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Following the concerted push back against the bill slapping new sanctions on Iran, the lobbying group AIPAC has retaliated against one of the opposition leaders, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz!

AIPAC has issued an "Action Alert" urging its supporters to contact Debbie and make their feelings, and money, known. An advertisement has already come up attacking Debbie's pro-Israel credentials. This is no doubt just the beginning as other Senators and Congresscritters will soon feel similar pressure if they haven't already.

For those unaware, the recent breakthrough in the Iran Nuclear Standoff has the Israeli Likud Party and its lobbyists in the USA up in arms. They have begun campaigning to pass a new law that is feared will force Iran to abandon the talks and put us back to a war footing.

I urge you to do what you can to help Debbie and oppose AIPAC's actions. Unless, of course, you actually want more US blood spilled in some desert.

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  •  fear abounds that peace may break out in the ME (16+ / 0-)

    despite the best efforts of some parties.  However, it appears less likely now that Iran has been blocked from Syrian peace talks and Israel has announced plans for even more settlements and Qatar has backed a Syrian intelligence officer/deserter's photos of hundreds of victims allegedly massacred by the Syrian military.

    On the other hand, various EU countries and multi nationals are lining up to do business with Iran should peace break out unexpectedly.  The question is if the Saudi/Israeli interests are able to trump those business interests  

    •  and conversely (8+ / 0-)
      On the other hand, various EU countries and multi nationals are lining up to do business with Iran should peace break out unexpectedly
      various EU countries and Multinationals are warning that there may be increased unwillingness to do business with Israel if the I/P conflict isn't resolved.
      •  exactly; the businesses that profit from war are (2+ / 0-)
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        competing with those that would prosper due to peace while there is a regional power struggle between the Sunni and Shia' with the Sunni seeking to maintain their historical (since 1918 or so) hegemony.  Deposing Saddam is perhaps one of the more grievous miscalculations by the parties involved, with the Lebanese Civil War a close second and support for the Shah a close third

      •  A lot of them really don't care if "the conflict" (0+ / 0-)

        is resolved.

        They have a hard time with the public pressure that's resulting from hundreds of Palestinian children being held without charges, from homes being leveled to make way for settlements, from unarmed non-violent protesters constantly being killed.

        If not for the violence and brutality of the IDF and the Settler Night-Riders, the truth is that most of Europe wouldn't care all that much about the lack of a Palestinian State.

        But it's the only way Spartans know how to treat Helots.

        "I read New republic and Nation/I've learned to take every view.." P. Ochs

        by JesseCW on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 12:42:15 PM PST

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    •  Well, there are other business interests as well (2+ / 0-)
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      if you can call them that (banksters) who still dream of a neoliberal Iran, with all it's sweet oil under Western control. This dream has been central to ME policy for the last 50 years.

      Regardless, the ad cited above gives a number to call Debbie Wasserman Schultz. I recommend doing so, and tell her to represent the interests of her own country above those of the Likud party in Israel lest we primary her.

      202-225-7931

      Or, you know, you can send her some money and say we'll support you no matter what but pretty please do the right thing. That's always worked well in the past. I wonder why AIPAC never plays nice like that.

    •  Amnesty International believes (1+ / 0-)
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      that:

      World leaders at the Geneva II peace conference on Syria must demand full access to investigate allegations that 11,000 people have been tortured and killed while in detention in the country and monitor conditions in detention, said Amnesty International.
      A report by former war crimes prosecutors and forensic experts is based on documents and thousands of still images of what appear to be the bodies of dead prisoners. The material was smuggled out of the country by a defected military police photographer. The photographs cover the period from the start of the uprising in 2011 until August 2013.
      It does no favors to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who deserves our strong support for opposing the bill to kill negotiations to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, to give the appearance of approving Iran or denying the significance of the allegations against the Assad regime.

      Shalom v' salaam; peace and wholeness

      by another American on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 10:42:26 AM PST

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      •  the report you mentioned seems to have (1+ / 0-)
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        been fostered by Qatar, who, of course is backing Saudi interests in Syria.  I note that recently a dozen fighters associated with the al Qaeda affiliate in Syria were executed by other rebel factions, so it appears all sides (since "both sides" would imply that there are only two factions) are engaged in atrocities of one sort or the other.  Clean hands appear to be rare in this conflict

  •  This is up there with the John Birch Society (19+ / 0-)

    calling Ike a Communist Agent.

