Progressive Report….Forget the Greek and Spanish vacations…and stay away from Israel!

In looking over the Progressive news from this past week I couldn’t help notice the lack of reporting on the meltdowns of the Greek and Spanish economies and backlash from their voters. What I did find was an inordinate amount of stories regarding the failed meeting of President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.

It would appear that our left wing liberal friends are ignoring the fact that two large socialist western economies that’ve had the benefit of unrestrained spending are now in the tank and working on rescues with the European Union. Both are overwhelmed with debt due to “nanny state” type spending and economically moribund private sectors. Sound familiar?  Of course, this is the type of model being advocated for the U.S. by left wing liberals.

I thought we would focus this week on Think Progress the left blog of the Center For American Progress Action Fund think tank run by John Podesta and partially funded by George Soros. Let’s see how they covered these news items.

The biggest cause for left wing celebration this week was the win by Democrat Kathy Hochul of New York’s 26th district over Republican Jane Corwin. The left is celebrating this as a precursor of things to come and a referendum on the Republican budget proposal which addresses our unfunded liabilities on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security .

Never mind that democrats have yet to even present a budget. Never mind that Ms. Hochul won by a plurality (47%) and not a majority and received only 1% more of the vote than Barack Obama did in 2008. Never mind that self appointed Tea Party candidate Jack Davis (who previously ran as a Democrat) using $3million of his own money siphoned off 9% of the vote. Never mind that Democrats poured millions into this small election and totally demagogued the Ryan Budget.

One ad this special election cycle was as ugly as anything aired in recent years, portraying a Paul Ryan stand-in literally pushing Grandma off a cliff. Democrats laughed it off as hardball politics with a sense of humor, ( where’s Media Matters when it matters)but they wouldn’t have been laughing if Republicans ran the ad against one of their own.

Take a look at the headline and comments from the Think Progress Web site.

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Headline: Democrat Kathy Hochul Beats Republican Jane Corwin in New York’s 26th District “Viewed as a referendum on House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan to end Medicare, Hochul’s victory exemplifies the American public’s overwhelming disgust with the GOP push to force seniors to bear the burden of increasing health costs.

But DCCC chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) outlined the three reasons that Corwin lost the election: “[I]n alphabetical order, Medicare, Medicare and Medicare.” Despite Corwin indeed crumbled as a result of the American public’s disillusionment with the GOP agenda. And now, Hochul becomes the fourth Democrat to represent the district since 1857. “And this is only the first seat,” said Israel.

Comment 1: “The fact that repugs can never admit responsiblity for their actions or that they are the cause will take them down.”

Comment 2: “Repugs, in the words of your favorite bigot Limbaugh, bend over and grab your ankles because the best is yet to come.”

Comment 3: “One word for you RePugniScum/Dirtbaggers…

Waterloo!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Comment 4: “ How could anyone ever vote for a party that wants to kill Medicare, Medicade and Social Security, but refuses to stop subsidies to big oil. If we dems can’t run the table in this next election, it will be criminal.”

Do these people need to be medicated or what?


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When Barack Obama replaced George Bush, there was unbridled joy among the elites. The days of “cowboy diplomacy” were over! Finally, we had a president who was a careful multi-lateralist who wouldn’t rudely impose his will, but would instead work with allies to build consensus.

But that’s not what Obama delivered with Israel last week, is it?  Obama went to the State Department put his full diplomatic skills on display and insisted Israel needed to stop its “unsustainable” policy toward the Palestinians and “boldly” retreat behind pre-1967 borders. A stunned Benjamin Netanyahu responded as any ally would if so roundly betrayed. He publicly — correctly — denounced Obama’s policy prescription.

Then all hell broke loose on the left. Israel, a socialist democratic country and our strongest ally in the Middle East came under enormous fire from all sides on the left. In reading all of the attack articles and comments it appears to me that leftists were enraged that a member of the Israeli right wing Likud Party (let’s remember he was democratically elected) had the audacity to lecture and correct our thin skinned President who does not suffer criticism lightly and has yet to articulate any coherent policy in the Middle East.

