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Trump's Israel First!

by Oui Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 at 02:18:59 PM EST

Speaking of COLLUSION by employing a foreign agent, or worse to have direct contact with Israeli dignitaries during the transition period as President-elect ...

    ○ requesting Russian veto on settlements building on Palestinian land
    ○ quid-pro-quo for Jewish hardliners in his campaign funding
    moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv into disputed territory of Jerusalem

[Update-1] Journalist Marcy Wheeler tweeted this morning: ďThe big news is that Flynn lied to FBI about [Israeli] settlements vote. This is not just RU [Russia], folks. Never has been.Ē

Itís clear now that itís all one panic.

The most public confirmed unmasking involved Susan Rice discovering that Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan [Abu Dhabi] had a secret meeting with Flynn, Kushner, and Bannon in NY.

Egypt: Trump convinced Sisi to withdraw UN resolution | Al Jazeera - Dec. 23, 2016 |

Egypt agreed to postpone a vote on a UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements after US President-elect Donald Trump called President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Egyptian president's office said.

Egypt had circulated the draft late on Wednesday, demanding Israel halt settlement activity in the occupied West Bank, and a vote was initially scheduled for Thursday.

But it requested that the resolution be postponed after Israel launched a frantic lobbying effort, including calls from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the US to use its veto power at the Security Council to block the resolution.

More below the fold ...

Were other Trump aides lobbying for Israel illicitly alongside Michael Flynn? | The Guardian |

The guilty plea entered on Friday by Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has raised critical new questions not only about the relationship between the Trump team and Russian officials - but also whether Flynn and other members of the Trump transition team were improperly lobbying on behalf of Israel.

Among the statements about which Flynn has admitted lying to the FBI is his depiction of a conversation with the then Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, relating to the run-up to the controversial December 2016 UN security council resolution 2334 on Israeli settlement building - which passed after the Obama administration abstained.

Israel, it was reported widely at the time, had been lobbying the team of then President-elect Trump in an attempt to derail the vote.

And according to the charge sheet against Flynn one of the false statements he has admitted giving to the FBI, was his denial that he had spoken to Kislyak on 22 December 2016 asking Russia to delay the vote on the UN resolution.

My diary on the first day of 2017 ...

PM May: Replica of the Thatcher - Reagan Era


British leader Theresa May breaks with John Kerry's condemnation of Israel | WaPo |

British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned a blunt speech this week by Secretary of State John F. Kerry on the state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an unusual move that boosted Britain's relations with the incoming Trump administration at the expense of President Obama.

The rare diplomatic spat between Britain and the United States, which was met with surprise by the State Department, highlighted the fast-collapsing influence of the lame-duck White House. It also pointed to a vast reordering of international affairs expected after Donald Trump takes office in three weeks, as U.S. allies position themselves to curry favor in the new order.  

Theresa May's criticism of John Kerry's speech sparks blunt US reply | The Guardian |

Theresa May has distanced the UK from Washington over John Kerry's condemnation of Israel, in comments that appear to be designed to build bridges with the incoming Trump administration.

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A post-Brexit world (Credit: Chappatte in Int. New York Times)

However the US state department last night reacted with some bluntness to May's statement.

Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying About Trump Sabotage of Security Council Resolution Against Israel Settlements | Tikun Olam |

This morning, former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the FBI [NYT] about his efforts with Jared Kushner to torpedo a United Nations Security Council resolution criticizing Israeli settlements.  These included lobbying the Russian ambassador to help in this campaign by delaying or cancelling a vote on the matter. Earlier today, I published a new column in Middle East Eye (MEE) which outlined the case against Kushner.

Here's how the Times laid out the context:

    In one of the conversations described in court documents, the men discussed an upcoming United Nations Security Council vote on whether to condemn Israel's building of settlements. At the time, the Obama administration was preparing to allow a Security Council vote on the matter.

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The activist and majority of support for Israel in the US comes from Fundies and Evangelical Christians whose End Times fantasies depend on the existence of Israel.  These credulous nincompoops are also the bedrock of support for the GOP.

I seriously doubt Trump gives two damns about Israel.  It's a cheap way to shore up support.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 at 09:56:13 PM EST
Who is willing to admit that Mssrs Flynn and "very senior PTT Official" (quoting from DOJ statement of offense; and surely not Kelly Ann) were in fact carrying out the policy of the Mr Obama's administration? The nation now ought rejoice the peaceful transition of power in those final hours, one would think, if one disposed to overlook just this once Mr Flynn's craven, illicit LIE.

