The Senator from Israel Aims to Kill Health Care Insurance Reform in America

Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), known as the Senator from Israel for his unqualified support of that country and its military at great expense to U.S. taxpayers and their legitimate interests, maneuvered to kill meaningful healthcare insurance reform in the U.S. in mid-December.

Lieberman holds the 60th vote Senate Democrats need to pass a health care bill. Last week, Democrats reached a compromise that would allow 55- to 64-year-old Americans to buy into Medicare while excluding the public option that is seen as essential to reform by many Democrats. On Sunday, Lieberman informed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) that he would block any bill that included a buy-in.

Speculation about Lieberman’s motives has focused on his connections to the insurance industry in Connecticut, home to 72 insurance companies with more than 65,000 employees, the highest concentration of insurance industry jobs in the U.S., and an annual payroll of more than $6 billion in 2007, according to report by Janet Kaminski, an attorney with the Connecticut General Assembly.

Writing for Harper’s Magazine, Scott Horton noted in late October that, “When he was seeking reelection in 2006, Joe Lieberman campaigned as a supporter of healthcare reform and expressed his support for ‘universal healthcare.’ When the rubber hit the road, however, Lieberman emerged as a frontline warrior for the healthcare industry in its efforts to block reform. Yesterday, he not only noted his opposition to the very modest public option contained in the legislation that Majority Leader Harry Reid put forward, he also stated that he would cross the aisles to support a Republican filibuster. Should we be surprised? No. Lieberman has long been one of the industry’s favorite players on the hill, accepting more than $1 million in campaign contributions from the insurance industry and more than $600,000 from pharmaceuticals and related healthcare-products companies. But his ties run deeper than that. His wife Hadassah previously worked for two lobbying firms, Hill & Knowlton and APCO, handling matters for their healthcare and pharmaceuticals clients. Throughout the 2006 campaign, Lieberman pointedly refused to discuss the scope of his wife’s engagement for the healthcare industry or even the specific clients for whom she was working.”

Marc Ambinder, writing for The Atlantic on December 14, suggested an element of revenge at work in Lieberman’s political calculations.

“What Lieberman is actually trying to do — and surely, the Democratic leadership has discovered this by now — is to kill or weaken the bill. Since, really, 2006, Lieberman has felt alienated from his caucus, and he’s grown more conservative. He does not care about liberals, who tried to drum him out of office in 2006; he seems to enjoy poking them in the eye. He’s not likely to run for office again, so he’s not terribly worried about loud protests. His contempt for liberals coincides with his new conservative friends, aides, colleagues, donors,” wrote Ambinder.

Writing for Think Progress on December 14, Matthew Yglesias noted that, “Lieberman wants no public option, no trigger that might create a public option, and no expansion of existing programs as a substitute for a public option. And he doesn’t care about expressing that view in misleading ways, timed to cause embarrassment to the Democratic leadership. And, frankly, unlike some other troublesome Democratic Senators one can hardly be all that surprised that he’s making problems for the Obama administration’s #1 domestic priority. After all, Lieberman took the view that John McCain would be the better President. … The leverage that Lieberman and other ‘centrists’ have obtained on this issue (and on climate change) stems from a demonstrated willingness to embrace sociopathic indifference to the human cost of their actions.

One seasoned observer of Washington politics argues that another factor influenced Lieberman’s desire to weaken or kill any health care insurance reform legislation. Consortium News founder Robert Parry pointed out on December 15 that, though many are questioning Lieberman’s motives, “no one is mentioning the unmentionable, the cause that has come to define Lieberman’s career: Israel.”

“Is it possible that Lieberman’s obstructionist behavior doesn’t relate to Connecticut’s insurance industry or to his political ego – the two most cited explanations – but rather to a calculation that he can use his leverage on health care to limit the pressure that President Barack Obama can put on Israel to make concessions on a Mideast peace plan?” asked Parry, who proceeded to point out the flaws in the more common explanations of Lieberman’s actions.

