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Against the wishes of her New York Democratic constituents, Hillary Clinton voted with Senate Republicans to invade Iraq. (It was a pivotal vote. Without Democratic support, George W. Bush’s request for this war of aggression would have failed.)

Humayun Khan, 27, was an army captain who got killed during that invasion.

Eight years later, the dead soldier’s parents appeared at the 2016 Democratic National Convention — not to protest, but in order to endorse one of the politicians responsible for his death: Hillary Clinton.

Even more strangely, Clinton’s opponent Donald Trump is the one who is in political trouble – not because Trump sent Khan to war, but because Trump committed a relatively minor slight, especially compared to the numerous outrageous utterances to his name. Trump didn’t denigrate the dead Humayun Khan. Nor did he directly insult his parents. Lamely trying to score a feminist point concerning radical Islam, Trump insinuated that Mr. Khan didn’t allow Mrs. Khan to address the crowd because as a Muslim, he doesn’t respect women.

Let us stipulate that no one should impugn the courage of the war dead. (Not that anyone did here.) Let us further concede that Donald Trump is a remarkably tactless individual. Those things said, the Khan controversy is yet another spectacular example of the media distracting us with a relatively minor point in order to make a much bigger issue go away.

A week ago corporate media gatekeepers managed to transform the Democratic National Committee internal emails released by WikiLeaks from what it really was – scandalous proof that Bernie Sanders and his supporters were right when they said the Democratic leadership was biased and had rigged the primaries against them, and that the system is corrupt – into a trivial side issue over who might be responsible for hiking the DNC computers. Who cares if it wasRussia? It’s the content that matters, not that it was ever seriously discussed.

Now here we go again.

Hillary’s vote for an illegal war of choice that was sold with lies, was a major contributing factor to the death of Captain Khan, thousands of his comrades, and over a million Iraqis. Iraq should be a major issue in this campaign — against her.

Instead, it’s being used by his parents and the Democratic Party to bait Donald Trump into a retro-post-9/11 “Support Our Troops” militaristic trap. Khan, you see, was “defending his country.” (How anyone can say U.S. soldiers in Iraq, part of an invasion force thousands of miles away where no one threatens the United States, are “defending” the U.S. remains a long-running linguistic mystery.)

“Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son ‘the best of America,’” Khizr Khan told the convention. Unfortunately, the moniker can’t apply to once-and-possible-future-first-daughter Chelsea Clinton, who never considered a military career before collecting $600,000 a year from NBC News for essentially a no-show job. But anyway…

“If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America,” Khizr Khan continued. The cognitive dissonance makes my head spin. Obviously, Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims is racist and disgusting. Ironically, however, it would have saved at least one life. If it was up to Donald Trump, the Khans would still be in the United Arab Emirates. Humayan would still be alive. As would any Iraqis he killed.

“Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution?” asked Khizr, who is originally from Pakistan. “I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law.” A good question. While we’re at it, however, where does it say in the U.S. Constitution that the president can send troops overseas for years at a time without a formal congressional declaration of war? Where does it say that the United States can attack foreign countries that have done it no harm and have never threatened it?

As you’d expect Trump, he of little impulse control, has handled this about as poorly as possible. Asked about Khizr Khan’s remark that Trump hasn’t made any sacrifices, he idiotically attempted to compare his business dealings with the death of a son. Still, you have to grudgingly admire Trump for fighting back against a guy you are officially not allowed to say anything mean about.

It has been widely remarked, always approvingly, that this year’s Democrats have successfully appropriated images of patriotism and “optimism” – scare quotes because this is not the kind of actual optimism in which you think things are going to actually get better, but the bizarro variety in which you accept that things will really never get better so you’d might as well accept the status quo – from the Republicans. This is part of Hillary Clinton’s strategy of taking liberal Democrats for granted while trying to seduce Republicans away from Trump.

The Khan episode marks a high water mark for post-9/11 knee-jerk militarism.

Even the “liberal” party whose sitting incumbent two-term president captured the White House by running against the Iraq war demands that everyone fall to their knees in order to pay homage to the “good” Muslims — those willing to go to the Middle East to kill bad ones.

Next time you see a panel of experts discussing a foreign crisis, pay attention: does anyone argue against intervention? No. The debate is always between going in light and going in hard: bombs, or “boots on the ground.” Not getting involved is never an option. As long as this militaristic approach to the world continues, the United States will never have enough money to take care of its problems here at home, and it will always be hated around the world.

Most Americans believe the Iraq war was a mistake. Who speaks for us? No one in the media. And no one in mainstream politics.

Ted Rall, syndicated writer and the cartoonist for ANewDomain.net, is the author of the book “Snowden,” the biography of the NSA whistleblower.

(Republished from Counterpunch by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims can’t possibly be racist because Muslims are not a race. If the US were to ban European devotees of a white supremacist pagan cult — such cults do exist, and the US has every right to ban its devotees if it so chooses — nobody would bat an eye. The First Amendment says that the government may not infringe in Americans’ religious choices; it says nothing about foreigners. If it did, it would be illegal for the US to give aid to Israel, Saudi Arabia, and any other nation that discriminates by religion.

  2. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    The vote to authorize the war in Iraq was in 2002. Khan’s DNC speech was 14 years later (and 12 years after his son was killed), not 8 years later.

  3. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says: • Website

    Trump’s campaign should use that image like Bush used Dukakis in Tank image.

