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Will the great purge begin ?

Most voters seemed to understand that the outcome of America’s midterm election was the result of a devastated economy and the President Barack Obama’s failure to create jobs or even to understand the difficulties that are confronting many American families.  But it’s nevertheless strange how America’s elites never seem to get it, probably because they are completely immune to the consequences of their own actions through their possession of money and power.  The latest failure to compute comes from the triumphant Republican Party, which appears to believe that the electoral results were an endorsement of the foreign and security policies of George W. Bush, which will mean blanket approval of a prolonged stay in Afghanistan coupled with new adventures in Iran, Yemen, and Somalia.  There is also sure to be a continuation of the highly effective US embargo directed against Cuba, which has been so successful at removing Fidel Castro from power.

The euphoria of the Republican triumph is bringing to the surface the usual flotsam and jetsam driven by various agendas linked to foreign countries, none of which in any way benefit the American people.  Too bad there was not a national referendum item on the midterm ballot with only one question:  “Shall the federal government dismantle its overseas bases, bring its soldiers home, and leave the rest of the world in peace?”  Fortunately there are plenty of Republicans and also Democrats around who will make sure that such a question is never asked and who are intent on expanding America’s worldwide footprint.  For those folks there should be a second question:  “Should any elected official with close and continuing ties to a foreign country be required to resign, turn in his US passport and go live there?”

Senator Lindsey Graham

There are a few choice anecdotes coming out of the recent election not to mention the rise of a new generation of leaders who will undoubtedly call for America rejection of the darkness known as isolationism, which we all know automatically precedes appeasement and directly thereafter to Munich in 1938.  Leading the pack is Senator Lindsey Graham, who has already called for the obliteration of Iran and is apparently prepared to go toe to toe with a “cheating” China.  And then there is Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is the odds on favorite to become the next Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Ros-Lehtinen is Cuban born and lives in Florida.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

A school teacher in her former life, her razor sharp mind has latched on to a number of principles that are intended to guide us all through the shoals of foreign policy.  She has supported every measure by the Bush and Obama administrations to make war on just about everyone and has also lined up behind the various Military Commissions, Patriot Acts, and claims of State Secrets Privilege.  She wants to make the Patriot Act permanent.  Regarding Iraq she has observed “Whether or not there is a direct link to the World Trade Center does not mean that Iraq is not meritorious of shedding blood.  The common link is that they hate America.”

Regarding Cuba, Ros-Lehtinen’s particular personal bête noir, she has again demonstrated acuity worthy of King Solomon.  “I welcome the opportunity of having anyone assassinate Fidel Castro and any leader who is oppressing the people.”  It goes without saying that Ros-Lehtinen considers herself a close friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, opposes aid to the Palestinians, and supports Israeli settlement expansion, calling on Obama to stop criticizing “an indispensible ally and friend of the United States.”

Howard P. "Buck" McKeon

Another rising star in the foreign and security policy firmament is Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon of California, who will likely head the House Armed Services Committee.  Buck’s knowledge of war and warriors comes from his onetime ownership of western wear store chain in Santa Clarita, California, which eventually went bankrupt.  His six children (he is a Mormon) have not served in the military, a common attribute of government officials and talking heads who like war.  Buck will undoubtedly serve as an excellent counterpoint to Ros-Lehtinen at Foreign Affairs.  His heavyweight analysis of what needs to be done includes developing a “broad vision for national defense policy that emphasizes winning the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq…”  After the midterm election he observed “Our citizens have spoken and they want a defense budget that is sufficient to address the challenges of today and the threats of tomorrow.”  In other words, Buck noticed that the election was really about wasting more money on wars even though it was not on the ballot and was never mentioned.  He concluded that America must hike its defense spending, which already exceeds that of the rest of the world combined.  He also will be revisiting the Obama plan for a phased pullout from Afghanistan starting next year which he considers to be a sellout to the Taliban.

Chip Cravaack

A Republican newfer from Minnesota named Chip Cravaack also deserves honorable mention.  During a newspaper interview Cravaack, an ex-Navy pilot, was asked about earmarks.  He asked what an earmark was and, when it was described to him, he said that he was against it.  He ran his campaign out of a motor home that he called the “war wagon” and his staffers and volunteers were given military titles.  But on the plus side, he calls himself a Tea Partier so maybe he will eventually figure things out.