“While it is true that Lieberman’s constituent Hartford-based insurance companies fear any government intrusion in their industry, the actual proposals for the Medicare buy-in or the tightly constrained “public option” actually would benefit the industry in the near term.

“Those uninsured Americans 55 to 64 are customers whom the insurance industry doesn’t want. They are the part of the uninsured population that is most likely to need medical care, which is why private insurers have driven up the rates so high that these people can’t afford to buy health insurance.

“Letting these desperate Americans buy into Medicare wouldn’t cost the health insurance industry much of anything – and it would reduce the moral (and PR) crisis that has led so many Americans to view private insurers as vultures preying on the most vulnerable.

“In his past position in favor of the Medicare buy-in, Lieberman has recognized this reality, noting that this over-55 group faces a particular crisis because they have ‘retired early or unfortunately have been laid off early’ and can’t afford health insurance.

“Though Lieberman has long been a major recipient of health insurance industry backing, that has never before prevented him from favoring this Medicare buy-in. Only now does Lieberman say that he would join a Republican filibuster to kill the entire bill if his earlier proposal is included,” wrote Parry.

Parry also questioned Lieberman’s obdurate opposition to a triggered or a tightly-constrained public option noting that, “The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that only about six million people would sign up for the House version of the public option … The current Senate version, with a state-by-state opt-out provision, would draw even fewer customers, the CBO said.

“Yet either version actually helps the health insurance industry by siphoning off sick people and thus allowing the industry to corner the market on healthier customers, where the biggest profits lie.

“So, Lieberman may not be serving the industry’s best interests by jeopardizing passage of a health reform bill. Not only does the industry stand to pick up tens of millions of new customers who will be compelled to buy insurance – and sometimes with government subsidies – but a decent reform bill also blunts demands for more radical changes,” wrote Parry.

Pointing to Israel as, “Lieberman’s most treasured priority in his political life,” Parry quoted Mark Vogel, chairman of the pro-Israel National Action Committee: “Joe Lieberman, without exception, no conditions … is the No. 1 pro-Israel advocate and leader in Congress. There is nobody who does more on behalf of Israel than Joe Lieberman.”

Parry notes that Lieberman’s aggressive support for military action against Israel’s enemies and his adoption of the neoconservative ideology caused Connecticut Democrats to deny him the Senate nomination in 2006 and forced him to run as an Independent.

“Partly because Obama opposed the Iraq War, Lieberman went on the stump for Republican John McCain in 2008, even questioning Obama’s patriotism.

“Standing with McCain in August 2008, Lieberman called the election a choice ‘between one candidate, John McCain, who has always put the country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate who has not.’

“Since the start of Obama’s presidency, Israel’s hawkish Likud government has made no secret of its concern that Obama might pressure it into making territorial and other concessions to the Palestinians and Syria to secure a Mideast peace agreement.

“In Washington, the still-influential neocons also have been demanding that Obama continue Bush’s belligerent policies and side with Israel in a hard-line approach to Iran.

“In that sense, Lieberman and the neocons have much in common with Republicans, such as Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, who declared in July that ‘If we’re able to stop Obama on this [health reform], it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.’

“A broken Obama could be easier to manipulate regarding Mideast peace talks and Iran,” wrote Parry, who proceeded to make the case that whatever hurts Obama strengthens Israel’s hand.

“If Lieberman succeeds in sinking Obama’s chief domestic priority – health care reform – or waters it down so much that it alienates Obama from his liberal base, Obama may find himself essentially the captive of the neocons, needing their blessing to maintain any political viability in Washington.

“Lieberman has been careful not to connect his disruptive behavior on health-care reform to his support for Israel, but there can be little doubt that a chastened Obama, either defeated on health care or forced to sign a bill that liberals will view as a betrayal, will have much less political capital to expend in applying pressure on Israel.

“A hobbled Obama won’t be able to push Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to halt expansion of West Bank settlements or to take other steps that might lead to a Palestinian state. Obama also could be pushed around himself if Israel – itself an undeclared nuclear power – decides to launch airstrikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

“The Israel explanation for Lieberman’s behavior on health-care reform is the one that seems to make the most sense,” concluded Parry.