    It looks like Star War alien creatures world.

    • Replies: @timamac
  4. BenKenobi says:

    I have a better idea.

    America: You Broke It, You Bought It.

    However, we can start over.

  5. utu says:

    “The rest of us who makes heroes of our dead…” “Perpetuate war by exalting sacrifice…”

    The best anti-war movie of all times.

    • Replies: @TJM
  6. Parsifal says:

    “Most Americans believe the Iraq war was a mistake. Who speaks for us? No one in the media. And no one in mainstream politics.”

    Te last sentence is incorrect. Donald Trump repeatedly said the war was a mistake, even at times when it could have landed him in serious trouble.

    • Agree: tbraton
    • Replies: @Eileen Kuch
  7. Mark Green says: • Website

    Very good article! The mainstream media still sets the agenda, still sets the parameters of discourse. It’s a very narrow and closed universe.

    This undeserved power undermines popular will and cultural continuity.

  8. > another spectacular example of the media distracting us
    > with a relatively minor point in order to make a much bigger issue go away

    Yes.

    > Most Americans believe the Iraq war was a mistake.
    > Who speaks for us? No one in the media. And no one in mainstream politics.

    Yes!

    > Obviously, Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims is racist and disgusting

    How is it racist? If Scientologists were suddenly bombing stuff every which way, wouldn’t a proposal to limit their entrance to the US be reasonable? Would it be racist?

    I submit that the term “racist” is often a dangerous and contemptible lie and distraction.

    But maybe I am missing something.

    PS: Happy to see Ted Rall on unz.com!

  9. TJM says:
    @utu

    You will never see Zionist Jew Hollywood make another movie such as this, all their movies glorify war.

    • Replies: @utu
    , @Connecticut Famer
  10. TJM says:

    Fact: Western culture is at war, NOT with Muslims, but with Zionist Jews.

    To that end, Zionists first pushed the west to war on Muslim nations (Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan). Zionists stage terror attacks, such as 9/11 to push their narrative of an “evil Muslim who is out to hurt us”. Then they use their media and entertainment industry to continue the “Muslims are trying to destroy the West” narrative. Then when Muslims flee the carnage WE created in the Middle East, the media hypes up the refugee crisis as an invasion. Of course the ZioMedia never puts the refugee crisis into the correct context, basically saying the crisis is caused by OUR actions in the Middle East.

    The Zionistss push Europe and America to open their borders to these Muslim migrants, thus insuring Westerners will feel threatened by all these migrating Muslims, AND as these JUSTLY angry Muslims, lash out, it reinforces the Zionist created narrative, that Muslims are at war with the West.

    All of this allows for MORE destruction in the Middle East, and continued destruction of social continuity in the West. A win win for the Zionist monsters.

    • Agree: Seamus Padraig
    • Replies: @Ace
  11. utu says:
    @TJM

    I agree, however Paddy Chayefsky and Arthur Hiller were Jewish but perhaps not zionist.

  12. Rehmat says:

    Pakistan-born Khizr Khan is a Zionist poodle like London Mayor Sadiq Khan, also a Pakistani citizen.

    https://rehmat1.com/2016/05/07/pakistan-born-sadiq-khan-becomes-london-mayor/

    • Replies: @Moi
  13. I hate the Killary , so I tried to help Trump. But he is extremely dumb to preoccupy himself with petty issues that he thinks is going to please the criminal zionist jews, like repeating the zionist Jews false accusation about Iran.
    He is making false accusation about Iran to bring jewish support where he never does. All the Zionists from the criminal tribe, regardless of party affiliation, are behind the Zionist stooge killary. He like Romney will be a looser for sure. If he does not understand that much, then no one can help him. He almost, like Sanders, the impostor, never talks about the savage wars, and never goes after the criminal pussy for waging and supporting savage wars where killed over 3 millions Muslim , including thousands of children. This is a racist act, this is criminal act, this is savage act where Hillary should be held responsible and be punished. She should be sent to Hague criminal court, ICC, not WH.

    But he is so dumb, to go after Iran to please the criminal tribe of Zionists and their fifth column ‘intellectuals’.
    Therefore, it is waste of time to support a dumb person who does not know his own interest. An average guy against the criminal pussy can win easily if that person exposes the criminal nature of democratic party candidate.

    Sanders was an impostor and a zionist, so Elizabeth Warren. Both like Hillary are Zionist pimps. Both never talk about the wars and killing of millions of Muslims by staging false flag terrors to invade country after country, because both, like Hillary, are Zionist servants and slaves. Both forgive the criminal pussy who is a wall street pimp, although both have gained ‘fame’, by posing as an anti wall street. Both are liars. They wanted to get attention, and found it easy to gain recognition using wall street in a society where almost everyone is a victim of the Zionist bankers. But both have forgotten their ‘mission’ not to abandon Israel’s interest.

    American people SHOULD NOT VOTE,. And instead, around the election time should stage protest in all cities EVERY DAY, and should leave ALL THE OPTIONS AVAILABE on the table, in order to kill the presidency of a mass murderer, baby killer, racist traitor who has enriched herself and her families by selling the benefit of the citizens to bring in millions of dollars for herself, and her family.

  14. Marcus says:

    where does it say in the U.S. Constitution that the president can send troops overseas for years at a time without a formal congressional declaration of war?