The previous administration had no demonstrable "diplomatic" mission, opposition, intention, or effort to obstruct expansion of Israeli settlements throughout Palestine. To the contrary: some imply. My understanding is, one of distraught president's last orders, 24 Dec 2016, for the US Ambassador Madame Susstein was, as had been the custom, lo, these sixty years, to speak truth to power! Look, yon!

Let us wallow in the perfidy which TRUMP nether regions hath EXPOSED and forced from the speech of this brave woman.

US abstains as UN demands end to Israeli settlements and other illicit acts

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 at 09:59:42 PM EST
CNN reporting of this HISTORIC event brings tears to my eyes.
IN TOTAL DEFIANCE OF ISRAEL, THE INCOMING PRESIDENT, AND EVEN MEMBERS OF HIS OWN PARTY President Obama refused to veto a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements allowing it to pass the security council resoundingly. A rare abandonment of a long held US tenet to have Israel's back.

Damn, Mr Flynn! Damn your lies!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 at 10:08:32 PM EST
I'm puzzled. In what way would Clinton have done anything differently? Trump may have secret meetings with some of them, but Clinton had very public meetings with groups like AIPAC. As for moving the Embassy, Obama was an exception - every other candidate had promised to move it. And we still do not know if Trump will actually carry out his threat.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 at 10:48:07 PM EST
Yes, that's my reaction too; practically every US poltician is in AIPAC's pocket, so what's the big deal?

As for Mueller's investigation; I'm beginning to get the feeling that irrespective of what is revealed, nothing is going to happen to Trump. DC is just gonna yawn and carry on as before. The GOP have stacked the deck too far and it's broken every check and balance in the system.

I'm just curious which particular distraction technique they'll employ to hide from the US electorate that the tax changes will make all of them much much poorer. Even when theose bills come in 18 months from now.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 4th, 2017 at 11:32:45 AM EST
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There are those that claim Russiagate is the distraction. I wouldn't go so far, that would require to much planning.

However once there is an ongoing soap opera that the media likes to report on, that story serves well to hide anything media owners doesn't want to call attention to.

by fjallstrom on Mon Dec 4th, 2017 at 12:15:11 PM EST
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I mean Reagan sabotaged hostage negotiations to get elected and then sold military assets to an official enemy. And if he were alive today the Dems would proudly welcome him to the Resistance™

What is the worst thing anyone imagines the Trumpkins have done?

by generic on Mon Dec 4th, 2017 at 12:35:18 PM EST
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Which in turn pales compare to Nixon's work with Anna Chennault to keep the Vietnam war going on until he won the election.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Dec 4th, 2017 at 12:40:37 PM EST
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At least you don't hear laments that it "isn't Nixon's party anymore".
by generic on Mon Dec 4th, 2017 at 03:55:15 PM EST
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by generic on Tue Dec 5th, 2017 at 02:10:49 PM EST
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In what way would Clinton have done anything differently?

To any one with a moral compass not exclusively tuned to partisan political interest this question is irrelevant. So, going along with AIPAC becomes an integrity incicator for those lacking other strong motivations, such as religious belief including all whose tradition include messianic teachings, but even there it is an indicator that the individual is unable or unwilling  to transcend religious belief and teaching. But the attraction of money probably overrides all other concerns and only reinforces the support of those who are simply bought. And majorities of both Jews and Christians in the USA are critical of Israel's policies in the middle east.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Dec 4th, 2017 at 03:11:14 PM EST
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This is what "red meat" for bipedal TRUMP resistors looks like.
False Statements Regarding FLYNN's Request that Foreign Officials Vote Against or Delay a United Nations Security Council Resolution

4. During the January 24 voluntary interview, FLYNN made additional false statements about calls he made to Russia and several other countries regarding a resolution submitted by Egypt to the United Nations Security Council on December 21, 2016. Specifically, FLYNN falsely stated that he only asked the countries' positions on the vote, and that he did not request that any of the countries take any particular action on the resolution. FLYNN also falsely stated that the Russian Ambassador never described to him Russia's response to FLYNN's request regarding the resolution. In truth and in fact [?], however, FLYNN then there knew the following had occurred:
a. On or about December 21, 2016, Egypt submitted a resolution to the United Nations Security Council ...
b. On or about December 22, 2016, a very senior member of the PResidential Transition Team directed FLYNN to contact officials from foreign governments, including Russian, to learn where each government stood on the resolution and to influence those governments to delay the vote or defeat the resolution.

