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October 13, 2011 Leave a comment

 

 

Pew Bias? Poll says 6 in 10 vets have ‘isolationist inclinations’

Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, October 05, 2011

I originally posted this today at The American Conservative blog, @TAC

Buried in an amazing poll released by the Pew Research Center today that says 1 in 3 post-9/11 veterans believe the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were ‘not worth fighting,’ is an assertion that 6 in 10 such veterans polled also have ‘isolationist inclinations’ simply because they believe “the United States should pay less attention to problems overseas {Ed.Like sending our soldiers to die for shitty Israel and their pernicious, pickle-snooted populous} and concentrate on problems here at home.”

This bit of editorializing by Pew is interesting, and shows how successful the establishment/neoconservative message machine has been in propagating the belief that anyone who wants to pull back from our global military adventures to concentrate on the devolution of our fiscal stability at home is an “isolationist.’ The outrageous thing is that here, we are actually talking about people who fought in the wars. Those pushing the ‘isolationist’ meme with such vigor — think Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, Steven Hayes –  have never picked up a gun, much less sat in a line to pick up a measly prescription at a VA pharmacy. Sure, Sen. John McCain, who likes to fling around the isolationist charge quite a bit, was a Navy pilot and POW, but he’s still fighting Vietnam, and thinks every war is worth a go today, and is willing to put every last man and woman in harm’s way to prove it.

But when 1 in 3 soldiers say fighting the wars was “not worth it,” especially those who leave countries still teetering on the brink, come home to apathy and no jobs  (11.5% unemployment rate for post-9/11 vets), marriages on the rocks (51%), disconnected from their children (44%) and suffering from post-traumatic stress (37%), I’d say their “inclinations” to refocus on the homefront are much better informed than the elitist warmongers whose dirtless fingernails have been drumming conference tables for the last 10 years, not the butt of a weapon or a bedside table at Walter Reed.

No, it’s not isolationist, it’s realistic.

But don’t think these vets have gone soft on war or the military as an institution: “84% of all post-9/11 veterans who served in a war zone would advise a young person to join (the military),” according to Pew.

And the beat goes on.

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Walk like an Egyptian

May 1, 2011 2 comments

Attention! Attention! All ‘Pudlickins on deck! Egyptian ingrates wise to world Kikery, refusing to supplicate to Semitic overlords! This is not a drill! Man your prattle stations!

Cairo holds massive anti-Israel rally
Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:45PM
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An Egyptian protester holds a cardboard bearing the Arabic writing ‘No collaboration with Israeli after the revolution, down with Israel’ during a demonstration in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo on April 27.
Thousands of Egyptian Protesters have gathered in front of the Israeli embassy in the capital Cairo demanding an end to ties with the Tel Aviv regime.

The demonstration originated from the nearby Cairo University.

The protesters demanded that the Egyptian government abruptly sever all ties with Israel.

The protesters have also called for a freeze on all gas exports to Tel Aviv.

They have threatened to continue massive protest rallies if the current government does not move to cut off ties with the Israeli regime.

The new development is the latest in a series of major protest rallies that led to the downfall of the decades-long ruler Hosni Mubarak.

Under the US-backed Mubarak regime, Egypt consistently served Israeli interests and objectives by helping to impose a total blockade on the impoverished Gaza strip after the democratically elected Hamas government took control of the territory in 2007. The crippling blockade on the territory has triggered a humanitarian crisis.

A major Egyptian political party, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), has recently demanded that the country’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces takes immediate measures in breaking the siege of Gaza.

Egypt’s political parties say the Gaza blockade serves American and Israeli objectives in the region and threatens regional stability and independence.

Meanwhile, Israeli officials have been repeatedly threatening to launch a fresh major offensive against Gaza.

The Israelis boast that the next Gaza onslaught could be even more destructive than the previous one at the turn of 2009, which killed over 1,400 Palestinians, most of them civilians, including many women and children.

JR/MB

What’s Palin Doing in Israel?

March 21, 2011 2 comments

Shiksa Sarah gives obligatory blow-job and turns kosher tricks for Kike clients in order to gain yidling blessing for presidency run.

Remember when McAmerica wasn’t just a tool of Big Jew to use and exploit? Yeah, neither do I…

 

 

What’s Palin Doing in Israel?

