Fri Sep 11, 2015, 10:23 AM

AIPAC Spent Millions of Dollars to Defeat the Iran Deal. Instead It May Have Destroyed Itself

It is hard to exaggerate the damage inflicted on AIPAC by the Congressional defeat of its efforts to torpedo the Iran nuclear deal. It is not as if AIPAC won’t live to fight again, because it will, but this defeat has ruptured the status quo, possibly forever.

The extent of its efforts to defeat the deal was unprecedented even for a lobby known for its no-holds-barred wars against past White House initiatives it considered unfriendly to Israel, going all the way back to the Ford administration. AIPAC, and its cutout Citizens For A Nuclear Free Iran, reportedly budgeted upwards of $20 million for a campaign that included flooding the airwaves with television spots; buying full-page newspaper ads; arranging fly-ins of AIPAC members to Washington; organizing demonstrations at offices of AIPAC-friendly Congressmen who were believed to be wavering; and ensuring that problematic legislators were officially warned by precisely the right donor. Rank-and-file AIPAC members were largely irrelevant to the process. Money did the talking, and also the yelling and the cursing when necessary. As one Congressional staffer put it to me, “Taking money from AIPAC is like getting a loan from the mob. You better not forget to pay it back. They walk into this office like they own it.”

AIPAC is not a mass membership organization. It claims 100,000 members, which probably means it has fewer than that. But no matter, it is, or was until now, viewed as speaking for all six million American Jews. In fact, whenever it testifies on Capitol Hill, it saysit is speaking for the entire organized community. The truth, however, is that 82 percent of American Jews belong to no Jewish organizations at all, meaning not only that there is no organization that speaks for them, but that no organization even knows exactly who they are.

Legislators believe that AIPAC is the Jewish voice because (again, until now) that is what they heard from their Jewish donors. Although only4 to 6 percent of American Jews cast their votes based on Israel policy, and even though Jews have voted consistently Democratic since 1928 (about 70 percent voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012), the donor class led by AIPAC has convinced politicians both that Jews are primarily interested in Israel and that their votes are in play, when, in reality, Jews are the most unwavering of Democrats, second only to African Americans. And much the same dynamic is at play when it comes to Iran. In fact, theone scientific poll of Jews on attitudes toward the Iran deal showed 49 percent for it with 31 percent against. (Writing in the September 9Washington Post, Harold Meyersonexplains exactly where the Jewish community stands today, a picture that is very different from the one painted by AIPAC.)


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Response to Attila Gorilla (Original post)

Fri Sep 11, 2015, 11:31 AM

1. One can only hope.


Now how do we get the NRA to destroy themselves?

Seriously, these corrupt lobbies have to go, but the one shilling for -not even a foreign country, but the right wing fringe of that foreign country - definitely needs to be the first one out the door.

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Response to FORD (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 11, 2015, 11:46 AM

2. Oh..!!! Ford...!!!! Now you've done it..!!!


You banged two rocks together over the "gunny's" hole in the ground!!
Prepare for the onslaught..!!
(and you'd better study up on the difference an automatc, and a semi automatic, and between a clip and a magazine too..!!)...
And I almost forgot to remind you to look up how many are killed by cars every year too..!!!

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Response to frankt8242 (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 11, 2015, 01:19 PM

3. The gun nuts here know that I'm not a "gun-grabber"


My consistent position has always been that sane, law abiding adults should be able to purchase guns if they wish to do so. The fact that so many people who do NOT meet that criteria end up with guns, and cause far too much damage in the process, is why the NRA needs to go.

Same with AIPAC. They don't serve the interests of anybody in this country, Jewish or otherwise, and they don't represent the majority of Jews in Israel either. So why should an arm of the extremist Israeli fringe have so much influence over MY country's government.

Those are just two of the lobbies that need to go, but they're probably the most powerful. After that, my next targets would be Big Pharma, the Energy Industry and the MonSatan "Big Agriculture" GMO polluter types.

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Response to Attila Gorilla (Original post)

Fri Sep 11, 2015, 03:55 PM

4. AIPAC made a huge error here and hurt its credibilty

A significant percentage if not a majority of American Jews support this treaty

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