Benchmarking Schumer on John Bolton and Mukasey/Addington

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I was for confirming Judge Michael Mukasey as Attorney General before his stumbles and somersaults over defining what is and is not torture. The fact is that there are people in the administration — some still serving and some recently departed — who can answer the question on water-boarding far more directly than Mukasey did. That alone should be enough for Senator Chuck Schumer to say no to the person he helped recommend to serve as this nation’s Attorney General.
On paper, Mukasey was a good choice. But in his performance, he decided to lick and polish the boots of Bush administration torture-meister, Cheney chief-of-staff David Addington. When that happened, Mukasey went to the dark side and abandoned the excellent efforts put forward by other Bush administration anti-torture advocates like Legal Adviser to the Secretary of State John Bellinger, former State Departement Policy Planning Deputy Director Matthew Waxman, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, and former Counselor to Secretary of State Rice Philip Zelikow.
During the “third” major effort by the administration to get John Bolton confirmed as US Ambassador to the United Nations, one of the shocking parts of that battle was not only trying to get Republicans like former Senator Lincoln Chafee to stand strong against Bolton — but to undo the damage that Schumer was doing inside the Democratic Caucus.
Two Democratic Senators involved in that part of the Bolton battle — one on the Foreign Relations Committee and one not — told me personally that Senator Schumer called them to say “a vote against Bolton is a vote against Israel.”
Well, who does Schumer work for? The United States or Israel? And how ridiculous is that statement anyway?! Democrats and Republicans both have been excellent stewards of the US-Israel relationship in the United Nations. To personalize the national security issues between America and the Israelis was a sloppy, reckless mistake by Schumer — one that he and everyone now involved in this Mukasey matter should remember.
One heavyweight Democratic donor who tried to encourage Schumer to do whatever he needed to do on Bolton but stop lobbying the caucus was so frustrated with Schumer’s hyperventilating support for Bolton and enthusiastic conflation of the unconfirmed Ambassador and Israel that the donor told me, “that call just saved me a lot of money” — meaning he wouldn’t deal much with Schumer or his designs any longer.
Fortunately, Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Christopher Dodd undid the damage done by Schumer in a Democratic Caucus Luncheon and Dodd got the Dems to stand strong on Bolton despite Schumer’s lobbying against Democratic Party and American national interests.
That allowed Senator Lincoln Chafee — and behind the scenes Senator Richard Lugar — to deploy the final coup de grace to the Bolton confirmation effort.
Schumer has a chance to prove people like me wrong — that he’s not soft on pugnacious nationalism of the Jesse Helms and John Bolton sort — and he’s not soft on torture ala David Addington style.
Past experience says he’ll support Mukasey and consider this his “profiles in courage moment” where he weighed the country’s interests, his party’s interests, and screwed both because of his own idiosyncratic involvement with this nominee.
But I hope I’m wrong.
— Steve Clemons

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38 comments on “Benchmarking Schumer on John Bolton and Mukasey/Addington

  1. psycholog online says:

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  2. tower defense says:

    The Siberian novelist Valentin Rasputin wrote in 1990: “I think today the Jews here in Russia should feel responsible for the sin of having carried out the revolution and for the shape it took. They should feel responsible for the terror–for the terror that existed during the revolution and especially after the revolution…their guilt is great. They perpetrated the relentless campaign against the peasant class whose land was brutally expropriated by the state and who themselves were ruthlessly murdered.”

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  3. Richard Silverstein says:

    The NY Times story alludes to the meaningless of the “concession” that Schumer wrested from Mukasey–ie. that the latter would enforce a law outlawing waterboarding. How, pray, does Schumer plan to override a presidential veto? Where would the 66 votes come from?

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  4. Richard Silverstein says:

    The NY Times story alludes to the meaningless of the “concession” that Schumer wrested from Mukasey–ie. that the latter would enforce a law outlawing waterboarding. How, pray, does Schumer plan to override a presidential veto? Where would the 66 votes come from?

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  5. KXB says:

    Without going back and reviewing the entire history of the U.S.-Israel relationship, one thing about Mukasey stands out – his wife. She actively raises money in the U.S. to build Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. That alone should have disqualified him.

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  6. REPEATING HISTORY says:

    F.E.M.A. HAS 800 CHERTOFF CIVILIAN LABOR CONCENTRATION CAMPS EMPTY, GUARDED AND READY FOR BUSINESS. THEY HAVE RAILROAD CARGO TRAINS FITTED WITH HUMAN ANKLE BRACELETS! THEY ARE READY FRO MASS MURDER AGAIN FOLKS HERE IN AMERICA.
    BLACK WATER USA ARE MERCENARIES READY TO KICK DOWN OUR DOORS AND HAUL US AWAY.
    CONGRESS HAS THE ABILITY TO DECLARED EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN AN “ENEMY COMBATANTS” OUR PHONE CALLS, EMAILS, FINANCIAL RECORDS AND MEDICAL RECORDS ARE BEING TAPED STOLEN AND STORED IN HUGE DATA BASES.
    CONGRESS AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE OBVIOUSLY HOSTILE AND INTEND TO HARM USA CITIZENS.
    THEY ARE REPEATING HISTORY BOLSHEVIK IN AMERICA!

