“I consider even a victorious war as an evil, from which statesmanship must endeavor to spare nations.” — Otto von Bismarck
[ Update: The bullets have stopped flying on the Iran nuclear agreement passage in Congress, and the bodies have been counted. AIPAC lies at the top of the pile of morally dead Republicans who have not served this country in some time. Many of the leaders are among America’s most dangerous enemies, with John McCain the head cheerleader.
But the angels smiled upon us and AIPAC chose to go down with the Zionist ship, and the sea has gone very quiet now. When was the last time you heard them put out an invitation for one of their political lynchings?
They are laying back, waiting for their biggest defeat in history to blow over, and try to make a comeback during the elections. They are betting we will forget they and the Republicans took the side of a foreign country against the United States.
No one was surprised to see either of them try to wreck two years of tortuous, multi-party Iran negotiations. Already airbrushed out of that history is the most important bombshell: that no Western country or Israel backed up any of their long time claims that Iran had a hidden nuclear weapons program.
No “ace up the sleeve” secret Intel files were released at any time in the process. The neocons lied to the world, big time, over and over. And when they could not put up their proof, they went into silent mode and acted like none of that mattered.
It does matter, because such behavior is a security threat to our democracy. Our Founding Fathers warned us about this at the beginning of our country’s journey, that it would take an “informed citizenry” to be able to maintain the Republic we had been given.
Remember that, every time you see your government at all levels lie to you, as most recently both Obama and Ashton Carter did with their statements that the Russian anti-terrorism campaign in Syria was going to make ISIL stronger. Only people with utter contempt for the public would say such an inane thing.
We expect it from someone like Carter, who is a contributor to the Neocon call for world war on all those not under control of the American élites. But for Obama to say such a thing, that trashed his hard-won statesmanship stature from his successful Iran deal just as the ink had dried, showing either horrible staff work or a brain dead moment on his part.
I wrote this piece below shortly after the wooden stake had been put through AIPAC’s heart on the Iran deal vote. I suspected that they would lay low like they are doing, and that we needed to plan how we were going “finish them off” politically, which is their main response to anyone who disagrees with them.
This was written a few days after the defeat of the Republican and AIPAC effort to kill the Iran deal — my several days effort to write a post-mortem on how close a call the vote was, and where the key shifts came. Besides trying to tie a bow on the two years we spent reporting on the Iran negotiations, I wanted to waive the green flag that it was time to go after AIPAC — and it still is.
This got lost over at NEO for over a month and just got published this week. The world moves so fast that this event seems like longer ago than it was. But the material is still important as a retrospective on what happened and why, and where to go from here. Stormy waters are even more dangerous when sailing without a compass.
AIPAC’s Achilles heel is their involvement in large-scale political (and technological) espionage with Israel against America. But they are protected under the umbrella that no prosecutions of them are allowed here — on the grounds that our relationship with Israel is so important to our national security that we cannot let their huge and damaging espionage operations endanger that relationship. You just can’t make this stuff up.
We must force all AIPAC backers and those who take their money to justify that reality. So far, virtually no one does — not their election opponents, none of the media, none of America’s civic or religious institutions. AIPAC has spent decades putting firewalls in place where they knew they were vulnerable.
We have history on our side now, including the current version being rolled out with the exposure of the US coalition’s phony war on terror, with the Russians, Syrians, and Iranians going through ISIL like Ex-lax through a goose.
The real threat to our national security has “Made in America” stamped all over it, by all those who have been lying to us for several generations. It is time to use their own methods on them for a change, and let them taste the bitter fruit… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … October 15, 2015 –
A big sigh of relief came from the US with news that Obama had snared his critical 34th Senate vote for the Iran agreement, thus avoiding a down to the wire cliffhanger as the 60-day review period ran out.
No one was predicting an early determination like this. Like in a poker game, many will often hold their cards to the end of the game where there are big prizes for key votes.
The first hint of positive movement came when the Democratic leadership took the bull by the horns to deliver the votes that their president needed. They did not advertise this early in the process to avoid even more pressure from the AIPAC Lobby than they knew they were going to get. AIPAC’s political power was also on trial here.
Party loyalty and common sense ruled the day, as to do otherwise would have made the Democrats fools in front of the whole world by leaving their President twisting in the wind after his administration’s huge political investment. The August Congressional recess was put to good use with Nancy Pelosi coordinating building the list of supporters in the House and Harry Reid doing the same in the Senate to give Obama a veto proof vote.
AIPAC tried to get the momentum ball rolling early on with Senators Chuck Schumer and Robert Menendez declaring they would vote no. Schumer came as no surprise and Robert Menendez is a “dead man walking” politically because he has been criminally charged in a bribery and underage sex scandal.
Our sources told us it was a classic Israeli honey trap operation to get control of Menendez, which they did. He is not our only compromised Congressman, but that is a story for another day.
AIPAC published their support letters and the agreement backers published theirs…rabbis, ex-Congressmen, diplomats, military brass and then the Jewish group leaders. But I spotted a flaw in their game early on, that their talking points were not really theirs…they were Bibi’s.
They seemed to work fine for the Republicans looking forward to Sheldon Adelson’s campaign cash, but for the Democrats, they were having to choose between AIPAC and Israel, and Obama and their country. All those who constantly say both parties are the same need to remember this event.
