Why Not a Probe of ‘Israel-gate’?

Special Report: As Official Washington fumes about Russia-gate, Israel’s far more significant political-influence-and-propaganda campaigns are ignored. No one dares suggest a probe of Israel-gate, says Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

The other day, I asked a longtime Democratic Party insider who is working on the Russia-gate investigation which country interfered more in U.S. politics, Russia or Israel. Without a moment’s hesitation, he replied, “Israel, of course.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaking to the AIPAC conference in Washington D.C. on March 21, 2016. (Photo credit: AIPAC)

Which underscores my concern about the hysteria raging across Official Washington about “Russian meddling” in the 2016 presidential campaign: There is no proportionality applied to the question of foreign interference in U.S. politics. If there were, we would have a far more substantive investigation of Israel-gate.

The problem is that if anyone mentions the truth about Israel’s clout, the person is immediately smeared as “anti-Semitic” and targeted by Israel’s extraordinarily sophisticated lobby and its many media/political allies for vilification and marginalization.

So, the open secret of Israeli influence is studiously ignored, even as presidential candidates prostrate themselves before the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both appeared before AIPAC in 2016, with Clinton promising to take the U.S.-Israeli relationship “to the next level” – whatever that meant – and Trump vowing not to “pander” and then pandering like crazy.

Congress is no different. It has given Israel’s controversial Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a record-tying three invitations to address joint sessions of Congress (matching the number of times British Prime Minister Winston Churchill appeared). We then witnessed the Republicans and Democrats competing to see how often their members could bounce up and down and who could cheer Netanyahu the loudest, even when the Israeli prime minister was instructing the Congress to follow his position on Iran rather than President Obama’s.

Israeli officials and AIPAC also coordinate their strategies to maximize political influence, which is derived in large part by who gets the lobby’s largesse and who doesn’t. On the rare occasion when members of Congress step out of line – and take a stand that offends Israeli leaders – they can expect a well-funded opponent in their next race, a tactic that dates back decades.

Well-respected members, such as Rep. Paul Findley and Sen. Charles Percy (both Republicans from Illinois), were early victims of the Israeli lobby’s wrath when they opened channels of communication with the Palestine Liberation Organization in the cause of seeking peace. Findley was targeted and defeated in 1982; Percy in 1984.

Findley recounted his experience in a 1985 book, They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel’s Lobby, in which Findley called the lobby “the 700-pound gorilla in Washington.” The book was harshly criticized in a New York Times review by Adam Clymer, who called it “an angry, one-sided book that seems often to be little more than a stringing together of stray incidents.”

Enforced Silence

Since then, there have been fewer and fewer members of Congress or other American politicians who have dared to speak out, judging that – when it comes to the Israeli lobby – discretion is the better part of valor. Today, many U.S. pols grovel before the Israeli government seeking a sign of favor from Prime Minister Netanyahu, almost like Medieval kings courting the blessings of the Pope at the Vatican.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C., on March 4, 2014.

During the 2008 campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama, whom Netanyahu viewed with suspicion, traveled to Israel to demonstrate sympathy for Israelis within rocket-range of Gaza while steering clear of showing much empathy for the Palestinians.

In 2012, Republican nominee Mitt Romney tried to exploit the tense Obama-Netanyahu relationship by stopping in Israel to win a tacit endorsement from Netanyahu. The 2016 campaign was no exception with both Clinton and Trump stressing their love of Israel in their appearances before AIPAC.

Money, of course, has become the lifeblood of American politics – and American supporters of Israel have been particularly strategic in how they have exploited that reality.

One of Israel’s most devoted advocates, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, has poured millions of dollars in “dark money” into political candidates and groups that support Israel’s interests. Adelson, who has advocated dropping a nuclear bomb inside Iran to coerce its government, is a Trump favorite having donated a record $5 million to Trump’s inaugural celebration.

Of course, many Israel-connected political donations are much smaller but no less influential. A quarter century ago, I was told how an aide to a Democratic foreign policy chairman, who faced a surprisingly tough race after redistricting, turned to the head of AIPAC for help and, almost overnight, donations were pouring in from all over the country. The chairman was most thankful.

The October Surprise Mystery

Israel’s involvement in U.S. politics also can be covert. For instance, the evidence is now overwhelming that the Israeli government of right-wing Prime Minister Menachem Begin played a key role in helping Ronald Reagan’s campaign in 1980 strike a deal with Iran to frustrate President Jimmy Carter’s efforts to free 52 American hostages before Election Day.

President Jimmy Carter signing the Camp David peace agreement with Egypt’s Anwar Sadat and Israel’s Menachem Begin.

Begin despised Carter for the Camp David Accords that forced Israel to give back the Sinai to Egypt. Begin also believed that Carter was too sympathetic to the Palestinians and – if he won a second term – would conspire with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to impose a two-state solution on Israel.

Begin’s contempt for Carter was not even a secret. In a 1991 book, The Last Option, senior Israeli intelligence and foreign policy official David Kimche explained Begin’s motive for dreading Carter’s reelection. Kimche said Israeli officials had gotten wind of “collusion” between Carter and Sadat “to force Israel to abandon her refusal to withdraw from territories occupied in 1967, including Jerusalem, and to agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state.”

Kimche continued, “This plan prepared behind Israel’s back and without her knowledge must rank as a unique attempt in United States’s diplomatic history of short-changing a friend and ally by deceit and manipulation.”

But Begin recognized that the scheme required Carter winning a second term in 1980 when, Kimche wrote, “he would be free to compel Israel to accept a settlement of the Palestinian problem on his and Egyptian terms, without having to fear the backlash of the American Jewish lobby.”

In a 1992 memoir, Profits of War, former Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe also noted that Begin and other Likud leaders held Carter in contempt.

“Begin loathed Carter for the peace agreement forced upon him at Camp David,” Ben-Menashe wrote. “As Begin saw it, the agreement took away Sinai from Israel, did not create a comprehensive peace, and left the Palestinian issue hanging on Israel’s back.”

So, in order to buy time for Israel to “change the facts on the ground” by moving Jewish settlers into the West Bank, Begin felt Carter’s reelection had to be prevented. A different president also presumably would give Israel a freer hand to deal with problems on its northern border with Lebanon.

Ben-Menashe was among a couple of dozen government officials and intelligence operatives who described how Reagan’s campaign, mostly through future CIA Director William Casey and past CIA Director George H.W. Bush, struck a deal in 1980 with senior Iranians who got promises of arms via Israel in exchange for keeping the hostages through the election and thus humiliating Carter. (The hostages were finally released on Jan. 20, 1981, after Reagan was sworn in as President.)

Discrediting History

Though the evidence of the so-called October Surprise deal is far stronger than the current case for believing that Russia colluded with the Trump campaign, Official Washington and the mainstream U.S. media have refused to accept it, deeming it a “conspiracy theory.”

President Ronald Reagan, delivering his Inaugural Address on Jan. 20, 1981, as the 52 U.S. hostages in Iran are simultaneously released.

One of the reasons for the hostility directed against the 1980 case was the link to Israel, which did not want its hand in manipulating the election of a U.S. president to become an accepted part of American history. So, for instance, the Israeli government went to great lengths to discredit Ben-Menashe after he began to speak with reporters and to give testimony to the U.S. Congress.

When I was a Newsweek correspondent and first interviewed Ben-Menashe in 1990, the Israeli government initially insisted that he was an impostor, that he had no connection to Israeli intelligence.

However, when I obtained documentary evidence of Ben-Menashe’s work for a military intelligence unit, the Israelis admitted that they had lied but then insisted that he was just a low-level translator, a claim that was further contradicted by other documents showing that he had traveled widely around the world on missions to obtain weapons for the Israel-to-Iran arms pipeline.

Nevertheless, the Israeli government along with sympathetic American reporters and members of the U.S. Congress managed to shut down any serious investigation into the 1980 operation, which was, in effect, the prequel to Reagan’s Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages scandal of 1984-86. Thus, U.S. history was miswritten. [For more details, see Robert Parry’s America’s Stolen NarrativeSecrecy & Privilege; and Trick or Treason.]

Looking back over the history of U.S.-Israeli relations, it is clear that Israel exercised significant influence over U.S. presidents since its founding in 1948, but the rise of Israel’s right-wing Likud Party in the 1970s – led by former Jewish terrorists Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir – marked a time when Israel shed any inhibitions about interfering directly in U.S. politics.

Convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in the photo from his U.S. Naval Intelligence ID.

Much as Begin and Shamir engaged in terror attacks on British officials and Palestinian civilians during Israel’s founding era, the Likudniks who held power in 1980 believed that the Zionist cause trumped normal restraints on their actions. In other words, the ends justified the means.

In the 1980s, Israel also mounted spying operations aimed at the U.S. government, including those of intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard, who fed highly sensitive documents to Israel and – after being caught and spending almost three decades in prison – was paroled and welcomed as a hero inside Israel.

A History of Interference

But it is true that foreign interference in U.S. politics is as old as the American Republic. In the 1790s, French agents – working with the Jeffersonians – tried to rally Americans behind France’s cause in its conflict with Great Britain. In part to frustrate the French operation, the Federalists passed the Alien and Sedition Acts.

Wanted Poster of the Palestine Police Force offering rewards for the capture of Stern Gang terrorists: 1. Jaacov Levstein (Eliav), 2. Yitzhak Yezernitzky (Shamir), 3. Natan Friedman-Yelin

In the Twentieth Century, Great Britain undertook covert influence operations to ensure U.S. support in its conflicts with Germany, while German agents unsuccessfully sought the opposite.

So, the attempts by erstwhile allies and sometimes adversaries to move U.S. foreign policy in one direction or another is nothing new, and the U.S. government engages in similar operations in countries all over the world, both overtly and covertly.

It was the CIA’s job for decades to use propaganda and dirty tricks to ensure that pro-U.S. politicians were elected or put in power in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, pretty much everywhere the U.S. government perceived some interest. After the U.S. intelligence scandals of the 1970s, however, some of that responsibility was passed to other organizations, such as the U.S.-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

NED, USAID and various “non-governmental organizations” (NGOs) finance activists, journalists and other operatives to undermine political leaders who are deemed to be obstacles to U.S. foreign policy desires.

In particular, NED has been at the center of efforts to flip elections to U.S.-backed candidates, such as in Nicaragua in 1990, or to sponsor “color revolutions,” which typically organize around some color as the symbol for mass demonstrations. Ukraine – on Russia’s border – has been the target of two such operations, the Orange Revolution in 2004, which helped install anti-Russian President Viktor Yushchenko, and the Maidan ouster of elected pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014.

NED president Carl Gershman, a neoconservative who has run NED since its founding in 1983, openly declared that Ukraine was “the biggest prize” in September 2013 — just months before the Maidan protests — as well as calling it an important step toward ousting Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2016, Gershman called directly for regime change in Russia.

The Neoconservatives

Another key issue related to Israeli influence inside the United States is the role of the neocons, a political movement that emerged in the 1970s as a number of hawkish Democrats migrated to the Republican Party as a home for more aggressive policies to protect Israel and take on the Soviet Union and Arab states.

Prominent neocon intellectual Robert Kagan. (Photo credit: Mariusz Kubik, http://www.mariuszkubik.pl)

In some European circles, the neocons are described as “Israel’s American agents,” which may somewhat overstate the direct linkage between Israel and the neocons although a central tenet of neocon thinking is that there must be no daylight between the U.S. and Israel. The neocons say U.S. politicians must stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel even if that means the Americans sidling up to the Israelis rather than any movement the other way.

Since the mid-1990s, American neocons have worked closely with Benjamin Netanyahu. Several prominent neocons (including former Assistant Defense Secretary Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, David Wurmser, Meyrav Wurmser and Robert Loewenberg) advised Netanyahu’s 1996 campaign and urged a new strategy for “securing the realm.” Essentially, the idea was to replace negotiations with the Palestinians and Arab states with “regime change” for governments that were viewed as troublesome to Israel, including Iraq and Syria.

By 1998, the Project for the New American Century (led by neocons William Kristol and Robert Kagan) was pressuring President Bill Clinton to invade Iraq, a plan that was finally put in motion in 2003 under President George W. Bush.

But the follow-on plans to go after Syria and Iran were delayed because the Iraq War turned into a bloody mess, killing some 4,500 American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. Bush could not turn to phase two until near the end of his presidency and then was frustrated by a U.S. intelligence estimate concluding that Iran was not working on a nuclear bomb (which was to be the pretext for a bombing campaign).

Bush also could pursue “regime change” in Syria only as a proxy effort of subversion, rather than a full-scale U.S. invasion. President Barack Obama escalated the Syrian proxy war in 2011 with the support of Israel and its strange-bedfellow allies in Saudi Arabia and the other Sunni-ruled Gulf States, which hated Syria’s government because it was allied with Shiite-ruled Iran — and Sunnis and Shiites have been enemies since the Seventh Century. Israel insists that the U.S. take the Sunni side, even if that puts the U.S. in bed with Al Qaeda.

But Obama dragged his heels on a larger U.S. military intervention in Syria and angered Netanyahu further by negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program rather than bomb-bomb-bombing Iran.

Showing the Love

Obama’s perceived half-hearted commitment to Israeli interests explained Romney’s campaign 2012 trip to seek Netanyahu’s blessings. Even after winning a second term, Obama sought to appease Netanyahu by undertaking a three-day trip to Israel in 2013 to show his love.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Still, in 2015, when Obama pressed ahead with the Iran nuclear agreement, Netanyahu went over the President’s head directly to Congress where he was warmly received, although the Israeli prime minister ultimately failed to sink the Iran deal.

In Campaign 2016, both Clinton and Trump wore their love for Israel on their sleeves, Clinton promising to take the relationship to “the next level” (a phrase that young couples often use when deciding to go from heavy petting to intercourse). Trump reminded AIPAC that he had a Jewish grandchild and vowed to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Both also bristled with hatred toward Iran, repeating the popular falsehood that “Iran is the principal source of terrorism” when it is Saudi Arabia and other Sunni sheikdoms that have been the financial and military supporters of Al Qaeda and Islamic State, the terror groups most threatening to Europe and the United States.

By contrast to Israel’s long history of playing games with U.S. politics, the Russian government stands accused of trying to undermine the U.S. political process recently by hacking into emails of the Democratic National Committee — revealing the DNC’s improper opposition to Sen. Bernie Sanders’s campaign — and of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta — disclosing the contents of Clinton’s paid speeches to Wall Street and pay-to-play aspects of the Clinton Foundation — and sharing that information with the American people via WikiLeaks.

Although WikiLeaks denies getting the two batches of emails from the Russians, the U.S. intelligence community says it has high confidence in its conclusions about Russian meddling and the mainstream U.S. media treats the allegations as flat-fact.

The U.S. intelligence community also has accused the Russian government of raising doubts in the minds of Americans about their political system by having RT, the Russian-sponsored news network, hold debates for third-party candidates (who were excluded from the two-party Republican-Democratic debates) and by having RT report on protests such as Occupy Wall Street and issues such as “fracking.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu making opening remarks at a joint White House press conference with President Donald Trump on Feb. 15, 2017. (Screenshot from White House video)

The major U.S. news media and Congress seem to agree that the only remaining question is whether evidence can be adduced showing that the Trump campaign colluded in this Russian operation. For that purpose, a number of people associated with the Trump campaign are to be hauled before Congress and made to testify on whether or not they are Russian agents.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post, The New York Times and other establishment-approved outlets are working with major technology companies on how to marginalize independent news sources and to purge “Russian propaganda” (often conflated with “fake news”) from the Internet.

It seems that no extreme is too extreme to protect the American people from the insidious Russians and their Russia-gate schemes to sow doubt about the U.S. political process. But God forbid if anyone were to suggest an investigation of Israel-gate.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and barnesandnoble.com).

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235 comments for “Why Not a Probe of ‘Israel-gate’?

  1. jo6pac
    April 20, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Thank You RP all so very true but sadly I don’t see Amerika congresscritters or potus breaking the cycle of stupid any time soon.

    • Erik G
      April 20, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Yes, once more an article of essential counterpoint to the mass media propaganda. Mr. Parry has shown great courage in this ground-breaking article, along with restraint and comprehensibility.

      Those who would like to petition the NYT to make Robert Parry their senior editor may do so here:
      https://www.change.org/p/new-york-times-bring-a-new-editor-to-the-new-york-times?recruiter=72650402&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

      It is instructive to the NYT that intelligent readers know better journalism when they see it. A petition demonstrates the concerns of a far larger number of potential or lost subscribers.