NEW YORK – What's Palin Doing in Israel?Sarah Palin is praying at the Western Wall and visiting Benjamin Netanyahu. Dan Ephron on why the journey won’t help her much with American Jews—and what the real game plan is.

Do American politicians pick up Jewish votes by visiting Israel?

Sarah Palin touched down here yesterday, the fourth would-be GOP candidate for president in the past three months alone to make what somfe commentators have started to call the Republican hajj. Wearing a large Star of David around her neck, Palin prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, then spent two hours with guides in the Western Wall tunnel, an archeological site whose excavation in 1996 caused Palestinians to riot. “She was clearly excited about the holiness of the place,” Likud Knesset Member Danny Danon, who accompanied Palin, told the Daily Beast. “She wanted to touch the clay in the tunnel and then touch the water in the ritual bath.”

For the former Alaska governor, the trip offers a chance to distinguish herself as more pro-Israel than other American politicians and, perhaps, to make amends for her “blood libel” gaffe in January that angered many Jews. Palin has already pointed out that President Obama has yet to visit Israel during more than two years in office. At a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, she was expected to distance herself from the position of some fellow Tea Partiers—chiefly Congressman Rand Paul—in favor of cutting aid to Israel.

But in the complicated arithmetic of vote-getting, the trip probably won’t help her with most American Jews should she run in 2012. To begin with, Jewish voters tend to be liberal. Nearly 80 percent of them cast their ballot for Democrats in every presidential election since 1992. (The McCain/Palin ticket got 22 percent of the Jewish vote in the 2008 presidential campaign, according to exit polls.) Even in the context of the Israeli political debate, most American Jews are more dovish than the current lineup of GOP favorites. Palin, for example, advocates the unrestricted expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, in contrast to the longstanding American government view that settlements are obstacles to peace. Among American Jews, about 65 percent favor dismantling some or all of the settlements, according to polls.

So what draws Palin and others to Israel, including Mike Huckabee and Haley Barbour last month, and Mitt Romney in January? For one thing, a chance to curry favor with a much larger constituency that follows the events in Israel no less fervently than Jews: Christian evangelicals. The evangelical community in America numbers tens of millions and votes overwhelmingly Republican. One of its arms, a John Hagee group called Christians United for Israel (also known by its acronym CUFI), now claims to be the biggest pro-Israel organization in America, larger even than AIPAC.

Since Evangelicals tend to advocate the most hard-line positions for Israel—no compromise with the Palestinians and no withdrawal from any land God promised to the Jews—GOP candidates vie for their support with utterances that make even many Israelis uncomfortable. When Huckabee was in Israel last month, he visited a Jewish settlement and proclaimed there was no chance Palestinians would get their own state in the West Bank. Palin, albeit in a private moment Sunday, chastised Danon over Israel’s policy of barring Jews from praying on the grounds of the al Aqsa mosque, the site of the long-destroyed Jewish Second Temple. “She asked me, why are we being apologetic all the time?” he said.

 

“You don’t need the 70 percent of Americans who vote Democrat to support you,” Levin says. “You need a couple dozen of the right people to passionately believe you are their man.”

For Palin, of course, Israel also offers a chance to burnish her famously weak foreign policy credentials. Palin traveled to Israel from India, where she gave a paid speech and warned about the rise of China—a matter that is certainly important to Americans. But the issues that Israel embodies—grappling with terrorism, relations with the Arab world, the potential for conflict with Iran—are the most burning foreign policy questions candidates will be addressing in the run-up to the 2012 race.

“Showing up here gives them an opportunity to play in a harmless and safe way in the international arena while looking like globally savvy statesman,” says Charles Levine, who heads Lone Star Communications and has advised Huckabee and other American politicians on visits to Israel. That Israel is covered intensively by the American press is a bonus, he says. “When Al Gore visited while campaigning for president in 1991, he told me he got more publicity from two days in Israel than he would have gotten from pounding the pavement for weeks in the U.S.”

Finally, of course, there’s the matter of fundraising. Levine points out that while most Jews are liberal, many wealthy Jews support Republicans. With some of them, like the casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson or the bingo billionaire Irving Moskowitz, there’s no better way to make an impression than by having your photo taken with Netanyahu or touring the City of David—a settlement project bankrolled by right-wing Jews. “You don’t need the 70 percent of Americans who vote Democrat to support you,” Levin says. “You need a couple dozen of the right people to passionately believe you are their man.”