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  7. history fool says:

    http://www.russians.org/communist.html
    Is this happening in AMERICA NOW?
    The Prop Masters:
    On Feb. 8, 1920:
    “There is no need to exaggerate the part played in the creation of Bolshevism and in the actual bringing about of the Russian Revolution by these international and for the most part atheistical Jews.” –Winston Churchill
    Churchill expressed the crucial insight that the crimes perpetrated by Jewish communists against Germans and Russians instilled in those people a desire for retribution:
    “In the Soviet institutions the predominance of Jews is even more astonishing. And the prominent, if not indeed, the principal, part in the system of terrorism applied by the Extraordinary Commissions for Combating Counter-Revolution has been taken by Jews, and in some notable cases by Jewesses.”
    Bourgeoisie was a Bolshevik code-word for Gentile. The first law passed after the Communists seized power in Russia made anti-semitism a crime punishable by death. (Izvestia, July 27, 1918).
    The Jewish Bolsheviks regarded politics as a branch of Gentile pest control. Hatred of Christians, especially the peasant “bourgeoisie” was their prime motivation. The systematic destruction of the Christian peasantry of Russia as so many vermin, beginning with Lenin’s attack on them in the summer of 1918 and his forced starvation in 1921, has been almost completely ignored in Western history.
    The Siberian novelist Valentin Rasputin wrote in 1990: “I think today the Jews here in Russia should feel responsible for the sin of having carried out the revolution and for the shape it took. They should feel responsible for the terror–for the terror that existed during the revolution and especially after the revolution…their guilt is great. They perpetrated the relentless campaign against the peasant class whose land was brutally expropriated by the state and who themselves were ruthlessly murdered.”
    According to the internationally-syndicated RNS wire service (reprinted in “The Christian News,” Jan. 8, 1996, p. 2), “Some 200,000 (Christian) clergy, many crucified, scalped and otherwise tortured, were killed during the approximately 60 years of communist rule in the former Soviet Union, a Russian commission reported Monday (Nov. 27, 1995)…40,000 churches (were) destroyed in the period from 1922 to 1980…”
    Here is the most genocidal political movement in world history, which created the largest concentration camps and the most horrendous slave labor system of the 20th century, in which millions of Christians were slaughtered (on the size of the Gulag concentration camp system cf. C. Andrew and O. Gordievsky, KGB: The Inside Story and N.Y. Times, Oct. 22, 1990, p. 82. None of these camps are being preserved for posterity. Most were destroyed long ago by special military brigades; cf. Michael Specter, “Cold Reminder,” N.Y. Times, Dec. 3, 1994).
    This was a movement staffed in its upper echelons by Jewish Communists and yet the world is comparatively silent about the holocaust and war crimes this thoroughly kosher system inflicted and the identity of the persons who were its architects.
    Auschwitz is on the tip of every tongue but who has heard of Kolyma, Magadan, the Solovetsky Islands and the other infernal Soviet centers of human destruction in eastern Siberia? Who has seen films and books about the millions of human beings worked, frozen and starved to death in the construction of the White Sea-Baltic Canal, over which stood a triumphant, colossal statue of the Jewish communist mass murderer Genrikh Yagoda?
    The Jewish-communist epoch of mass murder has disappeared into history in one of the great vanishing acts of all time. Only practiced deceivers, with all the sleight of hand of the most accomplished stage magicians, could pull off such a coup against the rest of humanity. To trick mankind into focusing nearly all expiatory sentiment, monuments and commemoration on Jewish victims and brand the Mark of Cain–the very words war crime and holocaust itself–on Germany and upon Germans alone as their proprietary trademark, must be regarded as one of the most masterful achievements of psychological warfare in the annals of illusion.
    Jewish power in the West today has expanded commensurate with the expansion of “Holocaust” propaganda, as noted by the Israeli author Moshe Leshem: “Israelis and American Jews fully agree that the memory of the Holocaust is an indispensable weapon–one that must be used relentlessly against their common enemy…Jewish organizations and individuals thus labor continuously to remind the world of it. In America, the perpetuation of the Holocaust memory is now a $100-million-a-year enterprise, part of which is government-funded.” ( Balaam’s Curse, p. 228)
    Sixteen million ethnic Germans were forcibly expelled from Silesia, Moravia and the Volga regions of the eastern territories at the end of the Second World War. On this trail of tears, two million perished–shot to death, starved, raped and beaten. Ask one in one thousand, one in ten thousand people on the street today– “Have you heard?” The answer will be no.
    The Soviet cattle car deportations afflicted more than a half-million Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Christians who were shipped to the Gulag. 12% of the entire Baltic population was either deported to Siberia or executed by the Jewish Soviet Secret Police. Who knows of it? Who cares? Who tries to keep this history from repeating? Instead, in 1995 the president of Lithuania made a pilgrimage to the Israeli gas chamber shrine at Yad Vashem to grovel and beg “forgiveness” for his people who were the victims of the Jewish Communist murderers. To seek forgiveness in all humility is ordained when it is predicated on the truth. To do so based on false witness in order to idolize the Pharisees is a mockery of justice.
    In the Bolshevik era, 52 percent of the membership of the Soviet communist party was Jewish, though Jews comprised only 1.8 percent of the total population (Stuart Kahan, The Wolf of the Kremlin, p. 81)
    http://www.russians.org/communist.html
    Is this happening in AMERICA NOW?
    STOP HAVING CHILDREN THERE IS NO FUTURE!