      • lexy677
        April 21, 2017 at 2:16 am

        Are you crazy? How naive can you be? The NYT is the premier Israeli propaganda outlet. They will NEVER print anything remotely close to this article much less hire Mr.Parry who I’m sure is already in their sights as an “anti-semite for writing articles like this.

        • Skip Scott
          April 21, 2017 at 7:46 am

          Erik G is not naive or crazy. He is fully aware of the NYT’s roll in the Israeli propaganda machine. The point is to let the NYT know that we are on to them. If this petition went viral it would be a real thorn in their side.

      • April 21, 2017 at 11:54 am

        Great idea. I signed it.

        • Jakob Ø.
          April 25, 2017 at 8:16 am

          Me too

    • peacedoc
      April 21, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      Too bad the author of this fantastical hit piece doesn’t understand the difference between a friend with common interests and values and an enemy variously sworn to “bury” us and cause us harm; country (Russia, formerly the USSR, for the confused puppies lapping up this foolish writer’s BS) that supports Assad and protects Iran. A country that formerly subjugated most of Eastern Europe, that invaded Ukraine, annexed Crimea, etc. Israel, like many other countries, wants to influence the US. It does so primarily openly, unlike Russia.
      While not perfect, Israel is close to the US in most of the principles of decency and democracy to which wer profess allegiance. Israel adheres to respect for all religions, to free speech, to rights for gays, to women’s rights, and on and on. Why the author finds it so horrible that elected officials might view Israel with favor against the theocracies and dictatorships threatening its existence and want to help it survive is curious, except to the idiots that hold to their bigoted views of Jews and Israelis. Israeli high tech and defensive expertise keep Americans safe. When and if N. Korea lobs rockets at the US, it will probably be Israeli inventions that help intercept them. Aid to Israel is mostly spent in the US except for co-development funds used to perfect the previously mentioned rocket systems.
      I and many many Americans and their representatives are proud of the US-Israel relationship. A relationship that benefits both countries, both peoples, as friends do.

      • Joe Tedesky
        April 21, 2017 at 4:01 pm

        You may have a point to how much alike the U.S. & Israel are. I’ll even bet that if we were to put in one room a Native American, a African American, and a Palestintian, that they would agree with you. Correct me if I’m wrong but all during the last Cold War I don’t recall Russia ever attacking any American Naval vessel, but I do recall that in 1967 Israel attempted to sink and kill all the crew onboard the USS Liberty, and for that Israel suffered nothing. I also recall that Jonathan Pollard stole highly classified material where upon his dearly beloved Israel sold those U.S. Top Secrets to the then USSR. Hmm, maybe Israel does have, or had at one time more in common with the Soviet Russians than Israel will admit.

        As much as I love people with diverse opinions posting their comments on this site I don’t think peacedoc that anyone here is up for buying what your selling.

      • April 22, 2017 at 4:16 am

        @peacedoc

        First, your post is too long.
        Second, you are either gullible or a liar.
        Third, Israel causes the us as much harm, if not more, than ANY other country in the world.

      • Joseph Adam
        April 22, 2017 at 9:23 am

        Israel is no US ally, but a huge liability, and that has been the case since its creation in 1948.
        America paid more than 200 Billion Dollars to the Israelis since early 1960s, as well as tens of billions worth of technology transfer, which created huge Israeli arms industries, yet America received nothing in return except constant belligerence, trouble making and perpetual aggression against its neighbors. Israel is the number one outlaw according to UN resolution issued since 1960s, if in doubt; check the UN archives to verify that fact.

        Israelis spy on US politicians, companies and interfere in US elections in both state and federal levels. They also put undue pressure on US congress thru their Zionist proxies, think tanks and lobbyist by which they completely manipulate the US foreign policy in ME region. They create crises via their propaganda and fact manufacturing against other ME states, then compel USA to use military power to destroy countries they consider unfriendly.

        American better wakeup and decide their policies based on US national interest, which runs contrary to the Israeli-Zionist interests.

      • April 23, 2017 at 10:28 pm

        @ “Israel is close to the US in most of the principles of decency and democracy to which wer profess allegiance.”

        Normally, I don’t feel the need to respond to hasbara trolls, but I think in this case there were points made that are so far from reality that they should not slide by without challenge. Israel most certainly is not aligned with the U.S. in many varied ways. Devotion to democracy is certainly in the foremost. Israel’s “democracy” is for Jews only. More than 50 statutes relegate Palestinian residents of Israel proper to the status of second class citizens. And the indigenous people of the West Bank and Golan Heights live under martial law without any voting rights. That situation is hardly what I could recognize as a “democracy.” In the U.S., we would call it racial and religious discrimination. And the U.S. courts would put a very fast stop to it.

        Neither is Israel’s interest in violently Balkanizing its neighboring states in the interests of the U.S. public. It is only Israel’s reprehensible and illegal control of U.S. foreign policy that has led the U.S. into a state of permanent war in the Mideast. And for that, Israel bears ultimate responsibility for the deaths of over 1 million people.

        As for Russia’s purported invasion of Ukraine, that never happened. And its annexation of Crimea was requested by the citizens of Crimea to the tune of above 90 % of voters, who had been left in an unconstitutional position by the U.S. backed coup of the Ukrainian government that left neoNazis running the country in violation of Ukraine’s constitution. Can the Crimeans be blamed for seeking Russia’s shelter? I think not.

        As for the claim that Israel exerts its influence over U.S. government “primarily openly,” I don’t buy it, particularly when Israel’s influence is peddled under the umbrella of an unsupportable claim of common interests rather than straightforwardly admitting that what Israel seeks from the U.S. is not in the best interests of the U.S. populace, and when forums such as this are beset by hasbara propagandists who shroud their true identities behind screen names like “peacedoc.” Reveal your true identity if you wish to persuade others.

        • rick
          April 23, 2017 at 11:13 pm

          Great post. Thank you.

        • Gregg
          April 28, 2017 at 2:57 am

          Several corrections: the “indigenous people” of the West Bank are not citizens of Israel and so don’t vote in Israeli elections; they vote in Palestinian elections. As for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, they have equal rights with any other group in Israel: they go to the same universities, attend movies in the same theaters, get treated in the same hospitals, have full property rights, access to any and all professions, unlike, for example, their Palestinian brethren in Lebanon or Saudi Arabia or Kuwait, who are restricted severely.
          Russia’s “purported invasion” of the Ukraine is happening right now. What do you call it when a country loses control of its own borders? That is what has happened to Ukraine. It no longer controls its Eastern border with Russia. There was no US-backed coup, go back and review the news reports beginning Q-4, 2013 – approximately 500,000 Ukrainian gathered peacefully on Maidan to protest two things: endemic corruption in the Ukrainian government, and Yankovich’s hesitancy to align his country with Europe. Everyone has a right to peaceful protest. Those half a million Ukrainians did not come out in freezing temperatures for months on instructions from the US; they came out on their accord to protest their own government. By the way, half a million in the Ukraine proportionally to the US population would be about 3 million Americans gathering in Washington. Go to Kiev today. There are no “neo-nazis”. No swastikas draping buildings. No concentration camps. No attempts to establish a master race. No seizing of neighboring territory. No confiscation or burning of books. Put a lid on your “nazi” accusations – there is zero evidence of this in present-day Ukraine. As for the Crimean referendum, it was conducted illegally, and Putin later admitted that Russian soldiers were patrolling all of Crimea during the voting. This is a violation of the sovereignty of the Ukraine, and the agreements which relegated Russian soldiers to their own naval bases in Crimea.

      • MRW
        April 23, 2017 at 11:44 pm

        “When and if N. Korea lobs rockets at the US, it will probably be Israeli inventions that help intercept them.”

        In your fucking dreams. Israel steals US inventions and tries to convince the world they invented them (cell phones, thumb drives, cherry tomatoes). Spare us all your Likudnik nonsense and pipe dreams. The Arabs have created a greater scientific and educational location (and architectural wonder) in Dubai since it was a mere sandbox in 1972 than anything Israel has done since 1948.

        • Nibs
          April 25, 2017 at 6:25 am

          Good post MRW. I always think that what the future defunct Apartheid State of Israel will be remembered for is the ugly stain of that concrete separation wall with its hideous watchtowers and automatic machine guns.
          A true monument to this dysfunctional regime.

        • Gregg
          April 28, 2017 at 3:01 am

          Actually, MRW, the United States military has incorporated many Israeli inventions and modifications to US hardware, the list is long and easily accessible on google. Israeli medical inventions, agricultural inventions, and patents in scientific fields are impressive and the list is quite long. Where is the list of UAE (Dubai) contributions, other than taking oil money and hiring foreigners to build gilded shopping malls on man-made islands?

      • Marysue Shaw
        April 24, 2017 at 2:34 am

        I’m Canadian and we’re a little less likely to side with an unfair group, such as the Israeli apartheid group. Fortunately, there are Israelites who are actually egalitarian and fair. They understand that all humans are God’s Chosen (Allah’s Chosen, etc.) or none of us are:) They want to see fairness in the Middle East–esp. in Israel. So does the rest of the world…really. And let’s quit bombing Syria and maybe deliver birth control to that area and other overpopulated areas all over the world. The last thing we need on this planet is another human being. We can’t even adequately feed, clothe, house and educate the ones we have already.

        • Richard Ong
          April 24, 2017 at 8:00 am

          The inevitable liberal plan to set things right – birth control.

          Allah’s chosen are Muslims. The rest of us are infidel scum.

          Amen to stopping the US, Saudi, Qatari, Israeli, French, British, Danish, German war on Syria.

      • Merih
        April 24, 2017 at 5:09 am

        When you write of decency, you must be forgetting the morally reprehensible bombing of Palestinian civilians.229 children murdered by Israeli bombing raids in Gaza in October 2014 alone. 35 children in 2016. But I am sure you will find some convoluted defense for actions which are morally indefensible

      • JMeister
        April 24, 2017 at 6:56 am

        Oh, come on. Do you think the readers of this site are so easily fooled? The truth is now indelibly etched in cyberspace. The days are marked for Israel and those that do its nefarious bidding.

      • Mamabearroars
        April 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm

        You must be a mockingbird, pro Zio-fascist mouth piece and paid hack for Israel. When a person opens their eyes to the years of propaganda, lies and blind support for the terrorist state of israel they will be filled with horror and disgust. Israel has nuclear weapons and yet has never had a United Nations team go in and study their weapons. They have aggressively used weapons to murder innocent people, steal land and and even point blank shoot children.

        Our government gives billions of dollars in support of Zionist policy and weapons and the US tax payer pays the principle and interest on the loans to give this amount to Israel. OUr people go without health care, prescription coverage, our college students are enslaved by the banks for their lives. There is only two enemies of the USA and they are Israel and Saudi Arabia

      • Emma P
        April 28, 2017 at 3:07 am

        I would like America to be free of foreign and domestic lobbyists. America should take sides in the international affairs because of moral imperativeness (as in WWII to save Jews) or for the interests of America (as in anti-Putin who would like to marginalize America). Israel is rich and powerful now and it can and should be able to look after itself without the involvement of US. Regarding Saudis, the politicians should not accept money from them. A conflict of interest exists with Saudi when America cannot even convict Saudi for 9-11. I am an ordinary neutral citizen with a way below average knowledge in current events but very keen on learning.

      • Northwoodsman
        April 28, 2017 at 7:38 pm

        You apparently believe your own delusions concerning Israel. I suggest examining what happened to the USS Liberty more closely.

        In addition, Israel is an “apartheid state”. Jews are not allowed to marry non-Jews and even though Jews like Barbara Spectre promote racial and cultural diversity in Sweden they refuse to promote it for Israel.

        Slavic girls are continually sold into sexual slavery in Israel and their passports confiscated so they can not escape. Yes, you are right we are very much like Israel, because their mores now are promoted with their control of Hollywood…which Jews openly admit themselves.

        Actually the depth of their meddling in not only confined to US affairs but European affairs. It goes back not decades but centuries. The Balfour Agreement for the Zionists was a culmination of their efforts to blackmail President Wilson by Samuel Untermeyer to get the US into the war in Europe. Their reward, the Balfour Agreement in the midst of WWI stands out as not only glaringly suspicious but obvious. The British government granted them Palestine in a promissory letter to Sir Rothschild in November of 1917.(For information on this subject, I suggest reading Hidden History: The Secret History of WWI by Dorcherty and MacGregor. )

        I’m sorry, but the world is quickly waking up to their selfish motives and their manipulation of not only our statesmen, but our elected officials.

        America First………..not Israel First!

  2. Dr. Ibrahim Soudy
    April 20, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Even Robert Parry fails to understand the very sad reality…….Israel and the US are not two separate entities……It is one called “The United States of ISRAEL”……………America is governed from Jerusalem…………….plain and simple…………..How could the Israel lobby interfere in American elections and politics while THEY literally own almost all the political landscape of America?!

    • Bill Bodden
      April 20, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      Thank you, Dr. Soudy, for sparing me the effort of saying something similar to describe the obvious.

      • Bill Bodden
        April 20, 2017 at 7:37 pm

        Initiating an Israeli-gate investigation in Congress would be like some clerk in the Department of Justice (?) building calling for an investigation of Jeff Sessions.

        • Virginia Jones
          April 21, 2017 at 2:19 am

          At this point, the only place a person can get the truth is here at this site. And it just seems to be getting worse and worse. I remember up to the year 2000 only being exposed to the US propaganda in the media and thinking that poor Israel was so brave and good. And then I moved to another country and saw the real facts in the media…. I must admit at this time, I see no solutions. The US feeds only propaganda to its citizens and they buy it, hook, line and sinker!

          • Lin Cleveland
            April 21, 2017 at 9:01 am

            Not all of us!

          • Penny
            April 21, 2017 at 9:06 am

            I found the exact same thing when I returned from Germany 6 months after sept 11. I didn’t know that what I was saying had never been heard before or REPORTED in the news. Most of the world including Germans were out protesting EVERYWHERE bc they “had” the truth. They had MOST of the info to make an “informed DECISIONS” to based on Facts! The German & British journalists/news did NOT censor their news bc they had no need to censor “their” People.
            There IS a reason WHY MOST other countries hate us.. it’s called History & just like Pavlov’s dog, they KNOW what to expect from US & Israel too!
            While they scream Russia! Russia! Ruuuuuuuuuuuusssssia! They IGNORE CRIMES that THEY HAVE COMMITTED against Humanity And sadly we have committed crimes all over the world & have “allowed” this to happen with OUR Apathy & it is OUR job to stop this senseless nonsense & this shit will go on until EVERY citizen of America & every Citizen of The World says “Ok Boys, that’s enough. You’re Done”.
            WE -HAVE the Power my Dear.. We’ve had it ALL along..
            Power to MothaFuKing People!!!!

      • Peter Loeb
        April 21, 2017 at 7:05 am

        AGREE WITH SOUDY & BODDEN….

        Read Thomas Suarez: THE TERROR STATE”

        Norman Finkelstein: THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY”

        (Among others)

        —–Peter Loeb, Boston, MA, USA

        • Lin Cleveland
          April 21, 2017 at 10:58 am

          Hi Peter! This reply is meant for Penny, but there’s no reply option on her post. The morning of 9/11 we watched the “action” on cable news. I wanted to get another perspective so suggested that my cousin switch to BBC.

          • April 22, 2017 at 4:35 pm

            BBC , NPR warmongers witness sarin gas coverage.

        • Northwoodsman
          April 28, 2017 at 7:40 pm

          Right on!

    • Erik G
      April 20, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      I think he well understands the situation, witness his comprehensive description and long familiarity with the problem, but is able to present the situation so moderately that the reader cannot help wondering why he doesn’t reach your conclusion. That is a real skill which we should not underestimate, because presenting the conclusion before the evidence alienates much of the audience.

    • Joe Tedesky
      April 21, 2017 at 1:17 am

      How right you are about how the Zionist, who in America go by the title of Neocon, as they are strategically installed in all phases of the American government structure. In a true assimilated nation of a variety of people, race, religion, ethnicity, and nationality who would have converted to their American way of life so well that through their conversion it would mean their origins shouldn’t matter. On the other hand the Zionist/Neocon appear more loyal to their country of origin or their having a dieing devotion to their far away Israel more than they do to their concerns for America’s safety and welfare. Because of their Israel First pledge they only borrow America’s financial and miIitary might to further their Israeli goals.