And just to demonstrate that foreign policy idiocy is bipartisan, there was a congressional race in Illinois between incumbent Democrat Jan

Joe Pollack & Jan Schakowsky compositive

Schakowsky and Republican challenger Joel Pollak. The two candidates eschewed any debate over the economy and instead traded insults over who was a better candidate for Israel.  According to the Israeli media Pollak, an Orthodox Jew born in South Africa, started the exchange by claiming that Schakowsky was “soft on Israel’s security,” that she was “too sympathetic to the Palestinians” and supportive only of “weak” sanctions against Iran.  Pollak, one of whose supporters is Alan Dershowitz, asked Schakowsky to join him in “condemning the Obama administration’s ongoing attack on Israel.”  In a debate with Schakowsky, Pollak unrolled a map of Israel and announced “My focus tonight will be Israel.”

Schakowsky’s campaign countered that she had a 100% pro-Israel voting record, which was the truth, including even a vote in favor of Israel’s right to defend itself after it killed 300 Palestinian children in operation Cast Lead against Gaza.  She also cited self defense when signing a congressional letter endorsing the killing of US citizen Furkan Dogan on the Gaza flotilla.  In addition, she has enthusiastically endorsed every actual and proposed piece of legislation sanctioning Iran.

Schakowsky, who has considerable baggage due to her possible involvement with Turkish lobbyists as documented by Sibel Edmonds, was never challenged by Pollak on the issue, possibly because the Edmonds revelations also involved Israel.  Jan Schakowsky defeated Pollak in the election by a large margin, demonstrating perhaps that the electorate was not as consumed by the Israel issue as was Pollak.

Ros-Lehtinen, McKeon, and Schakowsky-Pollak together demonstrate that there are altogether too many elected officials in Washington who are overly concerned with Washington managing the affairs of others.  That someone who has called for the assassination of foreign heads of state who are “oppressive” can possibly be considered for the chairmanship of an important committee dealing with foreign affairs is a strong indication that there is something very wrong on Capitol Hill.  That a former western wear shop owner who has never been in the military and evidently feels that his family ought to likewise avoid that burden should head the committee dealing with the armed forces must be some kind of joke.  And congressional candidates arguing about who adores Israel the most brings back memories of Joe Biden and Sarah Palin’s lovefest on the issue.  Wasn’t there anyone out there running for office who pledged to put the interests of the American people first?

This article was originally published in antiwar.com

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA Officer, is the Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest. His “Deep Background” column appears every month exclusively in The American Conservative.

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5 Comments

  1. Rehmat on the 13. Nov, 2010 remarked #

    “On Iran, there’s no difference between Democrats and Republicans. They’re very comfortable with the idea that a foreign leader like Netanyahu can take 300 million Americans to war whenever he wants,” Michael Scheuer, former CIA Counter-terrorism expert.

    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/jb-campbell-countering-zionist-aggression/

  2. D Costa on the 13. Nov, 2010 remarked #

    Chip Cravaack looks like Nicholas Sarcozy’s twin. The solution to America’s problem is to defeat all politicians on both sides who pander to Israel. Results of midterm election is rather unsatisfactory. Eric Cantor’s rise in the Republican party is no comfort to Americans.

    Americans are fed up. This Cuban woman from Florida has no feelings for real Americans. We need real Americans like David Duke, Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, Jim Traficant and Cynthia McKinney who feel for what America is facing!

    Terminate all aid to Israel. Let Israel sink in its own misery. Defeat all Zionist Jews in the congress and all other political positions. Stop sending FBI and police officers for “anti-terrorism training” in Israel.

    No more wars for Israel. War is a racket. The only enemy we have is Israel and Zionist Jews–not Muslims.

  3. G Street on the 14. Nov, 2010 remarked #

    Oath of office:

    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

    If this is too complicated, the holders of our government trust could refer to the original version of this oath:

    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States.”

    I defy them to find the part of the Constitution authorizing subordination of our nation’s interests and government to a foreign state. We pay for honest services from office holders.

    From the Senate’s website:

    Under Article I, Section 5, clause 2, of the Constitution, a Member of Congress may be removed from office before the normal expiration of his or her constitutional term by an “expulsion” … While there are no specific grounds for an expulsion expressed in the Constitution, expulsion actions in both the House and the Senate have generally concerned cases of perceived disloyalty
    to the United States, or the conviction of a criminal statutory offense which involved abuse of one’s official position.

  4. D Costa on the 14. Nov, 2010 remarked #

    “Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Ros-Lehtinen is Cuban born and lives in Florida.

