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Israel, Big Money and Obama

By MARGARET KIMBERLEY | August 18, 2010

“Barack Obama has established a strong record as a true friend of Israel, a stalwart defender of Israel’s security, and an effective advocate of strengthening the steadfast U.S.-Israel relationship, publicly stating that Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state should never be challenged.”

– Lester Crown

Lester Crown is a Chicagoan with a net worth of four billion dollars. He owns a large stake in and is a former president and board chairman of defense contractor General Dynamics. He also has held large holdings in Hilton Hotels, Maytag (now Whirlpool), and the Chicago Bulls and New York Yankees.

Crown was an early supporter of Barack Obama’s candidacy first for the U.S. Senate, and then for president. He is one of the first and one of his most prodigious fundraisers. As the Obama presidential campaign website says, the candidate “… systematically built a sophisticated, and in many ways quite conventional, money machine.” The Crowns were an integral part of that machinery. One of Lester Crown’s children, James Crown, personally bundled $500,000 in campaign contributions for Obama and served as chairman of the Illinois fund raising effort. Lester Crown and his wife Renee hosted a fundraiser for Obama in 2007 at their home. The event invitation made it clear; their support for Obama was due to his support of Israel, its “right to exist“ and his willingness to strike militarily against Iran.

Every American president has wealthy individuals and families dedicated to getting them elected. The reliance of candidates for public office on the largesse of the rich may be common and expected, but it is nonetheless extremely dangerous. This corruption insures access for the rich, which guarantees that their interests are at the top of any president’s agenda, usually at the expense of what is good for everyone else.

For Lester Crown the top issue on his agenda is Israel. As he has said himself, “While my involvement in politics is motivated by a variety of issues, there is one issue that is fundamental: My deep commitment to Israel and to a strong U.S.-Israel relationship that strengthens both Israel’s security and its efforts to seek peace.”

According to a recently published article in The Atlantic, Israeli general Amos Yadlin traveled to Chicago in an effort to enlist Crown’s help in convincing the administration to attack Iran. White House visitor logs show that Crown did in fact visit the White House in April of this year to meet with Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu applied “hidden pressure” on Obama which came “from Chicago.”

When asked about this report, Crown denied only that Yadlin traveled to Chicago. He confirmed that the two spoke and were in agreement about wanting the United States to attack Iran. “ ‘I support the president,” Crown said. ‘But I wish [administration officials] were a little more outgoing in the way they have talked. I would feel more comfortable if I knew that they had the will to use military force, as a last resort. You cannot threaten someone as a bluff. There has to be a will to do it.’ ”

Lester Crown’s opinions are not like anyone else’s two cents. He is a defense contractor, meaning he has a personal interest in maintaining the state of permanent war for the United States. He is also a very wealthy man who worked hard to get Barack Obama elected. Crown’s October 1, 2007 fundraiser was directed primarily at Jewish contributors who may have been insufficiently convinced of Obama‘s support for maintaining the status quo in America‘s relations with Israel. The event invitation read in part, “The purpose of the evening is to show Barack how appreciative we are of his steadfast, honest and proud support of Israel.”

Those are the words out of Crown’s own mouth. No one should be squeamish about questioning his actions and his motives and the very fact that a private citizen conducts foreign policy in secret. Lester Crown was not elected to any office, he was not appointed to pursue foreign policy on behalf of the government, he hasn‘t been confirmed by the United States Senate. If congress had even a small amount of courage, Crown would be subpoenaed to testify about his communications with Yadlin and with the president and his advisors.

The story of a presidential campaign contributor’s contacts with a general of a foreign nation’s military ought to be front page news. Sadly, that lack of coverage is not surprising. The corporate controlled media would reveal too much about themselves if they told us the truth about the little bit of democracy we have left. No one becomes a serious presidential contender without first passing muster with the Lester Crowns of the world. All of which means that American style democracy is little more than a sham. Iowans and New Hampshirites don’t determine who will be president. The Crowns and their ilk are the ones who get to choose before anyone pulls a lever in a voting booth.

The story of Lester Crown’s foray into foreign policy will not make headlines as it should. Congress will not question him under oath. Only individuals who are interested enough and savvy enough will know a little of the tale of how a nation’s people gave up their rights so the rich might have their way. The issue at hand for Lester Crown is Israel, but the CEOs and board chairmen of other industries hold sway in their spheres as much as Lester Crown does in his.

There will always be people of great wealth who influence what happens to people in the rest of world. Today Israel, tomorrow big pharma, and big oil the day after that. BP poisons the Gulf of Mexico with impunity and Lester Crown wants to commit a crime of his own. The only crime worse than an attack on Iran is acquiescence in the face of corporate control of our lives.

Margaret Kimberley is a columnist for the Black Agenda Report. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgandaReport.Com.

August 20, 2010 - Posted by | Progressive Hypocrite, Wars for Israel


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  2. Things are going fine for the Crowns. Money from the government for defense contracting, which includes being #1 in Wapo’s post-9-11 security state. Another influential Jewish-American, Jeffy Immelt of General Electric, also worked to get this particular puppet elected. He also gets a boat-load from the Fed, including from finance bailout. These guys, along with others, got together as Catalyst, because apparently Hillary Clinton was not going to be generous enough to their interests – hard to imagine. Anyway, they conspired to lie, cheat and install another puppet presidency – and it was at least partly paid for with our taxes, and certainly paid for with our dollars spent making these rich men richer so they could run our country like war lords.

    Democracy? Demockracy, shmockracy. Listen to Crown: “there is one issue that is fundamental: My deep commitment to Israel and to a strong U.S.-Israel relationship that strengthens both Israel’s security and its efforts to seek peace.” Note that in the “relationship” there is nothing for the US, whereas the word “both” could fool you into thinking he was saying the relationship benefited both. No, this US-paid “defense” contractor cares only for his one fundamental issue: Israel.