Missing in all of these analyses is another important aspect of Lieberman’s political clout, his connections to the defense industry.

Connecticut is home to General Electric, United Technologies, Ensign Bickford, Electric Boat, Colt, and other defense industry heavyweights. If Lieberman is the Senator from Aetna and the Senator from Israel, he is also the Senator from War, Inc.

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been widely reported to be sinkholes of wanton waste, fraud, and abuse. A Congressional Research Service document dated June 24, 2009 and titled “Defense Logistical Support Contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan: Issues for Congress,” reported that, “Recent assessments from GAO [Government Accountability Office], DOD [Department of Defense]’s IG [Inspector General], and the SIGIR [Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction] reveal a lack of Federal oversight, management, and accountability for funds spent in Iraq contracting. According to Charles Williams, Director, Defense Contract Management Agency, there are vacancies for more than 600 oversight positions in Iraq and Afghanistan. An audit conducted by the DOD IG revealed that the Federal government failed to substantiate the disbursement of at least $7.8 billion of $8.2 billion spent for goods and services in Iraq. In a May 22, 2008 congressional hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, DOD officials revealed estimates that the Army disbursed $1.4 billion in commercial payments that lacked the minimum supporting justification and documentation for a valid payment – such as certified vouchers and invoices. In one reported instance, a payment of $325 million was made without justification beyond a signature.”

Lieberman, as Chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (SCHSGA), is well placed to agitate for wider war and to threaten Iran and Israel’s other enemies, as he often does, occasionally while speaking to reporters in Groton, CT, after meetings there with officials at Electric Boat, a division of General Dynamics that builds and refits the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered and -armed submarines. Apparently Lieberman places a higher priority on his dual role as a promoter of war and Israel’s enforcer than on his responsibilities as a steward of U.S. taxpayers’ dollars.

SCHSGA has jurisdiction over budgetary and accounting measures other than appropriations and is authorized to investigate the operations of all branches of the Government including the possible existence of fraud, misfeasance, malfeasance, collusion, mismanagement, incompetence, corruption, or unethical practices, waste, extravagance, conflicts of interest, and the improper expenditure of Government funds. Or not – as under Lieberman’s chairmanship. Lieberman, who made sure there was no serious Senate investigation of Enron’s trading of energy derivatives, Lieberman, who declined look at the Bush administration’s criminal incompetence and malfeasance in responding to Hurricane Katrina, Lieberman, who has shown no real interest in examining the failure of Federal regulators to prevent the crimes and abuses that led directly to the collapse of the financial services industry and the most severe recession since the Great Depression, has also given major defense contractors, including PMCs (private military company) such as Blackwater, a free pass on corruption and other criminal activity in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Israel has a long history of and a well-deserved reputation for espionage and corruption, both of which are rampant in the defense industry. The Dotan case is illustrative.

In 1992, General Electric pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati to four Federal criminal fraud charges involving the illegal sale of jet engines to Israel, while in Israel, former Israeli Brigadier General Rami Dotan was convicted of diverting tens of millions of U.S. military aid dollars from a General Electric contract to unauthorized Israeli military projects and to secret Swiss bank accounts set up by an Israeli intelligence operative. Dotan was sentenced to 13 years in an Israeli military prison.

“American investigators suspect Dotan’s actions were part of a scheme to launder U.S. aid money for use in clandestine Israeli intelligence operations, and were in fact approved at the highest levels of the Israeli government. … General Electric … was fined $69 million for its part in the thefts. Herbert Steindler, a resident of Israel and the GE official in charge of contracting with Israel, was discharged from the company. Several other GE employees were disciplined.

“However, no criminal charges have been placed against the GE employees involved, nor have any public announcements yet been made of investigations of other companies and individuals believed to have been involved in similar diversions of U.S. military aid funds under other contracts entered into by the government of Israel,” wrote Frank Collins in the December/January 1992/1993 issue of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. The report noted that U.S. investigations were underway as a result of alleged similar misconduct at Pratt and Whitney, General Motors and Teledyne.

