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Published on July 7th, 2010 | by Eli Clifton

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The People Behind ‘Keep Israel Safe’ and ‘Stop Iran Now’

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The Weekly Standard’s blog has been the go-to source for those of us who follow the various astroturf groups springing up to hype the looming Iranian nuclear threat.

First, there was the end-of-April launch of Keep Israel Safe.  Keep Israel Safe is a joint project of Tom Rose, the former publisher of The Jerusalem Post and current contributing editor at The Weekly Standard, and Gary Bauer, a major player in the Christian right, long-time Kristol buddy, and charter member of The Project For a New American Century.

During his tenure at the The Jerusalem Post, Rose gained notoriety for pushing the paper’s editorial stance hard to the right and alienating his staff.

After Rose was fired from the paper in 2004, Bret Stephens, a former editor in chief at the Post and current Wall Street Journal columnist and editorial board member, wrote:

So many of us have been waiting for this day, and fighting for it, that we may be forgiven for thinking that Tom’s departure brings our problems to an end. It does not. It will be some time before we can undo the damage he wrought: To our finances, to our reputation, to our business relationships, to our morale, to the quality of our editorial product …. What we can say is that, with Tom gone, we can begin to address our problems in a rational and purposeful way.

Rose responded with a $2 million defamation lawsuit against Stephens. The case was dismissed by the trial judge, whose disposition was upheld by the appeals court.

Rose is also a right-wing radio talk show host who also founded America’s Voices for Israel, “… a US based not-for-profit organization that brings American radio and television talk show hosts broadcast [sic] their programs live from Israel for a week,” according to his agent’s website.

On Tuesday, The Weekly Standard’s blog was at it again, pushing the freshly minted Stop Iran Now, complete with its first (and perhaps only) ad.

Of course, that insufficiently bellicose presidents, particularly Democrats, should be compared to Neville Chamberlain has, over the past 40 years or so, become a neo-conservative cliche, but that didn’t stop the folks at Stop Iran Now from running it yet again (and again and again and again ad Hitlerum).  If Obama doesn’t “stop Iran now,” then he obviously will be responsible for a world war and a new Holocaust.

So who is Stop Iran Now?  It is a project of Citizens United, a conservative group which appears to specialize in producing documentaries and was immortalized earlier in January by the Supreme Court’s extremely controversial 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling that the First Amendment permits corporations to fund independent political broadcasts in elections to federal office.

The group’s list of productions includes: Nine Days That Changed The World; Generation Zero; Rediscovering God In America II; Perfect Valor; Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous With Destiny; We Have The Power; The Path to 9/11; Hype: The Obama Effect; Hillary: The Movie; Gingrich: Rediscovering God In America; Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration; ACLU: At War With America; Broken Promises: The UN at 60; and Celsius 41.11: The Truth Behind the Lies of Farenheit 9/11.

It’s clear that Stop Iran Now is the latest in a long series of politically motivated campaigns produced by Citizens United.

Director of Citizens United, David Bossie, has an impressive history of far-right partisanship and a bad habit of crossing the line into unethical territory.

In 1992, CBS News reported that Bossie harassed the family of a young woman in Arkansas, Susann Coleman, in an attempt to prove that she had committed suicide as a result of an affair with Bill Clinton.

Bossie was subsequently hired as an investigator by Sen. Lauch Faircloth and then by Rep. Dan Burton during the Whitewater hearings, but his willingness to cut corners resulted in his firing by then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, which is saying something.

SourceWatch writes:

“Bossie was fired from his job as an investigator working for Representative Dan Burton (R-IN) on the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee in 1998″[11] while “investigating Clinton-Gore campaign finances.”[12] According to a May 7, 1998, front-page article published by the Washington Post,[13] Bossie was fired “after overseeing the release of recordings of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s phone conversations with [imprisoned] Whitewater figure Webster L. Hubbell. The tapes were edited to create the impression that Clinton was involved in billing irregularities at the Arkansas law firm where she and Hubbell worked.”[14]

While The Weekly Standard keeps promoting groups like Keep Israel Safe and Stop Iran Now as grassroots movements, they appear instead to be the organizational expressions of fiercely partisan individuals with substantial means at their disposal (like Kristol himself). And they are trying hard to move the United States closer to war with Iran.

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Eli Clifton is a reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute who focuses on money in politics and US foreign policy. He previously reported for the American Independent New Network, ThinkProgress, and Inter Press Service.



26 Responses to The People Behind ‘Keep Israel Safe’ and ‘Stop Iran Now’

  1. avatar Jaime says:

    I wonder what word Harrison would use for those who say that all options are on the table, meaning that they are willing to use nuclear weapons on countries who just don’t want to obey the Empire. Aren’t they loonies? Surely, in Harrison’s view, they are the best example of common sense and rationality.

  2. avatar Jon Harrison says:

    Now, now, you mustn’t put words in my mouth. By the way, who in the U.S. government is advocating nuclear strikes anywhere? Only people with power can talk seriously about what options are on the table. So, is Obama or Biden or Gates or Mullen or Petraeus or anybody else threatening to nuke some country for “failing to obey the Empire?” Please cite your evidence and refrain from emotional displays of unsubstantiated opinion.

    This sort of nonsense is the washout from the sad turn America has taken since Dallas. The undoubted failures of the American system have overwhelmed the psyches of the weaker sorts among us, who must resort to monomania, exaggeration, and hysteria to form a picture of the world. They become near-crazy to avoid true insanity. Coping skills for the pathetic, one might say. And one must sympathize with these poor souls, for indeed the government has been nore than a bit crazy these last 47 or so years.

    My advice: seek professional help, or a monastery.

  3. avatar scott says:

    Actually jon, not only do you have holes in your logic, but you need to read more. The US in it’s strategic assessment/whatever under Bush stated that we WOULD use nukes in a first strike capacity against our enemies. At that very same time Bush coined the term Axis of Evil.

    That demonizing of Iran set back the reform movement, essentially bringing Ahmednijhad (sp) to power. Moussavi was president of Iran at the time, they were and even still continued to cooperate with US and NATO in Afghanistan.

    There was one other nuclear threat, these were nuclear tipped bunker busting bombs which were said to be specially designed for Iran’s underground nuclear program.

    These events VOIDED the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The first and principle article of the Nuclear NPT is that Nuclear armed powers would not threaten non-Nuclear armed countries with nukes. Israel’s inclusion or rogue status regarding NPT is irrelevant. Nuclear threats justify nukes. We’ve done as much as possible to undermine this principle without openly and clearly threatening to turn Iran to glass.

    As to loony-toons commentors and faulty logic, you ad hominem attack(s) certainly prove your claim.

  4. avatar Jaime says:

    It seems, Harrison, you are one of those who believe everybody is like you: brainwashed. Are you ready to eat your words? http://warnewsupdates.blogspot.com/2010/06/gates-all-options-on-table-to-prevent.html If you care, this link precisely shows Gates saying all options are on the table regarding Iran. Perhaps, despite the evidence, you will refuse it. So maybe you should read an Israeli publication http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3716807,00.html In the age of Internet, people cannot afford being fools with information; however, some never learn, right Harrison?

  5. israel is america/america is israel..jews now controlling america..so whats the different between two of it?america is israels proxy..

  6. avatar Robbie says:

    Iran had better be stopped and stopped soon. If Iran gets the bomb nobody will be safe.

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