Here’s how Think Progress handled this story:

 

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Yes, the ipod with your speeches on it was very nice, but....

Headline: ThinkFast: May 20, 2011

 

“As President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu meet today at the White House, their sometimes-fraught relationship faces “a turning point” following Obama’s speech yesterday in which he said Israel’s 1967 borders should be the starting point of any peace deal with the Palestinians. Netanyahu complained that Israel should “expect” more from the U.S.”……

Comment 1: Netanyahu complained that Israel should “expect” more from the U.S

How about a gigantic middle finger, Benny? And 0, that is ZERO money, null, nil, nada nuttin in aid.

Comment 2: “I agree with you. Israelis have universal health care thanks to our financial assistance. We should stop sending a single dime to Israel until we have universal health care for all Americans right here at home.

BTW, a great majority of the money we send to Israel has an attachment that they spend it on American weapon systems. This is just another example of the MIC running and ruining our democracy and democracy around the world.”

Comment 3:Israel, if you want people to stop hating you, then stop doing things that people hate.

And while you’re at it, stop with the hysterical Holocaust analogies.   President Obama is not a Nazi, and the 1967 borders are not “Auschwitz borders.”   That kind of rhetoric just pisses people off, Jews included.”

Comment 4: “Well that’s another right-wing lie you just spewed there. Israel’s neighbors don’t want the extinction of Israel itself. You seem to forget, or maybe you’ve never bothered to find out, what Israel’s neighbors really want.”

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Headline: Bolton Falsely claims UNSCR 242 “Doesn’t Say Anything About 1967 Borders”

“BOLTON: He’s flatly wrong on that. If you go back to foundation of the UN Security Council Resolution 242 after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, that resolution calls for all states in the region to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries. It doesn’t say anything about the 67 line or anything else. And I think that’s a key point here. That 67 line was a 1949 Armistice line. It simply reflects where the Israeli and Arab armies ended up the conflict. There’s another armistice line too, the 1973 Armistice line, which is Israel’s greatest extent of control. If you’re going to start with any line, why not start with that line.

It’s been well documented throughout the past week that by publicly endorsing the 1967 borders with land swaps as the basis for negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, the President was simply putting words to long standing U.S. policy. But Bolton’s claim that UNSCR 242, passed in November 1967, “doesn’t say anything about the 67 line” is false. From the resolution:

Affirms that the fulfillment of Charter principles requires the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East which should include the application of both the following principles:

Withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;

Seeing that the resolution was passed in 1967, it’s therefore more than reasonable to conclude that “recent conflict” refers to the 1967 Six Day War in which the Israelis acquired large swaths of Arab lands.”

What? No comments?

Herein lays the problem. The resolution states “from territories” not “from the territories”. This nuance in language was fought for and won by the U.S. during the UN session on the resolution.  Not a single President since then has re-inserted the “the” in the language except for Barack Obama. Middle East politics are filled with parsing and nuances and President Obama should have known better. I’ll take the word of former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton over Think Progress writer Ben Armbruster.

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I shot the sherrif....but I did not shoot the deputy !

Headline: The US Congress Cheers Netanyahu’s Claim That Israel Does Not Occupy the West Bank

“Today, during his speech to a joint meeting of Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated himself for “publicly” committing Israel to the creation of a Palestinian state (with caveats) two years ago. He said it wasn’t easy, because it required giving up Jewish lands in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), which he claimed is not currently under occupation:

Two years ago, I publicly committed to a solution of two states for two peoples: A Palestinian state alongside a Jewish state.

I am willing to make painful compromises to achieve this historic peace. As the leader of Israel, it is my responsibility to lead my people to peace. Now, this is not easy for me. It’s not easy because I recognize that in a genuine peace, we will be required to give up parts of the ancestral Jewish homeland. You have to understand this, in Judea and Samaria, the Jewish people are not foreign occupiers.”