    True, but for the more relevant question: where does it say in the U.S. Constitution that any foreigner has the right to enter? An independent nation has, by definition, the right to refuse entry to foreign national for any reason.

    • Replies: @Avery
    , @utu
    , @Drapetomaniac
  15. 1940 the US barred refuge Jews fleeing Hitler from our shores. In 1942 we locked America citizens by the tens of thousands in concentration camps because they were of Japanese descent. Now it is politically incorrect to even suggest that perhaps because of possible blowback from our bloody actions in the Middle East it might be prudent to screen or block immigrants from the region.

    • Replies: @mad1
  16. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Groovy Battle for Blair Mountain"] says:
    @No Second Israel

    Trump cannot be helped

    I agree with everything you wrote. I hate Hillary Clinton…words can’t do justice to describe my hatred of Hillary Clinton. But Trump wants to go to war against Iran…which will lead to a confrontation with Christian Russia.

    If Hillary Clinton is announced POTUS at 8 PM on Nov 8 2016…the next day Trump should use his billions to fund a Native Born White American Male in-the-streets-antiwar-movement that calls for the indictment of Hillary and Bill Clinton for War Crimes. We all know this is never going to happen.

    • Replies: @boogerbently
  17. Avery says:
    @Marcus

    {where does it say in the U.S. Constitution that any foreigner has the right to enter?}

    Exactly.

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas
    , @Ace
  18. Avery says:

    Maybe instead of waving the US Constitution, Khizr Khan should have held up a copy of the Quran, because apparently that’s what he considers above the US Constitution.

    [Khizr Khan Believes the Constitution ‘Must Always Be Subordinated to the Sharia’]
    http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/08/02/khizr-khan-constitution-sharia/

  19. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Groovy Battle for Blair Mountain"] says:
    @Avery

    Avery

    Don’t engage in a infowarrior cuckservative debate about “divine” edicts emblazoned in the Constitution. Khizir Kahn is waging a race war against The Historic Native Born White American Christian Majority. Khizir Kahn is a member of the Pakistani Elite…and what he wants along with our Dear little Pakistani muzzie “friend” Rhemat is 1)a huge Pakistani Muslim Democratic Party Voting Bloc in the US armed with open hostile malignant demographic intent towards The Historic Native Born White Christian Majority…and 2) A majority “US” Army of Kahn!!!!.

    It’s time to call a spade a spade.

    I don’t care about IQ test score psychometric jibber jabber and jibber jabber about the GD Constitution with a Pakistani Muslim Legal Immigrant.

    A five year old White Female Child was gang raped and urinated on in Idaho City Idaho by three young Male Muslim Legal Immigrants and you want to have a Cuckservative Constitution Tard discussion about the intent of Constitution regarding Pakistani Muslim legal immigration to the US…are you insane?

    • Replies: @Ace
  20. Do I understand correctly that Hillary Clinton’s vote to invade Iraq was the pinnacle of her sacrifice?

    Or am I being naive? Howcum nobuddy brings up Hillary’s sacrifice(s)? I don’t get it.

    • Replies: @Connecticut Famer
  21. utu says:
    @Marcus

    Where does the independent nation is defined in the constitution of your? Its borders? You Americans are like children who still believe in the magic power of piece of paper or few words on it.

    • Replies: @utu
  22. utu says:
    @utu

    You ned to have a national will not just a piece of paper. From that piece of paper lawyers already proved that gay marriage is legal. They will prove when needed that borders are illegal. Hiding behind constitution and making arguments based on them turned Americans to bunch of pussies who do not know what is right or wrong until they read it in constitution.

    • Replies: @Ace
  23. Boris says:

    If it was up to Donald Trump, the Khans would still be in the United Arab Emirates. Humayan would still be alive. As would any Iraqis he killed.

    Donald Trump expressed lukewarm support for the invasion of Iraq. And he is certainly lying now when he said he warned against it.

    Unfortunately, the moniker can’t apply to once-and-possible-future-first-daughter Chelsea Clinton, who never considered a military career before collecting $600,000 a year from NBC News for essentially a no-show job. But anyway…

    I see you share Trump’s passion for egregious irrelevant insults. Sad!

    • Replies: @Ace
  24. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Trump needs the advice he gave to Jeb Bush: More energy. He needs to always be on the offensive than defensive.

    Also, when going on offensive, choose big topics, not small ones. Now, it’s the big time. Cute twitter posts don’t cut it. The regular season is over where you could lose some games. In the play-offs, losing means you’re out.

    Trump should avoid petty issues and fixate on Hillary and break down her image.

    To do this, Trump should expose her HYPOCRISY. Nothing brings down a person’s character more than hypocrisy. It is worse than mere dishonesty and crookedness. Trump should run on the meme of WHAT SHE SAID AND WHAT SHE DID. He should expose the stuff she said but actually did.

    Trump should also play the HUMANITARIAN card. The Dems would have us believe that Trump is a meanie who doesn’t care about refugees whereas HIllary the humanitarian cares about them. Trump should hit her over and over and over that she is a WAR CRIMINAL. Yes, a War Criminal. He should say he wants to end the human tragedy in the Middle East by reversing the horrors visited on Middle East and North Africa by Clinton as Secretary of State. He should say she ought to be tried at the Hague for lies and support of terrorists to bring down secular Arab governments. He should say when Bush left the office, Iraq and Afghanistan were on fire. But under Bush & Hillary, the fire has spread to Yemen, Libya, and Syria. And even to Ukraine. He should show images of smashed cities and dead bodies and tortured victims as the result of Hillary’s policies that led to breakout of ISIS and Alqaeda. He should also say US has been arming the very people who did 9/11. Al-Nusra front in Syria is Alqaeda by another name.

