May 6th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Rabbi Lerner on Jimmy Carter--5/4/07

Rabbi Lerner on Jimmy Carter--5/4/07

Our Meeting with Jimmy Carter


Posted Friday, May 04 2007
On May 2, some leaders of the Network of Spiritual Progressives and NSP
invited other Jewish, Christian and Islamic leaders to a private meeting
with former U.S. president Jimmy Carter to discuss Israel/Palestine and
also our strategy for homeland security: the Strategy of Generosity and
the Global Marshall Plan. Here's what happened at the meeting.


The Carter Meeting, May 2, 2007.

On Wednesday, I met with former president of the U.S. Jimmy Carter. The
two of us chatted about a wide range of issues.

Carter was in Berkeley to speak at the University of California, invited
by the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC). He
addressed some 2,500 students in Zellerbach Hall (tickets were
distributed by a lottery because there were far more students wishing to
hear him than there were places available).

His talk to the students was clear, powerful, unambiguous and, in the
context of contemporary American politics, courageous (as he has been
consistently since he published the book /Palestine: Peace Not
Apartheid/. He has been widely attacked in the Jewish world for that
book, with the attacks ranging from personal to political. For those of
you who read Tikkun and our interview with Carter in the Jan/Feb issue,
you may think “Carter’s views have been presented and are well
understood.” But in fact his views have been distorted in the media,
particularly the Jewish media (namely, the weekly newspapers in major
cities around the U.S. that are published by the UJA/Federation of the
Jewish community). The stories range from claims that Carter is critical
of Israeli policy because the Carter Center receives money from Arab
sources to claims that his book is filled with historical errors.

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Chris Keeley

Patrick Foy, The Kissinger Connection--5/4/07

The Kissinger Connection

Posted by Patrick Foy <http://www.takimag.com/site/print/306/#> on May
04, 2007

You may have noticed that George Tenet prefers to talk about the
aftermath of “Operation Iraqi Freedom”, to wit, the U.S. occupation and
the Iraqi insurgency. He admits that the CIA did get some things
wrong—such as certifying the existence of weapons of mass destruction in
Iraq when, in fact, those weapons and stockpiles had been destroyed
years before, under UN supervision. In the next breath, Tenet takes
pride that the CIA began warning the Administration early on about the
insurgency. He deeply regrets that the White House, the National
Security Council, and the Pentagon were not interested, and ignored the
warnings.
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