AIPAC Takes Newly Elected Congress Members, CNN’s Setmayer on Propaganda Trips to Israel

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10-01-19 01:18:00,

AIPAC Takes Newly Elected Congress
Members, CNN’s Setmayer on Propaganda Trips to Israel

By Alison Weir

Newly elected Congressional Reps David Trone, Dan Crenshaw,
Elaine Goodman Luria, Tim Burchett, Denver Riggleman, and Susie Lee on a
December 2018 AIPAC trip to Israel. AIPAC’s educational arm spends about $10,000
a piece on these trips. By using a nonprofit entity, the Israel lobby gets
around a U.S. law intended to prohibit Congressional junkets funded by lobbying
groups.

January 03, 2019 “Information
Clearing House

–    The Israel lobby has been busy taking a wide variety of government officials
and opinion makers on fully expense paid trips to Israel this month. The trips
cost in the range of $10,000
per person
.

Six newly elected House members are on a 5-day visit to Israel, a delegation
of northern California “progressive leaders” are on a week-long trip, media
commentator Tara Setmayer has just returned from such a trip, and a delegation
of southern California progressive leaders returned from their trip earlier this
month.

The House participants include liberals and conservatives, Jewish
representatives and Christian fundamentalists, Trump supporters and Trump
opponents: Tim Burchett (R-TN), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), Susie Lee (D-NV), Elaine
Goodman Luria (D-VA), Denver Riggleman (R-VA) and David Trone (D-MD).

The


California participants
are County Supervisors John Gioia and Joe Simian,
California Democratic Party Executive Committee Member Andrea Beth Damsky, and
unknown others. The delegations are named “Northern Pacific Progressive Leaders”
and “Southern Pacific Progressive Leaders,” but no one will divulge the rosters.

The AIPAC loophole

The trips are organized and funded by the


American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF),
 the nonprofit arm of the
powerful Israel lobbying group AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee).
AIEF was founded in 1989 “to advance the purposes of the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee.”

AIPAC is widely believed to be the most powerful organization in the US
lobbying Congress on behalf of a foreign country. An outgrowth of the 1939
organization “American Zionist Emergency Council,” AIPAC’s annual convention is
attended by ambitious politicians from across the political spectrum (see


this
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Lil’ Miss AIPAC Nikki Haley Ends Her Reign of Terror at the UN

Lil’ Miss AIPAC Nikki Haley Ends Her Reign of Terror at the UN

10-10-18 02:36:00,

“As a blogger and political analyst, I’m a little sad that Haley’s gone. She was the geopolitical gift that kept on giving”

The world is not shedding any tears now that Lil ‘Miss AIPAC, Nikki Haley, has finished her time puffing up her political resume at the U.N.  To describe her performance as U.N. Ambassador over the last two years as strident and obnoxious would be a kindness.

Haley, simply put, was out of her depth as a diplomat, preferring to pre-run for President and shore up the support of the Israeli lobby in the U.S. rather than do her job with any modicum of honesty or integrity.

Her resigning quickly after the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is interesting, however.

While she has been, nominally, one of President Trump’s most public supporters she has also been instrumental in undermining Trump on foreign policy initiatives that do not comport with the wishes of her pay-masters at AIPAC.

While it is questionable how far Trump bows to the powerful Israeli lobby, no such questions should arise with Haley.  She literally invites my nickname for her with every public pronouncement.

Neocons Never Die

So, what are the implications of this move by Haley less than thirty days before the mid-terms elections?

Well, the first part of this is obvious.  The neoconservative/Never-Trump wing of the GOP, still smarting that their plan to hurt Trump by helping the Democrats scuttle the Kavanaugh appointment, are continuing to push the narrative that Trump has no control in the White House.

So, Haley, one of his best allies in the Administration, resigns suddenly to continue that appearance.  It doesn’t matter that she apparently wanted out before year end.  She could have held off until after the mid-terms to assist Trump in getting the GOP over the finish line with the House and Senate intact.

She didn’t do that.  And if that doesn’t clarify for you just who she truly works for, then sadly nothing will.

Honestly, she has been such a caricature of a Neocon during her time miscast as a diplomat, anyone would be better than her short of Paul Wolfowitz or Dick Cheney,

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