    Trump needs less Bluster and more Muster. He has to show he can muster the strength to remain focused and not be distracted by silly and trivial stuff.

    How to deal with the Media? If Trump complains about all the unfairness, he will just be made to look like a crybaby. He must say he ACCEPTS the fact that the media is just a Hillary propaganda machine, like it was for Obama in 2008 and 2012. He should say that is just a fact of American life, like flu in winter and zika virus in Brazil. Instead of complaining(or whining) about the media, he should have fun by mocking and lampooning its bias, lies, distortions, and etc. He should have a counter-media that just makes fun, fun, fun of media deviousness. Don’t bitch about it. Expose it in fun way
    Also, Trump should make a speech where he tells the people that the MSM is useless and same old same old. He should mention some news sources like Breitbart and Heatstreet that are doing real journalism.

    Trump should also run a campaign meme called Friends of Hillary. He should expose how the richest people who pushed globalism and did most to hurt American workers are with Hillary. He needs to name names. He should also say that under globalism, the downtown and posh areas of big cities get reap all the rewards. The world of Michael Bloomberg. Rest of nation gets crap. He should go Michael-Moore-ish and juxtapose the rise of urban affluence with decline and demise of small towns, suburbs, and rural America. He should juxtapose images of Hillary’s super-rich donors with the images of ordinary workers facing hard times.

    It’s down to Hollywood vs Hardwood. Illusion and Reality.

    To show that he is the candidate of truth, Trump needs to FACT CHECK stuff before he says it. This isn’t regular season anymore where you can make gaffes and lose a few games. The playing has to be very tight.
    Even if you lose some games in regular season, you can enter the playoffs in the NFL. But if you a playoff, you’re out. And if you lose the superbowl, there is no second chance.

    Another key factor will be those working OUTSIDE the Clinton campaign. This is where meme wars get interesting.
    Anyone can make a very clever anti-Hillary video. But hopefully, they will have no associations with 14/88 garbage because that is poison.
    The worst aspect of Alt Right is the thin line between genuine intelligent dissent and 14/88 neo-nazi idiocy.

    The great thing about the internet is ANYONE can make a political ad that can go viral.

    Maybe someone can compose a song around the theme of What Hillary Said and What Hillary Did.

    The Democratic Convention was seen as great success. But it can be Dukakised. Remember Dukakis got on a tank to look tough and manly. But the Bush campaign used that very image in a funny way to make him look absurd?

    The media worked hard to hype the Dem convention. But images from it can be used and spliced to make the thing look like a silly circus. I mean it had Lena Dunham. And that bald-headed Muslim dad and his jabba-jawed wife is pure gold if used right.

  25. @TJM

    Particularly wars in the Middle East. And you know why, too!

  26. @John Jeremiah Smith

    Nurse Ratched braved sniper fire, remember?

  27. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The Khan episode is a Clinton master stroke. Since the Khans are a bereaved Gold Star family, and followers of Islam (The Religion of Peace [tm]), they cannot be criticized; they are the perfect sock puppets for the DNC. Also, Hillary can hide her poor record and lack of qualifications behind this family’s grief, as despicable as that is.

    Why doesn’t anyone bring out Khan’s background? His eloquence in front of an audience doesn’t come from nowhere – he’s a lawyer accustomed to speaking and making an argument. They didn’t just find him – his firm represented the Clintons. Also, his firm is the legal representative of the Saudi government (the Saudi royal family) in the United States.

    In the 1980’s, Khan wrote glowing reviews of books that glorified Sharia law, declaring it to be morally, legally and spiritually superior to all other laws. How can this man shake a copy of the US Constitution in our faces – he doesn’t even believe in the Constitution or support it. He believes in the superiority of Sharia law.

    The most powerful people in the world are bringing the full strength of the American media down on Trump’s head. You knew it would happen, regardless. But the Khan episode has provided cover for other “Republican” politicians to distance themselves from Trump – and get closer to their globalist billionaire donors. I’ve never seen such one-sided coverage; if they’re not careful, they’ll overplay their hand.

    However, Trump now benefits from the Republican project to construct a separate media and a separate social setting for their own followers. These people don’t follow the national media and regard it all as biased and suspect. So, we’ll just have to stay tuned. Trump is still in the game.

  28. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says: • Website

    This Khan the Muslim goes to show that hatred is bigger than hope in politics.

    Just think. Democrats are all about homos and trannies. And super-Zionist Jewish billionaires and ghetto blacks. And also….. Muslims.

    Khan says Allah is going after Trump.

    So, Allah is now allied with Zionists and homo/tranny loons?

    This coalition is held together by what? Anti-white-ism.

    The HATRED of whites hold them together.

    Hate is the greatest bond. Hatred of Nazis brought even American capitalists and Soviet commies together. Hatred of the USSR brought even American capitalists and Red Chinese together. Hatred of Iran brings Israel and Iran together. Hatred of Assad even brought US and Alqaeda together in messing up Syria.

    Hate is one hell of a cement or PCement.

