The ‘Independent’ Republican Senator From Pennsylvania, Arlen Specter

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Arlen Specter has impressed me this week by bucking the Bush administration and going to Syria to meet President Bashar al-Assad and then to Jerusalem to meet leading Israeli authorities and pressing for a Palestinian-Israel final settlement. He has even stated that he favors direct talks with Iran.
Specter as reported by the Jerusalem Post:

Specter brushed aside the criticism of his trip to Damascus that was voiced by some in the Bush Administration who argued that his visit, as well as recent visits by three democratic senators, granted legitimacy to the Syrian government. Specter said that as a member of the powerful Senate appropriations committee that sends billions of dollars each year to the Middle East, he was duty-bound to see first hand what was happening in the region.
Specter said that while he acquiesced to the Bush Administration’s request not to visit Damascus on previous tours to the region last December and August, “this year in coming it seemed to me that the Administration’s program is not working.”
. . .The senior Pennsylvania senator said that while he had a great deal of respect and admiration for US President George W. Bush, there were issues with which he did not agree with the president, and that it was his responsibility “to speak up, and do so in an independent way.”
. . .Specter reiterated what he said in Damascus earlier this week, that the Syrians were interested in entering into negotiations with Israel without preconditions, and that Syrian President Bashar Assad had told him that in return Syria could be helpful in dealing both with Hamas and Hizbullah.
. . .Specter, who has served in the senate for 26 years, said that the situation in the Middle East is more problematic now than at any time since he was first elected.
“I do not see anyway out except through dialogue,” he said. “I do not think there are any assurances that dialogue will succeed, but I think there are assurances that without dialogue there will be failure.”

Joe Lieberman signed his op-ed yesterday as the Independent Democratic Senator from Connecticut.
Specter looks to me increasingly like the “Independent Republican Senator from Pennsylvania” and is doing much to revive the template for Middle East regional deal-making encouraged by the Iraq Study Group.
— Steve Clemons

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64 comments on “The ‘Independent’ Republican Senator From Pennsylvania, Arlen Specter

  1. Roy Claxton says:

    The way I see it we are going to loss new young men for the military enlistment. I did not enter for education and got it as a bonus for a good service as an American soldier. Whether anyone believe it or not US old Vets play a big role on enlistments.
    It appears that congress would rather ———-
    Take us out the back and shoot the old Vets to get them outta the way of budget cost. Maybe I should do the same to cut cost at home with my family as they are not all income producers or
    Tax Payers (those little grandchildren) for congress either.God lok at the mess education did for our America

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  2. winnipeger says:

    Thats crap, MP. So your smarmy dissembling horseshit is apparently the best you have to offer. So shove it.
    Posted by Pissed Off American at January 1, 2007 08:52 PM
    this rhetoric is getting SO boring! what a juvenile idiot you are , poa.
    it’s a good thing you work with wood out in the backcountry. if you worked with people in the city and spoke to people this way, you’d get a fist to the nose real quickly.

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  3. Jacob Matthan says:

    After 6 years of sycophantic existence, all these guys seem to be growing some balls!
    Have a heart, Steve. Do not play them up for what they are not.
    They are implicit in the carnage that has been going on ín Afghanistan and Iraq.
    Now, suddenly they seem SO concerned.
    Ask the simple question – WHY?
    Treat them as the War Criminals that they are!

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  4. pauline says:

    this 6 month old article helped bring me back to reality regarding Specter —
    IS ARLEN SPECTER FINALLY A PATRIOT?
    http://www.newswithviews.com/DeWeese/tom57.htm

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  5. MP says:

    POA writes: “I only offer MY opinion as to why Steve avoids commenting on the issue.”
    Hmmm. But being fearful, in this context, would depend on his having a view that, if expressed, would draw fire from the big bad Israeli establishment. In other words, yours.
    If Steve agreed with the Lobby, he certainly wouldn’t have any reason to fear and would have expressed his views by now. But since he hasn’t, and he’s CLEARLY afraid, then he must have views that would ANGER the Lobby and cause it to send down the 10 plagues on his poor little head.
    But actually, POA, there are LOTS of topics on which Steve has had “ample” opportunity to comment and hasn’t. For example, he hasn’t said a thing about the official 9/11 story, Atta’s passport, or the Dancing Israelis.
    Is he afraid of what AIPAC is going to do to him if he did?
    Or has he just decided that he has other fish to fry?
    Or is it that he doesn’t put much credence in the alternative stories?
    Your point about Steve’s fear is ridiculous…ESPECIALLY as, as I pointed out, Steve, HAS been critical of Israel, e.g., the Liberty thread…and you offer ZERO evidence for your view.

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  6. john o. says:

    Specter is independent of moral sense and courage, nothing else.

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  7. Ottnott says:

    If you are drawing a parallel between Specter and Lieberman, and then suggesting that Spectoer is displaying something impressive and positive, it might be time to rethink what you wrote.
    Specter is a massive 35-feet tall, 150 ft wide levee…made of cardboard. He’s very impressive unless you want him to stop what he claims to be standing against.

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  8. Pissed Off American says:

    “So I’m offering an opinion as to why you say what you do: Unless Steve agrees with you, he must be afraid.”
    I offer NO opinion on how Steve feels about the issue, I have no idea if he agrees with me, or takes exception to my views. I only offer MY opinion as to why Steve avoids commenting on the issue. You, on the other hand imply that Steve’s position on the matter can be determined by his stated “centrist” leanings. Thats crap, MP. So your smarmy dissembling horseshit is apparently the best you have to offer. So shove it.

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  9. neil says:

    Neil Maydom
    Why did they lynch Saddam?
    It’s quite awe-inspiring when a gaggle of unrepresentative Christian liars and mass murderers sets up a Kangaroo court to sanitise the lynching of a lesser Moslem mass murderer than themselves – in the name of Justice.
    The Crusaders from Old Europe and the rest of the truth and justice-seeking Free World want us to forget that Saddam was the ONLY national leader to openly compensate Palestinians for the illegal demolition of their homes, schools, and livelihoods by the criminally lawless joke known as Israel.
    The same gaggle of hypocrites fully endorses Israel’s attempt to collectively punish Palestinians for the outcome of a democratic election – until they recognise Israel’s Right to Exist. Of course this is an insane demand for a violently expansionist racist state, with ill-defined borders, to make on neighbours it has been stealing land from and ethnically cleansing for 60 years.
    If Israel can’t remember, or explain, where its borders are, maybe it’s time for the whole world to recognise its Right to Exit.

