More on Dual Loyalty — Dr. Lani Kass and Gen. Norton Schwartz

Dual loyalty issues have once again arisen, this time in conjunction with Philip Giraldi’s astonishing essay on antiwar.com. Giraldi discusses the curious career of Dr. Lani Kass — formerly a senior military officer in the Israeli Defense Force, and now the  senior Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force General Norton A. Schwartz. “Kass appears to have close and continuing ties to her country of birth, frequently spicing her public statements with comments about life in Israel while parroting simplistic views of the nature of the Islamic threat that might have been scripted in Tel Aviv’s Foreign Ministry.”

Giraldi notes that her appointment raises a host of issues, including the possibility that she is an Israeli spy and exactly how she managed to get security clearance. Given that the official policy of the Israeli government is to advocate a war with Iran, it is more than interesting that she has an important influence on US policy and that she is involved in Project CHECKMATE responsible for drawing up war plans. She is quoted as having what Giraldi characterizes as a “dismissive” comment on a possible war with Iran, and has the views on the Islamic threat usually associated with neocons.

The role of Kass in the Defense Department is at least as questionable as the role of Dennis Ross in the State Department. In fact, it would seem to be an even more clear-cut case because Kass was actually born and raised in Israel and rose to the rank of major in the IDF. Although she is a naturalized US citizen, she has doubtless retained her Israeli citizenship. It would more than a bit surprising if she did not retain an allegiance to Israel. And is there any evidence at all that she has allegiance to the US? When asked about possible war with Iran, she responded, “We can defeat Iran, but are Americans willing to pay the price?” — as if she is not an American.

By Stephen Walt’s criteria, therefore, Kass should not have any policy-making role on any issue that relates to Israel. A more difficult case is that of her boss, Gen. Norton Schwartz. Schwartz is also Jewish, although does not have the close ties to Jewish activist organizations like Ross or the strong connections to Israel like Kass. As reported in the Forward,

Schwartz’s Jewish identity did not go unnoticed after his appointment, particularly given the current military tensions with Iran. Press TV, an Iranian English language media outlet, wrote an article last week, titled “U.S. Names Jewish [sic — presumably an intentionally awkward translation] as Air Force Chief.”

There have long been rumors that Schwartz’s predecessor, Michael Moseley, was opposed to a military attack on Iran. The appointment of Schwartz has prompted speculation in the Iranian press and on some blogs that the Bush administration is yet again seriously considering the military option to thwart Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

Unlike the vast majority of Americans, the Iranians assume that Schwartz’s ethnic identity would make a difference, and I must agree that it should raise red flags. The vast majority of American Jews have a very strong emotional commitment to Israel that may bias their judgment even if they are not consciously aware of their biases.

As I noted elsewhere,

In my ideal world, Jonah Goldberg’s op-eds and Paul Wolfowitz’s advice to presidents and defense secretaries should be accompanied by a disclaimer: “You should be cautious in following my advice or even believing what I say about Israel. Deception and manipulation are very common tactics in ethnic conflict, so that my pose as an American patriot should be taken with a grain of salt. And even if I am entirely sincere in what I say, the fact is that I have a deep psychological and ethnic commitment to Israel and Judaism. Psychologists have shown that this sort of deep commitment is likely to bias my perceptions of any policy that could possibly affect Israel even though I am not aware of it.”

We would certainly like to know the details of Schwartz’s ties with Jewish organizations and activist groups, as well as any ties that he has with Israel. (For example, Paul Wolfowitz has family members living in Israel.) The fact that Schwartz has hired Kass as his senior Special Assistant suggests that the taboo against discussing Jewish loyalty issues is so strong that they feel free to be entirely public about it. (There might be some sensitivity, however, since the Pentagon has removed Kass’s biography from its website.)

Nevertheless, a war with Iran would be very costly for the US and may well have huge long term implications for the region and the world. Surely if the government wanted to project the image that US policy was not being shaped by people with a strong personal ethnic attachment to Israel (as clearly happened in the war with Iraq), they would remove people like Ross, Kass, and Schwartz from any role in making policy.

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26 Comments to "More on Dual Loyalty — Dr. Lani Kass and Gen. Norton Schwartz"

  1. j. nipper's Gravatar j. nipper
    May 5, 2010 - 9:49 pm | Permalink

    AngryJew asks why we didn’t worry about Brzeznsky being a Pole…how many Polish Americans or naturalized citizens have sold/given stolen US secrets to NON-HOSTILE Polish governments recently??? With “friends” like Israel, WHO NEEDS ENEMIES???