UN postpones vote on Israeli settlements at last minute 22 Dec 2016
"Hours before it was due to take place, the UN Security Council on Thursday postponed a vote on a draft resolution demanding that Israel halt its settlement activities as president-elect Donald Trump weighed in and said the United States should veto the measure." Another underhanded and nefarious public violation of the Logan Act!
c. On or about December 22, 2016, FLYNN contacted the Russian Ambassador about the pending vote. FLYNN informed [?] the Ambassador about the incoming administration's opposition ...
d. On or about December 23, 2016, FLYNN again spoke with the Russian Ambassador, who informed FLYNN ...
University of d'Oh BULLETIN
...that if it came to a vote Russia would not vote against [would not VETO] the resolution.

FLYNN influenced no one. FLYNN informed no one. But he LIED about I-forget, and that's very important evidence of I-forget. Perhaps Obama's utterly gratuitous exit from center stage of the UN Board of Approvals?


Suck it up. Flynn's getting the Patraeus treatment. Move on. Or back to the emoluments allegations. Dig up another dead body from the cemetery of possible informants.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 at 10:49:18 PM EST
Reading BooMan's fp story quoting article by David Ignatius, one error caught my eye .. the Russian military plane with the Alexandrov Ensemble was not shot-down. The investigation clearly put blame on pilot's spatial orientation due to "emotional and physiological fatigue" of commander Volkov in a crisis situation during take-off from Sochi airport.  

David Ignatius' Curious Role in the Mike Flynn Story | Marcy Wheeler - Feb 15, 2017 |

After all, Ignatius set off the events with this article. The article included two curious details. First, in an update to the story, Ignatius stated as fact that the Russian plane carrying a military choir to Syria had been shot down.

    "This official later added that Flynn's initial call was to express condolences to Kislyak after the terrorist killing of the Russian ambassador to Ankara Dec. 19, and that Flynn made a second call Dec. 28 to express condolences for the shoot-down of a Russian plane carrying a choir to Syria."

Perhaps this was a mistake, but no cause for the crash has been reported (and it'd be even more curious if Trump's people knew this was a shoot-down right away, given the lack of public accounting for it). There has been no follow-up about who shot down this plane (and little claim that it was terrorism).

Ignatius not only knew of the calls, but he knew enough to ask the question -- which the FBI would later pose to Flynn in an interview -- about whether Flynn had undercut US sanctions. In response to his mention of the calls, other journalists followed up with Mike Pence, which ultimately led to the excused reason for Flynn's firing, that he had lied to Pence about the calls. Frankly, that questioning also clearly led to Flynn correcting his story between February 8 and 9, which suggests he may have reviewed the transcripts in the interim.

While Ignatius' report is mentioned in a WaPo timeline of these events, he's not bylined in either of the two big bombshells from WaPo on this, even though up to seven journalists are mentioned.

There are two obvious explanations. First, that Ignatius' column, which serves as a mouthpiece for the IC (and especially CIA), is not generally treated in the same way other journalism at the WaPo is. And possibly, specifically in this case, if that reference were treated as reporting rather than speculation, it might lead Trump's leak investigation back to the source that kicked off this leak fest. But by posing it as speculative questioning, it protects that original source.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 3rd, 2017 at 06:30:00 PM EST
A prophetic warning in 2005 during the Bush administration became reality by the American people in electing Donald Trump:

    "We the People are part of the problem."

Response by Cogitator to a David Ignatius article

David, you know as well as I that the Bush Administration doesn't even see the problem, let alone understand it or, heavens, acknowledge it. One cannot see what one isn't looking for. Most of us wish to remove a pebble in our shoe. The Bush motif is to attempt to grind it into dust, with the caveat that subordinates do all the heavy work.

You write "...when President Bush eloquently invokes our values, the world seems to tune out..."  Eloquently or hypocritically? How can these words be deemed eloquent if the audience reaction is to ignore? Plus, "...The world seems to tune out..." is a pallid, unspecific description, objectionable in any opinion column.

For President Bush to state that "we do not torture" when he knows that we do and his henchmen are publicly leading the charge to convince Congress to back off and place no restrictions on the use of torture, well, why do you expect the world NOT to disregard such incoherence? .

Finally, your solution is but one step of many that are needed. The task falls to the American public to find such Bush Administration obscenities objectionable and unacceptable.

Otherwise, we are also part of the problem.  

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 3rd, 2017 at 06:31:07 PM EST
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