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  8. ingrid says:

    http://www.russians.org/communist.html
    Is this happening in AMERICA NOW?
    On Feb. 8, 1920:
    “There is no need to exaggerate the part played in the creation of Bolshevism and in the actual bringing about of the Russian Revolution by these international and for the most part atheistical Jews.” –Winston Churchill
    Churchill expressed the crucial insight that the crimes perpetrated by Jewish communists against Germans and Russians instilled in those people a desire for retribution:
    “In the Soviet institutions the predominance of Jews is even more astonishing. And the prominent, if not indeed, the principal, part in the system of terrorism applied by the Extraordinary Commissions for Combating Counter-Revolution has been taken by Jews, and in some notable cases by Jewesses.”
    Bourgeoisie was a Bolshevik code-word for Gentile. The first law passed after the Communists seized power in Russia made anti-semitism a crime punishable by death. (Izvestia, July 27, 1918).
    The Jewish Bolsheviks regarded politics as a branch of Gentile pest control. Hatred of Christians, especially the peasant “bourgeoisie” was their prime motivation. The systematic destruction of the Christian peasantry of Russia as so many vermin, beginning with Lenin’s attack on them in the summer of 1918 and his forced starvation in 1921, has been almost completely ignored in Western history.
    The Siberian novelist Valentin Rasputin wrote in 1990: “I think today the Jews here in Russia should feel responsible for the sin of having carried out the revolution and for the shape it took. They should feel responsible for the terror–for the terror that existed during the revolution and especially after the revolution…their guilt is great. They perpetrated the relentless campaign against the peasant class whose land was brutally expropriated by the state and who themselves were ruthlessly murdered.”
    According to the internationally-syndicated RNS wire service (reprinted in “The Christian News,” Jan. 8, 1996, p. 2), “Some 200,000 (Christian) clergy, many crucified, scalped and otherwise tortured, were killed during the approximately 60 years of communist rule in the former Soviet Union, a Russian commission reported Monday (Nov. 27, 1995)…40,000 churches (were) destroyed in the period from 1922 to 1980…”
    Here is the most genocidal political movement in world history, which created the largest concentration camps and the most horrendous slave labor system of the 20th century, in which millions of Christians were slaughtered (on the size of the Gulag concentration camp system cf. C. Andrew and O. Gordievsky, KGB: The Inside Story and N.Y. Times, Oct. 22, 1990, p. 82. None of these camps are being preserved for posterity. Most were destroyed long ago by special military brigades; cf. Michael Specter, “Cold Reminder,” N.Y. Times, Dec. 3, 1994).
    This was a movement staffed in its upper echelons by Jewish Communists and yet the world is comparatively silent about the holocaust and war crimes this thoroughly kosher system inflicted and the identity of the persons who were its architects.
    Auschwitz is on the tip of every tongue but who has heard of Kolyma, Magadan, the Solovetsky Islands and the other infernal Soviet centers of human destruction in eastern Siberia? Who has seen films and books about the millions of human beings worked, frozen and starved to death in the construction of the White Sea-Baltic Canal, over which stood a triumphant, colossal statue of the Jewish communist mass murderer Genrikh Yagoda?
    Jewish power in the West today has expanded commensurate with the expansion of “Holocaust” propaganda, as noted by the Israeli author Moshe Leshem: “Israelis and American Jews fully agree that the memory of the Holocaust is an indispensable weapon–one that must be used relentlessly against their common enemy…Jewish organizations and individuals thus labor continuously to remind the world of it. In America, the perpetuation of the Holocaust memory is now a $100-million-a-year enterprise, part of which is government-funded.” ( Balaam’s Curse, p. 228)
    In the Bolshevik era, 52 percent of the membership of the Soviet communist party was Jewish, though Jews comprised only 1.8 percent of the total population (Stuart Kahan, The Wolf of the Kremlin, p. 81)
    http://www.russians.org/communist.html
    Is this happening in AMERICA NOW?

