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By Michael J. Smith on Tuesday July 25, 2006 09:00 PM

You'd think, as old as I am, that nothing could surprise me any more about American politicians' servility to Israel. But it gets me every time. How -- I ask myself -- how is it possible that nothing has changed since 1982, not to say 1967?

The latest Israeli attack on a neighboring state finds Republicans and Democrats engaged in a grovelling game of leapfrog, trying to see who can jump farther and crouch lower in obeisance to the Light Of The Nations (LOTN). Bush and company are shipping 'em high explosives in quantities the Condor Legion could only dream of. The Democrats, like the Pope, have no legions to send, but also like some of the nastier Popes of old, they yield to none in their devotion to the policing of thought. So the Democrats are trying to outflank the Bushies by attacking their pet Iraqi, prime minister Maliki, who has apparently been so tactless as to suggest that maybe the Israelis shouldn't be bombing Lebanon into the Stone Age.

Twenty-odd Congressional Democrats, led by the sometime Israeli auxiliary soldier Rep. Rahm Emanuel, have written a frothing letter to Denny Hastert. Some excerpts:

In the wake of comments made by Mr. Maliki and other members of the Iraqi leadership denouncing Israel, it is clear that their foreign policy goals are at odds with those of the United States. The Speaker's podium reflects our nation's values. We the Members of the House, under your leadership, decide who receives that honor, and the list should not include anyone whose interests conflict with the United States.
Note the taken-for-granted identification of Israel's megalomaniac ambitions with American interests.

It's hard to find words to describe the comical craziness of all this. I guess the 2006 election is going to be all about who's a bigger toady to Israel.

Oh, among the other signatories to Rahm's oath of supremacy: Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Il.), Gary Ackerman (D-NY), Steven Rothman (D-NJ), Michael McNulty (D-NY), John Lewis (D-Ga.), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), William Delahunt (D-Mass.), C.B. Maloney (D-NY), Barney Frank (D-Mass.), John Olver (D-Mass.), Sander Levin (D-Mich.), George Miller (D-Calif.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Tim Bishop (D-NY), Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) and Artur Davis (D-Ala.). Barney Frank, that pwog hero, is a particularly juicy item on the platter.

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And today, Senators Schumer and Reid gave a news conference in which they added their indignation that Prime Minister al-Maliki might address the august body of the US Congress without first clarifying his comments on Israel and his "views on terrorism." The self-righteousness and fawning attempt to sound tougher on terrorism than Bush were truly despicable. How much deeper can the Democrats sink into the slime of hypocrisy?

I sure hope the democrats get AIPAC's "Unctuous Toady of the Month Award" for this. They're trying so very hard.

Jesus Reyes:

In today's blog, Juan Cole calls them AIPAC Democrats. Pretty funny. He also explains what the Dawa party, from which Maliki hails, is. It turns out that the Dawa helped to form the Lebanese Hizbullah back in the early 1980s - and much more.


I've been trying to get the whole text of the letter and list of signatories since I read about it yesterday--do you have it?

I was utterly disgusted by this. Some of the names are surprising. Or not. I guess when it comes to Israel there is no such thing as a "progressive" American pol.

Jesus Reyes:

...in fact, this Dawa connection may be why AIPAC is squealing so hysterically.

js paine:

jr watch for
clever zionic disinfo
re: the iraq Dawa diddy

of course
under present circs
this cuts its own hand don't it now

the Dawa diddy quisling
morphs into
a zionic vodoo doll

is he ours or the turbins
zombie ???

complex eyewash eh ???

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