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  • What Has $121,000,000,000 US Aid to Israel Really Bought?
    • How much lost tax revenue is involved from donations, tax deductible, to Israel? Of course the actual donation money is lost as well, by the fact that it is money that could otherwise support american institutions..

  • Falluja and Gaza: Why Counter-Terrorism fails when the Problem is Political
    • "For this reason, the Israel ground invasion of northern Gaza will be no more successful than the US invasion of Falluja."
      I disagree, Professsor Cole.
      Two things that are the same: The U.S. supported the ground invasion in both Falluja and Gaza.
      One thing different: The U.S. is not prepared to occupy and control Falluja (or other "conquests") forever. The U.S. is prepared to forever support Israel which is prepared to forever occupy and control Samaria, Judea, Gaza, Golan Hts, Shebaa Farms, etc.

    • All true. Another point is that the U.S. is not ready for a resolution yet either. Haaretz, the newspaper, reports that Obama has given full support to Israel's operations, including the ground game.
      Kerry's peace initiative was met with repeated announcements for more Israeli settlements in the West Bank. This is beyond bad faith. Of course, Israeli leaders speak of the West Bank as "Samaria and Judea." They intend to give up Samaria and Judea?" Wanna buy my swampland?
      Don't forget that the U.S. Democratic party in 2012 formally adopted Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel.
      This whole mess is bought and paid for, as a joint project of Israel and the U.S.A.
      Americans should be ashamed.

  • Gaza: 4 Dead Boys on the Beach & Israel's Precision War
    • So the Palestinians are up to more evil---having their children run around on the beach, pretending to be militant terrorists.

  • The Map: A Palestinian Nation Thwarted & Speaking Truth to Power
    • Tell me the answer!
      Terrible as this is, I see no turning back. Israel is not going to evacuate some 600,000 or more occupants from "Samaria and Judea" or "Eretz Israel" (as they will call it); Moreover, nobody (not U.S., not Europe, nor anybody) will demand it.
      There is clearly not a 2 state solution.
      So how does this circle get squared? Palestinians will have to leave, die or accept pitiful circumstances of residing on a restricted and guarded reservation of some kind.

    • This is an interesting factoid. I think I have heard it before. I have a question. Denial of Jews to America left many to be sent to Hitler's death camps. This is the cause-effect criticism. However, if Zionists connived to get Jews to go to Palestine instead of somewhere else, and they were able to go Palestine, then how does the U.S. take blame for those who were sent to Hitler's death camp?

  • ABC News' Diane Sawyer Mistakes Stricken Palestinians for Israelis
    • Most people in America think that the whole situation is about Israel having to deal with a horrible onslaught of missiles by wicked "terrorists" targeting Israeli innocent people. So the narrative fits most people's perceptions.
      Has ABC ever made a correction to this?

  • Americans need to Answer: When Will Palestinians get their Fourth of July?
    • #boomerBob
      You are on to something here.
      I agree that the US should allow Palestinians to migrate here, and to give them reparations, etc. Assuming that there are 4 million Palestinians. $100,000.00 per person would be a good start. This comes out to about $400 billion dollars. For the amount of aid that we give to Israel and the amount of money for military preparedness that we are committed to spending, we will readily spend this much in 10 years anyway. I maintain that the $2 trillion Iraq debacle was a lot to do with weakening Iraq for the benefit of Israel.

  • In the Deaths of 3 Israeli Teens, Likud Policies are also Implicated
    • How true. Bibi et al have called for revenge and others scream "price tag."
      "Revenge over the blood of a small child is not the devil's work, and neither is revenge for the blood of a teenager or young man - who was on his way to meet his parents - and whom was never seen again," he added. "Hamas is responsible. Hamas will pay." ---Bibi Netanyahu.
      The vengeance, including collective punishments, are also cold blooded wastes of humanity.
      The cycle of violence works this way. This is how Western leaders act as adult leaders. Remember after 9-11, America (quoting Tom Friedman) said "suck on this."

      It is all ugly. The blood is on the world's hands, as the world accepts Israel's inhumanity, including war crimes, toward Palestinians.
      When will we ask our leaders to stop acting like Shakespearean monsters?

