TEHRAN, Jan. 14 (MAN) – Robert David Steele, a former Marine Corps infantry officer and CIA spy who was recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017(1), answered questions about Trump’s national security team in March 2018(2).
Steele ran briefly for President of the United States in 2012, accepted as one of three candidates for the Reform Party. In 2017 he formed an alliance with Dr. Cynthia McKinney to demand election reform in the USA(3). Most recently he was recommended as a candidate for Secretary of Defense to replace James Mattis(4).
Today he answers more questions:
Should we presume the alleged Russian collusion case as a mere political plot to destroy Trump or is Russian interference in the 2016 US election as a fact?
The Russia collusion case was invented by the Democrats who not only faked the theft of material from their computers by Russia (it was actually taken by Seth Ritch to be given to WikiLeaks) but also paid to have a fake dossier created by Christopher Steele (not my relative – he is British and worked for MI-6, I am American and worked for the CIA). Dishonest officials in the FBI and Department of Justice, led by President Barack Obama personally, did everything they could to fabricate evidence of Russian collusion. My previously published accounts discrediting these false stories are definitive (5).
While both political parties manipulated some election machines, it was Hillary Clinton, in stealing thirteen primary elections from Bernie Sanders, who did the vast bulk of the election interference, along with Zionists at every level. By revealing her ability to steal elections within thirteen states, honest officials were able to step in and prevent her from doing the same in the general election (6).
Nothing Trump or Trump’s children or Mike Flynn did in talking to the Russians was in any way collusion or election fraud. Some of it was stupid, and lying about it later made it worse, but this entire matter is, as our President has stated, a contrived “witch hunt.”
I contribute blogs to the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and have regular email contact with the Director General of RIAC, Andrey Kortunov. I have no doubt that if I run for President in the future, some moron in the FBI is going to start an investigation into whether Andrey is controlling me and I am in collusion with Russia because of our emails(7).
Robert Mueller is a Republican, so his apparent defiance against Trump might show that the disaster is even beyond the imagination. What’s your opinion on this matter?
Robert Mueller is a Deep State apparatchik whose highest loyalty is to Dick Cheney, the de facto US president today, using the Continuity of Government (COG) program to manage the Shadow Government. Robert Mueller in my opinion should be investigated for treason because as Director of the FBI his primary duty was to cover up the fact that 9/11 was planned and executed by the Zionists with the active complicity of the Governors of New York and New Jersey, the leaders of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the Mayors of New York City including Rudy Guliani after the fact(8). Dick Cheney was the ultimate enabler and cover-upper of this crime against humanity that is a Zionist follow-on to the USS Liberty attack done in collusion with Democratic President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who assumed the presidency after leading a cabal that assassinated John F. Kennedy.
Today Mueller is spending tens of millions of dollars to subvert the presidency of Donald Trump while all the major internal threats – Zionists, Wall Street, the military-industrial complex, the pharmaceutical complex – are allowed to commit treason on a daily basis with impunity(9).
Mueller has one chance to save himself: to focus, instead of on Russia, on Zionist and Saudi financial donations and other forms of interference in the US election and US policy generally(10).
In regard to some leaked information to the media, could Russia be guilty of something more than political interference to change the result of the election? Could it be a sign of a deep security infiltration perhaps including Donald Trump being a recruited agent of the Russians?
I answer the collusion allegation above. The election was won legitimately, despite three million illegal aliens voting for Hillary Clinton, because the US Electoral College was designed to protect the votes of all fifty states and not allow California and New York – both alarmingly populated by high numbers of criminals, pedophiles, and traitors – to dominate the outcome of any national election. While Donald Trump was not expecting to win and did not actually want to win – his wife was in tears when he won – this was an outcome that even the most desperate combination of money and lawyers after the fact could not overcome. God gave us Donald Trump as President, may God have mercy on the souls of all of the criminals, pedophiles, and traitors that oppose him today(11). Now you do also raise a more serious issue and I believe the answer is no. I believe Trump has accepted massive loans from what we call the Red Mafiya(12). – including massive cash loans undeclared to the authorities – but I do not believe he is a controlled asset of my old friends from the KGB, today the FSB(13). There have been articles about how President Putin might have a “hold” on Trump because Trump was secretly negotiating for a Moscow Trump Tower while also campaigning for President(14). This is nonsense. Trump had no intention and expectation of winning, he was certain the election was “rigged” to assure Hillary Clinton of the election. Trump was simply doing business in Russia – big business routinely requiring the personal approval of President Putin (it is also customary, in the US as well as world-wide, to offer penthouses or portions of a new building to key approval or financing personalities).
If we are to accept the assumption that Russia infiltrated the US governance electronic communications and computing networks, what do you think of the origins of this interference?
