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The Final Act of Submission

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A guard stands watch on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower after it docked outside Limassol, Cyprus, last October.

By Scott Ritter

In the months leading up to President Bush’s ill-fated invasion of Iraq, I traveled around the world speaking to various international groups, including many parliamentary assemblies.  I spoke about democracy and the need of any nation or group of nations espousing democracy as a standard to embrace the ideals and values of justice and due process in accordance with the rule of law.  I spoke of international law, especially as it was manifested in the charter of the United Nations (a document signed and adopted by all of the countries I visited). 

Invariably, my presentation focused on the nation in question, whether it was Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, Japan or Great Britain, and the status of its relationship with the United States.  As an American, I said, I appreciated each nation’s embrace of the United States as a friend and ally.  However, as a strong believer in the rule of law, I deplored the trend among America’s so-called friends to facilitate a needless confrontation which would severely harm the U.S. in the long run.  These nations were hesitant to stand up to the United States even though they knew the course of action planned for Iraq was wrong. 

Such permissive submission was deplorable, and invariably led to a comment from me about the status of genuine sovereignty in the face of American imperial power.  If a nation was incapable of defending its sovereign values and interests, then it should simply acknowledge its status as a colony of the United States, pull down its disgraced national flag and raise the Stars and Stripes.

Now the tables have turned.  Americans, through the will of the people as expressed in the November 2006 election, voiced their dissatisfaction with the conduct of the American war in Iraq, and empowered a new Democratic-controlled Congress to reassert itself as a separate but equal branch of government—especially when it came to matters pertaining to war and the threat of war. 

This new Democratic leadership has failed egregiously.  Not only has the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, been unable to orchestrate any meaningful legislation to bring the war in Iraq to an end, but in mid-March she carelessly greased the tracks for a whole new conflict. By excising language from a defense appropriations bill which would have required President Bush to seek the approval of Congress prior to initiating any military attack on Iran, Pelosi terminated any hope of slowing down the Bush administration’s mad rush to war.

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Despite the fact that Congress was only stating through this language a simple reflection of constitutional mandate, Speaker Pelosi and others felt that the inclusion of such verbiage put the security of the state of Israel at risk by eliminating important “policy options” for the president of the United States.  In short, Israeli national security interests trumped the Constitution of the United States.

I consider myself to be a friend of Israel, a status which has been demonstrated repeatedly through words and deeds from January-February 1991, when I was involved in the effort to stop Iraq Scud missiles from striking Israel during the 1991 Gulf War, to the period between October 1994 and June 1998 when I served as the lead liaison between the United Nations weapons inspectors and Israeli intelligence, working to find a final accounting of Iraq’s proscribed weapons of mass destruction.  I know only too well the precarious reality of Israel’s security situation, and am sympathetic to its need to proactively deal with threats before they manifest themselves in a manner which threatens Israel’s ability to survive as a nation-state.

However, as an American who served on active duty in time of war as an officer of Marines, I also remember the oath I took to “uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”  As such, I am troubled by the recent actions of Speaker Pelosi and other members of Congress who have not only abrogated their collective responsibility to uphold and defend the Constitution but have taken actions which, under normal circumstances and involving any other nation, would border on treasonous.  Our collective duty as Americans must center on defending the very document, the Constitution, which defines who we are and what we are as a people and a nation.  To have our elected representatives flagrantly push aside their constitutional responsibilities in the name of the security interests of another nation is unthinkable.  And yet it has just happened, apparently without consequence.

Sadly, the new Democratic Congress has cemented its status as yet another iteration of a system which long ago sold its soul to special interests.  Democrats can cackle about Republican scandals, including the Jack Abramoff affair, which brought down Rep. Tom DeLay among others.  But history will show that the Pelosi-led sellout to Israeli special interests endangered the viability and security of America as a sovereign state governed by the rule of law more than Jack Abramoff ever could.

In this time of constitutional crisis, the American people need to wake up and demand that the basic tenets of the Constitution be adhered to.  Congress is solely empowered by the Constitution to declare war.  Demanding that the president of the United States adhere to this prerequisite is a logical and patriotic stance.  Allowing any non-American interest, even one possessing such highly charged political and emotional sensitivities as Israel, to dictate otherwise represents nothing more than a capitulation of sovereignty.  We the people need to rally around this defense of sovereignty.  We must demand not only that Congress reassert its constitutional responsibilities and authority by demanding the president obey the letter of the law when it comes to war, whether against Iran or any other nation, but also to place in check the anti-American activities of one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington, D.C., the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee. 

For decades AIPAC has operated in the shadows of American foreign policy decision-making, exerting its influence on elected officials away from the public scrutiny of the very constituents who elected those officials to begin with.  It is impossible to hold someone accountable for actions that are kept secret, and as such AIPAC’s ability to secretly influence American foreign and national security policies represents a flagrant insult and threat to the very essence of American democracy.  I am not advocating the dissolution of AIPAC.  However, I am demanding that AIPAC be treated as any other representative of a foreign nation is treated. It should have to register as an agent of a foreign power so that the totality of its interactions with American officials can become a part of the public record.  We require this of all other nations, including our good friends the British. 

To state that AIPAC, and by extension Israel, is above the law in this regard is to acknowledge the reality that American national sovereignty no longer matters when it comes to the state of Israel.  So be it.  But then we are, collectively, no better than those nations I mocked prior to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 as “colonies” of the United States.  So if we are to continue to permit AIPAC to operate as an undeclared agent of a foreign nation, and to influence American foreign and national security policymaking at the expense of our Constitution, then we should acknowledge our true status as nothing more than a colony of Israel, pull down the Stars and Stripes and raise the Star of David over our nation’s capitol.  While representing the final act of submission, it would also be the first truly honest act that occurred in Washington, D.C., in many years.


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By Peter RV, January 24, 2008 at 4:50 pm Link to this comment
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Could this be the same Mikhail, the Jewish oligarch crook who robbed blind the Russians untill he got caught and ended up in a slammer?
  -“Israel is not an enemy but one of the sincere and devoted friends of the USA”-
  Yes , indeed, Israel is sincerely and devoutedly milking us as long as we are fools.
  Israel is a devoted recipient of our billions just as Khodorkowsky was of the Russia before he got caught.

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By umar, January 24, 2008 at 3:39 am Link to this comment
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hi i am umar

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By cann4ing, July 6, 2007 at 9:27 pm Link to this comment

Mikhail, the oath Ritter took was to support and defend the constitution of these United States.  Last I checked, Israel was not one of them.

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By Mikhail Khodorkovsky, July 6, 2007 at 7:54 pm Link to this comment
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You took the oath to “uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
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Israel is not an enemy but one of the sincere and devoted friends of the USA. So, there is no logic in this article as well as a wrong position. Mike

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 27, 2007 at 9:27 pm Link to this comment

#66858 by Ernest Canning on 4/27 at 5:29 pm: “...re comment #65703 by Douglas Chalmers:  “The reputation of Condoleeza Rice?” Sounds like an oxymoron….”

That was part of the quote from The Times.

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By cann4ing, April 27, 2007 at 6:29 pm Link to this comment

re comment #65703 by Douglas Chalmers:  “The reputation of Condoleeza Rice?”  Sounds like an oxymoron.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 22, 2007 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment

“WASHINGTON is braced for a showdown between the Central Intelligence Agency, the White House and the Pentagon when George Tenet, the former CIA chief, publishes his memoirs next week.

Anxious to restore his reputation after failing to prevent the September 11 attacks and overreacting to flimsy evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Tenet is said to spread the blame freely among other senior members of President George W Bush’s administration.

The intelligence chief, who ran the CIA from 1997 to 2004 under Bill Clinton as well as Bush, is under considerable pressure to spill secrets. Tenet received $4m (£2m) for the book, which has a print run of 300,000. But repeated delays to the publication date, now set at April 30, suggest there have been arguments with the vetters about what could be included.

The reputation of Condoleezza Rice, the secretary of state, who was national security adviser at the time of the 9/11 attacks, is certain to take a battering. The two have already clashed over Tenet’s s claim that in July 2001 he gave Rice a full briefing about the threat of a spectacular Al-Qaeda attack on America. She said she could not remember such an explicit warning.

Tenet is also out to settle a few scores with Vice-President Dick Cheney and his office and neoconservative former Pentagon officials such as Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith. They fought long and hard to discredit the CIA’s belief that there was little evidence of a link between Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and Al-Qaeda, and ran their own separate intelligence-gathering operation at the defence department…....”  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article1687268.ece

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By cann4ing, April 19, 2007 at 7:03 pm Link to this comment

What is strange is that Ritter’s critique of Likud and AIPAC, like President Carter’s well-thought out observations in “Palistine: Peace not Apartheid” routinely appear by way of dissenting voices in the Israeli media but will no doubt be denounced as anti-Semitic here in the United States.

Finally, to the delusional, self-righteous moronic bible thumpers who consider waging a “crusade” in the Middle East as some kind of Christian duty, I have a question:  Who, pray tell, would Jesus “the meek shall inherit the earth” Christ have bombed?  You religious freaks are an odd lot.

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By Beau Alford, April 18, 2007 at 10:05 am Link to this comment
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I would like to have some of what this guy is smoking. I have worked with Arabs and Jews, as in instructor. Don’t pass gas in the wind, dude.

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By PatrickHenry, April 17, 2007 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment

One of the better arguements against continuing aid to Israel can be found at http://www.wethepeoplefoundation.org/UPDATE/Update2007-04-15.htm.
Lets let our congresspeople know how we feel about America’s involvement in the neverending war being perpetrated by Israel’s arrogance towards their Paletinian neighbors.

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By Dan Noel, April 17, 2007 at 11:21 am Link to this comment
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What is most ironic in the Israeli lobby’s influence is that it represents much less the Israeli people than the Israeli government. The Knesset is awash with raging debates over Israeli policies, with harsh criticisms being thrown at the government and its agencies. But in Washington, just about all politicians toe the line of the Israeli prime minister, whatever that may be. Washington’s thinking pattern switches from Likud’s to Labor’s so effortlessly…
The Israeli influence on the U.S. government, and on many state governments, is a cancer begging for treatment. But please, please, don’t blame Jews or Israelis in general for it; observe the Knesset and see for yourself: a large number of jewish Israelis deeply disagree with U.S. politicians on matters related to Israel. The real problem is that Washington as a whole is a mouthpiece for the prime minister.
Finally, as others have stated on this page, what cancer ought to be treated first? AIPAC, or the NRA, or military contractors, or the religious right, etc.? Won’t you kindly keep things in perspective? To single out AIPAC carries the risk of ignoring possibly less benign lobbies.
Love,

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By radken, April 16, 2007 at 10:48 pm Link to this comment

Re: Final Act of Submission…  I’m with Mr. Ritter.  If you’re reading this, thank you for this great article. 
  I would only add my recommendation that the author, and everyone else whom the shoe fits, attempt to refrain from constantly referring to America as a democracy.  A seeming small point, but important to note that no where in the U.S. Constitution is found the word “democracy.”  I have come to learn the term, as well as the concept, was studiously avoided by the framers for important reasons far too extensive to include here.  For any interested in quickly educating themselves on this point I would recommend two quick reads available on-line in the not too distant past by Walter E. Williams and/or Pat Buchanan.  There are many others who have made the point also.

