Tuesday, 3/3/15, Public Square



by | March 2, 2015 · 5:00 pm

13 responses to “Tuesday, 3/3/15, Public Square

  1. If he wants war let HIM fight it. That so-called ‘wonderful ally’ has NEVER helped the US fight any of our wars.

    Netanyahu’s Expert Testimony on Iraq in 2002
    Following his first term as Isrel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu testified to Congress on Sept. 12, 2002 as a private citizen, and advised Congress that a U.S. invasion of Iraq would be “a good choice.”

    • Let’s not forget – the same Republicans who are kissing Bennie’s butt and wants America to go to war over Iran’s nuclear program are the same folks who worship St. Ronnie Raygun.

      St. Ronnie was the American president that sold weapons to Iran (our sworn enemy) in the 1980’s.

      In my book – selling weapons to our sworn enemy would be an act of treason – or at the very least, not a smart thing to do??

      Maybe this is why I would never make it to the level of a current “real” Republican?

      BTW – let’s watch the Fundies like Pat Robertson and Franklin Graham in all this drumbeat to start World War III.

      Also – let’s not forget who it was that brought the first infected Ebola virus patients into America – it was Franklin Graham’s doing through his ‘charity?” group – Samaritan’s Purse.

      So – when we hear any CONservative Christian Republican demonize Obama for bringing in all those illegals with their diseases – let’s remind these folks who it was that brought Ebola virus to America – shall we?

      • When I point such out, I generally get called names. I will admit that at one time I was on the Reagan band wagon. Until I started paying attention, that I realized he and the Nazi-cons were no better then the Hitler bunch. And with the same goals.

      • R.D. – I am starting to suspect Reagan was the real Anti-Christ – not Obama as these Conservative Republicans like to yammer on and on about..

        What better person to be the true Anti-Christ than a white male who had the gift of gab and was trained in the art of how to sell anything through his acting ability?

  2. “It is an economic necessity to keep a certain segment of the population ignorant, unemployed, uneducated, poor and hungry as a ready supply of military candidates. A financially independent and well fed population will never willingly submit themselves to the horrors of war…” ~ Napoléon Bonaparte

  3. If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is entitled to speak to Congress and the American people on his disagreement with American foreign policy, a lowly former U.S. Secretary of Labor (who also happens to be Jewish) has every right to address the Israeli people on an issue over which he disagrees with official Israeli policy. (He doesn’t have a formal way of communicating, so if you know any Israeli’s please forward to them the following message.)

    People of Israel: You should know that the new-found alliance between your Prime Minister and our Republican Party, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and some wealthy right-wing Jews here (such as billionaire Sheldon Adelson), is poisoning the relationship between Israel and the United States. Netanyahu’s decision to address Congress on Tuesday to argue against a nuclear deal with Iran that’s one of the President’s highest priorities, and also to speak to Aipac – just two weeks before your own national elections – foists your own domestic politics onto ours. As such, it is having a polarizing effect here in the United States, pushing many Americans to side against Israel, and thereby posing a long-term threat to Israel’s security. Meanwhile, many American Jews who have refrained from speaking out against the right-wing radicalism that has taken hold in Israel – a radicalism that rejects a “two-state solution” and continues to build new settlements on the West Bank, and which we believe imperils the future of Israel — are now feeling emboldened to do so. Aipac does not speak for us. House Republicans do not speak for us. Billionaires do not speak for us. We have been silent for too long. — Robert Reich


    The following is from 29-year-old Stav Shaffir, the youngest minister in Israel’s parliament (Knesset), in response to my recent post about Netanyahu’s upcoming address to Congress.
    Dear Robert Reich,

    Like many Israelis, I read your post that was shared by thousands. Because you decided to address Israelis directly, you’ll forgive me if I take the same liberty and speak directly to US Jewry:

    Brothers and sisters, you are not alone. Many of us in Israel feel the same extreme discomfort, even embarrassment, that you feel at Netanyahu’s interference in US internal politics. We understand that he is primarily interested in electioneering and is cynically exploiting you as a part of his election strategy, not to impact an agreement between Iran and world powers.

