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Posted on Jan 17, 2007
Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews really stuck it to the hawks on Wednesday’s “Hardball”: “If you want America to be a hegemonic power in the Middle East, you’re out of step with the American people. We’re not going to fight it out with Iran for the next 30 years to see who the big s***—I’m sorry—the big name is on the block.”

(h/t: Think Progress)


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By Denzil Minyard, February 7, 2007 at 2:15 pm Link to this comment
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First, Chris Matthews is one of most pompous and arrogant commentators I have ever watched. I watched HARDBALL for a while but grew more and more disgusted with his bombast.
Regarding Israel: This is a small country that has struggled to survive since 1948. Every time a cease fire is called, guess who lobs the rockets and sends suicide bombers to kill the innocent—Hamas and Hezbollah! These nut groups state very openly that Israel must be destroyed and that they will not honor any peace agreement with Israel. There was a very good way to know that good ole Yassir Arafit was lying—any time his mouth was opened. Don’t blame all Middle East problems on Israel
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By Norm Ezzie, January 23, 2007 at 2:42 pm Link to this comment
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Hardball,like Fox-News,is nothing more than a “cottage"industry to keep the masses either entertained or scared,or both!! Isn’t it intresting they never utter a word on the real governing power behind America’s political elite,which is America’s own corporatocracy! Why is that? With all the credible data to back up my statemen,hear is another example of what I mean: The State Of The Union is exactly where they want it to be! I challenge anyone to dispute this fact- log on at: http://www.storminnorm.com “its all there,every damn bit of it”!

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By Tony Wicher, January 22, 2007 at 12:34 am Link to this comment
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Reply to Comment #48768 by davr on 1/20 at 4:00 am

“We can’t afford to continue supporting the failed state of Israel.”

That’s a good use of the opponent’s rhetoric against them. I agree. We can’t afford to leave a failed state behind us. I don’t want to just “cut and run” and leave a failed state behind us. We need a policy that requires Israel to transform into a democracy. That is the message I am trying to get out to the Democratic leadership: oppose Israeli apartheid; support its transformation to an Israeli democracy.

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By NathanHale, January 20, 2007 at 3:37 pm Link to this comment
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That Tony Wicher does get around these issues on this website doesn’t he.

I agree with him on alot of is backup.  I wish I could articulate as well as he.

I usually don’t blog on a celebrity’s (Matthew’s)
use of the word shit, however I agree with his viewpoint, it’s short and to the point.

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By Tony Wicher, January 20, 2007 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment
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Reply to Comment #48768 by davr on 1/20 at 4:00 am

That’s an interesting way to look at it, calling Israel a “failed state”. I agree with you. Israel in its current form is a failed state. It is in the true interest of the United States, and by that I mean the interest of American people, not oil companies and defense contractors, to bring about the transformation of this failed state into a successful democracy. That means ending Israeli apartheid. The good news is that the United States is in a perfect position to bring about the peaceful ending of apartheid and transformation to a democracy. All that is required is for the American people to elect a leadership that will follow this policy.

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By Leigester, January 20, 2007 at 12:35 pm Link to this comment
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If you oppose anything that Israel does, you’re either an Anti-Semite or Un-Christian, as the Christian Right has decided to support Israel in an effort to expedite the Apocalpyse!The fact that no one knows when the “end of time” will come (not even Tim DeLay or Jerry Falwell!!) doesn’t seem to bother those who think that they can put God in a corner and force historical events!  Just look at what this administration is doing; Global Warming? no problem!  Jesus and the “four horsemen” will solve the problem.  Abject poverty?  no problem; “The poor will always be with you…”

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By davr, January 20, 2007 at 5:00 am Link to this comment
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I’ve been watching Matthews once in a while lately.  He’s starting to sound like he has a sane brain.  Better late that never.

He and a lot of other news media/people are waking up to the fact that Bush is a liar (of course) and that the failed state of Israel is costing the United States and the rest of the world a price way beyond any failed states value.

We can’t afford to continue supporting the failed state of Israel.

That is the Truth!

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By Tony Wicher, January 19, 2007 at 11:04 pm Link to this comment
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Reply to Comment #48629 by Axel on 1/19 at 10:36 am

Tony Wicher says:

“Israel is an always has been a tool of British and American imperialism.”

Tony: there is so much evidence to the contrary, one hardly knows how to choose an example suitable for a short post.

But let’s take the direst issue before us at the moment: the war against Iran that Bush and Israel are ginning up.

Expert opinion is that this could cause oil prices to skyrocket to undreamed of, catastrophic levels, crippling the US economy, even the world economy. How in blazes is this in US or British interests? 

I mean, look at other powers with oil interests. France, Germany, China need oil, too. How do they approach the Arabs and Iranians? Why, by making nice to them. They cultivate good relations. Then they get to make mutually beneficial deals.

Why don’t WE do that, even though it’s obviously the way to get along with people you need stuff from?