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  10. MP says:

    POAS writes: “Look, you smarmy dissembling ass. Have I questioned Steve’s “centrist” claims? No. I forwarded an opinion as to why Steve avoids comment about how he feels about our politicians, and our foreign policies, being so greatly influenced by the Israeli lobbys.”
    But you offer ZERO evidence for it. Perhaps he doesn’t comment on why “our policians, and our foreign policies, being so greatly influenced by the Israeli lobbys,” because he doesn’t believe that it’s the truth. That would be more of a centrist position than yours, which is that Israel and her friends have bought off everyone. And that Steve is afraid to say so.
    So I’m offering an opinion as to why you say what you do: Unless Steve agrees with you, he must be afraid.
    As I say, you should stick with Bollyn and other bloggers who agree with you.

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  11. Zionist Jew says:

    I thank posters like Carroll and POA for their excellent work in discrediting this site and its ilk.

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  12. Pissed Off American says:

    POA writes: “And even a “centrist” has opinions regarding this issue, MP. And, I certainly prefer Steve’s silence on the issue over your presumptive and arrogant attempts to express Steve’s position for him.”
    Well, actually Steve has written repeatedly about his centrist position. On his blog, in the comments, and even to me personally. It is YOU who are presuming that unstated FEAR is the reason he doesn’t take YOUR position.
    Posted by MP
    Look, you smarmy dissembling ass. Have I questioned Steve’s “centrist” claims? No. I forwarded an opinion as to why Steve avoids comment about how he feels about our politicians, and our foreign policies, being so greatly influenced by the Israeli lobbys.
    Once again your debate is waged with this slimey dishonest technique you constantly use to divert the context.

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  13. Cranky Greg says:

    Is Sen. Specter the new Jesse Jackson with his own diplomatic agenda?
    Damascus supports terrorism and wants the destruction of Israel. One can’t negotiate with terrorists.
    Specter is out of his mind. Specter is looking for another 15 minutes.

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  14. ET says:

    You are all invited to my New Year’s Eve singalong. Just click ET.

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  15. DonS says:

    Now Heather Wilson, along with Specter, Lugar, and others, is all independent, too. I hope someone’s keeping score.
    http://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/525264nm12-31-06.htm
    These dudes are betting that Iraq will be the same or worse in two years, escalation or not. And they figure, not unreasonably, that
    Americans will be even more pissed.
    McCain, Liberman, and that ilk, firgure they will be able to foist the lie on the country that things would have been better if their “advice” had been taken when they said it should have been taken — the ultimate moving target from the ultimate liars and egoists. (not for nothing have they earned the left, and dare we say center blog’s, sobriquets “St. John”, and “The Last Honest Man”??)
    That’s politics, pure and simple. Will it be translated into meaningful action, or just more posturing. And will it matter to the emperor?

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  16. DonS says:

    “. . .The senior Pennsylvania senator said that while he had a great deal of respect and admiration for US President George W. Bush. . . ”
    Now, why would Specter preface any remark in such a way? I understand civility, but if one intends to establish an independent and critical voice, expressing “respect and admiration” for the author of policies one finds massively deficient is a virtual non-sequitur and/or leads to cognitive dissonance. It is just this sort of mealy mouthed habit that betrays the man; he always leaves room to back out of a statement of conviciton because, you know, there are always extenuating circumstances or defects that are cured and, at heart, Bushie’s a swell guy. And it’s why he has yet to rise in stature anywhere near what one would expect from his rhetoric, and why he is held in contempt by those who genuinely hold the principles that he betrays time and again.
    It wouldbe nice if Specter could walk and chew gum at the same time, act against illegal wiretapping not excuse it, and truly confront the adminstration’s Iraq insanity. Hell, I’d take one out of two. But I’m not hopeful of either coming to pass.

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  17. Cloned Poster says:

    You know when the State Security Appartus gets going for real in the USA, they’ll kill the bloggers first, then us who comment on great blogs such as this.
    2007, Happy New Year.

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  18. Glen says:

    Arlen does not pass Go.
    Arlen does not collect $200.
    Arlen has blown lots of hot air but has actually done worst than NOTHING.
    “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
    – Benjamin Franklin
    Now that’s spoken by a man that put his life on the line in his service to his country.
    Arlen’s worried about losing his pay check and has MAYBE (and that’s a BIG MAYBE) decided to DO HIS JOB.

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  19. ET says:

    Let’s recap: Senator Specter and Vice President Cheney drafted S.2453. Had this bill become law, there would be zero opportunity to impeach Bush for warrant-less eavesdropping. S.2453 would have given Bush immunity from impeachment based on their illegal NSA surveillance program. Moreover, S.2453 would have provided retroactive amnesty from criminal prosecution to Bush, administration officials, Telecom corporate execs, and others who participated in the illegal NSA spying. This is hardly trivial.

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  20. Pennsylvania says:

    I have hopes that Arlen will, this time, actually follow through being Independent.
    I won’t be surprised when he rolls over for Mssrs. Bush and Cheney.
    Arlen knows right from wrong, he just is the wrong person to stick up what’s right.
    Make my day, Arlen, prove me wrong!

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  21. MP says:

    POA writes: “And even a “centrist” has opinions regarding this issue, MP. And, I certainly prefer Steve’s silence on the issue over your presumptive and arrogant attempts to express Steve’s position for him.”
    Well, actually Steve has written repeatedly about his centrist position. On his blog, in the comments, and even to me personally. It is YOU who are presuming that unstated FEAR is the reason he doesn’t take YOUR position.