      The best part is these clever wordsmiths and history rewrite artist have Americans afraid to speak out against them through fear, and intimation even it means pointing a questioning person out as that person being a Holocaust denier. It’s a shame that this Zionist deceptive move is done at the cost of the spirit of the many lives and souls who were executed by a racist ideology. Worst yet these historical atrocities and reasons for Jewish justice have only been used as a motivational aid in order for the Zionist to treat the suffering violently evicted Palestintian’s in the same fashion as Hitler treated the Eastern European Jews.

      In a country which prides itself so much for it’s patriotism that more Americans should read George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address where our founding father warned us about ‘Foreign Entanglements’. So when the day comes when America will finally recognize Israel for what it is, will we Americans listen to our first American president, or will we all plead ‘Plausible Deniability’?

    • peacedoc
      April 21, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Except for the nonsense about ownage, Israel and the US and very very close. A fact that benefits both countries and upsets the haters like yourself.

      • Joe Tedesky
        April 21, 2017 at 4:09 pm

        I fail to see any benefit Israel provides to the U.S., unless having the U.S. fight your Middle East enemies is somehow a benefit to the U.S. Military Industrial Complex and that’s will you meant. On top of that there is no bigger hater on the face of this earth as the Zionist who brag about mowing the lawn from time to time.

        • akech
          April 21, 2017 at 7:37 pm

          The Secretary of State for the Deep State, John McCain, is working overtime to recruit those willing former Soviet states to join NATO. This draconian effort will supply NATO with youths trained to form an effective fighting force to face those stubborn Middle Eastern Muslims and Russians!

          Building a New World Order government requires slick thinking and foresightedness in outsmarting the object of your bloody furry!

          Many of these former USSR states are struggling and plagued with youth unemployment; a very fertile recruitment environment for war profiteers and their collaborating war mongers!

          If the citizens of the world allow themselves to remain ignorant and desensitized through the MSM propaganda machine and people like “peacedoc”, the mowing of the lawns using other folks desensitized youths will continue.

          A friend once told me: “A rich man’s wealth and security will be guaranteed and defended using the poor man’s offspring”.

      • Sam F
        April 21, 2017 at 8:39 pm

        Israel causes nothing but trouble for the US, and has completely disrupted its foreign policy and ruined its position as a leader, moral or otherwise. Israel’s supporters in the US have destroyed our democracy, and have corrupted our media and elections.
        Apparently you goy-haters regard that as an identity of interests. Perhaps you can explain.

      • richard vajs
        April 22, 2017 at 8:00 am

        peacedoc,
        ” Israel and the US are very very close” – so is the relationship between a tick and its host. Simple question – in its treatment of its native (and predecessors) people, the Palestinians; what is the difference between Israel and the old Union of South Africa?

      • Jeff Davis
        April 22, 2017 at 12:54 pm

        Israel is a geo-political crime-in-progress. The Zionists are building the next holocaust. When 300 million non-Jewish Americans come to understand how their country has been subverted by their US Jewish community, hoodwinked into betraying the US(their true country, their true “promised land”) on behalf of Israel, there will be hell to pay,… exactly as has been the pattern throughout the 5000-year history of the Jews. Jewish tribal exceptionalsm — “We are the chosen people, we are better than everyone else. — so dominates their “tribe” that they cannot see the danger in “dual loyalty”, which inevitably leads to betrayal. This is the death wish, which over the millennium, always leads to a reaction, often a genocidal reaction.

        But the Jews never learn. Blinded by their tribalism, they never acknowledge, or even see, their role — the systematic abuse of everyone everywhere who is not Jewish — in their self-generated persecution, they scream “Anti-Semitism! anti-Semitism!” and just go right back to working on their attempted-suicide-by-Goy.

        I’m an American and a Jew, but I am not a criminal Jew, or an accomplice to criminal Jews, or an apologist for criminal Jews. I am Cassandra, warning my fellow Jews that they are building the next holocaust. In particular, as an American, I would like my fellow American Jews to step back from the poison chalice of disloyalty to the US obscured behind preferential loyalty Israel.

        Reality is a bitch. Call me a hater, pollute your mind with the “mythology” of criminal Zionism. Reality doesn’t care. So I say to you, get a clue. Fix the problem before it fixes you. Or not. The world will put up with abuse only so long.

        • Areem
          April 23, 2017 at 2:34 am

          Hey Cassandra,

          Watch out !!! That’s an inconvenient truth that’s gonna’ get you labelled as a Self-Hating, Capo Jew by the Tribe & Co.

          Be careful what you wish for.

          Just sayin’……

        • Marysue Shaw
          April 24, 2017 at 3:07 am

          Good post, Jeff. Insightful, even:) I think most Jewish people in Canada ghetto-ize themselves in Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg, and most peculiarly, Saskatoon. There are extremely few Jews in truly rural towns and villages, which means Canadian Jews are more urbanized and not quite as Canadian as rural Canucks. In the village I live in mostly, we have two Jews. When their kids visit, we have 2 more:) They are erudite, scholarly and incredibly gifted and artistic people–cherished townspeople:). Way back in the 1600s, the Hudson’s Bay Company men thought that the first nations people were the lost tribe of Israel, as they were very savvy traders. Maybe it’s true…who knows, eh?

      • MEexpert
        April 24, 2017 at 5:53 am

        Name one Middle Eastern war that has benefited US. On the flip side they have all benefited Israel.

  3. mike k
    April 20, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    The American State operates on the basis of lies. Truth is their most feared and hated enemy, and truth tellers must be marginalized or even killed like MLK. The unholy conspiratorial relationship of the US and Israel must remain secret at all costs. The people must be deceived and distracted at all times. The state controlled media serve that role. The only way this criminal enterprise (a huge Mafia) will ever be removed is if enough of it’s citizens wake up to what it really is, and the horrible crimes, including mass murder that it routinely commits. CN and similar sites are our last possibility of catalyzing this kind of awakening. We must do everything we can to support and strengthen these sites, and share the truth with everyone we know.

    • Carl-Edward
      April 20, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      How can it be a conspiracy when everyone knows about it? What is unfortunate, is that no-one seems to care.

      Amongst his other promises – and what fools we are to believe any politician – Trump stated that he would end (or at least reduce) foreign: ‘aid’. When is he going to end the tribute money this country pays to Israel? Israel keeps turning up like a bad penny.

      • lexy677
        April 21, 2017 at 2:31 am

        No one cares? It’s more like “who will bell the cat “. Every important /influential person in America knows. It’s simply a matter of cowardice, excessive groveling cowardice. They all saw what happened to Jim Traficante the late congressman from Ohio. There’s a Chinese saying that goes like this : “If you want to send a message to the monkey, kill the chicken in front of him.” Well Traficante was that sacrificial chicken. The other congressmen and senators saw what happened to him and are very fearful as,a result.

        • Sam F
          April 21, 2017 at 9:19 am

          Yes, every prominent person is afraid of the zionist tyranny, because they hold their positions entirely at the pleasure of the tyrant. They know this well because it is frequently proven to them by “anti-semitism” witch hunts organized by opportunists of their own kind. The most cowardly and most successful convince themselves that capitulation is honorable, join the enforcement gang for personal gain, and never test their bonds or question their slavemaster. Success in the US depends entirely upon lack of ethics, and enforcement for the slavemasters.

          So the corruption of democracy is not only the corruption of the mass media and election tools of democracy by economic concentrations unforeseen by the founders, but also corruption of public morality by the conformism of the city, workplace, and market, the irresistibility of economic gangsterism.

          Not only must mass media and elections be protected by constitutional amendments restricting their funding to limited registered individual contributions, a solution that we can no longer even debate. We must also establish a new model of moral courage in the city, workplace, and market, resisting the opportunist gangsters. Both solutions unfortunately require revolutionary organization against these modern tyrannies.

          • April 23, 2017 at 10:57 pm

            @ “Not only must mass media and elections be protected by constitutional amendments restricting their funding to limited registered individual contributions, a solution that we can no longer even debate.”

            Check out the We The People Amendment, currently endorsed by over 600 local governments and more than a dozen states, most recently the State of Washington by citizen inititiative. https://movetoamend.org/wethepeopleamendment

            And beware the pale imitations that simply vest *discretion* with Congress and the States to do campaign finance reform. Only the We The People Amendment would be enforceable by any citizen in a lawsuit for an order *requiring* that campaign finance be performed. The Amendment would also abolish the Court’s current illogical practice of bestowing the same natural person constitutional rights on imaginary beings like corporations.

        • Carl Hounshell (Dayton)
          April 22, 2017 at 4:26 am

          @lexy677

          James Traficant was a great and courageous man. His honesty and work ethic are missed.

      • April 22, 2017 at 4:37 pm

        Conspiracy means it was planned by more than one person, secrecy not necessary.

    • April 23, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      “peacedoc” claims that Israel exerts its influence on U.S. government “mostly openly.” But if one checks the registry established pursuant to the Foreign Agents Registration Act, one learns that Israel’s agents never register, even though registration is required for all agents of a foreign government acting in a “political or quasi-political capacity.”

      The purpose of the Act is to facilitate “evaluation by the government and the American people of the statements and activities of such persons.”

      I just checked, and “peacedoc” has not registered as required by the Act.

  4. Tom Welsh
    April 20, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    “All we care about is being good Zionists, being good citizens of Israel, because even though I am not Israeli born, Israel is in my heart…”

    – Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson
    http://warincontext.org/2012/02/06/israel-firster-sheldon-adelson-regrets-serving-in-u-s-instead-of-israeli-military/
    https://coloringthenews.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/sheldon-adelson-is-yankee-doodle-dandy.html

    So presumably, had he been present during the vicious attack on the USS “Liberty”, he would have preferred to be one of the Israeli pilots trying to sink the ship and kill all its crew, than one of the unfortunate American sailors.

  5. mike k
    April 20, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    It is very hard for people who have always believed their beloved country was above criticism, to wake up and realize they have been living in an illusion, based on lies they were told since childhood constantly repeated. And that the truth is their country is the worst criminal empire in the world. Nevertheless unless we can find ways to wake them to the reality of our situation, we are all doomed, the guilty and the innocent alike.

    • DannyWeil
      April 20, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      For many challenging the belief systems they have ‘adopted’, for usually it is not a product of critical inquiry and thinking, is too rigorous, too difficult. Examining ones’ thinking in the light of others, questioning as to the origin of ones’ beliefs, the evidence they have for what they assume and the conclusions they hold; to enter into points of view not keeping with their own and reasoning from their premises to their conclusions and then asking oneself, “What do I believe in light of what others believe and how did I come to believe it and what would I say to someone who disagrees with me”, is not an articulated concept in America and for that matter, elsewhere.

      Learning to think Socratically and continuously examine ones’ assumptions and that of others is learned behavior. Critical thinking is a learned activity. It is also subversive which is why there is not much teaching of it, nor encouragement of it.
      For thinking itself has indeed become subversive.

      • mike k
        April 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm

        Exactly Danny. Our culture has no interest in encouraging people to become critical thinkers who question everything, including their government and major institutions like the army and financial system. Socrates said that the unexamined life was not worth living. He meant the same thing Gurdjieff taught, that most people are no better than machines, automatically acting according to their conditioning, the ideas their culture inculcated in them.

        Erik Fromm in his Escape From Freedom explained that the German people turned their possible freedom of choice over to cultural authority figures kike Hitler, thus ridding themselves of the work of making difficult decisions for themselves. They preferred to just follow orders as Eichmann plead at his trial.

        • mike k
          April 20, 2017 at 5:52 pm

          typo – should be – like Hitler.

        • Danny Weil
          April 20, 2017 at 9:48 pm

          I am glad you mentioned Erik Fromm and Escape from Freedom. He also has a chapter on the authoritarian personality which he says is both masochistic and sadistic. Worth the read for it is enlightening as to where we are now.

      • Joe Tedesky
        April 20, 2017 at 8:42 pm

        Keep writing comments Danny. My story is one where I was able to evolve after reading the comments sections, and following the comment references. I remember reading the first critical comment made against Israel on (believe it ot not) Huffington Post. Come to think of it I think I found consortiumnews through a referenced link on HuffPo. So Danny writers such as yourself may have a profound effect on people like me, whether you know it or not.

        • Danny Weil
          April 20, 2017 at 9:51 pm

          Thank you, Joe and check out this:

          The human mind is a marvelous set of formations and systems. It is the epicenter of consciousness and action. The human mind can form a unique identity. It can create its own view of the world. Rich experiences can emerge from its interactions with the world; bedeviled experiences also can transpire to destroy awakening.

          – Advertisement –
          The mind thinks, it feels, it wants, it has the ability to apprehend truths and suppress errors. It can achieve insights and it can fabricate prejudices, sabotage its own thinking and chloroform thought. Both useful truths and harmful misconceptions are the intermixed products of the human mind. The human mind can easily believe what is false, as well as what is true.

          The human mind has the propensity to see beauty in right conduct and justify what is flagrantly unethical within bad conduct. It can love and hate, engineer illusions or confront reality. It can be kind, it can be cruel. It can advance knowledge, or it can promulgate error. It can be intellectually humble and honest or intellectually arrogant and perfidious. It can be empathic or narrow minded. It can be open or it can be closed. It can achieve a permanent state of expanding knowledge or a deadening, smothering state of narrowing ignorance and throttled thought. It is said to both transcend the creatures of lesser ability, while it more than often insults their innocence and nobility by its ignoble self-deception and repeatedly unconscious or conscious cruelty.

          If these assumptions about the human mind are true, then the question at issue is: how can humans create within their own minds such an inconsistent amalgam of the rational and irrational? The answer is clearly self-deception bred from culture, history, sociology, race, gender, exploitation and propaganda. The human mind is built on a socially constructed pyramid of thought.

          https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Social-and-Psychologic-by-Danny-Weil-Belief_Beliefs_Deception_Delusion-141231-996.html

          • Kn tlt
            April 20, 2017 at 10:58 pm

            Where is the knowledge of the heart in your construct Danny? Thinking is only one function of the human personality.

          • Joe Tedesky
            April 20, 2017 at 11:39 pm

            Well Danny I will admit to how I never really dug into how the human mind works to the point that you do, so once again today you give me the opportunity to appreciate what it is you are saying. Although what I am saying is that by reading articles, and comments, a curious person can learn a lot. Actually to be quit honest if I were to pay a complement to every writer who post their comments on this site I would easily double the amount of comments on these webpages per article. For sure consortiumnews comment section is very informative, and throughly educational.

            If you do read consortiumnews you will notice how I like to correspond with people who reply to my comments. My hope is that I don’t annoy to many with my style, but my purpose is to start an informative back and forth conversation which may benefit the reader, with the goal that something of a useful meaning will carry over to who ever it is reading these comments. It would be most gratifying if one day one person would admit to me that what I posted on one of my comments started that persons educational journey to figure out the truth of what is going on in our world.

            Sadly I noticed Huffington Post doesn’t have a comment section any longer. I haven’t posted a comment on HuffPo for over three years now, but I like to read comment sections to get a gauge on what people are thinking. What I really look forward too is when comments are being made by people internationally. In all honesty sometimes the comments are so intelligent and well informed I feel out of my league, but superiority never stopped me before from opening my opinionated mouth so why stop now.

            Stay well Danny Joe

      • backwardsevolution
        April 20, 2017 at 8:48 pm

        Danny – good comments. It was only after I began to question myself (my particular way of thinking, how and why I ended up where I did) that I could then begin to question others. You don’t know what you don’t know until you start down this path.

        • Danny Weil
          April 20, 2017 at 9:51 pm

          And the more you learn the less you know.

          • backwardsevolution
            April 21, 2017 at 2:04 am

            Danny – “And the more you learn the less you know.” Boy, ain’t that the truth! That’s exactly what stands out the most for me, that I know nothing.

          • Tannenhouser
            April 21, 2017 at 1:25 pm

            More accurately possibly would/might be…..The more you are taught the less you know.

        • April 23, 2017 at 11:01 pm

          I started down that path in Viet Nam, when I realized that I was part of an invading force fighting patriots. It was time for a reality check on my worldview. I memorialized that moment on my blog. https://relativelyfreepress.blogspot.com/2012/05/lesson-learned-hard-way.html

      • Skip Scott
        April 21, 2017 at 8:04 am

        How very true. I have seen friend’s minds “shut down” when a logical argument crosses some magic threshold that challenges their core beliefs in America as “the good guys”. If the facts don’t fit their narrative, they shut out the facts. It is difficult to be hopeful for our future when one realizes that they are in the majority.

      • Penny
        April 21, 2017 at 9:22 am

        DannyWeil
        Bo0OM!!! Right on!!

