Tuesday, March 03, 2015

"Iran is 3 to 5 years away from obtaining a nuclear weapon" - Benjamin Netanyahu, 1992

democraticleader |  “The unbreakable bonds between the United States and Israel are rooted in our shared values, our common ideals and mutual interests.  Ours is a deep and abiding friendship that will always reach beyond party. Americans stand shoulder to shoulder with the Israeli people.  The state of Israel stands as the greatest political achievement of the 20th century, and the United States will always have an unshakable commitment to Israel’s security.

“That is why, as one who values the U.S. – Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech – saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.


rohan said...

You don’t have to be some kind of foreign policy whiz to grasp that there’s something weird about arguing that 1) Iran is a nation run by genocidal maniacs; 2) they want nuclear weapons so they can annihilate Israel; and 3) the best way to stop this is to abandon negotiations to limit their nuclear program and just wait to see what they do. But that’s the position Netanyahu and his supporters in the Republican Party are now committed to.

If there is ultimately an agreement, the fact that Netanyahu has cast such a sharp light on the ridiculousness of the opposition to the negotiations will make the Obama administration’s job in selling it easier. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/03/03/why-netanyahus-speech-didnt-do-his-american-allies-any-favors/

Constructive_Feedback said...

My Jewish friend posted this on FaceBook.

I am looking at a list of 25 Congressional Black Caucus Members (Plus 1 - Steve Cohen who represents a predominately Black district in Memphis but who was denied CBC membership because he is white/Jewish).

When the USA ran a coup in Africa in 2011 - instead of saying: "We Will NEVER FORGET. The days in which the African Diaspora remains passive int he face of Western Imperialism ARE OVER" - we got "We Must Stand By NATO" from CBC member Rep Alcee Hastings.

It is when we develop a TEMPLATE of this present debate and then apply this template to inspect the present consciousness of the "We Are In The White House Negro" that we see the shame that the Americanized Negro's political interests in America is the center of his present unconsciousness.

makheru bradley said...

As regards the Democrat congresspeople who boycotted Netanyahu: I’m sure they were boycotting because they thought the invitation was disrespectful to Obama, not because Netanyahu is a war criminal.

[Between 8 July and 27 August, more than 2,100 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip, along with 66 Israeli soldiers and seven civilians in Israel. The UN says at least 2,104 Palestinian died, including 1,462 civilians, of whom 495 were children and 253 women.]

[An investigation carried out by AP has stated that 508 of 844 victims in air strikes on residential buildings during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge that unfolded previous summer in Gaza were women, children and elderly people.]

[Over 3,000 children were injured, some of whom have had their limbs amputated or are in critical condition.]

What grounds would they have to criticize Bibi's war criminality, since they are complicit?

[“Only 2 of over 40 Congressional Black Caucus members voted against legitimizing the 2009 Israeli massacre of 1400 mostly civilians in Gaza, with seven CBC members abstaining. Last week, with the Gaza death toll climbing toward 1,000 not a single CBC member could be bothered to lift a voice against Israel's genocidal assault of the moment or its ongoing apartheid state in general. Black America should hang our collective heads in shame.”] --BAR 7/30/2014

Jes dayum, not even Barbara Lee opposed the last war on Gaza.

Vic78 said...

The article was about partisan politics so that's what I spoke on. I even put in recent history to compare situations of the "first black guy elected." This is about how elected officials operate in real time. The guy writing the article is upset that the President won't call out the right wing. I was saying that such a call out would be ineffective because the right has been doing that for decades at this point. The thing to do now is to beat them. There's nothing else to talk about. Slate rarely holds their party accountable for their failure to win.

Replacing the word Democrats with Black people wouldn't make sense because black folks don't control the party. Black folks are loyal to the party but that loyalty means shit when you can't make them do what you want.

CNu said...

Sho's you right. Piece I resonate with is how the white-wing hasn't been phased since its dixiecrat days, and, the extent to which we don't control the democrat party. Being loyal to the party is incrementally less meaningful than being "loyal to the race" and it's plain to see how fragile and unreliable that is, and, how little it's gotten anybody.

All of what you've said above pales by comparison with my admittedly brief experience of catholicism. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to proselytize, but the catholic church means business and you can find a place and a vocation to suit yourself within its big tent.

Vic78 said...

I've been done with the church since I was 21. I started out Pentecostal and walked away after studying(informal) to be a preacher. For me to go to any church service at all right now would be foreign to me. There's a little resentment toward the institution as well. You don't have to worry about me joining anyone's congregation. I decided to work that shit out on my own.

CNu said...

Well, so, here's the underlying truth of the matter http://subrealism.blogspot.com/search?q=jesus+mushroom - but that's separate from the purpose served as a collective security club. Collective security clubs are an evolutionarily stable cooperative strategy. Errbody gotta have one, the challenge is choosing one that doesn't require and enforce inordinate levels of believing or professing stupidity.

Dale Asberry said...

I'm a fan of creating my own. One that doesn't depend on dopamine hegemony and a hocus-pocus cargo-cult god. Meh.

CNu said...

The little sisters of the poor came to our lady of sorrows this past weekend. The "begging sister" - literally her title - gave the most delightful homily in which she point-blank begged for "beer money" for the sisters and the dying elderly that they serve. The specific vocation of the little sisters is to accompany the dying. I don't think you could make up, much less organize and implement a more cheerful and vibrant vocation and congregation than that.

John Kurman said...

I volunteer to be Eater of Sins.

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