I was the first person to sound the alarm officially in 1994 about the vulnerability of all electronic systems(15). My warning was ignored and the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Zionists were allowed to continue their free access into all US communications and computing systems. The electronic voting machines were designed by Diebold to be used to steal elections with what is called fractional voting – the winner can be designated before the first vote is cast(16). I have no doubt that there are elements of the Russian government doing very stupid things across social media, if I were President Vladimir Putin I would have those idiots publicly revealed and then shot to death – they are an embarrassment to an otherwise great President and great Russian Federation. There is absolutely no comparison between the childish mis-steps of Russian provocateurs, and the Zionist control of #GoogleGestapo – Amazon, Facebook, Google, MeetUp, Twitter, and YouTube – all of which sought to elevate Hillary Clinton while manipulating searches, polls, and likes against Donald Trump(17). There is also no comparison between the negligible influence of Russia on our Executive, Congress, and Courts, in comparison to the Zionist’s ownership – as a political and economic slave – of virtually everyone that matters across the US economy, US government, and US society including Hollywood celebrities.
Some experts believe that the relations of Trump’s family members, especially Jared Kushner, with a big multinational Mafia is the origin of such a vast infiltration into different layers of the US political system and information structure.
There is some merit to this concern. I believe that Eric and Donald Trump Junior have been unwise in many of their contacts, but have not been traitors. I believe that Jared Kushner is a traitor who is more loyal to the Zionist agenda than to the President or the President’s daughter. I believe that Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, both known Mossad officers, profiled Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton and then ran Zionist men – Chabad supremacists – in front of them until one clicked for each as a husband, “capturing” the woman for the Zionists. I am told – but have no direct knowledge – that Kushner has also been homosexually compromised by a Zionist sugar-daddy, much as George W. Bush was. The President has a blind spot when it comes to “daddy’s girl.” Were he properly advised, neither Jared Kushner nor Ivanka Trump would be working in the White House. At a minimum the President should order a deep counterintelligence probe using available data from NSA, to examine every email and every call Jared Kushner has made from a year before he met Ivanka to date. I believe such a probe would prove that he is compromised beyond possibility of redemption and should be removed from the US Government’s employment rolls immediately(18).
A look into the US policies since 2016 shows how its position as a superpower has been undermined while at the same time, Russia has been strengthening its international position. What’s your opinion on this matter?
I agree that the US is acting less like a superpower in the former sense of the word, but this is a good thing. For over a century the USA has been acting as an enforcer for the Deep State and its banks, carrying out elective wars, predatory capitalism, and virtual colonialism. President Trump is on the right track but surrounded by Deep State apparatchiks such as John Bolton and the Acting Secretary of Defense who has no political or military experience, and Mike Pompeo, a laughingstock as Secretary of State. It is the US, not China or Russia, that has 1,000 military bases all over the world that are used as lily pads for supporting dictators, doing rendition and torture or assassination by drone, and smuggling drugs, guns, gold, cash, and small children(19). As my own Grand Strategy makes clear, we must close all US bases overseas and bring our military home(20). Let me also make it clear that I believe President Trump’s skepticism about both the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United Nations (UN) is completely on target – I advocate leaving NATO and expelling the UN from New York.
Less than one year, some western media revealed that some people in Kushner’s inner circle (such as Senator Tom Cotton) had relations with Mossad and spied on the US senate intelligence committee. At the same time, some other media talked about the Russia’s infiltration into Mossad and even their infiltration into Israel and the US security intelligence structures. Do you think that there is any relations with the Russia collusion case and other infiltration claims?
Every Member of Congress, with the possible exception of Senator Rand Paul, has generally sworn an oath of loyalty to Zionist Israel and is controlled by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and its Mossad cadre. One reason I value former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney so highly is that she is unique in having refused to sign a loyalty oath to Israel. I have published a collection of Memoranda on 9/11 – delivered to the White House on 8 August 2018 – that establish beyond challenge that Zionist Israel planned and executed 9/11 with the complicity and cover-up assistance of Dick Cheney and Robert Mueller, among many others(21). The Presidential election in 2020 is going to be about America First or Israel First. The crimes of Zionism against the USA are legion(22).
You raise an interesting case about the cross-over among Russian, Israeli, and American criminals who are known as the “Red Mafiya.” They generally have citizenship and often diplomatic immunity from all three countries, and run the single most powerful criminal network in the world after the Rothschilds and co-equal to the Vatican. Trump is a New York businessman. You cannot do business in New York – or build buildings – without finding accommodation and often loans from the Red Mafiya. I am told by Jimmy “Boots” Rothstein, not a Jew despite the name, retired from the New York Police Department (NYPD), that Donald Trump is known as a man of his word by politicians, bankers, and the Mafiya. That’s good enough for me – certainly vastly better than having Hillary Clinton, a known traitor, pedophile, charity fraud, and electoral fraud criminal, in the White House(23).