    But paradoxically, the ‘people of color’ immigrants choose the anti-white position because they prefer to come live in white nations. Indeed, they prefer white nations to their own filled with their own kind. If anything, they are ‘racist’ against their own kind. They want to live with whites or under white system than with their own kind and under their own system.

    So, in a sense, people-of-color immigration to white nations is pro-white. Immigrants prefer white nations and white rule. And they wanted to be accepted by white communities. They have positive feelings about the white world.

    But some whites say Enough is Enough. And that pisses off immigrants.

    So, immigrants aren’t so much anti-white per se. They are anti-white-who-want-to-keep-it-white. But they are pro-white-who-want-to-share-white-bounty-with-darky.

    Immigrants see the whites-who-want-to-keep-it-white as evil and ‘racist’.

    But the immigrants, in fleeing from their own kind, are just as ‘racist’. If they really believe in racial equality, why do they prefer white nations to their own? They must believe whites do things better and are more civilized and orderly. They must feel that their own kind only makes a mess of things.

  29. @War for Blair Mountain

    Trump should use his billion$$ to buy a news outlet that can offset all the liberal lies.

    • Replies: @timamac
  30. mad1 says:
    @Robert Magill

    “In 1938 a thirty-one nation conference was held in Evian, France, on resettlement of the victims of Nazism. The World Zionist Organization refused to participate, fearing that resettlement of Jews in other states would reduce the number available for Palestine.” John Quigley, “Palestine and Israel: A Challenge to Justice.”
    “In 1938 a thirty-one nation conference was held in Evian, France, on resettlement of the victims of Nazism. The World Zionist Organization refused to participate, fearing that resettlement of Jews in other states would reduce the number available for Palestine.” John Quigley, “Palestine and Israel: A Challenge to Justice.”
    “[Ben-Gurion stated] ‘If I knew that it was possible to save all the children of Germany by transporting them to England, but only half of them by transporting them to Palestine, I would choose the second — because we face not only the reckoning of those children, but the historical reckoning of the Jewish people.’ In the wake of the Kristallnacht pogroms, Ben-Gurion commented that ‘the human conscience’ might bring various countries to open their doors to Jewish refugees from Germany. He saw this as a threat and warned: ‘Zionism is in danger.’” Israeli historian, Tom Segev, “The Seventh Million.”
    “Even David Ben-Gurion’s sympathetic biographer acknowledges that Ben-Gurion did nothing practical for rescue, devoting his energies to post-war prospects. He delegated rescue work to Yitzak Gruenbaum, who [stated]…’They will say that I am anti-Semitic, that I don’t want to save the Exile, that I don’t have a varm Yiddish hartz…Let them say what they want. I will not demand that the Jewish Agency allocate a sum of 300,000 or 100,000 pounds sterling to help European Jewry. And I think that whoever demands such things is performing an anti-Zionist act.”

    “Zionists in America…took the same position. At a May 1943 meeting of the American Emergency Committee for Zionist Affairs, Nahum Goldmann argued, ‘If a drive is opened against the White Paper (the British policy of restricting Jewish immigrants to Palestine) the mass meetings of protest against the murder of European Jewry will have to be dropped. We do not have sufficient manpower for both campaigns.’” Peter Novick, “The Holocaust in American Life.”
    “[With the start of the war, Nazi] edicts forbidding emigration followed in all countries under direct Nazi control: after 1940-1 it was in effect impossible for Jews legally to emigrate from Nazi-occupied Europe to places of safety…The doors…were firmly shut: by the Nazis, it must be emphasized.” Prof William D. Rubinstein, “The Myth of Rescue.
    “What if Canada, Australia, South America, England and the United States were all to open a door to some migration? Even today [written in 1947] it is my judgement, and I have been in Germany since the war, that only a minority of the Jewish DP’s [displaced persons] would choose Palestine…

    “[Roosevelt] proposed a world budget for the easy migration of the 500,000 beaten people of Europe. Each nation should open its doors for some thousands of refugees…So he suggested that during my trips for him to England during the war I sound out in a general, unofficial manner the leaders of British public opinion, in and out of the government…The simple answer: Great Britain will match the United States, man for man, in admissions from Europe…It seemed all settled. With the rest of the world probably ready to give haven to 200,000, there was a sound reason for the President to press Congress to take in at least 150,000 immigrants after the war…

    “It would free us from the hypocrisy of closing our own doors while making sanctimonious demands on the Arabs…But it did not work out…The failure of the leading Jewish organizations to support with zeal this immigration programme may have caused the President not to push forward with it at that time…

    “I talked to many people active in Jewish organizations. I suggested the plan…I was amazed and even felt insulted when active Jewish leaders decried, sneered, and then attacked me as if I were a traitor…I think I know the reason for much of the opposition. There is a deep, genuine, often fanatical emotional vested interest in putting over the Palestinian movement [Zionism]. Men like Ben Hecht are little concerned about human blood if it is not their own.” Jewish attorney and friend of President Roosevelt, Morris Ernst, “So Far, So Good.”

    http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/origin.html

    • Replies: @Robert Magill
  31. @mad1

    @ Mad1

    Thanks for the heads up but how does that effect my questioning of the Muslim attitudes?

  32. @Marcus

    Where do you get the right to write a constitution or form a government?

    There isn’t a divine right or any other made up right.

    • LOL: Marcus
    • Replies: @Avery
  33. In an information based society propaganda becomes a necessity in defending falsehood.

  34. Boris says:
    @Anon

    Trump should hit her over and over and over that she is a WAR CRIMINAL.

