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Republican Party’s secret weapon: Benjamin Netanyahu

If you are following US politics it’s been a bonanza season.

Liberal-leaning watchers will have been perversely exhilirated and appalled by the candidates’ push into the wild extremities of the right. Centrist-conservative-leaners will have been merely appalled.

But despite an escalating sequence of rightiness, I find that I can still be shocked — coming across this item from the superblogger Andrew Sullivan, buried instantly in his daily cascade of posts. Sullivan, that sane apostate from the conservative cause (I didn’t leave them, they left me), has taken a hair-raising reading from the latest reports on Israel’s calculations over Iran:

Israeli officials say they won’t warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, according to one U.S. intelligence official familiar with the discussions.

Sullivan writes:

What it amounts to is a formal declaration that, if the US attempts at any point to differ seriously with Israel’s far right, the alliance is over . . .

So Israel would, without warning, put US troops and Western civilians at direct risk of terrorist assaults, would likely tip Pakistan into even more outright hostility to any cooperation with the West, and rally the Iranian opposition to its foul regime . . .

He makes a brief case against the Israeli PM, but it’s as compelling as a slowmotion video of a truck coming at you. And this breath-taking punt:

Here’s a prediction. Netanyahu, in league and concert with Romney, Santorum and Gingrich, will make his move to get rid of Obama soon. And he will be more lethal to this president than any of his domestic foes.

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  • 1
    Observation
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Of course Netanyahu will try anything to help the right wing hawks get into power. The Israeli government is an aggressive war mongering tribe from the Bush administration cabal! These are the guys who will plunge the world into hell!

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    geomac
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    It would normally seem strange for recipient of close to 5 billion a year in military and domestic aid to thumb its nose at the benefactor but thats Israel . It has been getting this aid money since 1948 but thats just what it gets from the USA . Mind you despite this aid it didn,t stop Israel from spying on the USA to gain its nuclear capacity or bizarrely attacking the USS Liberty in international waters during the six day war .
    What I find hard to comprehend is that Iran is perceived as a threat and Israel isn,t ? Consider the brutal attack on Lebanon , well at least the last one and the excuse used was the kidnapping of some soldiers near the border . The attack on Gaza which is akin to warders attacking prisoners because Gaza was a virtual prison and except for the Egyptian side still is . Iran fought Iraq but Iraq attacked it with the support of western powers . Iran doesn,t have what we consider good governance but is ok for Israel to have a form of apartheid . A russian jew who migrated to Israel 15 years ago has more rights than an a Jerusalem arab who ancestry goes back centuries . Not only more rights but can by Israeli legal means kick that arab out of his house legally . I just don,t understand the logic in claiming Israel as a trusted friend and having western values . Just about every leader in that country has been tainted with or convicted of corruption over the last twenty years . What is the difference between a jewish state and a muslim state where there is no distinction between religion and state in its governance ? Both may claim secular type governance but neither practice it . Its beyond comprehension that either country has support from any quarter but more so Israel .

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    Michael James
    Posted March 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    “Sullivan, that sane apostate from the conservative cause”

    WTF! This is the same Sullivan who asserts that Sarah Palin isn’t the mother of her downs syndrome son Trig.

    Sullivan claims that she faked her preganancy to cover for her daughter Britol’s illegitimate child (even though said daughter was actually confirmed pregnant less than a month later and thus could not, medically have been pregnant with Trig Palin).

    This is the Sullivan who questions the doctors who actually delivered Trig, and claims they are all part of some devious conspiracy undfertaken for political gain.

    I don’t know about you, but using the word sane to describe Sullivan, no matter his prior acheivements, seems like drawing a long bow.

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    Bloggerlady Evi L.
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    Andrew Sullivan’s protocols of the elders of Zion Daily Beast post!

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    W H Chong
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    A topic to excite:

    Indeed I think Sullivan is very considered about this. Back during the 2008 election cycle, he asked for confirmation — Trig’s birth cert, and Palin to this date still has not offered documentation. Sullivan has recently linked to a request by an Anchorage Daily reporter back in December 2008 for the same confirmation:

    “… The questions for the doctor: Did you deliver Trig? If not, who did? Who is Trig Palin’s biological mom and how do you know that? . . . Here’s one more request that might help. Would the governor make available a copy of Trig’s birth certificate? We could mention in our story what the birth certificate says.”

    The spokesman, Bill McAllister, replied:
    “Allow me to intervene in a completely off-the-record way: I never anticipated the depths of sleaze that your paper would come to countenance. That the governor would have to prove maternity to you is perhaps the most despicable idea ever peddled by an organization that once had Pulitzer Prize status (and that now won’t even staff the legislative session). This is a disgrace, an outrage and a damnable injustice.”

    Original at politicalgates.

    The contrast is the birther controvery over Obama over his supposed non-American birth status. That “disgrace, an outrage and damnable injustice” contimued until the White House presented Obama’s birth certificate. (And of course, lots of folk apparently still say they don’t believe,)
    Why is sauce for the gander not good enough for the goose?

    WHC

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    michael r james
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I am not familiar with this particular tiff/outrage, however just posting to disambiguate myself from the other Michael James.

    Andrew Sullivan may be of the right but anything I have read of his has always been rational so I suspect my namesake is simply recycling from rabid websites rather the brief note on Sullivan’s blog that references the story.

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    W H Chong
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    Michael R James, I did wonder for a semi-moment. Disambiguated.

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    wilful
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    This is all bullshit of course. The simple and plain fact is that Israel could not execute a strike against Iran without the strong collusion of the USA. I mean, look at a map people. Has anyone noticed the distance? The other countries in the way? The fact that Israel flies F-15s and -16s that simply don’t have the range?

    I’m sure Israel could manage to land a bmb, or a few, on Iranian soil. But nothing that would impact Iran’s nuclear ambitions one smidge, and not without massive cost in war materiels.

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