    • All comments here are well thought out---interesting. Below is a link to an interesting article in the Christian Science Monitor, which details the overwhelmingly lopsided coverage, and the especial sympathy for the 3 Israeli teens. These teens are literally wrapped in the Israeli flags, and vigils, wailing and eulogies are held all over the world. Sad and tragic.
      Yet, the 10 or more (most or all innocent) Palestinians ruthlessly killed in the aftermath---their blood, their hearts, their lives, the feelings of their beloved---count for so little.
      All of these deaths are tragic and heart-rending. Will the warrior hearts of humans ever notice this?

      link to preview.tinyurl.com

  • Hardliners in Israel & Iran Resist US Pivot to Iran over ISIS
    • Lots of interesting and diverse commentary here.
      One comment defies my understanding:
      "[T]he Syrian Baath Party is . . . no threat to the US. ISIS is."
      Just what kind of threat is ISIS to the US? Is it because it is a threat to Israel? Is it a threat because it can seize much of the oil assets and economy of the ME? Do we really think that ISIS will make a play to destroy America? My feeling is let the boys in the ME slug it out. Armed conflict is not the answer. All America has to offer is bigger guns..

  • Torturing for the Nation
    • "According to an Amnesty International Poll released in May, 45% of Americans believe that torture is 'sometimes necessary and acceptable' in order to 'gain information that may protect the public.' "
      Our government has been telling us (at least since 9-11) that torture is necessary to save us from evil. Our government has learned from Madison Avenue---or vice versa---that attitudes can be manipulated through marketing. Examples:
      There is no proof that cigarettes are bad for you.
      Global warming is a lie.
      Torture is good.
      Taxing the rich will kill the economy.
      If we don't bomb Saddam's country, we will all die. Propaganda by government, by big tobacco, big oil, etc. works.
      Beware of mind control. Beware of the brainwashers.

  • 7 Myths about the Radical Sunni Advance in Iraq
  • When will they ever Learn? America on Brink of another Military Engagement
    • As I read the article, titled "When will they ever learn...", the song with these words by Pete Seeger popped into my head:
      link to youtube.com

      Indeed, why can't we have a movement toward living by some manner other than war? Why is "war" a sexy word? All we know for sure is that America reveres its warriors, its warrior history and its capacity for waging future deadly conflicts.
      It seems that our favorite tool is "munitions"; and we dwell on how to use our favorite tool in this world.
      If our species lives long enough, the historians will obviously look back at the insanity of armed conflict as politics "by other means." If our species lives long enough it will be because a collective decision was made that war is not an answer.

  • The Second Iran-Iraq War and the American Switch
    • "What if they gave a war and...America came and fought for both sides? Awesome. A war that America can't lose...and America can't win. All at the same time! This ought to be the ideal war for the neo-cons. Maybe it could even count as two wars? Viva America and war!

  • Prelude to Ethnic Cleansing? Israel Plans 3200 more Squatter homes on Palestinian Land
    • "Nimr Hammad, political adviser to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, demanded the US take "serious steps" against Israel."
      Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhahahahahahahahaha
      This is totally laughable. If the U.S. wanted Israel to stop these settlements, it would have acted a long time ago.
      "The last time the PLO sought a Security Council resolution against the settlements...the move...was blocked by a US veto."
      What is the difference between Israel and the U.S.? Israel is honest when saying it wants to settle "Samaria and Judea." The U.S. is a liar when it says it wants Israel to stop. America has got Israel's back, and we all know it.
      "

  • US support for Palestinian Gov't a 'Knife in the Back' says Israel, after Sabotaging Kerry Talks
    • Israel is in great shape. Israel will show that there were attempts at a settlement, but failure... Failure will be blamed on Obama, as well as those pesky, unreasonable Palestinians. Now with Hamas on board, Israel will excuse itself from all talk of further negotiations. Israel will annex more land and continue to settle more land. If the Republicans take the Senate in the fall elections, then Israel can bank on U.S. congress' support. Israel can likely bank on U.S. congress support anyway! If the Republicans win the presidency in 2016, then Israel rides high for the rest of the decade. And Israel rides high if Hillary wins the presidency! Any way you look at this, Israel is in the catbird seat here.

  • Republicans Attack Obama For Negotiations Leading To Release Of American POW
    • I am not so sure that Inhofe is trying to score any points back in Oklahoma. Inhofe says and does what Inhofe believes., which is that Islam is evil; that America & Israel must fight evil, all as part of God's plan. Oh...also, those who support fossil fuels are God's chosen people, and entitled to great wealth.
      Proof? Oklahomans will reelect Inhofe by more than a 2-1 margin. This will give Inhofe 6 more years of feeling deified.

  • What Does Sgt. Bergdahl's Release tell us about Afghanistan, Pakistan & the Taliban today?
    • I look forward to the day when the US of A decides that the future of Afghanistan does not belong to the US of A.

  • Pastor Hagee: It's not Climate Change, It’s The Return Of Christ
    • Ahhh, very clever. Take old guard corporate politics, and old tyme religion, and this is what you get!

