Friday, August 04, 2017

AIPACing

"How Donald Trump Threw Peace and Prosperity Under an AIPAC Bus" (Butler) (my emphasis in red - the only comparable unanimity comes in the regular support votes for Israel so it was odd, wasn't it?):
"Two days ago, a close colleague of mine was on the line from Greenwich, Connecticut to discuss my upcoming book when the conversation turned to these new Russia sanctions. My colleague related a story from Capital Hill and an insider who explained the vote on the sanctions law. The gist of this insider’s revelation was that the overwhelming “yes vote” in Congress indicated one powerful player behind the curtain – America’s pro-Israel lobby AIPAC.

When I heard AIPAC stood behind, my mind immediately reverted to images and sound bites of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Their mutual gratification society handshakes, the syrupy sweetness of the Israeli’s recollections on young Trump – and then I thought on the Saudi arms deal and the wider frame of the Arab Spring. Sorry to consolidate so many facets here, but if Trump and all of Washington has acquiesced totally to the will of AIPAC, then America is all done. Looking again at Russia’s Medvedev:

“Trump’s administration has demonstrated total impotence by surrendering its executive authority to Congress in the most humiliating way.”

The point of this new sanctions law is revealed simply. If AIPAC controls the Unites States Congress, and if the President of the United States has surrendered his executive authority to that body, then the Israeli lobby controls the Government of the United States – lock stock and barrel. In other words, a foreign sovereign nation and ideology rules America – and it rules it with impunity."
"‘Disappointed’ AIPAC targets Gillibrand for removing her name from boycott bill".

"Trump’s new pick to solve Israeli-Palestinian conflict pushed moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem".  Really weird career track.  "Meet Art Historian Victoria Coates — Ted Cruz’s Key National-Security Adviser".  Weird.
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