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  22. Pissed Off American says:

    Sibel Edmonds is another person I have NEVER seen mentioned here by Steve. She blows this bullshit “War On Terror”, and the official story behind 9/11, out of the water. This WHOLE fuckin’ criminal plot is tied to, Atta, AIPAC, Abramoff, the PNAC, the Mossad, and the key zionist neocons in the Bush Administration. There are just FAR FAR too many links to ignore.
    http://www.counterbias.com/789.html
    One More Reason to Win: Letting Sibel Edmonds Speak
    October 30 2006
    Counterbias.com
    by W. David Jenkins III
    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” — Edmund Burke
    Sibel Edmonds once told me to “put aside 9/11” and instead concentrate on the workings of the Defense Department, amongst other government establishments, because what she had been trying to warn people about was considered by those involved as nothing more than “business as usual.” That was the real danger. What she had discovered during her short time with the FBI was so threatening to those doing such “business” that former Attorney General, John Ashcroft, couldn’t slap a gag order on her (and Congress) fast enough. But a lot of us already know that.
    Truth be known, Dennis Hastert has more to worry about than the Mark Foley scandal. In fact, he may be seeing the writing on the wall regarding his upcoming departure from Congress as a welcome relief. However, that result is not only contingent upon a Democratic win in November, but a Democratic majority willing to dig through the tangled mess that is Turkish and American “business relations.”
    Now, one must understand why Turkey is a big player, albeit a clandestine one, on the world stage: it involves the desperate need for security and acceptance. Turkey shares with Israel common enemies such as Syria, Iran and Iraq, and maintains relations in the U.S. in order to secure financial aid and military technology. These relations are enhanced by corporations, lobbyists and conservative think-tanks sharing a mutual interest in geopolitical advantage in the Middle East as well as making some big bucks.
    These relations are connected between former and present Defense Department members, Project for a New American Century members, AIPAC, MIC Inc., Jack Abramoff, The Livingston Group and others. In other words, the more you dig the bigger the headache, yet you’ll get an idea of how intertwined all the players are.
    Wanna go for a little ride? Let’s start with Hastert. The House Speaker has received contributions from Turkish sources to the tune of at least $500,000, and Edmonds knows that there are tapes from wiretaps that will back up this claim. One of the groups who bragged on those tapes about these illegal contributions was the American Turkish Council (ATC), but Hastert denies any ties to this or other Turkish groups. Yet between 1996 and 2002, Hastert made multiple trips to Turkey and would return home with so many “gifts” that his support staff was surprised that the “plane even got off the ground.”
    In turn, Hastert has been very helpful to Turkey by using his authority to pull Congressional backing for a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide. Hastert, of course has denied this.
    On June 3, 2003, Hastert’s political action committee held a $1500-a-plate fundraiser at Jack Abramoff’s restaurant where he received large donations from, among others, one Duane R. Gibson. Gibson is a consultant with the Livingston Group who has been lobbying on behalf of Turkey for about six years at the cost of $1.2 million a year. The only problem is that the money is not coming from the Turkish government and of course the FBI wants to know exactly who is shelling out all the dough. This is what Edmonds refers to as “business as usual,” and what is behind the façade in all of this is obviously so threatening that the government felt it necessary to implement an extraordinary gag order on Sibel and threaten members of her family.
    Admittedly, the American–Turkish “connection” doesn’t make for glamorous news when put up against Iraq, Iran or North Korea, but many of the players in those headlines are also involved with Turkey. And if there were an active, inquisitive and motivated Congress in D.C., people might recognize the threat that so far has remained under the radar.
    Sibel Edmonds stated many times that when certain intelligence regarding illegal activities (drug or illegal arms trafficking, etc.) which benefited alleged terrorist sponsors also implicated “certain allies or business interests,” then that intelligence was not passed on to counter-terrorism agents in the field. Turkish front groups under surveillance by the FBI (ATC and ATAA) were making large payments to officials high up in the government as well as lobbyists with connections to some of these same officials. These same groups were also nuzzling up to groups like AIPAC who had a mutual desire to embrace certain business interests that could enhance their pursuit of intelligence, influence and aid against common enemies.
    With the rise to power of the neo-conservatives and their drive to secure dominance in the Middle East, these front groups found new opportunities. Douglas Feith and Richard Perle, infamous for their push into Iraq, were also recipients of hundreds of thousands of dollars from Turkish interests prior to joining the Bush Gang.
    Other groups with long ties to Turkey as well as upper offices in the government consist of the aforementioned Livingston Group, Solarz & Associates, and The Cohen Group. All three are top members of the American Turkish Council with Vice Chairman of The Cohen Group, Joseph Ralston, sitting on their board of advisors. Getting pretty tangled up, huh?
    One other firm I want to point out is the group M.I.C. Industries Inc. who boast of an “Ultimate Building Machine” on their web site (a machine worth a $60 million contract with Russia in 1997). Their board consists of, among others, William Cohen (Cohen Group/ATC) and Richard Armitage (PNAC/Valerie Plame outing) and is headed up by one Michael Asari who once teamed up with Alexander Haig in a corporation called US-CIS Venture Inc. which was established to assist in “developments” in Central Asia as well as establishing oil and gas pipeline projects through the region. M.I.C. Inc. is also one of the Livingston Group’s top clients.
    These are some of the “business interests” I believe Edmonds’ was speaking of and here’s why. Enormous amounts of money are being funneled to top government officials and certain businesses whose members consist of former Defense and State Department officials and conservative think tanks that have a common interest in Turkey and Israel (in this case) and other countries that play a strategic part in a geo-political “business” plan. However, this money is not coming from those particular governments in question.
    Currently, according to former CIA agent Philip Giraldi, there is an investigation into Israel’s illegal sale of U.S. military technology to countries like China and India. The companies mentioned in this article also have ties to the defense industry through their members’ history in government service – who also share close ties with Turkish front groups (as well as an alliance with AIPAC and JINSA) currently under investigation by the FBI. That these Turkish groups would be involved in the same illegal sales with the aid of the aforementioned businesses is not that difficult of a dot to connect as it definitely reflects the “can of worms” that Edmonds’ superiors at the FBI did not want opened. It’s also worth mentioning that Turkey is a large hub in the drugs coming out of Afghanistan and Edmonds has alluded to the drug trade in her past statements.
    Yet, fellow FBI translator Malek Can Dickerson, who had encouraged Sibel to join the ATC, was suppressing intelligence Edmonds’ was uncovering regarding these front groups and their relationship to “certain allies and American business interests” in deference to the very organizations that the FBI had under investigation.
    One can look back at the names mentioned in this criminal activity and notice that many of the players were involved in the more glamorous stories in the news over the past years. Armitage (MIC Inc./PNAC) leaking the name of a CIA operative who was investigating arms trafficking to Iran, and Feith and Perle (IA Inc./PNAC) who were instrumental in the invasion of Iraq and who are together with Michael Asari (MIC Inc.) pushing for an attack on Iran, are just four of the most notorious examples.
    One other thing I want to point out is the sorry state of affairs when it comes to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit database which is maintained by the Department of Justice. This database contains the “who and how much” when it comes to “foreign investment” in exchange for representation in D.C.
    Luke Ryland, who has done some remarkable and detailed work on the Edmonds story, pointed out that the “huge database that serves as the public’s lone window on lobbying activities by foreign governments has been allowed to decay to a point they cannot even make a copy of its contents” according to a report by the Center for Public Integrity in June, 2004. Even worse, as far as we know, that system is still operating on Windows 95. So much for investing in technology to fight the “war on terror.”
    Sibel stated in an interview in 2005 that “You can start from the AIPAC angle. You can start from the Plame case. You can start from my case. They all end up going to the same place, and they revolve around the same nucleus of people. There may be a lot of them, but it is one group. And they are very dangerous for all of us.”
    I can’t think of a better reason to take back the Congress.
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    W. David Jenkins III is a writer from New York. He can be reached at WDavidJenkinsIII@aol.com.