  • Israeli PM Netanyahu Vows never to Return Occupied E Jerusalem to Palestinian Residents
    • Seeing those flags and capes showing that symbol known as the Star of David...such an eerie coincidence...formed from six straight lines, of equal length...same as a swastika...six straight lines, of equal length.

  • On Memorial Day, Let's do right by our Veterans
  • The Real Veterans Scandal: 258,000 Have No Healthcare Thanks to GOP Governors
    • I am at a loss to comprehend this. I thought that all veterans were eligible for VA medical services. If not true, then who is eligible and who isn't?

  • Dick Cheney wants Hillary Clinton ‘held accountable’ for Benghazi terror attacks
    • You gotta love the shameless hubris of the Dick. He was part of the presidency that was heedless to the warnings leading up to the 9-11 disaster. He was instrumental in the declaration of that whimsical invasion of Iraq, including the infamous torture program and the creation of concentration camp "Gitmo" down in Cuba---and so much more. Still, he knows something we don't know, since he operates with absolute impunity.

  • America as Torture Central: From Prisons to "Black Sites"
    • This is one of the most sickening developments in my country's history. How has America, and its leaders and lieutenants, been able to avoid punitive sanctions for this reprehensible activity?

  • Alabama’s chief justice: Muhammad didn’t create us so 1st Amendment only protects Christians
    • I think you are right. At the same time, he seems to be saying that the Christian Bible is the only word of God, that the Mayflower folk were exclusively Christians, and "religion" pertains to the worship of Christ. Religious diversity consists of Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Protestant, etc...variations on Christianity in Moore's world. No Buddha. No Mohammed, etc. Moore is so full of crap. The original Pilgrims did not write the Constitution. Moore is wrong about so much. Where to begin?
      The incredible thing is that Moore is the chief jurist of a state. He is supposed to be a brainy, learned, impartial interpreter of the law and an expert on the constitution. He is none of this. He is a Charlatan.

    • This is really confusing. Quoting Moore: "They didn’t bring the Koran over on the pilgrim ship,” The Mayflower came in 1620. It did not bring Thomas Jefferson who was born in 1743. Jefferson was truly intellectual, and had a huge library. He easily could have had a Koran in his library. Not sure what Moore meant---saying first amendment applying only to Christians. The amendment provides for both freedom of religion and quoting Jefferson: "a wall of separation" between gov't and church. Jefferson, Madison and others, were said to be Deists, and not Christians.

  • Top 10 Attacks on US Embassies in Republican Administrations that Lindsey Graham doesn't Care about
  • Why Oklahoma's Botched Execution is an Argument for ending Death Penalty
    • This will not change anything in Oklahoma. Um...it likely will cause some experimentation in how to do an execution, but it will not affect the political will to continue with lethal punishment. Oklahoma takes pride in striving to be the most "old school" state in America. The typical reaction is that a painful execution is the best kind of execution. On the other hand, people in other states will continue to question the barbarity of capital punishment.

  • Top 5 Signs Cliven Bundy is Wrong about African-Americans
    • Bundy can't help it. Being devoutly Mormon, he thinks as a Godly man should. Do Mormons still disallow the Negro in their fellowship?

  • The Coming Holy War over al-Aqsa Mosque/ Temple Mount in Jerusalem
  • 5 Ways Nevada Rancher Militia Resembles Pakistan's Taliban
    • I am wondering how wealthy Bundy is. 1000 cattle are likely worth more than $1 million. People must remember that the issues (of Bundy using the federal land rent free or not) have been litigated and a federal court ruled against Bundy. That is called due process.
      I would not want to risk my life, in a gun fight with the government, in support of a wealthy rancher.

  • Pelosi: "Cheney Proud of ordering CIA Torture"; Sen A. King: 'Waterboard Cheney!'
    • Hey, when the Republicans say it is not torture, then it is not torture. If they say abortion is murder, it is murder. If they say that guns don't kill, then guns don't kill. If they say that having health insurance is unhealthy, then it is unhealthy. The Republicans pretty much control language in America's death culture.

  • On Iranian New Year, Russia hints it May Swing Support to Tehran over Crimea Sanctions
    • Actually, a perfect storm is blowing for Israel. There is tension in Crimea and Ukraine. There is fear of the old Commie Bear, rearing her paws. Israel has seriously ramped up settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. There is pressure for Israel to be conciliatory with the Palestinians. A deadline on the peace talks is coming up fast: April.
      The Palestinian patience has all but run out, with Israel's aggression and settlement activity. The misdirection with Russia and Iran takes the spotlight off Israel's lack of good faith.
      The deadline will come and go, and no concord will be made with the Palestinians. Israel will have run out the clock, and the American election year continues to simmer. Another year will be gone, and Israel will still be King of the Hill in the occupied territories. P.S. Israel will not attack Iran. It merely has to make serious threats to accomplish her goals.

