Feb 22, 2011
According to Alan Hart, a former BBC presenter and a former Middle East Chief Correspondent for Britain’s Independent Television News, President Barack Obama should be impeached and tried for treason. On Friday February 18, 2011, President Obama authorized a veto on a resolution in the United Nations Security Council that condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as illegal, and demanded that such constructions be stopped. Every member of the Security Council except the United States backed the resolution. Hart writes:
Never before has an American President’s fear of offending the Zionist lobby and its stooges in Congress been so exposed as it was by Obama’s decision to veto the Security Council resolution condemning continued, illegal Israeli settlement activities on the occupied West Bank and demanding that Israel “immediately and completely cease” all such activities. In a different America – an informed America – some might think, I do, that Obama should be impeached. The charge? TREASON.
Hart says that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) calls the shots in the oval office, and Obama is simply doing what his masters tell him to do. Hart:
In the context of the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel, the only thing to which the Obama administration has been deeply committed is not provoking the wrath of the Zionist lobby and its stooges in Congress and the mainstream media. For all practical purposes Obama has surrendered policy making on Israel-Palestine to this lobby. (The veto marked the complete surrender).The essence of the problem this presents can be simply stated. The Zionist lobby’s agenda – unquestioning support for Israel right or wrong – is not in America’s own best interests. (In reality it is not in anybody’s best interests including those of Israeli Jews and the Jews of the world).
The other lobby in Washington that holds great power, the military, expressed similar concerns last year, saying that Israel’s policies against the Palestinian people weakens America’s credibility in its fight against extremism, and emboldens Iran and Hezbollah. Gen. David Petraeus, the military’s shining star, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 16, 2010, and made strong statements about how America’s special relationship with Israel has damaging consequences for America. He said:
The enduring hostilities between Israel and some of its neighbors present distinct challenges to our ability to advance our interests in the AOR [CENTCOM’s area of responsibility]. Israeli-Palestinian tensions often flare into violence and large-scale armed confrontations. The conflict foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel. Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of U.S. partnerships with governments and peoples in the AOR and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda and other militant groups exploit that anger to mobilize support. The conflict also gives Iran influence in the Arab world through its clients, Lebanese Hizballah and Hamas.
The inescapable truth is that the “perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel” is not a perception, but a fact that was reinforced with the U.S. veto on Friday. The truth that America is not a legitimate peace-maker in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be avoided. What is tragic is that America’s potential as a true stabilizing and democratic force in the Middle East is not being used. Instead, it is being wasted and crushed at the hands of politicians who are either ignorantly or treacherously siding with Israel’s interests over America’s interests in the region.
Paul Woodward of the website ‘War in Context’ wrote that the Israel lobby in the U.S. would find itself in a PR battle that it could not win if it challenged Petraeus’s remarks on the grounds that the General is an anti-Semite. Woodward:
If such a statement was being made outside the American political arena, it could be regarded as a rather bland expression of what has long been utterly obvious. Yet from the lips of a celebrated general, regarded by many as a potential future president, these words come as a bombshell.Neoconservatives and the Israel lobby have worked hard and long to obscure the deeply corrosive regional impact of a conflict that successive Israeli leaders have either been unwilling or seemingly incapable of resolving. Others, who earlier said what Petraeus now says, have either been dismissed as poorly informed or worse, branded as anti-Israeli or by insinuation, anti-Semitic.
No such charge will stick to Petraeus. Indeed, if the Israel lobby was so foolhardy as to try and go after an American general who sometimes gets treated like a latterday Eisenhower, the lobby will be at dire risk of being visited by its own greatest fear: being branded as anti-American.
The fact that the Zionist hardliners who control Israel are ant-American is well established. Israel’s sneak attack on the ‘USS Liberty’ on June 8, 1967, remains a clear indication of what Israel’s leaders think of America. The attack also revealed that the cowardly and immoral leaders of the U.S. Congress and the White House were more than willing to cover-up Israeli’s horrific deed against American servicemen in exchange for political points. Journalist Eric Margolis wrote in an article published in May 2001 called, ‘The USS Liberty’: America’s Most Shameful Secret, that Washington’s cover-up of the USS Liberty was far more scandalous than the attack by Israel. Margolis:
Far more shocking was Washington’s response. Writes Bamford: ‘Despite the overwhelming evidence that Israel attacked the ship and killed American servicemen deliberately, the Johnson Administration and Congress covered up the entire incident.’ Why?Domestic politics. Johnson, a man never noted for high moral values, preferred to cover up the attack rather than anger a key constituency and major financial backer of the Democratic Party. Congress was even less eager to touch this ‘third rail’ issue.
