Wednesday, November 17, 2010

MJ Rosenberg Can't Contain Himself

Less than twenty-four hours after declaring himself to be one who defends the Jewish people, MJ Rosenberg is back to his usual fare: Bashing the most powerful organization dedicated to defending the Jewish state. As you might expect from Rosenberg, the article is littered with half-truths, faulty sources and Olympic-level jumps to conclusions.

Rosenberg is talking about a current scandal with Steve Rosen, an ex-employee of AIPAC (aka THE ENEMY!!!!) and AIPAC itself. According to Rosenberg, AIPAC fired Rosenberg because he was charged, but not convicted, with espionage. A Forward article that he links to also points out a large amount of pornography being viewed at work, among other "failures of personal conduct," but this isn't mentioned in Rosenberg's article. What Rosenberg relies on mostly is an opinion piece from Al Jazeera, so much so that he links to the same one three different times in his HP article. And you can tell it is an opinion piece because the author threw in personal invectives like: "It was AIPAC's Block, after all, who threw me out of their annual shindig in 2008 for daring to ask if AIPAC had gone too far with Rosen and Weissman. Seems I really did happen upon a touchy subject."

As for the story itself, it seems very complicated, and the three sources cited by Rosenberg (Forward, Al Jazeera, and all tell different interpretations of what is happening. According to the Forward Rosen is upset that AIPAC fired him and is suing them over that. According to Al Jaz, he is defending himself from accusations of spying (even though the case was dropped). According to AntiWar and MJR's twitter feed, he wants to "destroy AIPAC forever." I could probably comment in further detail about the case itself but it seems like there is a lot going on behind the scenes that is becoming very esoteric.

So let's get back to Rosenberg for a minute. He believes that he has some information about AIPAC embarrassing itself and getting into a "civil war" with one of its ex employees. Where does he go from there?
"So now Rosen is suing AIPAC for "unlawful dismissal" and defamation of character. If he wins, AIPAC could have trouble meeting the mortgage payments on its brand new eight story headquarters a few blocks from the Capitol."
 Um, what? How do you figure? This new headquarters wasn't mentioned in any of the articles. And how does it translate to an employee winning a lawsuit to AIPAC suddenly losing all of its money. Did I miss something? Or is this another classic example of the Rosenberg Logic Leap?

As the article continues, Mr. Rosenberg can barely hide his glee at the idea of his most hated enemy finally being wiped out. And the logic leaps don't end there. Check this out:

"If he does -- he won't, it appears, if AIPAC pays him off -- it is probably the end of the organization. Why? Because Rosen's claim, which he will back up with documents in his possession, is that his operations -- which AIPAC claims was more like those of "a secret agent than a lobbyist" -- were standard operating procedure for the lobbying powerhouse. And that would mean that AIPAC is not a domestic lobbying organization at all, but something very, very different."
I'm confused. A minute ago Rosenberg told us that Rosen is going to bankrupt AIPAC...somehow. Now he telling us that he is going to prove that they aren't a domestic lobby? How is that going to happen? I think Rosenberg is implying that Rosen is going to prove that spying is standard practice among AIPACers, which will mean the destruction of that organization. It is possible, of course, but without evidence one way or another it is difficult to for me to say. I should point out, however, that this little factoid does not appear in either the Forward or Al Jazeera. Both of those legitimate news sites told their audience that Rosen took issue with his firing. Without more information, though, all I can do is wait and see.

 Of course Mr. Rosenberg needs to punctuate his article with his usual anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. It just wouldn't be a Rosenberg article without them:
"I am not going into the details except to say that with all the illicit goings on at AIPAC (this is a X rated document), it is hard to believe it had the time to intimidate the entire US Congress into permanent submission."
That's right, Mr. Rosenberg. It is hard to believe. Can I be that you are mistaken? Ha! And then there is this little gem from the article's conclusion:
"Soon we may hear Congress singing, "Free at last...""
Conspiracy theory? What conspiracy theory? This is just legitimate criticism of Zionists? Stop playing the race card!


  1. As you said, read the article, which discusses AIPAC finances and the HQ.

  2. As you can see, good ol' MJ Rosenberg would be glad to see Jews end their lobby of Congress on Israel's behalf for good.

    No wonder he has to hope AIPAC will sink under the weight of a disgruntled ex-employee's tussle with it.

    He'll have to wait for a long time for that hope to be redeemed to his satisfaction!


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