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  23. Carroll says:

    Carroll writes: “America would have been better served by hanging these assholes than Saddam.”
    By “these assholes” do you mean all of Israel, or just everyone in AIPAC? It’s not clear from the context.
    Posted by eatbees at December 30, 2006 07:23
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    I mean every racist piece of excretment like Rachel Glaser of the ZOA, and everyone like her in this country. This racist zionist crap is a plague on America and dirties the name of this country by our support of their sickness. Let them take their hate and censorship and move it to Israel. And oh yea, this was written by what the zionist cockroaches call a “self hating jew”. Isn’t it funny how the top jewish-israeli lobbies claim they represent “THE jews” and then attack every jew who stands up against their sick racist ideology. Yea, anyone who is against genocide, censorship,occupation and etc, etc. when it comes to Israel is either a self hating jew or an anti-semite.
    PMFriday, December 29, 2006
    I Witness the Israel Lobby in Action
    the new york observer
    A few weeks back at Columbia, I watched with amazement as the former Israeli soldier Yehuda Shaul, who started the group Breaking the Silence, gave his presentation on the horrors of the occupation to about 75 students in a darkened hall. My amazement had to do with the fact that Shaul’s visit was sponsored by a largely-Jewish group at Columbia—Pro-Israel Progressives—and was attended by members of the Hillel chapter at the school. Kudos to them.
    After Shaul’s speech, representing “my comrades and not just myself,” he was bombarded by hostile questions from Israel supporters in the audience. Shaul handled them with strength and ease. (Q. “Do you know of a counterpart organization where Palestinians question their moral decisions?” A. “I really don’t care—I am an Israeli who has to raise his children in Israel…”)
    Just as gripping to me was the discussion that took place after the event between Rachel Glaser, the campus coordinator of the rightwing Zionist Organization of America, and the students who had organized the event.
    “What did this accomplish? What did it accomplish?” Glaser barked at the organizers.
    “It achieved something important,” one of the Jewish students said. “People perceive pro-Israel groups as monolithic. They think that we are not able to take responsibility for the bad things that happen.”
    Fine, Glaser said, but the students should have organized “a panel,” in which Shaul was just one voice. “Have someone else,” she said. (Just as the New York Theatre Workshop wanted to “contextualize” the Rachel Corrie play with pro-Israel voices.)
    It was one thing to have Yehuda Shaul give a talk inside Israel, Glaser said. “Outside of Israel, you’re playing with fire.”
    This chilling statement was a candid expression of the goals of the Israel lobby. A member of a Jewish organization was saying that it’s OK to have a wide-open discussion of these issues in Israel, but it’s dangerous to have such a discussion here. Why? Because America is the mainstay of support allowing Israel to continue its policies in the Occupied Territories. The Israel lobby fears that Americans, if left to their own devices, will abandon Israel, out of indifference, or antisemitism. So Americans must be influenced—in this case by having the information they get about Israel/Palestine vetted, and by pressuring Jews on campus to toe the party line.
    I bring this up because Glaser’s group, the Zionist Organization of America, is now trying to have the Jewish group that sponsored Shaul’s tour, the Union of Progressive Zionists, kicked out of a consortium of campus groups that promote Israel’s image on campuses. Why? Because (per the Jewish Telegraphic Agency) “Jewish money should not be spent on programming that provides fodder for Israel’s most virulent critics.”
    This is shameful news. Jews are better than this, America is better than this…
    FILE UNDER: U.S. Policy in the Mideast
    Posted by Phil Weiss on December 26, 2006 12:46 PM | Permalink

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  24. Pissed Off American says:

    And by the way, Hillary needs to take a bow, she’s reached the top……..
    Pro-Israel: Top 20 Recipients
    Election cycle: 2006
    1 Clinton, Hillary Rodham (D-NY) Senate $83,818
    2 Kyl, Jon (R-AZ) Senate $79,750
    3 Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI) Senate $77,406
    4 Kirk, Mark (R-IL) House $72,164
    5 Conrad, Kent (D-ND) Senate $68,600
    6 Lieberman, Joe (D-CT) Senate $67,000
    7 Nelson, Ben (D-NE) Senate $65,500
    8 Santorum, Rick (R-PA) Senate $62,000
    9 Talent, James M (R-MO) Senate $61,010
    10 Nelson, Bill (D-FL) Senate $60,861
    11 Menendez, Robert (D-NJ) Senate $47,611
    12 Berkley, Shelley (D-NV) House $44,000
    13 Lugar, Richard G (R-IN) Senate $39,710
    14 Hoyer, Steny H (D-MD) House $37,250
    15 Engel, Eliot L (D-NY) House $34,000
    15 DeWine, Mike (R-OH) Senate $34,000
    17 Burns, Conrad (R-MT) Senate $33,500
    17 Feinstein, Dianne (D-CA) Senate $33,500
    19 Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana (R-FL) House $30,500
    20 Cardin, Ben (D-MD) Senate $30,192
    http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/recips.asp?Ind=Q0

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  25. Pissed Off American says:

    December was the deadliest month in two years for our troops in Iraq. Iraq is bathed in a see of blood and escalating civil war.
    Nuclear proliferation and escalation has been fueled by the Bush Administration’s threatening rhetoric and utter lack of constructive diplomacy.
    Global warming is feared, accepted as fact, and recognized by 99.9% of the world’s scientists, but denied and ignored by the White House.
    The Taliban is re-establishing a strong foothold in Afghanistan, NATO is overwhelmed, the opium farmers enjoyed bumper crops this year.
    Billions of dollars missing and wasted in the New Orleans debacle, with hundreds of thousands still displaced or homeless.
    Osama Bin Laden still on the loose, the Anthrax crimes remain unsolved, and the questions surrounding the events of 9/11 far outnumber the alleged “answers”.
    Virtually EVERY pressing issue facing America today has been mishandled, ignored, and lied about by this Administration.
    Yet they are still in power, and still determining policy.
    Name ONE SINGLE policy decision made by this Administration that demonstrates that they are competent to still be determing policy, domestic of foreign.
    Why in God’s name are these people still in power?