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By Mark Hoffman, April 16, 2007 at 9:16 pm Link to this comment

AIPAC is a lobby group.  AIPAC as a lobbying group represents what it percieves to be the interests of Isreal.  Do I always agree with those positions? No.  I believe the action in Lebanon was both tragic and stupid.  Does AIPAC have too much power?  Yes, In a government where representitives are bought and sold all of these lobbying groups have too much power.  This is a bigger problem.  Address it and clean it up!

This is however very different then talking about how Jews are running the country.  (Not to mention the “Hollowcost” or links to Jewwatch.com).  It is a very dangerous thing to attach nefarious plans to a group of people, be they Jewish, Roman Catholic or others.  That is the slippery slope. This is where the “dog begins to hunt”.   

To those of you that have restricted your comments about AIPAC and their influence -this is not directed to you.  I am fine with critisms of Isreal’s policy and any lobbying group.

Now you will have to excuse me, I have to go run the country…...

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By Hugh E. Scott, April 16, 2007 at 8:08 pm Link to this comment
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I had the good fortune of hearing Scott Ritter speak last February in my local community—Oak Park, CA.

He’s a staunch defender of Israel but not the rightwing Likud Party.  However, what stuck most in my mind after Scott’s speech was his debunking of Iran as a potential nuclear threat.

Scott described Iran’s uranium enrichment program as a fiasco, caused by “mass distribution” problems during centrifuge spin-up, resulting in exploding aluminum tubes.

According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, to produce weapons-grade uranium for one atomic bomb, 50,000 centrifuges would have to spin at max speed for an entire year without failure.  Iran can’t even get half of its 3,000 centrifuges to work properly, much less 50,000.

At the same time, Iran announced it would build two light-water reactors with help from Russia.  Not, in my opinion, for obtaining plutonium for atomic bombs like the North Koreans did.  I suspect Iran wants to whipsaw Western countries economically by selling its oil to friendlier governments such as China while subsisting totally on reactor-produced electricity.  Saudi Arabia is threatening the same energy conversion. 

Atomic bombs aside, imagine a nuclear-powered Middle East that dispenses petroleum at its leisure to the highest bidder, which might not be the United States.  What will Bush neocons do then?  Start a regional war with help from Israel?  Seems possible to me.

Hugh E. Scott, editor of http://www.King-George.biz—the only website with hardcopy proof of White House corruption.

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By Concrete man, April 16, 2007 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment
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From the point of view of global imperial interests, the war in Iraq was certainly not on the behest of the oil companies.  I have looked at all the documents, I’ve done interviews with oil companies, I’ve looked at their publications for the five years in the run-up to the war and there is absolutely no evidence.  On the contrary, if you pursue research on the various members of the Zionist power configuration in the United States, which I think is a conceptually more correct way of talking about this, rather than ‘the Lobby’, you will find that people of dubious loyalties, like Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Richard Perle and Elliott Abrams – the felon, that had an agenda of furthering Israel’s interests. - James Petras, author of The Power of Israel in the United States (2006)

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By reprehensor, April 16, 2007 at 1:01 pm Link to this comment

Here is a new Dutch documentary on AIPAC or “The Israel Lobby”;

Video .google (51 minutes) - April 2007

“De Israel Lobby”

http://tinyurl.com/39xcrp

Very educational. (I think Mr. Hilliard goes too far, but the other interviews are very good.)

Another great site on this topic is American Jewish author’s Alfred M. Lilienthal;

http://alfredlilienthal.com

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By vincent405, April 16, 2007 at 10:33 am Link to this comment
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Ritter is right on target. Read Jimmy Carter’s book where he spells out in detail what Israel is really doing. The land for peace and two nation solution makes a lot of sense….BUT Israel will not accept peace.
When Carter’s book came out and all the Jews, including the AIPAC got up in arms, Pelosi made a public statement to the effect that “this was not the US view of Israel.
Until the Israel-Palestinian issue is solved there will be no peace in the Middle East and as long as we let the AIPAC control our national interest there will be no solution.

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By Danny Quintana, April 16, 2007 at 1:31 am Link to this comment
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The Iraq war is the symptom. The larger picture is the extraordinary influence of the defense industry and the energy companies. Israel obviously benefits from any foreign conflict as they will receive more aid given their powerful allies in Washington and on Wall Street. But this benefit to Israel from excessive defense spending is not the main story. What is needed is to look at the larger picture and a new direction for the American economy. If we slowly re-direct defense spending toward space and ocean exploration and at the same time convert our economy from oil to nuclear and natural gas, Israel and the entire Middle East will not take up so much time on the evening news. Middle East oil is only important because it is the current fuel for the world’s economic engines. Middle East conflicts occur in part because of the undue influence on policy of the military-industrial-labor unions-universities-congressional complex, (the defense spending coalition). By giving the aerospace contractors exploration of the inner solar system and the navy contractors exploration and preservation of the wild life in the oceans, we will slowly demilitarize the economy and above all give hope the nation’s greatest asset, our children. Israel is not the “cause” of the Iraq war or our energy dependence on Middle East oil. These are policy choices made by Congress and their corporate allies. Both political parties are beholden to the interests of the defense spending coalition and the energy lobby. Certainly Israel has a very strong presence in Washington. But their ability to influence policy would not be nearly so strong if America was not dependent on oil and defense spending. Of the 435 congressional districts, every one has either a military installation or a defense contractor. Until we give the defense contractors new missions, we will continue to have war as part of the necessary economic planning to prop up consumer spending and this false economy. If Israel did not exist, if September 11th had not happened we would have had to create a reason to increase defense spending. If not Iraq then why not Nigeria or Venezuela? Given the ability of mass media to provide propaganda to support these massive defense budgets in the name of “national security”, if the Middle East did not exist, we would have to find a Noriega or some other two bit dictator to punish with our aircraft carrier battle groups and rapid deployment forces.
While I agree with Scott Ritter Iran is certainly next on the list of countries the Christian Party of God aka “the Republican Party” wishes to attack, the American military has had quite enough. The military is not to blame for the undue influence of the “military industrial complex”. They never order the extra fighter planes or fight to keep bases open that don’t serve the national interest. The American military loves this great country and they will simply not allow the Christian Party of God to start another ill advised war. America will not attack Iran because the American military will not carry out these orders. Our troops are brave and very patriotic. They are not stupid. They will not attack Iran despite the wishes of the defense contractors and others who stand to benefit from more blood. When, not if Bush and the Christian Party of God tries to start yet another conflict since the “end is near”, the American military will say no. This will be a turning point in American Imperialism. This is where it gets interesting and yes very dangerous. An economic down turn will create the seeds for fascism.

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By Esteban, April 15, 2007 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment
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Christians, what Mr. Ritter and many commentators have written may have raised your ire but I want to encourage you to please consider the error of looking for solutions in politics. Your leader/president/prime minister is Jesus Christ and He’s the one who said that His kingdom is not of this world. Why do you keep participating in and supporting this madness of killing other members of His creation? Have you forgotten that our battle is not with people but with the evil spiritual forces that influence them?

So what are we to do with Israelis, Iraqis, Iranians, et al? If you intend to be obedient to Christ’s teachings and not idle, easily-manipulated bystanders, you will sincerely love them and pray for them. There is no gray area in this regard.

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By richard mann, April 15, 2007 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment
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Funny that all roads about Zionism, PNAC, 911, Iraq, Iran all lead back to AIPAC.

America has been bought, sold and delivered. Nancy Pelosi is attempting a rare hat trick. Forget about the gender thing, she is trying to satisfy the base of Democrats with the vote that put her in power in November 06. Yet she had long before been bought by AIPAC, so she is good with stripping timetables and placing impeachment off the table. You can see the physical conflict in Pelosi’s eyes as she attempts to dance to two masters at the same time. It’s not working very well for her.

In truth, Israel loves George Bush and Dick Cheney, because they both seem willing to represent the nexus of Zionism and US Christian zealotry. That is the true power behind the neocons, this improbable wedding of two fascist religious ideologies, and their shared hatred of a brown and impoverished enemy.

And so, Nancy Pelosi dances for two masters, the populist one that ostensibly brought her to power,which we liike to think of as corrective democracy, and the quiet one that paid the tab to get her into higher office. Pelosi is in the pocket of AIPAC. You didn’t really think it had something to do with democracy, did you?

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By richard mann, April 15, 2007 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment
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Funny that all roads about Zionism, PNAC, 911, Iraq, Iran all lead back to AIPAC.

America has been bought, sold and delivered. Nancy Pelosi is attempting a rare hat trick. Forget about the gender thing, she is trying to satisfy the base of Democrats with the vote that put her in power in November 06. Yet she had lonjg before been bought by AIPAC, so she is good with stipping timetables and placing impeachment off the table. You can see the physical conflict in Pelosi’s eyes as she attempts to dance to two masters at the same time. It’s not working very well for her.

In truth, Israel loves George Bush and Dick Cheney, because they both seem willing to represent the nexus of Zionism and US Christian zealotry. That is the true power behind the neocons, this improbable wedding of two fascist religious ideologies, and their shared brown and impoverished enemy.

And so, Nancy Pelosi dances to two masters. The one populist one that ostensibly brought her to power,which we liike to think of as corrective democracy, and the quiet one that paid the bills to get her into higher office. Pelosi is in the pocket of AIPAC. You didn’t really think it had something to do with democracy, did you?

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By PatrickHenry, April 15, 2007 at 3:44 pm Link to this comment

Many excellent posts here, which I pray are read by our congressmen.

Lately a new lobby which has Israel & Republicans in the domain name has been trashing Pelosi for her trip to Syria.  So much for attempting dialogue.  The commercials appeared prime time on Fox.(who else)
Sounds like AIPAC using another of their shell lobbies, giving back our aid dollars employing Fox to shovel shit.

I’m suprised that http://www.GIYUS.org hasn’t joined in this discussion with their Israel first crowd of supporters.

Alot of historical information regarding Zionism and why resentment of jews exists can be found at http://www.jewwatch.com.

I am a proponent to cut aid to Israel and rid ourselves of dual Israeli/American members of government.  Lobbies such as AIPAC must register as a foreign agent as per US law.