“When the diversions of U.S. taxpayer funds to unauthorized Israeli military programs and to secret Swiss bank accounts by Dotan and Steindler were revealed, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Defense made some half-hearted efforts to investigate but were rebuffed by the Israeli government on the pretext that, because Israeli security was involved, Israeli law forbade access by U.S. investigators to Israeli government personnel, regardless of the terms of the U.S. government-funded contract.

“Under prodding by Congressman John Dingell [then chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee of Commerce and Energy, which he also headed], who threatened to shut down the entire military aid agreement until Israel complied with its terms, U.S. investigators insisted upon interviewing Dotan – now demoted from general to private and serving his sentence in an Israeli military jail – and Harold Katz. Katz, who holds U.S. and Israeli citizenship, is an Israeli intelligence official who was implicated in the case of U.S. Navy counter-intelligence specialist Jonathan Jay Pollard, convicted of espionage against the U.S. on behalf of Israel. Now Katz is believed to have masterminded the transfer of funds siphoned from GE contracts through U.S. dummy corporations to a number of Swiss banks, presumably for clandestine Israeli intelligence purposes in Europe or the U.S.,” wrote Collins.

“In late September, the government of Israel announced that it would allow U.S. questioning of Dotan. However, the questioning of the American citizen Harold Katz, resident in Israel, was not mentioned. The procedures proposed by Israel for the interrogation of Dotan were agreed upon by the U.S. government and made public in Washington. They lead to the suspicion that the questioning will be a travesty of judicial procedures, and is designed to close rather than break open the case, which has the potential to reveal more intelligence operations in the U. S. or Western Europe comparable to the Pollard case.

“Journalists have discovered that after Dotan pled guilty and was sentenced for diverting the U.S. funds, a whole new prison wing was built to accommodate him and he was permitted to choose a prison mate. He chose a man who is serving three months for the murder of several Palestinians. While the Israeli authorities are allowing Dotan’s family liberal access to his prison quarters, they are denying any direct access to the U.S. investigators,” wrote Collins.

Many long time observers of Washington politics and U.S. Middle East foreign policy find it impossible to imagine that Sen. Lieberman would initiate any investigation that might reflect negatively upon Israel or threaten that country’s interests as he perceives them.

Meanwhile, though the government of Israel has long provided universal health care for all its citizens, the Senator from Israel is doing his utmost to block health care insurance reform in this country and undermine President Obama’s efforts to halt the further expansion of Israel’s illegal settlements on Palestinian land and bring Israeli leaders to the negotiating table – and peace to the Middle East – at last.

Michael Gillespie, in addition to his regular freelance work for Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, is also a contributing editor and the Des Moines, IA correspondent for The Independent Monitor, the national newspaper of Arab Americans, published by Sami Mashney in Anaheim, CA. Read other articles by Michael.

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  1. Andre Kemp said on December 18th, 2009 at 11:20am #

    Quite an anti-semitic article. Reading it you’d assume that all the evil in Washington and this country is coming from the all-mighty Joe Lieberman. Oh well, anti-semitic propaganda have been using this tactics for centuries – same old, same old.

  2. kalidas said on December 18th, 2009 at 11:34am #

    Told ya.

  3. Leslie Jones said on December 18th, 2009 at 1:11pm #

    I wouldn’t call this article or sentiment anti-semitic.
    Howver, my understandingis that there are many factions not satified with where the health carfe reform movement is going, including this bill on both sides of the fence.

    I don’t think it right to have him shoulder all the blame and that’s quite the leap to me in assumptions about sabotaging President Obama in the Middle East since he’s shown little sign of being a president with a new ideology regarding Palestine. He shows no signs of being the maverick there..

    The factual indications for reasons regarding strong conflict pf interests are indeed very valid to me though.

  4. Manny McNeil said on December 18th, 2009 at 1:34pm #

    Andre Kemp was polite. I’ll be a bit more blunt.