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  26. Pissed Off American says:

    Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Announces July 24 “We Stand With Israel” Solidarity Rally at Love Park, Philadelphia
    PHILADELPHIA, Jul. 19, 2006 – The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia will host a Jewish community solidarity rally in support of Israel on Monday, July 24, noon to 2 p.m. (rain or shine), at Love Park, 16th Street and JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia. U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, 19 community organizations and hundreds of community members from Greater Philadelphia’s five-county area as well as Reading, Pa., and Delaware are expected to attend.
    The theme of the rally is “We stand with Israel,” expressing the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community’s strong support for Israel and its response to attacks from aggressive terrorist organizations, Hezbollah and Hamas, operating in Lebanon and Gaza. The rally will focus on Israel’s need to defend itself and protect its citizens, and the innocent civilians who are suffering as a result of terrorist violence.
    Scheduled speakers include U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, Consul General of Israel in Philadelphia Uriel Palti and VAAD: Board of Rabbis executive director Rabbi David Gutterman. Federation’s Center for Israel and Overseas co-chairs Gary Erlbaum and Scott Isdaner will serve as masters of ceremony. Federation’s president Ira Schwartz will also assist in hosting the event.
    Participating organizations include: AIPAC, American Jewish Committee, American Red Magen David for Israel, Anti-Defamation League, B’NAI B’RITH, Boys Town Jerusalem, Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia, Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, Israel Bonds, Jewish National Fund, Philadelphia Jewish Labor Committee, PhillyIsraelim, VAAD: Board of Rabbis, The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and ZOA – Greater Philadelphia District.
    For more information on the rally and the Israel Emergency Fund visit http://www.jewishphilly.org.
    Established in 1901, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is the central non-profit Jewish community organization in the Greater Philadelphia area. Its mission is to identify and prioritize the important issues and needs of the community, then organize and mobilize human and financial resources to successfully impact them. Federation focuses on Jewish education, health care, human services, family, and economic needs; and international concerns, such as providing support for Israel and for Jews at risk anywhere in the world. Visit us at http://www.jewishphilly.org.
    http://www.jewishphilly.org/content_display.html?ArticleID=188664

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  27. Pissed Off American says:

    http://www.zoa.org/klein.htm
    An excerpt……..
    National President Morton A. Klein
    Morton A. Klein is National President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), the oldest pro-Israel group In the U.S., founded in 1897. He is a member of the Executive Committee of AIPAC. Mr. Klein is widely regarded as one of the leading Jewish activists in the United States.
    Another excerpt………
    Other campaigns by Klein dramatically reduced the number of anti-Israel lectures at Villanova University and at the largest church in the Philadelphia area. The exposure of anti-Israel sermons at this church, where U.S. Senate candidate Lyn Yeakel was VP of the Board, played a major role in helping elect U.S. Senator Arlen Specter in his 1992 campaign.

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  28. Pissed Off American says:

    http://www.wrmea.com/backissues/0198/9801051.htm
    An excerpt……..
    ZOA claims to have 50,000 members throughout the U.S. participating in educational activities and public affairs programs. Simultaneously it supports pro-Israel legislation on Capitol Hill. “Pro-Israel” must be understood from within Klein’s tribal, xenophobic frame of mind. He sees the Middle East conflict as a zero-sum game, a conclusion that did not change in Oslo’s aftermath.
    Following the September 1993 Yitzhak Rabin-Yasser Arafat handshake, a combined effort led to the creation of an international fund which was to support the fledgling Palestinian Authority. Aware of the dilapidated infrastructure in the occupied territories, Israeli politicians realized that the new authority would have to invest billions of dollars in order to create a sustainable economy. Rabin recognized that poverty can lead to unrest and therefore asked other countries to contribute. Forty-three countries pledged $2 billion, of which one-fourth was to come from the U.S.
    Since ZOA’s leadership tends to conceptualize the situation along strict, binary, us-versus-them lines, they opposed this effort and lobbied Congress in an attempt to prevent the transfer of U.S. funds. Consequently, on July 29, 1994, Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Arlen Specter and Alabama Democratic Sen. Richard Shelby managed to insert an amendment which hindered the transfer of money to the Palestinian Authority.
    Realizing that the amendment complicated the delicate process of creating peace the Clinton administration opposed it, but to no avail. Subsequently, Senator Specter became co-chair of the ZOA-initiated Peace Accord Monitoring Group (PAM) in the U.S. Senate. Specter, one should note, has received $298,623 from the so-called pro-Israel political action committees (PACs) since 1980, and Shelby has received $135,825 from them since 1984.

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  29. Pissed Off American says:

    Echoes of the Nixon era
    Arlen Specter’s FISA bill would put President Bush above the rule of law, just as an earlier president would’ve wanted.
    By Glenn Greenwald
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    Photo: Reuters/Yuri Gripas
    Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter
    With one piece of legislation, Sen. Arlen Specter seeks to expand the Bush administration’s radical theory of executive power beyond the wildest dreams of Dick Cheney or even John Yoo. Just when it looked as though some semblance of checks and balances was being restored, Specter — the Pennsylvania Republican who masqueraded for months as a tenacious opponent of the White House — offers a bill that would strike an immeasurable blow for the Bush vision of an imperial presidency.
    Specter’s bill (S. 2543) is titled the National Security Surveillance Act, and it is framed as a series of amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as FISA. The Senate approved FISA in 1978 in the wake of decades of eavesdropping abuses by the executive branch under both parties. FISA allowed aggressive eavesdropping by the president against terrorists and other enemies of the United States, but required that it be conducted with judicial oversight to ensure this awesome power would no longer be abused.
    In reality, Specter does not want to amend the mandates of FISA so much as abolish them.
    Continues at…….
    http://salon.com/opinion/feature/2006/07/31/nsa/index_np.html

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  30. DonS says:

    I listened to Specter give a commencement speech at a neice’s college in Pennsylvania a couple of years ago. I tried to listen for the hypocrisy in his tone that I had come to recognize in his actions. But all I could really detect was a plumped up politician, dressed like a dandy, somewhat bored to be there, blowing his own horn. A hollow man.