  6. mike k
    April 20, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    There is no substitute for the truth.

  7. Abe
    April 20, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    The Israel-Gate probe can start with an investigation of ties between Israel and current CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
    http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-1.767122

    It appears that the former “Congressman From Koch” has been striving mightily to endear himself to the regime in Israel.

    The smartest guy not in the room when Trump fired off his Tomahawk Tweet to Syria, CIA Director Mike Pompeo got that Trump’s message was for Iran.

    Speaking at the Center for Strategic Strategic Studies on April 13, Pompeo said Trump’s airstrike reflected “a decision making process that was decisive, thoughtful and truly based on a factual understanding of the geostrategic importance of the things that are facing our nation today” http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-1.767122

    Pompeo not insignificantly mentioned the real reason why Trump ignored the air-dropped chemical weapon that wasn’t in the hole in the road in Idlib:

    “We had someone violate the chemical weapons ban. This is not insignificant. So I do think the Iranians ought to take note of the fact that this administration is prepared to engage in activities that are different from what America has been doing these past few years.”

    CIA Director Pompeo understood that evidence pointing to that special “someone” – CIA-supported terrorists Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, the latest rebrand of Al-Qaeda / Al-Nusra / Jabhat Fatah al-Sham – didn’t quite qualify as the “right intelligence” to support an airstrike on those former Iranian Su-22 aircraft that Israel didn’t like parked at Shayrat Airbase.

    Prompted by the Trump administration’s recent violation of international law, an Israel-Gate probe could begin with a hearing about Pompeo’s connections with that other special “someone”.

    • Abe
      April 20, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      Fake “chemical weapons expert” Dan Kaszeta, a main collaborator with fake “citizen investigative journalist” Eliot Higgins at the Bellingcat disinformation site, has been widely cited by mainstream in the aftermath of the 4 April 2017 chemical incident in Al Qaeda-controlled Idlib, Syria.

      Despite the fact that Higgins and Kaszeta’s previous claims about chemical attacks in Syria were repeatedly debunked, they continue to be cited as “experts” by mainstream media, human rights organizations, and Western governments.

      Disinformation provided Kaszeta and other fake “experts” enabled the Trump administration to launch its Tomahawk missile attack against Syria without significant resistance from the American public.

      Following the 4 April 2017 chemical incident in Idlib, Higgins and Kaszeta have vigorously backed the narrative of an air-dropped chemical bomb in Idlib.

      On 13 April, Bellingcat published “Anatomy of a Sarin Bomb Explosion (Part I)”. Kaszeta, a US-UK dual national based in London, described an “air-dropped Sarin bomb”.

      On 20 April, Bellingcat published Kaszeta’s “Anatomy of a Sarin Bomb Explosion (Part II)”
      https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2017/04/20/anatomy-sarin-bomb-explosion-part-ii/

      Doubling down on the “field” scenario of an “air-delivered gravity bomb containing Sarin”, Kaszeta claimed that it is “easy to analyze exposure scenarios in the field”.

      Kaszeta then claims: “In our suspected scenario in April 2017, there is a well-substantiated allegation that an air-dropped Sarin bomb was dropped.”

      However, Kaszeta’s “air-dropped Sarin bomb” account is bogus.

      The alleged “Sarin bomb” hole in the road in Idlib has been photographed numerous times from multiple angles.

      The size, depth and shape of the hole are clear evidence that it was not produced by a falling object such as an air-dropped bomb.
      Neither of Kaszeta’s articles, nor any of the numerous citations of Kaszeta by mainstream media, address the complete absence of evidence of an aerial bomb.

      MIT physicist Theodore A. Postol has pointed out that there is “no evidence that this attack was the result of a munition being dropped from an aircraft”.

      • Marko
        April 21, 2017 at 12:34 am

        You can pretty much bet that the environmental samples from that impact crater will be fingerprint-positive for sarin consistent with Assad’s stockpile. That will be the cherry on top for another Oscar-deserving production.

        Those dead from sarin were not “exposed” , they were murdered , IMO. Aside from the 20 or so from a single family , it appears that the bulk of the dead were not residents :

        ” No one knows for sure the exact death toll, because some of the dead were refugees from the neighbouring province of Hama who sought shelter here, and their relatives took them home for burial.” ( For “refugees” , I read “captives”. )

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/08/syria-town-mourning-chemical-attack

        The now-rockstar “man with twins” who lost 19 , 20 , 22 , or 25 family members , depending on who was counting , is named Abdul Hamid al-Yousef , and is shown here ( in checked shirt ) with Erdogan at the hospital in Turkey:

        http://ap.mnocdn.no/images/abb8daee-2103-4957-9867-baa2836e9544?fit=crop&q=80&w=980

        To me , he appears awfully similar to the guy against the wall at the back of the room in this earlier picture depicting one of the regular McCain/terrorists strategy sessions :

        http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/dam/assets/130527175644-mccainsyria-story-top.jpg

        If that is Mr. Man-with-Twins with McCain , I think he’s going to be one very wealthy man when this is all over with.

        • April 22, 2017 at 4:40 pm

          Assad may not have sarin as did the UN certify.

      • Abe
        April 22, 2017 at 3:48 pm

        Israel proceeds to “storify” the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack with the support of Bellingcat’s Dan Kaszeta.

        Eliot Higgins’ pal is ever ready with the “expertise”, happily “rendering assistance at a time of need”
        https://storify.com/ArmsControlWonk/expertise

    • Abe
      April 22, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      ISRAEL is now the leading propagandist on the chemical attacks in Syria, with Bellincat’s Dan Kaszeta supplying “verification” allegations.

      The Washington Post provides provides a megaphone for Israeli war propaganda:

      “Syria still has up to three tons of chemical weapons, Israeli defense officials said Wednesday in the first specific intelligence assessment of President Bashar Assad’s weapons capabilities since a deadly chemical attack earlier this month.

      “The estimate came as the head of the international chemical weapons watchdog said laboratory tests had provided ‘incontrovertible’ evidence that victims and survivors of the April 4 attack in northern Syria were exposed to sarin nerve gas or a similar banned toxin.

      “Israel, along with the United States and much of the international community, has accused Assad’s forces of carrying out the attack, which killed at least 90 people, including dozens of children.

      “A senior Israeli military official said Israeli intelligence believes Syrian military commanders ordered the attack, with Assad’s knowledge. Briefing reporters, he said Israel estimates Assad still has ‘between one and three tons’ of chemical weapons. […]

      “The assessment was confirmed by two other Israeli defense officials. All the officials spoke on condition of anonymity under military briefing rules […]

      “Dan Kaszeta, a U.K.-based chemical weapons expert, said the Israeli estimate appeared to be conservative, but nonetheless was enough to be highly lethal.

      “‘One ton of sarin could easily be used to perpetrate an attack on the scale of the 2013 attack. It could also be used for roughly 10 attacks of a similar size to the recent Khan Sheikhoun attack,’ he said.”

      Israeli defense officials: Assad still has chemical weapons
      By Josef Federman
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israeli-defense-officials-assad-still-has-chemical-weapons/2017/04/19/141883de-2536-11e7-928e-3624539060e8_story.html

  8. DannyWeil
    April 20, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    “It was the CIA’s job for decades to use propaganda and dirty tricks to ensure that pro-U.S. politicians were elected or put in power in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, pretty much everywhere the U.S. government perceived some interest. After the U.S. intelligence sclittle has changed.andals of the 1970s, however, some of that responsibility was passed to other organizations, such as the U.S.-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).”

    As a resident of Ecuador, I can say that after dirty elections here, little has changed. In fact, many of the electorate were manipulated by CIA backed Tamia News and Mil Hojas to name a few. These are privatized ‘media news outlets’ that work from Panama, Washington and Colombia to broadcast right wing propaganda into a country where 92% of all media is in the hands of oligarchs. This and Facebook were used as a ‘strategy of tension’, in the country’s elections this year. As in so many in Latin America, the CIA and their backed Freedom House, NED and USAID (not to mention the anti-Castro Cuban terrorists and oligarchs from Latin America that reside in the US, like Possada, Bosch, Delgado, the Isais brothers and more), are currently engaged in Venezuela and Ecuador in encouraging violence. Miami is a sanctuary city for Latin American terrorists and war criminals (http://ecuadorinmediato.com/index.php?module=Noticias&func=news_user_view&id=2818754599&umt=tamia_news_tendria_sede_en_panama_washington_o_bogota).

    The CIA pays gangsters to ‘calentar la calle’, or heat up the streets with fervor, burn tires, assure no public transportation functions, and create social and economic chaos. Argentina is a case in point and we are looking hard at both VZ and Argentina for the tactics of the CIA and their landed gentry are the same

    Ecuador’s ex-president, Jaime Roldos, was assassinated by the CIA in 1981 as part of Operation Condor that targeted all of Latin America leftists throughout the world. All CIA funded.

    “A recently declassified CIA document reveals that Ecuador — like many countries of the Southern Cone — was part of the U.S.-backed Operation Condor plan, which took hold of the region from the 1970s to the mid-1980s.
    The document states that Ecuador became part of Operation Condor in 1978, joining dictatorships of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay in endorsing state-sponsored terror to control what was perceived to be the threat of communism and eliminate subversive sectors of society” (http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/CIA-Document-Reveals-Ecuador-Part-of-Operation-Condor-20150327-0018.html).

    And we cannot forget the attempted assassination of Raphael Correa, former President of Ecuador, on September 30, 2010:
    “Ecuador’s government has declared a state of emergency after police launched a chaotic rebellion over austerity measures that cut their benefits.

    Incensed officers shoved President Rafael Correa around and pelted him with tear gas and water when he tried to speak at a police barracks in the capital. Correa, 47, was taken to hospital from the effects of the gas.
    The state of emergency puts the military in charge of public order, suspending civil liberties and allowing soldiers to carry out searches without a warrant.

    Hundreds of officers involved in the insurrection took over police barracks in Quito, Guayaquil and other cities. They also set up roadblocks out of burning tires that cut off highway access to the capital.

    Scores of uniformed men overran the landing strip at Quito’s main airport, forcing flights to be cancelled
    Correa challenged the protesters to kill him, according to local media. “I’m not taking one step back. Gentleman, if you want to kill the president, here he is, kill him if you have the guts.” The rebel officers responded with shouts, stones and teargas canisters, prompting Correa’s bodyguards to spirit him from the scene” (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/sep/30/ecuador-chaos-police-rafael-correa).

    In Brazil, both past and present, one can see the bloody claw of the CIA as well as in Argentina.
    For those not aware, E. Howard Hunt was the station Chief for the CIA in Guatemala that led to the overthrow and eventual assassination of Jacobo Arbenz, the democratically elected government of Guatemala. The death of 250,000 Guatemalans was the result over decades. All for the United Fruit Company (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1954_Guatemalan_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat).

    In Uruguay, where Hunt also worked, the Tupamaros were destroyed.

    Any threat to US imperialism and the corporations that control military policy is ruthlessly met with torture, death, massacres and genocide.

    This is Gestapo America and we are the biggest terrorists in the world,

    • mike k
      April 20, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Thanks for these words of truth Danny. More Americans need to wake up to what their government really is, and does in the world.

    • backwardsevolution
      April 20, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Danny – thank you.

      • Danny Weil
        April 20, 2017 at 9:52 pm

        Thank you for reading and knowing.

    • Richard Ong
      April 25, 2017 at 6:19 am

      Given the arrogance, viciousness, and stupidity of the US in Rhodesia?, S. Africa, the Balkans, Ukraine, Libya, Egypt, and Syria, I’m willing to think some of that operated in S. America during the Cold War. However, your angst over “dictatorships” there rings false as though what was planned for the countries affected by the communists was not far worse.

      They, the commie swine, actually DID try to kill Pinochet, and Castro was nice enough to smuggle arms to them so there could be a nice communist dictatorship. From your own account Pres. Correa was not harmed but for some tear gas and, gasp, water. The brutality of it makes me tremble even now.

      Your obvious distress over the fate of the Tupamaros is laughable. If Hunt helped destroy them, well, good for him. And who can forget those great Bolivians who, with some Green Berets, tracked down that animal, Che, to present him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

      Personally, give me United Fruit over the KGB, DRG, and variants. Venezuelans now enjoy the economic benefits of the socialist Chavez dictatorship that you are silent about. I’m sure there’s no government stupidity, violence and anti-democratic activity there today.

      So pardon me if I don’t lose any sleep over your leftist hysteria about “dictatorship” and the awful CIA. Which, btw, was not involved in the overthrow of Allende. Just thought I’d throw that in there.

  9. rosemerry
    April 20, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Cynthia McKinney was a more recent victim of the lobby for daring to speak out about Palestinians; they even found a nothe Black woman to pour funds to so that Cynthia was replaced. US democracy in action.

    Saudi funds and influence are never mentioned either, and Iran, fighting Daesh, is vilified while “our ally” is praised.

  10. ASF
    April 20, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    OMG, stop with the “The Israeli Derangement Syndrome”, for God’s sake! With a genocide taking place in Syria and Europe imploding within itself and another suspected terrorist attack taking place in Paris today, on the heels of the last one that took place in London–you still want to make ISRAEL out to be the “Snidely Whiplash” of the globe?? Get a clue!

    • mike k
      April 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Once more, poor innocent Israel – everyone is so mean to her. Not.

    • April 20, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Operation Cast Lead, etc. Innumerable war crimes. Slow geniocide of Palestinians. USS Liberty, 9/11

    • April 20, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      “With a genocide taking place in Syria…” – You have missed a clear explanation to the cause of the genocide in the article:
      “Since the mid-1990s, American neocons have worked closely with Benjamin Netanyahu. Several prominent neocons (including former Assistant Defense Secretary Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, David Wurmser, Meyrav Wurmser and Robert Loewenberg) advised Netanyahu’s 1996 campaign and urged a new strategy for “securing the realm.” Essentially, the idea was to replace negotiations with the Palestinians and Arab states with “regime change” for governments that were viewed as troublesome to Israel, including Iraq and Syria. By 1998, the Project for the New American Century (led by neocons William Kristol and Robert Kagan) was pressuring President Bill Clinton to invade Iraq, a plan that was finally put in motion in 2003 under President George W. Bush.”
      The ongoing slaughter of the civilians of all ages (including the death of tens of thousands of healthy and bright children) in the Middle East has been envisioned by Oded Yinon in his plan for Eretz Israel: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/The%20Zionist%20Plan%20for%20the%20Middle%20East.pdf
      The flow of refugees from the bombed out Middle East (as well as of sub-Saharan migrants) to Europe is a direct consequence of the ziocons’ policies towards “securing the realm.” Gaddaffi told the France 24 television station in 2011: “There are millions of blacks who could come to the Mediterranean to cross to France and Italy, and Libya plays a role in security in the Mediterranean,” Gaddafi’s son Saif: ” “Libya may become the Somalia of North Africa, of the Mediterranean. You will see the pirates in Sicily, in Crete, in Lampedusa. You will see millions of illegal immigrants. The terror will be next door.” As for the formerly prosperous, secular, and peaceful Syria, the country has been targeted because Israel wants the Golan Heights by any means.
      It is time to convert Holocaust museums into the museums of Israel/US crimes against humanity.

      • Skip Scott
        April 21, 2017 at 7:59 pm

        Thank you Anna, for setting ASF straight. The truth will always win out in the end.

    • Litchfield
      April 20, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      Troll alert.
      Not making sense, either.

    • Kn tlt
      April 20, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      This little country was based on genocide, continues with genocid and will be aborted through genocide

    • peacedoc
      April 21, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks for the breath of fresh air. This site is a deep dank cave with a foul smell of conspiracy.

      • Joe Tedesky
        April 21, 2017 at 4:28 pm

        You know peacedoc it is often the case that the one who suffers from terminal flatulence doesn’t smell their own farts….you should see a doctor for that problem of yours, really it’s that bad.

      • Skip Scott
        April 21, 2017 at 4:29 pm

        Where do you trolls come from. I notice you always show up late to try to avoid being rebutted. Are you being paid by AIPAC?

    • Mr. Deeds
      April 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      The look over there strategy of the Israel apologist.

      Israel’s behavior is indefensible so their loyalists have only a handful of strategies. Smear critics with the incessant cries of anti-semitism is number one. This is an example of the second most common — which also relies on the insinuation that the critic is an anti-semite. It is the how can you criticize Israel when there are bad things happening elsewhere strategy. Often ignorantly pointing to places like Syria, Iraq, etc that are a mess due to the actions of pro Israel Zionists.

