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Posted by Charles II on February 24, 2014

Robert Parry, The Consortium:

Exclusive: American neocons helped destabilize Ukraine and engineer the overthrow of its elected government, a “regime change” on Russia’s western border. But the coup – and the neo-Nazi militias at the forefront – also reveal divisions within the Obama administration, reports Robert Parry.

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“Bill White actually leads the Governor’s race 51-42 with voters who want to be Americans.”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 13, 2010

Yesterday, over at my other blogging home, I posted an evisceration of some American Enterprise Institute hack’s attempt to try and rewrite history, not to mention reality, concerning the racism that is at the heart of the conservative movement.

And now, what do I see in my mailbox but a link to this PPP poll, courtesy of the Burnt Orange Report:

15% of voters in the state support seceding from the Union while 72% are opposed. 21% of Republicans and only 4% of Democrats support secession. Bill White actually leads the Governor’s race 51-42 with voters who want to be Americans, but Perry leads overall because of a 69-18 lead with the secessionists. It’s too bad for White that the secessionists don’t go so far as renouncing their right to vote in American elections or else he’d definitely be the next Governor of Texas.

As the Burnt Orange Report says: “Rick Perry’s supporters would rather secede than stick with our great nation. Maybe it has something to do with the African-American president?” Considering that the last time any states seceded, it had to do with black people, it’s not an unreasonable question.

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Sunday Night News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 18, 2010

– Has Netanyahu conned Obama into attacking Iran? Signs are disquieting. As Bibi said in 2001 (transcript here): “I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won’t get in their way.”

– Speaking of easily-rolled entities, the Washington Post is sickeningly submissive to any and all right-wing intimidation.

I’m writing a novel online, just because I can.

– And also just because I can, Kitten loves Puppy.

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Guess What? Most American Jews Reject Neoconism And Likudniks

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 14, 2010

As Glenn Greenwald points out in his piece on how Marc Thiessen is lying about American Jews.

The question is, will anyone in the mainstream press now call Thiessen on his lies?

Posted in neocons, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples | 1 Comment »

See What Happens When AIPAC And ADL Are Allowed To Define “Good Jew” As “Unquestioning Likudnik And PNAC Neocon”?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 25, 2010

Peter Beinart describes it here:

In 2003, several prominent Jewish philanthropists hired Republican pollster Frank Luntz to explain why American Jewish college students were not more vigorously rebutting campus criticism of Israel. In response, he unwittingly produced the most damning indictment of the organized American Jewish community that I have ever seen.

The philanthropists wanted to know what Jewish students thought about Israel. Luntz found that they mostly didn’t. “Six times we have brought Jewish youth together as a group to talk about their Jewishness and connection to Israel,” he reported. “Six times the topic of Israel did not come up until it was prompted. Six times these Jewish youth used the word ‘they‘ rather than ‘us‘ to describe the situation.”

That Luntz encountered indifference was not surprising. In recent years, several studies have revealed, in the words of Steven Cohen of Hebrew Union College and Ari Kelman of the University of California at Davis, that “non-Orthodox younger Jews, on the whole, feel much less attached to Israel than their elders,” with many professing “a near-total absence of positive feelings.” In 2008, the student senate at Brandeis, the only nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored university in America, rejected a resolution commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of the Jewish state.

Luntz’s task was to figure out what had gone wrong. When he probed the students’ views of Israel, he hit up against some firm beliefs. First, “they reserve the right to question the Israeli position.” These young Jews, Luntz explained, “resist anything they see as ‘group think.’” They want an “open and frank” discussion of Israel and its flaws. Second, “young Jews desperately want peace.” When Luntz showed them a series of ads, one of the most popular was entitled “Proof that Israel Wants Peace,” and listed offers by various Israeli governments to withdraw from conquered land. Third, “some empathize with the plight of the Palestinians.” When Luntz displayed ads depicting Palestinians as violent and hateful, several focus group participants criticized them as stereotypical and unfair, citing their own Muslim friends.

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And In News That Surprises Absolutely No One Who’s Been Paying Attention

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 5, 2010

Ahmad Chalabi’s been outed yet again, this time by McClatchy, as a buddy of the Iranians:

The Bush administration introduced Ahmad Chalabi, the former U.S. ally and perennially controversial Iraqi politician, as a secular, pro-Western Mr. Fix-It who could slide right into Saddam Hussein’s old seat.

Instead, he embarrassed the Bush White House with bogus pre-war intelligence, aligned himself with Shiite Muslim extremists and got uncomfortably friendly with Iran.

Now, he’s No. 3 on an electoral ticket alongside Iraq’s biggest Shiite Muslim factions and his name is cropping up regularly as a potential prime minister. If Chalabi does, finally, ascend to an elected post in Iraq, Washington won’t be cheering. These days, the nimble politician’s fortunes are more closely tied to militant Shiite factions and their allies in Tehran than they are to Washington.

This is not exactly fresh news, buddy. For instance, here’s a couple portions of a Newsday piece from May 22, 2004 (the date it also appeared in the Seattle Times):

The Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that for years Iran has used a U.S.-funded arm of Ahmad Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress to funnel disinformation to the United States and to collect highly sensitive American secrets, according to intelligence sources.

“Iranian intelligence has been manipulating the United States through Chalabi by furnishing through his Information Collection Program (ICP) information to provoke the United Sates into getting rid of Saddam Hussein,” said an intelligence source who was briefed on the conclusions of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

The ICP also “kept the Iranians informed about what we were doing” by passing classified U.S. documents and other sensitive information, he said. The ICP has received millions of dollars from the U.S. government over several years.

An administration official confirmed that “highly classified information had been provided (to the Iranians) through that channel.”