    If Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FFS) isn't Pro-Israel enough for your taste, you've placed yourself outside of reasonable debate.

    At this point, I don't think it's credible any longer to call AIPAC "Pro Israel".  They're just pro-War and anti-peace.

    "I read New republic and Nation/I've learned to take every view.." P. Ochs

    by JesseCW on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 01:50:20 AM PST

    •  I don't think it's quite that (5+ / 0-)
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      AIPAC has aligned itself with Netanyahu and his right wing admirers here in the States - and these folks fear change.  It's not just a fear, it's an irrational paranoia.  They fear that any change in Iran's status as the Great International Menace would be the feared change that would somehow menace Israel.   It's the same irrational fear that caused Yizhak Shamir, Prime Minister at the time of the fall and breakup of the Soviet Union, to greatly fear those events, and to balk at starting peace talks that eventually led to the agreement that Clinton brokered with his successor, Yizhak Rabin, and Yasir Arafat.  And it's the same irrational fear of change that causes Republicans to irrationally fear and sabotage the ACA.

      "Corporations exist not for themselves, but for the people." Ida Tarbell 1908.

      by Navy Vet Terp on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 03:08:23 AM PST

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  •  this (12+ / 0-)
    contact Debbie and make their feelings, and money, known
    we might not have as much money, but we have more people. thank her.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 02:11:23 AM PST

  •  just imagine, if a significant number of our (3+ / 0-)
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    Congress Persons were to come out in unision and denounce this kind of pressure on one of their number as entirely unacceptable and un-American, what an impact it could have.

    I'm not holding my breath.

    We're shocked by a naked nipple, but not by naked aggression.

    by Lepanto on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 03:37:29 AM PST

    •  I should have added the greedy politicians (1+ / 0-)
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      to my post above. No money is too dirty for their tastes.

      "Portion of the adolescent prisoners in solitary on Rikers Island who have been diagnosed with a mental illness: 7/10." Tell someone.

      by RJDixon74135 on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 03:58:58 AM PST

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    •  Why is it un-American to tell (0+ / 0-)

      members of Congress what we think about important issues? Senators Warren and Murray, for example, should be told, by those of us who agree with them, that we support their opposition to the kill-negotiations-to-stop-Iran-from-getting-nuclear-weapons bill. And anyone who disagrees with them should feel free to tell them that, as well.

      It's called free speech and petitioning our government for the redress of grievances.

      BTW, I would have hoped "un-American" as a political charge would have gone the way of the unlamented House Committee on Un-American Activities.

      Shalom v' salaam; peace and wholeness

      by another American on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 10:50:03 AM PST

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  •  Seems to me AIPAC is an agent (6+ / 2-)

    of a hostile foreign power as defined in 50 U.S.C. ยง 1801.

    Just sayin' . . .

    Fiat justitia ruat caelum "Let justice be done though the heavens fall."

    by bobdevo on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 04:12:05 AM PST

    •  Israel is one of our closest allies (1+ / 0-)
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      And are not a hostile power by any stretch of the imagination.

      I don't like that fact, but it's true.

      If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

      by AoT on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 07:54:24 AM PST

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      •  pretty troublesome for an ally (3+ / 0-)
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        Plus they make us do all the work of invading countries they don't like.  Either the IDF doesn't deserve its reputation or they really think that we owe them.

        Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

        by Visceral on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 08:05:00 AM PST

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        •  Indeed, like I said (0+ / 0-)

          I don't like it. But they are our ally, not a hostile power by any stretch of the imagination.

          If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

          by AoT on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 08:11:26 AM PST

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          •  Disagree . . our "friendship" with Israel... (3+ / 0-)
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            cynically manipulated by Israel... has a great many cons and absolutely no pros I can think of.

            Fiat justitia ruat caelum "Let justice be done though the heavens fall."

            by bobdevo on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 08:18:44 AM PST

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          •  sounds like a hostile power to me (0+ / 0-)

            A country that all but dictates its terms to our government and expects us to make open-ended commitments to spend money and blood for their benefit - but not ours - can hardly be called an ally.  Then there's the whole "let's build settlements while the Americans try to negotiate peace" thing.  Israel is just using us and they always have been.  I'd rather have them not be an "ally" then put up with that.