    While I disagree with Sen Lieberman’s position on expanding Medicare down to age 55, the venomous and racist diatribe by Michael Gillespie is nothing short of classic textbook fascist propaganda.

  5. paul furr said on December 18th, 2009 at 1:40pm #

    I assume whoever reads this with an opinion has read the bill. I have. I have a headache. Healthcare reform only needs be done in a country that has a abbysmal (probably spelled incorrectly) record. America does not. Do we have a model that works better?. NO. Stop trying to intellectualize this crap, its a BAD IDEA. If its not then tell me why not. Convince me that this is not simply a poloitical land grab. I lived in the UK all my life till 22 yrs. Came here then. hospitals here are great. Health care here is much better than the socialized slums that call themselves hospitals in the UK. COME ON! Wake up

  6. LAO said on December 18th, 2009 at 2:54pm #

    To Paul Furr: This country absolutely DOES have an abysmal health care system. We pay more per capita than any other country, and have worse health outcomes than most developed countries. Check out the infant mortality figures. Have you ever had a loved one with cancer, AIDS, or other chronic conditions in the USA? They can’t get health insurance–and without health insurance, their care is poor while also being a huge financial burden on their family and the state!

    I am a pacifist Jewish Zionist, and hate the idea of linking health reform to Israel–but is this the fault of the author and Parry due to antisemetism–or is it the fault of Liberman flip-flopping on Medicare expansion and therefore inviting speculation about his motives?

  7. Robert Fisher said on December 18th, 2009 at 5:41pm #

    Funny how every time someone scrutinizes Israel, the play the anti Semitic card. Fact of the matter is that as soon as Americans come to realize that for the past 60 years they have been nothing but a tool in Zionist hands. American blood is being wasted to achieve the Zionist dream of total control. America wake up and smell the freedom.
    It is because of Israel pushing you into two wars that you are bankrupt.
    Your own senators, mostly Jewish are denying you healthcare reform in order to keep on financing the colonialisation of the Middle East. sad, sad, sad.

  8. Robert Fisher said on December 18th, 2009 at 5:53pm #

    It is de-ja-vu all over again. America finds itself in the same position Europe was in prior to WW2. The government, businesses, universities all were run by people from Israeli decent. Germans were slaves in their own country to support the wining and dining leaches.
    german people had stainless caps on their teeth, the Jews had Gold.
    This was the reason they were made to put the Star of David on their shirts.
    If American senators would be required to proudly display the Star of David the American people would come to realize how corrupt their country has become. Joe Lieberman for instance has only Israelis best interest on his mind. It is absolutely disgusting.

  9. Mulga Mumblebrain said on December 19th, 2009 at 1:44am #

    Funny how an article that clearly outlines Lieberman’s actions, which are as transparently a case of ‘dual loyalty’ (ie loyalty to Lieberman and Israel)as is imaginable, is met by the usual slimy smear of ‘anti-Semitism’. What a tactic it is! No matter how great the crime of any Jew, anywhere, anytime, whether spying on his supposed homeland, burning Gazan children with white phosphorus or threatening Iran with aggressive war and mass murder of its citizens, the sanctified, ‘chosen’, people can do no wrong. A crime, when committed by a mere goy, becomes a Holy Act when the perpetrator is a Jew. The Yesha Council of Rabbis and Torah Sages in Israel, stated it plainly during the murderous and cowardly attack on the civilians of Lebanon in 2006. According to these worthies, representatives, if at the fundamentalist extreme, of Judaism, killing civilians during war-time is a ‘mitzvah’ or good deed. International humanitarian law, which outlaws it, was ‘Christian morality’they sneered, an insult in these circles. Hence Gaza, Sabra, Shatilla, Qibya, Deir Yassin, the Nakbah etc, all sanctified acts.
    Robert Fisher, I suspect, is another Zionist propagandist. The open advocacy of the extreme hatred that led to ultimate horror in Germany in the 1930s seems to me to probably be an unsubtle attempt to slur everyone who criticises Israel with the ‘Nazi’ stain. It’s an old Judeofascist tactic, to associate those outraged with Israeli and other Judaic crimes with true, racist, anti-Semites. It just does not wash, anymore. People around the world are sick of Israeli and Judaic crime, arrogance, and mendacity, just as they are with such viciousness when committed by non-Jews, and it has nothing to do with the race, religion or culture of the perpetrators, and everything to do with their wicked crimes.