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  31. p.lukasiak says:

    Steve…. describing Specter as “independent” is pure BS, as your own comments demonstrated. This is Specters third trip to the mid-east…during the first two he didn’t visit Syria, but now he is because “the situation in Iraq is not working.”
    THE FUCKING SITUATION IN IRAQ HASN”T BEEN WORKING FOR THREE YEARS, STEVE, AND YOU KNOW IT.
    The only thing that has changed is that the Dems have taken over the Senate, and the GOP can no longer tell Specter how high to jump. He’s about as “independent” as my dog, when I let him have more “lead”…

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  32. Stephennnn says:

    If you thing that Specter is an independent Republican then you must also believe that the world is safer without Saddam. First of all the phrase Independent Republican is an oxymoron, and secondly this Rubber Stamp Congress had plenty of opporltunity to stand up and be counted but they did not and now this country suffers. I want to see a real measure of Specter’s independence, when he votes to impeach this failed president before the country is brought to ruin.

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  33. USNewsLink says:

    “FUCK AIPAC and ISRAEL..they are putrid, cancerous, parasitic influences on our goverment which is putrid enough as it is without their added vile interference…get them and their supporters and their bought US politicans the hell out of this country…America would have been better served by hanging these assholes than Saddam.”
    Carroll, I just fell in love with you! 😉

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  34. neil says:

    Neil Maydom
    Sorry to cut across your good intentions, Michael Coghlan, but this isn’t about David Hicks. It’s about The War on Islam and the complete lack of integrity of Christians of Convenience such as Bush, Blair and John Non-core Promise Howard.
    Howard and Ruddock have already admitted that Hicks has committed no crime – a claim they cannot make for themselves. The War on Islam is heavily reliant on lies and whispers and fabricated threats. And evidence such as dead bodies – which can safely be accused of any crime without fear of contradiction. One has only to track the outcome of terrorist trials around the world to discover that the majority of them fail because of glaring flaws in the fabricated evidence. Bush and Howard know that Hicks would be cleared by any properly constituted court and this would further expose them as liars and panic merchants.
    Howard is up to his nostrils in the War on Terror and it is beginning to unravel so quickly that knee-jerk dimwits like Bush and Howard are having trouble keeping up. This is clearly illustrated in the ISG’s tired old right-wing fall-back position: “Yeah, we know we said we’re in charge but now that it’s gone completely arse-up, it’s the Iraqi’s fault.” The only thing you can rely on receiving from right-wingers is a discordant blend of over-confident porkies and self-deception mixed with unmitigated cowardice. Having reached the end of the self-deception, all they have left is their cowardice and a few more knee-jerk lies.
    At this stage of the game (the WoT’s death-throes) don’t be surprised if Hicks suffers a fatal misfortune. It would be difficult to overestimate the embarrassment the outcome of a legitimate Hicks trial would cause Howard & Bush. And life’s cheap when political reputations are on the line. In my opinion Hicks will die before he is tried or released, probably well before Howard goes up for re-election. It’s the ONLY way that the myth of his guilt can be perpetuated. Bush owes him that small favour for his unquestioning obedience.

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  35. Marky says:

    Steve, has it occurred to you that the hidden purpose of Specter’s ME “diplomacy” is to demonstrate the intransigence of our deadly foes is Syria and Iran, thereby greasing the skids for an all-out assault on Teheran? Nothing would be more in character for that weasel from PA than to pretend to broker peace while actually laying mines in Megiddo.
    Remember, Rove has the goods on Specter, as we saw last year when evidence of his corruption was published to get him in line for a vote.
    Specter made his bed with Satan long ago.
    He’ll share a bunk with Saddam before long.

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  36. dahreese says:

    Pardons at the end of Bush’s term – count on it.
    He’ll pardon Cheney, Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales, Rice, “Skipper” and a host of others – most of who presently have no charges against them, but who might after their terms of office.
    The play along mainstream media isn’t going to touch this one, either
    You don’t have to be a blind conservative not to see it, just an ignorant one to deny it.

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  37. brendan says:

    Are you freakin’ kidding me?
    Arlen “No radical pro-life justices” Spcter, who voted for Alito?
    Arlen “NSA Spying is illegal” Specter, who then fashioned legislation that sought not only to legalize the spying but to give Bush retroactive immunity?
    Arlen “The military Commissions Act of 2006 is patently unconstituional” Specter, who said he would vote NO, and then voted yes?
    He’s not an independent: he’s an opportunist. If the GOP had held onto the majority in 2006, he wouldn’t be traveling to Syria or doing anything. Specter is a coward.
    RAM is exactly correct: he’ll make noise until Cheney says “shut up.”

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  38. Pissed Off American says:

    I see that satanistic sicko Cheney hailed Ford’s pardon of Nixon. It is probably wishful thinking on Cheney’s part. He is just hoping that he will escape justice as well. Judging by the lack of gonads in Washington, he is undoubtedly right.

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  39. RAM says:

    Specter will oppose the Administration’s policy until Cheney calls him up and tells him to shut up and sit down, at which point he will shut up and sit down. It’s happened every time he’s promised to buck the Administration line.

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  40. eatbees says:

    Carroll writes: “America would have been better served by hanging these assholes than Saddam.”
    By “these assholes” do you mean all of Israel, or just everyone in AIPAC? It’s not clear from the context.

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  41. eatbees says:

    @liz — Do you really think the NSA hasn’t figured out ways to tap phones without making them “sound tapped”? Paranoia is fine, but let’s stay focused. All are phones are tapped on the main line. Every single call feeds into a huge computer system that filters for keywords and stores selected calls for later analysis. No need for “popping and clicking” there.

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  42. eatbees says:

    I’m glad to see that Specter and other Senators are getting into the diplomacy groove. Anything to get the different parties talking to one another. He’s only doing what Rice and her ilk should be doing, but in absence of reality-based leadership in the White House, its about time that others stepped into the breach. For that matter, why do Assad and Olmert need a green light from anyone in the U.S. to pick up the phone and make an appointment? Politicians in the region should realize that the era of U.S. dominance is past. Rather than looking to America as the universal power broker, let them open channels among themselves! That kind of transparency is what’s needed to break out of the stale, unworkable situation we’ve all been living with since at least 1967.

