Twin crises on opposite ends of the world have been engineered by the old Boston business consultant team of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Binyamin Netanyahu have served as a «price tag» penalty for President Obama for daring to pull back support for an Israeli military attack on Iran.
Right-wing illegal Jewish settlers on the West Bank and east Jerusalem have launched terrorist attacks and vandalism against Palestinians whenever Israeli, Palestinian, or international action is taken against the Jewish settlement program.
Those who launch the attacks are, for the most part, political allies of Netanyahu.
Netanyahu, who has been very vocal in his criticism of Obama and some in the Western media for not supporting an immediate Israeli attack on Iran, has denied he is trying to interfere in the U.S. presidential election by supporting Romney over Obama.
However, a secretly taped video of Romney speaking to a group of wealthy Florida donors earlier this year provides ironclad proof of Netanyahu’s political connections to the Romney campaign.
Romney told donors, «I have a very good team of extraordinarily experienced, highly successful consultants, a couple of people in particular who have done races around the world, I didn’t realize it. These guys in the U.S. – the Karl Rove equivalents – they do races all over the world: in Armenia, in Africa, in Israel. I mean, they work for Bibi Netanyahu in his race So they do these races and they see which ads work, and which processes work best, and we have ideas about what we do over the course of the campaign. I’d tell them to you, but I’d have to shoot you».
Manufacturing twin political crises: one over a controversial American and/or Israeli-made anti-Muslim film that resulted in the siege of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya and the deaths of four personnel, including the U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens, and a very tense Chinese-Japanese crisis over the disputed Diaoyu (as they are known in Chinese) or Senkaku (as they are known in Japanese) uninhabited islands in the East China Sea that could bring the U.S., via its treaty obligations with Japan, into a conflict with China, have rocked the Obama administration’s foreign policy…
The appearance that Obama cannot handle dual world crises has played into the hands of Romney and his neo-conservative pro-Israeli advisers.
After another American president, Jimmy Carter, forced Israel into making concessions in concluding a peace treaty with Egypt in the Camp David Accords, Carter was faced with a 444-day siege of the U.S. embassy in Tehran in which 52 U.S. citizens were seen blind folded by their Iranian captors every night on American television.
Carter’s response to the crisis led to attacks from the Ronald Reagan-George H W Bush campaign and Carter eventually lost the election to the more pro-Israeli Reagan.
After the hostages were released at the very hour Reagan took the oath of office, it was soon revealed that members of the Reagan campaign, working through Israeli go-betweens, secretly negotiated with the Ayatollah Khomeini government to keep the hostages captive until after the November 1980 presidential election, which Carter lost in a landslide.
Carter’s bitter lesson weighed heavily on successive American presidents who realized that to stand up to Israel was to sign their own political death warrant. Kow-towing to Israel was White House policy until President Obama’s term.
And it is clear that in Obama’s case, he is experiencing a «price tag» attack for failing to acquiesce blindly to Netanyahu’s war plans.
Curiously, in his secretly-taped remarks to the deep-pocketed Republican funders, Romney discussed Carter’s problem in Iran with the hostage situation.
In talking about the «Jimmy Carter election,» he postulated that the continued presence of the hostages and the failed U.S. rescue mission contributed to Carter’s defeat, adding «if something of that nature presents itself I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity».
One person who helped expose Romney’s opportunistic plans was, ironically, James Carter IV, the grandson of President Carter, the researcher who helped break the Romney «secret video» story.
The YouTube release of the anti-Muslim film trailer, «The Innocence of Muslims,» which portrays the Prophet Mohammed in derogatory and unflattering terms.
Although the rabid Israel Lobby in the United States has worked overtime denying any Jewish involvement in the production of the film trailer that sparked violent anti-U.S. protests across the globe, there was an early claim by a man claiming to be a «Sam Bacile». alsospelled «Bassiel,» that he was an Israeli national and California real estate developer who was paid $5 million by 100 Jewish donors to produce the trailer and the film.
Although a Coptic Christian Egyptian-American named Nakoula Basselley Nakoula later surfaced in some news reports as the actual producer and distributor of the film, another name surfaced in a report on the website Buzzfeed: Jimmy Israel, also a California real estate developer, whose web site, jimmyisrael.com, helped promote the film.
The Netanyahu government would have every reason to use the Egyptian Copts in a «false flag» that would have the result of causing inter-religious warfare in Egypt, now governed by a Muslim Brotherhood administration led by President Mohammed Morsi.
It has been the practice of successive Israeli governments to promote fratricide between Arabs as a method of taking attention off Israel’s brutal treatment of the Palestinians.
The remarks by Romney that he had the support of Karl Rove-like advisers to Netanyahu, his comparison of the elections of 1980 and 2012, and the sudden appearance of the anti-Islam film and its connections to Jewish «worthies» in California, point to a crisis manufactured by Netanyahu and his agenst of influence in the United States to benefit Romney.
Add to the crisis brought about by the anti-Muslim film the sudden onset of the Sino-Japanese war talk over some desolate islands, and one can only suspect outside interference designed to exacerbate global tensions. Just like the suspicious nature of the film, there are suspicious activities that have helped stoke the flames between China and Japan.
Just as tempers were flaring over the disputed islands, Japan’s ambassador-designate to China, Shinichi Nishiyama, was found unconscious on a Tokyo street near his home. Three days later, Nishiyama was dead from «unknown causes».
Prior to the suspicious death, amid angry and sometimes violent anti-Japanese protests throughout China, local «hooligans» tore off the Japanese flag from the car of the Japanese ambassador in Beijing, a move denounced by Chinese Foreign Ministry officials.
The crisis over the islands was followed by the sudden disappearance from public view of Chinese president-elect Xi Jinping, who is viewed as pro-China, and the rise in the political stock of Tokyo’s neo-imperialist Governor Shintaro Ishihara, who wanted to buy the Senkakus from its private owners.
When the Japanese government cut off Ishihara’s plans by buying the islands and nationalizing them, the Chinese responded in anger.
Ishihara, who has also been critical of the U.S. and wants to partially restore Japan’s militaristic policies, may soon have a powerful ally in his son, Nobutero Ishihara, his son who is vying for control of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, expected to sweep the next election.
The elder Ishihara is the author of the anti-U.S. book, «Japan That Can Say No», which pushes a policy of independence from Washington, a policy that has resonance among Netanyahu and his government.
A two-front crisis in the Middle East and East Asia, just like the twin crises of the U.S. hostages in Tehran and the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan may be just what Romney had in mind when he spoke of «opportunities» from a «Jimmy Carter election» crisis.
Wayne Madsen, Strategy Culture Foundtion