At a deeper level, and few historians have been honest about this, a case can be made that Israel was created partially to serve as a new safe haven for Russian crime families that wanted to operate against Europe and Africa and the Middle East without having to deal with the Soviet government. A case can also be made that Israel today is a mafia state(24). It is not a coincidence that the Red Mafiya is Russian, Israeli, and American all at the same time. The Zionists are criminals managing a criminal state.
You ran briefly for President, were recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017, and just this month were recommended as a candidate for Secretary of Defense, which seems quite an impossibility given your outspoken nature. How do you see the US situation developing between now and 2024?
A. My loyalty to Donald Trump as President is absolute, but so is my integrity, so tough love will continue to be reflected in my public remarks. I am as you might imagine strongly condemned by both Ambassador John Bolton, whom Larry Flynt has described as a swinger and pedophile(25), and Jared Kushner, “Pretty Boy” as we call him, whom I consider a traitor and very probably a compromised homosexual controlled by at least one Zionist sugar-daddy(26).
Let me say first that Donald Trump, as President, has not only done hundreds of things right that have not been publicized by the controlled fake news media, but he also has a $100 million campaign fund already in hand(27). He cannot be defeated for re-election if he avoids obvious mistakes.
My frustration with the President is that he persists in surrounding himself with people who are loyal to the Deep State and to countries other than the USA. He refuses to go outside the “Establishment” for talent, and he refuses to do the three obvious things I have been recommending to him since December 2016: implement #UNRIG election reform; create a truth channel and replacement for #GoogleGestapo; and bring our military home. He was elected by 27% of the voters – the only way for him to double that is with election reform combined with a truth channel. We have 22 million veterans that want an end to endless elective wars, and another two million activity duty personnel who deserve to come home to peace and prosperity, abandoning the colonial outposts where they are servants of the cabal and hated by indigenous publics who see them for what they are: enforcers for the Deep State.
If the President does not implement these basic ideas, I believe there will be a split ticket challenge – a Republican Presidential candidate aligned with a Democratic Presidential candidate – who announce a coalition cabinet and a balanced budget in advance of election, and announce seven or eight key policy principles including the nationalization of the federal reserve, the abolishment of the federal income tax, the legalization of marijuana, the closing of all US military bases overseas, an end to birthright citizenship for illegal aliens, and an end to geoengineering, 5G, and other forms of cabal predation on the health of our publics. They will ask the public to choose the President and commit to serving as Vice President to the other if not themselves chosen.
In my view, 2020 is going to be the first time in which every single candidate for both federal and state office is publicly challenged to confirm their oath to defend the Constitution of the United States and declare that they will have no citizenship and no loyalty to any other than the United States of America. Close to ten percent of our politicians and senior executives in the federal government are dual US and Zionist citizens and the other ninety percent are too easily bribed, blackmailed, or influenced by lies(28). This has to end. Multiple billionaires who are loyal to America are speaking openly today about “Plan B” that is defined as “beyond Trump, not Pence.” I am a party to that conversation, and while I pray that our President will come to his senses and execute the “Trump Triumph” plan, I am also prepared to work on Plan B(29).
One final question if I may. You have previously written that you consider Iran to be “the adult” in the region, and Israel and Saudi Arabia destabilizing powers(30). Now Turkey is re-asserting its historical status as a major regional power. You have written about an eight-point approach to peace in the Middle East that Russia, Turkey, and Iran could advance(31). If you could offer one idea – even two – to President Hassan Rouhani, what would you suggest in terms of dealing with President Donald Trump and the Zionist-controlled government of the United States?
The good news is that no matter how much power Zionists have within the National Security Council and the Departments of State, Defense, Commerce, and Treasury, there is absolutely no substitute for a face to face private conversation with President Donald Trump and whatever understanding might emerge from that. Because President Rouhani speaks English, it could be done without translators. In my view it is essential that President Trump meet privately with President Rouhani as well as the Presidents of Syria and Turkey. I would earnestly encourage President Rouhani to create a three minute video, a personal message for President Trump inviting him to meet face to face as soon as possible and ask that President Vladimir Putin convey that video message directly. Personal presidential diplomacy is what matters with us in the Trump era. Everyone else – including the Secretary of State – is on the margins and does not speak with the authority of the President(32).
My second suggestion is that Iran, Turkey, and Russia create an Open Source Agency (OSA) based in Istanbul. My memorandum to President Trump and my letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations are online(33). The American public is waking up and now understands that both the Mainstream Media (MSM) and the social media (#GoogleGestapo) are completely controlled by the Zionists and lying about everything. The censorship of the truth in the USA cannot be over-stated. An OSA will allow Iran, Turkey, and Russia to demonstrate that in the Middle East, it is possible for truth to triumph over lies, and for Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE) to create infinite wealth beginning with unlimited free solar energy and unlimited desalinated water. Ideally Russia and China would create counterparts and then encourage the nations of Africa, Central Asia, South America, and Southeast Asia to do likewise. Eventually, perhaps, the USA will finally listen to me, but that day is not today.
