when he married a Jewish woman, Kathy Weinman, who like the rest of her family is active in the Jewish community. “Judaism is central to us,” says Kathy Weinman. “Judaism is a core of my life and important to our family.” [60]

 

Cameron Kerry is not just a converted Jew; he is also a prominent lawyer for a major Boston law firm, Mintz Levin, that represents many high-profile Israeli business interests. [61] Cameron is said to be John Kerry’s closest advisor, having played a role in all his brother’s political efforts from the very beginning in 1972, when Kerry lost a bid for Congress.

 

“If someone is trying to get something done with John Kerry, very often they go to Cam,” observes George Butler, who has known the Kerrys for more than thirty years and is producing a documentary on the presidential campaign. Cameron Kerry raises a lot of money for his brother, and his fellow lawyers at Mintz Levin have contributed almost a quarter million dollars for the Kerry campaign. [62] During the Democratic primaries, Cameron helped arrange meetings between his brother and key Jewish leaders, and Cameron has continued to be the campaign’s “link man” to the American Jewish community. In July 2004, John Kerry sent his brother to Israel to meet with top Israeli officials, in a trip arranged by AIPAC, Israel’s ultra-powerful lobby.

 

http://www.thornwalker.com/ditch/snieg_kerry_intervent.htm

 

Best,

Steve Sniegoski

 

U.S. must get Israel’s approval before getting Senate confirmation

Petition: Nominate Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense — and fight for his nomination

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/nominate-chuck-hagel-secretary-defense-and-fight-his-nomination

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/301/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12213

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From: 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’ about the power/influence of the Israel lobby on the US political system and media) wrote the following:

 

Subject: U.S. must get Israel’s approval before getting Senate confirmation

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 6:40 AM

James David wrote:

 

There doesn’t even need to be a Senate confirmation hearing to decide on Hagel’s selection.  The decision is already made.  Now who will Obama select?  John Bolton would be someone who Israel would approve, meaning a certain Senate approval.

 

Would a Hagel nomination really be a slap in Israel’s face? Israel News – Haaretz Israeli News source:

Israel supporters have come out against the possible nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel for the Secretary of Defense post – and this isn’t a first.

http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/focus-u-s-a/would-a-hagel-nomination-really-be-a-slap-in-israel-s-face.premium-1.485631

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Hagel Nomination, Israel and the Neocons:

http://america-hijacked.com/2013/02/16/hagel-nomination-israel-and-the-neocons/

http://tinyurl.com/hagelvsneocons

Israel first neocon mouthpieces John McCain and Lindsay Graham filibuster Hagel!:

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/02/dont-call-it-filibuster-why-hagel-stalled-senate/62165/

Hagel filibuster wrap:

http://slate.me/YusvCb

Reid schedules vote to end debate on Hagel nomination!:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/reid-schedules-vote-end-debate-hagel-nomination-213835491–election.html

Report: Hagel Said State Department Controlled by Israel

http://freebeacon.com/report-hagel-said-state-department-controlled-by-israel/

The Hagel Hearings:

Defense Secretary nominee Hagel squares off against McCain and Lindsay Graham 

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=767&Itemid=74&jumival=9617

Leon Panetta attacks senators’ questioning of Chuck Hagel at hearing

Outgoing defense secretary ‘disappointed’ by combative questions from Republicans who focused on Israel and Iraq war

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/03/leon-panetta-defends-chuck-hagel

Hagel offers himself as secretary of Israel’s defense

http://mondoweiss.net/2013/01/himself-secretary-defense.html

Hagel obeyed Senate taboo against criticism of Israel– ‘our most important ally in the entire world’

http://mondoweiss.net/2013/02/discussion-important-entire.html

Its All about Israel (by Philip Giraldi)

http://america-hijacked.com/2013/01/17/it-is-all-about-israel/

Obama’s Purpose for Picking Hagel

http://america-hijacked.com/2013/01/30/obamas-purpose-for-picking-chuck-hagel/

http://tinyurl.com/ObamaandHagel

Israel and the nomination of Chuck Hagel (USS Liberty mentioned)

http://mondoweiss.net/2013/01/israel-nominaton-hagel.html

Chuck Hagel To Be Nominated As Secretary Of Defense: Reports

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/04/chuck-hagel-defense_n_2411434.html

Secret Donors Finance Fight Against Hagel

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/us/politics/secret-donors-finance-fight-against-hagel.html

Has Kirk’s Office Been Running a Secret Anti-Hagel Campaign?

http://www.rollcall.com/news/has_kirks_office_been_running_a_secret_anti_hagel_campaign-220664-1.html

The Neocons vs. Chuck Hagel

http://www.nationaljournal.com/whitehouse/the-neocons-vs-chuck-hagel-20130109

Hawks on Iraq Prepare for War Again, Against Hagel

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/us/old-foes-lead-charge-against-chuck-hagel.html

Neocon Nightmare: The Truth Behind the Attacks on Chuck Hagel

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/neocon-nightmare-the-trut_b_2478673.html