            If Israel wants a war with Iran so damn bad, then let them fight it.  Let them use all those shiny toys that we buy for them.  We want to keep Iran's oil out of China's gas tank, so alienating them (whether directly or by way of Israel ... or Saudi Arabia) is not in our long-term geopolitical interests.

            A country that's rumored to have some of its 200+ nuclear weapons aimed at European (and presumably American) capitals to punish the West for not rushing to their aid if they ever finally bit off more than they can chew is no ally either.

            Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

            by Visceral on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 08:27:53 AM PST

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      •  Closest allies? (5+ / 0-)

        I mean I get why the UK is one of our closest allies.  Heck they send troops.  They even send Princes!  What's Israel do?  Netanyahu orders Obama and Kerry around like the US is his very own mercenary army but heck he doesn't even have to fund it!  

        Closest ally, b.s.  If you live in Minnesota you know who is our closest ally.  Canada.  We need Canada.  We don't need Israel.

      •  #1. US support of Israel is the (4+ / 0-)

        primary cause for US problems with Islam.

        #2.  Israel spies on the United States;.

        #3.  Israel helped foment the illegal and unjust invasion of Iraq, and now wants us to spill US and Iranian blood at their behest.

        I understand what Israel gets from us as our ally.

        What do we get - as an ally - from Israel except for a boatload of fucking misery?

        Fiat justitia ruat caelum "Let justice be done though the heavens fall."

        by bobdevo on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 08:15:42 AM PST

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    •  HR for seeking to criminalize First Amendment (0+ / 0-)

      protected activity.

      BTW, Section 1801 doesn't define "hostile foreign power."

      Also, since AIPAC is a "United States person," as defined by Section 1801(i), it cannot be an "agent of a foreign power," which, under Section 1801(b)(1), excludes "a United States person."

      Shalom v' salaam; peace and wholeness

      by another American on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 10:56:02 AM PST

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      •  Pathetic. n/t (0+ / 0-)

        Fiat justitia ruat caelum "Let justice be done though the heavens fall."

        by bobdevo on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 03:40:01 PM PST

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      •  Funny thing . . . (0+ / 0-)

        back in the day, John Kennedy tried to get the parent entity of AIPAC, the American Zionist Council, to register as an agent of a foreign government.

        AZC reconfigured and created AIPAC as a totally controlled shell in order to evade laws for foreign agents.

        Fiat justitia ruat caelum "Let justice be done though the heavens fall."

        by bobdevo on Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 10:38:41 AM PST

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    •  HRd for speaking the truth. (0+ / 1-)
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      Thank you, zealots.

      Geeze, let me check - I'm still a Trusted User.  Go Bleep yourselves.  Will you folks be volunteering when we wage war on Iran?

      Fiat justitia ruat caelum "Let justice be done though the heavens fall."

      by bobdevo on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 03:38:53 PM PST

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  •  Shockingly and atypically partisan (3+ / 0-)

    They (AIPAC) overstepped, and Crazy Billy Kristol took it further with his emergency Committee for Israel ad.  I will bet AIPAC will rein in Kristol.

    Kerry announces his 'Framework" for I/P resolution on 29 Jan. Expect a partisan crapstorm.    

    •  Because if anyone ought to be seen as (0+ / 0-)

      having the innate right to determine what a People deserve, it's Kerry.

      Another round of trying to force Palestinians to accept the unacceptable, followed by hand waving about how it's all their fault for "rejecting peace" and turning down the "best deal they'll ever get" coming right up in the second half of the second term.

      After 3 go-rounds, anyone who doesn't know how this works by now suffers from a serious pattern recognition deficit.

      "I read New republic and Nation/I've learned to take every view.." P. Ochs

      by JesseCW on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 12:46:19 PM PST

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  •  The Israel firsters should ask themselves what (9+ / 0-)

    their move is going to be when Tel Aviv is in flames from missile bombardment, dozens of Israeli pilots are in Iranian hands, the Strait of Hormuz is blocked by destroyed oil tankers, and the US is in economic and political collapse as $10 per gallon gasoline shuts down its transportation system.
       The Israeli RW which wants to sic the US on Iran is ignoring the record of the US in warfare over the past 60 years. There is no assurance that an attack on Iran wouldn't lead to an all out Mideast war, and even less assurance that US-Israel would win t.