  2. May 4, 2010 - 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Duel Citizenship

    It is conflict of interest.How can the American people be so stupid.So much
    talk,and no action.17 billion a year to Israel tax payer money.Crown through FED rules America.Leo Zagami in the 2012 Armageddon at
    You Tube.All roads go to Jerusalem.Who are shareholders of FED?

    The Satanic Central Banksters’Monetary Enslavement System,Walter E. Haas search Yahoo.com.

    “Syndrome of Control”You Tube for rude awaking.

    You have the answers what are you going to do about it?

    Walter E. Haas God Bless America

  3. AngryJew's Gravatar AngryJew
    April 23, 2010 - 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to be absent so long.

    On Kass.

    Did it bother you that Brzezinksy is a Pole, with rather strong attachment to his native land?

    Or that both during the first and then during the second world wars, America’s generals were overwhelmingly of Germanic stock?

    So the only problem with Kass is not dual loyalties – we have plenty of naturalized citizens in the US government – its that she is Jewish.

    Girardi as always – is missing the boat.

  4. Someday's Gravatar Someday
    April 20, 2010 - 2:08 pm | Permalink
  5. Someday's Gravatar Someday
    April 20, 2010 - 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Past Recipients of the Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson Distinguished Service Award:

    2009 – (among others) Norton A. Schwartz, Air Force chief of staff; and Navy Adm. Eric T. Olson, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.

    Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the recipient of the prestigious Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson Award in 2008

    Joint Chiefs Chair: No, No, No. Don’t Attack Iran

  6. April 20, 2010 - 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Jewish chaplains say that most conflicts are rooted in ignorance. “Some kid from Alabama says, ‘Jesus loves you; you ought to come to chapel services with us,’” Robinson said. “It’s not commonplace, but is part of the reason that Jews tend to be cautious about their identification. The military is like high school on steroids. Being Jewish doesn’t help you fit in.”

    Always the lachrymose theory of Jewish-Gentile conflict. ALWAYS our fault. F—ing incredible.

    Yeah, it’s our fault they hide their ethnic loyalties, then it’s our fault when we invite them to church as a result. Maybe, if they were more forthcoming, they wouldn’t have their delicate sensibilities (what a laugh) wounded in this manner?

  7. April 20, 2010 - 11:58 am | Permalink

    I think this whole dual loyalty issue is mis-cast, even by our own side. In my own humble opinion, I don’t think the Jews generally have dual loyalty.

    I agree, “American” non-gentiles, like the “Russian,” “French,” and other “European” flavors, are more loyal to Jewry and Israel than anything else. Everything else is secondary. Exceptions notwithstanding, merely proving the rule.

  8. Paul Hausser's Gravatar Paul Hausser
    April 19, 2010 - 8:58 am | Permalink

    “The Jews. The Jews are born spies. They are just in it up to their necks”

    President RM Nixon July 1971

  9. TGD's Gravatar TGD
    April 19, 2010 - 6:22 am | Permalink

    It is amazing to me how certain Jews can wheedle their way into critically important positions in their host governments. But “Dr.” Lani Kass is not even native born. Any clear thinking official should have sensed that Kass’s loyalty was to Israel where she was born, bred, educated and indoctrinated. The late Robert Frenz was correct when he coined the term “Zionist Occupation Government.”

  10. Mr Incredulous's Gravatar Mr Incredulous
    April 19, 2010 - 1:01 am | Permalink

    What to me is so amazing is that the ADL has got the Military to monitor anyone who might be organizing alone white ethnic lines in the military and yet the blatant and bold injection of foreign personnel into the strategy & decision making hierarchy of the military is of complete disinterest to the United States of America’s Government ! This is one of the things that makes the US foreign policy so ineffectual . Seriously , how is the State department going to get the cooperation and respect on the subcontinent , when they are so blatantly controlled by a foreign Government ! It makes the eye’s Goggle.
    We can just imagine the conversations after H Clinton goes to Pakistan for ‘Talks’ at any time : ‘What a load of crap , is that all these lying Americans can come up with ….. ah Yes but aren’t they handsome faces on those green bits of paper….Ha Ha Ha..As they light a cigarette with a $10 bill .
    The US gov I think, is divorced from reality.They have gone down the gangsters path of brutality and corruption to obtain the ends that finesse and respect would seal properly. This whole business bodes extremely ill for the whole world particularly the West with the bit by bit destruction of freedom and logic.