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  9. ingrid says:

    David Ben Gurion,
    Prime Minister of Israel
    1949 – 1954, 1955 – 1963:
    “Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves … politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves… The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country.”
    — David Ben Gurion, quoted on pp 91-2 of Chomsky’s Fateful Triangle, which appears in Simha Flapan’s “Zionism and the Palestinians pp 141-2 citing a 1938 speech.
    Golda Meir
    Prime Minister of Israel
    1969 – 1974
    “There is no such thing as a Palestinian people… It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didn’t exist.” — Golda Meir, statement to The Sunday Times, 15 June, 1969.
    Yitzhak Rabin
    Prime Minister of Israel
    1974 – 1977,
    1992 – 1995
    “We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?’ Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said ‘Drive them out!” — Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979.
    Menachem Begin
    Prime Minister of Israel
    1977 – 1983
    “[The Palestinians] are beasts walking on two legs.” — Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, “Begin and the ‘Beasts,”‘ New Statesman, June 25, 1982.
    Yizhak Shamir
    Prime Minister of Israel
    1983 – 1984, 1986 – 1992
    “The settlement of the Land of Israel is the essence of Zionism. Without settlement, we will not fulfill Zionism. It’s that simple.” — Yitzhak Shamir, Maariv, 02/21/1997.
    Benjamin Netanyahu
    Prime Minister of Israel
    1996 – 1999
    “Israel should have exploited the repression of the demonstrations in China, when world attention focused on that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the territories.”
    — Benyamin Netanyahu, then Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, former Prime Minister of Israel, speaking to students at Bar Ilan University, from the Israeli journal Hotam, November 24, 1989.
    Ariel Sharon
    Prime Minister of Israel
    2001 – present
    “It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonialization, or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands.” — Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of militants from the extreme right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, November 15, 1998.
    “Israel may have the right to put others on trial, but certainly no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of Israel on trial.” — Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 25 March, 2001 quoted in BBC News Online
    all these people prove israel stands for zionism take over. It is not jews returning to israel it is zion taking over israel. and zionism has taken over our government. we are under occupation by Zionism/International Bankers who want to destory 2/3 of global population. they want to all a lot of people for this new world order thing.
    sick psycopaths! STOP HAVING CHILDREN THERE IS NO FUTURE!

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  10. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “They would likely find that once they had a taste of waterboarding, they would lose their taste for it.”
    Oh, I’m not so sure about that. If we could talk Lynn into administering the treatment in a black leather corset, I bet Dick would jump at the opportunity.

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  11. David Kennedy says:

    I say, maybe Mukasey, members of Congress, and other government officials should each be subjected to eighteen seconds of waterboarding. Before they are allowed to vote on, declare, or state whether or not waterboarding is torture, (especially if they are deciding whether or not it should be the law of the land) it is only fair that they have a taste of what they are proposing. They would likely find that once they had a taste of waterboarding, they would lose their taste for it.

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  12. MW says:

    TYPO: Posted by: MW at November 4, 2007 03:40 AM
    “You need to wrote in upper/lower case. I appears as if”
    should be
    “You need to write in upper/lower case. It appears as if”

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  13. MW says:

    Ingrid,
    You need to wrote in upper/lower case. I appears as if you are shouting at us. It’s considered a net standard to use caps to scream.

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  14. MW says:

    PissedOffAmerican, [thanks for the heads-up]
    Look, the reason why the southern borders are not secured is that there is no reason to do it. And the govt knows it.
    911 was a bogus event.
    Seven to eight of the supposed hijackers (the majority of whom supposedly came from Saudi Arabia) are ALIVE.The BBC located them. They photographed them. They talked to them. They interviewed them. The subjects all said they complained to their embassies that their passports were stolen within the previous seven years. Americans refuse to believe what’s in front of their eyes. And this goes to basic American intelligence, which at this point is substandard.
    The 911 Commission was not required to suss out the truth.
    As for the nationals on the other side of the US southern border. That’s largely a Lou Dobbs’ creation. The problem is that he is grossly uneducated. We’re talking substandard. The only thing he and his producers know how to do is read John Tanton and listen to everything that man and his anti-immigration sites say. Indeed, parrot it.
    Remarkably, the majority of Americans actually think that Christopher Columbus discovered this country. Imagine! When he never set foot on it. Further, they believe that it was the Brits in 1620 who landed here and gave us our national language. Astounding! Complete utter ignorance of how this country was formed! Or when. Or how.
    99.2% of this country have zero knowledge that 3/4 to 7/8 of this country was owned by Spain until 1803 when the King of Spain agreed to help the young USA army against the British by retroceding the land called Louisiana to the French on Nov 30, 1803, so that Napoleon could sell it to Jefferson 21 days later on Dec 20, 1803 for $15 million — this was also to help Napoleon against the Brits in Europe; he needed the dough — and the USA took possession of the tract of land called Louisiana on Dec 30, 1803. We became a country because of Spain’s largesse.
    http://www.earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/maps/peace/enlargement.html
    Spain saved our ass. Spain gave us our ass. This country was Spanish from 1514 for almost the next 300 years! We wouldn’t have horses or cattle on this continent if it weren’t for the Spaniards. The wild west? Not without Spanish exploration. Horses and cattle were not indigenous to the North American continent. The California Constitution was written in Spanish.
    But this piece of ignorant shit, Lou Dobbs, wouldn’t know his ass from a hole in the wall when it comes to the truth of this nation as exemplified by USGS maps that show the truth of what I am saying. So he jumps up and down like an ignorant 20 C. immigrant spouting nonsense that has nothing to do with the truth. Or historical fact.

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  15. ingrid says:

    1.8 MILLION VETERANS WHO HAVE FULFILLED THEIR CONTRACT WITH THE U.S.A. HAVE NO FRICKEN HEALTH INSURANCE! HELLO!
    THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF HOMELESS VETERANS, MEN AND WOMEN AND YOUNG ADULTS IN CALIFORNIA ALONE.
    YET OUR SENATE AND HOUSE NEGLECTS OUR NEEDS AT HOME CONTINUOUSLY. HOWEVER, THEY GIVE BILLIONS OF TAX PAYER MONEY FREE TO ISRAEL WHO IS VERY WEALTHY AND SELF SUFFICIENT. OUR CONGRESS IS DRAINING AMERICA. TRANSFERRING ALL CASH, WEAPONS AND SUPPLIES TO ISRAEL EVEN WHEN OUR HOME IS FALLING APART BRICK BY BRICK. CONGRESS JUST PASSED A THOUGHT CRIMES BILL. WHERE ANY AMERICAN CAN BE DEEMED AN ENEMY COMBATANT, THROWN IN CHERTOFF’S CONCENTRATION CAMPS, BE TORTURED AND NEVER BE SEEN AGAIN.
    HELLO!
    WALK AWAY FROM ZION DEMOCRATIC PARTY WHERE BILDERBURG HAND PICKS THE PRESIDENT.
    VOTE FOR DR. RON PAUL!
    the democratic party’s message to our usa soldiers is:
    “don’t come home unless your in a box”
    you won’t be taken care of if your wounded or show signs of deplete uranium because we don’t acknowledge our use of nuclear weapons because if we did we would have to pay the medical bill!
    democrats are shit! wake up america. its not kansas anymore. its israel

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  16. ingrid says:

    DEMOCRATS ARE BUTT SUCKERS!
    THEY HAVE BEEN INFILTRATED BY ZION INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE BANK ROLLS. THEY ARE PAID TO PUPPET NOT THINK. THEY DON’T GIVE A RATS ASS FOR AMERICA BECAUSE TO THEM WE DON’T EXIST.
    THEY ARE DRIVE AMERICA INTO OBLIVION.
    STOP HAVING CHILDREN THEIR FUTURE IS FODDER!
    VOTE FOR RON PAUL.
    DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS SHIT.
    THEY HAVE PROVED WHO THEY REPRESENT AND IT IS NOT AMERICAN PEOPLE. DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
    GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH!
    SCHMURE IS A SLEEPER IN POSITION TO HARM, JUST LIKE C. RICE, A BAG OF FARTS.

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  17. PissedOffAmerican says:

    MW….
    Amazing, isn’t it? We create a monster out of Canada, portraying it as a haven for terrorists, while we have an open sieve as a southern border. Meanwhile, air travelers are sentenced to the nightmarish experience of “Homeland Security”, when anyone with the will can calmly stroll across our Southern border with a suitcase nuke or a vial of Ebola. Of course, any self respecting terrorist with more than two brain cells to rub together will opt to stroll across the southern border rather than subject himself to airport security or crossing over from Canada. I can think of no single issue that so perfectly underscores the sheer bullshitedness of the “Global War On Terror” than our border policies do. Bush has inconvienienced and legislated against the citizens of his own country, while doing NOTHING to actually realistically make our nation more secure against terrorist attack.

