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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at AIPAC. (photo: Getty)
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at AIPAC. (photo: Getty)

AIPAC: Anti-Iranian Propaganda at Congress

By David Swanson, David Swanson's Blog

16 July 15


IPAC's statement on Iran inspires me to make a graphic:

The body of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov lies near St Basil’s cathedral. (photo: Dmitry Sereryakov/AFP/Getty Images)
Data covering nuclear weapons between Iran and the U.S. (photo:

Here's AIPAC's statement:

"AIPAC Statement on Proposed Iran Nuclear Agreement

"AIPAC has consistently supported diplomatic efforts to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program,"

Except when lobbying for ever greater sanctions that would have blocked the negotiations, and even for a US commitment to jump into any Israeli-Iranian war. Here's a brief history in the form of activist opposition to AIPAC.

"and we appreciate the commitment and dedication of President Obama and his administration throughout these negotiations. Unfortunately, this proposed agreement fails to halt Iran’s nuclear quest."

There is no evidence of Iran pursuing a nuclear weapon. Gareth Porter makes this clear in his book Manufactured Crisis.

"Instead, it would facilitate rather than prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and would further entrench and empower the leading state sponsor of terror."

There is no evidence re the leading state sponsor slur, but let's not get distracted by it. How do tougher inspections than ever faced by any country FACILITATE anything other than Iran's ability to refute slander and libel? The inspections worked in Iraq. Inspections work very well. The only reason anything is missing from these inspections is past US resistance to universal standards that would have required the US to face surprise inspections itself, and U.S. abuse of inspections in Iraq to spy on and seek to overthrow the Iraqi government.

"During these negotiations, we outlined criteria for a good deal that Congress itself had set in five critical areas: inspections, possible military dimensions, sanctions, duration, and dismantlement. In each of these areas, the proposed agreement has significant flaws:

"-The proposed deal does not ensure “anytime, anywhere” short-notice inspections;"

After you, sir. Let Israel and/or the United States submit. Make it standard. Make a public commitment not to overthrow the Iranian government. Again. Then tell Iran to submit to this.

"-The proposed deal does not clearly condition sanctions relief on full Iranian cooperation in satisfying International Atomic Energy Agency concerns over the possible military dimensions of Tehran’s program;

"-The proposed deal lifts sanctions as soon as the agreement commences, rather than gradually as Iran demonstrates sustained adherence to the agreement;

"-The proposed deal lifts key restrictions in as few as eight years;"

Some things take more time, but they all begin right away.

"-The proposed deal would disconnect and store centrifuges in an easily reversible manner, but it requires no dismantlement of centrifuges or any Iranian nuclear facility."

This is a problem in every state with nuclear energy.

"In return for this flawed agreement, Iran will receive over $100 billion in sanctions relief. Tehran will use these funds to fuel its hegemonic ambitions, support the killing of civilians in Syria, fund the terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah, and spur deadly conflicts throughout the region."

Prove it. Never mind that Israel is murder people in Syria on a retail and wholesale basis, and the U.S. the same. These things are illegal. They haven't proven a sufficient basis to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia or giving them to Israel. They need to be handled but shouldn't be used to wreck this deal.

"This agreement not only fails to achieve its objectives in the nuclear arena, but it releases Tehran in a matter of years—regardless of Iranian behavior—from ballistic missile sanctions and an arms embargo imposed by the United Nations Security Council. This late, unexpected concession will provide additional arms for terrorism and proxy wars, while strengthening Iran’s capabilities against our regional allies."

If Israel and/or the United States were to propose a WMD-free Middle East and/or impose a region-wide arms embargo, I guarantee you Iran would go for it. In the meantime, the kettle may not listen to the pot.

"This accord threatens the future of the nuclear non-proliferation regime. By leaving Iran on the threshold of a nuclear weapon—despite its history of violating international obligations—other countries in the region will have a dangerous incentive to initiate their own nuclear programs. The resulting nuclear arms race would severely destabilize the region."

For godsake, Israel is in blatant violation of the NPT except that it's never even joined it. The US joined it and blatantly violates it. Iran is in compliance, and the inspections regime was intended to accomplish just what this deal accomplishes. Resulting nuclear arms race?! That's the work of the U.S. and Israel and of all the Gulf dictatorships now building nuclear energy.