  11. Kratos's Gravatar Kratos
    April 17, 2010 - 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Not a responsible Conservative said:
    “I don’t think the Jews generally have dual loyalty. Instead, I think it’s obvious they are loyal ONLY to themselves. ”

    I too second that opinion, one needs to call a spade a spade. The USA passport is just for convenience for less paper work in applying for jobs to position themselves.

  12. April 17, 2010 - 10:12 am | Permalink

    “ZOG” Needs To Give Reference
    (Apollonian, 17 Apr 10)

    “Z.O.G.,” comrade, typical for ur usual Jew-like incompetence, u fail to give clear, conclusive reference for ur assertion Raimondo is part Jew, though we do know for fact he’s raging queer. But my info goes only so far as Catholicism for his cultural background.

    CONCLUSION: If u have reference, give it; if u don’t, u should keep ur stupid punk’s mouth shut. Honest elections and death to the Fed. Apollonian

  13. April 17, 2010 - 10:04 am | Permalink

    Fundamental Issue Of Culture Is Western Objectivity Vs. Jew Subjectivism–Parallel To Christian Truth Vs. Jew Lies
    (Apollonian, 17 Apr 10)

    “Finrod”: good observations, of course, but remember it (Jew subversion) goes much, much deeper. For note we have a culture now founded essentially UPON LIES, lying for the sake of lying, this most perfectly symbolized in the US Federal Reserve Bank (Fed–see above ref.s) which is fraud of COUNTERFEITING.

    Thus poor people of “civilization” are confused by ABSTRACTIONS, unable to perceive simple CONCRETE reality before their very eyes. For note otherwise, even children can understand COUNTERFEITING scam/fraud.

    Thus everything else MUST be consistent for the Jew masters of present ZOG-Mammon culture, propping up and supporting this basic COUNTERFEITING fraud at the very core.

    Thus it’s literally an empire-of-lies, lies for the sake of lies and lying; lies un-ending.

    Hence note then philosophically, the “ideal,” essence, and foundation of such lying is SUBJECTIVISM in contrast/opposition to (Hegelian) anti-thesis of Aristotelian OBJECTIVITY.

    Thus within objective reality, such reality (hence TRUTH, according to Gosp. JOHN) then determines ethics–we act in way necessary and consistent w. Truth and reality, such truth and reality determining, leading, commanding.

    BUT in subjectivism, it is ethics and pretended, presumed “good” (including “duty” of Kant) which thereupon determines a dependent, “flexible reality.”

    And “Political correctness” then is that social contrivance which works to enforce and impose such subjectivistic ethics, hence the flexible, subjectivist reality of the minds of the people.

    Thus we see such Pelagianist hereticalism (Pharisaism) founded on pretended “good-evil” is the over-throw of objectivity, natural law and rights, constitutional gov., rule-of-law, sanctity-of-contract, and republicanism, etc. And note that Pelagianism, only now rationalist-styled, of Immanuel Kant is still, to this very day, so celebrated esp. in the institutes of “education.”

    So u see then Judaism is founded in this (a) subjectivism and (b) Pelagianism-Pharisaism of ethics and “good-evil” fallacy, and the enemy of humanity and reason is all who follow this infernal “philosophy” of subjectivism and Pelagianist “ethics.”

    Observation then is that while any gentile is subject to fallacies of such subjectivism and Pharisaist “ethics,” Jews are absolute most organized MASTERS of it all (“what’s good for Jews”).

    So never doubt there is way to (1) analyze and then (2) counter-act.

    Note however, one notorious problem is most people are so lacking in confidence for strictest REASON; thus we make use of AESTHETIC, as featured by Danish philosopher, Kierkegaard, for example.

    Such rationalist aesthetic then was great virtue of original Christianity of St. Constantine the Great which, having won its victory, then lost its identity, for lack of opposite/antithesis and thereupon degenerated in MYSTICISM, unfortunately, through the years.

    Note then the great irony of present-day Jews pretending Christianity is mystic, while Jews, those psychopathic narcissists and mass-murderers who worship lies, pretend they’re the great paragons and champions of reason.

    So our patriot task is to RESURRECT this great anti-semitic aesthetic method and mode. Thus Christianity, properly understood, is not primarily about idiotic “love,” and “faith” is become most unfortunate, mystic buzz-word for so many, originally meaning only LOYALTY, never forget.

    Thus Christianity is properly about TRUTH, above all (Gosp. JOHN 14:6), AND GREATEST ETHICAL VIRTUE IS HONESTY first and foremost above everything else, including “love” or “faith.”