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  43. Pissed Off American says:

    You are now rebutting by implying that this somehow boils down to “POA against Steve”. And that is pure unmittigated horseshit. I merely pointed out that Steve avoids comnmenting on the issue of AIPAC’s influence on our politicians, even when he is directly queried about the issue. And I advanced my own opinion as to why I think Steve avoids the issue. And even a “centrist” has opinions regarding this issue, MP. And, I certainly prefer Steve’s silence on the issue over your presumptive and arrogant attempts to express Steve’s position for him.

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  44. MP says:

    Sorry…but Steve has REPEATEDLY said that he holds to a centrist position. What he calls “the radical center.” He holds to it based on principle, not on fear.
    Like it or not, and you obviously don’t, that is his position and this is his blog. Perhaps you’re unable to read, or your eyes glaze over when you read things that contradict your POV.
    Maybe you should stick with Bollyn. He’s more your speed.

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  45. Pissed Off American says:

    Actually, MP, with exception of Steve’s tepid disgust of Harmon’s actions, I have NEVER seen him address the issue of the powerful Israeli lobby’s influence on our politicians and our foreign policy.
    I am sure you read my post carefully, so I must assume that your complete twisting of its intent is on purpose. I specifically outlined the course of discussion that steve seems unwilling to engage in….
    “His silence tells me that he is afflicted with the same fear that seems to permeate most of Washington; the fear of the political reprisals that are targeted at any politician, media member, or Washington insider that dares to question the wisdom of allowing a foreign government’s direct participation in forming American foreign policy.”
    ….so, once again, you, in your usual smarmy and slimey way of diverting the discourse, provide a rebuttal that weasels its way around the gist of my comment. Suprise suprise.

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  46. MP says:

    POA writes: “Undeniably, Steve has had more than ample opportunity to weigh in on this issue through the course of a myriad of debates that have occurred as a result of his own comments. His silence tells me that he is afflicted with the same fear that seems to permeate most of Washington; the fear of the political reprisals that are targeted at any politician, media member, or Washington insider that dares to question the wisdom of allowing a foreign government’s direct participation in forming American foreign policy.”
    Which “reprisals” would those be?
    Not too long ago, he was critical of the Liberty incident. Nothing much seemed to happen to him.
    More recently, he was critical of the Lebanon war. Nothing much happened to him.
    He seems to be four-square in favor of negotiations with Iran and probably Syria. Nothing much happened to him.
    He was certainly critical of Lieberman and nothing happened to him.
    Though I’d have to go back into the archive, I’m sure he wrote appreciatively about M&W’s article and continued breathing.
    I certainly recall reading quite a few comments critical of Israel, yet he blogs on and keeps his job at NAF and gets C-Span coverage for his conferences.
    And what about his highly visible support for that peacenik and colleague, Daniel Levy? Didn’t seem to hurt him none.
    And how can we forget Steve’s high-profile role in the demise of Israel’s ambassador to the UN, John Bolton–and yet he’s still at liberty to fly about the country and the world, sip Starbucks, and talk with the Saudi ambassador.
    No reprisals in sight.
    Now, I agree, Steve has never called AIPAC or Israel “putrid, cancerous, parasitic influences”… but MAYBE that’s because he doesn’t believe it’s true.

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  47. Donna Z says:

    The “Independent Rupublican Senator from Pennsylvania” has often seemed to have something independent to say, but continually fails the follow-through test. Words are cheap, everyone has them. Walking the walking is the part where “independent” turns to common bush toady. Sorry, but Senator Spector does not pass the “smart” test.
    Oh, and Lieberman is by all accounts, bat-shit crazy. The Democrats will rue the day, they let that one through the door.

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  48. Carroll says:

    Posted by Pissed Off American at December 30, 2006 01:51 PM
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    Obviously Steve can’t take too much of a stand, whichever way he may personally feel and I don’t know which way that actually is, probably a diplomatic middle of the road…. or he would indeed find certain sources closed or be fed faulty info by said sources.
    So at the risk of my grandmother turning in her grave at my language let me say for us millions of DC “outsiders” who have nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking a stand…
    FUCK AIPAC and ISRAEL..they are putrid, cancerous, parasitic influences on our goverment which is putrid enough as it is without their added vile interference…get them and their supporters and their bought US politicans the hell out of this country…America would have been better served by hanging these assholes than Saddam.
    Bring back the real America…with some improvements.

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  49. Pissed Off American says:

    Saif, you may well be at the wrong site if you expect our host to comment on the chilling influence that the Israeli lobbys have on American foreign policy. It is obvious that Steve is intelligent, and walks in the circles that few of us ever venture into. A true insider, surely Steve cannot fail to take note of the direct invlolvement of the Israeli lobbys in formulating American foreign policy, nor can he fail to recognize the actual bribery of our Representives that buys their complicity in, and their silence about, the true nature of Israel’s human rights abuses against the Palestinian people. I have often wondered about Steve’s complete failure to address this pressing issue, and can only conclude that he would be “stepping over the line” if he was to buck the Israeli lobbys, and call attention to our politician’ total subservience to a powerful foreign entity that does not always work, (in fact, seldom does), work for America’s best interests. I can only conclude that if Steve was to engage himself in this “debate”, he would in fact have many doors slammed in his face, doors that he prefers would stay open so that he can maintain his “insider” status. God knows that this issue of the Israeli lobbys arises more often than not here when discussing the neocon agenda and our current course of disastrous foreign policy decisions being wrought upon America by this executive administration. Undeniably, Steve has had more than ample opportunity to weigh in on this issue through the course of a myriad of debates that have occurred as a result of his own comments. His silence tells me that he is afflicted with the same fear that seems to permeate most of Washington; the fear of the political reprisals that are targeted at any politician, media member, or Washington insider that dares to question the wisdom of allowing a foreign government’s direct participation in forming American foreign policy.
    An interesting side note to this is Steve’s inexplicable lamentation about Harmon prostituting herself to AIPAC while he maintains a total silence about the numerous other politicians that are servicing the same “trick”, such as Reid or Pelosi.

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  50. karenk says:

    Nick, Oh yeah, Anita Hill-I forgot that one, thanx. He asked her why she didn’t just quit. I remember being turned off by Spectors remark then, so I’ll consider this diplomatic mission to be a redeeming feature. God only knows we need SOMEONE to start the dialogue. Most people don’t want war if they can avoid it.
    btw Spector wasn’t nearly as out of touch as Orrin Hatch-I believe he remarked that he just couldn’t understand how Anita could remember these incidents so vividly after so much time! Earth to Orrin Earth to Orrin, come in Orrin…

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  51. Saif says:

    Pissed Off American, well said.
    Steve, you have to remember that any talk of a ‘change’ in Middle East policy remains hot air. Not a single Senator or Representative is willing to come out with one word that disagrees with AIPAC and the pro-Israel criminal nutjobs that proudly dictate any policy relevant to Israel.
    As long as Specter and his likes continue to take their cue from AIPAC, expect more of the same.