  10. kalidas said on December 19th, 2009 at 9:08am #

    And their silent abettors who plead innocent, outraged and profoundly affected, all the while sending in their $$$, prayers and other support.

  11. Mary said on December 19th, 2009 at 2:19pm #

    For the record the comments above are not from me. Someone is playing a silly game. And read the new comment etiquette please previous poster .

  12. Michael Gillespie said on December 19th, 2009 at 2:44pm #

    One difference between me (and I am but one of a rapidly growing number of principled critics of Israel’s crimes and excesses), and most of those who reflexively scream abuse in reaction to any criticism of Israeli policies or the activities of Israel’s political operatives in this country, is that I actually read books, do research, engage in critical thinking, have a working knowledge of history, politics, and international affairs, and can marshal facts, make rational arguments based on those facts, and provide thought-provoking analysis. Typically, those who habitually sling the false charge of anti-Semite at anyone who dares to question the pro-Israel agenda, on the other hand, deal almost exclusively in unsupported opinion, half-truths, mythology, cliches, and superficialities. History (other than the horror of the Nazi holocaust), facts, reasoned discussion, and rational argument mean little or nothing to them. Their worldview is rigidly, exclusively Israeli-centric. They often appear not to have a knowledge base that supports their opinions, which they obviously get straight from the Israeli foreign ministry, the ADL, AIPAC, etc. In a world in which Judge Richard Goldstone is smeared as a self-hating Jew and anti-Semite for calling for an investigation of Israel’s arguably genocidal attack on the captive and defenseless civilian population of Gaza, non-Jews who dare to criticize Israeli crimes and the excesses of those in this country who support them can hardly expect better treatment.

  13. History Prof said on December 19th, 2009 at 2:54pm #

    I’ve always been intrigued by the “anti-semitism” card being played when someone disagrees with Israeli policy. Here is a country who has boxed in Palistinian settlements with a wall while constantly expanding their own settlements all while thumbing its nose at the world. They play the U.S. as though we (U.S.) were their “Lenny” and they are “George”.
    A Palistinian child throws a rock and Israel responds with air strikes and the U.S. is expected to respond smuggly and back Israel.
    I am a Christian, politically centrist, who is Biblically supposed to support Israel, but right is right and wrong is wrong.

    Sorry, but when the card is played, please remember, it was Germany and not Palestine that caused the Halocaust. All this from a history professor.

  14. bozh said on December 19th, 2009 at 3:08pm #

    michael g, well said
    The fact is that no one hates or criticizes any human for what that human IS, bot solely for what a human being does.
    Icecold observer observes from facts. In any case, nature had, in order to enhance our survival, endowned us with ability to hate the wrong acts but not people.

    Some ‘jews’ think that they are immune to the rigid laws of nature. So, who cares.
    We know what ‘jews’ have done and what they do now. And there is lot of muslims who think exactly like most ‘jews’! And that’s ‘jewish’ problem and which most ‘jews’ want to solve in their own arbitrary way. Bad choice, i think!

  15. Michael said on December 19th, 2009 at 8:32pm #

    If Joe Lieberman is the Senator from Israel, you would think he’d be more in tuned to Israeli policies. We now know, from various sources, that then PM Sharon secretly opposed the Iraq war in 2003, even traveling to Washington to tell Bush that an invasion will benefit the Iranians. If Lieberman did indeed represent Israel, would he have not taken a position closer to Sharon’s?

    So much for the author’s Jew bashing.

  16. Mary said on December 20th, 2009 at 1:34am #

    This is the Lieberman in Israel speaking. Is Avigdor related to Joe by any chance?