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By avatar singh, April 15, 2007 at 3:33 pm Link to this comment
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jewish lobbu=y is effective only as long as it coincides with the efforts of british lobby.
in fact itis britian which dictates american foreing ,military and domestic plocies designed in london.tony blair must be sorted out soon in order to save the world.

very true -in fact so called jewsih lobby” power is a propaganda done by the english race to hide thier nefarious iterference in the american ploicy to uinflunce american domestic and foreing policy for the benefit of england.     

              1999.

how england has used jews for the benfit of english race only and for deliberatily creating disruption in Europe.         

England had threatened israel in 1948 during israeli war of indepdence that england would use atom bomb agaisnt israel unless israel stop ddrowning royal air foarce palnes and pilots who were helping Jordan against israel.
the same england was in upsroar in july 1981 when isrea;l attakced iraq’s nuclear reactor-just check out theier papers of the time
the same ngland was leading charge agasint isreal in june 82 when isreal attacked palestinain terrorists inside lebanon-that was at t time when england was in illegal occupation for malvinas island.
that is short glimpse of how much england and anglosaxon race care about jews and israel.
look at editorails of the times, the newsweek during those crucial perios of june 82 and see how they(the TImes, the gaurdian, BBC, ITV) were suggesting that israel or atleast tel aviv should be bombed.-just chek the british papers and bbc clips from april 82 to august 82.Also check those british bastrds joutrnlism hist in the month of summer 1981 when iraqi nuclear planty was bombed by the isralis and the british were the first-along with iraq -to protest agasint the israeli action.

igners.

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By David, April 15, 2007 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment

Regarding the comments by Jeremy and Mark, I think they highlight the problem. They are both Jews with seemingly moderate political views, and yet they both suggest that this rational, subject-based discussion is anti-semitic. Maybe it’s true that the majority of American Jews are not members of AIPAC and don’t consider themselves Zionists, but Jews as a whole continue to support this environment in which Israel and/or Jewish politics and policy cannot be debated. This BS about “we’ve heard this all before” is really pathetic. Any group that’s as averse to honest debate as the Jews have been is afraid of the truth.

I don’t see anyone alleging that US foreign policy would be peachy if not for the influence of a bunch of evil Jews. The fact is that the US, as a whole, is responsible for much of the war-making of the past century. US culture is predatory, and has been from the start. We’ve built our economic system to require perpetual expansion, and our aim both economically and culturally is to dominate the entire globe, justified by our conviction that we are superior. This happens to make the US a natural ally of the Jews and the British.

The fact is that Jews have a disproportionate share of wealth and power in the US. If the Lakota tribe held 10% of the seats in the House and Senate, and an even higher percentage of top offices in the major banks and media corporations, and same in the State Dept, CIA, and major universities, don’t you think that would draw some intense scrutiny, and raise legitimate questions about how they got that power and what they were doing with it? I think it all comes down to what the result is. If Israel was a world leader in spreading peace, tolerance, and justice around the world, it’s doubtful there would be much criticism. But the reality is the opposite, and American Jews share responsibility for this. Because of the US alliance with Israel, every other American shares some of the responsibility as well.

Maybe some of the writings here over-state the influence of AIPAC, but certainly Mark and Jeremy under-state it by a mile.

Fortunately, there are Jewish groups emerging that are getting involved in a positive way, one being Jewish Voice for Peace (jewishvoiceforpeace.org). To the degree that American Jews cease being Zionism-deniers and Israeli-oppression-deniers, and begin exerting positive influence and supporting truth and justice even when it comes to Jews, then the criticism will largely fall away. The bottom line is that Israel and Zionism deserve far more criticism than has been allowed to be expressed, and one way or another that situation will have to be rectified. Jews have more say in how that happens than any other group.

David

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By Bobby, April 15, 2007 at 2:22 pm Link to this comment
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As always Scott Ritter is correct.

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By louis morelli, April 15, 2007 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment
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Not all Jews are to be blamed for the debacle over there. Some are just as innocent as I am and I am neither for or against Israel. I am however not a fan of Zionists. They like the Mafia (I am Italian of Italian decent) are the problem, we cannot be blamed for the lousy condition precvailing with the likes of those people and who is to blame-well they have called me “grease ball” “Dago” and on and on. So let us brand all people, black, green and orange at foult. No, to strong against any one group is not fair. But zionist’s are no good. For me that is the way it is.

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By Arun, April 15, 2007 at 1:38 pm Link to this comment
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Counterskeptic (#64098)is right, 5th message down from here. Our senators act as how our society is and the people are. Every American is responsible for what is happening in the world due to US. It is citizen’s responsibility to change things, if needed even the political system.
Question is are we courageous and honest enough to put other’s interest first ? Answer is NO.

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By Michael McCarthy, April 15, 2007 at 1:38 pm Link to this comment
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Mr Ritter whines on about the power of AIPAC but it only serves as a distraction from the bigger issue of jews and their crafty control of government, education, media and big money, here and elsewhere. AIPAC is big but it gets bigger and Mr Ritter is afraid to speak on the real problem that is destroying this country and europe. Some Marine. Try http://www.antiwar.com http://www.jewwatch.com http://www.ihr.org http://www.judicial-inc.biz worth spending a week on these sites.

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By Terry, April 15, 2007 at 12:09 pm Link to this comment
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Yes. Thank you, Scott.  Well said.

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By lani, April 15, 2007 at 11:30 am Link to this comment
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Scott Ritter,
You are one of the smartest, and braveist people in public life. As a Jew who lives in Pelosi’s home district I am vastly disappointed with her lack of convincing leadership over the Iraq war. Actually I find it disgusting. You called this one absolutely right once again.Keep it up Scott. It makes me proud to be an American when someone like you can speak the truth to power .

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By johndonald, April 15, 2007 at 10:30 am Link to this comment
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A close read of the rise and fall of the Third Reich teaches that for 10 years prior to the Second World War a small minority of Jewish people in Germany had gained control of the media, the banking industry, much of the commercial business and, yes, some political power with elected persons.  When this distortion was realized by the masses, they elected a radical “people-person” that resulted in a tragic war and the much described “hollowcost”.  When such a small minority of persons in any society gain such disproportionate economic and political power it is not hard to see how the average voter can be led astray.  Well here we are again in the 21st century when American Jews control most of the US media, many of the economic “engines of business”, much of the banking business and, yes, have elected several persons whose goal is to distort the objectives of Israel for their advantage. (Lieberman is the best example, but the unelected Perle, Feith, etc. have played a big roll).  When the average American wakes up and realizes that such a small minority have hijacked their “Christian Country” they could also elect someone who promises to restore power (economic and political) to the people-base.  And if that newly elected person proposes some severe methods of control, another tragic event could take place.  Can American avoid another holocaust?

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By Rabbit, April 15, 2007 at 9:23 am Link to this comment
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I think the main point here is that politicians are being pre-screened by corporate and foreign interests. What voters want rarely comes into the equation.
  If you ain’t got the jack to be a player, get out of the way because that Exxon guy has every enticement for politicians to play along and the ability to punish transgressors.
  Rabbit

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By Morin P, April 15, 2007 at 8:52 am Link to this comment
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I appreciated a lot the article of Mr Ritter and it is good to hear from sensible Americans once in a while. Yet if the security of Israel is of concern, what about the security of the Palestinian people? What about their rights which have been negated for the last half century for the sake of a created thief nation which is Isreal and that with the total support of the US.

Patric

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By Kol Klink, April 15, 2007 at 8:42 am Link to this comment
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To Mr. Hoffman:
Perhaps, Mr. Hoffman, you should find out something about AIPAC and their activities if you are truly concerned about your daughters and the future of all American children, regardless of their religion?
Many Jews in the US and Israel are anti AIPAC and anti Zionist (Christian Zionists included) and are beginning to realize that they will be painted with a wide brush if they dont take a stand against Zionisim.
By your comment of ‘we have heard this all before’, you are playing the holocaust card. That dog wont hunt anymore.
The US government is under the firm control of the Jewish Zionist billionairs that reside in and have made their fortunes in America. The exercise of control is carried out through large donations to both US political parties. AIPAC is just one of many Jewish Zionist organizations that weild power over the US government, there are many more that usually remain below the radar.                              The US government is standing aside while Israel continues to grind Palestinians under their boot heels. There will be no peace in the mid east untill Israel agrees on a fair two state solution. The ultimate aim of Israel’s Zionists is expansion and that includes the fragmentation of Muslim countries and the theft of their oil, land and water. The Zionist neo cons in and out of our government are the instigators of the Project For A New American Century, which is basically a road map for world domination through military or any other means that are deemed necessary. In short, Imperialisim.
I read Ha’aretz and other Jewish publications several times each week and am aware of the opinions of Jews living in Israel. Olmert’s approval rating stands at 3% so I know that he is not representing or carrying out the desires of the population of Israel. I also know that at the time of the invasion of Iraq that the leadership of Israel was all for it. Now that the situation in Iraq has deteriorated the leadership of Israel are faced with the possibility of a decline of US influence in the mid east and are wondering what that portends for Israel’s future. Some in Israel are wishing that Iraq had not been invaded and destabilized. Count me among that group.
If you are truly interested in the futures of your children, and we all are, then its time that you began doing your homework, and forget about the holocaust card. America and other countries have committed many holocausts. They are all history. I suggest that we try, together, to prevent any more from happening after we end the current holocaust in Iraq.

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By Matt, April 15, 2007 at 8:32 am Link to this comment
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Mark Hoffman writes:

“Here we are again…. we have seen this all before.  Things go sour - can it be us?  Can it be who we elected? ... No that can’t be it, its got to be the Jews because we all know they run everything.”

Mark:

(1) Israel is not “the Jews”. This is how Israel gets what it wants. It insists that it is “the Jews”. Then, by definition, anyone who speaks against Israel is anti-Semitic.

(2) We as a body politic must face and deal with what is true. Whether that truth makes you uncomfortable is irrelevant.

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By Doug Tarnopol, April 15, 2007 at 7:47 am Link to this comment

As usual, Ritter makes a good point. As usual, the comments range from knee-jerk accusations of Ritter’s anti-Semitism to the anti-Semitic.

Check out this recent Dutch documentary on the Israel lobby/ies. Well done. I tend to agree with Tony Judt’s take on it (the English-Jewish bearded guy in the piece, if you don’t know him by sight). There are many factors, of which the Israeli lobbies are one, but they are a very important one. Israel is a major power—America is the major power since WWII, but Israel has the fourth largest military, a larger nuclear force than any NATO power but the US, and so on. Certainly a huge regional player, which we use.