    • Richard Ong
      April 25, 2017 at 6:32 am

      The other problems you mention are serious but Israel is complicit in the 400K+ civilian deaths in the aggressive war being waged against Syria. Israeli objections? None. Keep Israel’s neighbors mired in political strife and killing? Check.

      Israel’s not alone, of course. It’s in the exalted company of the US, Saudi Arabia, the UK, France, German, Denmark, Qatar, Canada, and others. But, yes, those are all complicit.

      Did I mention it’s an aggressive war being waged against Syria?

  11. Sunset
    April 20, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    You all know that earlier this month a guccifer 2 email showed up where he said his DNC whistleblower’s name was Seth, right?

  12. John Publius
    April 20, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Sounds like a good idea to me. What is so remarkable about Israel is the long history of false flags, lying, scheming, bad acts, playing the US, betraying the US, and nothing sticks! I guess its because it gets no news coverage. I guess our love is reinforced by all those ‘micro-sample’ polls: you know 700 people asked slanted questions! It is certainly NOT because of shared values!

    • peacedoc
      April 21, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Or… because most of it is BS. Just saying.

      • Joe Tedesky
        April 21, 2017 at 5:11 pm

        Hey stinky pants I see your still at it. You should learn to make your case in an intelligent way, and then maybe someone will take you serious, otherwise you are making Robert Parry’s point that much more legitimate. Now go take a shower, or put on some cologne, because your odor is stifling.

        • Skip Scott
          April 21, 2017 at 8:03 pm

          Hey Joe-

          I see this peacedoc troll really has your dander up. Makes me feel a little better to know I’m not the only one with a temper.

          • Joe Tedesky
            April 21, 2017 at 9:39 pm

            Besides I don’t like his/her ignorance, I really don’t appreciate peacedoc or anyone like him/her ridiculing people I respect.

  13. Daniel C. Maguire
    April 20, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    “israel-gate” is all the more untouchable since it involves so many American citizens. I refer to “the Jewish vote” by Jewish American citizens in the United States. Harry Truman acknowledged how hemmed in he was by the Jewish vote: “I am sorry, gentlemen, but I have to answer to hundreds of thousands who are anxious for the success of Zionism. I do not have hundreds of thousands of Arabs among my constituents.” American-born future Israeli prime minister Golda Meir said President Eisenhower was limited in his response to Israel’s invasion in the Suez Canal on the eve of the 1956 presidential election “because of the Jewish vote.”

    Much of the fervor animating “the Jewish vote” comes from confusing Judaism with Zionism. Judaism is a three thousand year old moral classic. Zionism is an hallucinatory and criminal nineteenth century ideology that says that God is into real estate distribution and wants all Palestinians brutally occupied or driven out of their homes in Palestine.

    “The Jewish vote” is not a Jewish vote: it is a Zionist vote. And Zionism contradicts the “justice and mercy” tradition of true Judaism.

    • April 20, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Zionists use Jews as human shields.

    • Litchfield
      April 20, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Absolutely.
      And those poor sods, especially in the USA, who are just “born Jews,” like those who were “born German” after the Hitler interlude, have a choice to make. They must actively repudiate Zionism and hassidism and pledge their allegiance to this country and American values as encapsulated in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. For Jewish Americans, it is really time for “Which side are you on?” If your primary loyalty is to Israel, then go there.

      Futhermore, it is time to stop referring to “American Jews.” The nationality is the noun. The religion or the ethnic identity is the adjective. We say Italian American. Irish American. Arab American. Black American. Czech American. Not American Italian. American Irishman. American Frenchman. it is absurd.

      Hence it should be Jew American or Jewish American. Because Judaism is, per Herzl and Jab., a nationality, not a religion.

      • Kn tlt
        April 20, 2017 at 11:45 pm

        Litchfield… when I am overseas and people ask me what nationality are you? I say: I am American period. How about it? We are all just Americans. Just American should good enough for anyone that wants to belong to America.

        • Skip Scott
          April 21, 2017 at 8:16 am

          Actually, if you want to refer to your nation, you should say “I am from the United States, or the USA.”
          American refers to the continent, not the country.

    • April 20, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      the “jewish vote” has some power in some neighborhoods in some cities but it is jewish money that is the real power, buying votes in every neighborhood, community and city in the u.s.a.
      the so-called jewish vote power is much less than so-called black votes or latino or several other forced identity group labels..we should all stop using it…with the jewish vote you can win miami beach..with jewish money you can win florida. etc.

  14. Knomore
    April 20, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Right on, Robert Parry. But then our Congressional representatives are a bunch of Pillsbury doughboys. Israel was also deeply involved in 9/11 — for all we know, planned it. A former Jewish minister who was interviewed while the disaster site was still in progress had guilt and complicity written all over him… Remember the Dancing Israelis who were originally described as Palestinians? And the pictures of celebrants borrowed from another time and place but described as Palestinians who were supposedly cheering the deaths of 3000 Americans? And the so-called Israeli art students who were filmed wiring the towers before they came down… And Israel’s repeated interference in our higher educational system, the tragedy of Norman Finkelstein… which is the tragedy of any and all Americans who allow themselves to be duped by the MSM which might well be described as a wholly owned Israeli subsidiary. I was arguing online once with a gang of Zionist trolls — the NYT is especially adept at calling in the Zionist trolls if you write something they don’t want in their paper… One of these trolls called me an anti-Semite and I wrote back: Go ahead! Call me that! Do you think I care?

    That especially when it’s clear that the Israelis are perpetrating against the Palestinian people another Holocaust which in terms of time and severity exceeds its namesake and predecessor by staggering leaps. They are shameless hypocrites, a fifth column, worse than termites eating the foundation of your house, or fleas in your bed. How do we get rid of them? I would start by insisting that no future President support Israel monetarily with so much as a single penny. And then I would tell them if they don’t go away, they will have to pay back all the monies we’ve given them for far too long. Call me Sick Of Them.

    • Litchfield
      April 20, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      For an interesting take on Mossad and 9/11, and the disappeared Pentagon trillions, just google the name Dov Zackheim.

      • Kn tlt
        April 20, 2017 at 11:20 pm

        Dov Zackheim, is responsible for scrapping a great number of US Air Force F-15s, only to find them constituting the bulk of the Israeli Air Force. Who paid from replacing the lost capacity from scrapping those F-15s? You and me, the US golden calf or tax payer.

    • April 21, 2017 at 12:00 am

      So true, too bad more people can’t figure it out. Also see my last blog about seizing the Commons a good piece on Murdoch, Cheney and Rothschild invested in Genie Energy in Golan Heights

      http://youtopia.guru

      See blogs 024–025 and pass on thanks

    • peacedoc
      April 21, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Don’t forget global warming so they can sell us air conditioners to fund the next scheme. And volcanoes and tornadoes. Their power is scary and terrible as you have helpfully commented. Heil to you, proud antisemite. Don’t ever change.

  15. Cat McGuire
    April 20, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Bravo Robert Parry for voicing what few journalists will dare say. I applaud your courage and integrity.

    As a result of your reporting, maybe, possibly, might we, could we begin to discuss Oded Yinon, Clean Break, and the “Israeli Firster” neocons’ incontrovertible role in the planning and execution of 9/11 in order to inviegle the US to seeth with islamophobia so that we’d stupidly and suicidally finance and fight Israel’s wars for her?

    • John P
      April 20, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      Right on Cat, and a very good article RP. No matter who, I always worry when politics and religion mingle. I also must say that I have a great respect for those at Mondoweiss who also do an amazing job exposing this canard of who has the power to control not only America but most of the West. Somehow political parties must be funded from a common pool that is equitably divided. Perhaps a tax, I know it’s a horrible thing to say but it may give us freedom from supporting something many of us don’t consider decent.

      • Emma P
        April 28, 2017 at 3:31 am

        I thought the author’s treatment on Russia-gate was to trivialize it. Perhaps in the context of the magnitude of Israel’s involvement in the American political landscape. But one cannot deny that something is equally odd about the Trump administration. It is full people who have dealt with Russia in the past and it should be alarming to Americans. Trump wants to lift sanction against Russia and be a friend to Russia. Is that the best interest for America or does Putin have a leverage on Trump?

  16. Stiv
    April 20, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Well, OK…true true true. However, any insistence that the need for “Russiagate” investigations is somehow bogus, is on it’s own, a flawed piece of reasoning…by the evidence of what happened in 1980. By the time it became fully apparent..through journalists such as Parry… the water was under the bridge already. “So much paper”, as they say. They got away with it..and the GOP continues the same gameplan, when certain factions get in power.

    My suspicion is that any “collusion” is back channel. Trump people got wind that some Russia aligned operation got hold of the information and then worked out release details with some sort of payback promised. Probably not an orchestrated Putin/Russian program to discredit U.S. It only so happens we can do that on our own, thank you! But any Trump/GOP actions to further/activate/coordinate these efforts would be utmost interest, right? We know Russia has active programs in cyber intelligence…just like the US, England, Germany. That’s part of the “game”. However, when internal forces drive cyber operations against their own country, there’s real news. That’s all I, or anyone, should want to know it this case.

    Israel’s actions over the decades is well understood. I myself….cut them off 100%. Even my Jewish friends…while not going that far, will say they are concerned, angry, embarrassed by ZIONISTS. I know one devout Jewish person who feels the central cause of upheaval in the world is due to Israeli policies.

    So, don’t let us forget about Israel’s continued influence in U.S. policies but lets’ not take our eye off the Trump organization either. There’s a possibility we could end up with the worst of both worlds very soon.

    • April 20, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      Murdered Seth Rich leaked DNC to Wikileaks, Assange put out a $15000 reward for Seth”s muderer. Someone phished Podesta, just as Podesta admits. There was no hacking.

      • Skip Scott
        April 21, 2017 at 8:27 am

        Every Nation that is capable of it hacks. The real deal is who supplied wikileaks. There I am with you that it was Seth Rich for the first batch. Per vault 7 releases, we now know that the CIA can fake point of origin, so it would be impossible to tell genuine Russian hacks from CIA plants. But to think that Russia doesn’t hack at all is a bit naive.

        • April 21, 2017 at 3:12 pm

          Russia hacks of course, but not these two specific instantcies.

        • Irene
          April 21, 2017 at 9:02 pm

          To think Russia would leak what they found on Hillary before an election rather than hang on to compromising information and use it to blackmail her after the election is naive.

  17. Tomk
    April 20, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Israel friend of the USA? This reality as to our “friends” was quickly put down the memory hole and never mentioned again in the Corporate Globalist Media, the Mossad motto–“By Way Of Deception We Shall Wage War”, yes on everyone–http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/fiveisraelis.html

  18. W. R. Knight
    April 20, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    99% of the people who use the term “anti-semite” don’t have a clue what they are saying. The fact is that anti-semite applies to all the semitic groups of the middle east which include Arabs. So one who is truly anti-semite, discriminates against Jews and Arabs alike along with a few other lesser known groups of people. One of my Egyptian friends, not a Jew who is opposed to illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank, chafes every time someone says she is anti-semtic, to which she responds, “How can I be anti-semitic when I am a semite?”

    However, if you use the term “anit-Zionist”, you are being fairly precise.

    So, wake up people and learn the true meaning of words you cavalierly use.

    • pete22
      April 20, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      Its been shown in various studies that many Jewish and Israelis are not semitic as well. But the usage of the term is sanctioned by government agencies , MSM and schools. As used today its accepted to be anti-Jewish and more broadly anti-Israel. Legislation being proposed now would define criticism of Israel as anti-semitic. Its a definition the EU basically uses. It didnt pass last December but probably will the next go around

    • Curious
      April 21, 2017 at 1:47 am

      W.R.
      A good point which has been mentioned before. If one had the time and inclination, many, if not most of the Jews in Israel are not Semites. The DNA mapping places them more toward Eastern European migration, and not anything to do with the supposed state. In fact, DNA results show the Palestinians are more Semite than the Jews. Find that reporting in the US papers, and it will be a fallow search.

      Many in Israel have fooled the world with false nomenclature, and I hate to say it, but if Bibi looked like a Palestinian all bets are off in the US since appearance is their virtue. The PR people know the benefit of a northern european face in this drama. sick.

    • peacedoc
      April 21, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      W.R. Stupid is not a compliment. Your attempts to educate (confuse) are noted.

      • Anon
        April 22, 2017 at 9:53 am

        The zionist fascist “peacedoc” threatens surveillance against free speech.
        Perhaps the moderator should delete his posts.

  19. pete22
    April 20, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    The influence goes beyond Israel and the roots started with political zionism. The Balfour Declaration and our entry into WWI were not unrelated. The military warned against recognizing an Israeli state as it would be against our security interests but Truman got elected with suitcases of money from Zionist supporters and went against them.

    Relations were rather strained until LBJ. JFK actually took a hardline against their nuclear program and sought to appease Nassers Egypt to their great horror. LBJ was much friendlier to them even to the extent of covering up their attack on the USS Liberty in 1967

    It was really under Carter that relations sparked within the Deep State following the 1979 Jerusalem Conference on Terrorism and Brzezinsky’s plan to use Islamism as a weapon in Afghanistan and Iran which progressed to Balkanizing the middle east under Israels Odin plan , a plan which was to further their long term goal of achieving a Greater Israel.

    This is not to say Israel drives policy but our interests are aligned and their influence via Israeli American lobbyists is indisputable.

    Criticizing Israel in the MSM is career suicide so its not done. You have to read Israeli sources for that.

  20. April 20, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    I would suspect a number of the Zionist neocons have dual citizenship. Never a mention that Israel operates the largest concentration camp in the world, never a report on TV to expose it. When Mearsheimer and Walt published their scholarly book about the Israel lobby, they were skewered for months. It’s almost like the tribes of Israel who could not utter the name of YHWH for fear they’d be struck down.

    • April 20, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      Rahm Emmanuel’s , O’s chief, father was the arms supplier for the Zionist terrorist group Ergun.

    • Sally
      April 23, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Dual citizens should not hold public office in the United States! If and when elected, citizenship in any other nation should be renounced. This might improve the situation but sadly, it may never happen.

  21. IOANNHS
    April 20, 2017 at 7:34 pm
  22. hillary
    April 20, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    85% of Jews are Ashkenazi Jews & their DNA is traced to Eastern Europe & NOT to the Mddle East.

    Also the fables of Jewish history like the Exodus ,the magical kingdom of Solomon & David & the many fairy tales in the Bible.

    http://prophetess.lstc.edu/~rklein/Documents/grou

    • Kramet
      April 21, 2017 at 7:52 am

      85 % Ashkanazi, only 15% Sephardic? Really? So who is it that says “Never forget! Never forgive!” And, to whom are they referring?

    • richard vajs
      April 22, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Hillary,
      As far as I am concerned, the Old Testament is completely mythical. Moses, David, Solomon were never real people. As a reference, I cite the 5th Century BC Greek historian Herodotus. In his whole history of the known world of his time, he never mentions Israel or Judea, it is always Palestine. He doesn’t even mention Moses or David or even Solomon. I would guess that the riches or the Temple of Solomon were total fiction. Probably the kingly palace of Solomon was a mud hut and his harem a handful of old women looking for a home. As the comic says, “the genius of the Jewish people is in bull-shitting”.

  23. D5-5
    April 20, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    What’s going on re Robert Parry’s mention of “raising doubts in the minds of Americans” now includes Pompeo’s maiden speech as head of the CIA, in which, additional to official boilerplate on the CIA’s righteous patriotism and overall beauty he attacks wikileaks in unabashed ad hominem fashion, which Assange later stated made him and the CIA look “weak.”

    Most sinister in these remarks is Pompeo’s suggestion that wikileaks is somehow outside the purview of the first amendment, implying that wikileaks is not, fundamentally, the same as any organization gathering sources and analyzing them, and passing them along for the purpose of public education. The way he characterizes wikileaks could be applied to CN, and he’s painting such an endeavor as subversive. Once again the McCarthy odors arise.

    Pompeo’s comments tinge wikileaks in a purple haze of nastiness, the narcissist traitor, ruining the always good work of the intelligence agencies.