Bill Kristol’s big plans start with Chuck Hagel nomination

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/bill-kristols-big-plans-start-with-hagel-nomination-85816.html

Hagel  Nominated: What’s the Big Deal?:

(http://www.aaiusa.org/page/m/4b660335/1ba9c8e8/8ce10b9/1c4e1ffb/305801512/VEsEBA/) It’s official! The President nominated (http://www.aaiusa.org/page/m/4b660335/1ba9c8e8/8ce10b9/1c4e1ffa/305801512/VEsEBw/)  Chuck Hagel for the next Secretary of Defense yesterday despite the outcry  and campaign launched against Hagel by a small fringe group. Why all the  interest in Chuck Hagel’s nomination? Hagel is actually a reasonable and  levelheaded candidate for the post, an old school Republican who had the  courage to break with the Republican Party during the Iraq War. The former  Senator is a proponent of bringing our troops home from Afghanistan, and  doesn’t think it’s a smart move to push the U.S. into war with Iran, or  anyone else for that matter. Oh, and he also doesn’t think U.S. foreign  policy should be dictated by Israel or the Israeli lobby. Republican  Senator Lindsey Graham went as far as calling Hagel “the most antagonistic  defense secretary towards the state of Israel in our nation’s history.”  Yes, we don’t see the controversy in saying we should dictate our own  foreign policy either. Leading up to the nomination, some neocons have  been busy pushing a media campaign against Hagel. Bill Kristol and the  Emergency Committee for Israel yesterday _purchased_ (http://www.aaiusa.org/page/m/4b660335/1ba9c8e8/8ce10b9/1c4e1ff9/305801512/VEsEBg/)  the Chuck Hagel domain (chuckhagel.com) in an extension of their  despicable campaign against Hagel, branding him as anti-Semitic and  anti-Israel, and encouraging constituents to lobby their Senators to block  Hagel’s confirmation. Incredible, isn’t it? President Obama should be  applauded for supporting Hagel as his top choice for Secretary of Defense  in spite of the manufactured controversy. By supporting the decorated  Vietnam combat veteran, Obama sent a clear message to Congress that the  discourse on US military intervention is changing, and maybe even the  knee-jerk pro-Israel dogma. Ask us again after he is  confirmed.

Why the War Party Fears Hagel (by Patrick J. Buchanan)

http://buchanan.org/blog/why-the-war-party-fears-hagel-5443

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-the-war-party-fears-chuck-hagel/

DEBORCHGRAVE Commentary: Hagel and the Israeli lobby:

http://america-hijacked.com/2013/01/04/deborchgrave-commentary-hagel-and-the-israeli-lobby/

Don’t Let Pro-Israel Extremists Sink Chuck Hagel:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/27/opinion/dont-let-pro-israel-extremists-sink-chuck-hagel.html

CFR’s Elliott Abrams Smears Chuck Hagel on NPR

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1357

Listen to former Israeli minister tell Amy Goodman’s ‘Democracy Now’ how Israel firsters used the ‘anti-Semitic’ trick to suppress criticism of Israel: http://tinyurl.com/zionisttrick

Hagel Gets a Sensitivity Litmus Test From the Neocon Press!

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/hagel-gets-a-sensitivity-litmus-test-from-the-neocon-press/

Opposition to Hagel appointment unites pro-Israel advocates, women’s groups, Republicans

http://www.timesofisrael.com/opposition-to-hagel-appointment-unites-pro-israel-advocates-womens-groups-republicans/

Defending Hagel, Hayes & Greenwald assail neocon stranglehold on policy

http://mondoweiss.net/2012/12/defending-greenwald-stranglehold.html/

The wrong way to defend Chuck Hagel from neoconservative smears

http://mondoweiss.net/2012/12/defend-neoconservative-smears.html

Israeli Agents of Influence determined that Chuck Hagel not serve in Cabinet. He is unbought: The Hagel Haters:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/13/the-hagel-haters.html

 

The Paranoid Style of the Israel Lobby vs Chuck Hagel

 

http://america-hijacked.com/2012/12/19/the-paranoid-style-of-the-israel-lobby/

 

Kristol Launches the Neo-Con Campaign to Stop Hagel

http://www.lobelog.com/kristol-launches-the-neo-con-campaign-to-stop-hagel/

Chuck Hagel and the Neocon Smear Machine

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/12/chuck-hagel-and-the-neocon-smear-machine/266499/

Neocons against Chuck Hagel: The Independent Senator Who Wouldn’t Genuflect

http://bit.ly/Yua3yw

The Smearing of Chuck Hagel:

http://consortiumnews.com/2012/12/20/the-smearing-of-chuck-hagel/

Possible Hagel pick raises concerns in (AIPAC/neocon owned) Senate GOP:

http://news.yahoo.com/possible-hagel-pick-raises-concerns-senate-gop-214610850–politics.html

Demand Diplomacy Advocate Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/crisis-proobama-jews-must_b_2360751.html

