Anonymous Takes Down AIPAC

Breaking: at 9a.m. CT today, the hacker collective Anonymous announced it had taken down the AIPAC website. The pro-Israel lobby group’s conference began today.

President Obama will speak at the conference this morning, where he’s already under fire for being seen to be weak on confronting Iran and on supporting Israel’s hardline leader. Republicans are hoping to make electoral hay at AIPAC and look to split as much as possible of the Jewish vote away from the president. Significantly, Obama’s warm-up act this morning was Liz Cheney. Guardian correspondent Chris McGreal tweets: Applause for Liz Cheney at Aipac when she says Obama done more to “undermine and delegitimise” Israel than any US president in history.

Update The AIPAC website is partly back up and running, with live feed just in time for Obama’s speech.

Update 2 Here’s the text of Obama’s speech to AIPAC as prepared for delivery. On Iran, he’s still using the phrase “nuclear weapon” rather than “nuclear capability” as AIPAC and Bibi want. But he’s also made clear Israel gets to decide on its own, and if it launches a pre-emptive attack over a ‘nuclear capability” then he’ll have it’s back.

Obviously Cheryl, in her post below this one, disagrees.

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Most recently I was Editor in Chief of The Agonist from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. My blogging began at Newshoggers and I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with some great writers there and around the web ever since, including at Crooks & Liars. I'm a late 40′s, Scottish ex-pat, now married to a wonderful Texan, with Honours in Philosophy from Univ. of Stirling, UK 1986. I worked most of life in business insurance industry (fire, accident, liability) including 12 years as a broker/underwriter/correspondent at Lloyd’s of London. Being from the other side of the pond, my political interests tend to focus on how US foreign policy affects the rest of the planet. Other interests include early and dark-ages British history, literature and cognitive philosophy/science.

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  • I read that on Debka this morning, also that we have a military buildup in Turkey.

    Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart. ~ Phil Jackson

  • …is the prime mover: here.

    In combat one should be very suspicious of painless moral choices. When you are confronted with a seemingly painless moral choice, the odds are that you haven’t looked deeply enough.” ~ Karl Marlantes

  • Avigdor Lieberman: Israel to decide alone on Iran

    And:

    David Axelrod: Don’t Doubt President’s Resolve on Iran. In which The Atlantic’s Jeff Goldberg talks sense for a change:

    Goldberg said the public responses after tomorrow’s meeting between Obama and Netanyahu will be key to the road ahead.

    “If Netanyahu comes out and says the president and I had a good conversation, and I really believe that sanctions are working, and they are crippling, and leaves it at that, we’ll know there’s not going to be an attack,” Goldberg said. “If he comes out and says, I want to praise the president for the strong sanctions regime, nevertheless the Iranians are racing toward a bomb, then we’re looking at something else.”

    The thing is, I believe Obama has now removed the only big stick he had to back down Israel’s hawks with – the possibility the US wouldn’t rush to Israel’s side if it pre-emptively attacks Iran. He keeps saying he has israel’s back, no matter what – so what happens if they take him at his word on that? To me, his AIPAC speech sounded like an extended “I’d rather you didn’t, but…” Cheryl differs strongly on that though.

  • OTTAWA – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu immediately responded favorably to US President Barack Obama’s speech on Sunday, highlighting Obama’s remarks about Israel’s right to defend itself as it saw fit.

    “I appreciated the fact that he said Israel must be able to defend itself, by itself, against any threat,” Netanyahu told reporters before meeting Canadian Jewish leaders.

    “I appreciated the fact that President Obama reiterated his position that Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, and that all options are on the table,” Netanyahu said. “I also appreciated the fact that he made clear that when it comes to a nuclear-armed Iran, containment is simply not an option.”

  • to Obama is important because he says what he believes. The problem has been all too often the listeners get lulled into believing that Obama has said what they want him to say.

    Obama’s words that you get on the net and Yahoo should be parsed carefully by Netanyahu. Just as we have learned to carefully parse Obama’s words, so would it be wise for Israel. When Obama says he has your back, I would keep looking over my shoulder.

  • The above comment by Jeff seemed wrong to me on two levels.

    First of all, I do not believe that Obama usually means much of what he says, and he almost always says what he thinks people want him to say.

    When I looked at what Ian has posted about Obama, he seemed to agree to a large extent with me.

    So I wrote to Ian and gave him the above comment by Jeff, saying that it seemed wrong to me.

    Ian responded:

    “Yeah, that’s not quite right. With Obama look at what he does. You can get stuff out of his speech, but you have to look for when he’s not pandering–the key is when he starts lecturing in a telling people off way, that’s the real Obama. Also, who his heroes are (Reagan, for example, but not FDR) and who he appoints. Personnel are policy.”

    So Ian agrees that there is a mode during which Obama says what he means, when he gets riled up and tells people off. Otherwise, he usually panders.

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