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Vatic Note: This is a "MUST READ" and more importantly, the videos are a must watch.... there is nothing in one place that addresses the seriousness of these issues, except right here in this panel work. Thank you, My Catbird Seat, for putting this up. The videos are also a must see, every single one of them. They would not let me embed them so you must click on the link and go directly to the video for that particular panel. Trust me, it's well worth it. An honest treatment of the subject is long over due.
It has cost the US much not only in life, and limb of our children, but in tax dollars, for an enemy that has done nothing to us. Every war we have gotten into was the result of our attempt to support the American-murdering ally, Israel..... remember the USS Liberty, USS cole, 9-11 and who else knows what else that we don't know. Wellstone? JFK, and his son, JFK Jr? etc.
National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel "Special Relationship" – March 7
by Debbie Menon, My Catbird Seat
Yesterday, March 7, the “National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel ‘Special Relationship,’” was held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
The presentations lasted from 9:00-am to 5:00-pm and were very informative, but apparently not a single word about it in either the Washington Post or the Washington Times,
so for Washington, it did not happen. (VN: whats new and no surprise. The MSM is owned by these people and that is why their readership is dropping off deeply and rapidly. They are no longer reporting the "real" news. But then they are owned by the subject of these panels.)
While that might be true, it looks like it was a full house anyway, which the smart organization and perseverance of the summit organizers Alison Weir, Philip Giraldi, Grant F Smith, Paul Findley and Janet McMahon can take full credit for.
It was the most joyful 9 hours spent watching and listening to some of my favorite and frequently featured writers and commentators on these pages, all in one large tent speak with precision, sophistication and objectivity in analyzing US-Israel “special relationship” and providing a wealth of information and historical chain of events, that has brought us to this day in which it has been unanimously concluded by these diverse experts, authors, investigative journalists and former senior counter intelligence analysts on the panel that Israel is indeed a liability to America and not an ally or a friend.
The summit was Broadcast on C-SPAN-3
VIDEO from C-SPAN is here:
View each of the six panels at C-Span video links below:
Panel 1.0 How does the Israel lobby influence Congress?
Paul Findley, Janet McMahon, Cynthia McKinney, and Delinda Hanley.
Panel 2.0 Does Israel and its lobby exercise too much influence on U.S. decisions to wage war in the Middle East?
Stephen Sniegoski, Karen Kwiatkowski, Gareth Porter, and Brigadier General (Ret) James David.
Panel 3.0 Does the "special relationship" transcend rule of law?
Grant Smith, Ernie Gallo, Mark Perry, and Spike Bowman.
Panel 4.0 How did the "special relationship" come to be?
Stephen Walt, Geoffrey Wawro, John Quigley, and Alison Weir.
Panel 5.0 Has Israel lobby captured political parties & news media?
Jeffrey Blankfort, Allan Brownfeld, Justin Raimondo, Scott McConnell, and Phil Weiss.
Panel 6.0: Is Israel Really a U.S. Ally?
Paul Pillar, Ray McGovern and Philip Giraldi.
To search for particular speakers see:
The above web page provides the order and general times of the speakers.
(Michael Scheuer and Cynthia McKinney did not show up—though Ms.McKinney sent a video.)
Our Dr. Stephen Sniegoski, author of The Transparent Cabal, spoke at the outset on the “Neoconservatives and the Iraq War.” He began to speak at about 1:08:20. Speakers were only allotted a maximum of 13 minutes. At about 3:25:36, Sniegoski tried to deal with a question on the very taboo topic of possible Israeli involvement in 9/11—which included the “dancing Israelis”.
He admittedly “sort of hemmed and hawed on this one.” He subsequently emailed us saying : ” A fellow from the audience later handed me a CD on the FBI investigation of the matter, which is called the “High Fivers.” I was told it provides some apparent evidence that the Israeli “movers” were positioned to photograph the buildings before the first plane hit. ( I haven’t looked at it yet, but I see there is information on the “High Fivers” investigation on the Internet that does provide such evidence.) Significant parts of the investigation are still classified and blacked out, which would seem odd for something that was considered perfectly innocuous.”
