Thursday, February 12, 2009

Rahm Emanuel’s weirdness follows in Karl Rove’s White House footsteps

By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer

"WMR has learned from top Democratic Party sources that at a recent political fundraising soiree in Washington, DC, a top Democratic contributor noticed White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in the lobby of the hotel where the event was taking place.

The contributor decided to approach Emanuel and meet him and discuss a mutual friend. Upon greeting Emanuel and mentioning their mutual friend, Emanuel gave the man a glassy stare, said nothing in response, and was then interrupted by another man with whom he abruptly departed.

Retired Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni is the latest to fall prey to Emanuel. Zinni said he was offered the job of U.S. ambassador to Iraq by top Obama administration officials, including Vice President Joe Biden. However, Zinni was bypassed for the job in Baghdad by U.S. diplomat Christopher Hill. Zinni was never informed by the Obama White House of the change in plans and felt that he was “blown off.”

WMR’s sources in Washington report that it was Emanuel who pulled the offer extended to Zinni because Israel sees Zinni, President George W. Bush’s short-lived Middle East envoy, as too even-handed between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Zinni was essentially fired by Bush after Pentagon neoconservatives, such as Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith, took issue with Zinni’s pressure on Israel to withdraw its forces from the besieged West Bank headquarters of Yasir Arafat in Ramallah in 2002.

When Zinni was tapped as U.S. ambassador to Iraq, the Israel Lobby put pressure on Obama to withdraw the offer and it used Emanuel, their agent-of-influence and someone WMR previously reported as the Mossad’s number two man in North America, to carry out the mission.

In addtion, Emanuel’s vindictiveness and his role in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “demotion” in the foreign policy portfolio is gaining more and more media attention in Washington as seen in this recent report in Washington’s Examiner."

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