Did ‘the Jews’ silence former spook?

Journalist Philip Giraldi has been combatting undue Israel-influence on Washington for years. The author thinks he went too far in an article for Unz.com “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.” Giraldi had a long business relationship with The American Conservative (TAC) magazine and website.

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The editor of TAC cut ties with Giraldi once the article appeared Sept. 19, according to Giraldi. TAC said the article was unacceptable. Giraldi was described as a former CIA case officer and army intelligence officer who spent 20 years overseas in Europe and the Middle East working terrorism cases, before his falling out with TAC. He graduated from the University of Chicago and has a Ph.D. in European History from the University of London. TAC did not respond to an inquiry about this article.

Giraldi says he attempted to make several points concerning the consequences of Jewish political power vis-à-vis some aspects of U.S. foreign policy. He also named names. Bill Kristoll, David Frum, Max Boot and Bret Stephens were outed as war hawks on Iran. Giraldi added Mark Dubowitz, Michael Ledeen and Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies; Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum; John Podhoretz of Commentary magazine; Elliot Abrams of the Council on Foreign Relations; Meyrav Wurmser of the Middle East Media Research Institute; Kimberly Kagan of the Institute for the Study of War; and Frederick Kagan, Danielle Pletka and David Wurmser of the American Enterprise Institute. And you can also throw into the hopper entire organizations like The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) and the Hudson Institute to his list.

“They’re all Jewish, plus most of them would self-describe as neo-conservatives,” he wrote. “And I might add that only one of the named individuals has ever served in any branch of the American military – David Wurmser was once in the Navy reserve.”

As important as what Giraldi said is what he did not say. Giraldi did not say every single Jew in America is driving America’s wars. “Some individual American Jews and organizations with close ties to Israel, whom I named and identified, are greatly disproportionately represented in the government, media, foundations, think tanks and lobbying that is part and parcel of the deliberations that lead to formulation of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Inevitably, those policies are skewed to represent Israeli interests and do serious damage to genuine American equities in the region.”

His accurate report reporting has left the author with some familiar labels. Harvard law-god Alan Dershowitz referred to Giraldi as “a well-known anti-Semite” on national television. Critics also claim he is a conspiracy theorist.

Once former CIA analyst Valarie Plame Wilson retweeted Giraldi’s article, establishment critics attacked her as an anti-Semite. She reminded them of her Jewish heritage and tweeted, “Many neocon hawks ARE Jewish.” She latter bowed to public pressure and apologized.

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Should sports stick to athletic competition?

Sports are being used to make cultural and political commentary now more than ever before. Whether it is NFL players taking a knee or locking arms during the national anthem in the United States or a former tennis champion standing for traditional marriage in Australia, free speech is also under attack.

The more President Donald Trump denounces protesting football players, the more the attention of the protest moves from social justice to anti-Trump. When Jemele Hill, a black woman, called the president a “white supremacist” in a tweet, she was suspended for two weeks. A few years ago, a white commentator, Curt Schilling, was fired after posting a statement opposing transgender people from using bathrooms that do not match their birth gender. Both commentators were employed by ESPN. The disparity in their punishments has raised questions about free speech and culture at the Disney-owned sports network.

 

NFL

Free speech is also moving toward center stage in the NFL debate. The controversy arose in 2016 when then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem. He said he was protesting social injustice, particularly police shooting unarmed black men. A few players joined him. Hundreds, including several owners joined the protest this season after Trump began tweeting nasty remarks about players demonstrating.

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The NFL is facing a backlash. Television ratings and attendance are down. CBS, NBC, ESPN and Fox pay about $5 billion per year to the league for coverage rights. That deal expires in 2020. Much of that money goes to ever increasing player contracts. A Gallup poll released Oct. 13 shows the NFL has dropped 10 percent in popularity among U.S. adults between 2012 and 2017.

Kaepernick accuses NFL owners of not signing him since Kaepernick walked out of his contract with the 49ers earlier this year. The quarterback’s high-priced lawyer says it is all about politics.

However, the 49ers were 1-10 with Kaepernick at the helm in 2016. His ESPN qb rating—a measure of quarterback performance that incorporates all of a quarterback’s contributions to winning, including how he impacts the game on passes, rushes, turnovers and penalties—was 49.5. The highest in the league was 79.6; the lowest was 37.5. Kaepernick’s passing rating was 90.7, No. 16 among 30 qualifiers. Passer ratings are calculated using a player’s passing attempts, completions, yards, touchdowns, and interceptions.

Should homosexuality be forced on society?

If you think America is the only place sports and politics are interwoven, think again. The winningest women’s tennis player of all-time is under fire in Australia for supporting heterosexuality. She and a former WNBA player Candice Wiggins were both scrutinized for claiming their sports were full of lesbians.

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Some claim athletes influence on social change is many who have come out as members of the LGBT community thus challenging social stereotypes and influencing more acceptance of LGBTs. Some ask if that is a good thing? Others point to the negative example set by athletes who say “I am not a role model.”

Tennis champ rebuked

Margaret Court, the women with the most Grand Slam major titles in history, was forced out of the Cotteslove Tennis Club in Perth. Now a Pentecostal pastor, Court’s sin is opposing a same-sex marriage referendum underway down under.

“No amount of legislation or political point-scoring can ever take out of the human heart the knowledge that in the beginning God created them male and female and provided each with a unique sexual function to bring forth new life,” Court was quoted in The West Australian newspaper in an interview last month. “To dismantle this sole definition of marriage and try to legitimize what God calls abominable sexual practices that include sodomy, reveals our ignorance as to the ills that come when society is forced to accept law that violates their very own God-given nature of what is right and what is wrong.”’

Vote

Australia is embroiled in a national, non-binding same-sex marriage vote. Voters have until Nov. 7 to mail their votes. The results are scheduled to be announced Nov. 15. Parliament is expected to vote on changing the marriage law if “yes” votes win.

Australia has a “temporary” ban on “hate speech” through the end of the election. Those found guilty of vilifying, intimidating or threatening harm “on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status or religion” could face a $10,000 fine. Australian Conservatives Sen. Cory Bernardi told ‘No” supporters that a change to the Marriage Act could lead to the criminalization of thoughts or speech, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Confusing children?

Court says she does not use Qantas airlines in protest of the company’s support for same-sex marriage. Further she opposes the country’s SafeSchools anti-bullying program. It, Court said, leaves children confused by telling them it is permissible to identify with a gender other than their birth sex.

“There is a whole plot in our nation and in the nations of the world today to get the minds of the children,” Court said. “That’s what Hitler did and that’s what communism did – got the mind of the children. And there’s a whole plot in our nation, and in the nations of the world to get the minds of the children.”