The beltway revue: Some actors are behind the curtain

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No presidency would be complete without a “man” behind.   The Man Wilson had Colonel House. FDR had Harry Hopkins. Kennedy had Ted Sorenson. Reagan had Gary Bauer.  And President Bush, not to be outdone, or even be content with par, has several high-profile people he takes advice from and pays attention to. Among them, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, and Donald Rumsfeld.

These, however, are the actors on the stage. They are visible most of the time, and give evidence to the audience that some kind of a show is actually going on.

But there’s also some heavy action in progress behind the curtain, out of sight of the audience, and it’s definitely not the hectic activities of the stage hands or make-up people.

Much of the political power influencing the President in his decisions–and the destiny of the nation—are in the hands of those actors behind the curtain. The ones you seldom see.

Knowing this, I was particularly disturbed by Elisabeth Bumiller’s article “An Invisible Aide Leaves Fingerprints.” It’s a revealing piece about Josh Bolton, a White House aide who “has his fingerprints all over President Bush’s new $600 billion economic plan, (legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security)—and just about every other domestic policy concocted in his powerful little corner deep in the West Wing”.

That’s a big fingerprint-and getting bigger. Bolton, an alumnus of Goldman Sachs, has a growing reputation as the hub of Bush’s domestic agenda, which is primarily set by a small handful of his West Wing aides. That, my friends, is power.

Now, there are three things that trouble me about Bolton with his hands on that much power.

First, his secrecy. According to Bumiller’s report, Bolton’s views about America’s economy and domestic policies are a mystery, as is the kind of advice he gives the president.

Second, his authority. He is in charge of parceling out time for meetings of the president’s Domestic and Economic Councils. He decides what’s to be discussed, and who gets invited. He, himself, attends all meetings, regardless of the topics.

Third, his loyalty. By that I am not referring to his patriotism. For all I know, Bolton may be as loyal to America as was Patrick Henry. But according to his boss, Karl Rove, “He’s the explainer of all things Jewish to the White House.”

I’m not sure why, but that sounded a bit ominous to me, so I began to wonder just how many Jews were in Bush’s administration, and why the Man in the White House has to have “all things Jewish” explained to him, and what he did with that information when he got it.

Being a nosey sort, I immediately contacted my friend Google and asked it to give me the names of the Jews in the Bush administration. I must say, the roster I received looked like the contents of an Israeli businessman’s Rolodex.

There are least 17 Jews in the Bush Administration. And I’m not talking about people who sit in the back row at meetings and take notes. These are all people at the highest levels of government. People in such powerful positions that they literally influence the foreign and domestic policies of the president, and thus of the United States of America.itself.

I list them here, and where they work, so that you’ll see that these are not people on the way up, but people who are already on top.

Paul Wolfoswitz – Deputy Sec’y., Department of Defense

Richard Perle – Ass’t Sec’y of Defense for International Security Policy

Ari Fleischer, – White House Press Sec’y

Ken Melman – White House Political Director

Josh Bolton – Deputy Chief of Staff

Jay Lefkowiz – Ass’t to the President & Director of Domestic Policy Council

David Frum – Speechwriter

Brad Blakeman – White House Director of Scheduling

Dov Zakheim – Under Secretary of Defense (Controller)

Lewis Libby – Chief of Staff to the Vice President

Adam Goldman – White House Liaison to the Jewish Community

Chris Gersten – Administrator for children & families at HHS

Elliot Abrams – Ass’t Sec’y, Human Rights, International Operations

Mark Weinberg – Housing & Urban Development for Public Affairs

Douglas Feith – Under Sec’y of Defense for Policy

Michaek Chertoff – Head of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division

Daniel Kurtzer – Ambassador to Israel

As I listed these names, it prompted me to connect some dots I had never before felt the need to do. And the picture that emerged produced more questions of a troubling nature.

One question is, how and why did so many Jews manage to get themselves into top-level positions in the Administration?

Another question, what if anything, does the Jewish influence on American policy have to do with our lock-step relationship, and over-generous support of, Israel?

Last question, if the Jewish influence on our government is beneficial, productive, and promotive of America’s principles, why did our founding fathers make the following statements—more than 200 years ago?

“They (the Jews) work more effectively against us than our enemies armies. They are a hundred times more dangerous to our liberties and the great cause we are engaged in. It is much to be lamented that each state, long ago, has not hunted them down as pests to society and greatest enemies we have to the happiness of America.”-George Washington.

“I fully agree with General Washington., that we must protect this young nation from an insidious influence and impenetration. The menace, gentlemen, is the Jews. If you do not exclude them from these United States, in their Constitution, in less than 200 years they will have swarmed here in such great numbers that they will dominate and devour the land and change our form of government, for which we Americans have shed our blood, given our lives, our substance, and jeopardized our liberty.”-Benjamin Franklin.

“Dispersed as the Jews are, they still form one nation, foreign to the land they live in. Those who labor in the earth are the Chosen People of God, if ever he had a chosen people.”-Thomas Jefferson.

Author’s note: Whether or not you value, and give credence to, the thoughts and declarations of America’s founders, it seems self-evident that they apparently knew something that has escaped our notice. And I respect these men for bringing it to our attention.

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