The truth at any cost lower all other costs. Similarly, OSEE creates infinite wealth for the 99% at 10% the cost of the failed Western economic model(34). In my view, Donald Trump is surrounded by enemies and being undermined by the US Departments of State and Defense. There is only one effective sustainable path to a world at peace: open source everything. Can Iran lead the way in partnership with Turkey and Russia? Is it time to create the Voice To America? We live in interesting times, praise be to God.
1-Jan Kalvick, ““Intelligence & the Nobel Peace Prize,” Defence and Intelligence Norway, 6 February 2017.
2-Javad Heirannia, “Former CIA Officer Evaluates Changes In Trump’s National Security Team,” TehranTimes, 26 March 2018.
3-Editors, “Former Representative and Intelligence Official Team Up to Unrig Elections,” Independent Voter Network, 26 September 2017.
4-Gordon Duff, “Secretary of Efficient Defense or Secretary of Wasteful War? Robert David Steele as a Candidate – the Only Candidate with a Grand Strategy,” Veterans Today, 21 December 2018; and Gordon Duff, “A Commentary: Robert David Steele for Secretary of Defense?,” Veterans Today, 31 December 2018.
5-Robert Steele, “US IC Allegations Against Russians Are Crap — Our Own Traitors, Not the Russians, Are the Real Enemy, Fake Evidence & Fake News – UPDATE 22,” Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog (hereafter PBI), 30 December 2016; and Robert Steele, “The Soft Coup Collapses – Blackmail Revealed – What Next? CIA was bluffing, produced no evidence – Russians did not “hack” the election. Is this the beginning of the end of the Deep State in the USA? Can Trump clean house & wage peace? (Trump Revolution 06).” PBI, 9 January 2017.
6-Mongoose, “Mongoose: Hillary Clinton Electoral Fraud Confirmed by Stanford University — Bernie Sanders Won…,” PBI, 7 August 2016; and Editors, “Graphic: How Hillary Clinton Stole the Democratic Nomination from Bernie Sanders — and Did Not Legally Win the Popular Vote,” PBI, 16 November 2016.
7-It may be helpful for your readers to know that the NSA does not share its electronic collection with the FBI or CIA. The NSA does not provide effective counterintelligence support to the FBI, one reason we have so many criminals, pedophiles, and traitors still on the streets; and the NSA does not provide tactical signals intelligence to the CIA clandestine service, one reason why CIA’s clandestine service is so constipated and ineffective. In my case, my life being an open book, every call and every email that NSA has for me, is evidence of my purity.
8-Robert Steele, Contributing Editor, Memoranda for the President on 9/11: Time for the Truth — False Flag Deep State Truth! UPDATE 11: James Perloff’s Summary, PBI, 7 July 2018.
9-Congressman Louie Gohmert, “ Robert Mueller is a Dead Man Walking — Easily Indictable for High Crimes and Misdemeanors — 48 Pages, PBI, 26 April 2018.
10-Gordon Duff, “Mueller Dropping Russia Probe, Says Trump Working for Israel and Saudis,” Geopolitics.co, 16 December 2018.
11-Robert Steele, “Donald Trump, The Accidental President — Under Siege! A Soft Coup Rages within a Closed Rigged System… (Trump Revolution 05),” PBI, 12 November 2016; and Phantom Phixer, “Trump Won Popular Vote If 3 Million Illegal Alien Votes for Hillary Clinton Are Disqualified,” PBI, 15 November 2016.
12-Editors, “Worth a Look: RED MAFIYA – How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America,” PBI, 5 January 2019.
13-It is a sad fact that roughly three quarters of the US economy that should be taxed is not taxed because of a combination of corrupt tax laws that exempt banks and corporations from most taxes; the ease with which import-export tax fraud and intra-corporate supply chain fraud; and finally, the fact that Wall Street and most corporations rely on the laundering of drug money to the point that tens of millions of dollars are moved around in trunks and large suitcases. Cf. Michael C. Ruppert, Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil (New Society, 2004); a summary review is free online.
14-Steve Denning, “Mueller Exposes Putin’s Hold Over Trump,” Forbes, 16 December 2018.
15-Robert Steele,”1994 Sounding the Alarm on Cyber-Security,” PBI, 23 August 1994.
16-Norie Huddle, “RIGGED — Electronic Voting Machines are Both Officially Rigged and Easily Hackable By Others,” PBI, 27 October 2016.
17-Robert Steele, “How The Deep State Controls Social Media and Digitally Assassinates Critics: #GoogleGestapo – Censorship & Crowd-Stalking Made Easy,” American Herald Tribune, 7 November 2017.
