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  • Israel: The Happy Little Country

    04/20/2013 6:53:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2013 | Caroline Glick
    As Independence Day celebrations were winding down Tuesday night, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a guest appearance on Channel 2's left-wing satire show Eretz Nehederet. One of the final questions that the show's host Eyal Kitzis asked the premier was how he would like to be remembered after he leaves office. Netanyahu thought a moment and said, "I'd like to be remembered as the leader who preserved Israel's security." On the face of it, Netanyahu's stated aspiration might seem dull. In a year he'll be the longest-serving prime minister in the state's history, and all he wants is to...
  • Bombing the Syrian Reactor: The Untold Story

    02/23/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 60 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Elliott Abrams
    As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regime’s chemical weapons and whether Syria’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after Assad’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on Syria’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not. Relations between the United States and Israel had grown rocky after Israel’s incursion into Lebanon in 2006, for Secretary of State Condoleezza...
  • Hagel Allies Coordinate Smear Campaign Against Critics, Emails Reveal

    01/14/2013 3:35:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/14/13 | Adam Kredo
    A group of anti-Israel activists and journalists are engaged in a coordinated campaign to stifle criticism of controversial secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel by attacking the former Republican senators critics, according to emails obtained by the Free Beacon. Fenton communications chief executive officer David Fenton, the Atlantics national correspondent James Fallows, former diplomat Charles Chas Freeman, Just Foreign Policy director Robert Naiman, and American Conservative founding editor Scott McConnell participated in a recent email exchange dedicated to silencing Hagels critics, the emails reveal. The emailers targeted recent comments made by Elliott Abrams, a former Bush administration National Security Council...
  • Mike Reagan, Rush Limbaugh Blast Romney

    01/26/2012 2:54:10 PM PST · by Raebie · 89 replies · 1+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 1/26/2012 | Jim Meyers
    Ronald Reagans eldest son Mike Reagan has issued a statement lambasting Mitt Romney and his supporters for claims that Romneys Republican presidential rival Newt Gingrich was a strong critic of President Reagan. Reagan says such claims are false. Even Rush Limbaugh, shocked by the Romney claims, chimed on his Thursday radio broadcast to say "This is obviously a coordinated attack to take Newt out here in Florida." Rush slammed the Romney-backed smear campaign against Newt. That kind of stuff is why people hate Romney so much," Limbaugh said. Limbaugh added that Newt has always been a conservative from his early...
  • RUSH: Was Elliott Abrams Deceived on Newt?

    01/28/2012 4:00:15 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 39 replies · 1+ views
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | January 27, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    Was Elliott Abrams Deceived on Newt? January 27, 2012 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I mentioned his name yesterday --Jeffrey Lord was in the political office of the White House during the first term of Reagan, maybe both terms. Jeffrey Lord now writes at the American Spectator.Jeffrey Lord, like me, didn't understand all this stuff at Newt yesterday. AP has a story referring to me now as "conservative radio titan."And they describe me as trying to defend Newt on this yesterday, and in the process, nevertheless, recounting all of the things that Newt had said. I wasn't trying to defend Newt,...
  • Elliot Abrams Caught Misleading on Newt (Lying about Newt for Romney)

    01/27/2012 10:17:19 AM PST · by KansasGirl · 52 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/27/12 | Jeffrey Lord
    As Ronald Reagan used to say: Well. Yesterday we took note of former Reagan State Department official Elliott Abrams' piece over at NRO that went after Newt Gingrich on his relationship with Reagan. While voting regularly with Reagan as a young congressman from Georgia, Gingrich, claimed Abrams, "often spewed insulting rhetoric at Reagan, his top aides and his policies to defeat Communism." Abrams then goes on to cite " a famous floor statement Gingrich made on March 21, 1986." Or sort of cites it. In fact, I'm sorry to say, what appears to be going on here is that Elliott...
  • Elliott Abrams Caught Misleading on Newt

    01/27/2012 9:38:08 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 46 replies
    As Ronald Reagan used to say: Well. Yesterday we took note of former Reagan State Department official Elliott Abrams' piece over at NRO that went after Newt Gingrich on his relationship with Reagan. While voting regularly with Reagan as a young congressman from Georgia, Gingrich, claimed Abrams, "often spewed insulting rhetoric at Reagan, his top aides and his policies to defeat Communism." Abrams then goes on to cite " a famous floor statement Gingrich made on March 21, 1986." Or sort of cites it. In fact, I'm sorry to say, what appears to be going on here is that Elliott...
  • Attention Elliott Abrams on Newt: Did Daniels, Barbour, Rollins Know?

    01/26/2012 2:58:33 PM PST · by Qbert · 21 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1.26.12 | JEFFREY LORD
    I like Elliott Abrams. Big time. Butgee. ElliottElliottElliott. Mr. Abrams is in the news for this piece over at National Review Online Sounds saleable, yes? Ex-Reagan State Department aide cites Newt criticism on Reagan. There's a problem with this story. [Snip] Never not once did Elliott Abrams ever say to me something along the lines of "that SOB Newt said X." Never. I never heard it from Elliott, and perhaps even more to the point I never heard it from a colleague in our office. One would hear things about, say, then Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter or some such. The...
  • Ex-U.S. official: Bush agreed to Israel settlement construction: IS HE CALLING HILLARY A LIAR?