The power of the lobbies is unquestioned, and this documentary at no point blames it on “the Jews”—in fact, it specifically points out the disconnect between the elite Jews in the lobbies and American Jews in general. Moreover, it also outlines very clearly the support garnered by right-wing fundamentalist Christians—and might have argued for the role of the military-industrial complex in using Israel as a test site for weaponry, as well as a willing market.

In any event, if Israel were in, say, Australia, I very much doubt we’d be as interested. It’s near the oil, and that matters. Having said that, it would have served America’s purposes to ignore Israel and make nice to the Arabs. That that hasn’t happened is due to many things, one of which is the lobbies.

Anyway, I don’t buy Richard Perle’s notion that everything would be identical without the lobbies. However, I would like to test that theory!

As for what to do, here’s what to do: Here’s what to do: call/write/fax/ e-mail your elected representatives and tell them to stand up against the lobby/-ies—“pro-“Israeli, military-industrial, Christian-right, et al. Writeletters to the editor. Especially if you’re Jewish, as I am, you must speak out.

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By Animadverto, April 15, 2007 at 7:39 am Link to this comment
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Divide and Conquer

This has nothing to do with “Jews”, “Christians” and “Muslims”.  It is more closely associated with “Secret Societies” draped in religious conviction to the public masses.  Is President Bush truly a “Born Again Christian”…Let’s get real! Religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and virtually all other societal divisions are used to subdue the masses by separating them into categories and groups, then to “pit” each against the other(s).  There are extremists in every camp; unfortunately, it is the extremists in such divisions that are the most active in the geopolitical arena that insight the conflicts and arouse the emotions of the ignorant masses.  This has been going on since the beginning of time. Today is no different, with the exception that, no longer does mankind use swords and arrows, but “nukes” and “biologicals”.  This is by design the desire of the “New World Order” and they are of every ethnicity, religion and “interest(s)” that involve the desire for power, control, i.e., subversion the masses. AIPAC is dangerous to the United States, but then so is every other special interest effecting our political process.  It is amazing how easily people will play into this and not see it for what it is.

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By Mark Hoffman, April 15, 2007 at 6:14 am Link to this comment

Here we are again.  In the nature of full disclosure, I am jewish and I don’t know a lot about AIPAC, however I do know we have seen this all before.  Things go sour - can it be us?  Can it be who we elected?  Can it be the fact that Bush is interested in starting another war to divert attention from the mess he is in?  Can it be that the administration started the ware in Iraq because of the obvious benefits it has or could have reaped from the war - huge profits for its corporate friends, access to Iraq oil, the missonary desire to spread our forms of government? 
No that can’t be it, its got to be the Jews because we all know they run everything. 
Again I am not overly familar with AIPAC and perhaps they have too much influence.  This is a complaint I see against many lobbying groups such as the NRA.  I also do not support all of Isreal’s policies. (I do understand that those policies are often driven by fear and concerns about survival.) 
What I do know is that I have 2 daughters.  What I do know is that when we start talking about the govenment being infiltrated by Zionists, about how our troubles are not us but the Jews in or behind the government pulling the strings, I get scared for my daughters because we have heard this all before.

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By Concrete man, April 15, 2007 at 5:18 am Link to this comment
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No Roxanne, European imperialism which led to American imperalism is not all the fault of Jewish peoples. In fact, Fredrick Tobin who is one of the top Holocaust revisionist scholars says, “don’t blame the Jews, blame the gentiles”.
Of course, the problem in the US today is “the Jews” who are in power, but the real problem is the non Jews who are unaware, or unable to deal with the problem, it is a dialectic. See some of Israel Shamir’s books such as Pardes.

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By Ralph McGaughey, April 15, 2007 at 3:27 am Link to this comment
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This is not the worst. America has ceded jurisdiction over itself to Israel. Nearly ten years ago an American who never had been outside America killed an American in Maryland. The killer was Solomon Sheinbein. The victim was Tello. The murderer fled to Israel which claimed jurisdiction because the criminal was a jew. Israel held a trial and gave him a softball sentence. The US government has acceded to this outrage. Both the Clinton and the Bush administrations have done nothe=ing. A Republican and a Democratic Congress have done nothing. A government that allows its jurisdiction over its citizens and territory to be usurped is a colonial possession. The total slavishness of the Washington establishment is a stain upon the Constitution which is defiled by these bootlickers.

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By CounterSkeptic, April 15, 2007 at 12:19 am Link to this comment

The problem with Scott Ritter’s article are two folds

1.  When people are out of POWER, they are always, or just about always democracy loving, decent, humane, just, fair, blah, blah, blah.  Watch to see if a month or two into power, they stay the same. 

Act I. Remember a God-fearing, kind, loving, always praying Christian, the type who made you think if you slapped him on one cheek, he’d turn the other?  America hadn’t seen such a democracy loving man in a long time.

Act II. Then the guy became the president of the US.  Then a nation in a far distant land had a revolution and told our God-fearing, democracy loving president to just let go of them. Then our God-fearing, democracy loving, fair and just president declared what I have is mine and what you have is mine. And if you refuse to give it to me I am going to beat the heck out of you and get it by force.  To make sure everybody understood he meant business, he created from scratch what’s now known as the US Central Command.  The idea was that the US could withhold anything it wanted from others, but if the US wanted anything from others, like commodities such as oil, this Christian, God-fearing, democracy loving, just and fair president could send its military to go get it by force.

Act III. Then this guy is not a powerful president anymore. Then this guys again becomes a peace loving, God-fearing, democracy loving, Christian that suddenly again opposes to the bone anybody wants to go get some body else’s belonging by force.

His name is Jimmy Carter. But it could be Scott Ritter, or Gorge W. (a more humble foreign policy) Bush or …  This is human nature, and this is the modus operandi here as everywhere else. 

Never, ever fall for nice words from people out of power- especially those who had once had power and beat the heck out of the powerless. Like during Scott Ritter’s illegal inspections (who’s laws anyway? Five powerful nations that have divided 220 other nations among themselves?) during which 500,000 to 1,000,000 Iraqi children died for lack of the most rudimentary medicines- while Mr. Ritter in the service of his Empire was looking inside their mothers’ veginas and rectums to find WMD. Where were you Mr. just, fair, democracy loving, humane MR. Scott Ritter, when those children needed you most?

2. Then, the specific:

Yes, Mr. Ritter.  500 individuals have abrogated their oath to uphold the Constitution of the land. True. So have 3,000,000 of the Armed Forces and 750,000 “Law enforcement”, thousands of judges, ambassadors, local, state and federal attorneys,…., have taken the same oath. 

Nuremburg Trials, initiated and run by this country established beyond any doubt that “superior’s order” is no excuse whatever in absolving one of crimes. This is the law in this country also. What happened?
How many flag officers to the lowly corporal refused illegal orders- the great sum of 1!!

Lieutenant Watada?

Why should members of Congress have more balls than the military who not only took the same oath but are supposed to die to defend it.

Sadly, Mr. Ritter, the decay and corruption, careerism and preserving one’s own immediate interest is not limited to these 500 politicians. The decay and corruption has taken root in those parts of society that matter- whether civilian, governmental and above all, the military.

Open your eyes, and don’t try to divert attention from your ilk and limit it to only 500 individuals. 

Peace to all

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By aeskylos, April 15, 2007 at 12:18 am Link to this comment
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Scott lays it bare
Remember though- The Zionists are to the Jews what the Nazis were to the Germans. Not all American Jews go along with AIPAC.

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By Concrete man, April 14, 2007 at 8:12 pm Link to this comment
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Not only is Scott Ritter right on the money with his analysis, but so is James Petras in his authoritative study of USrael: The Power of Israel in the United States; as well as Jeffrey Blankfort’s article, War for Israel; as well as Stephen Sniegoski’s work on Israel, and how the war was not for oil but for Israel; as well as Mearsheimer and Walt; and Jimmy Carter; and have you read Israel Shamir’s amazing books? Oh, and another must read, Grant Smith’s Deadly Dogma, a study of the Zionist Neocons that goes back into Wolfowitz’s days of extending the Cold War for Israel’s benefit… enjoy

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By Stephan, April 14, 2007 at 6:59 pm Link to this comment
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Obviously, the US has been in a retarded state of mind for some time now. It’s not scarry anymore, now it’s just funny.
What interests me is, on 9/11, the 3 buildings that went down, yes, I know that’s impossible from architecturel, mechanical, physical laws. But how did those Cop cars 20 blocks away from the buildings got melted? Was Pentagon testing a new weapon?
I am impressed by the image from the cop car, I’ll never forget it. Half of it was melted, and the other half barely scratched… Whatever weapon Pentagon tested, it’s pretty good.

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By Davy de Verteuil, April 14, 2007 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment
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Davy de Verteuil of Trinidad & Tobago W I.
Americans because of it’s Hollywood conditioning over the years have yet to realize and if uncovered to believe that they have successfully been coup’ed’ by the refugees it took pity of 5 decades ago.
We are still waiting on the violent drama we often employed to overthrow other sovereign states similar to those in South and Latin America Africa and Asia (Indonesia). The US as a simplistically Soft target betrays belief that there isn’t a scriptin Hollywood to be found. The culture of Connivance and grand scheming have seared us into believing that things can only be done with sheer violence salted in betrayal bold face lies and deadly stunts. We have believed in our fibs which have replaced genuine open discourse. Now the Congress has been reduced to nothing but a scriptreviewer.

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By desertdude, April 14, 2007 at 3:54 pm Link to this comment

Scott Ridder may have been right about WMD’s, but when all the Presidents men were calling him names he ran and hid. No more was heard from him. Now he comes out and blames Isreal for the Problems of our foreign policy. Give me a break, everything lands in the 109th Congresses fault along with the President. The buck stops at the white House.

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By Hakkaka, April 14, 2007 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment
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Not only is congress and the administration completely in the Zionist corner “all the time” making no difference -in relation to israel and the middle east- which party wins the elections, but also the media in almost most of it forms. The newspapaers have been gatekepers, allowing only news sympathetic to israel or Zioism in general( witness its deplorable reaction to president’s Carter valiant attempt to expose the truth on Israel’s subversions of peace attempts and apartheid policies as one only recent example). Most commentators and news reporters on major media ( TV, cable, NPR) on the Middle East are either Jews/Zionists or profoundly pro-Israelis. Guests on these programs are also the same. Radio talk-show-hosts - disproportionally are Zionists ( and neocons) or very pro-zionists. University departments ( at the major universities) dealing with Middle East, Journalism, political departments are also packed with Zionists. Professors with non-zionist sympathies are either scared away (ganged up on) , or never considered for hiring. The examples are numerous. Yes, the more Americans realize that the Israelization of America is bad for the US both domestically and in foreign affairs,the better. ( This is the biggest fear the pro-zionists have and vehemently combat at all costs: the truth Only then the tide will be reversed. The issue has finally been exposed and has started to become a legitimate story. It is up to us -all of us- to make the difference.