18-Mongoose, “Dirty Jared Kushner — the Ugly Facts… UPDATE 2 Alt Right Wants Kushner’s Head, Does Not Want Trump as Hillary Clinton in Drag,” PBI, 10 April 2017; and Wayne Madsen, “Jared Kushner – Chabad in the White House,” PBI, 3 March 2018.
19-Robert Steele, “Rigging Elections – and Worse! The Americans Rigged Our Election, Bribed Our Government, Stole Our Gold, Killed Our Men, Raped Our Women, and Poisoned our Air, Water, and Earth – and You Want to Blame Something on the Russians?” American Herald Tribune, 10 March 2018.
20-Robert Steele, “Grand Strategy, Global Reality, & Re-Inventing US National Security Centered on Re-Inventing the US Army,” PBI, 8 September 2016.
21-Robert Steele, Contributing Editor, Memoranda for the President on 9/11: Time for the Truth — False Flag Deep State Truth! UPDATE 11: James Perloff’s Summary, PBI, 7 July 2018.
22-Robert Steele, “27 Zionist Strikes (Zionism is Not Judaism),” PBI, 14 December 2018.
23-Robert Steele, “Certified Letter to James Comey – Pedophilia, Electoral Fraud, Treason, Charity Fraud – UPDATE 5,” PBI, 5 November 2016.
24-Simona Weinglass, “Is Israel becoming a mafia state?,” The Times of Israel, 11 September 2017.
25-Larry Flynt, “John Bolton’s Divorce – Group Sex Allegations,” Scoop World, 13 May 2005.
26-According to my most senior London contact, MI-6 is speaking openly in London political circles about Kushner’s compromise which has gone on for close to two decades, but has not released the name of the specific Zionist sugar-daddy – there are several resident in New York City that come to mind. I myself have no direct knowledge.
27-Paul Bedard, “Trump’s list: 289 accomplishments in just 20 months, ‘relentless’ promise-keeping,” Washington Examiner, 12 October 2018; and Ben Kamisar, “Trump tops $100 million raised for his 2020 re-election campaign,” NBCNews, 16 October 2018.
28-Paul Adams, “Are 9% of Members of Congress & Senior Executives Dual US-Israel Citizens? Zionism Strike 14!,” PBI, 22 June 2018.
29-Robert Steele, “Robert Steele: Trump Triumph in 3 Moves UPDATE 7 WH 4.0, Trump 2.0, #UNRIG 3.9,” PBI, 11 December 2017.
30-Kevin Barrett, “TRUTH JIHAD: Robert David Steele on ‘War in the Middle East,’” Veterans Today, 18 November 2018.
31-“Peace in the Middle East: Denuclearizing Israel, Restoring Palestine, and More,” Russian International Affairs Council, 18 May 2018.
32-We do continue to have the problem of competing national security factions each making their own policy and often in contradiction to the President and his policy. There are as many as seven distinct US national security policies including totally unauthorized policies carried out by the CIA, rogue elements of the military, and billionaires including those associated with Amazon and Google.
33-Robert Steele, For the President of the United States of America Donald Trump: Subject: EradicatingFake News and False Intelligence with an Open Source Agency That Also SupportsDefense, Diplomacy, Development, & Commerce (D3C) Innovation to Stabilize World. Earth Intelligence Network, 2017; and Robert Steele, Letter to Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, “Subject: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) with Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE),” January 2, 2017. Other key references are easily found at http://robertdavidsteele.com. A collection of key graphics and publications can be found at Robert Steele, “Core Works UPDATED with 21st Century University,” PBI, 4 March 2018.
34-Robert Steele, “Concept for a Post-Western Economic-Engineering Paradigm: How Putin-Modi and Xi-Trump Can Save Humanity with Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE),” Russian International Affairs Council, 5 April 2017; and Robert Steele, “Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE) – Creating the Academy, Economy, Government, and Society of the Future,” Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, 5 April 2016.
Interview by: Mohammad Ghaderi & Javad Heirannia
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Israel Has Interfered More in U.S. Politics Than Russia, but Don’t Expect a Probe of Israelgate
The other day, I asked a longtime Democratic Party insider who is working on the Russiagate investigation which country interfered more in U.S. politics, Russia or Israel. Without a moment’s hesitation, he replied, “Israel, of course.”
Which underscores my concern about the hysteria raging across Official Washington about “Russian meddling” in the 2016 presidential campaign: There is no proportionality applied to the question of foreign interference in U.S. politics. If there were, we would have a far more substantive investigation of Israelgate.
The problem is that if anyone mentions the truth about Israel’s clout, the person is immediately smeared as “anti-Semitic” and targeted by Israel’s extraordinarily sophisticated lobby and its many media/political allies for vilification and marginalization.