The two taboo subjects barely touched upon, of course, was the Holocaust and 9/11. A lady in the audience did make a reference to: why is 'the Holocaust' education mandatory teaching in American public schools, to which Jefftrey Blankfort attempted to respond but Philip Weis took serious exception to the lady's question. So the matter ended there. (VN: so the panels were infiltrated by the zionists? That is what that refusal implied. Did anyone cover the USS Liberty and the USS Cole? )
Perhaps another day another time! An intellectual Zahir Ebrahim once made an interesting observation and I quote: “Holocaust is entirely about blanket acceptance of witnesses and testifiers without examining their integrity and motivations, and not about evidence. Whereas, 9/11 has uncannily become entirely about blanket acceptance of evidence without questioning either the validity of that evidence, or the motivations and integrity of the testifiers who bring forth that evidence, just as in the former case. I find that similarity very intriguing. Because, if one were to ask cui bono, one is not surprised."
Someone in the audience asked another explosive question, “Why no scrutiny is allowed on Israel’s nuclear arsenal?,” to which Alison Weir responded in three words : “The Israel Lobby.”
For those of us wanting a change in US foreign policy, I would encourage you to please listen to all of the inspiring speakers very carefully and make a note and act upon their specific recommendations, it is worth your time, starting with the Honorable Mr. Paul Findley’s brilliant recommendation of the ‘Executive Order’ and the petition to President Obama, Alison Weir’s recommendation — stopping all aid to Israel. (VN: good idea.... that is how they finance their attacks on us and murder our people. Not handouts, no murders funded by the victims.)
The two editors from The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs provide useful information on 'The Israel lobby network and coordinated PACs that finance U.S. elections and U.S. aid to Israel in numbers".
Cynthia McKinney's — Must know who's who in the zoo,
Grant F Smith's extensive espionage research concluded there is no US law that stands in the way of Israel and its US Lobbies,
Justin Raimondo, James J. David, Dr. Stephen Sniegoski — the neoconservative wars,
Philip Giraldi — Is Israel an ally ?,
Allen Brownfeld provides interesting insights into the ACJ and battles over Zionism inside Jewish social welfare organizations,
Scott McConnell, Mark Perry — Mossad poses as CIA? No-holds-barred national security reporting in the current environment,
Jeffrey Blankfort — Are there Israel lobby gatekeepers and damage control squads on the Left?, and
Stephan Walt, co-author of (that book that opened eyes wide) The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy, emphasizes “Israel is increasingly a liability.”
Ernest Gallo president of the USS Liberty Veterans Association speaks about "What really happened? What did not?" during the attack by Israeli aircraft and torpedo boats on the American intelligence ship USS Liberty, that killed 34 of his comrades and wounded many.
Gareth Porter provides valuable information about the manufactured "Iran Crisis" as documented in his new book.
Geoffrey Wawro speaks on Key findings from the book "Quicksand" and what happens to historians who revise history and
Paul Pillar a pleasant surprise, and a notably clear, precise and concise speaker expounded on– Are threats to Israel's security inflated to justify occupation and U.S. support?.
Justin Raimondo and Phil Weiss concluded respectively: “Let us hope this successful event is going to be a milestone” and “Will we finally see the high noon to the Israel Lobby?” and if I may add justice to Palestinians?
Readers are requested to do your part to kindly assist this important movement grow from strength to strength by helping these conscientious, courageous and tireless advocates for peace, justice and a better world, by simply disseminating the link to the National Summit using social media, and uploading the fascinating speeches to you tube for further dissemination.
For more information visit the websites of the sponsors: the Council for the National Interest, The Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policies, the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and If Americans Knew.
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