    His entire speech is worth looking at if you can stand it, as exposure to the way authoritarians wrapped in the flag bespeak themselves, with it seems to me the implication that talking the wrong talk (i.e. being critical of the government) is quickly moving right along toward sedition and the first amendment be damned:

    https://www.openeyesopinion.com/cia-director-mike-pompeo-addresses-the-center-for-strategic-and-international-studies/

    Next, we have an overview of Assange’s response:

    http://www.inquisitr.com/4145238/julian-assange-wikileaks-respond-to-cia-director-mike-pompeo-talks-first-amendment-free-press-and-tyranny/

    Next, very interesting, is Jeremy Scahill doing an Intercepted podcast, with full transcript:

    https://theintercept.com/2017/04/19/intercepted-podcast-julian-assange-speaks-out-as-trumps-cia-director-threatens-to-end-wikileaks/

    I studied only the transcript of the podcast, but found these materials important toward what I sense is a growing mood to act against critics of the Official Line whatever it is, and oh my Lordly, if we say anything remotely critical of the CIA which is on the side of the angels, after all. I first noticed this menace back in November was it with the PropOrNot stuff, now discredited, and discussed here in CN.

    We can be certain that CN is considered a subversive, Russia-aligned, skater on the hairy edge of treason and subversion by a lot of people including Pompeo. Donald will surely by now have changed his tune on wikileaks (previously he chortled it was “wonderful”), because he’s no longer campaigning and gleeful that it was doing damage to Hillary.

    • Gregory Herr
      April 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      On the subject of Pompeo’s speech, Maria Zakharova can hardly contain her laughter:

      http://youtu.be/JHwJG76tQ48

      “We can no longer allow Assange and his colleagues the latitude to use free speech values against us. To give them the space to crush us with misappropriated secrets is a perversion of what our great Constitution stands for.” Yeah, be really said that.

  24. delia ruhe
    April 20, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Robert Parry is a writing machine! He writes ’em faster than I can read ’em. If he weren’t the most important writer on the new cold war, I’d be able to finish my reading for the day by noon. As it is, it’s dinnertime, and I’m still not caught up on all the most important articles on this most important of issues about the future of America in this century.

  25. Bruce Marshall
    April 20, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Yes, but let us understand that that little mafioso country is but junior capo to the British Empire which is the real historical player that has been pushing the present coup against Trump and igniting World War III.

    Why? Because we are at the verge of ending ‘The Great Game”. the strategy of British ‘Geopolitics” which will not survive if America
    Russia and China all come together as is the strategic reality of the “New Silk Road” and “One Belt” initiatives of China and Russia.
    Note that the strategic understanding of these proposals, along with the BRICS, were first articulated and subsequently pushed by Helga and Lyndon LaRouche.

    It has also been directly been the British who have been at the heart of the “Russians are coming” hysteria per President Trump.

    While the Zionist problem is a problem, one will get bogged down in what is a trap that is designed to be a trap, a trap that prevents
    going after the source of the problem, the British Empire, which is still fighting and bringing on World War III.

    So here is a statement with a rather funny title that hits the nail on the head, per Trump’s great betrayal.
    The Bitch Set Him Up” http://larouchepub.com/eiw/public/2017/2017_10-19/2017-15/pdf/02-03_4415.pdf

    The way to win is we need to get Trump to China for the New Silk Road Conference in mid May. This stops world war. and changes
    the entire economic dynamic, including the outlook of the insane Israeli’s and their fifth column.

    • Sam F
      April 20, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      This is a diversion without evidence. Your are trying to change the subject to a completely unsubstantiated theory to divert attention from the real problem. You have no evidence that UK has a large fraction of US mass media, election bribes, investments, or other influence known to be held by the zionists. There is no evidence that UK is uniformly in favor of policies for the US that benefit itself.

  26. Lois Gagnon
    April 20, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Support BDS and don’t be intimidated from saying so publicly. I drives the establishment nuts.

  27. April 20, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    The Zionists will do whatever they can to foil America’s participation in the New Silk Road Project, if I’m reading the Oded Yinon Plan for the Middle East right, and I was ignorant of it until getting better clued in by Anna’s post.

    I looked quickly now to find info about dual citizenship of the neocons. I have to go to library tomorrow because website I found said a new bill about “Hate Speech” will be passed by Congress and when becomes law, the site I found about dual Israel-US citizenship will be deleted. Dual Mexican-US citizenship is not allowed, but Israeli gets allowed. The website is
    http://www.viewzone.com, states many neocons are dual holders, including top ones of the PNAC as Perle, Wolfowitz, Feith, Abrams. Also Bush admin but not PNAC signers include Chertoff, Frum, Fleischer, more. Dov Zakheim, who was Pentagon treasurer or auditor in 2001 when $2.3 trillion went missing a day before 911, is dual. Anyway, I can’t copy that site but highly recommend it before gov surveillance wipes it out. (Maybe very soon?) put in something about dual citizenship of neocons or you’ll get the whole thing, sorry.

  28. Abe
    April 20, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    sss

  29. Litchfield
    April 20, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    The Mossad runs the Israeli government.
    The Mossad has interefered repeatedly in US politics.Zionist mafiosi zoomed the State Department in 1947-48.
    The Mossad may have had a part in planning and executing 9/11.
    The State of Israel started out way before WW2 as a conspiracy to steal Palestinians’ land.
    Chapter and verse on this can be found in Avi Shlaim’s The Iron Wall.
    Unfortunately, lying, hatred and manipulation of the goyim, shiftiness, signing agreements with no intention of keeping, or just refusing to sign anything in the fitst place, annexing what others’ property, and strong-arming are all kosher in the service of Jews and Israel. This is occurring in the USA. American Jewish/Zionist actors have taken over large swaths of the American political, media, and finance landscape. We are in big trouble.

    This thinking stems from the Talmud and the Lithuanian rebbes who inspired Jabotinsky, Begin, Ben-Gurion, the Stern Gang, the Betar members, the IDF, Sharon, and on and on and on, down to the present day. American Zionists were engaging in treasonous acts to supply arms to the violent right-wing gangs who were running the country from the get-go.

    The Zionists have always aligned themselves with an outside Big Power. They don’t care which one. They never engage with the people who lived in Palestine before them.
    With Zionists and American Zionist neocons, it is always heads I win, tails you lose.

  30. April 20, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    It’s http://www.viewzone.com, dualcitizen.html. (can’t find my slash on this stupid little keypad). Title of article is “Loyal to Whom?” I can see it would be called a “conspiracy” website.

  31. Kalen
    April 20, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Of course Israel had motive, opportunity and expertise to hack US elections (some Israeli government hackers are Russians) and on the top of that Bibi met Putin at least once during campaign while his cabinet more than that.
    Bibi hates Hillary and Barry.

    Guilty. Case closed, ready for CNN, unleash Mad Cow hysteria and PMS.

  32. April 20, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    D5-5, agree that Pompeo looks like a real problem in this already neofascist state. He wants to take out Assange and I wonder who else? My intuition looking at his photo on a website today is somebody I don’t want to meet. Kansas is his origin?

  33. CitizenOne
    April 20, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    The real guilty party is our media and the three crooked branches of government. We cannot externalize this one folks. We cannot at the same time trash any notion of Russia being responsible for the election results and propose it was Israel instead. Think about it. One could argue that blaming Israel is just another smoke screen like Russia Gate to hide all of the reasons Trump Won. We can quote Sheldon Adelsons love for Israel and his hundreds of millions in political donations and cite some Zionist conspiracy but the Koch brothers do the same thing. The problem is that our SCOTUS has created a situation where just about anybody can rig an election with enough money. Perhaps the Chinese or some rich oil state. Perhaps George Soros. Perhaps Putin.

    The problem is that the Supreme Court in two rulings which were Citizens United vs. FEC and McCutcheon vs. FEC has effectively decoupled elections from control by the citizens. There is a simple statistical fact. The candidate who outspends the other candidate on campaign advertising wins the majority of the time.

    What we have is an election system which pits billionaires against millions of small voters all being asked to play their part, open up their tiny wallets and shell out a few bucks meanwhile Sheldon Adelson. One dude, can write a check for a billion dollars and give it to the candidate who says he or she will lick the boots of Israel and that candidate is going to win.

    But it could be anyone with a big check. Well just about anyone. It really cant come from Russia or China. You see we need enemies to support our gargantuan military budget. The real reason for Russia Gate was three fold

    1. A giant smokescreen to externalize the real internal reasons the republicans are getting a stranglehold on democracy all by themselves through gerrymandering and SCOTUS decisions favoring them and a media system that while it blames itself for being liberal is the opposite. Just a mouthpiece for Republican corporate America.

    2. To create a reason to further increase the military budget by reinventing the cold war with Russia.

    3. To separate Trump and Putin which could get in the way of reason #2

    It is just that simple folks.

    Occam’s razor.

    Oh yeah, there’s the oil thing too. We want all of it and none for anyone else. So we cant be having any love for Ruskies building forts at the top of the World to stake out a claim in the arctic as the tundra melts due to global warming and we have to keep the Chinese at bay with building bases all over the place with our ginormous military budget.

    Oh yeah, there is Israel too. They get lots of money by offering protection and they get to sell a lot of arms too. Pretty cozy operation with one hand scratching the others back. But the Saudis get the same deal.

    What really needs to happen is for our media to be fair. The only way to kill the beast is to do to it what Not Buying It did to Bill O on Fox. Boycott purchasing products advertised on the news. I think if we all voted with our wallet not by trying to compete with billionaires but by just shutting off the spigot we could take back our country.

    • Sam F
      April 20, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Yes, all branches of the federal government are corrupt, as a result of corrupt elections and mass media. Also true that those bribed politicians and judges work for oligarchy, but this is the effect of corruption of elections and mass media by economic concentrations serving Israel/WallSt/MIC/KSA/Corps, rather than the cause.

      The evidence is that the Dems and the mass media and indeed most politicians are controlled by zionists. So I suggest that the focus on Israel as a primary underlying cause is quite appropriate.

    • Skip Scott
      April 21, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Our power to vote with our wallets is much greater than pulling a lever on election day. Support local/small businesses, organic/sustainable farming, renewable power, and this website if you really want to advance progressive change.

  34. April 20, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    shocking anti-semitism, hatred and mean spirited criticism of the only democracy in the middle east…how could you be so cruel to suffering people escaping pogroms, extermination plots and worse?

    seriously: thank you.

    • Sam F
      April 20, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Gosh, you fooled everyone so easily. A democracy of the Jews amongst their non-voting slaves and dispossessed, is it? Then you will be happy as a slave in such a democracy! Please go there as a Palestinian and tell us all about it.

      • Helen
        April 23, 2017 at 9:48 am

        You may have missed the facetious nature of Frank’s comment.

    • Bill Bodden
      April 20, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      shocking anti-semitism, hatred and mean spirited criticism of the only democracy in the middle east…how could you be so cruel to suffering people escaping pogroms, extermination plots and worse?

      Time to wake up Rip Van Scott. There are very few Jewish people still alive who escaped the pogroms, extermination plots and worse in Europe back in the first four decades of the 20th century. Now, it is their children and grandchildren who are doing pogroms and extermination plots against the Palestinians. Israel a democracy? What a cruel joke. A society run by barbarians and racists is not a democracy.

  35. D5-5
    April 20, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    ” . . . effectively decoupled elections from control by the citizens” very aptly stated, excellent language.

  36. Abe
    April 20, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    “Israel is carefully setting the propaganda stage that will now let it claim that a coalition of Russia, Iran, Syria and Hezbollah are preparing to forcefully retake the Syrian Golan Heights from the illegal Israeli occupiers. It’s a tried and tested Israeli IDF method of provoking an opponent, here Syria, then using the opponent’s predictable reaction to provocation as pretext for military strikes that escalate a confrontation they, the IDF, initiated in the first place […]

    “It is becoming increasingly clear than unless there is some very careful rethinking on the part of Washington and of Israel, we might find ourselves in another war for oil in of all places the Golan Heights, this one a war involving Syria, Russia, Iran, Lebanon’s Hezbollah on one side and Israel and Rex Tillerson’s 68 nation “anti-ISIS coalition” on the other side, another senseless war over control of oil.”

    Golan Heights, Israel, Oil and Trump
    By F. William Engdahl
    http://journal-neo.org/2017/03/30/golan-heights-israel-oil-and-trump/

    • Sam F
      April 20, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      What do you think of the prospects for a small-nuclear counter-strike by Russia against Israeli military bases upon such provocations? They may not wish to open another costly front of conventional war, but could show resolve and prevent further incursions. It seems that they could simply wait for Israeli provocations and say that this plus Israeli support of insurgency in Syria crossed red lines, and that any reprisal or evidence of Israeli support of insurgency will bring a full-scale nuclear attack on the entire Israeli military. That might get Iran out of the zionist gunsights.

    • Abe
      April 21, 2017 at 1:11 am

      The IDF supports the terrorists in order to degrade the capabilities of the Syrian Arab Army.

      Everyone knows the Russians are not reckless or stupid with nuclear weapons.

      The reckless and stupid scenario you outlined sounds like a false flag “strategic option” concocted by some American Zionist nutjobs from the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution.

      The IDF command has enough good sense to reject such antics. They realize that a nuclear strike by any party in the Middle East would lead to utter catastrophe for Israel.

      However, those think tank cretins in Washington love imagining little wargame scenarios, and they definitely have Iran in their gunsights.

      • Sam F
        April 21, 2017 at 9:54 am

        These are of course matters that one prefers to avoid with diplomacy, but the US is not doing so.

        The scenario sounds reckless, but you note that the IDF did not reject such antics, that Israel is the reckless party. Of course diplomatic ultimata are always preferable, but presumably have been stated repeatedly. The reckless Israeli support of Syrian rebels against Russia is sufficient provocation. Should it not be proven that the deterrent will be used, until deterrence works?

        Another rationale is deterrence of US aggression. The US attacks Syria militarily although it is in the sphere of influence of Russia and is actively defended by Russia. The US allows Israel and other proxies to attack Russia there. At what point must Russia show that US proxies and sphere of influence are subject to the same kind of attacks?

      • Abe
        April 21, 2017 at 11:42 am

        “At what point” is the operative question for all “strategic option” scenarios.

        As Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity have reported via numerous channels, the recent incident in Syria demonstrates that accurate intelligence is not reaching up the US chain of command or is being deliberately ignored. Not good. This event cries out to the heavens for a thorough review of US intelligence and military operational protocols, including command and control of nuclear weapons. I have no doubt that would lead to a the spectacular exposure of an IsraelGate infestation. Dragging CIA Director Pompeo up the Hill for hearings would be a great kickoff. Needs to happen now. Like right now.

        Ain’t gonna happen unless there is a very big whistleblower or Wikileaks reveal. Not surprising that Pompeo is rather preoccupied with the existential threat of Wikileaks these days.

        • Sam F
          April 23, 2017 at 8:22 pm

          Indeed the dark state must be purged of such warmongers.

          But the suggestion (in comments of another article) is troubling in its truth, that Russia will be forced to destroy military bases in Israel, KSA, and Jordan to cripple AQ/IS. Otherwise it would not be dealing with the root cause of its second Afghanistan, and this time it can trace, localize, and neutralize these US proxies.

          Russia may soon feel compelled to do so, because it is fighting in Syria to avoid fighting in Georgia et al, and an endless insurgency will drain it as intended by the US, so it is likely to hit the real centers of command and support in those countries.

          It may be that they are just preparing weapons and forces, and awaiting an incident crossing their red lines.

  37. tina
    April 20, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Does anyone else find it interesting that Jason Chaffetz a,former Jew , who converted to Mormonism in Utah, suddenly says he will not seek re-election, and then , one day later says he may not fill out his term because his family is first, and he needs to spend more time with his family? Yeah, like one of my kids is married, the other one is 21, and heck my daughter is 16. He was in Washington for the last 8 years, but now, he needs to spend more time with his kids and wife? It is true, I did just fall off of a Christmas tree. I do believe everything I read and hear. Also the nuclear fleet is heading north, no I meant southwest, or southeast, or something. The chocolate cake is the very best in the world.

  38. April 20, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    And to Frank Scott, the comments here are referring to the leaders, not the citizens of Israel. Much like here in America, the leaders are playing one game and calling it another, democracy. It is “da mockery”. There are plenty of citizens of Israel who protest against their government’s cruel and callous treatment of the Palestinians.

  39. Det. F. C.
    April 20, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    LOOK AT THE CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE

    Not trying to be antisemitic here:

    If we dismiss the notion that Russia was behind the DNC hack and the leak of the Podesta emails to Wikileaks (Putin would have to be fool to back Trump, because his chances were so slim and the damage he could do to the Russian oil economy), what other nation state might be? The Wikileaks hack (and handover) occurred before Trump secured the Republican nomination, so we can assume that the leak was not designed to promote Trump but ANY OTHER REPUBLICAN candidate.

