Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

June 3, 2010

Helen Thomas nails Obama press secretary

Filed under: middle east,Obama — louisproyect @ 12:33 am


  1. The badass little 89-year-old Lebanese-American cuts through the pressroom bullshit yet once more. I am in love. Obama’s witless secretary looks like Stephen Colbert’s imagined response to Helen the Terminator: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5fYcKeIWS8

    Comment by Jim Holstun — June 3, 2010 @ 1:07 am

  2. Does she really not know that the answer to why the sacrosanct, iron clad, get out of jail free relationship is oil and the need for a proxy policeman or “watchdog” to threaten the locals who had the temerity to live on top of the crucial resource.

    As an influntial Israeli paper put it during the 1950’s Iran crisis:

    “The West is none too happy about its relations with states in the Middle East. The feudal regimes there have to make such concessions to the nationalist movements…that they become more and more reluctant to supply Britain and the United States with their natural resources and military bases…Therefore, strengthening Israel helps the Western powers maintain equilibrium and stability in the Middle East. Israel is to become the watchdog… if for any reason the Western powers should sometimes prefer to close their eyes, Israel could be relied upon to punish one or several neighboring states whose discourtesy to the West went beyond the bounds of the permissible.”

    Comment by meltr — June 3, 2010 @ 1:37 am

  3. This woman is fantastic, the reply “nothing can bring them back’ to justify inaction would not be applied to the atrocity of 9/11 me thinks.

    Comment by James — June 3, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

  4. meltr, it should also not be forgotten how the leaders of the Arab states can also use anger at Israel to control it’s own population. For example Iranians have been protesting against this attack, which must be of great comfort to the ruling class there. So the fight against Israel really is a fight against reaction across the region, as is the fight against imperialism.

    Comment by James — June 3, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

  5. Israel was essential for the US during the Cold War, it’s becoming a lot less so now. If Israel becomes a problem for US interests it will be cut lose. And this is a lot closer to happening than is generally thought.

    Comment by purple — June 5, 2010 @ 9:35 am

  6. Why is she the “only one”? Check her out: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/04/ari-fleischer-fire-helen-thomas_n_601565.html

    Comment by Richard Greener — June 5, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

  7. Purple has a point. Uncle Sam’s Big Oil conservatives were historically not to keen on the Zionists because they so inflamed the Arabs and didn’t have a drop of oil under their sand.

    Comment by Karl Friedrich — June 7, 2010 @ 1:46 am

  8. Zionist YouTube video tries to undermine Helen Thomas’ credibility as a reporter:

    The video did apparently get her disinvited from a high school speaking engagement:


    Comment by Karl Friedrich — June 7, 2010 @ 1:49 am

  9. Helen’s speech at a high school was canceled because of these “controversial” comments: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100607/ap_on_re_us/us_thomas_israel_remarks

    Comment by The Idiot — June 7, 2010 @ 5:10 am

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