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  18. MW says:

    THE TRUE SCHUMER. This shows him for who he is more than most.
    ============
    Canada’s nasty reputation
    Wednesday, October 03, 2007
    Neil McDonald, cbc.ca
    “Charles Schumer is the senior U.S. senator from New York, and one of the most accomplished self-promoters in Washington, which says a great deal about his powers of self-promotion. He’s a busy fellow. When he showed up last week at a televised Senate committee hearing, he wasn’t interested in the expert witnesses testifying about security along the Canada-U.S. border. Schumer sat down just long enough to get some face time on the live cameras and to put some remarks on the record. […]
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/reportsfromabroad/macdonald/20071003.html

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  19. Cadavre says:

    Schumer does it because as long as he pretends to be a Senator – he won’t have to get a job – and besides – those congressional pages sure are tasty.
    Feinstein is both a Zionist and as well as a blackmail target. Her husband made millions from this fraud, “The War on Terror” and was about to get indicted by Carol Lamb – when – you guessed it – Lamb was canned. Lamb had a whole bunch of other beltway whores on her list – Feinstein – and the new 2 Million Dollar house her and hubby acquired through this extortion was next on the list.
    Both Feinstein and Schumer are whores and an embarrassment to Jews as well as being war criminals in waiting.

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  20. MW says:

    I’m writing because a comment made in one of Lurker’s posts above made me realize something I said casually to a friend two weeks ago. Lurker wrote in part “[…] Jack Shaheen, author of “Reel Arabs” a book and now a documentary about Hollywood’s demonization of Arabs.”
    I find myself turning off movies where Arabs are demonized. Or walking out of them. I’m not Arab. Dont know any, really. But I can read history, and I do. Perhaps more than most.
    I also find myself turning off movies now when I encounter the increasing gratuitous references to Israel and the Jewish religion — and it’s it all so cutesy, warm and cuddly — when neither the character nor story calls for it. It’s inserted and I hear the hand of the writer, producer or director adding his schtick. And I think ‘Stop shoving this down my throat’. Ditto the Armageddon Rapture folk.
    I mentioned this to a friend who exclaimed, “My God! You’re becoming anti-semitic!” [Note: he only stood up for one of the three groups mentioned above.] And I got annoyed. I said no. The anti-semitism label has become a gigantic roll of gaffer’s tape used to muzzle discussion across this land, perpetuate the 60-year whine that I just dont give a shit about listening to anymore — PARTICULARLY in light of the Armenian genocide denial — about what happened to another generation [you dont hear this from the Russians, Vietnamese, Koreans, or Japanese]; this gaffer’s tape used to abdicate our foreign policy and national interests, perpetuate war for another country’s paranoia, and worst of all, intimidate our Congressmen. We even have to fork over our financial support for Israel in Euros now because it has no more faith in the US dollar, a condition Israel helped to create, according to Phillip Zelikow at the Univ. of Virginia.
    When I look at the photos of the Ninth Ward, still not cleared 28 months later, I am all out of sympathy for anything Israeli. Especially when I see what this supposed ‘moral’ country, this beacon of democracy in the ME, is doing to the Palestinians: starving them, taking their fuel and electricity away? Barbarians.

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  21. gastonjingra says:

    Mulkasey Who Is A Sayanim?

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  22. gastonjingra says:

    Mulkasey, Who Is A Sayanim?

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  23. Don Robertson says:

    I’m sorry but all this torture in nothing more than extra-judicial punishment. This is like saying to the jailer, you can shoot this guy we brought in here tonight anytime you want, if YOU think he did the crime.
    There is no trial, there is nothing, just this notion, that the government goons have the right to torture someone who is austensibly going to say to the FBI, or the NSA or the CIA or even your local police force, “Nah, nah nah, nah nah! I know something YOU don’t know!”
    That’s no logical asserion about the expected sane conduct of anyone.
    I’m sorry, but I can’t water-board the baby sitter, when I think she and her friends drank my whisky, not even if they all appear quite drunk and the whole case of it is missing!
    So where do these government goons get off saying, water-boarding is okay, or even debatable, for them? Who gave them this power to play the torturing hero portrayed in so many “B” movies of late?
    In this world we each have some power beyond what the law stipulates.
    And were I to be sitting on a jury over ANYONE who shot one of these creeps who VOTED to affirm this criminal Mulkasey, I’d have a hard time voting for conviction knowing the guy who got plugged thought HE and his GOONS had the right to waterboard.
    And, this guy, Mulkasey, he, I expect, fairly well represents the sort of fiendish worm who is a judge in this country.
    Don Robertson, The American Philosopher