Obama’s Hagel Test:

http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/obamas-hagel-test.html

What’s at stake in the Hagel affair? Walt: The real meaning of the Hagel affair is what it says about the climate inside Washington. Simply put, the question is whether supine and reflexive support for all things Israeli remains a prerequ…isite for important policy positions here in the Land of the Free. Given America’s track record in the region in recent decades, you’d think a more open debate on U.S. policy would be just what the country needs, both for its own sake and for Israel’s. But because the case for the current “special relationship” of unconditional support is so weak, the last thing that hardliners like Bill Kristol or Elliot Abrams want is an open debate on that subject. If Hagel gets appointed, it means other people in Washington might realize they could say what they really think without fear that their careers will be destroyed. And once that happens, who knows where it might lead? It might even lead to a Middle East policy that actually worked! We wouldn’t want that now, would we?: http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/12/26/whats_at_stake_in_the_hagel_affair

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Israel supporters have come out against the possible nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel for the Secretary of Defense post – and this isn’t a first.

‘Pro-Israel lobby has a strong stranglehold on US political system’

http://www.presstv.com/usdetail/181337.html

Press TV Talks to James Morris on Republican CNN debate about Ron Paul on Iran as GOP should purge neocon warmongers:

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyD20wngY20

UN Security Council members blast Israel over settlement construction plans

UN Security Council members blast Israel over settlement construction plans

U.S. blocks attempts to put forward joint presidential statement and resolution condemning construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem; Israel’s ambassador to the UN: Council focused on Israel while massacre in Syria continues.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/un-security-council-members-blast-israel-over-settlement-construction-plans.premium-1.485916

Israel must remove all Jewish settlers from occupied West Bank – UN inquiry

http://rt.com/news/un-israel-remove-settlements-161/

Netanyahu Unaware of Camera Say US easily manipulated (via Israel lobby influence on US political system and media just as former Republican Congressman Paul Findley conveys in the third edition of his ‘They Dare to Speak Out’ book):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrtuBas3Ipw

Israel lobby pushing Syrian regime change to weaken Iran:

http://tinyurl.com/jamesmorrisoncrosstalk

U.S. slams Israeli ‘pattern of provocation’

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 6:41 AM
From: 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):
James David wrote:

Too bad the State Department took so long.  I’ve been saying this for years.  Israel is no peace partner.  Their entire mission is to continue the violence in order to grab as much land as possible knowing that they always get away with it.  And if the Palestinians resist this land grabbing, the Israelis then point the finger at the Palestinians for their actions and the Jewish controlled media goes along.  If there is ever to be peace in this world then all nations must get tough with Israel.  Let’s hope it begins right away.  Israel has gotten away with murder and other crimes far too long.

U.S. slams Israeli ‘pattern of provocation’ – Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

In an unusually blunt criticism, state department says settlement activity puts the goal of peace ‘further at risk.’

By The Associated Press and Barak Ravid | Dec.18, 2012 | 11:03 PM | 127

The United States has slammed Israel for continuing to announce new settlement construction on land claimed by the Palestinians in an unusually rare and blunt criticism of its top Mideast ally.

The State Department accused Israel on Tuesday of engaging in a “pattern of provocative action” that runs counter to statements from Israeli leaders that they are committed to peace. Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said “We are deeply disappointed that Israel insists on continuing this pattern of provocative action. These repeated announcements and plans of new construction run counter to the cause of peace. Israel’s leaders continually say that they support a path towards a two-state solution, yet these actions only put that goal further at risk.”

The tough comments came as Israel’s prime minister rejected international criticism of plans to build thousands more Jewish homes in east Jerusalem, saying construction would move forward.

Earlier on Tuesday, the European Union members of the UN Security Council – Britain, France, Germany and Portugal – were expected to issue a joint statement condemning the Israeli government’s decision to construct homes in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood of Jerusalem, located beyond the Green Line.

A sub-committee of the Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee on Monday gave preliminary approval to a plan to build 1,500 housing units in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo.The announcement came just two weeks after Israel declared its intention to construct 3,000 new residential units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, raising the ire of the international community.

The European countries are expected to express their concern in the statement over the viability of the two-state solution, in the wake of Israel’s construction plans. On Monday, the U.S. state department spokeswoman said that the U.S. opposed Israel’s settlement expansion and has consistently conveyed to Jerusalem its objections. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the issue on Tuesday while on a visit to the northern city of Acre, saying all Zionist parties should support construction in Jerusalem. “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the state of Israel and we will continue to build in it,” he said. “The unity of Jerusalem is something that reflects a wide national agreement.” Netanyahu’s statement came after he was heavily criticized on Monday by the Labor Party, Yesh Atid and Meretz.

An official in the Prime Minister’s Office clarified Monday that the decision to build in Ramat Shlomo did not represent new construction plans, but was rather a new stage in an existing project.

“These are not new homes,” the official said. “The intention to build them was publicized years ago, and what happened today was just a discussion on objections to the plan. This is just another planning stage, not the beginning of construction.