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By guntotin ganglion, April 14, 2007 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment
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I wonder how many people know that Israel perpetrated an act of war against the United States on June 8, 1967? One day before the Israeli’s attacked Syria, during the Six Day War, Israel without warning attacked the U.S.S. Liberty, in international waters off the coast of Gaza, and killed 37 crewmen and wounded 173 out of a crew of 297. The attack was sustained far longer than it would have taken to positively identify the Liberty as a US intelligence gathering ship. It is not credible that Israel didn’t know. One curious fact that underlines the incredible nature of the denials is that no less than 8 reconnaissance flights by Israeli aircraft preceded the attack. Clearly, they knew what and whom, they were attacking. And they would have known that this was an act of war.

The only question that remains to this day is, why did they do it? It would appear that the Liberty was in position to gather some intel, perhaps regarding the upcoming attack on Syria, that the Israeli’s didn’t want exposed to the US intelligence community. It can be assumed that it was something of such sensitivity that number one, they were willing to destroy a US intelligence ship and kill everyone on-board, which they clearly tried to do, to keep that secret, or if they failed in the attempt to destroy the ship and crew, be exposed for having perpetrated an act of war on the US. Clearly the 2nd possibility was what happened, and then Israel went into ass-covering mode, and called in all their markers with the US to whitewash the incident. Whatever the reason, it has been covered up to this very day.

To elaborate briefly on the intensity of the attack, crewmen afterward were given the task of counting all the holes in the ship that were larger than a man’s fist, and they counted 861 such holes. As to .50 caliber holes, those were assessed to be in the thousands. When crewman attempted to abandon ship, Israeli torpedo boats fired on them, forcing them back onto the ship, which was on fire. When firefighting crews tried to fight the fires, the torpedo boats fired upon them, forcing them below decks, to escape the murderous assault. The torpedo boats during the attack were reported to have approached to within 50 feet of the ship, so the claims that they didn’t know it was a US ship are lies.

At about the same time as the torpedo boat attacks stopped, as a result of an open transmission from the US Sixth Fleet for it’s fighters to engage and destroy the attackers, Israeli attack helicopters arrived over the ship. Survivors reported that the helicopters were packed with men in combat battle dress. Clearly, they were on station to finish the job, kill everyone on-board and sink the ship. The ship was defenseless, the crew unable to put up any defense whatsoever, and Israeli combat troops were moving to board them…do the math. The only thing that stopped them was that the US Sixth Fleet sent rules of engagement in the clear, and they knew they would be destroyed…and thus the attacks finally stopped, and the Israeli’s started with their campaign to cover their crimes.

For further details on this cowardly, vicious attack on a US ship in international waters see http://www.ussliberty.org/report/report.htm

The simple fact is, they committed an act of war against the United States, and got away with it. They murdered 37 US sailors. They’ve never been made to explain why they attacked, other than the spurious claims that it was mistaken identity. That is simply not credible. This is just one more facet of the madness that is the insidious and incestuous nature of the relationship between the US and Israel.

The surviving members of the crew are continuing to try to get the Congress to investigate this heinous act of war that cost so many lives, but so far, the Congress is showing no interest. Could AIPAC be the reason? Seems likely.

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By Verne Arnold, April 14, 2007 at 2:42 pm Link to this comment
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Alas, once again Scott is right on.

The question is…what are we going to do about it?

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By Matt, April 14, 2007 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment
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AIPAC is in the business of subversion. Its sole purpose is to make the US obeisant to Israel and Zionist intention. As the spear point for Jewish supremacist ambition in Washington, we are all too familiar that AIPAC accomplishes this through a combination of espionage, and an artful use of its financial capabilities to compromise members of congress to do its will. AIPAC’s singular access to press and media channels assure that its corruption of its “leaders” and American principals never see the light of day. Everyone of any importance in Washington knows that their careers hang on appeasing Israel, AIPAC and Jewish Lobby. This a simple and very ugly truth. Yet Ritter, who boast first rate intelligence credentials, sees no fundamental threat in AIPAC’s activity.

Who’s he kidding?

Israel represents a fundamental threat to US interest. It is high time we recognize its danger to our continued existence and to world peace.

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By Phillip Crist, April 14, 2007 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment
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Truth to Power again Scott. Or if one can’t get much power, then Truth to Diggs. Addendum: Apparently there is someting about truth that people with power don’t dig!

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By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, April 14, 2007 at 11:53 am Link to this comment
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So, the USA was a pure, moral, law abiding republic before the evil Israelis took over?  Tell that to the Indians, the Mexicans, enslaved and afterwards segregated blacks, tell it to the Nicaraguans, the Haitians, the Cubans, Filipinos, Puerto Ricans, all of whom were apparently constitutionally raped, killed, regime changed, exploited, land stolen, indeed the whole continent, before Zionism was even an idea, much less embodied in a tin horn state.

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By Lee, April 14, 2007 at 11:52 am Link to this comment
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#63822 by blueyes

Thanks for reminding us all about the BS kiddy porn charge used to discredit Scott Ritter. Perverting the “law” and the legal system to bolster the agenda of the evildoer neocons goes well beyond depravity. No wonder they keep feeding us such crap, we keep buying it over and over again.

The War Party gets ugly:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0301/S00096.htm

One massive lie most people still seem to swallow is the notion that “the Jews” are somehow a separate and distinct race of people. To believe “The Jewish People” have somehow managed to maintain genetic purity throughout the millennia requires the suspension of science and reason and the embracing of utter superstition. Judaism is a religion. There is no such thing as a genetic Jew on the planet. But what the hell-look at all the people who believe in stuff like the Immaculate Conception. The 21st century and the bulk of human thinking is still stuck in the dark ages. Dog help us.

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By Jeremy, April 14, 2007 at 11:18 am Link to this comment
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Ritter claims he is a “friend of Israel” while in the same breath accusing the Israelis of subverting the US government and controlling its foreign policy. But since Ritter obviously doesn’t have the guts, I am going to clarify his message for you. The US government, and by extension, the world, is secretly run by a cabal of Jews who control all government decisions and all the wolrd’s money.

Sound familiar? Let’s be honest with ourselves, people. I know the Jews are history’s favorite scapegoat, but blaming them for the mess that our government created in Iraq?

I consider myself a patriotic American. I believe in free speech, and for me, that includes hate speech, however masked it may be, and that is what can be found in the comments below. To compare the situation in Israel and the West Bak and Gaza to what the Germans did to European Jewry during WWII is not only naive and deluded, it is merely thinly veiled hate speech. These days, Israel bashing, and more recently AIPAC bashing, has become the socially accepted way to publish anti-semetic views.

To all those commenting who agree with Ritter’s publication, I would encourage you to do your homework on the subject.

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By Dave Libori, April 14, 2007 at 10:54 am Link to this comment
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While Scott correctly identifies AIPAC as the leading influencer of our political class, they are just the organizational manifestation. Even more influental are the various media sources that control and shape public opinion. No politician will dare to go against these powers, unless he is willing to commit political and economic suicide.
The question needs to be asked, what is the motivation of the American owners and managers of these media conglomerates and other financiers of a “Israel first” policy to do everything for Israel, icluding pushing it’s military prowess to a point, where even the US would not dare attack it?
It is not only emotional attachment without material advantages, it is also a reassurance for them to have in time of need a safe haven to go to. Just ask the various “oligarch” looters of Russia, how handy such a safe haven can be.
It gives those who have that access the opportunity to flout the rules of the country they reside in, allowing them to stretch the rules of the marketplace to their advantage beyond their limits and can take risks without fear of punishment. After all, they “answer to a higher authority”.
Nice advantage if you can get it.

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By Peter RV, April 14, 2007 at 10:49 am Link to this comment
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Right on the money Scott. If we continue this way we might as well disolve our useless Congress and replace it by AIPAC, which is ,anyhow ,making decisions in our foreign policy. What a garbage of Nation are we when we have no say in what we are doing to the rest of the World?
Aren’t there enough of non-Jews in America to stop this suicidal nonsense?

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By Hal, April 14, 2007 at 10:35 am Link to this comment
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Norman Finkelstein is up for tenure at DePaul University, not Purdue.

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By Friedrich Paul Berg, April 14, 2007 at 9:44 am Link to this comment
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I congratulate Scott Ritter for his courage and good judgement for opposing the Iraq war and for exposing the scoundrels.

I want to add my thought which is that justice, international law, and morality matter mean absolutely nothing if you are on the other side—but, have the votes.  That is the problem that “democracies” will always have.  Pro-Israel extremists, which includes far more than AIPAC, understand that perfectly.  The ultimate power rests not with the wisest people who understand the issues in great depth—but with those who successfully persuade a majority of people with only a superficial grasp of the issues.  The holocaust is consistently used to totally skew all discussions of the abuse of Palestinians.

Friedrich Paul Berg

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By Benjamin, April 14, 2007 at 8:46 am Link to this comment
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What bothered me most is that it was so little reported in the mainstream press, or even on the ‘liberal’ blogs.  Truly, Israel is a sacred cow, which isn’t good for them or for us.  People have naive ideas about the intrinsic goodness of Democracy, but the simple fact is that it can be choked to death by corruption.

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By R. Ferguson, April 14, 2007 at 8:34 am Link to this comment
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Scott Ritter is correct,but as some have said the problem is much more complex than putting AIPAC out of business. Lets forget the us against them mentality. It is all about MONEY. The Crime Bosses are jockeying for the big prizes. The Dollar,control of oil, MIC, Federal Govt., and any other big monopolies. They are all partners in Crime,now so blatantly open thieves,a person can be shock and awe. Is this the big picture???

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 14, 2007 at 8:12 am Link to this comment

It is not really so much about Iran - it is more that Israel fears what Britain and the USA are planning with Saudi Arabia - and especially since 2005 when the U.S. defense establishment placed severe sanctions on Israel, which included restrictions on defense-related sales, joint projects and exchanges of information on advanced weapons systems over Israeli’s sale of defense equipment to China.

Israel desperately wants to divert attention to another theater of potential conflict and have a last chance as being seen as an ally of the USA. The consequences, otherwise, are that the Saudi regime will rise to power with the patronage of the US and the supply of modern military equipment will thereafter go to them instead of to Israel. That would be the end for the Zionist state and their likely eventual overthrow by the Arab nations.

Even if Iran is attacked, either by the USA or by Israel, it would then be eventually subject to occupation by a US-trained Iraqi military which would also signal an end to Zionist hegemony in the region. That is to say, there is little or no future for the Jews on the face of the Earth. Sadly, this is their own history repeating as they once tried to manipulate Rome 2,000 years ago - and more recently have done to their Palestinian Christian and Moslem brothers and sisters the same as was done to them by the Germans, etc etc.