    Given this, we can ask eight circumstantial questions:
    1] What nation would benefit from a / any Republican in the Oval Office?
    2] Had Clinton won, what nation would have benefited from a greatly weakened Clinton administration after the Wikileaks revelations? (notice how there is no downside to the leaks if either of these two objectives are the aims).
    3] What nation has had a notoriously bad relationship with the Obama administration and his first Secretary of State? (So bad that its Prime Minister openly supported Romney in 2012.)
    4] What nation is facing a perilous existential nuclear crisis that would drive it to try and influence an American election?
    5] What nation has an intelligence service capable of hacking the DNC / Podesta and having it mis-attributed to Russia without being detected?
    6] What nation would benefit from the United States having a bad relationship with Russia, as Russia is supporting its main adversary?
    7] What nation did the Obama administration recently and bizarrely/ inexplicably fail to support in the UN Security council? (Probably because someone has already figured this out.)
    8] What nation is currently experiencing the best relationship with the United States that it has had in decades?
    9] The DNC hacks occurred during working hours in the Moscow time zone (UTC+3). What other nation lies in that same timezone?

    And the mystery Nation State is __________________?
    Hello

    • david
      April 21, 2017 at 1:10 am

      bingo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! someday people will see what horrible monster nation and all of its people are !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!david

    • April 22, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      DNC was a leak by Seth Rich ,Bernie supporter to Craig Murray hand carried to Europe. Everyone agrees, including Podesta and Wikileaks that Podesta was a Phish.

      • Det. F. C.
        April 23, 2017 at 11:44 pm

        Murray received the package in Sept. 2017:

        https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13281024

        Which means that Seth Rich handed off the Podesta Emails, not the DNC emails.

        As you said the Podesta emails were a Phish (and working with the DNC and not the Hillary Campaign how did Rich have access to those?)

        Furthermore, all of those could be put on a pen drive, the reference to a “package” is interesting as well.

    • anastasia
      April 25, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Teacher, teacher. I got it. I got it. The answer is Israel. Did I get that right?

  40. Steve Slater
    April 20, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    There is also an insane idea that American Fundamentalists have about the necessity of having enough Jews present to fulfill their warped Revelations scriptures. As soon as we passed the year 2000, these Christian groups started looking at Jews as the key sacrificial goats to be given the last chance to align with Jesus as the end of days/rapture played out in armageden in the Middle East. Read the 20 or so pages at the end of the New Testament. The money and political support from American Christian groups, together with the shell shocked older Jewish generation has propped up these right wing politicos in both Israel and the US.

  41. Exiled off mainstreet
    April 20, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    It is obvious that the Israeli tail has wagged the yankee dog, including its increasingly propagandistic press, for decades.

  42. April 21, 2017 at 12:05 am

    I am so heartened by the knowledge of most of these commenters. Great report great comments. Maybe there is hope for humanity.

    http://youtopia.guru

    • anastasia
      April 25, 2017 at 10:17 am

      You can be right, but you cannot be effective. To be right and effective, you usually wind up dead.

  43. Blake
    April 21, 2017 at 4:28 am

    Thank you!

  44. Brad Owen
    April 21, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Israel wields such power because the British Crown wields such power in the USA, and they want their Zion project to proceed unhindered. The House of Windsor is the primary House, or dynastic family, among 25 other dynastic families working to restore a Synarchist, neo-feudal, Holy Roman Empire, and they want to control the northern African and ME provinces, using Israel and KSA towards that end. Otherwise, the plight of the Jew would hold no more weight than does the plight of the Kurd, who has the exact same story to tell…then again, they may figure big-time in the future, as Turkey occupies the province of Anatolia and the Eastern Roman Empire capital of Constantinople. Think this is fantasy? These are the same folks who sponsored the fascist and NAZI movements in the late 19th/early 20th centuries. They despise the republican movements of the 18th/19th centuries as perversely against the natural order of society. Know your enemy, the REAL one, and quit pissing around with their hired hands.

    • Derek
      April 21, 2017 at 6:23 am

      Agreed to a certain extent but a correct analogy with the Kurds would be the Palestinians – both awaiting self-determination. The Jews are a hodge podge of illegals in Palestine.

      • Brad Owen
        April 21, 2017 at 6:43 am

        My point is that the Jews, Palestinians, Kurds, Saudis, and the American Republic, are just pawns on a chessboard, and its’ not our Game. It is the Game of 25 dynastic families (House of Windsor chief among them; Otto von Hapsburg, their public “pointman,” is nominated to be their future “Fuhrer” of a “Holy Roman Empire”, at least in 1981, the time of the article) of former Empires and Kingdoms in Europe who are working to restore the Roman Empire. Go to Executive Intelligence Review (EIR) and type in their search box “return of the Monarchs”. The sad fact is that they just might be right about the Natural Order of Society, and the republican movements of the 18th/19th centuries (our Revolution, French Revolution, Simon Bolivar’s movements, Paris 1848, etc…) might just be the perversions they claim them to be…look at what a piss-poor job we’ve done as “Sovereign citizens” governing our so-called Republic; look at the ass-clowns we elect. We couldn’t hardly do worse if we deliberately set out to do bad. That’s my main point.

        • April 22, 2017 at 4:57 pm

          Rothschilds ?

          • Brad Owen
            April 23, 2017 at 3:07 am

            Rothchlds are just hired hands, happy to be of service to the rulers of the world. That is why you know their name. They are not that high up in the hierarchy.

    • TS
      April 21, 2017 at 7:15 am

      Tell Helga the shocking truth: the Windsors are really lizard people from outer space!

      • Brad Owen
        April 21, 2017 at 7:20 am

        is that you david icke? All kidding aside, the problem is very human and very real, and completely home-grown here on Planet Earth. These are the REAL politics at play, and folks don’t even recognize it. No wonder the Monarchs regard us as cattle, a herd suitable for their 25 “branding irons”.

  45. Blue
    April 21, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Maybe we should smear Russia-gate proponents as “anti-slavic”.

  46. Beg to differ
    April 21, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Google “Thomas Suarez” 2017 book “STATE OF TERROR”. This will help all of us to understand the facts and the truth behind the ISRAEL/PALESTINE conflict. As usual, our glorious leaders (left & right) keep feeding us all
    bullshit !!

  47. mike k
    April 21, 2017 at 7:14 am

    These comments are a good informative discussion of some important problems. But to simply label it ‘the Jewish problem” or the Zionist problem would be too simplistic. This problematic area of discussion merges into the whole human problem and it’s multiple dimensions. Naming is helpful as a device to artificially restrict our focus, but to ignore all the larger contexts operative would be a mistake. Jews, liberals, white people, black people, Americans, Catholics, Koreans – let’s remember how artificial and incomplete all these categories really are, each full of indefinable, unpredictable human beings – whatever that is! The Jewish problem is the human problem, something we all share in.

    • Richard Ong
      April 25, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks for my morning laugh.

  48. Herman
    April 21, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Most of what has been said is irrefutable but a number of comments might be considered “reaching”. It is these comments that will be sought out and used to discredit all comments about the influence of Israel supporters on our foreign policy

    Once again, the heart of the problem lies in the way our politicians are vetted to run and the way money is used to elect them. That is a nut worthy of that big bunker buster we dropped in Afghanistan.

    • Irene
      April 21, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      “It is these comments that will be sought out and used to discredit all comments about the influence of Israel supporters on our foreign policy ”

      Is this a threat?

      We’re here to discuss. If there is a comment you disagree with, be specific and state what your beef is.

      • Herman
        April 22, 2017 at 1:51 pm

        Irene, you misunderstood. I am merely pointing out a tactic that is used to attack those who criticize Israel and Zionism. The tactic is used by defenders of Zionism like the Times and the Post to silence the critics. Shabby tactic but it seems to work.

        I hope that is clear.

        • Irene
          April 22, 2017 at 11:39 pm

          They can try to discredit if they like. It’s not so easy without NYTimes or Washington Post doing the editing. The more unbelievable and inexcuseable actions on the part of the Israelis and their supporters are well documented.

          • Brad Owen
            April 23, 2017 at 3:13 am

            You all miss the fact that they act on the behalf of other “rulers” . They are not the deciding players of the Game. They are pawns, as are we Americans.

          • Anon
            April 23, 2017 at 8:48 pm

            Brad, you are disrupting discussion of zionism with your UK conspiracy theory. There is plenty of evidence of zionist control of US politics, and zero evidence of UK control. UK is a diverse nation which dumped the MidEast as Israel was formed, and would dump it again if the US did so. A few loonies there does not make a national conspiracy: there are equally guilty small pacific islands in the “coalition of the willing.”

            Where specific issues like the zionism problem are under discussion, please limit your comment to a link to your website and provide reams of evidence for UK conspiracy there, not links to unsubstantiated claims.

            I will not discuss your theory here if you reply, and I suggest that other commenters ignore these disruptions.

          • Brad Owen
            April 24, 2017 at 3:58 pm

            To anon: you do not,get it. There is only,the interplay between UK and USA and Russia. That defines the last three hundred years. Nothing more to say. Check out EIR website.

  49. April 21, 2017 at 9:04 am

    When the Jews took over Russia in 1917, their Bolshevist revolution ended up killing millions. When the Jews took over Palestine, the Palestinians lost their land and their homes. When the Jews took over the American media and politicians — starting in the 1960s — the result has been war after war in the Middle East, 10,000 American dead, $5 trillion wasted, and hundreds of thousands of dead Arabs. The best part for the Jews is that they are 6 times underrepresented in the U.S. military.

  50. Gregory Kruse
    April 21, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I can think of two other kinds of probe that should be directed at Netanyahu and his herd of feral cats.

  51. Herman
    April 21, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Two other comments Jewish/Israeli influence.

    The Jewish community is committed to Israel and it is willing to back up its loyalty with money and effort. Power which money grants to advocates make them more effective than any other interest group. They have money and commitment, a powerful combination.

    The implications of this is things are unlikely to change unless the Jewish community and Israeli Jews decide to change things. That this is likely to happen is not too far fetched. For example, I think it is likely that the Israeli Jews will come to the conclusion for moral and other reasons that it is time to grant non-Jews the same rights of citizenship that they enjoy, creating a single democratic state. It is not too far fetched to the pre-civil rights south to the situation in Israel/Palestine today.

    • Sam F
      April 22, 2017 at 10:02 am

      But that transition in the US did not begin until 100 years after the civil war, and even then it began only because riots across the US scared the rich into pretending that maybe MLK had the right idea. Unfortunately, only force regulates the enslaver. The selfish do not reconsider; any waverers are replaced.

      It is the bully who rises in unregulated business, and stays there. The solution is never to wait and see. “Gradualism in theory is perpetuity in practice.”

  52. April 21, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Yes, indeed, but there is certainly more.

    I wrote the following recently concerning the Six Day War and Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty:

    There is no question of Israel’s responsibility in attacking the USS Liberty, of course, but I’ve often wondered whether there was some kind of complicity by Lyndon Johnson.

    He was a very dark and devious man. Played dirty politics his entire career, including his very first election in Texas which he won by vote fraud. And he sure wasn’t reluctant to see people killed, launching, as he did, the mindless Vietnam War in which an estimated 3 million Vietnamese were killed eventually, a true holocaust.

    I’ve never understood the way he just shut everything down right after the attack – called off emergency responders and made no big diplomatic storm over the event and made no great effort to make Israel pay for what it had done, pay in any way.

    It was the chance of a lifetime to put Israel in its proper place, a small nation with defined borders. Instead, his response allowed Israel to grow into a Frankenstein monster. His is great burden of guilt for Israel’s next fifty years of brutal abuse.

    It doesn’t make sense, especially considering his volatile temperament. I think his reasons have never been examined, but I know there were reasons. He had a motive, if nothing other than a huge secret effort to buy him off by the Israel Lobby.

    It has been speculated that Israel’s knowledge of Johnson’s complicity in President Kennedy’s assassination was used to shut him up. This is distinctly possible, however, while we know the Warren Commission’s version of the assassination was a complete fantasy, we do not know just what really happened. Johnson was from the beginning a highly plausible suspect, but we do not have the necessary proof.

    Israel’s motive for the attack is quite clear. They wanted to turn their armor in the south to head north, something they had been advised against.

    So, they shut down the American intelligence ship. This, of course, also shut down reporting of Israel’s atrocities in Sinai, which the ship’s gear would have picked up.

    Israel was in such a mad rush to turn the armor around, the army just machine-gunned all the Egyptian prisoners of war they had in Sinai. Hundreds of them.

    But for Israel, this was from the beginning a war of conquest. It was carefully planned, and Israel knew it could win against the disorganized Arab states that it had deliberately provoked a number of times leading up to the actual conflict.

    Of course, fifty years later, we all still live with the hideous results, seeing millions live with absolutely no rights, no citizenship, no votes, constant abuse, and even the degrading insult of having additional homes and farms stolen periodically.

    Moshe Dayan, the victorious general of the Six Day War, made numerous statements to the effect of Israel’s having to make the Palestinians feel miserable enough, they would leave.

    Well, Israel certainly has done its part in making millions miserable, but they greatly underrated the courage and stamina of the Palestinians, who are not leaving.

    Here are some details of the event: http://www.rense.com/general39/pilot.htm

    • Irene
      April 21, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      Aljazeera has a good story on the USS Liberty complete with multiple eyewitnesses. The Israelis knew the USS Liberty was an American spy ship. Israeli planes had flown over and exchanged waves with the crew multiple times. Then the Israelis attacked, killing 2/3 of the crew. Shot at lifeboats. Tried to destroy all their communications. Once the crew of the USS Liberty was able to get the word out that they were under attack, Israel claimed it was a terrible mistake. Johnson had people in his cabinet that reported everything he said right back to Israel. He was still planning to run for re-election at that time.

    • Gregory Herr
      April 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm
    • Brad Owen
      April 23, 2017 at 8:44 am

      He responded to the British Crown, after seeing them kill JFK for trying to end the Vietnam war and disband the CIA (a creation of Brits MI 6 in late forties post-war). He caved. That is why he spent his retirement years high and let his hair grow long…he saw we were just a colony of the Brits, which made him “give up”.

  53. evelync
    April 21, 2017 at 11:31 am

    hah hah hah, Robert Parry, yes indeed, why not include Israel-Gate and while we’re at it why not have some transparency for the whole secretive foreign policy mess which is now seen, IMO, as a bloody failure of dysfunctional masterminding.

    How about a little truth for a change.

    We’re onto the lies.
    And bottom line, that’s why I think Hillary lost.
    People believed Bernie told the truth and has a strong moral center from which he evaluates reality.

    As someone wrote here, Donald saw what was going on in the primary with Bernie’s adoring crowds and was astute enough to piggy back on Bernie’s talking points long enough to win the election against “crooked hillary” “lying hillary”. And now as day after day he is seen betraying the people who voted for him, he’s not looking quite so good any more.

    The delusional Neocon/Neoliberal game is over. Because the threats and fear mongering on “WMD”, “terrorists”, etc etc have ricocheted. Watching millions of people trekking across North Africa and drowning in the Mediterranean and flooding into Europe does not convince people our “leaders” know wtf they are doing.

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    April 21, 2017 at 12:02 pm

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    • Skip Scott
      April 21, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      What a great name for a troll. I know what brown scent I’m smelling.

  55. Oz
    April 21, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    We should investigate British influence as well. They have bragged about initiating Russia-gate, and leading the US by the nose into each and every “regime change” war, beginning with Tony Blair’s 1999 speech in Chicago where he proclaimed the “R2P” policy.

  56. Abe
    April 21, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    John Mearsheimer address to The Israel Lobby and American Policy conference March 24, 2017 at the National Press Club
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8Mgdm_6-e0

    On the current influence of the Israel Lobby:

    “The fact that the Obama administration could do virtually nothing to get Israel to move toward a two-state solution yet still opted to provide Israel with $38 billion in aid over the next decade is clear evidence that the lobby remains very powerful. It’s important to understand that the key to the lobby’s success is that it focuses mainly on influencing high level policymakers and opinion makers, as well as the elites in both political parties. Not the rank and file. […]

    “the elites in the Democratic Party remain deeply committed to the special relationship. They fear the lobby will target them if there is any evidence they are wavering in their support for Israel. One might think that politicians who are supposed to place the American national interest above the interest of all other countries would stand up to the lobby when it pushes policies that they know are not good for the United States. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates explains why this does not happen: I saw most of Congress as uncivil, incompetent to fill in their basic constitution responsibility, micro-managerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical thin-skinned – here are the key words – and prone to put self and reelection before country.

