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    Interesting play be Deep Neocons (L).
    H/T GG:

    Bomb Libya and take its oil: Biden budget chief pick Neera Tanden agreed with Trump
    Ben Norton·November 30, 2020

    Leaked Emails From Pro-Clinton Group Reveal Censorship of Staff on Israel, AIPAC Pandering, Warped Militarism

    The Center for American Progress censored its own writers to placate anger from AIPAC and embraced some shockingly extreme policies of militarism.

    Glenn Greenwald
    November 5 2015

    LEAKED INTERNAL EMAILS from the powerful Democratic think tank Center for American Progress (CAP) shed light on several public controversies involving the organization, particularly in regard to its positioning on Israel. They reveal the lengths to which the group has gone in order to placate AIPAC and long-time Clinton operative and Israel activist Ann Lewis —including censoring its own writers on the topic of Israel.
    The emails also provide crucial context for understanding CAP’s controversial decision to host an event next week for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. That event, billed by CAP as “A Conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,” will feature CAP President Neera Tanden and Netanyahu together in a Q&A session as they explore “ways to strengthen the partnership between Israel and the United States.” That a group whose core mission is loyalty to the White House and the Democratic Party would roll out the red carpet for a hostile Obama nemesis is bizarre, for reasons the Huffington Post laid out when it reported on the controversy provoked by CAP’s invitation.

    Neera Tanden, president of Center for American Progress, Nov. 10, 2014.
    Photo: Mel Evans/AP

    The emails, provided to The Intercept by a source authorized to receive them, are particularly illuminating about the actions of Tanden (right), a stalwart Clinton loyalist as well as a former Obama White House official. They show Tanden and key aides engaging in extensive efforts of accommodation in response to AIPAC’s and Lewis’ vehement complaints that CAP is allowing its writers to be “anti-Israel.” Other emails show Tanden arguing that Libyans should be forced to turn over large portions of their oil revenues to repay the U.S. for the costs incurred in bombing Libya, on the grounds that Americans will support future wars only if they see that the countries attacked by the U.S. pay for the invasions. For years, CAP has exerted massive influence in Washington through its ties to the Democratic Party and its founder, John Podesta, one of Washington’s most powerful political operatives. The group is likely to become even more influential due to its deep and countless ties to the Clintons. As the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent put it earlier this year: CAP “is poised to exert outsized influence over the 2016 president race and — should Hillary Clinton win it — the policies and agenda of the 45th President of the United States. CAP founder John Podesta is set to run Clinton’s presidential campaign, and current CAP president Neera Tanden is a longtime Clinton confidante and adviser.”

    The recent CAP announcement of the Netanyahu event has generated substantial confusion and even anger among Democratic partisans. Netanyahu “sacrificed much of his popularity with the Democratic Party by crusading against the Iran nuclear deal,” the Huffington Post noted. Netanyahu has repeatedly treated the Obama White House as a political enemy. Indeed, just today, Netanyahu appointed “as his new chief of public diplomacy a conservative academic who suggested President Obama was anti-Semitic and compared Secretary of State John Kerry’s ‘mental age’ to that of a preteen.”

    A core objective of Netanyahu’s trip to Washington is to re-establish credibility among progressives in the post-Obama era. For that reason, the Huffington Post reported, “the Israeli government pushed hard for an invite to” CAP and “was joined by [AIPAC], which also applied pressure to CAP to allow Netanyahu to speak.”
    The article quoted several former CAP staffers angered by the group’s capitulation to the demands of the Israeli government and AIPAC; said one: Netanyahu is “looking for that progressive validation, and they’re basically validating a guy who race-baited during his election and has disavowed the two-state solution, which is CAP’s own prior work.” Matt Duss, a former foreign policy analyst at CAP, said “the idea that CAP would agree to give him bipartisan cover is really disappointing” since “this is someone who is an enemy of the progressive agenda, who has targeted Israeli human rights organizations throughout his term, and was re-elected on the back of blatant anti-Arab race-baiting.” Yet another former CAP staffer, Ali Gharib, published an article in The Nation noting that Netanyahu has all but formally aligned himself with the GOP, writing: “That a liberal institution feels the need to kowtow to AIPAC in a climate like this speaks volumes about either how out of touch or how craven it can be.”

