MEDIA ALERT: NPR’s Talk of the Nation with Neal Conan


At 3:40 pm EST, I will be chatting live with Neal Conan and his callers on National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” regarding the upcoming Israel elections and what impact they might have on the Obama administration’s choices in the Middle East.
In particular, I think we will be discussing this piece of mine, “Give Us Netanyahu. Please.”
I just read this piece by Haaretz‘s Gideon Levy who is in substantial agreement with me on Netanyahu.
I will also be taping a show today on the same subject with Scott Horton of AntiWar Radio.
— Steve Clemons


10 comments on “MEDIA ALERT: NPR’s Talk of the Nation with Neal Conan

  1. Cee says:

    For Carroll
    Fortunately, Americans don’t need Barack Obama to “speculate” on what former President Jimmy Carter already confirmed on May 25, 2008: Israel possesses an arsenal of at least 150 nuclear weapons. Why does Obama trot out the discredited policy of “strategic ambiguity” – in which Israeli and U.S. officials officially refuse to confirm or deny the existence Israeli nuclear weapons – at this early moment? For one reason alone: to break the law. The 1976 Symington Amendment prohibits most U.S. foreign aid to any country found trafficking in nuclear enrichment equipment or technology outside international safeguards. Israel has never signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). If U.S. presidents complied with the Symington Amendment, they would not deliver yearly aid packages to Israel totaling billions of dollars. Presidents make-believe that Israeli nuclear weapons don’t exist so Congress can legally continue shoveling the lion’s share of the U.S. foreign aid budget to Israel. But this thin pretense is now over. Since Carter’s revelation, press outlets such as Reuters chat openly about how Israeli’s nukes mean that it does not qualify for U.S. aid. But like Harry Markopolos incessantly nagging the SEC about Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, fourth-estate and nuclear-activist calls for compliance continue to be rebuffed by government agencies. Denying Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests about Israeli nukes has always been an integral tactic in preserving this hoary old ruse.


  2. ... says:

    cee- accusing others of antisemitism is a most effective tool for silencing anyone who opposes zionism… thanks for the follow up to that story… chavez can’t be blamed, but negative publicity on chavez has worked its magic on those not paying any attention….


  3. Cee says:

    More on that false flag attack in Venezuela
    “What a coincidence, the gang leader is a metropolitan police officer who for the last four years was the personal bodyguard of the synagogue’s rabbi,” Chavez said in an interview Sunday with the Venevision TV station, Reuters reported.


  4. Cee says:

    I was furious. Obama can’t even admit what we all know to be true and what some Israelis have already admitted.
    In a story attributed to The Jerusalem Post staff and Post reporter Anshel Pfeffer, Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert admitted this evening that Israel possessed nuclear weapons.
    Olmert’s statements drew fire from Israel politicians across the political spectrum. MK Yuval Steinitz responded to Olmert’s statement by calling for the prime minister to resign. “It harms the 50 years of ambiguity and it continues a long line of irresponsible statements, an example being the remark regarding the captured Israeli soldiers in Lebanon,” added Steinitz.


  5. Dirk says:

    Good for you, being on Talk of the Nation; I haven’t been able to listen to that show since early 2001 when right after Powell’s speech to the U.N. Neil came on and said something to the effect of “…well that about settles it, are there any more questions…we attack Iraq.”
    With Bush gone I just need to wait until the last combat troops are pulled out of Iraq before I listen to that tool again.


  6. Carroll says:

    I heard the NPR segment and also read the article in Haaretz.
    I hope they do elect Netanyahu..the world needs a final showdown with Israeli zio nazis and he would most likely bring one about.
    BTW…Helen Thomas kicked Obama in the balls at his press conference whenhe ranting on Iran getting nukes by asking him if he knew of ‘any country in the ME that ‘currently’ had nukes’. The ususally glib Obama lost it and mumbled for 5 minutes like a fool without ever answering her… could tell looking at his face he knew she was ‘calling him out’ on Israel’s nukes and that he knew he was caught in a trap and couldn’t get out without telling the truth so he stayed in the trap.


  7. Jim says:

    Whether it’s headed by Livni, Netanyahu, or Lieberman, Israel’s new government will be “bad news” for Obama, et al.
    Israel has become an inhumane, selfish, racist society. Sadly, it is no longer rational for Americans to show deferential support for any of Israel’s mainstream political parties at this time.
    For current anecdotal insights, the following “My ? Israel” narrative is worth reading:


  8. Cee says:

    Since the British are now starting to boycott Israeli goods and others are condemning them expect to see more of this no matter who is in control
    False flag operation against synagogue in Venezuela?
    Antisemitism is big news after the Gaza massacres. But how much of it is manufactured? In Caracas, a major synagogue was attacked and defaced.
    The result:
    The attack produced a deluge of condemnation of President Hugo Chavez, a vocal critic of Israeli foreign policy who last month expelled Israel’s ambassador over the war in Gaza. Members of the U.S. Congress said in a letter that Chavez had fostered a climate of fear against the Jewish community, and the World Jewish Congress was also critical.
    Why should there be condemnations of Chavez, who strongly condemned the vandalism? Because this is the line now. Everybody in the media says it: if you criticize Israel with the tone that it deserves, you create a “climate of antisemitism.”


  9. Don Bacon says:

    The proposition that a Netanyahu complete rape of Gaza, with the death/imprisonment of thousands, and a final complete takeover of the West Bank, with the complete imprisonment of the Palestinians there, would “finally arouse the world’s rage towards us [Israel]” is a dream, or a nightmare rather. This US wouldn’t care, nor Europe, nor the principal Arab powers, nor anyone except Iran and Syria, and they aren’t considered to be in the civilized world.


  10. Dan Kervick says:

    Steve, whether its Netanyahu or Livni, the Israeli press reports that Lieberman will get a top cabinet position. Both foreign affairs and defense have been mentioned.
    Perhaps you and Conan can discuss what it might mean to the security of the United States and the world to have the defense portfolio of a major nuclear power turned over to the head of an ultranationalist party dominated by Russian speakers from the former Soviet Union.


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