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Hezbollah Supporter Franklin Lamb Urging the US to Forge Israel-Free Mid-East

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

There is an article in the August 28th edition of Foreign Policy Journal entitled, “US Preparing for a Post-Israel Middle East.”  The source for the leaked document described in the article is referred to as a Central Intelligence Agency staffer, and the document was allegedly commissioned by the US Intelligence Community, comprised of all four branches of the military, the Coast Guard, the Departments of State, Treasury, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the FBI, the National Security Agency and the Ministry of Magic.  Just kidding about that last one.

The document allegedly reveals that the CIA has concluded that tiny Israel is the greatest threat on the face of the Earth to the interests of the United States.

What?  Is the article credible?  Is anyone paying attention to it?

Franklin Lamb with Hezbollah mortars in Lebanon.

Franklin Lamb with Hezbollah mortars in Lebanon.

Well, the truth is that few serious people are paying attention to it.  Nevertheless, the title of the article, and the general uneasiness felt by the strongly pro-Israel crowd about this US administration’s support for Israel, has kept the article skimming along on the Internet waves.  It has bobbled to the surface every so often and continues being swept forward in a gush of email distribution lists.

Why does the article not pass the smell test?  The problems are manifest: the way the scenario is written, the author, the lack of sources, the litany of over-the-top accusations against Israel, and the poor writing and editing.  For that last problem, just read the article.

What the author does is not use his article to reveal the existence of the Post-Israel World document, but instead skips right over the veracity step and goes on to suggest that the document will be used by right wing Republicans to scare Jews into voting against President Obama.  That’s clever.

The article states that Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl), chairwoman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, with an assist by William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, will be using the CIA document to frighten Jews into believing president Obama is bad for Israel, and that the Republican party is their only hope.

What is in the alleged report? Just about every anti-Israel canard of recent vintage, but stated as fact:

- Israel is an Apartheid State with a “segregationist, occupation infrastructure” of “legalized discrimination” and “separate and unequal justice systems”

- the current Israeli government is completely aligned with the “illegal” settlers who are “violent racists” who kill and brutalize ‘Palestinians’

- Israel interferes with the “internal affairs of the United States through spying and illegal arms transfers,” by use of “more than 60 front organizations” and “approximately 7,500 US officials” who are controlled by the Jewish State.

The drafters allegedly note that not only Jews in the United States, but also the entire rest of the world, now find they can no longer countenance their entanglement with the illegal Israeli regime which “condemns American citizens to endure the consequences” of that entanglement.  Just for good measure, the document allegedly recommends that the United States undertake to repair “relations with Arab and Muslim countries,” including the reduction in use of drone aircraft.

It is difficult to take the article seriously both because of the excessive number of misspellings and poor editing, the lowly regard with which the publication is held (although easily confused with, it is not the influential Foreign Policy magazine), and because of the   author, Franklin Lamb.

A pro-Israel blogger pointed out that Lamb has written before about the impending disappearance of Israel, also by suggesting he had access to secret CIA documents.  Another time Lamb insisted there was a burgeoning and irreparable rift between the United States and Israel.

And there is much more to hoist the eyebrows. Lamb’s inconsistent biographies at various times state that he has been a professor at the American University of Beirut, has three degrees, including a PhD, from the London School of Economics, had a fellowship at the Harvard East Asian Legal Studies, was Assistant Counsel of the US House Judiciary Committee, was a Professor of International Law at Northwestern College of Law in Oregon, is board member of the Sabra and Shatilla Foundation, and was a volunteer with the Palestine Civil Rights Campaign, Lebanon.

House Rejects Iran ‘Containment,’ Ignoring Peace Now Plea

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday evening approved a non-binding resolution that “strongly supports United States policy to prevent the government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability, rejects any United States policy that would rely on efforts to contain a nuclear weapons-capable Iran; and urges the president to reaffirm the unacceptability of an Iran with nuclear-weapons capability and opposition to any policy that would rely on containment as an option in response to the Iranian nuclear threat.”

H. Res. 568, introduced by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, had 314 sponsors.

Americans for Peace Now (APN) urged members of Congress to “vote NO or PRESENT on this resolution.”

APN argued that “Supporters of H. Res. 568 suggest that this resolution is simply an articulation of tough positions to address the threat of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons, consistent with current U.S. policy. The text of H. Res. 568 tells a different story: its explicit goals are to lower the bar for war, to tie the President’s hands in negotiations, and to effectively take all options, except the military option, off the table.”

A similar bill in the Senate, introduced by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has 74 co-sponsors but has yet to be introduced to the floor.

The House resolution passed under suspension rules, meaning that there was no opportunity to amend it.

APN had urged Congress members in a letter to amend the resolution to make explicit that it did not authorize use of force and to substitute “acquisition of weapons” for “acquiring a nuclear capability.” APN argued that “capability” is too vague a term to establish a “red line” triggering military action.

The APN letter suggested the entire legislation had been conceived and shoved down Congress’ throat by AIPAC, in a sneaky attempt to subvert diplomatic efforts: “It appears to be no coincidence that H. Res. 568 is being brought to a vote now, just as a new round of Iran diplomacy is set to take place on May 23. This resolution was introduced in March during the AIPAC policy conference and has been a centerpiece of AIPAC lobbying since then.”

But according to The Hill, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) said the timing of the resolution was certainly not a coincidence and was intended outright to influence the meeting next week of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany with Iran.

“What better time for this body to send an unambiguous message that Iran must never be allowed to achieve a nuclear weapons capability, and that its nuclear weapons program must end once and for all?” Berman told The Hill.

Support for sanctioning Iran has been bipartisan, as House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) was among the members supporting the bill.

“The most significant threat to peace, regional security and American interest in the Middle East is Iran’s nuclear program,” Hoyer said. “This resolution makes clear that it is in America’s security interest not to contain a nuclear Iran, but to prevent one.”

APN charged that “during these three months, the House has refrained from holding a single hearing or markup dealing with this resolution – a resolution that could have a profound impact on U.S. national security and the possibility of war. Now, it is being brought to a vote without House members ever having been given the chance to debate its contents, hear expert testimony, or offer amendments – including, for example, an amendment to make clear that H. Res. 568 is not an authorization of use of force.”

Israel’s “red line” is nuclear capability, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has been seeking the same commitment from the Obama administration.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) urged the U.S. and Israel on Monday to align their “red lines” on that would trigger a military strike on Iran, The Hill newspaper reported.

McCain, speaking to the center for Strategic and International Studies, did not elaborate on what the “red lines” should be.

Iran has been saying that its nuclear program is for peaceful civilian purposes only. The status of its nuclear weapons program is not precisely known, although in recent days some reports have suggested that the Iranians have achieved the capability to manufacture weapons.

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