Commander McGonagle was quietly awarded the Medal of Honor for his and his men’s heroism – not in the White House, as is usual, but in an obscure ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard. Crew member’s graves were inscribed, ‘died in the Eastern Mediterranean..’ as if they had be killed by disease, rather than hostile action.
Johnson’s cover-up of the USS Liberty attack was not surprising, given that he played a key role in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He was responsible for the death of one of America’s greatest presidents, and thousands of American soldiers who were needlessly deployed in the Vietnam war. But his treachery was not a unique trait. Presidents who followed him, like Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, have all acted treacherously against the American people. They have all betrayed their country, and committed crimes against humanity.
The leaders of Israel feel invincible against international law because they can depend on the fact that the President of the United States, and members of the Congress will side with Israel over America, and veto any resolution that disapproves of Israel’s criminal settlement policy. Whether by bribery, intimidation, propaganda, or blackmail, the leaders of America have come under the influence of dangerous Zionists who are not interested in peace, and who don’t care what happens to America in the long run. Some leaders, like Barack Obama and George Bush, are knowingly and willingly selling their country out because they want to see the death of America, and the birth of a new dictatorial global government. Their allegiance is not to American flag but to the corporate-global flag.
Author and social critic Christopher Lasch said in his 1996 book ‘The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy’ that the elite in America view politics through a global lens, and most often than not America is left out. Lasch wrote:
The new elites, which include not only corporate mangers but all those professions that produce and manipulate information–the lifeblood of the global market–are far more cosmopolitan, or at least, more restless and migratory, than their predecessors. (Lasch, The Revolt of the Elites, pg. 5).
It is a question whether they think of themselves as Americans at all. Patriotism, certainly, does not rank very high in their hierarchy of virtues. (Lasch, pg. 6).
But politics can change, and new leaders can rise. Men who are idolized today can be hanged tomorrow for treason. America is a resilient and resourceful country that has overcome crises in the past. Its strong national character and identity can’t be erased from history. The vision of the Founding Fathers is still alive. Freedom and independence for all nations are principles ingrained in the American people, and they have proved time and again that they can face tough questions and difficult political challenges.
Richard Falk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, writes that it is time for America to return to its revolutionary roots and declare its independence once again:
In many ways, the failed Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity is a rather trivial event in the broader setting of the underlying conflict. At the same time it is a significant show of the play of forces that are operative in Washington and Ramallah, and above all, it is an unseemly display of the influence Israel wields with respect to the Obama Administration. Is it not time that the United States revisited its Declaration of Independence or began to treat the 4th of July as a day of mourning?
The prominent Israeli journalist Gideon Levy was also shocked that President Obama went against his own promises and casted a veto in the UN’s Security Council. In his article for Haaretz called, ‘With settlement resolution veto, Obama has joined Likud,’ Levy wrote:
This weekend, a new member enrolled in Likud – and not just in the ruling party, but in its most hawkish wing. Located somewhere between Tzipi Hotovely and Danny Danon, U.S. President Barack Obama bypassed Dan Meridor and Michael Eitan on the right and weakened their position.The first veto cast by the United States during Obama’s term, a veto he promised in vain not to use as his predecessors did, was a veto against the chance and promise of change, a veto against hope. This is a veto that is not friendly to Israel; it supports the settlers and the Israeli right, and them alone.
Levy warns the relationship between the U.S. and Israel in an increasingly volatile Middle East will “end very badly for both.”
Alan Hart agrees with Levy, saying that he is the “the conscience of Israeli journalism.” At the end of his article, Hart restated why President Obama should face charges of treason:
The American Constitution states that a president can be impeached and removed from office for “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanours.”