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  24. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Hi Steve, As an Australian ex-military person I’m quite amazed at some of the words that pass through the lips of your political representatives.”
    Well see now, thats where you screwed up. You have mistaken these treasonous pieces of shit in Washington for the people’s “representives”.
    Do you recall the airmen that were briefly in Chinese custody, and the huge furor that was raised because they were “paraded in front of the cameras”? This piece of garbage Bush was OUTRAGED. Can you imagine if the airmen had of been sodomized while piled on the floor in naked heaps? Or waterboarded? Or “rendered” to some country for “special treatment”?
    I never believed I would be so ashamed, and enraged, by the actions of my own government. These fuckers in Washington are completely polar to what I once believed we stood for. And that includes BOTH sides of the aisle.

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  25. Gavin Butler says:

    Hi Steve, As an Australian ex-military person I’m quite amazed at some of the words that pass through the lips of your political representatives. As I try to digest the words of a man nominated for Attorney General, I am even further amazed at the explanation given on the use of torture. The concept of universality is so useful here, I find it hard to believe that it is not used to argue the case. Perhaps this is the most useful definition: Would Americans consider an act used against an American sailor, soldier or airman or marine torture? If so, then it’s torture. So, how many in your Congress will agree that water-boarding against US military personnel is acceptable? Perhaps this makes the vote a little more easy? I guess I’ll just go on scratching my head…

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  26. selise says:

    steve – this post has been an important one for helping me understand schumer’s decision today to support mukasey’s nomination. somehow i missed, or more likely forgot, your previous posts on schumer’s role in the bolton nomination.

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  27. samuel burke says:

    “The abscence of evidence, is not the evidence of abscence!” Quoting Donald Rumsfeld

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  28. seamus says:

    Steve, unfortunately your character appraisal is spot on. He just tanked, along with the increasingly authoritarian DiFi, who justified her vote by saying:
    �I believe that Judge Mukasey is the best we will get and voting him down would only perpetuate acting and recess appointments, allowing the Administration to avoid the transparency that confirmation hearings provide and diminish effective oversight by Congress.�
    Schumer:
    �I deeply esteem those who believe the issue of torture is so paramount that Judge Mukasey�s views on it should be the sole determinant of our vote,� Schumer said in a statement. �But I must respectfully disagree.
    �The Justice Department is a shambles: politicized and demoralized. The belief and hope [is] that Justice Mukasey, with his experience, independence and integrity, can restore the department motivates my vote.�
    Quislings, the both of them.
    Both quotes from Roll Call via TPM
    http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/004635.php

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  29. Phocion says:

    You guys and your Protocols of Zion…
    I still get a kick out of how Steve continues to try to ride Bolton’s coatails to distinction. This whole Bolton thing, Steve, borders on obsession.
    Schumer wasn’t the only Dem on board for the confirmation. If things go to the floor, it was going to be a walk. Chafee is a disgrace. He decided to ruin John’s opportunity/career out of spite for an unrelated issue…the White House and their lack of enthusiastic support for making part of Isreal a Palestinian state…

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  30. samuel burke says:

    the cuban lobby is an easier target and they wield little to no power in comparison and then only in south florida.
    plus not confronting the issue means you can get entree into the best parties and conferences…but since the issue isnt really an issue what are we talking about.
    hear no evil see no evil speak on evil….at least not until they are not in power then everyone will boast of how much they did to dethrone the kingmakers.
    jewish american bloggers who are speaking out deserve much kudos for standing up and speaking truth to power.

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  31. easy e says:

    BREAKING: Schumer and Feinstein Will Vote For Mukasey
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/057797.php
    No surprises.

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  32. Lurker says:

    Thanks Steve.
    I actually had the opportunity to hear Walt and Mearsheimer speak, and also to have a conversation with them. In my opinion, they don’t go far enough.
    As someone who worked in the entertainment industry for decades, I will say flat-out that statistically Jews wield a disproportionate amount of power in Hollywood, and many of those Jews are Zionists.
    This is NOT to say that all Jews are Zionists — I would NEVER claim that because it is not true. I am also not saying that all Jews in the entertainment industry are Zionists, just that many in positions of power in the entertainment industry are Zionists.
    Walt and Mearsheimer go out of their way to say that Jews do not control the U.S. media, when, again, statistically they do. And not just Hollywood, but also the mainstream *news* media.
    Even Jack Shaheen, author of “Reel Arabs” a book and now a documentary about Hollywood’s demonization of Arabs, will not touch the raw fact that Zionist Jews control Hollywood.
    The net result of Zionist control of the media, and I include *Christian* Zionists, like the freaks over on the *Christian* networks, is that now 52% of Americans think that we need to take military action against Iran. Iran has not started a war in more than 250 years.
    This while the latest figures, if I remember correctly, are that close to 70% want us out of Iraq.
    Why the disconnect? Why do Americans who are so sick of the war in Iraq want to start a war against a country that actually has no power to hurt us and can fight back — although it cannot attack our *homeland*
    Iran could not and would not ever be able to attack the U.S. — but in response to an attack could cause enough damage to our troop *strength* in Iraq that a draft would have to start.
    I will say that the war drums against Iran are pounding successfully because of the Zionist media — it’s time to call a spade a spade and get the Israel-firsters out of the U.S. government, and expose those who work in the media.
    Again, many of those are *Christians*