So, the open secret of Israeli influence is studiously ignored, even as presidential candidates prostrate themselves before the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both appeared before AIPAC in 2016, with Clinton promising to take the U.S.-Israeli relationship “to the next level” — whatever that meant — and Trump vowing not to “pander” and then pandering like crazy.
Congress is no different. It has given Israel’s controversial Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a record-tying three invitations to address joint sessions of Congress (matching the number of times British Prime Minister Winston Churchill appeared). We then witnessed the Republicans and Democrats competing to see how often their members could bounce up and down and who could cheer Netanyahu the loudest, even when the Israeli prime minister was instructing the Congress to follow his position on Iran rather than President Obama’s.
Israeli officials and AIPAC also coordinate their strategies to maximize political influence, which is derived in large part by who gets the lobby’s largesse and who doesn’t. On the rare occasion when members of Congress step out of line — and take a stand that offends Israeli leaders — they can expect a well-funded opponent in their next race, a tactic that dates back decades.
Well-respected members, such as Rep. Paul Findley and Sen. Charles Percy (both Republicans from Illinois), were early victims of the Israeli lobby’s wrath when they opened channels of communication with the Palestine Liberation Organization in the cause of seeking peace. Findley was targeted and defeated in 1982; Percy in 1984.
Findley recounted his experience in a 1985 book, “They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel’s Lobby,” in which Findley called the lobby “the 700-pound gorilla in Washington.” The book was harshly criticized in a New York Times review by Adam Clymer, who called it “an angry, one-sided book that seems often to be little more than a stringing together of stray incidents.”
Since then, there have been fewer and fewer members of Congress or other American politicians who have dared to speak out, judging that — when it comes to the Israeli lobby — discretion is the better part of valor. Today, many U.S. pols grovel before the Israeli government seeking a sign of favor from Prime Minister Netanyahu, almost like Medieval kings courting the blessings of the Pope at the Vatican.
During the 2008 campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama, whom Netanyahu viewed with suspicion, traveled to Israel to demonstrate sympathy for Israelis within rocket-range of Gaza while steering clear of showing much empathy for the Palestinians.
In 2012, Republican nominee Mitt Romney tried to exploit the tense Obama-Netanyahu relationship by stopping in Israel to win a tacit endorsement from Netanyahu. The 2016 campaign was no exception with both Clinton and Trump stressing their love of Israel in their appearances before AIPAC.
Money, of course, has become the lifeblood of American politics — and American supporters of Israel have been particularly strategic in how they have exploited that reality.
One of Israel’s most devoted advocates, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, has poured millions of dollars in “dark money” into political candidates and groups that support Israel’s interests. Adelson, who has advocated dropping a nuclear bomb inside Iran to coerce its government, is a Trump favorite having donated a record $5 million to Trump’s inaugural celebration.
Of course, many Israel-connected political donations are much smaller but no less influential. A quarter century ago, I was told how an aide to a Democratic foreign policy chairman, who faced a surprisingly tough race after redistricting, turned to the head of AIPAC for help and, almost overnight, donations were pouring in from all over the country. The chairman was most thankful.
The October Surprise Mystery
Israel’s involvement in U.S. politics also can be covert. For instance, the evidence is now overwhelming that the Israeli government of right-wing Prime Minister Menachem Begin played a key role in helping Ronald Reagan’s campaign in 1980 strike a deal with Iran to frustrate President Jimmy Carter’s efforts to free 52 American hostages before Election Day.
Begin despised Carter for the Camp David Accords that forced Israel to give back the Sinai to Egypt. Begin also believed that Carter was too sympathetic to the Palestinians and — if he won a second term — would conspire with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to impose a two-state solution on Israel.
Begin’s contempt for Carter was not even a secret. In a 1991 book, “The Last Option,” senior Israeli intelligence and foreign policy official David Kimche explained Begin’s motive for dreading Carter’s reelection. Kimche said Israeli officials had gotten wind of “collusion” between Carter and Sadat “to force Israel to abandon her refusal to withdraw from territories occupied in 1967, including Jerusalem, and to agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state.”
Kimche continued, “This plan prepared behind Israel’s back and without her knowledge must rank as a unique attempt in United States’s diplomatic history of short-changing a friend and ally by deceit and manipulation.”
But Begin recognized that the scheme required Carter winning a second term in 1980 when, Kimche wrote, “he would be free to compel Israel to accept a settlement of the Palestinian problem on his and Egyptian terms, without having to fear the backlash of the American Jewish lobby.”
In a 1992 memoir, “Profits of War,” former Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe also noted that Begin and other Likud leaders held Carter in contempt.
“Begin loathed Carter for the peace agreement forced upon him at Camp David,” Ben-Menashe wrote. “As Begin saw it, the agreement took away Sinai from Israel, did not create a comprehensive peace, and left the Palestinian issue hanging on Israel’s back.”