Dan Ephron has been Newsweek’s Jerusalem bureau chief since January, 2010. Previously, he served as a national security correspondent and deputy bureau chief for the magazine in Washington. His stories have also appeared in the Boston Globe, The New Republic and Esquire.
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Israel: The Promised Land for Organized Crime – 1

March 6, 2011 1 comment

GOP senator favors cutting US aid to Israel

January 28, 2011 2 comments

Rand Paul stands up to that festering, Semitically septic wound in the middle east. Note how the Jew pole-smoking ‘Pudlickins quickly move to thwart any effort to stop extorting money from your pocket so the  monetary succubus known as Israel can continue to draw the lifeblood from American taxpayers.

Just another example of why the Republican party is no more than a Kosher chorus line of lisping faggots, perpetually bent at a 90 degree angle in order to satisfy their hooked-nosed masters. These are the precious daisies that are going to save our country? It’s to laugh.

Avoid these CON-servative cowards like a meth-addicted nigger prostitute with the clap. Mock them. Ridicule them. And hopefully someday, we can hang them.

GOP senator favors cutting US aid to Israel

Rand Paul, Kirsten Gillibrand, John Thune, Thomas Carper, Scott Brown AP – From left, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Sen. Thomas …
By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press Donna Cassata, Associated Press Fri Jan 28, 4:10 pm ET

WASHINGTON – Tea party-backed Republican Sen. Rand Paul favors cutting U.S. aid to Israel as part of a deficit-driven effort to slash government spending by $500 billion this year, drawing criticism from Democrats and Republicans who argue the U.S. must be unwavering in its support for the longtime Mideast ally.

The freshman Kentucky lawmaker unveiled his budget proposal this week that would make significant cuts in education, housing and energy while reducing money for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by $16 billion. Paul’s plan also would cut some $20 billion in overseas aid, and he said he wants to eliminate the $3 billion the United States provides to Israel annually in foreign military assistance.

“The overwhelming majority of Americans agree with Senator Paul — our current fiscal crisis makes it impossible to continue the spending policies of the past,” Paul spokesman Gary Howard said in a statement responding to the criticism. “We simply cannot afford to give money away, even to our allies, with so much debt mounting on a daily basis.”

The latest economic forecast puts the deficit at a record $1.5 trillion.

Paul explained his position in an interview with CNN on Wednesday, saying he respects Israel as a Democratic nation but feared funding an arms race in the Mideast. His proposal drew a swift response from Republicans and Democrats.

“We share Senator Paul’s commitment to restraining the growth of federal spending, but we reject his misguided proposal to end U.S. assistance to our ally Israel,” said Matthew Brooks, executive director for the Republican Jewish Coalition, in a statement Thursday. The organization counts several former senior Bush administration officials on its board of directors.

Rep. Nita Lowey of the New York, the top Democrat on the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees foreign aid, said the United States cannot renege on its commitment to the only Democratic nation in a dangerous region.

“Using our budget deficit as a reason to abandon Israel is inexcusable,” Lowey said in a statement. “It is unclear to me whether Rand Paul speaks for the tea party, the Republican Party or simply himself. I call on all those who value the U.S.-Israel relationship to make it clear that our nation will not abandon our ally Israel.”

The United States has stood staunchly with Israel for decades, through various governments in Washington and Jerusalem. The United States and Israel signed a memorandum of understanding several years ago to ensure Israel’s military edge in the region. Under the agreement, Israel received $2.8 billion in U.S. dollars in the last fiscal year and is slated to get $3 billion in the current year.

The agreement calls for $3.1 billion in U.S. funds to Israel over a five-year period beginning with the next budget.

Last November, Vice President Joe Biden met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and told the Jewish Federation of North America that the Obama administration “represents an unbroken chain in American leaders who have understood this critical strategic relationship.”.

The steadfast support for Israel is widespread in Congress and Paul’s proposal is certain to face strong opposition. In a fresh example of that support, six senior members of the House sent a letter to President Barack Obama imploring him to promise a veto of a pending U.N. resolution that condemns Israel and urging him to pressure Palestinian leaders to negotiate directly with Israel.

Signing the letter were House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.; House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md.; Foreign Affairs Chairwoman Ilena Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.; the panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Howard Berman of California, and the heads of the committee’s subcommittee on the Middle East, Reps. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio and Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y.

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