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday that the 10-month settlement freeze was simply a tactical move and not a real effort to stop settlement growth, Israeli media sources reported Friday.


  17. Shabnam said on December 20th, 2009 at 11:03am #

    [We now know, from various sources, that then PM Sharon secretly opposed the Iraq war in 2003, even traveling to Washington to tell Bush that an invasion will benefit the Iranians.]

    The reason is that Sharon wanted Bush to attack Iran FIRST, because he knew the ‘dual containment’ policy of the fifth column, Jewish Lobby made Iraq a weaken and divided country under the NO FLY ZIONE surveillance. The ‘dual containment’ carried out under the Zionist puppets, Clintons, and killed many, 650,000 people, majority of them were children less than 5 years of age. After the demise of the Soviet Union, Israel is using her influence in Washington and around the world to destroy Iran because Israel sees Iran as an obstacle against his expansionist policy in the region, from Africa to Central Asia. Therefore, Israel has hyped the legal enrichment program of Iran and using every single puppet in the WH to frighten the fools in US and around the world to bring them on board for a nuclear holocaust against Iran.
    Joe Lieberman is one of the many Zionists who is actively engaged to create millions of NEW customers for the Health and Pharmaceutical Corporation to increase their profitability even higher. The Wall Street put Barak Obama, a Jewish President as petras call it, in the White House under the direction of a zionist pro Israel, Rahm Emanuel.
    According to Taibbi & Kuttner, Obama manipulated the public to get the CURRENT bill to satisfy his sponsors, the Wall Street fat kids. Obama DID NOT want a public option, contrary to current belief; rather he used ‘public option’ in the beginning to frighten Republicans to bring them on board for the current bill.

    According to Taibbi on Bill Moyers ‘the journal’:
    Obama took more money from Wall Street than any other presidential candidate in history. Goldman Sachs was his number one private campaign contributor. And if you just look at the evidence, it’s just really business as usual. This is what the Democratic Party has done since the mid-’80s.
    With all lies coming from WH and its director, Rahm Emanuel, the ‘progressive’ Robert Kuttner said the following statement on ‘the Journal’:

    But, despite the immense power of Wall Street, Kuttner still believes that meaningful financial reform is possible, and that President Obama could change course, “I think there is a chance — I don’t think I would bet my life on it — but I think there’s a possibility that by the fall of 2010, looking down the barrel of a real election blowout, you could see him change course, if only for reasons of expediency, but hopefully for reasons of principle as well, if he feels that the public doesn’t have confidence that he is delivering the kind of recovery that the public needs.
    According to Taibbi & Kuttner Obama LIES when he recently said, 60 minutes, “I did not run for the office to help bunch of fat kids on the Wall Street.” This lies are said to fool the public. On the contrary, he, with the leadership of Rahm Emanuel has done everyone to help the fat kids on the Wall Street.
    Despite all lies and deceptions, the zionist lobby and its puppet, Obama, some of the ‘progressive’ groups cannot criticize him harshly because it may ‘help’ the Republican Party. This line of thinking is encouraged by the ‘progressive’ like Robert Kuttner, American Prospect. He said the lack of ‘social movement’ in the United State makes it hard to go after Obama, the Jewish president. One must ask who is responsible for lack of ‘social movement in the United States? I know, for example, the reason behind Iranian ‘socialist’ support of zionist project was the misleading information coming from the European ‘socialists’, majority of whom were trotskysts, and the role of the leading public intellectual of sixties and seventies era, Paul Sartre who was supportive of Israel and Zionism.
    American people must be united to bring the lobby down as soon as possible. Obama is a liar according to all informed opinion and serves no one except the Wall Street to keep him in the WH. He is expanding the war to help Israel expansionist policy.