    06/25/2009 8:25:56 PM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 14 replies · 1,208+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 21:14 25/06/2009
    A key Bush administration official is disputing the Obama administration's contention that there were no understandings between President George W. Bush and then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on the issue of continued West Bank settlement construction. In an op-ed piece which appeared in Thursday's editions of The Wall Street Journal, Elliott Abrams, who served under Bush in the National Security Council and who held a series of discussions with the Israeli leadership, said that Bush and Sharon did strike a deal which constituted U.S. acquiescence to continued construction in Israeli settlement blocs that Jerusalem intended to keep under any final status...
  • This Is the FBICan We Talk?

    01/18/2008 9:46:34 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 49 replies · 1,003+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | 01. Jan 2008 | Mark Matthews
    Keith Weissman and Steven Rosen Are PhDs and Middle East Experts Who Did Some Lobbying. They Thought They Were Doing What Washington Insiders Always Do. Thomas ODonnell didnt reveal his job when he phoned Keith Weissman in 2004 and got the policy analysts wife. He says he didnt want to scare her. When Weissman returned the call and found out ODonnell was an FBI agent, his first reaction was to attempt a joke: What did I do? Im sure you didnt do anything, ODonnell told him. He wanted to meet that day, for five or ten minutes, and get Weissmans...
  • Covert US group plots to isolate 'rising' Iran (guess that secret's out)

    01/02/2007 9:46:01 PM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 694+ views
    theage.com ^ | JAn. 2, 2006
    Covert US group plots to isolate 'rising' Iran Farah Stockman, Washington January 3, 2007 A SELECT group of US officials has been quietly co-ordinating actions for nearly a year to counter the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, including increasing the military capabilities of Arab allies such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The group, known as the Iran Syria Policy and Operations Group, is also giving covert help to Iranian dissidents and building international outrage towards Iran by publicising its alleged role in a 1994 terrorist attack in Argentina. Pentagon officials involved with the group intend to...
  • Top White House posts go to Jews

    04/24/2006 8:08:03 PM PDT · by Angus MacGregor · 140 replies · 2,766+ views
    jpost.com ^ | Apr. 25, 2006 | Nathan Guttman
    Top White House posts go to Jews Nathan Guttman, THE JERUSALEM POST Apr. 25, 2006 After appointing Joshua Bolten to be the White House chief of staff, US President George W. Bush nominated another Jewish staffer, Joel Kaplan, to serve as Bolten's deputy, putting him in charge of the daily policy planning. The fact that White House policy is now in the hands of two Jews is not seen as significant by activists in the American Jewish community. "He is simply appointing the best people for the job," said Nathan Diament, who heads the Washington office of the Orthodox Union....
  • Rice to Send Top U.S. Envoys to Mideast

    01/09/2006 11:20:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies · 321+ views
    Forbes ^ | 1-9-06 | BARRY SCHWEID
    In a step toward resuming U.S. peacemaking efforts in the Mideast, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will send two senior envoys to the region on Tuesday even amid uncertainty about stricken Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Assistant Secretary of State David Welch and Elliott Abrams of President Bush's national security council staff, will look into arrangements for a Palestinian election Jan. 25 among other issues on the Mideast agenda. They were to have met last week with Sharon's top advisers, but Welch and Abrams postponed their trip after the prime minister suffered a second, and devastating, stroke. Rice notified Mahmoud...
  • Changes Made to National Security Staff (Elliott Abrams appointed adviser for global democracy)

    02/02/2005 9:51:03 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 538+ views
    Associated Press | February 3, 2005
    WASHINGTON - Elliott Abrams, a special assistant to the president and an assistant secretary of state in the Reagan administration, has been appointed deputy national security adviser with a focus on promoting global democracy and human rights. President Bush's national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, also announced Wednesday that Faryar Shirzad will continue to serve in an expanded role as deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs. Abrams, who becomes national security adviser for global democracy strategy, will continue work on Israeli-Palestinian affairs in concert with Hadley and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Abrams has served as special assistant...
  • Closing the Neocon Circle

    01/25/2005 6:56:43 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 13 replies · 494+ views
    Newsweek on line ^ | Jan. 25, 2005 | Michael Hirsh
    Michael Hirsh Jan. 25 - Natan Sharansky can bestow no higher praise than to call George W. Bush an honorary dissident. And the Israeli cabinet minister says he is elated that the U.S. president, in his second inaugural speech last week, appeared to fully embrace Sharanskys vision of foreign policy. Its clear to me that he read my book, Sharansky, a squat cannonball of a man with a heavy Russian accent, told NEWSWEEK. I only wish that my mentor, Andrei Sakharov, were alive to see this, Sharansky added, referring to the Soviet nuclear scientist who risked his life and career...
  • The Rise and Decline of Joe Wilson