    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
    A school teacher in her former life, her razor sharp mind has latched on to a number of principles that are intended to guide us all through the shoals of foreign policy. She
    has supported every measure by the Bush and Obama administrations to make war on just about everyone and has also lined up behind the various Military Commissions, Patriot Acts, and claims of State Secrets Privilege. She wants to make the Patriot Act permanent. Regarding Iraq she has observed “Whether or not there is a direct link to the World Trade Center does not mean that Iraq is not meritorious of shedding blood. The common link is that they hate America.”

    And just to demonstrate that foreign policy idiocy is bipartisan, there was a congressional race in Illinois between incumbent Democrat Jan
    Schakowsky and Republican challenger Joel Pollak. The two candidates eschewed any debate over the economy and instead traded insults over who was a better candidate for Israel. According to the Israeli media Pollak, an Orthodox Jew born in South Africa, started the exchange by claiming that Schakowsky was “soft on Israel’s security,” that she was “too sympathetic to the Palestinians” and supportive only of “weak” sanctions against Iran….”

    –Philip Giraldi writes in the above article.

    Only 25% of the voters in this district in IL are Jewish and the other 75% has to tolerate this madness.

    This congresswoman from Fl is simply mad. She is the one who hates America, not the Muslims. Real Americans should take over the American government, the US military and all branches of law enforcement, not Cuban borns like her and certainly not Israeli firsters or those born in Israel. America needs rules and these should make distinction about foreigners when it comes to serving this nation’s congress and law enforcement and other branches of the US government.

  5. rexw on the 14. Nov, 2010 remarked #

    Sadly, Philip, there does not appear to be anyone ‘out there’ who has as their priority a pledge to put America first.

    It seems to be a sad collection of new politicians that have entered the rarefied atmosphere of the new Congress, all apparently with the object of outdoing each other in their support, not of the USA, but a hated foreign state called Israel, hated by all other peoples of the world but the compromised and sycophantic new Republicans.

    Previousoly as we all know the recipients of the AIPAC kiss were the Democrats who failed to ‘bring on’ a war with Iran in a reasonable timeframe. So in a remarkable display of power and corruption, a show of ‘changing horses midstream’ by the US fifth column, AIPAC and while rubbing their little hands with glee, directed their attention (aka graft) by compromising just one more segment of American life, the malleable Republicans who will be more inclined to prosecute a war with Iran based on Israel’s ability to threaten their comfort zone as new representatives of a yet-to-awake American public.

    So we have gone from a compromised Democratic environment to a compromised Republican environment, the one common factor being the blatant anti-American activities and objectives of AIPAC who still go about their traitorous daily acts with little hindrance from the law or any apparent concerns expressed by the American people.

    Such a apathetic climate has been created due to the total disregard by the US of actions like the USS Liberty and of Presidents since that time when, through their complacency and a growing need for maintaining their political support, where the rise of international Zionism and two directly resulting wars with a third on the planning board, have been the result.

    Nothing to be proud of in any way.

    The tradition continues through the inaction of Obama and his disgracefully compromised Secretary of State, an empty suit and cheerleader of the AIPAC traitors, Biden and advisers who could have been appointed by Netanyahu and his cabal, so biased are their leanings.

    So is this the beginning of the end of US empire, eroding as it is from within? Certainly and the one country that will benefit from such activities and make every foolish transgression by such a rightwing rabble as the newly constituted Congress, will be China, historically inscrutable and studying the weak US character as depicted on the front pages of the New York Times daily, taking advantage of this financial and moral bankruptcy to commence their bid for new empire, an oriental one this time.

    What America can expect is a lining up of the power that China represents should there be any serious Israeli-motivated tilt at war with Iran. This is the one scenario that may awaken the public, a war they cannot win, naturally designed to be fought by conscripted Americans and not the manipulators, Israel, hiding behind American skirts as has been their practice in iraq and Afghanistan.

    It is such a pity that all this is avoidable by the removal of the ‘special’ status that Israel enjoys (demands), indisputably the major factor in US foreign policy. This change, should it occur, together with a clear understanding that any political representative, either Senate based or part of the Congress who promotes or even supports any action that can be seen as having a detrimental effect for America and/or American life can be subject to litigation designed to expose such abhorrent behaviour, details of which would be broadcast in a media network that again is owned by the American people and controlled by Americans, real Americans, not dual-passported Israelis.

    America should be for Americans, not Zionists. Until that happens, the US will continue to crumble under the burden of a foreign state whose hatred of anything at odds with their selfish thinking is treated with disdain.

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