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  52. Pissed Off American says:

    It is saddening to see our politicians scrambling to save themselves from history’s judgement. Specter has rode the Bush train non-stop until this point. He was fully complicit in every crime and ineptitude that has been committed by this administration. I would welcome our country’s salvation from ANY quarter, even from the efforts of those who were complicit in bringing us so low. But those such as Specter need to realize that today’s actions do not erase yesterday’s actions.
    However, it appears that we, the American people, will not see an accounting for the actions of even the most heineous of these criminals, much less for those such as Specter, whose cowardice and political ambitions drove their crime of failing to institute the checks and balances they were oath bound to honor.
    I hope Specter has done some good, and will do some good, in finally instilling some diplomacy in our dealings with Syria. But no matter the fruits of his labors, he still needs to be held accountable for his complicity and abetting in the actions of the Bush Administration. And he WILL be held accountable, if not by the fantasy we all once knew as “American justice”, but by the eyes of history as it looks back upon the complete and utter failure of this Congress’s failure to rein in the criminal enterprise known as “the Bush Administration”.

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  53. Carroll says:

    I am 69 years old and I have never seen such an inept, impotent, corrupt, soldout Congress.
    If there is any good, it’s that finally, thanks to the Bush administration, the American people are catching on in large numbers inspite of the mainstream media.
    Posted by Dennis at December 30, 2006 06:23 AM
    >>>>>>>
    AMEN & DITTO

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  54. Frank says:

    Spectre is something else. Voting for a bill he predicted would be unconstitutional when challanged in court shows the courage of a partison goosestepper par excellence. His jumping on the “beating up on Bush bandwagon” by former Bush supporter zealots, shows a character trait almost as disgusting as Bush’s. Working to retroactively change a law so that the breaking of the law by Bush is erased, shows a sychophantic trait absent in a true justice loving statesman.
    History will rightly record in disgust these “lawyers” who enabled a Nurenburg quality leader to foist on the world, a disastrous war based on a foundation of lies.

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  55. steambomb says:

    Perhaps we would be in a better position if Spectre had done what he was supposed to do about warrantless wiretapping. The man does NOT impress me at all. He has dug a huge respectability hole from which he will have a hard time climbing out of.

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  56. kim says:

    I agree with Nick, there isn’t anything to admire about Spector – we needed courage back before the election, before people like Spector, the neocons, and the media pundits, suddenly discovered their “Independence” from the Administration and the Republican Party. Supporting them now justifies and encourages their totally irresponsible selfish behavior back then.

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  57. glen says:

    “The senior Pennsylvania senator said that while he had a great deal of respect and admiration for US President George W. Bush ……..”
    Respect and Admiration
    WTF !

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  58. Nick says:

    Specter, an Independent?
    I have lived in Philadelphia all my life.
    Before you start giving any credit to Spector for anything, you need to remember 2 things.
    1. The Patriot Act
    2. Anita Hill
    It takes no courage to buck the Bush administration now.

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  59. jeff says:

    Arlen Spector has grown a set because it safe to do so.
    His much ballyhooed independence is subject to the current political wind direction. It’s now safe to defy Bush and company, particularly in Pennsylvania.
    He only just managed to get reelected in his last run.

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  60. tomz says:

    Yes, its time for Specter to be in the spotlight given the death of Ford. They worked “so closely” together on the Warren Commission…snark.

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  61. rich says:

    Amazing to see a Senator basically forced to conduct foreign policy, and forced to speak publically, even so extremely late in the game.
    While this may well be a positive sign, and Spectre requires encouragement for doing what Bush refuses to do–
    –it’s extremely difficult to forgive or forget what Specter’s done as Committee Chair re illegal domestic NSA surveillance, “legalizing” criminal activity after-the-fact (as though it were possible to reverse history and the criminal status of those actions), his repeated pretense that he’d hold hearings–but never did, turning a blind eye to torture, passing the MCA, inaction on Guantanamo & supposedly ‘soft’ torture there on an across-the-board basis, AND habeas corpus.
    Oddly, if I were Arlen Specter, head of Judiciary, I would not want any of that on my record. History will not forget, and history will not be kind.
    But, hey, if SENator Specter wants to actually address issues of critical national importance head on, responsibly, well then, more power to him. Uh, let me rephrase that . . .

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  62. Marcia says:

    Steve:
    You must be experiencing the now wide-spread “desperation syndrome” which consists of grasping for straws while surviving on hope.
    I can find no other explanation for your sudden discovery of Arlen Spector as anything other than what he has shown himself to be..hot air.
    I have no knowledge of his prowess in resussitation but it would take an act of faith to believe anything he says…One public declaration after another purporting to be the staunch defender of public rights only to tow the line with his fellow connivers when it is time to vote.
    “Actions speak louder than words,” so please do not dive overboard for Spector without a life jacket.

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  63. Dennis says:

    I’m glad Spector has impressed you. As far as I’m concerned he’s been just another shield for Bush, for the Iraq war and the errosion of American freedoms. Quite frankly, I don’t trust my freedoms to this government.
    I am 69 years old and I have never seen such an inept, impotent, corrupt, soldout Congress.
    If there is any good, it’s that finally, thanks to the Bush administration, the American people are catching on in large numbers inspite of the mainstream media.

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  64. liz says:

    I certainly have not thought of Specter being independent…. until he decided to talk to the enemies.He did little to take up for Americans who have telephone taps without warrants. Everyone I know says they think their phone is tapped. Our phones in SC click, pop and just sound tapped.
    Wasn’t Specter elected to represent the people of Pennsylvannia? Is he representing them? Are they taken care of? Is the state ok? profitting from his close connections with those in power?
    Steve, elected Americans are spending so much time on Iraq, Israel , Iran, Syria, that America is literally going away.
    Steve, I can’t get a Social Security repeat application closed in SIX years. I can’t go to the doctor and get what I need to get well either.
    Where are the American reps elected to represent American people in DC?
    Why does Bush continue to tear up the world along with America?
    And when will Americans step up to the plate and stop the madness consuming this country making us no different from Germany during their war>? Where are the real hero’s>
    Steve, Specter is not one of them.

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