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"Jonathan Jay Pollard (born August 7, 1954) is a convicted Israeli

New Book: "How Bush Rules: Chronicles of a Radical Regime" by Sidney Blumenthal   
"Jonathan Jay Pollard (born August 7, 1954) is a convicted Israeli
spy and a former United States Naval civilian intelligence analyst.
Pollard pleaded guilty and was convicted on one count of spying for
Israel, receiving a life sentence in 1986 with a recommendation against
parole. Israel publicly denied that Pollard was an Israeli spy until
1998, when he was granted Israeli citizenship."

   I recently had a birthday and received a wonderful book as a gift.
It is a collection of some 105 columns and essays by Sidney Blumenthal,
former senior adviser to President Clinton, published in the Guardian
newspaper of London and in Salon, the online magazine. Unusually, it has
been published by the Princeton University Press. It is bound to be a
big best-seller. Retails for  $26.95.  It is dedicated to Joe Wilson,  a
former colleague of the author's at the White House. In his
acknowledgments the author thanks his editors at the Guardian and adds:
"I am also grateful to the editors of Salon, especially Michal Keeley."
(That would be our daughter, the Washington editor of Salon, who oversaw
Blumenthal's work for the magazine.)
   I have had time to read only one essay, "The Road Map to Nowhere,"
about the administration's failure to advance the Israeli-Palestinian
peace process, a deliberate and calculated failure. To give you the
flavor of the book, here is the final paragraph of that essay:
   "The story of the Middle East debacle, like that of the pre-9/11
terrorism fiasco, reveals the inner workings of Bush's White House: the
president aggressive and manipulated, ignorant of his own policies and
their consequences, negligent; the secretary of state proud,
instinctively subordinate, constantly in retreat; the vice president a
Cardinal Richelieu, the conniving head of a neoconservative cabal, the
power behind the throne; the national security adviser seemingly open,
even vulnerable, posing as the honest broker, but deceitful and
derelict, an underhanded lightweight."

   P.S. A correction to my AIPAC piece of yesterday. I got the name of
the convicted spy for Israel wrong. It is Jonathan Pollard. Here is a
wikipedia note on him:
   *Jonathan Jay Pollard* (born August 7
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_7>, 1954
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1954>) is a convicted Israeli
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli> spy
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spy> and a former United States Naval
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy> civilian intelligence
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligence_%28information_gathering%29>
analyst. Pollard pleaded guilty and was convicted on one count of spying
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spying> for Israel
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel>, receiving a life sentence
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_sentence> in 1986 with a
recommendation against parole <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parole>.
Israel <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel> publicly denied that
Pollard was an Israeli spy until 1998, when he was granted Israeli
citizenship ([1] <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/91260.stm>).

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Robert V. Keeley


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