"Proponents of the proposed agreement will argue that the only alternative to this agreement is military conflict. In fact, the reverse is true. A bad agreement such as this will invite instability and nuclear proliferation. It will embolden Iran and may encourage regional conflict.

"We strongly believe that the alternative to this bad deal is a better deal. Congress should reject this agreement, and urge the administration to work with our allies to maintain economic pressure on Iran while offering to negotiate a better deal that will truly close off all Iranian paths to a nuclear weapon.

"Congress should insist on a better deal."

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+16 # riverhouse 2015-07-16 09:39
Netanyahu is unleashing the Members of Congress who are dual citizens of Israel and the other Congressional lackeys who are bought and paid for by AIPAC. It is time had a serious conversation in the country about allowing dual citizens to serve in elected or appointed positions in our government.
+5 # CAMUS1111 2015-07-16 14:20
Look, I don't like AIPAC or Netanyahu either but: who are all these dual citizens you speak of? Bernie Sanders isn't one of them--who are the ones you are referring to?
+4 # lewagner 2015-07-16 21:02
Quoting CAMUS1111:
Look, I don't like AIPAC or Netanyahu either but: who are all these dual citizens you speak of? Bernie Sanders isn't one of them--who are the ones you are referring to?

Hint: You can type something like "list of dual american israeli citizens" into an Internet search engine. True, Bernie isn't listed, but many are.
As far as being "bought and paid for" by AIPAC, well, I pretty much think that DOES include all of them.
+2 # lfeuille 2015-07-16 14:53
Quoting riverhouse:
Netanyahu is unleashing the Members of Congress who are dual citizens of Israel and the other Congressional lackeys who are bought and paid for by AIPAC. It is time had a serious conversation in the country about allowing dual citizens to serve in elected or appointed positions in our government.

There aren't any members of congress who are dual US/Israel citizens. This is an anti-sematic myth and repeating undermines the valid point you are trying to make.
+3 # citizen2009 2015-07-16 18:07
Quoting riverhouse:
Netanyahu is unleashing the Members of Congress who are dual citizens of Israel and the other Congressional lackeys who are bought and paid for by AIPAC. It is time had a serious conversation in the country about allowing dual citizens to serve in elected or appointed positions in our government.

Right you are, they where already asking Bernie Sanders about his not existing dual citizenship with Israel
+14 # tedrey 2015-07-16 10:44
I'd like to see a statement from American Congressmen which might read something like the following:

"We, members of Congress, have consistently voted in Israel's interest on all votes that come before us. We know there is much interest among the U.S. citizens as to why this is so. Therefore we wish to inform you that it is because (we will check all that apply):

1. We actually believe that Israel is justified in all her policies and actions at all times. ______

2. We hold dual citizenship and/or loyalties. _____.

3. We are very well recompensed for these votes. _____

4. We would never hold another government position if we did not so vote. _____

5. Our lives and those of our families would be in jeopardy if we refused to so vote. _____

6. Just coincidence. _____

7. Other. _____

This document is anonymous. The reason we do not sign it individually is:

A. A combination of the above reasons. _____

B. For national security reasons. _____

C. None of your damned business. _____

Signed: Some of your "elected so-called representatives".

Such a document would go far towards removing much confusion and uncertainty in the American public regarding this issue.
+5 # Radscal 2015-07-16 15:16
8. The "Samson Option" wherein Israel has threatened to nuke cities across the Western World if other nations challenge Zionist policies/threat en Israel.

There's a high probability that nuclear weapons are already set up in cities around the world, so delivery systems like missiles or bombers are unnecessary for such terrorist attacks.
+3 # tedrey 2015-07-16 18:35
I guess I'd have to subsume that option under "other". Consider it done.
+3 # Radscal 2015-07-16 20:21
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh wrote a book about it.
+8 # Citizen Mike 2015-07-16 10:49
I think anyone who holds any kind of dual citizenship ought to be prohibited by law from holding any elective or appointed office in the USA. We need an active campaign to promote this idea. And I am not just picking on Israeli-America ns but would include those with split loyalties to Britain, Canada, Taiwan, India, or anywhere.