    “The second big non-change is that US policy toward Israel remains the same as it has been for the past decade. The special relationship, in other words, is firmly intact. Of course this continuity is hardly surprising given that there has been no diminishment in the power of the lobby. As many of you probably remember, there was a brief moment during the recent presidential election where it looked like candidate Trump might favor a more evenhanded approach to dealing with Israel and the Palestinians. But he quickly reversed field and made it clear that he would go to great lengths to be even more pro-Israel than President Obama. Naturally Hillary Clinton made the same pledge. Thus, there is no good reason to think that American policy toward Israel is going to change in a meaningful way any time soon.

    “Finally, there is hardly any sustained criticism of Israel in the American foreign policy establishment. This, too, is unsurprising since the lobby is as powerful as ever. As I emphasized, it focuses most of its attention on keeping the country’s elites in line. Anyone who wants to be a serious player in the making of US foreign policy understands full well that if he or she criticizes Israel, there will be a price to pay. The result is that there is no serious debate about Israel or the special relationship in Congress, the mainstream media, or prominent think tanks like the Council on Foreign Relations”

    On the Israel Lobby and the 2003 Iraq War, which precipitated the current situation in Iraq and Syria:

    “the lobby was deeply interested in getting Iraq and taking Saddam Hussein down for a long time before the actual invasion on March 19, 2003. The lobby, and here we’re talking especially about the neoconservatives, is pushing very hard for a war against Iraq. In the wake of what looked like a stunning military victory in Afghanistan in the fall of 2001, we came to the conclusion – falsely of course – that we had the magic formula for taking down regimes and getting out of town quickly so that we could march on to the next target. This is what the Bush doctrine was all about.

    “So what you had in 2002 and early 2003 was a situation where we thought we could win a quick and easy victory in Iraq. Point number 1. Number 2, you had this group of neoconservatives who were deeply committed to taking down Saddam Hussein, who had a huge amount of influence in the media and in the Bush administration, who pushed very hard. Therefore, we argued they were the main driving force. But there’s no question that they alone could not have made the war happen. They needed President Bush, and Vice President Cheney, and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and they all went along because they basically bought the neoconservative arguments which were of course not simply couched in terms of doing something that was good for Israel. Right? They bought the argument and they thought that we could go in and win a quick and decisive victory.

    “They were wrong. We jumped into a quagmire. Furthermore, they were wrong in the sense that we had not won a decisive victory in Afghanistan. We had won a temporary victory. And the Taliban eventually came back from the dead. So we had two huge disasters on our hand which still exist today – one being Afghanistan, two being Iraq. Of course as a result of the Iraq War, in part Syria has turned into a disaster as well.”

  57. Edward
    April 21, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Years ago, Sen. Fullbright chaired a committee to investigate foreign influence in the U.S. Needless to say, Israel’s fifth column here were not happy with what was being uncovered and successfully launched a campaign to replace him with Sen. Dale Bumpers. Another notable zionist intervention was in the 1992 Democratic primary when Clinton was loosing to Jerry Brown. The zionists saved Clinton’s campaign by raising a pile of money for him. Actually, the zionists may be able to claim credit for dragging the U.S. into WWI. That was the quid pro quo for the Balfour declaration.

    • evelync
      April 21, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      hmmmm……
      unintended???? consequences – the shredding of Glass Steagall around 1997 leading to the near financial collapse 2007-2009…

      there’s far too little scrutiny of the candidates who run for president….

  58. Michael K Rohde
    April 21, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you. The only thing I think that needs to be emphasized is that these agents in support of Israel have enough influence or power to make it hard to publish anything printing the truth about Israel and their ability to change election results to fit their purpose. I have always marveled that they were able to more or less silence Jimmy Carter who has been so active as a former president. He wanted to publish the truth about Israeli policy regarding citizens of Arab decent and their property rights and had trouble getting published. A former president having trouble getting published? Really? That is influence I find frightening because if you can limit the information you can limit the responses. We’ve got a problem with simply accessing the truth in this country and most people don’t know it.

    • Anon
      April 22, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Zionists with Jewish names control US mass media including the print media and even most university lecture invitations.
      Liberals made an historic mistake trusting ethnic fanatics simply because they had been victims of discrimination.
      After all, our right wing owed their right wing an empire didn’t we, just as we owed our right wing an empire, according to our mass media.

  59. JDonald
    April 22, 2017 at 10:51 am

    How much of our current national debt (approaching 20 trillion dollars) was accumulated through our support for the state of Israel? If Americans were taxed to pay for those activities, the neocons would soon learn how supportive middle class Americans are or our short-sighted Middle East policies.

  60. April 22, 2017 at 11:35 am

    HERE, HERE!! Mister Parry, well said Sir, well said!!

  61. evelync
    April 22, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    re: “simply because they had been victims of discrimination”

    I agree that it’s far too easy for any real life catastrophic event to be used (intentionally – with cynicism / or unintentionally – through paranoia)
    to justify actions that are morally wrong.

    And in response to your other comment, not everyone with a Jewish name – take Bernie Sanders for example – agrees with current Neocon Israeli policy. And moreover Neocons in the U.S. who are Christian also support the current policies. Noam Chomsky pointed out years ago that Israel is the military arm in the Middle East of U.S. foreign policy.

    So I think that even though there is a religious emotional backdrop to this tragic state of affairs, to me it seems to be part of a delusional self serving dynamic for the MIC here and probably in Israel too….

    I love what Andrew Bacevich said about Israel’s behavior – he said that as an American he is concerned with what is in the national interest of this country, not Israel or any other country. And then he said that current Israeli policy is probably not even in the best interest of Israelis. It’s just wrong.

    His comment. if you wish to hear it was during the fascinating Q&A of his talk that can be watched down the page at this link:
    http://www.bu.edu/pardeeschool/2016/04/20/bacevich-gives-talk-on-americas-war-for-the-greater-middle-east/

    Bacevich is an interesting guy. I love hearing him frame our foreign policy in a way that decimates the Neocon propaganda.

    • Joe Tedesky
      April 22, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      I have said this before that just as I would not like to be judged for what our American leadership has brought upon the world, that we should not paint all the Jewish people with the same brush as we do the Zionist. In fact I prefer to critize the Zionist when I reference Israel’s wrongs, and I purposely don’t aim my objections towards the Jewish people. Beyond all doubt the Zionist have exploded the tradegy of the Halocaust to further their racist goals.

      • April 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm

        USAans not Americans, Oligarchs not elites.

    • Anon
      April 22, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      When responding please use the “Reply” button in the original comment field, to clarify the context.
      If a response to my comment, it specified zionists not “everyone with a Jewish name,” and I agree that the distinction is critical. Indeed zionist policy is not in the long term interests of Israel, and has many Jewish critics.

  62. JP
    April 22, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    There’s enough actual nefarious activities of Israel without trying to piggy back them on old debunked partisan smears like the phony October Surprise nonsense.

  63. Carroll Price
    April 23, 2017 at 10:28 am

    If you control a nation’s banking system, it’s easy to control its foreign policy.
    “Give me control of a nation’s money supply, and I care not who makes its laws.” Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812) founder and godfather of the Rothschild banking cartel of Europe, and Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

  64. Kennyboy
    April 23, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Next to the vatican, Isra-hell (Zionist end) has become ALL of mankind’s worst enemy and is “Pulling-the-strings” of the Chumps’s (Trump) presidency unless he “WAKES-UP” from it. This is just one more reason WHY “Government/Religion” will NEVER address mankind’s problems because THEY ARE THE PROBLEM.
    ONLY after “The Event” will we be free from “The Matrix” we are in.

  65. Dunno
    April 23, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Have you ever come across the zinger of a comment that was made by the mass-murdering and warmongering Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu? Bibi’s off-the-cuff comment was reportedly overheard by a former CIA officer in 2002. Netanyahu’s gracious little jab at the U.S. was reported by Wayne Madsen in a superb article that he wrote in September of 2005. The quote reads: “Once we squeeze all we can out of the United States, it can dry up and blow away.”

    Well, on behalf of these here United States, Mr. Netanyahu, I want to personally thank you for your blatant lack of gratitude for the hundreds of billions of dollars that American taxpayers have pumped into your tiny country, the apartheid state of Israel, over the decades.

    I strongly suggest to the reader that they read Wayne Madsen’s article, “The demise of global communications security: the neocons unfettered access to American secrets,” It is a good place to begin, in order to understand why a probe of Israel is essential for the survival of those dwindling freedoms that we (the American people) still enjoy in our own country.

    Even though this very important article is archived on the world wide web it is next to impossible to find by means of typing in its title (strange). So, the best way to find it is by typing in the following: An anti-Netanyahu quote that has been floating around…Click on that web site and scroll down. Voila, you have the address for Wayne Madsen’s article. Just click on the address and read this article; the quote comes at the end of Madsen’s article.

    So, I wondered why would anyone make this article so difficult to access, until I remembered another quote that was made by another mass-murdering, war-mongering Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon. The quote was reported in the Israeli media, at the time that it was made: “I want to tell you something very clear. Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We the Jewish people control America and the Americans know it.”

    Well, Mr. dead PM, some of us have known this fact for a long time, because it is Jews who own and control the MSM, Hollywood, the Federal Reserve Bank, the main financial institutions of Wall Street & the rest of America, the members of both houses of congress, our federal government’s departments, our executive branch, and most of the important think tanks, NGOs, and foundations. You didn’t need to have rubbed it in so crudely Mr. dead Israeli guy.

    Consciously or unconsciously we non-Jews know that we are the de facto slaves of the Jews who rule our country. Voltaire said it best: “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” For everyone knows that if you criticize Jews or Israel, you will be forever branded with the jejune and meaningless label of anti-Semite, regardless of whether you admire Shem, who had the cajones to cut off the balls of his dad (Noah), as Noah lay in a drunken stupor (Read your Hebrew Bible). The Jews are god’s chosen people, after all; although it is questionable just what sort of homicide-encouraging deity their god is. A close reading of the Hebrew Bible as literature reveals a god whose motto should be “Kill thy neighbor and steal their land.” Modern-day Israelis, for the most part, seem to adhere to this ancient ‘divine’ dictum.

    Keep reading, because it gets even better. Now we have one Michael Ron David Kadar to gawk at and wonder, WTF. Who is Michael Kadar, you ask? Well, the Los Angeles Times published the following story on April 21, 2017: “Israeli American teen suspected of Jewish center bomb threats faces federal charges.” O that Michael Kadar ((aka Kaydar). Yes! So, in an Orlando, FLA federal court room Mikey-boy was charged with 245 “threatening telephone calls involving bomb threats and active shooter threats” from January 04 to March 07, 2017. What a busy young Israeli lad! But, ouch, wouldn’t you know, he was also charged that same day in another federal court room. This time it was in Macon, GA, and the charges are as follows: “a series of calls to public schools and residences that either threatened attacks or made false reports about attacks, to trick police into showing up, an illegal prank known as ‘swatting.’ The calls began in 2015 and continued through this year.” Just how much has Mikey-boy’s “prank” calls cost the American taxpayer and how much inconvenience, obstruction, and suffering have they caused? Does anyone care? Where is the outrage MSM? O right, the Jews control the MSM.

    This eighteen year-old crime wave and computer whiz from Ashkelon, Israel, lived with his mom and dad before his arrest, because he could not hold down a job or serve in the military. It’s time now to get out the facial tissues. Open source reporting has stated that the poor boy was not able to attend either elementary school or high school, presumably because of his autism. Then, at the age of fourteen Michael was discovered to be suffering from an inoperable brain tumor – OMG. Yet, it has been reported that by the age of eighteen our Jewish anti-hero was able to overcome his insurmountable health problems and amass a small fortune in Bitcoin currency (q.v. Wikipedia) worth millions of shekels; enough to make any Jewish mother blush with glowing pride: “My son the millionaire.” (A million shekels has a net value of between 270,000.00 and 275,00.00 dollars. Mikey-boy had millions of shekels).

    Wait a minute! How did this cognitively impaired teenager amass this small fortune in Bitcoin? O by engaging in the usual criminal activity in which your average talented teen computer criminal engages, i.e., working the so-called ‘Dark Web’ (q.v., Wikipedia: Darknet Market). Mikey-boy was selling fake IDs, fake driver’s licenses, fake visas, fake passports, illegal drugs, and G only knows what else. He was quite the talented entrepreneur. It is also said that he worked with criminal gangs to steal money from businesses, etc. I wonder if he worked with any intelligence agencies as a contract agent? Maybe, uh, definite maybe – O sure why not; their
    Bitcoin is just as good as that of anyone else.

    Mikey-boy, who, by the way, tried to grab a police officer’s gun, when the authorities came to arrest him, reminds me of a young Jonathan Pollard, who started dreaming about emigrating to Israel at the age of twelve. Some of Pollard’s “…former student acquaintances [Stanford 1972-1976] told investigators that he bragged about his role as a Mossad agent and, on one occasion, waved a pistol in the air and screamed that everyone was out to get him.” Jonnie your too bad, Whoa, whoa, whoa.

    So, I was thinking to myself after watching an inspirational Lee Marvin’ movie, entitled “Dog Day” (or “Canicule” which means “Heatwave” in French, and which co-starred the French actress Miou Miou, aka Sylvette Herry) that one day soon we shall witness the exchange of Jonathan Pollard for Michael Kadar. After all, Jonathan Pollard is a real hero in Israel and Netanyahu just loves his Jonnie-boy so much that I think that, as Michael Kadar is no longer really useful to the Israelis, Bibi would be more than willing to sacrifice an Israeli lamb for an American scapegoat. Everyone knows that deep down inside Bibi has a bleating heart

  66. jennifer
    April 23, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    There are a lot of great comments here. I invite all of you to listen to Renegade Broadcastings interview with Cynthia Mckinney. 2nd hour is again her problems in the system and the last 10 minutes are very telling.
    http://www.renegadebroadcasting.com/wardo-rants-cynthia-mckinney-diagnosing-diseases-dc-4-18-17/

  67. sue
    April 23, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Almost a regime change overnight-A quarter century ago, I was told how an aide to a Democratic foreign policy chairman, who faced a surprisingly tough race after redistricting, turned to the head of AIPAC for help and, almost overnight, donations were pouring in from all over the country. The chairman was most thankful.

  68. Nibs
    April 25, 2017 at 5:37 am

    One objection: can we stop calling the likes of Kagan/Wolfowitz etc “intellectuals”. They simply aren’t in the normal definition.

  69. anastasia
    April 25, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Why can’t it be Israel doing the hacking and leaving Russian tracks.

  70. anarchyst
    April 25, 2017 at 11:04 am

    A major problem in the USA today is the concept of “dual citizenship”. Until 1968, “dual citizenship” was strictly prohibited. An Eastern European (I forget which country) wanted to vote in his home country’s election without losing his American citizenship. As a result of a lawsuit, the courts ruled in his favor. The Jews took full advantage of this new “right”. As a result, we have forty or so congresscritters and senators who hold “dual nationality” with Israel. In addition, there are thousands of “dual nationality” influential “policy wonks” and others that are infecting MY country’s government that have no allegiance to the USA and have split loyalties, siding with Israel.
    In addition, there are many “dual nationality” Americans who are in Israel, who have enlisted in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) in contravention of American law, but are never prosecuted…WHY??
    Jews are almost non-existent in the American military, but Jew Americans are overrepresented in the IDF.
    It is long overdue to prohibit “dual citizenship” and to deport those who will not renounce their foreign citizenship.

  71. anarchyst
    April 25, 2017 at 11:13 am

    The “Samson Option” is a threat made by Israel to the world and is very real. Israel refuses to allow inspection of its nuclear facilities, and will not subscribe to IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) guidelines on verification and inspections. WHY??
    Israel could not produce its nukes, even if it wanted to…
    The answer is simple…Israel’s nukes are not in Israel, but are distributed around the world in major population centers (cities), (pre-positioned for future use). You see, the “Samson Option” is a very real threat by Israel to vaporize a European or American city if it perceives an attack on itself is imminent.
    You can bet, that after a nuclear strike by Israel, passports from Israel’s “favorite enemy of the month” will be found in the rubble, not unlike the Israel-engineered 9-11 WTC “takedown”.

  72. Adam Orenstein
    April 25, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    But, and this is the bottom line, Israel is not our competitor for world influence and power, and never will be. Russia is interfering in our elections to gain advantage over us in dealing with Europe, China and other nations and regions.

  73. Bill Goldman
    April 27, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    How could there be a probe of Israelgate when there is fear of the Rothschild dominion and tracing the political lineage between the two?

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