    For Israel’s sake free speech, elections and representative government laid to waste and they still have the nerve to talk about democracy.


    Comment by G Street | August 20, 2010

    • Another reason that they may have backed Obama over Hillary or McCain is that, while they could all three be relied upon to carry forward the same agenda, they decided that Obama could do it most effectively.


      Comment by aletho | August 20, 2010

  3. Let’s recap on recent events:

    27 Mossad agents use American money transfer sites to carry out an assassination on a Palestinian in Dubai. They also used falsified passports from more than 6 countries.

    Lebanese intercept transmissions from zionist drone aitcraft proving it was responsible for the assassiantion of Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

    A “Palestinian” who works for Shin Beit is caught attacking the Turkish embassy.

    Izraeli forces attack a peaceful aid ship in international waters and claim self defense while killing 9 people.

    And we’re supposed to believe that Hamas is the terrorist threat?

    Excuse me but if it looks like a terrorist and acts like a terrorist, IT’S a TERRORIST.

    Obama is nothing more than a talking head for us to focus on. I am reminded of the words of Edward Bernays in his book, “Propaganda”.

    “If you manufacture an authoritative figure who repeats the same messages over and over, that this will appeal to the masses of conscious desires.”

    Now combine that with Goebbel’s statement.

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.”

    What is happening to not only America but the world is perhaps the greatest psychological crime in the history of mankind. Certainly no more than the ending of a vicious, brutal cycle that has been repeating itself for a very long time. Only this time it will be different, on a different scale completely. What the German nazi movement did during WWII in keeping the truth about the horrendous things taking place to all types of people, neighbors that never harmed anyone, was just a phase in the development of this evil. And I call it that for lack of a better term without any religious context what-so-ever.

    I am not religious. I am a person that seeks the truth and in that truth I also have may questions. That does not mean that I do not believe in an overarching ‘good’ or ‘truth’ from which we see the great diversity of the lifeforms and their cycles.

    I believe that the conflict we see between these two factions is merely another truth we ought to percieve. To ignore the fact that we have no control of our lives, our destinies, those destinies of our children, and no ability to stop the madness that insane men make in our name is treasonous to man. All forms of racism are repunant to society so we have to accept that fact…or perish.


    Comment by James B | August 20, 2010

  4. Imagine you’re in a movie theatre, and during the part in the beginning of it all where they show ‘Coming Attractions’, you notice that ever so quietly in the aisles, someone is scurrying around the floor and going into your pants pockets and your wive’s purse, stealthily, quietly…and yet, you’re transfixed by the huge ape on the screen with the airplane in it’s one paw, and a blonde leggy woman in the other paw..

    Political showcase faked reality is like this. You are watching an illusion. You’re transfixed by it, because it’s got three dimensional quality, and damn, that cool DOLBY sound, but you know in your subconscious that outside the walls of the theatre it’s rainy and you’ve left the windows down in your car.

    World wide politics are a huge simulator of reality that never was. Oh, you get to hear the speeches, and see the waving, gesticulating arms, the baby kissing, and the bullshit promises of; “oh, I PROMISE I’LL END THE WAR” (haahahahahahhah!) and I’ll close those unsightly BLACK SITE PRISONS (more hahahahahahahaaha…if you aren’t vomiting already!) but, again, in your subliminal mind, you are linked to a gut feeling, a visceral knowing that those are just LIES and BULLSHIT but goddamn, they sure sound good, that smile beats the CHIMP LIKE SMIRK of the last Max Headroom you watched do the last series of pretty lies.

    You know, if you trained a lab chimp, for 40 plus years, it would at least learn something.

    But not in Amerika, or perhaps, in Britain, or any of these other nations ruled by ‘shadow governments’ but the people are fixated and hypnotized by PRETTY LIES and DECEIT.

    I truly think that given all the evidence, even a LAB CHIMP would look at what’s going on now, and just laugh it’s ass off and guffaw at it.

    Not in Amerika, or Britain. And we’re only in COMING ATTRACTIONS…which are about as real as the rest of the bullshit and lies you’re about to have spoon fed to your pablum wolfing non-thinking, non-analyzing brain next..

    Why do people keep focusing on the obviously unreal and have no clue that it never, ever mattered what any of these fake and clearly uni-dimensional false prophets of prosperity and LIES, ever does?



    Comment by O'boner is no longer relevant in the grand scheme of things, perhaps never was, nor was Bush I, or II, either.. | August 21, 2010



    Comment by Mihail | August 22, 2010

  6. Why has no one mentioned 9/11 as the center of the “Big Lie” and that the US complied with Zionist designs to get the public acquiescent to follow the conspiracy of disinformation and repression of honest questions as to where the US Air Force was that morning!

    Obama proved himself as a weakling upon entering the white house with Gaza still smoking, bodies in the rubble, and the world shocked. Obama only move was to replenish the US arms Israel illegally used to commit Crimes Against Humanity as always.

    Elections are a fraud by design, or they would not have been ever considered safe by the neo-aristocrats aka “our founding fathers’ who crafted a plutocracy with a graduat


    Comment by Bill Mitchell | August 22, 2010

  7. … who crafted a plutocracy with a graduated franchise for males only, depending on their ownership of land.

    With Universal Prosecution for War Crimes an option, it is time the Lester Crown and his equivalents are apprehended and tried, and sentenced to life in prison.


    Comment by Bill Mitchell | August 22, 2010

  8. For some good insight into the Israeli mindset,go


    Comment by Doug P. | August 26, 2010

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