Because THE ISRAEL LOBBY, with its stranglehold on both our political parties and much of the media, makes sure that when it comes to the Middle East, doing what’s in our own national interest is POLITICALLY IMPOSSIBLE.”
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The question is who is manipulating whom, who is using whom. There is no doubt that the American people are being used. But how did little Israel manage to get such a stranglehold on our political parties and on our media? Are they so fiendishly devious and clever that they could worm their way in to the highest levels of our government? No, our political parties and our media, that is to say our democracy, is not being undermined by Israel but by a ruling class with an agenda of world hegemony. Their objective of attacking Iran is not to defend Israel but to establish hegemony in the Middle East and control the world oil supply. Defending Israel is just the pretext. Get it? We the American people have to bring our imperialists to heel, to break their stranglehold on our media and our economy and our foreign policy. We can do this by electing leaders committed to real peace in the Middle East. The first thing such a leadership will do is demand and end to Israeli apartheid. They should treat Israel as South Africa was treated, refuse any military support and apply an economic boycott. They should at the same time offer full support if Israel will agree to end apartheid. Then we shall see how the Israeli people respond. Maybe they, too, will kick out their warmongers and put in leaders really willing to negotiate a peace. In fact, I hear some faint rumors that this is starting to happen already. Maybe they are beginning to see the handwriting on the wall.

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By Axel, January 19, 2007 at 11:36 am Link to this comment
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Tony Wicher says:

“Israel is an always has been a tool of British and American imperialism.”

Tony: there is so much evidence to the contrary, one hardly knows how to choose an example suitable for a short post.

But let’s take the direst issue before us at the moment: the war against Iran that Bush and Israel are ginning up.

Expert opinion is that this could cause oil prices to skyrocket to undreamed of, catastrophic levels, crippling the US economy, even the world economy. How in blazes is this in US or British interests? 

I mean, look at other powers with oil interests. France, Germany, China need oil, too. How do they approach the Arabs and Iranians? Why, by making nice to them. They cultivate good relations. Then they get to make mutually beneficial deals.

Why don’t WE do that, even though it’s obviously the way to get along with people you need stuff from?

Because THE ISRAEL LOBBY, with its stranglehold on both our political parties and much of the media, makes sure that when it comes to the Middle East, doing what’s in our own national interest is POLITICALLY IMPOSSIBLE.

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By Tony Wicher, January 18, 2007 at 9:59 pm Link to this comment
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Reply to Comment #48432 by Axel on 1/18 at 8:06 am

This isn’t true. Israel is an always has been a tool of British and American imperialism. The trouble is that the interests of British and American imperialism have nothing to do with the interests of the American and British people.

This is the first courageous thing I have heard Matthews say since he was practically kicked off the air in 2002 for opposing the war to begin with. I’m going to start watching him again.

Will the American (and British) people bring their imperialists to heel through the democratic process? That is the big question. If they do that, if they elect leaders who are really committed to peace instead of imperialism, the first thing to go would be support for Israeli militarism. Israel would have to negotiate with the Palestinians in a meaningful way.

What I think would solve everything is if the Democratic leadership in the U.S. announced a policy of not supporting Israel in any way unless they agree to end apartheid, which is to say, become a democracy instead of a Jewish state. The United States should provide all kinds of security guarantees and financial assistance to Israel to help them end apartheid if they do agree. I think this carrot-stick approach would be extremely effective.

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By Bukko in Australia, January 18, 2007 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment
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So he said “shit”. So what? In Australia, “shit” and other four-letter words are uttered on broadcast telly all the time. Not gratuitously, as on the “South Park” episode about the word, and generally later at night. There’s also occasional nudity—on over-the-air channels, even the ones run by the government. And life goes on. It’s another mark of America’s immaturity, its simultaneous sleaziness and prudishness, that these words are such an issue there.

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By Rodney Matthews, January 18, 2007 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment
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I’m still wondering where were all of these anti-war media guys before the war started and before it went badly. All I remember was the reporting of WMD’S,Shock n Awe,with us or against us, bring it on,mission accomplished,wanted dead or alive and being embedded with the troops. Seems to me the media was part of the rah rah boys pushing the war since it appears we were winning. So were the majority of the American people. If the war had gone well, the media and the American people would still be part of the rah rah crowd and Bush would be a hero. Now that the war has gone badly,the media and the American people now found their sense of morality, and open their minds to the lies that led this nation to a unnecssary war. A little late boys. The Emperor has no clothes. Never had any. Let’s not make the same mistake with Iran

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By Axel, January 18, 2007 at 9:06 am Link to this comment
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Chris Matthews is willing, more than any other mainstream political TV host these days, to edge close to making the point that this grand Middle East remake plan was never conceived by its architects as something in America’s interest, but rather in the interest of another nation.

There are hints of that in this clip.

I wonder how long he can continue doing this edgy little dance before the Israel lobby does an “anti-Semite” smear job on him and he disappears from our screens.

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