Monday, May 31, 2010

Obama's Timidity and Deaths at Sea

By Ray McGovern
June 1, 2010

A chief lesson to learn from President Barack Obama’s recent unwillingness to stand up to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud Lobby is that such timidity can get people killed.

Read on.


Anonymous said...

Why does it take folks at multitudes of paragraphs just to make a point? Do they just like to hear themselves think?

Ray McGovern obviously knows nothing about Turkey's violent turn toward radical Islam and how this will harm relations with the West. Turkey bankrolled and instigated this destructive Flotilla and the result is a harsh lesson by Israel to Erdogen to change his tune or suffer the consequences of siding with dictators in Iran et al.

Tom Friedman of NYTimes is no neo-con, but a fair minded and thoughtful arbiter of world news.
Ray McGovern, on the other hand, is
writing garbage on this low volume consortium weblog that a handful of people pass through by mistake.

Dean Taylor said...


You are in dire need of a high colonic irrigation: impacted feces, it is now apparent, are surrogate to your Zionist-hoodlum alleged mind.

BOTH Tom Friedman and the paper of record are shameless, whoring apologists for Zionist policies of apartheid and hegemony in the Middle East--all occuring with the imprimatur of the Ivy-League careerist piggies on Capitol Hill, e.g.. Jane Harman, Joe Lieberman, Chuck Schumer, etc.

To illustrate further the racist-grounded "influence peddling" having its provenance on K Street/J Street --as well as just what we can expect from "the guy voted most likely to prostitute himself," i.e. Forwardlooking (from Uri Avnery):

"On November 2, the 93rd anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, elections will be held in the US. All the seats in the House of Representatives and 34 in the senate will be up for grabs.

"For Obama, these elections are hugely important. In the worst case, the Democrats will lose control of one of the houses of Congress, making it impossible for Obama to get most of the laws he desires passed. The best he can realistically hope for is that the Democratic majority in both houses will be reduced, making the life of the President much more difficult.

"AIPAC has already shown that it can have a big impact on election results. When the lobby decides to topple a member of Congress, that is the end of his political life. When the lobby concentrates its financial and political might on a certain spot, it is almost invincible.

"Obama now needs all the support he can get in both houses. Therefore, he must neutralize the pro-Israel lobby....

"When Obama says that he stepped on a landmine, he means the mine called AIPAC."

Avnery, 31 May:

"This is a day of disgrace to the State of Israel, a day of anxiety in which we discover that our future was entrusted to a bunch of trigger-happy people without any responsibility. This day is a day of disgrace and madness and stupidity without limit, the day the Israeli government took care to blacken the name of the country in the world, adding convincing evidence of aggressiveness and brutality to Israel's already bad international image, discouraging and distancing the few remaining friends.

"Indeed, today a provocation took place off the coast of Gaza - but the provocateurs were not the peace activists invited by the Palestinians and seeking to reach Gaza. The provocation was carried out by Navy ships commandos at the bidding of the Israeli government, blocking the way of the aid boats and using deadly force."

And, please: do identify yourself next time so that we might give you the proper beating you so obviously merit--if you've got the cojones, that is.

Anonymous said...

I listened to CNN last night. They had this Townsend woman, one of those clever spokespersons called upon by the fawning corporate median as one guest, I forget the name of the other. Suzanne Malvaux then asked Townsend about the Israeli raid on the relief ships to Gaza. Townsend's take was that condidering the fact that people on board the ship tossed an Israeli commando into the ocean, the Israeli reacted in self defense. Townsend went on to say, imagine that some people tried to toss anAmerican Seal overboard, we probably would have killed everyone on board the ship. In other words she was suggesting as skilled propagandists do, the Israeli response was restrained. Never mind the Israeli commando was forcibly boarding a boat on the high seas, an act of piracy, so any resistance was justified. I suppose if the passengers on one of the hijacked airliners in the 9/11 attack had resisted the hijackers, the hijackers then were only acting in self defense if they killed those resisting. Then susan Malvaux fed a set up to the other guest, "Why is Israel blockading Gaza?" The guest responds with a glad you asked that question answer, "Israel instituted the blockade to stop the flow of guns to Gaza that will be used to kill Israeli's." No one brought up the fact that these ships were bringing humanitarian aid, vouched for by the Turkish government, or that Israel was denying the most basic of goods from reaching Gaza, dangerous supplies such as cement to enable Gazans to rebuild the houses Israel has demolished. The 4th of July is near, do you think we could declare independence from the rule of Israel and become an independent nation once again. Bob Charron.

Anonymous said...

I hate to keep playing a broken record, however Gaza was evacuated by Israel, and promptly Hamas used it to fire thousands of rockets into Israel, and weapons are routinely smuggled into Israel from Gaza. 200 million medievalists sworn to destroy you keeps Israel in a state of readiness. This whole episode sounds well rehearsed to promote the use of violence by "unarmed"
activists to elicit sympathy from the world stage. Where's the world outcry when homicide bombers, using children as shields, beheadings of hostages, antisemitism a la Goebbels routinely taught in arab schools, and daily incitement to destroy Israel?

Dean Taylor said...

the center cannot hold...

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Yeats, The Second Coming

"Anarchy," would be adult men and women, informed by a sense of global community, determining the course of their own lives, quite apart from the decrees and dictates of late capital.

The "rough beast" is the same collective, anxious and beset until civility is loosed upon the world, i.e., abides.

Mark E. Smith said...

Timidity? Lack of firmness?

I just sent this comment to the White House:

When Rahm Emmanuel, the White House Chief of Staff, had meetings with both Netanyahu and president Shimon Peres, respectively on May 26 and 27, did he order Israel to kill the activists on the Peace Flotilla to Gaza?

Since Israel is a client state dependent upon U.S. funding, it is unlikely that Israel would make such a decision on its own.

The refusal of the White House to condemn the massacre is further evidence that it may have been instigated by the U.S.

I'm a 70-year-old Jewish American and I deplore the Apartheid state of Israel. The Torah says to treat thy neighbor as thyself. The Palestinians are Israel's neighbors. If Israel is unfamiliar with the most basic precept of Torah, they are not Jews.

faten said...

Thank you Ray McGovern for uncovering many of the hidden truths that most of the leaders know about but are coward to reveal ! Israel is becoming the most bloody dracula of the age ! It does not feed itself but on innocent blood ! The US is gratifying Israel for each bloody step and giving it more validity and credibility by providing it with justified motives and encouraging it more & more . But do you know who is next on the list ?just guess ! when there wouldn't be enough blood to feed this Dracula !

Kevin Ryan said...

The author of the official cover-up report for the USS Liberty incident was Clark Cifford, LBJ's second Secretary of Defense, after Robert McNamara.

Clifford had earlier been JFK's personal lawyer and then his chairman of the FIAB. Clifford went on to become the attorney for BCCI and the chairman of First American Bank, secretly owned by BCCI. The Pakistani/Saudi/UAE run BCCI was a "bank" that worked with (and perhaps was run by) the CIA, and was deeply involved in funding and supplying the Afghan rebels in the 1980s, some of whom later became al Qaeda.

Interestingly, John Connally, the former governor of Texas who was in the car when JFK was shot, "appears at least three times in deals by BCCI insiders" (see False Profits by Truell and Gurwin). Connally was closely associated with the Saudis Ghaith Pharaon and Khalid Bin Mahfouz.