    Trump wants to torture people and kill the relatives of terrorists.

    He should show images of smashed cities and dead bodies and tortured victims as the result of Hillary’s policies

    Oh, yeah, that would work.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  35. Art says:

    I have been for Trump – but now I wonder.

    Clearly this Kahn incident has changed American history – because of it we are going to have Hillary as president.

    Maybe this is for the better – power in the wrong hands is very dangerous. A Trump with power may not be such a good thing. Clearly Trump cannot check his emotions. Clearly he does not have the self-control to censor his own mouth. He doesn’t get it – clearly he cannot raise his game to the big stage.

    Trump is emotionally like Nixon – Nixon had an enemies list – how long would Trump’s be?

    I fear that there would be a Watergate or worst in Trump’s future and America’s future.

    We would do better to protest vote Johnson/Weld – they are truly non-establishment – listen to them – they are more center American then either Trump or Hillary.

    • Replies: @timamac
  36. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says: • Website
    @Boris

    “Trump wants to torture people and kill the relatives of terrorists.”

    Bad policy, but he still directs his ire at terrorists.

    The problem with Obama-Hillary is they sided with terrorists and targeted entire government and nations, even secular ones that could easily work well with the West.

    Why? Zionists don’t like those nations. Gaddafi’s financial plan for Africa rubbed them wrong way. Syria’s alliance with Russia and Iran pissed off Zionists.

    The problem with Trump is over-statement. He’s wrong about the torture business though US has been using torture forever in reality. You’re just not supposed to say it. (US certainly tolerated its proxies using torture.)

    “Oh, yeah, that would work.”

    The sheer wreckage of Syria and Libya are powerful testament to total criminality of the neo-imperialist US. Americans ought to be ashamed that they are hooked to Miley Cyrus and the Kardashians while their government is destroying entire nations.
    Americans aren’t much different from Germans in Nazi Germany who watched silly movies and had a good time while the German war machine was making a mess of other nations.

    Under Obama-Hillary, the War on Terror(dubious to begin with) has turned into a full-blown War with Terror against legit governments and states.

    If anything, Trump doesn’t go far enough with this. While he should mention victims of Muslim terrorism in the West, he should have made a bigger point about Muslim/Arab victims of US foreign policy that should now be called War with Terror.
    Hillary aided terrorists in Libya and Syria. She should be tried at the Hague.

    • Replies: @Ace
  37. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says: • Website

    Trump needs to change his mode. The game has changed.

    In the GOP primaries, he played as a wrecker. He was like a defensive lineman attacking the offensive linemen of the GOP establishment. He was attacking Neocon-Cuck Team whose quarterback was Jeb Bush. He kept on sacking Jeb over and over. And then he charged against the other offensive line cucks who didn’t know what to do. Trump could play this way since he was right there next to the other candidates. They were squeezed close together, and he could flay around at them. Also, he has populist support on his side. He didn’t need to worry about independents or Democrats. He could play rough and win.

    Now, he’s in the game of quarterback as well. He can’t play so rough all the time. He has to be more artful and smart. It’s not just close contact violence but about timing and seeing up afield.
    But Trump is still acting like he is playing defensive lineman whose role is to mess up the offensive line and sack the quarterback.

    He must realize he is now in the quarterback position. The media, the billionaires, the big institutions are the defensive linemen arrayed against him, and they are out to sack him. He cannot use brute force against them. He has to go for the artful dodge and feint. He has to look down the field and find his targets to throw the ball or run when there’s an opening.

    Hillary has a great offensive linemen setup because media, government, bankers, Hollywood, academia, and etc are out to protect her. So, trying to sack her outright isn’t going to work. To sack her, Trump has to look for weak spots and go through the holes. He can’t just plow through the center of offensive line. Too strong. Too much protection from top dogs of media and elite institutions.

    Trump needs to be careful of missteps that are like fumbles or interceptions. He has to anticipate what the other side will say and do in reaction to what he says. He must look at all the angles. Since the convention, he’s fumbled and got intercepted a bunch of times because he’s still in boorish defensive lineman mode. It’s now all about mindwork, footwork, and handwork.

    It is now Roger Staubach time, not Dan Hampton time.

    • Replies: @Lorax
  38. If Americans are fooled by this Khan incident, then they deserve Hillary and the dystopia she will erect.

    • Agree: Ace
  39. Lorax says:

    Never forget the defenders of Europe:

    Charles Martel, Prince of the Franks
    Battle of Tours, AD 732

    Battle of Vienna, AD 1683
    John S0bieski III, Polish Cavalry
    Winged Hussars
    General Starhemberg

    If not not for them, Europeans would be on their knees praying to allah.

    Never Forget!

  40. Avery says:
    @Drapetomaniac

    {Where do you get the right to write a constitution or form a government?
    There isn’t a divine right or any other made up right.}

    Where do you get the right to bar strangers off the street from coming into your house, settling in, eating your food, taking your stuff,……

  41. No crocodile tears for imperialist mercenaries.

  42. Lorax says:
    @Priss Factor

    Insightful, very much so.

  43. I am weary of any and all Americans killed or injured while participating in U.S. military (mis)adventures abroad being characterized as heroes fighting for their country’s national security. They freely join in these endeavors that mirror narrow and peculiar interests and groups that control American foreign policy at any given moment. America has never been in a war that it did not desire and even provoke. Patriotism, what ever rightful place it might have, is out of place here.