    •  I think it's a safe bet (1+ / 0-)
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      that a US attack on Iran would lead to an all out war in the Middle East, at a minimum.

      The Israel-firsters would be gnashing and wailing, saying "next year in Jerusalem".  Or possibly Beijing, since I can see the Chinese sitting back and waiting to pickpocket the carcasses such a blunder would leave on the world stage.

      "Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom." -- G.W.Carver

      by northbronx on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 07:11:07 AM PST

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    •  an all-out Mideast War (2+ / 0-)
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      would be great for a lot of businesses, and think of the huge profits to be reaped with gas at $10/gallon!

      That, and the pro-war faction can be divided into three groups: those who don't really think Israel will suffer, those who would be delighted to visit some "disaster capitalism" upon Israel; and those who desire the destruction of Israel so as to provoke Jesus to pay us another visit.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 07:23:37 AM PST

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      •  Not to mention (1+ / 0-)
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        distracting us from the economic and environmental and surveillance attack on our country at home.

        War is the gift that keeps on giving to raving psychopaths.

        •  more like sociopaths, but point taken n/t (0+ / 0-)

          Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

          by corvo on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 11:46:02 AM PST

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  •  This just in. A quote from Iranian FM Zarif: (0+ / 0-)

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted Wednesday that the Obama administration mischaracterizes concessions by his side in the six-month nuclear deal with Iran, telling CNN in an exclusive interview that "we did not agree to dismantle anything."

    Don't worry, looks like the Iranians got to have their cake...and eat it too!

    •  In the first place... (7+ / 0-)

      ...Zarif, like Obama, has his own home-grown hardliners and dingbats to deal with; he's playing to the gallery.

      Iran's hardliners are deeply suspicious of US motives and who can blame them? Far from being the 'honest broker' it likes to pose as, the US has consistently acted in the interests of Israel.

      As if that weren't cause enough, the US conspired to overthrow the last democratically elected government of Iran and installed the repellent Shah and his US-trained torturers, the Savak.

      You should be more concerned with US 'ally', Pakistan, a state that really does have nuclear weapons (some of them allegedly promised to the Saudis, who funded much of the program).

      The Pakistan is infested with Saudi-funded jihadists; the same Saudis (another US 'ally') who have been agitating for US military action in Syria and Iran, ironically finding themselves echoing the right-wing Israeli loons.

      Christ...with 'allies' and 'friends' like these, the US doesn't need any enemies.

      Lightly Seared On The Reality Grill

      by Retroactive Genius on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 07:19:07 AM PST

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    •  Iran didn't agree to dismantle anything (3+ / 0-)
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      . . . and yet that seems to be precisely what Iran is doing.

      FAIL.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 07:24:29 AM PST

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  •  What a mess (0+ / 0-)

    The threat to the US and regional security from Islamic fundamentalist militancy is almost exclusively Sunni.   Shia are perfectly capable of using terrorism to achieve their aims, but they are more centrally controlled and select targets for specific political objectives.  

    The civil war in Syria is essentially a proxy war between Iran vs. Saudi/Qatar.   Hezbollah vs al Nusra.  Shia v. Sunni.

    We sent arms to our mortar allies in Syria and within a day, they were in Al Nusra's hands.   We asked for them back

    We have a huge Air base in Qatar.  A huge naval base in Bahrain.   A long history of bi lateral relations with Saudi.  

    Iran has an internal threat from AQ like forces.  

  •  "Good for Israel" (2+ / 0-)
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    I think DWS, DiFi and Jane Harmon are preparing for an Israel after Netanyahu, and implementation of an I/P peace plan.  
    many Americans (and Israelis) are shocked and disgusted at the current trends with Israel's relations with the US and regional actors and the ongoing stain of the occupation.  They are concerned that Israeli rejectionism of Palestinian self determination will result in increasing isolation and criticism.  

    War and eternal conflict is not "good for Israel"  DWS a knows that.  

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