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Whores of Babylon: Foreign Money [mammon worship] Drives Republican Senators' Push for World War III
March 11, 2015
By 21wire 1 Comment
21st Century Wire says…
What began as political stunt by the US Republican establishment to derail negotiations with Iran, has blown up into a wider problem for Washington.
None of Washington's vocal Republican war hawks had the guts to front their destructive letter, so Neoconservatives luminaries twisted the arm of a young first term 37 year-old Senator, Tom Cotton (R-ARK), who appears to have agreed to 'take one for the team' should the stunt send the GOP Senate into a tailspin (with an attitude like that, he'll certainly do well in politics).
TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER: Tom Cotton has proven early just how low he is willing to go for money and power.
The other reason for Cotton running point on this failed mission is obvious: he was paid to do it. As it turns out, Cotton received an ungodly sum of money already from the neoconservative and hard right Israeli lobbies – who appear to have purchased the young Senator before he was even sworn in to office. This is exactly the sort of corruption the Tea Party pretends to complain about, and it's exactly the thing which this Arkansas Tea Party-supported Senator used to get elected. Now it's time for pay dirt. Mondweiss confirms the details of this:
"I don't know who wrote the letter, but I can tell you whose fingerprints are on it: the only folks who are supporting it publicly, the hard-right Israel lobby. Even as Cotton himself splutters on national television, rightwing lobby groups are the main voices out there defending the letter.
Like Bill Kristol of the Emergency Committee for Israel:
Cotton open letter: "Just so you know, we're a constitutional democracy. Congress (or next president) has a say." Dem response: Hysteria.J Street's Dylan Williams fingers Bill Kristol for writing the letter:
Who gave @SenTomCotton & others the awful idea for the Iran letter? Seems like Sarah Palin-for-VP-level bad advice doesn't it @BillKristol?There's a reason for Williams's suspicion. Kristol's Emergency Committee for Israel gave Tom Cotton nearly $1 million in his race for the Senate just five months ago, Eli Clifton reported. "Cotton received $960,250 in supportive campaign advertising in the last month." (Thanks to Kay24 in comments).
Cotton also got $165,000 from Elliott Management Paul Singer's hedge fund. Singer is the billionaire who is trying to stop Obama's Iran talks (Clifton's reporting again). He funds the Israel Project too– Josh Block's efforts."
In addition, many American politicians – both Republicans and Democrats, including Rudolph Giuliani and Howard Dean, regularly pocket thousands of dollars each from the "Iranian-American" lobbying front representing the wealthy cult terrorist organization known as MEK (aka MKO, PMOI, NCRI, Rajavi Cult). In exchange for money, US politicians will speak publicly on behalf of the MEK and their cause for 'regime change' in Iran, and US politicians will regularly tell crowds of exiled Iranian donors that the US will "liberate" Iran for them. Granted, US politicians are selling pure fantasy here, but it's this fantasy which keeps their campaign coffers full. Did Tom Cotton also receive money from the MEK/Iranian-American lobby too? We'd like to know.
More than anything, this was a crass and cowardly attempt by the GOP and the Israeli and MEK lobbies – to push the US closer towards war footing with Iran – a country which has not attacked any of its neighbors in 400 years.
Here's the letter…
An Open Letter to the Republic of Iran from a cabal of 47 U.S. senators, written in the interests of the Israel lobby in Washington, on how ‘American democracy’ actually works to satisfy the demands of a foreign state to the detriment of the elected President of the United States and the vitally important current negotiations for peace being held by Iran, Britain, the United States, Russia, China, France and Germany, in Geneva.
The text of the letter is provided below:
United States Senatehttp://go.bloomberg.com/assets/content/uploads/sites/2/150309-Cotton-Open-Letter-to-Iranian-Leaders.pdf
Washington DC 20510.
March 9th. 2015
"It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system. Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution–the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices–which you should seriously consider as negotiations progress.
First, under our Constitution, while the president negotiates international agreements, Congress plays the significant role of ratifying them. In the case of a treaty, the Senate must ratify it by a two-thirds vote. A so-called congressional-executive agreement requires a majority vote in both the House and the Senate (which, because of procedural rules, effectively means a three-fifths vote in the Senate). Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement.