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By Greg Bacon, April 14, 2007 at 7:53 am Link to this comment

TO: STONE 777

How many lies from the Bush/Cheney gang can you swallow and still blame the hell in Iraq on liberals/lefties?

Have you no sense of shame? Or does it help you sleep at night to blame Bush’s illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq on liberals?

Record of Iraq War Lies to Air April 25 on PBS
  By David Swanson
  t r u t h o u t | Guest Columnist

  Thursday 12 April 2007

  Bill Moyers has put together an amazing 90-minute video documenting the lies that the Bush administration told to sell the Iraq war to the American public, with a special focus on how the media led the charge. I’ve watched an advance copy and read a transcript, and the most important thing I can say about it is: Watch PBS from 9:00 to 10:30 PM on Wednesday, April 25. Spending that 90 minutes will actually save you time because you’ll never watch television news again - not even on PBS, which comes in for its own share of criticism.

  While a great many pundits, not to mention presidents, look remarkably stupid or dishonest in the four-year-old clips included in “Buying the War,” it’s hard to take any spiteful pleasure in holding them to account, and not just because the killing and dying they facilitated is ongoing, but also because of what this video reveals about the mindset of members of the DC media. Moyers interviews media personalities, including Dan Rather, who clearly both understand what the media did wrong and are unable to really see it as having been wrong or avoidable.

  But what comes out of watching this show is a powerful realization that no investigation is needed by Congress, just as no hidden information was needed for the media to get the story right in the first place. The claims that the White House made were not honest mistakes. But neither were they deceptions. They were transparent and laughably absurd falsehoods. And they were high crimes and misdemeanors.

  The program opens with video of President Bush saying “Iraq is part of a war on terror. It’s a country that trains terrorists. It’s a country that can arm terrorists. Saddam Hussein and his weapons are a direct threat to this country.”

  Was that believable or did the media play along? The next shot is of a press conference at which Bush announces that he has a scripttelling him which reporters to call on and in what order. Yet the reporters play along, raising their hands after each comment, pretending that they might be called on despite the script.

  Video shows Richard Perle claiming that Saddam Hussein worked with al Qaeda and that Iraqis would greet American occupiers as liberators. Here are the Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, William Safire from The New York Times, Charles Krauthammer and Jim Hoagland from The Washington Post, all demanding an overthrow of Iraq’s government. George Will is seen saying that Hussein “has anthrax, he loves biological weapons, he has terrorist training camps, including 747s to practice on.”

  Knight Ridder Bureau Chief John Walcott didn’t buy it either. He assigned Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay to do the reporting and they found the Bush claims to be quite apparently false. For example, when the Iraqi National Congress (INC) fed The New York Times’s Judith Miller a story through an Iraqi defector claiming that Hussein had chemical and biological weapons labs under his house, Landay noticed that the source was a Kurd, making it very unlikely he would have learned such secrets. But Landay also noticed that it was absurd to imagine someone putting a biological weapons lab under his house.

  Landay comments: “Or jumping into pits of fouled water and having to kill a dog with your bare teeth. I mean, this was coming from people who are appearing in all of these stories, and sometimes their rank would change.”


http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/041207D.shtml

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By bill goldman, April 14, 2007 at 7:29 am Link to this comment
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Scott Ritter was the first clear voice on the lies about WMDs in Iraq.  After four years the American public now believes what he said.
His present stance on AIPAC and Israel is also correct but he should recognize that there are a minority of voices in Congress who adopt his and Jimmy Carter’s criticism on this issue.  The Mears book is another case in point.
Submission to the Israel right wing mentality is akin to sulbmission to the US right wing mentality.  The thrust of both are empire.  Whenever the opportunity arises both seize it to expand their imperialist ambitions.  US history is replete with examples from annihilation of Native Americans (Manifest Destiny) to excursions into the Caribbean and elsewhere.  Likewise with Israel’s moves against Lebanon and the West Bank.
Ritter is too idealistic about US aims.  He needs to tinge his patriotism with some realism.  I would suggest he read Gore Vidal’s five volume chronicle on US history for a bettere historical perspective.

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By Crinson Ghost, April 14, 2007 at 7:23 am Link to this comment
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Thank you Scott Ritter for that excellent expose of AIPAC’s enormous power and sinister role in trying to touch off a US-Iran war!

Is this sentiment shared widely within the ranks of the US military as I suspect?

AIPAC and the israel lobby are not immune from the old saw that IF YOU GIVE THEM ENOUGH ROPE THEY WILL HANG THEMSELVES.

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By Jaded Prole, April 14, 2007 at 5:12 am Link to this comment
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I agree with Mr. Ritter that AIPAC should register as te agent of a foreign government (Joe Leiberman too for that matter), but I do not think the tail is wagging the dog. Israel is our colony and couldn’t exist for long without our financial underwriting and support. They do much of our dirtywork and take much blame as our scapegoat but much of what they do is done at the behest of our national security state. They do get some leeway (along with a wink and a nod from Washington) to expand settlements and massacre Palestinians but most of the big decisions including the recent aggression against Lebanon are made by our own government. It is ultimately we as a nation who oppress Palestinians. It is ultimately we who hold the puppet strings on our Zionist marrionette. That’s why along with our support of the Ibn Saud mafia we were attacked on September 11.

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By Nick Brajkovich, April 14, 2007 at 3:17 am Link to this comment
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You are a very brave man Mr Ritter and I congratulate you on setting out in your article what many, many people around the world believe but are too afraid to say.

The everlooming threat, like the sword of Damacles,  of being labelled an anti-semite hangs over everybodys heads and therefore silences any serious debate regarding the parasitic influence of AIPAC on the US hence the world.

I acknowledge your bravery and would that more people in positions such as yours show similare fortitude, the world would be a better place.

Nick B
Cheshire
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By Appreciative, April 14, 2007 at 12:56 am Link to this comment
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This is a very courageous and patriot article indeed. Amazing that in other lands people risk their lives to overthrow occupation yet many of us fear to speak out for the liberation of America against AIPAC domination.

The tide is turning however. Everyone should pass on this article to everyone we know and writeour representatives in Congress to stand up to the AIPAC lobby.

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By Robert, April 14, 2007 at 12:50 am Link to this comment
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Scott Ritter “Dares To Speak Out” and tells the TRUTH about AIPAC and its intimidation tactics on elected U.S. Representatives.

AIPAC & its money has the majority of our US Senators & Congressmen/Congresswomen in a strangle hold. “No One Dares To Speak Out” or criticize Israel & its Apartheid policies.

Anyone read former US Congressman, Paul Findley’s book ‘They Dare To Speak Out’? He was targeted by AIPAC & lost his re-election bid in Illinois. He was in the US Congress for 22 years.

Check out Pro-Israel PAC Contributions to 2006 Congressional Candidates.

Check out and see AIPAC’s many controlling methods of our representatives & elected officials. The list goes by state, representative name, district, party, 2005-2006 contributions, career totals…etc…

Here is the link:

http://www.wrmea.com/archives/May-June_2006/0605031.html

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By lou morelli, April 14, 2007 at 12:35 am Link to this comment
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Ritter is on the money. This is the USI and what is better than to have American Soldiers killed rather than Iarale soldiers. God save the civilian jews and Arabs.

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By David, April 14, 2007 at 12:10 am Link to this comment

It’s nice to see some public discussion of the subversive influence of AIPAC. But the problem goes a lot deeper than AIPAC. Ritter pretends that the Zionist influence is through lobbying, and that increased regulation and oversight will fix the problem. While true that AIPAC employs thousands of lobbyists, even greater numbers of Zionists work from within the US government…. no lobbying necessary. We’re really in a jam…

The Zionist infiltration of our government is largely due to the failure of the US to take a justice-based stand in our relations with Israel. Were the US to use it’s might to force Israel to comply with the World Court decision (i think 2001?) and end the oppression of illegally-occupied territories, and begin treating the Palestinians as if they had the same right to a country as the Jews, then the Zionists would no longer have the strong incentive to meddle in US government, since the opportunity to manipulate the outcome more in the favor of Zionists would be gone. The US is paying a high price for selling-out on justice, human rights, and rule-of-law, and if you believe in karma, much worse is coming our way.

I recently attended a talk at Bryn Mawr College by Prof. Norman Finkelstein (Perdue University), on the Israel/Palestine conflict. Well worth catching this talk if he’s in your area.
He makes the most truthful and rational case for resolution of the conflict that you’ll likely ever hear. Although he’s the son of a Holocost survivor, he’s hated by the Zionist establishment, and is being denied tenure at Purdue….; the fifth or sixth college that’s run him out for his truthful stand.

If the majority of Jews in the US are moral, rational people as we are constantly told, where are they on these issues? How far does it go before we put the brakes on?

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By sk, April 13, 2007 at 11:50 pm Link to this comment
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I absolutely support Scott Ritter’s views. American politicans are obedient dogs of Israeli interests and have been wasting American lives, blood and resources for the benefit of Israel. We should start a petition Online that not only AIPAC should register as a foreign agent but it should be banned form operating in the US and in the US political system, financially or otherwise. In addition, any American who brags and supports Israel should be packed with AIPAC and permanently sent to Israel. All U.S. nationals who served in the Israel military should be locked in Guantanamo.

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By JenSonee, April 13, 2007 at 10:44 pm Link to this comment
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aipac and the group of cubans in florida that control the usOa’s policy towards cuba, same type of human, nazis.  funny jews becoming nazis.  but then sharon belonged to a jewish group in germany that tried to join the nazis party, as a front for the nazis party.  doesn’t matter what country those people are allways there.

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By Pat Kofahl, April 13, 2007 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment
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Scott Ritter is one of the few American patriots willing stand up and point to the elephant int the room: our foreign policy is being manipulated by Israel. Small wonder we are hated throughout the Middle East, and lots of other places in the world! As citizens, we have a duty and responsibility to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have abrogated our responsibility and allowed special interests (both foreign and domestic) to hijack our country and head us in a direction that will ultimate turn our Constitution into “nothing but a God damned piece of paper”. If you value the freedom that patriots like Scott Ritter have fought and died for from Yorktown to Fallujah, its time to stand up and act.

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By David, April 13, 2007 at 8:27 pm Link to this comment
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When the US attacks Iran it will be an American decision and the responsibility for it can not be placed in the hands of another. 

This president has made it his messianic mission to follow the path of Napolean so let him.  No Imperator has ever listened to the common people. Not Ceaser, not Augustus, not Xerxes.  Why should our emperor listen to us, God made him president.  This means that Bush has the divine right to do as he wishes and that a simple man like me has no power or influence to dictate anything else.

