With Mahmoud Ahmadinejad scheduled to speak at the UN in the coming days, the pro-Israel warlocks are out in force. The Israel lobby yesterday took out a full page N.Y. Times ad saying that ending U.S. use of foreign oil would stop Iran from getting the bomb. Not to be outdone, the Republican evangelical-right beast is stirring in its lair as well. Gary Bauer, under the tutelage of, or at least in homage to Lynne Cheney’s Keep America Safe, has launched Keep Israel Safe with what the Weekly Standard wildly errs in calling a “hard-hitting” video claiming that Barack Obama misguidedly snubs Israel’s prime minister while coddling the lunatics in Teheran. The campaign seems to also have direct or implict support from Bill Kristol and his Weekly Standard, which was the first media outlet to announce the group’s existence.
It’s really edifying propaganda material. Definitely deserves a place in the annals of hasbara as one of the more lurid, ridiculous loads of dreck. Perhaps Frank Luntz can include it in his next edition of the Hasbara Handbook:
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s President.
He vows to destroy Israel. Quote: “Wipe Israel from the pages of Israel.” “Wipe them off the map.”
Time is running out. Soon, the world’s most dangerous regime will have the world’s most dangerous weapon: the atomic bomb.
So how does out president respond to the threat against our ally, Israel? By condemning Israel for building homes in Jerusalem, its capital. By snubbing Israel’s prime minister when he came to Washington. By coddling the Iranian regime…
If you were Israel would you feel safe in Barack Obama’s hands? Tell the White House that keeping Israel safe helps keep America safe.
H/t Joel Katz, Religion and State in Israel.
“Tell the White House that keeping Israel safe helps keep America safe”
That sound more like a threat than anything else.
What a lot of hooey and heavy duty hasbara. Obviously the Republican attempt to sabotage midterm elections, painting Obama as wimpy. It’s got Dick Cheney and Co. written all over it.
The announcer in the video should at least have pronounced “Mahmoud” properly.
Mary is an Obama lover…poor girl
News for you, sweetie. I am adamantly opposed to Obama. He is not much more than an extension of George W. Bush’s hideous policies, with a few exceptions. And he is a Democrat, which I used to be until I discovered how many Zionists are members of the Democratic Party.
Obama doesn’t need to be painted as “wimpy.” He IS wimpy! He doesn’t know his ass from his elbow. He is the least qualified President in the last 100 years or more. He ran on a platform of “hope and change” and, boy, are we getting a bunch of socialist change, but no real hope.
Gary Bauer gives me the ‘dry heaves’!
I feel a combination of anger and sorrow reading this comments. I know this site is for those of a different persuasion, yet, I always feel compelled to read a wide scope of opinion on any given political issue. Coming here,
and reading these comments, however, leaves me stunned.
If you folks don’t see what is coming down the road all I can do is repeat the old AA adage about accepting what I can not change. How any Jew in their right mind can excuse Obama for the way he treated Israel’s P.M. is beyond my capacity. We have a very serious situation with Iran and the entire middle-east. As a Jew I am very grateful for Christian friends like Gary Bauer, who works tirelessly to Help Israel and the Jewish people . And he bravely advocates for Israel in spite of the nasty feedback he gets from people like you.
Without a strong friendship with America’s Christians as well as Jews, Israel will surely perish. But that seems to be of no consequence to you people. It’s very clear to me, after reading your collective responses, that many Jews have not learned one blessed thing from W.W.II and the rise of a rabid strain of anti-Semitism in post Weimer Germany. Your level of ignorance, especially being ignorant of who you are, sets the stage for the next morbid chapters in Jewish history that are sure to follow.
For the like-minded followers & fellow travelers of richardsilverstein.com; it’s time to light the Kaddish candles.
“Your level of ignorance, especially being ignorant of who you are, sets the stage for the next morbid chapters in Jewish history that are sure to follow.”
Scaremongering and fearmongering is the cornerstone of all Neocon ideology.
Reading you post was a painful exercise for me. I’m allergic to Neocon blather. There’s not a rational thought in there, just loads of Aipac propaganda.
Here’s a much wiser, saner interpretation of reality:
william f says
Kalea, that is an interesting article that you cite, but there is nothing in it that proves the author’s assertions that the Iranians would not attack Israel with the bomb should they build it. There are no facts in that link. It is opinion. Unfortunately, I am not willing to concede the increased risk of thermonuclear war on mere opinion.
Moshe Rothchild says
When the dream-cloud settles and the phony peace future is exposed, the dream-weavers will kiss the feet of those of us who cling to reality and learn the lessons of history. You said nothing about the ad, just usual left wing dribble bowing to the Temple of Obama. Frosty7530 is right. If you don’t wake up to the reality of what is coming down the pipe you will sadly wake up one day on the wrong side of history.
Richard Silverstein says
Lord preserve us from the right-wing Iran haters who believe they know which side history is on & that of course they’re on the right side of it.
Mary Hughes-Thompson says
I certainly hope that what is coming down the road is a more balanced U.S. attitude to the Israel/Palestine situation. The status quo has been advantageous for Israel for far too long, for which the Palestinians have paid a heavy price. But the times they are a changin’, and America can no longer afford to stay on its reckless path vis-a-vis Israel. Israel continues to lose support worldwide, and for many who for decades bought into Israel’s claims of eternal victimhood, the blinders are finally coming off.
And I, as an American (my religion being of no importance here) in my right mind, applaud Obama for letting Netanyahu know that giving the finger to our President has happened too often and is not acceptable.
Why is it that for some people, “balance” means “pro-Israel”? And why do some believe that criticism of Israel’s policies equals being either an anti-Semite or a “bad Jew”?