So, in order to buy time for Israel to “change the facts on the ground” by moving Jewish settlers into the West Bank, Begin felt Carter’s reelection had to be prevented. A different president also presumably would give Israel a freer hand to deal with problems on its northern border with Lebanon.
Ben-Menashe was among a couple of dozen government officials and intelligence operatives who described how Reagan’s campaign, mostly through future CIA Director William Casey and past CIA Director George H.W. Bush, struck a deal in 1980 with senior Iranians who got promises of arms via Israel in exchange for keeping the hostages through the election and thus humiliating Carter. (The hostages were finally released on Jan. 20, 1981, after Reagan was sworn in as President.)
Though the evidence of the so-called October Surprise deal is far stronger than the current case for believing that Russia colluded with the Trump campaign, Official Washington and the mainstream U.S. media have refused to accept it, deeming it a “conspiracy theory.”
One of the reasons for the hostility directed against the 1980 case was the link to Israel, which did not want its hand in manipulating the election of a U.S. president to become an accepted part of American history. So, for instance, the Israeli government went to great lengths to discredit Ben-Menashe after he began to speak with reporters and to give testimony to the U.S. Congress.
When I was a Newsweek correspondent and first interviewed Ben-Menashe in 1990, the Israeli government initially insisted that he was an impostor, that he had no connection to Israeli intelligence.
However, when I obtained documentary evidence of Ben-Menashe’s work for a military intelligence unit, the Israelis admitted that they had lied but then insisted that he was just a low-level translator, a claim that was further contradicted by other documents showing that he had traveled widely around the world on missions to obtain weapons for the Israel-to-Iran arms pipeline.
Nevertheless, the Israeli government along with sympathetic American reporters and members of the U.S. Congress managed to shut down any serious investigation into the 1980 operation, which was, in effect, the prequel to Reagan’s Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages scandal of 1984-86. Thus, U.S. history was miswritten. [For more details, see Robert Parry’s “America’s Stolen Narrative“; “Secrecy & Privilege“; and “Trick or Treason.”]
Looking back over the history of U.S.-Israeli relations, it is clear that Israel exercised significant influence over U.S. presidents since its founding in 1948, but the rise of Israel’s right-wing Likud Party in the 1970s — led by former Jewish Prime Ministers Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir — marked a time when Israel shed any inhibitions about interfering directly in U.S. politics.Much as Begin and Shamir engaged in terror attacks on British officials and Palestinian civilians during Israel’s founding era, the Likudniks who held power in 1980 believed that the Zionist cause trumped normal restraints on their actions. In other words, the ends justified the means.
In the 1980s, Israel also mounted spying operations aimed at the U.S. government, including those of intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard, who fed highly sensitive documents to Israel and — after being caught and spending almost three decades in prison — was paroled and welcomed as a hero inside Israel.
A History of Interference
But it is true that foreign interference in U.S. politics is as old as the American Republic. In the 1790s, French agents — working with the Jeffersonians — tried to rally Americans behind France’s cause in its conflict with Great Britain. In part to frustrate the French operation, the Federalists passed the Alien and Sedition Acts.
In the 20th century, Great Britain undertook covert influence operations to ensure U.S. support in its conflicts with Germany, while German agents unsuccessfully sought the opposite.
So, the attempts by erstwhile allies and sometimes adversaries to move U.S. foreign policy in one direction or another is nothing new, and the U.S. government engages in similar operations in countries all over the world, both overtly and covertly.
It was the CIA’s job for decades to use propaganda and dirty tricks to ensure that pro-U.S. politicians were elected or put in power in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, pretty much everywhere the U.S. government perceived some interest. After the U.S. intelligence scandals of the 1970s, however, some of that responsibility was passed to other organizations, such as the U.S.-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
NED, USAID and various “non-governmental organizations” (NGOs) finance activists, journalists and other operatives to undermine political leaders who are deemed to be obstacles to U.S. foreign policy desires.
In particular, NED has been at the center of efforts to flip elections to U.S.-backed candidates, such as in Nicaragua in 1990, or to sponsor “color revolutions,” which typically organize around some color as the symbol for mass demonstrations. Ukraine — on Russia’s border — has been the target of two such operations, the Orange Revolution in 2004, which helped install anti-Russian President Viktor Yushchenko, and the Maidan ouster of elected pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014.
NED president Carl Gershman, a neoconservative who has run NED since its founding in 1983, openly declared that Ukraine was “the biggest prize” in September 2013 — just months before the Maidan protests — as well as calling it an important step toward ousting Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2016, Gershman called directly for regime change in Russia.