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  33. samuel burke says:

    i enjoy reading your blog mr clemons, you cover a broad spectrum of political issues very well.
    israel first is the way of american politics, that is if you want to get reelected, it has been that way since lyndon baines johnson.
    the forces alligned to bring mukasey into the govt are showing whom they support, george bush’s and dick cheneys neoconservative movement, with no concern for the constitution that they mean to demolish one bite at a time.
    i always associated profiles in courage with john f kennedy, the last president who stood up to israel, back in the day when he and david ben gurion had a falling out, i certainly hate to see the term profiles in courage used to describe israel firststers.
    i ask myself often, what happened in america that caused this great nation to crumble to this alien interest.
    If, as an american, you refuse to accept what mearsheimer and walt say because there is no tangible evidence that the lobby (aipac) can excercise the power they describe in their book, then just look at what is happening in academia and the way professors and deans from universities around the nation are alligning to thwart the ways in which the american zionist exert their arrogance over the universities, via threat to diminish contributions or denial of tenure of undesirable professors, etc…
    look at the hoopla over at brandeis university post jmmy carters visits and pre norman finkelsteins appearance there, look at the oxford incident, with prof finkelstein finally having to publish an email he received from the oxford union describing how dershowitz and whomever else was enlisted to accomplish the task of keeping him from a debate, or the depaul incident that denied him tenure, with dershowitz again leading the zionist charge.
    If you need to see more evidence look at the way pres jimmy carter has been treated, or the way desmond tutu was recently being kept from speaking out at a public university, then again at a church in boston…the evidence of a manipulative entity working towards a decisive purpose is clearly evident in any arena that deals with the myths surrounding the state of israel, whether in government or in academia or in the book/speaking circuit.
    personally i am not surprised to see shumer or any other israel first american, supporting neoconservative ideology accross party lines, rudy giuliani is a perfect example of the crossover effect, he supports bombing iran with mindless carelessness to protect israels existence, and barak obama is an example of the turn on a dime allegience which is tied to palestinian acceptance or appeasement of iran which turned into immediate rejection of his candidacy by israel firststers in america.

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  34. Steve Clemons says:

    Lurker — thanks for your support, but I have written about Schumer and his Israel comments regarding Bolton long ago — both here, at Huffington Post, and at TPMCafe. Like any Senators, Schumer has a diverse portfolio — and there are some things about his views I like and support — but his active campaigning for Bolton during the Lebanon/Israel conflagration really was beyond acceptability.
    So don’t be shocked, my comments on Schumer are pretty old when it comes to the “a vote against Bolton is a vote against Israel” comment.
    And Mearsheimer/Walt had nothing to do with my posts. Read their book. They recognize the work that the New America Foundation does as being independent — and state that — which was the fact before they published “The Lobby.”
    Steve Clemons

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  35. Lurker says:

    There was a documentary done on Schumer and Rahm Emmanuels’ efforts to cut the purse strings to Democratic candidates in the 2006 election who opposed the Iraq war.
    I don’t remember what it was called but it was telling.
    Israel-firsters, both of them. Disgusting that so many Americans don’t realize that the Democratic party contains as many Zionists (and TRUE Zionists) than the GOP, who only pretend to support the *Christian* nutcase Zionists who make up their voter base.
    I’m shocked that Steve is finally acknowledging the Israel lobby’s power. Congrats to Walt and Mearsheimer for beraking that taboo.

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  36. DonS says:

    Schumer has [been given] more than enough cover to explain a “no” vote, and a change of mind; and, at the same time, take the opportunity to underscore the disgrace and shame that the Cheney wing is making of the Constitution and this country. “I believe Mukasey was a man of unblemished principle until . . . .” So he doesn’t get a Christmas card from Mukasey, so what?
    Steve, however, raises the dual loyalty question. And those folks can indeed wield a much heftier stick. I’d say the “profiles in courage” moment would have Schumer digging a whole lot deeper than he’s evinced before and stop shilling for Israeli interests to the detriment of U.S. strategic interests.

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