  18. beverly said on December 20th, 2009 at 11:05am #

    Let’s hope that Lieberman and the Republicans DO derail Obama’s health care “deform” plan. The plan is nothing but a money giveaway bonanza for insurance and drug companies. The plan doesn’t kick in until after 2012 (conveniently AFTER the election) and still will leave millions underinsured via cheap plans with high deductibles and scant coverage as well as millions uninsured. The proposed public option (if it even makes the final cut) is the mother of all scams and will contain enough roadblocks to insure only a scant few people will qualify for it. Medicare and Medicaid – two plans that work – will be gutted to divert funds to private insurers.

    Let’s not forget how pro-lifers are stealthly gutting abortion access as their Congressfolk work language into the bill denying access to abortions – even if the woman pays for it with her own money. Most damning is how Congress (including all those pro-choice females who women’s mags always award with honors – despite their imperialist, warmongering, and related evil doings) and your President have agreed to this language. What’s next? Denying coverage for contraceptives too? Oh joy. More unplanned pregnancies that turn into more people who need insurance. Oh well. At least this provides the insurance industry with more customers.

    It’s past time so-called proponents of real health reform stopped acting as if Obama and Congress aim to do anything about this issue that will truly help people have access to affordable, quality healthcare. I am sick of the constant babble from those such as the author who regurgitate White House propaganda and perpetuate the line that Republicans and Joe Lieberman are thrwarting Obama’s quest to do what’s right for health care – even AFTER these babblers see the debate has been steered and the bill has been crafted by and to benefit insurance and drug companies.

    If Gillespie and others really give a damn about health care, they need to stop perpetuating the lies of Obama and 99% of Congress and work to quash this sham reform plan and fight like hell to get a single payer bill.

  19. Michael Gillespie said on December 20th, 2009 at 1:37pm #

    Several commenters have offered interesting arguments.

    It was not my intention to suggest that the White House and establishment Democrats in the Congress have fought as hard as they might have and should have for substantive health care insurance refrom. In the second paragraph of the piece I pointed to “the public option that is seen as essential to reform by many Democrats.” Obviously, and very unfortunately, there are far too few of those Democrats in the Congress and the White House! While I might have made my thinking in that regard clearer, I reject the charge that my article about Joe Lieberman, his ties to the insurance industry and the defense industry, and his committment to Israel right or wrong, along with his key role in preventing any meaningful investigation of rampant government corruption by SCHSGA , gives the Democratic Party establishment a pass on health care insurance reform or “perpetuates the lies of Obama and 99% of the Congress.”

    It is the deplorable lack of accountability for corruption, fraud, and malfeasance, a direct result of nonexistent oversight and investigation by the SCHSGA, that perpetuates business as usual in Washington, which is a cesspool of special interest money and influence. Much of the money that corrupts Washington politicians is readily available precisely because lucrative crimes and excesses go unstudied, uninvestigated, and are not prosecuted. When there is no accountability, corruption in government flourishes. I might have addressed Obama’s and the Democratic Party establishment’s failures more directly, but those are not the focus of the article. Joe Lieberman, his ties to powerful special interests and his ardent support for a foreign country, at enormous cost to America and Americans, and his role in the Senate as the chief obstruction to accountability in government operations, is.

    Lieberman’s political manuevering on health care insurance reform is an important part, but only a part, of a larger picture. It is well worth recalling that the Senate Democratic leaders had an opportunity, and many Democrats saw it as a responsibility, to strip Lieberman of his chairmanship of SCHSGA after he left the party, ran successfully as an Independent, and actively campaigned for the Republican candidate in the general election. They declined to do so. Why?

    The inability of Official Washington to function effectively, honestly, and more or less transparently in behalf of the best interests of the American people and the common good, a direct result of partisan politics and the corruption of government by powerful and influential special interests, may well bring about a catastrophic economic collapse in this country. The Senator from Aetna, Israel, and War, Inc., plays both sides of the fence politically while blocking any semblance of accountability for corruption.

  20. Deadbeat said on December 21st, 2009 at 3:05am #

    Robert Perry who uncovered the Iran-Contra scandal is in agreement with the author. You can read his article Is Joe Lieberman Protecting Israel? on Information Clearing House.