  44. timamac says:

    Pretty good article until “Trump’s banning of Muslims is racist and disgusting”. No, it’s not fn “racist”, since Islam is a NOT race! Lol! The only “disgusting” part is Islam itself. Has this author ever read about muhammy? Pretty disgusting man.

  45. timamac says:
    @Priss Factor

    Yes, that was what I was thinking also. The mute, ugly, wife and the weirdo, lying muzzie.

  46. timamac says:
    @No Second Israel

    Zionists, blah, blah, Zionists blah,joooooooz,and more blah,blah. Wow, get a room with Hitler.

  47. timamac says:
    @boogerbently

    Yes, or some other billionaire that thinks similar and wants to make more money. I never quite understood why this hasn’t happened, but just by observation, about all the wealthy and powerful like the way things are and controlling the sheeple.

  48. timamac says:
    @Anon

    Excellent ideas! I also have been thinking he should mock the MSM non- stop.

  49. timamac says:
    @Art

    Voters like you shows what happens when in the wrong hands. “Watergate” ?!!! That’s like jaywalking what the dems do now.

  50. @timamac

    Zionists, blah, blah, Zionists blah,joooooooz,and more blah,blah. Wow, get a room with Hitler.

    Get a room with Hillary, hasbarat.

  51. Ace says:
    @Avery

    Justice Ginsburg doesn’t like our Constitution. I’m sure she and her buddies will be able to find the right of every Zulu, Mexican, and Arab to come here and claim Section 8 housing, welfare, and a free car in the 14th Amendment.

    Every other lunatic leftist scheme to destroy America can find authorization there.

  52. Ace says:
    @War for Blair Mountain

    Avery raises an excellent point. So do you (as always).

    The Treason Class’s abandonment of the Constitution is a sharp sword to wield, especially in this time when the points you raise, the visible cowardice and grasping of the cuckservatives, and the uselessness of Republican Party are causing a lot of people to wake up to The Great Betrayal that the last 56 years of domestic American politics have been. If not 102, when one considers the damage done by that vicious prick Wilson.

    Core principles must not be overlooked and it is precisely the point that ALL Muslims believe that no infidel law can be superior to their execrable shariah that proves that every Muslim who has taken the oath of allegiance in a naturalization ceremony is a perjurer and that NO Muslim can ever be a citizen in a non-Muslim country.

    Without pointing this out Khan and his wife are just Gold Star parents. By pointing it out they are just lying, conniving, dissembling Muslims willing to disgrace themselves by dragging their son into the political arena.

  53. Ace says:
    @utu

    Where is that “national will” in Europe whose people do not have this childish belief in scraps of paper?

    I would think, anyway, that the Germans, French, Italians, and Russians would be very tired of people with an excess of will and contempt for (bourgeois) law. Revolutionary justice was quite the rage for a while.

    Come to think of it, the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution, among others, has been a stout bulwark against government excess. Europeans, by way of contrast, cower before their masters lest they offend their delicate sensibilities by daring to criticize their treason. Americans can speak their minds because their natural right to free speech was enshrined in the (written) First Amendment by our (precient) ancestors.

    Your point is still a fair one. Americans’ will to protect their written constitutional jewel was dissolved by the more corrupting appeal of the chance to force productive citizens to pay them money at gunpoint. The written Constitution did remarkably well until Americans foolishly approved a limitless income tax and mass immigration.

    • Replies: @utu
  54. Ace says:
    @Boris

    It’s OK if a major news organization pays $600k to the kid of two major US politicians? You don’t see anything fishy there?

    Why is pointing this out an egregious insult?

  55. Ace says:
    @Priss Factor

    Trump’s right on trade, offspring, decay of America, and immigration.

    Alas, he does not understand principles. He could skewer the Treason Class by pointing out that “comprehensive immigration reform” means amnesty and deliberate non-enforcement. Silence.

    He could talk about the enormous and unconstitutional federalization of America. Silence.

    These are huge issue but he doesn’t harp on them, being too easily diverted by nickel and dime stuff.

  56. utu says:
    @Ace

    “The written Constitution did remarkably well until Americans…” – Could you give me some examples when this Constitution prevented America from doing something really bad? It did not liquidate slavery, right? You needed a bloody war for it. The freedom of press was won before the Constitution was written. All wars waged by the US after WW II technically were unconstitutional yet nobody was bothered by this fact.

    Every nation has its myths. The myths are good for children that need to be indoctrinated and new immigrants that must be acculturated. The Constitution and its alleged power is one of these myths. Soviet Union also had a great constitution. Perhaps even better than America. Europeans know this very well. For this reason they have less illusions. Too many Americans still believe in their myths.

  57. @Anon

    I agree that this would be a highly effective strategy and hope Trump’s campaign sees it and implements it.

  58. joe webb says:

    the muzzle Khan is apparently per Fox news , a fairly large player in Saudi Arabia’s dealings with Allah knows who?

    The guy appears to be an operative deployed to bait Trump…Trump took the bait… too bad, but a couple more muzzie terror events should tip the balance back toward Trump.Joe Webb

  59. utu says:

    “When I heard all the Americans cheering for the military and the pronouncements of might coming from the speakers in the Wells Fargo Centre, I loathed you. I loathed every single one of you. I knew in my gut that what I was taught as a child was true, which is that YOU are the enemy. YOU are the country to be feared. YOU are the country to be disgusted by. YOU are ignorant. And your greed and self-satisfaction and unearned pride knows no bounds.
    I am not an American tonight. I reject my Puritan ancestors who landed in this country in 1648. I reject the words I voiced at my citizenship ceremony. I reject every moment of thrilling discovery I ever had in this country.

