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    Here's my guess.   Rahm and Obama are expecting pushback from AIPAC and some Dems for his regional peace initiative in the ME.  It happened with Clinton and it was ugly.   Rahm tried to preemptiveely neuter AIPAC and the old style DLC dems, by sending a message that there won't be a repeat.  
    Today on the Hill, AIPAC is backing a legislative initiative to increase sanctions on Iran by cutting off gasoline supplies.  Israel is saying "No ME peace negotiations until Iran threat is reduced" as a quid pro quo.  This is counter to Obama's preferred use of carrots and sticks, and his timetable.

    The AIPAC investigation (the one Harman waddled into) started in spring '99, when Clinton was wondering how ISrael seemed to know his policy deliberations before he did.   The former Leg Director of AIPAC states that his job was to undermine Clinton's ME Peace plans.  

    The messy bits are interesting.   But this is hardball on the hill.  It doesn't hurt Rahm to illustrate the "selective use of declassifying information, the way Bush admin used it to further specific agendas.

    Maybe AIPAC is right, but this is about a policy difference, and it is one between the DLC Old School Dems, and the new team.  

    Those who hear not the music-think the dancers mad

    by Eiron on Mon Apr 27, 2009 at 02:39:19 PM PDT

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