" Saddam Hussein said in a letter released Friday that President Bush and pro-Israel groups lied to Americans to justify the Iraq war, and he added that Iran "and its agents" helped facilitate the aggression."* wapo:
"Fred S. Zeidman, a Texas venture capitalist who is active in Jewish affairs and has been close to the president for years, said the current crisis shows the depth of the president's support for Israel. "He will not bow to international pressure to pressure Israel," Zeidman said. "I have never seen a man more committed to Israel.""
* the above is the father of the guy that clemons says "is putting out the call to prominent American Jewish organizations to support John Bolton -- with the arm-twisting innuendo that in this time of crisis in the Middle East, American Jews need to line up behind (Bolton)
* wow - shep smith can actually be something resembling a reporter when he's on scene! first Katrina, now Lebanon. (well - if not a 'reporter' - something resembling human)
* Fox is reporting a thwarted suicide bomb attack in Tel Aviv. They arrested some girl in a car, but there werent any bombs.
*update from my good friend Anon in the comments:
"There are several mysteries concerning Fred Zeidman, perhaps the greatest of which is why he became a top lobbyist with Greenberg Traurig in July 2004, immediately after they fired Jack Abramoff.
Zeidman has also been on the executive committee of AIPAC, a vice president and director of JINSA, and vice chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition. (Clifford May, of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, which is doing so much to stir up trouble with Iran, is or was a vice Chairman at RJC as well. And a former RJC director, Ben Waldman was one of the SunCruz partners along with Abramoff and Adam Kidan.) Zeidman and a couple of other RJC honchos also went along with Tom DeLay on his trip to Israel in 2003.
So there are some rather extensive connections there to the Abramoff/DeLay nexus, which I've never seen satisfactorily explained."