In my view a president who allows a lobby group to put the interests of a foreign power above those of the country of which they are citizens, and who by doing so puts his fellow citizens more in harm’s way than they otherwise would be, is guilty of treason. (And all the more so when the American-Jewish lobby in question does not speak for more than about a third, and possibly only a quarter, of America’s mainly silent and deeply troubled Jews)
Others in the United States are thinking along the same lines, and some are accomplished military veterans such as Lt. Col Robert Bowman. Bowman is a Vietnam veteran, and served as the Director of Advanced Spaces Programs Development in the late 1970s. On February 14, 2011, he gave a speech on 9/11 truth at the Florida Free Speech Forum in Gainesville, Florida. Click here to watch the ten minute speech. Bowman said that he “asked the Justice Department to indict members of the George W. Bush administration, including the former President and Vice-President, as war criminals.” He explained:
They exploited the 9/11 tragedy to deceive this nation into unnecessary and illegal wars of aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq. They abused their power, violated the Constitution and their oath of office. The evidence of their guilt is absolutely overwhelming. Those attempting to take away our rights have cited the war on terror and the attack of September 11, 2001, to justify their actions. But the entire war on terror is phony. It was planned long before 9/11. The attack on Afghanistan had nothing to do with the Taliban harboring Osama Bin Laden. The Taliban had offered to give us Osama for trial, but the Bush administration ignored that offer for two reasons, 1) they had no evidence against Osama, and according to the FBI, still don’t, and 2) the attack on Afghanistan had already been planned in detail before 9/11 to secure the route for a gas pipeline which the Taliban had refused to allow Unocal to built. At stake were the profits on trillions of dollars worth of gas from the Caspian Sea. In addition, the CIA wanted to restart the heroin trade, which had been almost eliminated by the Taliban. The attack on Iraq had even less justification. Try as they might, they could not connect Iraq with 9/11. So they dreamed up a new excuse, WMD – weapons of mass destruction. But our government knew there were no WMD.
Bowman went on to say:
The American people have still not been told who was really responsible for 9/11. Dedicated researchers have proven that it could not have happened the way the Bush administration said it did. I’m an old interceptor pilot. Hijacked airliners do not fly around for an hour and forty minutes without being intercepted, unless our air defense system was sabotaged, and that’s something 19 Arabs with box cutters couldn’t have done.
The truth about 9/11 is that after ten years we still don’t know the truth about 9/11, and we should, and so should the families of victims. President Barack Obama expanded the war in Afghanistan, and extended it into Pakistan. And why? He said it was a war of necessity because those are the people who attacked us on 9/11. He failed to reverse erosion of our constitutional rights, and to end the threat of martial law. And why? You guessed it: 9/11. It’s become clear that until the government myth about 9/11 is exposed, and some real truth told, all these evils will continue, no matter which party is in power. I am therefore appointing a commission to conduct a new and truly independent investigation of 9/11. It will be co-chaired by David Ray Griffin and Richard Gage, and coordinated by my vice-president Cynthia McKinney. It matters not if my presidency is real or fanciful, my part is done. It is finished. The rest is in your hands. The future, and the vision, and the dream itself is dependent on you. Each of you must do your part. Spread the word. Keep the vision alive. Drop your own pebbles in the pond and make some waves. Free Speech! Speak truth to power. Run for office. Never settle for anything less than a government which follows the constitution, honors the truth, and serves the people. We The People can win. We The People must win. We The People will win. Thank you and good night.
Gordon Duff, the senior editor for Veterans Today, praised Bowman’s speech, saying:
Bowman tells us how the mess we have was planned, who did it and how to fix it.Bowman talks facts. Some people don’t like facts. Some people don’t like truth. Some people don’t have honor.
Without courage, without facts, without truth and without action, anyone who believes themselves an American patriot is very much the opposite.
Bowman’s leadership represents a great ray of hope. The leadership provided by journalists Alan Hart, Gideon Levy, Gordon Duff, and Professor Richard Falk on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis is also extraordinary. Their voices are ignored by the mainstream media in North America and Europe, but politics can change in a flash, and they day will come when their voices along with others will be heard loud and clear. What is impossible today becomes possible tomorrow. The traitors and war criminals in Washington D.C. better get prepared for Nuremberg: The Sequel.
This article was posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 5:14 am