AIPAC Gets Another Pass

May 1, 2009 at 9:29 pm (American-Israeli Empire)

The spy case against two members of AIPAC has been dropped, to no one’s surprise.  The reason why is summed up nicely here:

“The defence intended to call the former US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, and other officials to establish that the government regularly uses Aipac to discreetly send information to Israel.”

That wouldn’t be very flattering to our government, because of course the next question would be why we channel sensitive information to a foreign government through a group that claims to be working in America’s best interest (and doing it as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization).

“The case has been further complicated by a scandal revealed last month by a political publication, Congressional Quarterly, around a member of Congress, Jane Harman, who was secretly taped telling an Israeli agent that she would pressure the justice department to reduce spying charges against the two former Aipac officials.

In return, the Israeli agent offered to get a wealthy donor who helps funds election campaigns for Nancy Pelosi, the then-minority leader in the House of Representatives, to pressure Pelosi to appoint Harman to a senior position on the congressional intelligence committee.”

Shocker.  A U.S. Congresswoman who pushes Israel’s agenda in return for Israeli-sponsored political favors?  Best not dwell on that.  It might be embarrassing for both the U.S. and Israel.

At least the mainstream UK paper, written in a country that is also usually nauseatingly intolerant of criticism of Israeli policy, got the conclusion right:

“AIPAC has long wielded considerable influence over US policy in the Middle East though a mix of appeals to American sympathy for Israel and a hard-ball approach against members of congress who question the unyielding policies of Israeli governments.”

In other words, if you criticize the policies of the nation of Israel in any possible way, you are an anti-semite (even if you are Jewish), as discovered by Seymour Reich, Edgar Bronfman Sr., John Mearsheimer, Stephen Walt, Ernest Hollings, Howard Dean, Philip Zelikow, Richard Cohen, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Chas Freeman, Tony Judt, Adrienne Rich, Samantha Power, Tony Kushner, Tom, Dick, Harry, and pretty much anyone who has ever suggested anyone in Israel might be something other than holy, righteous, correct, moral, and God-like at all times.

In other news, the U.S. economy shrank by 6.1% in the first quarter, after shrinking 6.3% in the previous quarter.  But don’t worry, our glorious leader sees “green shoots.”  That kind of ridiculous optimism (like Bush’s “rough patch”) would be so much more effective if the politician in question had pom-poms and a short skirt.  Without the visual aids, it just rings hollow.  I wonder if the forecast is still for 0.5% growth for 2009 — that would be quite a trick to pull off.

What else has been going on?  Swine Flu, increased fighting in Iraq and Pakistan, Chrysler declares bankruptcy (taking $8 billion more in bailout money because they can’t even go bankrupt without a bailout) and some more blah blah blah and deja vu.  Oh, and GM gets $2 billion more in bailout money, ostensibly to help them with the bankruptcy paperwork in advance.

One advantage to living in a declining economy is the degree to which it’s easy to become reaccustomed to the local library.  Next time you’re there, I recommend Dmitry Orlov’s Reinventing Collapse.  Having lived through the implosion of the Soviet Union, he paints a very convincing picture of live here in the U.S. in a few years.

Today’s article of doom: more riots in Europe.

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1 Comment

  1. euandus2 said,

    In my view, when a sacred cow lobbies for another country, something is wrong. I think real leadership risks reelection to take it on. I recommend the following post on the blog: http://euandus3.wordpress.com/

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