The loyalty of such a person is open to question and any appearance of a potential hidden agenda is to be scrupulously avoided. But naturalized citizens who have renounced their earlier citizenship histories are welcome and often make desirable elected or appointed officials.
+2 # John S. Browne 2015-07-16 23:25

If the "renouncement" is for real; and, when they're no longer in office, they just don't go back to being dual citizens again, if they ever truly stopped being such.

+15 # elizabethblock 2015-07-16 10:57
How about a graphic comparing Iran and Israel?
For instance, when did Iran last invade a neighbour? [In the 1750s.] When did Israel?
How many nuclear weapons does Iran have? How many does Israel?
When did Iran last threaten Israel with regime change? When did Israel threaten Iran?
+13 # Activista 2015-07-16 10:59
How much AIPAC cost US? Add the cost of the Middle East wars - Iraq, Syria ... Gaza pogrom ..
Look at the US debt -
Militarism is killing US
+17 # cymricmorty 2015-07-16 11:50
A bit of history: AIPAC began as a byproduct of the American Zionist Council (AZC), which formed in 1949. In 1963, Robert F. Kennedy, the USAG, made the AZC register as a foreign agent of Israel, putting an end to the AZC's ability to make contributions to public officials. The less provocatively named AIPAC was formed later that year, unfortunately not required to register as a foreign agent and able to make contributions.

It would be impossible to overstate the obscene influence AIPAC and its too-numerous-to -count subgroups exert on the US congress, Presidents, media, academia, religious institutions, and
public opinion and pockets.
+13 # futhark 2015-07-16 14:16
During the McCarthy era of the early 1950s members of the Communist Party USA were identified as foreign agents and subjects of surveillance even in the cases in which they were native born American citizens.

Israel leads the list of foreign nations with espionage agents operating in the United States.
+11 # Radscal 2015-07-16 15:20
And who is sitting in prison for the murder of RFK?

A Palestinian refugee of Israeli aggression who has no memory of shooting his gun that night. And who was never in a position to shoot RFK 3 times from behind, at distances of 0 to 2" as the autopsy showed.
+9 # cymricmorty 2015-07-16 17:46
Thanks. I never knew that.
-5 # CAMUS1111 2015-07-16 18:06
and you still don't because it isn't true
+11 # Radscal 2015-07-16 20:13
Whether or not Sirhan Sirhan was a "Manchurian Candidate" is unproven.

However, what I wrote is absolutely true.

"Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was born in Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine, on March 19, 1944." His Christian family fled to the U.S. in 1956, at the time of the next Israeli/Arab War.

Every witness testified that Sirhan was always in front of RFK, never closer than 3' away.

RFK was hit by three bullets, each entered him from behind. Each was fired from below the entrance wound (the gun was low, pointing upward). The fatal shot left unburned gunpowder on his hair, along with stippling that only occurs when the muzzle is less than 2" away.

He has never had the slightest memory of the shooting. Even under hypnosis, and "truth serum," while hooked up to a lie detector, he has no memory of shooting his gun.

There's more too. More bullets than his gun held were found, and a taped recording shows more were fired.
+9 # Radscal 2015-07-16 15:11
Here’s some figures from CIA:

Percentage of GDP Spent on Military
1.49% Iran
4.35% United States
5.69% Israel

21% of Israelis live below the poverty line.
18.7% of Iranians live below the poverty line.
+8 # Activista 2015-07-16 17:34
Thank you - this is hard data we should know. In actual numbers per capita spending (in US dollars):
United States 2009 2,141
Israel 2009 1,882
Israel spends almost 200 times more per capita on its military machine than Iran’s
+5 # Activista 2015-07-16 17:36
This Is How You "Boost" GDP: US Sells Over $4 Billion In ...
Zero Hedge
May 22, 2015 - This Is How You "Boost" GDP: US Sells Over $4 Billion In Weapons To Israel, Iran And Saudi Arabia. Aside from countless deaths of innocent civilians of course, it means a GDP boost for the biggest exporter of weapons on earth, the United States, and even more profits for the US military-indust rial complex."
Militarism is killing US - remember Soviet Union? Hello ...
+7 # Activista 2015-07-16 17:43
title should be: This Is How You "Boost" GDP: US Sells Over $4 Billion In Weapons To Israel, Iraq And Saudi Arabia"
not Iran
+5 # ChrisCurrie 2015-07-17 12:31
It's like a SATANIC DANCE, featuring "Bloody Bibi The War Monger" and America's "Merchants of Death."

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