We common men and women are powerless to influence these events and that things are now beyond the control of the American people. Our Congress has taken on the role of the Senate during Rome’s imperial period.  When it just rubber stamped whatever the emperor wanted.  If you don’t beleive me look at the Iraq funding bill.  Bush will get his money.  And these scandels are “distractions” Bush’s power is still pretty much intact. 

And many will state that Bush’s approval ratings are low, and my response is that since when did an emperor care for approval ratings.

Thanks

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By Kol Klink, April 13, 2007 at 7:48 pm Link to this comment
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To Stone 777 :                        Bushco’s ill fated invasion of Iraq is the biggest strategic blunder in US history, according to ret. gen Odom, Zbig, Madeline Albright, ad infinum.
You seem to be casting around for scapegoats before the Iraq fiasco is over. You seem to be singleing out ‘liberals’ for ‘castigating’ Bushco. You seem to border on personal attacks of other posters on this site because you present no facts, just your ‘feelings.’ Unfortunately, ‘feelings’ are a poor substitute for a rational foreign policy. If you have some facts to present I would certainly like to read them.
You talk about ‘scorched earth politics’ like the incoming democratic house and senate suddenly invented them. For the last 6 years the republicans would not even talk to the democratic side of the aisle! Bush stated recently that he wanted to cooperate with the democrats. The democrats leave town on Easter break and Bush makes 4 more recess appointments, and from the bottom of the barrel! That is Bushco’s idea of cooperation? Bush is the worst president in American history and that will be his legacy. The game going on now in DC is all about who is going to take the blame for the loss of the war in Iraq, not about winning or losing, the possibility of winning was setteled at Abu Ghraib. The possibility of winning was setteled when Rumsfeld fired Gen Shensiki for telling the truth about the number of troops needed to subdue the population of Iraq. The possibility of winning was over when Bush surrounded himself with cronies instead of intelligent and compentent individuals.
Lets talk facts. One fact is that Democracy and Imperialisim cannot coexist for long. Another fact is that when Bushco signed on with the neocon cabal to the Project For A New American Century, they were signing onto an imperialist policy. Another fact is that Bushco is systematically destroying our Constitution and Bill of Rights by use of the Patriot Act, suspension of Habeus Corpus, disregard of the Geneva Conventions, authorizing torture and indefinate jail sentences for anyone accused of ‘terrorisim’ and a host of other un Democratic actions.
No real American Patriot will sit by and say nothing or do nothing while their Democracy and liberties are taken away from them by a bunch of incompentent fools.
This discussion is not about democrats, republicans, independents, Clinton, Obama, Guiliani, leftists, rightists, et al. It is about the future of America and what we can do at this point to make sure that America has a future and that it is a Democratic future.
If anyone out there in our great country believes that all they have to do is say ‘my country right or wrong’ and sit on their backsides admiring the bread and circus that is presented daily on 999 tv channels then they are a fool. Our founding fathers were well aware of how difficult a Democracy would be to maintain and realized that it would take ‘an informed and vigilant citizenship’ to pull it off. As Ben Franklin put it so aptly, ‘any people that are willing to trade their freedom for a little security deserves neither.’
I eagerly await your fact filled response.

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By Hugh E. Scott, April 13, 2007 at 7:35 pm Link to this comment
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To Stone 777.

You have my vote for the “Master of Contradiction” award.

First you commented about Iraq, “History will judge Bush’s actions as correct and noble,” which almost made me toss my cookies.

Later you wrote, “I, like many Americans, am ready to vote for a third party.”

That’s like saying “Jesus is Lord but I don’t want to be a Christian.”


Hugh E. Scott, editor of http://www.King-George.biz—the only website with hardcopy proof of White House corruption.


P.S.  I had the good fortune in February of hearing Scott Ritter speak.  A true patriot.

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By DaShamu, April 13, 2007 at 5:53 pm Link to this comment
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If the military solution is continuing to worsen the situation in Iraq, maybe it is time to reinforce a humanitarian aid to bring peace to the world.
Instead spending $522 billion on U.S. military budget and wasting our precious lives by sending more troops, we can use the money to save so many lives by providing food, water access and sanitation.
According to The Borgen Project, it only costs $19 billion to eliminate global starvation and nutrition.
How long does is take for Bush and his to realize their “Plan B” is not working? I hope our next political leader will make a commitment to the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals to stop the global poverty.

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By yehuda cohn, April 13, 2007 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment
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Another stellar column.  Thank you Mr. Ritter.  Keep up your good work.  God knows we need it more than ever.

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An interesting story to follow is the ongoing trial of former top AIPAC execs Rosen and Wessman on espionage charges.

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By YIKES, April 13, 2007 at 3:44 pm Link to this comment

Thank you again, Scott, for bringing this to our attention.  I was unaware of the failure of congress to overcome AIPAC’s control.  Time to writesome more letters.

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By writeon, April 13, 2007 at 2:03 pm Link to this comment
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It’s tempting, but I personally don’t think it’s correct to blame the Jews or Israel for American foreign policy disasters. The american ruling-class is perfectly “capable” of screwing-up without Israel’s help. Though I can see that it might act as a comfort to blame the Jews for the trainwreck that’s occured. But I believe it’s a fundamental mistake and an attempt to shift responsibility and wipe the shit off on the Jews, to put it bluntly.

One could argue that “Israel” has been as much of an american project as a Jewish project for over half a century. There are those that argue persuasively that Israel “controls” US foreign policy. The tail is wagging the dog theory. I don’t buy it. Perhaps the dog likes having such an effective tail for swatting flies, and is pleased that people are always looking at the tail and not the dog?

American foreign policy is American foreign policy and fundamentally it’s the responsibility of the Americans, not Israel. If the US really wanted to change its foreign policy, it could and it would. It’s a shame that some in the US are casting around for an excuse for the disaster that is Iraq and have chosen Israel as the fall guy. This is natural, but, not necessarily accurate. Whilst Israel has a lot of influence, probably too much influence, it really is, at a basic level an American show.

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By Stone777, April 13, 2007 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment

The only people willing to call the war in Iraq “President Bush’s ill-fated invasion of Iraq” are those who want it to be his “Swan Song”.  It pains me that the left will do anything, even try to erase the past, to vanquish Bush.  Their hatred has blinded them and allowed them to compromise the very principles they espouse.  Somehow humanitarian military action is only valid when done by a Democratic administration.  The left looks at the trillions spent in Iraq an actually believes it was all for the benefit of Halliburton.  The left will turn a blind eye to the schools, hospitals, roads, utilities, phones, and water purification systems that are there now that Hussein is gone.  The western/democratic ideas being established in the heart of a region fraught with abominable human rights atrocities will manifest in benefits to future generations of Americans. History will judge Bush’s actions as correct and noble.  This will be cut short if the current feeding frenzy by the left is successful.  If we as a country really want to move forward (MoveOn) then the current everyday policy of scorched earth politics has to stop.  We as a civil culture have somehow lost our capacity to believe that our ideas will prevail if we all can be informed and respect and validate our political adversary.  This is truly operating from a position of strength. The party of compassion has become the party of viciousness.  I, like many Americans, am ready to vote for a third party.  The left has proven they only have socialist ideas shrouded in sheep’s clothing.  “Caesar will not feed the poor”.  Barak Obama is not the solution. 
Where are the pro-free enterprise democrats like John F Kennedy of today?  Where are the rational compassionate communicators that although left leaning, are still willing to embrace the right.  Those on the right are still Americans and still need fairness from the left.  When the phrase “President Bush’s ill-fated invasion of Iraq” is used to start an article, it is proof that the left has alienated such a large portion of the country that they render themselves invalid.  The left is failing itself more than it’s failing the country.

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By Kol Klink, April 13, 2007 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment
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A big thanks to Scott Ritter for posting anything regarding AIPAC, much less posting anything critical.
Both parties are at the beck and call of AIPAC and that is easy enough to prove by a little searching on the internet. I have plucked a few comments from The Nation issue of 11/20/06, entitled ‘Dems Rebut Carter on Israeli ‘Apartheid’’ and have linked to the entire article.
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20061204/brown
‘Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, among others, forcefully criticized the book.’ (President Jimmy Carter’s book about Israel and apartheid) “It is wrong,” she declared, “to suggest that the Jewish people would support a government in Israel or anywhere else that institutionalizes ethnically based oppression, and Democrats reject that allegation vigorously.” Well, imho, Olmert with a 3% approval rating, is not exactly supported by the people of Israel.
‘Lieberman, however, embodies the pursuit of “ethnically based oppression.” He has called for the execution of Arab Knesset members for meeting with Hamas leaders, and he regularly talks of removing from Israel many Arab Israelis in what can euphemistically be termed a land swap or “transfer”, but in more plain-spoken English is a form of ethnic cleansing.’
The national director of the ADL (Anti-Defamation League), Abraham Foxman now says of Leiberman, “He has served Israel well in the past, and I have no doubt he will do so again.” I wonder if he is serving his constituents in Connecticut as well?
This Nation Article is a great read and I hope all will give it a gander.
Moving right along, The London Review of Books has a review of the paper published by Harvard Professor Stephen M. Walt and the University of Chicago’s John J. Mearsheimer. I have linked to it below and have written a couple of sentences summing up the paper.
http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/mear01_.html
They point out that US policy in the mid east is due to domestic US politics, and especially due to the activities of the ‘Israel Lobby.’ The professors also point out that no lobby has managed to divert US foreign policy as far from what the American national interest would otherwise suggest. In other words, they have a ring through our politicians noses and are leading them around like the dumb animals that they are.
Last, I wanted to mention the case of Larry Franklin who was recently convicted for passing information about US policy to towards Iran to AIPAC while he was working for the Department of Defence. Two AIPAC employees are also facing charges that the were passing the documents from Franklin to an Israeli diplomat. Franklin has already been found guilty and is serving a sentence of almost 13 years. Interestingly, Franklin worked in the Office of Special Plans that was set up by Donald Rumsfeld. The OSP were the group that found evidence of large stockpiles of WMD in Iraq prior to the invasion. You know, the WMD that were not there.
The link is Wikipedia Larry Franklin.

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By Quy Tran, April 13, 2007 at 1:13 pm Link to this comment
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We did have Vietnamization war in 1970s. Now under Bush/Cheney we have Israelization the United States!

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 13, 2007 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

To TAO Walker - I have also commented in some other threads of a similar nature on TruthDig which might answer your last query - I still haven’t figured out how you can search for posts outside of the member’s own ‘control panel’, though . Thanks for your kind words.

To quote felicity (4/13 - 10:51 am)- “...the only answer to AIPAC’s strength is to work with the people who are most involved in the issues: Jews…”. The state of Israel has no answers but to bomb Iran itself out of fear for its own untenable position. Only the USA or China could stop this - but especially the US.

