“When will the American people ever develop the recognition, courage and conviction of the Lebanese, Tunisians, and Egyptians?”
AIPAC is a convenient Cover for CIA to hide behind...Hence no need to do any significant disclosures to Congress or its Intelligence Committees about any significant covert activities or extra-judicial operations spanning decades. The only exceptions, which won't be repeated anytime soon, were BCCI or Iran-Contra, to name a few ...
AIPAC is a perfect "cover", it gives overwhelming control of Congress to CIA without having to move a finger...and to Hell with the Foreign Policies of Foggy Bottom or any Justice for Palestinians, Lebanese, or Freedom, the rule of law, good governance and Democracy in faraway places...
AIPAC & Co. are priceless to CIA, and the Middle East can go to Hell as far as they are concerned, and that has been proven to be the case since the 1960s!
AIPAC, JStreet, Jinsa, WINEP, their coteries etc. and all the NGOs, NED, Freedom House, USAID or the likes, work hand in hand with CIA and their Israeli counterparts everywhere... The world is changing fast. Will that change the equation described here above???
At the same time, we’ve been bamboozled into believing all sorts of propaganda (i.e., concerning the myth of our exceptionalism, etc., etc.), along with being poorly educated as a whole (keeping us dumbed down and easily controlled) so as to be unable to think for ourselves without some commentator (manipulating talking head for the most part) explaining the meaning of everything in a simple and disjointed way so that the dots can’t be connected between various happenings and their underlying causes. So we simply “can’t see the forest for the trees.”
There are also all of the distracting toys, the common cultural themes and TV programs propping up the myths (i.e., that you, too, can be a U.S. President or a billionaire if only you work hard enough and climb up the ladder, you need and deserve this thing being sold via the relentless ads or else you won’t be happy or have a strong sense of self-worth, you must keep up with the Jones family, we as a nation need to kindly spread democracy throughout the world, etc.). These interpretations of reality are pounded into Americans day after day, week after week and year after year so as to create an artificial reality, a fantasy world, that overtakes the more accurate truths.
Then, too, there’s that whole business of rugged individualism rather than a strong sense of strong enduring ties to community so that only the nuclear family (which is mobile from place to place) is the intact unit in many locations, along with a deep sense of anomie and apathy further creating isolation and self-centeredness. (Remember Kitty? Murder of Kitty Genovese – )
Add a steady diet of capitalist values in the mix fostering ruthless competition since early school days (i.e., “gotta get the grade” and “gotta get ahead of the pack to be the winner”) and, despite some signs to the contrary, it doesn’t seem as if everyone will coordinate to rise up for a long time — a time when much is much worse across the board. Heck, even the far left can’t “get it together” to overcome differences to be a strong coordinated force for positive change.
So all considered, we can expect the economic and other disparities, and rifts in our society to get lots bigger in immediate times to come. Simultaneously, crumbs will periodically be thrown from the plates of the uber-elites so as to temporarily and minimally placate (provide false hope) in order for the whole mess to continue pretty much unchallenged.
By such means and given our background overall, the status-quo will remain un-disrupted for the most part with everyone increasingly desperate and fearful to not lose his piece of the proverbial pie. Therefore, most Americans, it seems to me, will mostly readily conform to the predominant social order (while grumbling behind the scenes) in order to get his piece while ignoring his fellows in homeless shelters, tent cities, etc, just as they, while yelling empty slogans like “support our troops, basically ignore the plights of the Middle Easterners, who are under the lash of our foreign wars...