For the Republicans there was nothing to think about really, nothing to plan. AIPAC was taking care of all that for them. Patrick Dorton of the Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran explained, “For pro-Israeli activists this is a once in a generation vote.” Just his group alone spent $20 million to kill the deal in national media ads, money down the drain now, thank god.
Reports have been coming out that the opposition did not really work to convince the Democrats to break with the President, but to scare them. When fear has always worked for the Israel Lobby intimidating Congressmen it is hard to change to a new tactic for such an important vote. But AIPAC overplayed its hand in this case, and it backfired on them.
When Congress went home for recess they did not find the voters shared AIPAC’s hostility toward the agreement despite all the rigged polls that AIPAC had magically created saying that they did.
What the AIPAC people also did not do is offer an alternative for getting a better deal because they did not want one. This may seem counter intuitive but it isn’t.
Israeli political espionage and AIPAC’s job was to get the US taxpayer to fund an attack on Iran to destroy its nuclear facilities because that would make Israel feel all warm and fuzzy. They were demanding a deal they knew that Iran would never accept, thus pushing it out of the talks back to square one and on the way to getting a taste of “all options are on the table”.
Most of the Democratic Congressmen are not stupid and knew they were being played to go along if they wanted continued political support from the Lobby and avoid primary race opponents, one of the historical punishments for Congressmen who do not show the proper loyalty to Israel.
The Democrats who backed Obama claimed that the opposition pressure was not effective because this was a complex and too important a debate and vote to be ruled by political action committee talking points and fear porn. The Democrats decided to be statesmen for this vote and I urge all of you to call them to thank them. This is more important that you realize, to show them you noticed and care.
They knew the Republicans were planning to campaign during the 2016 elections to undo the deal anyway, so why should the Democrats help them do that now? Once the deal is done and over and the world moves on they would have the Republicans boxed into a corner for being Israel shills…and yes…disloyal. This is not a grey area to me, not one bit of it.
I waited a couple of days to write this because I knew that all the first reports on why the Democratic Senators supported it would be colored by not wanting to totally alienate their Jewish supporters. More clues appeared that some of the anxiety had been staged managed…that Obama knew fairly early on that he had the votes to sustain a veto but was smart enough to know he had to make the case publicly to carry the country with him.
This victory began with a key meeting before the summer recess for many of the Senate Democrats with the foreign ministry representatives of the other P5+1 members. The Senators were told in no uncertain terms that the hard fought deal was the best that could be gotten and neither they nor Iran would be renegotiating anything…period. If the Democrats walked out on the deal the US would be alone on whatever action it took.
These Congressmen realized that that was an untenable position for the US to take. They would be forfeiting American leadership for Bibi’s talking points and AIPAC’s fear campaign on Iran wanting to drive the Israelis into the sea. The Dems knew what their historical legacy would be if they did that. The AIPAC pressure was up against that hard reality.
The unsung hero of this whole process who deserves much of the credit was Department of Energy Secretary Ernst Moniz who, unlike everyone else, had both the science and diplomatic skills to explain that the opposition’s cheating talking point was just another hoax. He assured them that the US had the technology to detect the manufacturing of any weapons grade material.
Clinton Bastin, our own nuclear expert at Veterans Today had told us exactly the same thing before he died last year. He had been a 40-year chemical engineering veteran of the Dept. of Energy. That is how we knew Iran had neither a bomb nor a secret reprocessing plant. My undergraduate work was in chemical engineering, which helped me to grasp the complexities of the engineering challenges.
The charges against Iran had all been a big hoax to create the conditions for putting the sanctions on as part of an economic war against the Iranian people to foster regime change.
As for the claim that the deal handed Iran a nuclear weapons program on a silver platter after fifteen years, Congressmen were told that the military strike option would only hold a weapons program back three years.
Plus, the agreement’s greatly enhanced inspections would all be thrown away with no deal, as would all the growing economic benefits Iran would be enjoying in its post sanctions growth period that it did not have now.
At the end of the day the AIPAC folks had nothing to counter this reasoning with. In fact they had their legs cut out from under them when Efraim Halevy, ex-Mossad head and Amir Ayalon of Shin Bet stated that Israel would be in a much more secure position with the agreement than without it.
The whole world will now enjoy this hard earned accomplishment due in great deal to the Israeli Lobby suffering its worst defeat in recent history. After all the humiliations that the Lobby has put Americans through, the USS Liberty killings, their WMD programs, and yes…their huge espionage operations that go on constantly with no arrests that are a national disgrace, it is time for some pay back.
Rather than letting the AIPAC subversives lick their wounds, get rested up and then come back at us with a new attack, it is way past time for Americans to dig up some pride and eliminate the Lobby threat permanently. We will never have an opportunity like we do now when the country has seen to what lengths the Israel Lobby would go to wreck this important national security accomplishment, not only us but for the Mideast and the Iranian people.
AIPAC will retreat to takes its revenge with the Republican party by getting their presidential candidate into the oval office in 2016. All of their candidates, including Trump, would wreck everything that has been accomplished with this Iran agreement.
Trump knows he will have the Lobby support for the asking and we all know what it will want in return, to have Israel’s interest come first for all their key issues, and Americans sent to the back of the bus, with the appropriate big tip for the treasonous bus drivers in Congress. It is time for us to break this cycle while we have this momentum. So let’s get on with it, resistance, resistance!