The main danger now is that the Bush administration might allow that to happen intentionally so that they can then more easily continue to manipulate events in the region as well as keeping pressure on China. It would effectively be a coup against Pelosi and the Democrats if they succeed.

As many Jews, even in the USA,  are against a Zionist state, they do have a significant opportunity to help turn things around and to finally seek a lasting peace. The alternative is that the Iraqi armed forces would eventually surge into Iran when the Americans leave ....and you can guess what would happen then!

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By Genrikh Yagoda, April 13, 2007 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment
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Israel was created by USi by bribing war torn nations after WWII. A foothold in the middle-east. It has worked for the past 60 years but Israel existance is now few years numbered.
Like mother like daughter—-Both are living abortions,that should never lived.
32 million native Indians were saughtered and the west has done more the same in the middle-east.
And Scottie supported Israel—what shame!—- a schmuck and a turn coat,now that Israel is exposed.
Biggest problem we Americans have is that most of our politicians are closet jews,hiding behand a catOlick fool’s religion. Watch out for Pelosie—she ain’t what she pretends to be—but a Ashkenazie .
Another huncho is Emanual—a senator who served in the Israel airforce——USA needs a cleanout.

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By TAO Walker, April 13, 2007 at 12:29 pm Link to this comment

If, as Scott Riter says here, U.S. foreign and national security policy is an Israeli-owned glass house today, it was certainly that as well at the time he was going around throwing stones in Japan, Denmark, Germany, etc.  It could be that people in those places and elsewhere were well-aware of the dangerous mental and emotional instability of the “leadership” in both the U.S. and Israel, and so thought it the better part of valor not to provoke a couple of heavily-armed gangster-states into going even more “ballistic” than they are already. 

One commentor on the neighboring Ritter-led “dig” into the anatomy of Islam’s internecine pissing-match, pointed-out that the subtext of Mr. Ritter’s piece there was an attempt to deflect responsibility for the living nightmare in Iraq, that only got worse upon the Israeli-instigated stampede of U.S. armed forces to Bagdad, and the subsequent trampling into bloody tatters of Iraqi society called “the occupation,” onto the victims of this monstrous crime.  Here, now, he seems to want to spread a large measure of blame to AIPAC, for it’s incredible success in “gaming” the incredibly corrupt allamerican political system….and Democrats, too, for staying bought.

Douglas Chalmers (#63759) again brings some depth of perspective to what is an otherwise flatscreen picture of the already grim (and steadily deteriorating) condition the civilized world’s condition is in.  Clinically psychotic ruling regimes in at least two nuclear-armed countries have painted themselves into a kind of “do-or-die” corner where they’re now daring the rest of the world to “call their bluff.”  What he perhaps purposely declines to add to this already sufficiently dire combination is the presence in at least one of those rogue countries of religiossified elements who’re not simply courting “Armageddon,” but trying mightily to march us all down the aisle of their “it is written” apocalyptic horror movie to a shotgun wedding and blood-drenched consummation.

Truly, it never rains but it pours, here in Indian Country.

HokaHey!

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By PatrickHenry, April 13, 2007 at 12:11 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Ritter we salute you.

It is important to bring the relationship AIPAC has with our elected policy making officials to the public stage.  Their (AIPAC) best interests are not necessarily Americas best interests and often run contrary to our interest.

I have and will continue to advocate term limits, campaign finance and certifiable voting reform.

We need to cycle our politions (and their pet lobbies) in and out of office so no state or lobby has seniority or influence in any given committee for very long and more current views of society are expressed.

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By felicity, April 13, 2007 at 11:51 am Link to this comment

According to Mitchell Plitnick of Oakland-based Jewish Voice for Peace the only answer to AIPAC’s strength is to work with the people who are most involved in the issues:  Jews.  He goes on, “I don’t think we’l be able to stem the influence of AIPAC without Jews taking a major leadership role in doing that.”  The birth of an alternative lobby would be a major turning point in American politics.  And it’s going to happen.  Any day now.  (The Nation, April 23, ‘07)

More encouraging words:  Steve Rabinowitz, a Democratic consultant in DC says that “there is even more Jewish money that is not AIPAC affected, affiliated, just because there is so damn much money that happens to be Jewish.”

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By blueyes, April 13, 2007 at 11:43 am Link to this comment
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I wish Scott Ritter would run for President.  I remember right before the US invaded Iraq, Ritter was railing against the administration’s claims of Iraq’s posession of WMD’s.  Then, suddenly, it was reported that he had been busted for having kiddie porn on his computer.  Valerie Plame anyone?

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By oregoncharles, April 13, 2007 at 11:15 am Link to this comment

Thanks again, Scott, for your vigilance and eloquence.

Sadly, this is a good example of the way the Democrats in Congress have risen to their new responsibilities:  hardly at all.  The prospect of the US attacking Iran inspires real panic.  How can anyone in Congress make that easier? 

And how can we make it clear to them that we expect better than this?

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By Tom Doff, April 13, 2007 at 10:09 am Link to this comment
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How rewarding and refreshing to read something so forthrightly honest and true. Congratulations to Truthdig and Scott Ritter for publishing this article. It should be required reading for every neocon-zionist defender (and denier).

I was banned (under various pixelnyms) from several prominent blogs for offering similar truths, and virulently attacked as an anti-semite. I have friends who are jews, but refuse to associate with those who are rabidly (or even mildly) zionist.

Those who are prejudiced for something can be much more harmful and despicable than those who are prejudiced against something. For one thing, they discriminate against a much bigger universe (everyone who isn’t them). For another (in the case of the zionists), they are often insanely, unreasonably driven to accept no truths other than their truth, which is often based on some fable or figment which is irrational, such as their ‘god’ being the ‘true’ ‘god’, who is personally directing their actions/desires.

This also applies to our home-grown whackos, the Falwell/Robertson/Dobson cults, and, unfortunately, our very own appointed ‘president’, G.W. (hisownself).

A few brave souls have tried to reveal and fight the AIPAC/Zionist hold on our nation in the past, and been shot down/bought off/pressured to shut up. But it must be done. Where is the brave speaker-of-this-truth we need, on the national stage?

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By rabblerowzer, April 13, 2007 at 10:03 am Link to this comment
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Do we still have a even a semblance of Democracy in America?

What will Democrats do if Republicans ignore their hearings and subpoenas and simply refuse to appear or testify under oath?

The Bush administration has shown no qualms about violating the laws or Constitution in the past, so how can we expect this criminal cabal to respect them now?

Who’s going to challenge our dictator and his fascist followers in congress to try to enforce the laws?

It comes down to this, tyrants always have the advantage because they are bound by no laws of man or God.

Do the Democrats have the courage to risk a Constitutional crisis and possibly a civil war to prevent Bush declaring himself Dictator for life?

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By Bill Blackolive, April 13, 2007 at 9:44 am Link to this comment
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Scott, what is going to turn the madness is public focus on the impossible official physics of the sinking of the 3 9/ll buildings (besides much else, but it will start with the easy).  Everything will be changed, dramatically.  Maybe you will not be the one to talk out loud.  But this will happen.

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By Matt, April 13, 2007 at 9:31 am Link to this comment
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This is why the issue of pro-Israel fanaticism and Israeli influence on our foreign policy is so crucial: of all the interests drawing us into war with Iran, the only one that controls BOTH parties, as well as the mainstream media (both “liberal” and “conservative”), is Israel.

Even much of the “antiwar” movement is dominated by “liberals” and “leftists” who habitually look the other way when it comes to the Israel lobby’s pivotal role in pushing the US into wars for Israel’s benefit.

In America, both left and right agree that even to consider seriously the possibility that Israel is a bad influence on our government is to fall into anti-Semitism, instantly becoming a political and social pariah.

Without this factor, the very idea of going to war against Iran could easily be dismissed as the insanity that it is.

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By Greg Bacon, April 13, 2007 at 9:09 am Link to this comment

THE UNITED STATES OF ISRAEL MUST BE STOPPED

For indeed that is what America has become; a vassal state of the Zionist crazies in Jerusalem.

Whenever AIPAC barks out a command, the Bush/Cheny mob and the Democrat controlled Congress snap to attention and say: Yes Sir!  What country do you want us to invade this time?  Iran?? No problem.  Anything else, Master?

Until both Israel and it’s well funded lobby, AIPAC (who excel in distorting information, getting out propaganda and buying politicans) are held to account for their murderous actions, this country and the entire world is at risk of endless war.

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By jack burly, April 13, 2007 at 8:25 am Link to this comment
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My Senator, unfortunately, is Mitch McConnell.  For years as part of the appropriations committee, Mitch has voted to send Israel approximately 10% of their total annual budget.  It must just be coincidence that Mitch has reaped hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from Israeli pacs.  Seems to me it’s pretty much like voting himself campaign contributions. 

Hasn’t the US vetoed over 40 UN Security Council resolutions that went against Israel?

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By Jim Yell, April 13, 2007 at 8:18 am Link to this comment
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George Bush continues to play fast and loose with laws and accepted practices, when dealing with the other branches of the government. Thanks to Ronald Reagan, Bush, Sr. and this current boob the Supreme Court is fairly packed with political chicanery by a political party that is an enemy of democracy and the legal limits defined by the Bill of Rights.

The Congress, both parties are too bought by the mega rich and corporations that have bought their attention and participation in the destruction of American Labor and the interests of America the nation. It was a bone-headed thing that Pelosi did by taking impeachment off the table before she even had a chance to investigate the crimes of this administration. She talks of cooperation, while George Bush has just once more ignored the wishes of America and by deceit appointed a “Swift Boat” liar to a diplomatic post. He continues to do hurtful things and Pelosi thinks she can deal with him by pretending he values her opinion or anyone elses.

Impeach and convict Bush/Cheney. Free this country from the effects of an active Republican plot to destroy democracy at home. Prosecute these people starting with Rumsfield. Bring action against them to restore some of the stolen money that Republican mismanagement has taken from the nations treasury. If not than the country is crippled to recover from Bush/Cheney criminality.

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By PatrickHenry, April 13, 2007 at 8:10 am Link to this comment
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We need a McCarthy style effort to clean the dual national AIPAC loving S.O.B.‘s out of this government.  Daily I see the current administration defy the will of the American people mostly at the behest of a foreign government but also the military industrialists who are recording record profits while the remainder of American industry is exported (except banking).

This country cries out for term limits of elected officals, campaign finance reform by allowing only public money and public media and laws governing limits of salaries and payouts to CEO’s of public held companies.

It would be a start.

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By Kellina, April 13, 2007 at 8:06 am Link to this comment
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Thank you Truthdig for posting Ritter’s article. Thank you Ritter for writing it.

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