    To our utter mortification, Netanyahu is willing to take this grave misstep despite its costs. In refusing to back down, he has already done serious damage to the strategic alliance between the US and Israel and put you -our brothers, sisters, allies and partners – in an impossible position in which you are asked to choose between your love for Israel and loyalty to the US. Make no mistake: we, like you, understand that support for Israel cannot become a partisan issue, limited to Republicans or Democrats. Support for Israel has long been bipartisan, and that cannot and should not change now. From what we know about the agreement being formulated, we have serious reasons for concern. But Netanyahu is doing the exact opposite of what someone who is interested in effecting the reality in the Middle East should be doing.

    Robert, your work over the years on inequality has been an inspiration for many of us in the Israeli social protest movement. I know that you probably tend to hear about Israel in tragic contexts, but you should know that only a couple of years ago hundreds of thousands of us, citizens of Israel, took to the streets to begin a challenging common journey whose aim was a profound repair of our society. But just as our government, with Netanyahu at its helm, chose a destructive path when it came to our international relations, it took a destructive path on our economic front as well: housing prices continue to skyrocket, median income is stuck, and our most basic social services are falling apart.

    Though Netanyahu may be deaf to the needs and hopes of most of our citizenry, we have faith that we can build a different Israel. We have not the privilege to despair. We are neither impressed nor intimidated by Netanyahu’s scare tactics or Sheldon Adelson’s billions. We are encouraged and moved to know that we have partners across the ocean that share our vision for a more egalitarian society – one that is more just and more united. And if the circumstances we find ourselves in today succeed in generating a stronger bond between us and generate an emerging alliance, then at least we know that something good has come out of Netanyahu’s cynical move.

    MK Stav Shaffir

  4. All of Your Nuclear-Deal Questions, Answered
    In which I try to explain that things that appear to be contradictions sometimes aren’t.


  5. Some of you very smart people need to help me understand this Netanyahu speech.

    Okay, first I’ll tell you what I understand so you’ll know what I need to hear to straighten me out. I hear him say don’t deal with Iran because that will make it worse. Then I hear him say something has to be done because Iran is gonna have nuclear bombs. But, I don’t hear him say what should be done — only that BOTH doing nothing (or what we’re doing now) and trying to deal with them is wrong.

    So, does that leave any options other than war? Is he trying to say war is the answer without ever saying the word war? And, if he thinks war is the answer why doesn’t he wage war against Iran just like he does against Palestine? Is he just saying anything President Obama does is wrong but he has no ideas what should be done (kinda like today’s republicans)?

    Please help!

    • I just read this opinion at the link. Is there any truth to this?

      “Opinion: It is in Netanyahu’s interest to halt U.S.-Iranian reconciliation, since it would strip him of a dispute that he exploits to distract attention from Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.”


    • Bennie is a very clever politician and he knows where his targeted audience lives – in the current Republican Party. These are the folks who are running the GOP – the Fundy Christians (Pat Robertson, Franklin Graham, to name the top two leaders).

      There is also an election coming up in two weeks – of which Bennie is well aware of and he wants to make sure that he is in the winner-takes-all category.

      But – putting Bennie aside – America has always been expected to be the pit bull for Israel.

      Okay – I have no problem with being an ally of Israel. But when Israel is in the wrong – then wouldn’t a good friend be the one to tell Israel is in the wrong?

      Why should America sit back and give cover to Israel when they are doing wrong?

      But – think about this – haven’t we seen Fundy Christians and Catholics all give cover to those within their group when they are doing wrong?

      Bennie knows how to play our current crop of Republicans and he is playing them like a $2 fiddle.

      • BTW – these same Republicans who hate Iran and don’t want to have any peace agreement with them are the same folks who still worship the President that sold weapons to our sworn enemy Iran.

        I guess it’s okay when St. Ronnie sold weapons to our sworn enemy Iran – but for Obama to have the gall to think he could possibly come to an agreement with Iran is just too much for these poor folks to tolerate.

        Damn….Republicans have become too stupid – IMHO