Friday, September 04, 2015

Is Israel Lobby behind Duckworth's Iran deal silence?

I'm still perplexed and disappointed by Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth's silence on the 5 + 1 Iran nuclear deal. It's going to happen since 34 courageous, decent and peace loving Senators have made it sabotage proof. That effort to sabotage is largely coming from the Israel Lobby, spending millions on scare tactic ads and the manipulation of a claque of Senators, notably Tom Cotton, Mark Kirk, Bob Menendez and Chuck Schume...r who think nothing of putting the foreign policy interests of Israel over those of the US. 
Last month Illinois Senate candidate Andrea Zopp added moral support to the cause of Middle East peace by publically supporting the deal. Noticing Duckworth's silence, she wrote to her requesting Duckworth join her in support. Duckworth didn't respond. Tuesday, Zopp issued a public letter chiding Duckworth for her silence:

"You have avoided the question in the media and, while many of your Democratic allies have made firm declarations in support of the plan, you have been virtually silent. The world needs to know that Democrats stand with President Obama in working to secure a safer and more peaceful Middle East and world. To date, you have dodged the question and I urge you to demonstrate your leadership now and join me and many other Democrats in supporting the deal."

Tammy Duckworth is well on the way to losing my vote March 15 over her refusal to address what may be the single most important issue facing America today. The only logical explanation to me is her fear of and/or fealty to the Israel Lobby which puts enormous pressure on legislators and candidates to tow the Likud Party line, even if it threatens peace. I've called the Congresswomen's office to request she support this deal regardless of the real or imagined political consequences. Now it's your turn: 202-225-3711.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Zopp right to chide Duckworth on Iran nuke deal silence

Yesterday, Illinois Senate candidate Andrea Zopp publically called on fellow candidate Tammy Duckworth to support the President's 5 + 1 deal to defuse the Iran nuclear crisis. Till Zopp's call I was not aware Duckworth had been ducking comment on this momentous agreement which is our best hope to prevent another senseless, murderous war in the Middle East. Zopp supported the deal last month and privately requested Duckworth to do the same. Duckworth's silence is now deafening, prompting Zopp to go public. Duckworth's public support for the deal would remove any difference between two excellent Democratic candidates and prevent Duckworth from being tied by her silence on the Iran deal to incumbent Mark Kirk, a virulent war party supporter and shameless proponent of Israel's foreign policy over that of the US.

Duckworth needs to show her worth on what may be the single most important issue facing us today. On the Iran nuke deal, silence is not golden.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Two Americans slain Wednesday and few noticed

A disgruntled man aimed his gun at two young Americans Wednesday, pulled the trigger, and blew them away. But very few noticed because America's sensationalized, reality based media saw no ratings potential from their deaths. So the senseless killing of Capt. Matt Roland, 27 and Staff Sgt. Forrest Sibley, 31, in Afghanistan, were largely ignored by our war weary media. Instead, we get 24/7 coverage of the senseless killing of two ...young TV reporters in the grotesque daily slaughter made possible by our insane gun culture and lack of national mental health care. But the killings of Roland and Sibley are arguably more senseless and worthy of national debate and outrage because they occur with numbing regularity by a militarized and war obsessed government putting tens of thousands in harms way to promote empire and war profiteering. Until we unite to defeat war monger Senators like John McCain, Mark Kirk, Lindsay Graham, Bob Menendez, Tom Cotton and their band of war loving brothers in the House, the revenge killings of American soldiers defiling war torn lands far away will continue apace. Even worse, we meekly condone the governmental slaughter of untold thousands of innocent civilians abroad under the false claim of national security. 
That is The Shining City on the Hill in 2015: trillions for weapons of mass killing overseas; hundreds of millions of domestic guns to weed out the innocent at home.

Not the change we were hoping for

Former Vice President Dick Cheney popped up on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday to hawk his new book 'Exceptionalism' criticizing all things Obama and defending all things Cheney regarding the Middle East. When interviewer Lee Cowan asked Cheney how 911 changed him, Cheney replied, "It changed the way I looked at the world."

What an obtuse way of saying "It changed me into a war criminal."

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Embarrassment, embarrassment

Clinton, Sanders, Webb, O'Malley, Biden: An embarrassment of riches
Trump, Cruz, Jindal, Bush, Walker et. el: Just an embarrassment