  • Has the US lost Iraq to Iran over Arms Deal?
    • Please help my mentally challenged world view, and explain why Iraq has a critical armament deficiency.
      Here are some quotes from the article:
      "Since 2005, the US has supplied Iraq with around US $15 billion worth of armaments."
      Ummm...compared to a US military arsenal this is probably the equivalent of a few pellet guns. Still, it seems like 15 billion dollars of military implements would provide quite a lot for a country not having the anointed "exceptionalism" of Pax Americana.
      "...the US was to blame for this because it was taking so long...[f]or example, it sends tanks without missiles – it only sends the missiles later."
      And these badly needed tanks with missiles serve what sort of critical need for the good people of Iraq?

  • America still has a Torture Problem: 4 Reasons Why
    • This country is the monster that we, as Americans, fear about our enemies. Perhaps America has always bullied those it wishes to control, and we ordinary citizens were just not aware---but the rest of the world must be very wary.

  • In midst of Alleged Peace Talks, Israel Announces Hundreds of new Squatter Homes in Palestinian East Jerusalem
    • The 2012 Democratic National Platform (as pronounced at the Democratic Convention) declared Jerusalem the Capital of Israel. There had been some controversy about that in 2012, and it was reported that Obama insisted that the Democratic platform include the declaration about Jerusalem as the capital. The platform did not specify that "Jerusalem" includes East Jerusalem (although the 2008 platform did specify Jerusalem as an undivided city). The Republicans are, and have been, avowedly clear about undivided Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
      This tells us that American policy is for Israel to have all of (East/West) Jerusalem for its capital. When Israel continues to develop East Jerusalem, it is conforming with American policy, is it not?

  • A $9 Trillion War? Top 10 Reasons Americans will Regret it if GOP Derails Iran Negotiations
    • So (Gaius Baltar) are you saying that we need to go to war with Iran to assure that the price of oil will be stable?

    • Wars don't cost money. Tea party people, fiscal conservatives and other Republicans are always talking about balancing the budget. They have never mentioned anything about costs of war. The idea that wars cost money is obviously more liberal poppycock.

  • Christie, Clapper and other Officials who should be in Jail instead of Snowden
    • Christie is either guilty of being involved in the "dirty tricks" of closing the lanes in a very busy bridge; or he is guilty of extreme incompetence by having a staff that would do such a terrible thing. BTW, Christie has shown outrage that he is blamed for this; but has he ever shown any outrage over the fact that the wicked act was executed?

    • It is definitely a mind boggle how Cheney et al escaped with impunity after having instigated (the war crimes of) a needless war and then committed torture...

  • Netanyahu Tells Kerry he will Grab 13% of Palestinian West Bank
    • I assume that the 13% does not include E. Jerusalem.
      I assume that the 13% includes prime Palestinian territory.
      Bibi is playing this really smart. He knows that the more Israel grabs the more the Palestinians will not accept the deal. As long as the Palestinians do not accept a deal, the more Israel can grab. Obama and Kerry do not matter anyway. Remember the *29* standing ovations Bibi got from the U.S. Congress in May 2011? Bibi remembers. America has Israel's back. Bibi knows.

  • Israel Tries to Bully Europe over Criticism of Planned 1800 Squatter Units on Palestinian Land
    • Netanyahu asked: "The EU calls our ambassadors in because of the construction of a few houses? When did the EU call in the Palestinian ambassadors about incitement that calls for Israel's destruction?"
      Such bizarre statements by Bibi. He refers to the thousands of settlements as "a few houses!"
      Is it okay to permanently seize the land if it is only for a FEW developments?
      He asks when the EU has complained about what the Palestinians have done. What is this? Two wrongs make a right? Has the EU recognized Palestinian ambassadors? Did Israel agree to let Palestine be given recognition in the UN?
      If Israel thinks there needs to be a security buffer, is there something that keeps Israel from setting up a Maginot line on the Israel side of the border?

  • The Ruling that Endangers the Internet as we Know It
    • "The medium is the message." Marshall McLuhan
      You own the medium; you own the message.

  • Iran: Israeli PM Netanyahu's Allies in US Senate Seek Vote to Scuttle President Obama's Talks
    • The president, either himself or through his State Department, by American tradition, takes the lead in foreign affairs. If congress wishes to undermine the President's agenda, then that is a radical congress. As lawmakers, these are not conservatives as Republicans love to proclaim. They should be called out as radical extremists who are anything but conservative.

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