It has long been the case that anyone who dares criticize the policies of Israel or those of the United States toward it is immediately branded anti-semetic or worse. We have just seen that Charles Freeman had to withdraw from consideration for a post in the State Department because he was insufficiently rabidly pro-Israel. He is not alone. Members of Congress and President after President know better than to piss off AIPAC and the pro-Israel lobby if they want to be elected. It is time to stop this insanity and ask the tough questions.
Call it irony if you want. In an election where Barack Obama rode to the Presidency on a promise of change, the long-standing tradition of influence-peddling political action committees set new records in pumping millions of dollars into the process.
The number of PACs hit an all-time high and so did the amount of money the special interests spent on influencing the outcome of not only the election of a President but also those selected for House and Senate seats.
In other words, the more things changed, the more they stayed the same.
The Bush Administration, in its headlong assault against the Constitution, freedom and basic human rights, used the term ‘enemy combatants’ as a way to detain anyone whey wanted without due process.
The Obama Administration announced Friday it would no longer use the term but the change does not signal a complete end to holding terror suspects at will. The White House said it will continue to assert power to hold such suspects at Guantanamo Bay and other facilities.
Louisiana Senaor David Vitter can’t seem to stay out of trouble. First, his relationship with a prostitute brings him a mess of trouble. Now he loses his cool with an airline worker and this brings him under scrutiny by the Transportation Safety Administration.
As the old saying goes, if it weren’t for bad news, there would be no news at all.
Some who know Vitter, however, says he deserves all the trouble he gets.