Another key issue related to Israeli influence inside the United States is the role of the neocons, a political movement that emerged in the 1970s as a number of hawkish Democrats migrated to the Republican Party as a home for more aggressive policies to protect Israel and take on the Soviet Union and Arab states.
In some European circles, the neocons are described as “Israel’s American agents,” which may somewhat overstate the direct linkage between Israel and the neocons although a central tenet of neocon thinking is that there must be no daylight between the U.S. and Israel. The neocons say U.S. politicians must stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel even if that means the Americans sidling up to the Israelis rather than any movement the other way.
Since the mid-1990s, American neocons have worked closely with Benjamin Netanyahu. Several prominent neocons (including former Assistant Defense Secretary Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, David Wurmser, Meyrav Wurmser and Robert Loewenberg) advised Netanyahu’s 1996 campaign and urged a new strategy for “securing the realm.” Essentially, the idea was to replace negotiations with the Palestinians and Arab states with “regime change” for governments that were viewed as troublesome to Israel, including Iraq and Syria.
By 1998, the Project for the New American Century (led by neocons William Kristol and Robert Kagan) was pressuring President Bill Clinton to invade Iraq, a plan that was finally put in motion in 2003 under President George W. Bush.
But the follow-on plans to go after Syria and Iran were delayed because the Iraq War turned into a bloody mess, killing some 4,500 American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. Bush could not turn to phase two until near the end of his presidency and then was frustrated by a U.S. intelligence estimate concluding that Iran was not working on a nuclear bomb (which was to be the pretext for a bombing campaign).
Bush also could pursue “regime change” in Syria only as a proxy effort of subversion, rather than a full-scale U.S. invasion. President Barack Obama escalated the Syrian proxy war in 2011 with the support of Israel and its strange-bedfellow allies in Saudi Arabia and the other Sunni-ruled Gulf States, which hated Syria’s government because it was allied with Shiite-ruled Iran — and Sunnis and Shiites have been enemies since the seventh century. Israel insists that the U.S. take the Sunni side, even if that puts the U.S. in bed with al-Qaida.
But Obama dragged his heels on a larger U.S. military intervention in Syria and angered Netanyahu further by negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program rather than bomb-bomb-bombing Iran.
Showing the Love
Obama’s perceived half-hearted commitment to Israeli interests explained Romney’s 2012 campaign trip to seek Netanyahu’s blessings. Even after winning a second term, Obama sought to appease Netanyahu by undertaking a three-day trip to Israel in 2013 to show his love.
Still, in 2015, when Obama pressed ahead with the Iran nuclear agreement, Netanyahu went over the president’s head directly to Congress where he was warmly received, although the Israeli prime minister ultimately failed to sink the Iran deal.
In Campaign 2016, both Clinton and Trump wore their love for Israel on their sleeves, Clinton promising to take the relationship to “the next level” (a phrase that young couples often use when deciding to go from heavy petting to intercourse). Trump reminded AIPAC that he had a Jewish grandchild and vowed to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Both also bristled with hatred toward Iran, repeating the popular falsehood that “Iran is the principal source of terrorism” when it is Saudi Arabia and other Sunni sheikdoms that have been the financial and military supporters of al-Qaida and Islamic State, the terror groups most threatening to Europe and the United States.
By contrast to Israel’s long history of playing games with U.S. politics, the Russian government stands accused of trying to undermine the U.S. political process recently by hacking into emails of the Democratic National Committee — revealing the DNC’s improper opposition to Sen. Bernie Sanders’s campaign — and of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta — disclosing the contents of Clinton’s paid speeches to Wall Street and pay-to-play aspects of the Clinton Foundation — and sharing that information with the American people via WikiLeaks.
Although WikiLeaks denies getting the two batches of emails from the Russians, the U.S. intelligence community says it has high confidence in its conclusions about Russian meddling, and the mainstream U.S. media treats the allegations as flat-fact.
The U.S. intelligence community also has accused the Russian government of raising doubts in the minds of Americans about their political system by having RT, the Russian-sponsored news network, hold debates for third-party candidates (who were excluded from the two-party Republican-Democratic debates) and by having RT report on protests such as Occupy Wall Street and issues such as “fracking.”
The major U.S. news media and Congress seem to agree that the only remaining question is whether evidence can be adduced showing that the Trump campaign colluded in this Russian operation. For that purpose, a number of people associated with the Trump campaign are to be hauled before Congress and made to testify on whether or not they are Russian agents.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post, The New York Times and other establishment-approved outlets are working with major technology companies on how to marginalize independent news sources and to purge “Russian propaganda” (often conflated with “fake news”) from the Internet.
It seems that no extreme is too extreme to protect the American people from the insidious Russians and their Russiagate schemes to sow doubt about the U.S. political process. But God forbid if anyone were to suggest an investigation of Israelgate.
Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, “America’s Stolen Narrative,” either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazonand barnesandnoble.com).