Three-card Monte... Congressional Style.

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Three-card Monte is a con game in which the victim is cheated because one or more of the cards they are betting is no longer present.


The Congressional Style of the game is where a bunch shills testify on a given subject...  but one or more of the people it impacts are not present.

A perfect example of this was presented last month when the The House Subcommittee on National Security held hearings on whether the U.S. Embassy should be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, thereby making Jerusalem the capital of Israel in violation of several international treaties & agreements.

The Three-card Monte part of it has to do with five people who was called as witnesses.  They were...

  • John Bolton (the neocon who helped Bush "sell" the invasion of Iraq to the American people)
  • Dore Gold (good buddy of Netanyahu who was Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry)
  • Morton Klein (President of the Zionist Organization of America **ahem**)
  • Eugene Kontorovich (a law professor who recently lived in an illegal, West Bank Israeli settlement.)
  • Michael Koplow  (Policy Director of the Israel Policy Forum and noted Zionist)

Notice the missing "card"?  

You've got five pro-Israel, pro-illegal settlement, pro-apartheid & war criminal loving Zionists...

Not a single damn representative of the people who the US & Israelis are planning to steal the international city from!

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Why do you suppose that is, hmmmmm???

You have five guys who support a terrorist state and no one to contradict their lies and propaganda...

Does that remind you of anything???

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Comment by koshersalaami on December 15, 2017 at 9:22am

While I certainly agree that calling all your witnesses from one side of an issue is seriously bogus, like an Arabist State Department official would have been way appropriate here, it's a very normal totalitarian tactic. You don't have to go all the way to Nazi to find it. It's practiced by plenty of oppressive people who don't engage in genocide and gas chambers. 

This issue in general has been framed disingenuously, and I don't mean by you. Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital doesn't ultimately have anything to do with whether the Palestinian capital becomes East Jerusalem in that Israel's capital was in Jerusalem for nineteen years before Israel even controlled East Jerusalem. Trump is managing to mangle his execution of recognition in such a way as to do the most harm possible but I don't think anyone expects Israel to move the Knesset. The whole idea of failing to acknowledge where a country's capital has been for nearly seventy years is distinctly weird, particularly given that the functioning capital is inside 1967 borders. The real question here is why it wasn't done over half a century ago. 

I favor recognition, though this was done really badly. I also favor locating a Palestinian capital within Jerusalem's borders. 

I don't favor how Congress handled this. This wasn't an inquiry, it was a rubber stamp. 

And, by the way, in order to steal Jerusalem from the Palestinians, they have to have owned it. They didn't. Jordan did. That being said, I'm still in favor of a Palestinian capital there. 

Comment by Ron Powell on December 15, 2017 at 6:14pm


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