If Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, she will surely revisit her support for the Iraq War – and it may be a factor in the primaries if she does. But it’s not only on the Democratic side that the repercussions of that moral and strategic catastrophe will be aired. The Republican debate has been quashed for so long, but Rand Paul – peace be upon him – may help unquash it. David Corn passes along an old video in which Paul roundly accuses Cheney of going into Iraq because of his ties to Halliburton:
Of course, Paul has been a little more diplomatic of late – but YouTube is for ever. Meanwhile, as Sheldon Adelson literally buys politicians to advance his belief in Greater Israel, those Republicans willing to stand up against contracting out America’s foreign policy to West Bank fanatics are being targeted. Case in point:
Walter Jones is the first target. The ten-term North Carolina Republican has emerged as a leading antiwar voice in Congress. As a result, he faces a primary challenge from former George W. Bush aide Taylor Griffin—and a barrage of hostile spending from outside groups. The Emergency Committee for Israel has launched a six-figure ad campaign describing Jones as a convert to liberalism. “Once upon a time, Walter Jones was right for North Carolina but he’s changed,” says the narrator in the 30-second spot. “Isn’t it time your vote changed as well?”
It doesn’t matter, of course, that “Jones is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-gun, and has compiled one of the most reliable socially conservative records in Congress.” What matters is fealty to Jewish religious fundamentalists erecting a colonial state on the West Bank. The neocons may have lost most of the arguments. But they still have money and a willingness to lie. Expect them to use plenty of opportunities for both.