    The list of CAP employees who received the AIPAC stamp of approval is telling indeed: “Jeff is a big fan of Rudy and Brian.” “Rudy” is Rudy DeLeon, who, in addition to serving as a CAP senior fellow and being a former Pentagon official, is now a member of the board of directors of General Dynamics; he’s literally being paid by weapons manufacturers as he helps manage CAP’s positions. “Brian” is Brian Katulis, also a CAP senior fellow whose “work focuses on U.S. national security policy in the Middle East and South Asia”; he simultaneously works as a senior adviser to the “strategic consulting” firm Albright Stonebridge Group, “assisting clients with issues related to the Middle East and South Asia.” Katulis was one of the first to publicly distance CAP from the work of its own writers on Israel.

    That is who AIPAC demanded shape CAP’s positions, and that is exactly what AIPAC got: people literally paid by the permanent corporate war faction in Washington to promote its agenda and serve its interests.


    Biden Appointee Neera Tanden Spread the Conspiracy That Russian Hackers Changed Hillary's 2016 Votes to Trump

    How can Democrats and allied media outlets credibly oppose unhinged conspiracy theories and attacks on U.S. election legitimacy while empowering its worst purveyors?

    Glenn Greenwald

    "Russian Interference": "Suspected Russian spy" Guccifer 2.0's phone was registered in Israel

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    Another Neocon that will be added to the Biden administration.
    "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration is minding my own business."

    Calvin Coolidge

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    Another Neocon that will be added to the Biden administration.
    Seems that way.

    Tanden nomination is reminder of Democrats’ resistance to Iran deal, Palestinian human rights

    By Philip Weiss December 1, 2020 Biden’s nomination to OMB of Neera Tanden, a political operator who fawned over Netanyahu in the weeks after he tried to destroy the Iran deal in 2015, and censored Israel critics after they were smeared as antisemitic in 2012, shows how ensconced the Israel lobby is in the Democratic Party.

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    After Tanden’s thinktank got millions from UAE, it went easy on Yemen slaughter and MBS

    By James North December 7, 2020

    Neera Tanden’s nomination for a post in Joe Biden’s Cabinet is in trouble — and part of her problem is the financial ties between the liberal think tank she ran and the United Arab Emirates, the undemocratic Gulf oil sheikdom.
    Tanden has headed the influential Center for American Progress for the past 9 years. The Washington Post, to its great credit, scoured the CAP’s donor list — and found worrying links to powerful U.S. financial firms, like Bain Capital, Blackstone and Evercore. CAP also got donations from Walmart, and the defense contractor Northrup Grumman. The Post didn’t even get to the UAE connection until Paragraph 23 of its exposé, explaining that the sheikhdom gave between $1.5 million and $3 million in recent years. So far, Tanden is hiding from the paper’s reporters who sought her response.
    The UAE link looks very bad, because the Post article suggested that Tanden’s organization may have not criticized the UAE and the sheikhdom’s close ally, Saudi Arabia, because of the gift. The Intercept had already sharply raised doubts, in January 2019, charging that CAP had

    fired two staffers suspected of being involved in leaking an email exchange that staffers thought reflected improper influence by the United Arab Emirates within the think tank. . .
    The Washington Post provided several pieces of evidence that the UAE financial link may have corrupted Tanden’s organization:
    After Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi’s 2018 murder at the hands of Saudi officials, CAP put out a statement denouncing the “heinous and reprehensible act” but stopped short of demanding specific consequences to punish the kingdom. The think tank also declined to go to bat for a bipartisan resolution in the Senate aimed at ending U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen.
    A Saudi/UAE aerial onslaught against Yemen’s de facto government has killed tens of thousands of civilians and triggered an awful cholera epidemic.

    The Post also pointed to an unsigned June 2017 essay at the CAP’s website that praised the rise of Mohammed bin Salman as the Saudi crown prince, contending his promotion would lead to “a long era of stability at the top” and “economic and social reforms.”

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