Second, the offices of our Constitution have difference characteristics. For example, the president may serve only two 4-year terms, whereas senators may serve an unlimited number of 6-year terms. As applied today, for instance, President Obama will leave office in January 2017, while most of us will remain in office well beyond then–perhaps decades.
What these two constitutional provisions mean is that we will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei. The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.
We hope this letter enriches your knowledge of our constitutional system and promotes mutual understanding and clarity as nuclear negotiations progress.
47 Republican Senators
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I am not so sure there is an 'end game' or even a coherent plan for US foreign policy. The fact that in the USA, government policies are controlled by money (especially today, when foreign entities can fund national campaigns), means that money drives all policy.
As every oligarch wants something different, and every smaller 'oligarch wannabe' also wants something different, this easily accounts for the crazy-quilt of both US laws and foreign policy. This has infiltrated and filtered down into even local politics, where foreign interests are plying money into candidates to land local projects or local changes in laws.
The MIC and the alphabet soup agencies all have agendas that change according to where the money is coming from, as does foreign policy, congress, and the executive branch. If money is the driver at all levels, the competition is quite fierce; hence, policies change rapidly and illogically, with little bearing on reality. It becomes about paying your favors back while you are still in the game and able to do so. And this is just considering US laws and policies, not other countries'.
It is not coincidental that ex-military here in the US are disgusted, or that the Pentagon has been purged of anyone with dissenting opinions through NSA/DHS/FBI blackmail from unceasing data-gathering.
With the money door thrown open, and the country set up as a police state, the only way out is for the money to evaporate and the oligarchs to go elsewhere, or else civil insurrection on a massive scale. Government going broke would produce both, methinks…
The Deep State in Washington is an emergent network that acts as if there is a central strategy -- it is much more chaotic than that. There are many competing interests and forces involved in formulating U.S. policy. As someone who has spent most of his life in the Washington milieu, I know power is gathered around several nodes and is not centralized.
Obama can take legal action against senators under a law known as 'Logan Act'
This article appeared at
the Washington Examiner
235,000 Americans sign petition calling for treason charges for 47 GOP senators
By Kelly Cohen
March 12, 2015
Photo - Republicans who signed the original letter -- particularly Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton -- have faced considerable criticism and blowback. (AP File)
Republicans who signed the original letter -- particularly Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton -- have faced...
Roughly 235,000 Americans want treason charges against 47 Republican senators.
The whitehouse.gov petition, filed on Monday, had more than 235,000 signatures as of mid-Thursday afternoon. The White House must respond to any petition that gets 100,000 signatures within 30 days.
The petition is calling for treason charges to be filed against the 47 Republican senators who sent a letter to Iranian leaders this week, warning them that Congress has to approve a nuclear deal that is made with the country.
Since then, the Republicans who signed the original letter — particularly Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton — have faced considerable criticism and blowback, ranging from the White House, to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif.
Though "traitor" doesn't appear anywhere in the official petition, "#47Traitors" was trending on Twitter when word of the petition went viral. The petition pushes that the 47 lawmakers can be charged under the Logan Act, a 1799 law that forbids unauthorized citizens — in this case, the senators — from negotiating with foreign governments.
However, the law is out of date and likely would not be applicable in court, according to the New York Times.
Regardless, social media was abuzz about the petition — and now, with more than double the required signatures, the White House will be forced to add a response of its own.
The 47 Senators who signed that letter sent to Iran allegedly written by the Neocon William Kristol (Jewish) for Senator Cotton, need to be brought up on treason charges and taken out of government. The National Review (William Buckley's "conservative" mouthpiece; the National Review is edited by Rich Lowry who worked for Charles Krauthammer, one of the biggest Neocon mouth pieces in Washington and Jewish) is backtracking now saying the letter was "never actually mailed to Iran" but was "posted to Cotton's web site". What's the difference? The Iranians still read it.
"Cotton reminds us of Nietzsche's blond beast in the Genealogy of Morals, for whom "murder, arson, rape, and torture" could be seen as fraternity pranks." -- Webster Tarpley