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Indications that Iran, which fought a bloody war against Iraq during the 1980s, was trying to lure the United States into action against Saddam Hussein appeared many years before the Bush administration decided in 2001 that ousting Saddam was a national priority.

In 1995, for instance, Khidhir Hamza, who had once worked in Iraq’s nuclear program and whose claims that Iraq had continued a massive bomb program in the 1990s are now largely discredited, gave United Nations nuclear inspectors what appeared to be explosive documents about Iraq’s program.

Hamza, who fled Iraq in 1994, later teamed up with Chalabi.

Lovely, eh? And the neocons fell for it hook, line and sinker.

But let the man himself speak, courtesy of McClatchy:

“The Americans outplayed themselves, nobody outplayed them,” Chalabi said in an interview with McClatchy this week in Baghdad. “They believed their own propaganda.”

He oughta know. He’s the guy who recited it to them — or at least to the neocon dickweeds who were in both PNAC and Israel’s Likud party. You know, guys like Doug Feith, who per General Tommy Franks is “the f-ing stupidest guy on the face of the earth”?

Chalabi wanted to get both Israel and the US on board with the idea of toppling Saddam Hussein, on the pretext that a Saddamless Iraq would be much friendlier to both Israel and the US. But what the neocons, so enamored of throwing their own weight around as per The Ledeen Doctrine, failed to see was that the main beneficiary of a US invasion of Iraq was in fact Iran.

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Gaza: Another Neocon Debacle

Posted by MEC on January 9, 2009

Juan Cole explains how the Gaza War has its roots in Neocon fantasies of reshaping the Middle East through brute force of will.

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Sanity Making A Comeback?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 26, 2008

Could be: The Bush administration is actually moving towards saner relations with Iran. No, really:

Several American media outlets reported on Saturday that President George Bush is likely to announce after next month’s presidential elections that he intends to restore the diplomatic relations with Iran, almost 30 years after they were suspended.

Quoting U.S. civil servants, the reports said that Bush’s decision to postpone the announcement until after the elections was meant to rid the two presidential candidates of having to deal with the controversial move.

In the first stage, the American administration allegedly seeks to appoint a low-level diplomatic delegation, and has already started the recruitment process.

Wow, Bush actually does something for the common worldwide good. Yeah, I’m gobsmacked, too.

This is probably why the neocon bulwark the Jerusalem Post has been freaking out lately: They wanted to see Teheran reduced to glowing radioactive rubble before Bush left office, and with both America and Israel now under governments that aren’t willing to do that, their blood-soaked fantasies will have to stay fantasies.

Posted in 2008, Bush, Good Things, Iran, neocons, rightwing moral cripples | 4 Comments »

The Ossetia-Georgia-Russia Conflict: A PNAC Surprise?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 14, 2008

Check this out, courtesy of Robert Scheer:

Previously, [Randy Scheunemann, McCain’s senior foreign policy advisor] was best known as one of the neoconservatives who engineered the war in Iraq when he was a director of the Project for a New American Century. It was Scheunemann who, after working on the McCain 2000 presidential campaign, headed the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, which championed the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

There are telltale signs that he played a similar role in the recent Georgia flare-up. How else to explain the folly of his close friend and former employer, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, in ordering an invasion of the breakaway region of South Ossetia, an invasion that clearly was expected to produce a Russian counterreaction? It is inconceivable that Saakashvili would have triggered this dangerous escalation without some assurance from influential Americans he trusted, like Scheunemann, that the United States would have his back. Scheunemann long guided McCain in these matters, even before he was officially running foreign policy for McCain’s presidential campaign.

In 2005, while registered as a paid lobbyist for Georgia, Scheunemann worked with McCain to draft a congressional resolution pushing for Georgia’s membership in NATO. A year later, while still on the Georgian payroll, Scheunemann accompanied McCain on a trip to that country, where they met with Saakashvili and supported his bellicose views toward Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Scheunemann is at the center of the neoconservative cabal that has come to dominate the Republican candidate’s foreign policy stance in a replay of the run-up to the war against Iraq. These folks are always looking for a foreign enemy on which to base a new Cold War, and with the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime, it was Putin’s Russia that came increasingly to fit the bill.

Charming.

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Even The Perle Post Inches Closer To Admitting It

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 28, 2008

Yessir: The Jerusalem Post, PNAC Central, Richard Perle’s plaything, actually comes close to admitting that Barack Obama is far more qualified to be president than either Bush or McCain (h/t Steve Benen at C&L):

Two months ago in the Oval Office, President George W. Bush, coming to the end of a two-term presidency and presumably as expert on Israeli-Palestinian policy as he is ever going to be, was accompanied by a team of no fewer than five advisers and spokespeople during a 40-minute interview with this writer and three other Israeli journalists.

In March, on his whirlwind visit to Israel, Republican presidential nominee John McCain, one of whose primary strengths is said to be his intimate grasp of foreign affairs, chose to bring along Sen. Joe Lieberman to the interview our diplomatic correspondent Herb Keinon and I conducted with him, looked to Lieberman several times for reassurance on his answers and seemed a little flummoxed by a question relating to the nuances of settlement construction.

On Wednesday evening, toward the end of his packed one-day visit here, Barack Obama, the Democratic senator who is leading the race for the White House and who lacks long years of foreign policy involvement, spoke to The Jerusalem Post with only a single aide in his King David Hotel room, and that aide’s sole contribution to the conversation was to suggest that the candidate and I switch seats so that our photographer would get better lighting for his pictures.

The JP article went on to state that Obama “knew precisely what he wanted to say about the most intricate issues confronting and concerning Israel, and expressed himself clearly, even stridently on key subjects.”

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Bush, israel, John McCain, neocons, PNAC Platoon | 1 Comment »

 
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