    You people have no idea what it is like for people from other countries to hear you boast and cheer for your guns and your bombs and your soldiers and your murderous military leaders and your war criminals and your murdering and conscienceless Commander in Chief. All those soaring words are received by the rest of us, by us non-Americans, by all the cells in our body, as absolutely repugnant and obscene.

    And there you all are tonight, glued to your TVs and your computers, your hearts swelled with pride because you belong to the strongest country on Earth, cheering on your Murderer President. Ignorant of the entire world’s repulsion. You kill and you kill and you kill, and still you remain proud.”

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45198.htm

    • Replies: @Kiza
  60. Kiza says:
    @utu

    Yes, this is a beautiful write-up by Lois Lane from that US icon Superman (Canadian born actress Margot Kidder). Please read the whole thing: http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/29/my-fellow-americans-we-are-fools/, because it is the most hart-felt resistance to the stupidity and demagogy of the US citizenry I have ever read, probably prompted by a horrific speech at the Democratic Convention of the mega-scumbag, the retired Marine general four stars John Allen: https://youtu.be/8O0uv4_ryas.

    I have become a fan of Margot after reading her write up, great respect for the lady.

    • Replies: @Avery
  61. Avery says:
    @Kiza

    {Please read the whole thing}

    I did.
    Agree: great respect for her for telling like it is.

    The clueless rah-rah mobs cheering warmongering at both conventions are truly repulsive and vile.

  62. Moi says:
    @Rehmat

    I agree. The last Muslim, Abdul Sattar Edhi, sadly passed away recently.

    Trump, to put it bluntly, is a retard.

  63. @Parsifal

    Parcifal, I couldn’t agree with you more. The vast majority of Americans actually believe the Iraq war was a mistake. Indeed, nobody in the media or in mainstream politics speak for us.
    Donald Trump was the only one who repeatedly said the war was a mistake, even at times when such statements could’ve landed him in serious trouble. He joined Medea Benjamin and her anti-war group – Code Pink – and other anti-war groups in denouncing the aggression on Iraq. As CEO of a large corporation, Trump laid everything on the line. Had the USG under G. W. Bush and Dick Cheney actually gone after him for his outspoken criticism of the war, Trump could’ve lost his corporation and even been imprisoned for “sedition”; however, they decided to do nothing. They knew that Trump had plenty of clout; that he negotiated deals with both US and International corporations; thus, they were compelled to leave him alone.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  64. Let us stipulate that no one should impugn the courage of the war dead.

    Why do people always feel compelled to write drivel like that? Do we insist on similar undeserved encomia for ‘the enemy’?

    After all, it takes at least as much ‘courage’ to drive a truck full of explosives into a barracks – with no air support and no artillery – as it does to accompany 14 other high-school dropouts on a night-time series of home invasions.

    At Nuremberg, the ‘just following orders’ rationale for participating in war crimes and crimes against humanity was rejected out of hand. We no more gave credit to the Waffen SS for ‘courage’, than we credit modern-day ‘insurgents’ who are trying to repel US invasions (of their ‘Homeland’, if they were given to use such Third-Reich-ish language) .

    Soldiers are stupid hunks of meat who do what their Massah tells them (I was a soldier once, and young): insisting on recognising the ‘courage’ of American soldiers when they are participating in something that is stupendously, egregiously immoral, is akin to making calls to canonise the ‘nicest’ Catholic guard at Auschwitz.

    It takes courage to resist the drive to war. It takes courage to refuse to participate in industrial-scale slaughter. To participate in war doesn’t require courage: it requires stupidity and a sense of adventure – both of which dumb otherwise-unemployable young men have in spades.

    The US military is drawn – as are all militaries – from the dumbest and most economically-underperforming segments of the labour market.

    I have more admiration for a trailer-park cracker who stays home collecting welfare and smoking weed, than I have for some tattooed numbskull who gets his psychic income by yelling ‘oo-rah’ and killing people in lands he previously couldn’t find on a map.

    • Agree: Mark Green
    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  65. @timamac

    Muzzies rah rah, Islam blah, muhammy, and more blah, blah. Wow, get a room with Netanyahu.

  66. My sixth sense says Khizr Khan makes his wife wear a burka at home and forbids her to drive a car.

  67. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “Obviously, Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims is racist and disgusting. Ironically, however, it would have saved at least one life.” Ok. Technically true, but what about all the Muslims who die because they are refused asylum? Sorry, Mary. No room at the inn.

    And that isn’t “racism”, as “Muslim” describes a religion and not a race.

    But good point about Hillary’s pivotal vote to invade Iraq and the irony of the Khans support

  68. @Eileen Kuch

    Let us not forget Cindy Sheehan, she not only gave a son that she loved but so much more of herself too in her courageous opposition to the insanity of war that has all but destroyed the USA.

  69. @Kratoklastes

    Bang on target! Kudos to you.

    John Lennon said “What if they had a war and nobody showed up?” I suppose that’s why he had to go. Shame for all of us that so many didn’t hear of it. Economic circumstances as an excuse just doesn’t cut it.

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