    05/10/2004 3:35:32 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 10 replies · 572+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 05/17/2004 | Matthew Continetti
    New York ON A THURSDAY they had the book party. It was a simple affair: just family, friends, coworkers, and journalists. They came to Ambassador Joseph Wilson's house, nestled in the ritzy Palisades neighborhood of Northwest Washington, to celebrate the release of his first book, The Politics of Truth. One thing Joe Wilson keeps track of is his "Notoriety Quotient," or the amount of attention he receives from the media. And that Thursday it seemed to be on the rise. For the past week The Politics of Truth was mentioned in the same breath as Ron Suskind's The Price of...
  • The Jesus Landing Pad: Bush White House checked with rapture Christians before latest Israel move

    05/18/2004 7:36:22 AM PDT · by dead · 42 replies · 704+ views
    Village Voice ^ | May 18th, 2004 10:00 AM | Rick Perlstein
    It was an e-mail we weren't meant to see. Not for our eyes were the notes that showed White House staffers taking two-hour meetings with Christian fundamentalists, where they passed off bogus social science on gay marriage as if it were holy writ and issued fiery warnings that "the Presidents [sic] Administration and current Government is engaged in cultural, economical, and social struggle on every level"this to a group whose representative in Israel believed herself to have been attacked by witchcraft unleashed by proximity to a volume of Harry Potter. Most of all, apparently, we're not supposed to know the...
  • Wilson Names Three Possible CIA Leakers

    04/29/2004 7:57:35 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies · 549+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/29/04 | AP
    WASHINGTON - Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, has been pegged as a possible leaker of the name of CIA (news - web sites) operative Valerie Plame to a syndicated columnist, according to a new book by former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, Plame's husband. In "The Politics of Truth," to be published Friday, Wilson says Libby is "quite possibly the person who exposed my wife's identity," according to The Washington Post, which obtained an early copy. Wilson writes that a "workup" of his background was done by the White House in March 2003, after his public...
  • Vision of the neocons stays fixed on making hard choices

    09/27/2003 6:47:53 AM PDT · by Valin · 3 replies · 170+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 9/23/03 | Oliver Burkeman
    Every Tuesday morning during the Iraq war Washington's opinion-makers and journalists knew there was only one place to be: at the "black-coffee briefings" held at the American Enterprise Institute, a fortress-like building on M and 17th streets, opposite the main offices of the National Geographic magazine. Technically, AEI is a thinktank. More than that, though, it is the headquarters of the intellectual movement known as neoconservatism. Its staff includes famous names such as Richard Perle, Irving Kristol and Newt Gingrich. The magazine Weekly Standard, the neocon bible, is published at the same address. Black coffee was not strictly compulsory at...
  • Where Today's Big Ideas Came From

    03/15/2003 9:31:19 PM PST · by Romulus · 4 replies · 258+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 14, 2003 | JOHN H. FUND
    <p>NEW YORK--The timing couldn't have been better. The U.S. is soon likely to go to war in Iraq in no small part because of the arguments of thinkers who have graced the pages of Commentary magazine over the years, opposing appeasement and urging a strong U.S. military presence in the world--to face down tyrants and spread democracy. And here was the City University of New York hosting a conference this week to discuss the 57-year-old magazine and its legacy.</p>
  • Rice appoints Iran-Contra figure Abrams to head NSC's Mideast section

    12/03/2002 10:30:56 AM PST · by RCW2001 · 26 replies · 266+ views
    Associated Press
    URL: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2002/12/02/national2032EST0775.DTL (12-02) 17:32 PST WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iran-Contra figure Elliott Abrams, who received a pardon from the first President Bush for his role in the scandal and has served in the White House for over a year, has been promoted to a key post among the current President Bush's national security aides. Abrams was appointed to lead the National Security Council's office for Near East and North African affairs. The senior director job oversees Arab-Israeli relations and U.S. efforts to promote peace in the troubled region. His appointment, which does not require Senate confirmation, was announced Monday by Bush's...
  • VIVA ABRAMS: The Republic Is Not Ungrateful

    12/03/2002 1:37:45 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 156+ views
    NRO ^ | 12/3/2002 | David Frum
    The Republic Is Not Ungrateful: That phrase was the caption of a Thomas Nast cartoon that defended President Ulysses S. Grant from calumny. I couldn't find an image online, but you get the idea. I thought of it this morning when I read this short item in the Washington Post about the promotion of Elliott Abrams to the position of Senior Director for Near East and North African Affairs at the National Security Council. Abrams, as you may recall, served as Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America in the Reagan Administration. In that position he led the fight for...
  • Familiar figure is Bushs new man for the Middle East: Elliott Abrams

    12/09/2002 5:02:34 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 6 replies · 175+ views
    Familiar figure is Bushs new man for the Middle East: Elliott Abrams By Matthew E. Berger WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (JTA) When Jewish leaders plan their first meeting with the National Security Councils new director for the Middle East, there will be little need for introduction: The American Jewish world knows Elliott Abrams and possibly more importantly Abrams knows them. Named last week as the NSCs senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs, Abrams is a familiar face in the Jewish world for his work on Soviet Jewry and issues of international religious freedom. Abrams,...