The Article goes on to say how the Israelis are indeed occupiers and that Netanyahu could only dream of this kind of reception at home. It ends with the following comment:

“It’s one thing for members of Congress to applaud foreign leaders, but it’s entirely another when they praise statements that are not based in fact, U.S. foreign policy or international law.”

Comment 1: “I have seldom ever been as ashamed as I was today watching our elected officials groveling before this redneck fascist. We are Israel’s puppet. All doubt was washed away today.”

Comment 2: i wasn’t appalled by bibi’s speech it was the speech given by reid, standing with pelosi and boner that was most disturbing. israel’s leader is a terrrorist, a jewish cowboy of the bush type, plain and simple. the rest of the world see thru bibi’s desire to continue to wage war, and thereby increasing their isolationism. the best thing to do would be to cut aid, sure could use that money here, and sanction them until they create two states. no cojones for that fr. either party. take our country back from israel’s choke hold, and from fake dems”

Comment 3: “I’m infuriated that those AIPAC members in the audience physically attacked this woman.  The police then “dragged” her out and took her to the hospital for treatment of the injuries she received to her neck and shoulders as a result–and of course, SHE was arrested.

I’d like to know why those AIPAC goons haven’t been charged with assault and battery–they had absolutely no right and no legal authority to engage in that kind of violent behavior towards a citizen protester.  And our Congress gave Netanyahu a standing ovation for his response about “free societies” allowing protesters to speak out?!?  Something’s seriously wrong in DC, folks!!

I plan to write my Congressmen and express my outrage over this; I hope others will do the same.”

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Hey you can't throw me out! I used to sit in the front row at the White House press briefings

Comment 4: “It reminds me of the tea baggers beating up anyone who dare speak against them.  Goons.  AIPAC has gone too far.  I am always writing my rep and two senators.  This is so ugly.”

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Change you can believe in!

Headline: Video: AIPAC Attendees Say Jews Who Criticize Israel are Traitors, Demand Loyalty To Netanyahu

“Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the U.S. Congress. Despite once again rebuking the long-standing U.S. policy that Israel should withdraw to the 1967 borders with mutally agreed land swaps, Netanyahu was repeatedly applauded by Members of Congress (even moreso than Obama).

One reason the Israeli government has been able to secure such steady support for its policies, even when they conflict with U.S. policies, is due to the efforts of American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC). AIPAC’s lobbying network is considered one of the nation’s finest, and every year it holds an annual convention in Washington, D.C. that is heavily attended by members of Congress, usually drawing at least half of the members of the Senate, for example.”…….

Comment 1: “Is it my imagination or is Israel becoming a fascist state?  Not long before they herd up those arabs, toss them all out, and then build the third temple…  world be damned!”

Comment 2: “I just get so outraged at these right-wingnuts acting like their former oppressors. No sense of irony apparently.”

Comment 3:next campaign cycle politicians need to be called out about all of the money we give to israel and unwavering support for terrorist nation”

Comment 4: “Yes, they learned a lot. They learned that every non-jew is a potential enemy.  They are at war (a cold war) with the rest of the world and they are winning.  They have nuclear weapons and no country can impose ANYTHING on them. They control a significant part of the foreign policy of the most militarily powerful country on earth They are nominaly citizens of EVERY country in the world, but owe allegiance only to the state of Israel.  Yes my friend, they’ve learned a lot…..can you blame them?….maybe but so what? They have arrived at a stage where they can act with impunity in any theater in the world. What can anyone do about it? The “applauding congress” is just reacting in the face of these unchangeable facts.”

As stated in “About Think Progress on their web site:

“Think Progress is a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization. Through this blog, CAPAF seeks to provide a forum that advances progressive ideas and policies.”

Nonpartisan?  Advancement of ideas and policies? You decide.

And that’s the way it is here: a little left of right”

JT

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