    Meantime, as history (and socio-biology) is CYCLIC we must strive to being strong enough to weather present storms which might well be quite intensive and long-lasting, even though they don’t have to be.

    Note Jews never cease their efforts as they presently strive to over-shadow and, especially, divert fm the aestheticalist-Christian effort by means, for notable example, of so-called present “white nationalism” (WN) by which they try to MIS-REPRESENTING Christianity as mere variety-variation-version of Judaism. Jews also attempt pretending they’re “white” too, etc.

    One of the sublime tenets of these WNs is their Judaic-intensity of insistence there is “NO GOD.” But the mysticism of this “no God” is obvious lacking of premise to conclusion. For even though there is no evidence by which we can so conclude to particular God, yet there’s no proof there is no God.

    CONCLUSION: Of course then there are, in addition, the previously analyzed “Judeo-Christians” (JC–see Whtt.org and TruthTellers.org for expo/ref.) who are also suck-alongs with Jews as I’ve noted–but these people are easy to analyze for their subjectivist hereticalism as I’ve demonstrated. Honest elections and death to the Fed. Apollonian

  14. Finrod's Gravatar Finrod
    April 17, 2010 - 10:04 am | Permalink

    I didn’t realize Justin Raimondo was 1/4 Jewish, but that would explain his idolization of Murray Rothbard and Ayn Rand. Still, he’s a genius, perhaps only second to Prof MacDonald.

    I know the other main editor of antiwar.com, I forget is name, is 1/2 Jewish.

  15. Not A Responsible Conservative's Gravatar Not A Responsible Conservative
    April 17, 2010 - 9:51 am | Permalink

    Here’s another article from a Jewish source, explaining that VERY few Jews serve in the U.S. armed forces:

    http://www.forward.com/articles/116674/

    Check out this gem:
    “Sklaver’s choice to enlist in the armed forces was one that few young American Jews make. According to Department of Defense statistics, just 4,677 of 1.4 million currently in the active military identify themselves as Jewish. The actual number is higher, experts say, because many state no religious preference.

    There are 10,000 to 14,000 Jews in the active military, said Admiral Harold Robinson, a Reform rabbi and director of the Jewish Welfare Board’s Jewish Chaplains Council. Most “just don’t make an issue of their being Jewish,” he said. “You’re living with 120 other people who know everything about you. Being Jewish can be one more source of pressure or conflict. It’s much better than it was 30 or 40 years ago, but we still have all kinds of incidents where young people act out.”

    Jewish chaplains say that most conflicts are rooted in ignorance. “Some kid from Alabama says, ‘Jesus loves you; you ought to come to chapel services with us,’” Robinson said. “It’s not commonplace, but is part of the reason that Jews tend to be cautious about their identification. The military is like high school on steroids. Being Jewish doesn’t help you fit in.”

    Always the lachrymose theory of Jewish-Gentile conflict. ALWAYS our fault. F—ing incredible.

  16. Not A Responsible Conservative's Gravatar Not A Responsible Conservative
    April 17, 2010 - 9:43 am | Permalink

    According to a Palestinian site, “More than 14,000 American Jews from across the religious spectrum serving in the Jewish state’s military. According to Israeli government statistics, 4,419 are on active duty and 9,831 are in the reserves.”

    Link (Feb 2009 article): http://windowintopalestine.blogspot.com/2009/02/british-jews-serving-in-idf-israeli.html

  17. Not A Responsible Conservative's Gravatar Not A Responsible Conservative
    April 17, 2010 - 9:40 am | Permalink

    Here’s another bit of anecdotal evidence, from a Christian Zionist site:

    http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/insideisrael/2008/August/American-Olim-to-Serve-in-IDF-/

    BTW, the Christian Zionists make me sick to my stomach. Are these people stupid, or are they evil? Or maybe their leaders/handlers are evil, while the followers are simply stupid and gullible. Talk about useful idiots–useful to our Jewish oppressors.

  18. Not A Responsible Conservative's Gravatar Not A Responsible Conservative
    April 17, 2010 - 9:37 am | Permalink

    Check out this articles from the Devil’s Mouth:

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1160512.html

  19. Not A Responsible Conservative's Gravatar Not A Responsible Conservative
    April 17, 2010 - 9:33 am | Permalink

    Finrod–You simply spoke the truth softly and apparently it scared the moderator of the antiwar.com discussion board. Shame on them, good for you.

    Enoch Powell Was Right said “I read somewhere that a higher percentage of Jewish kids in the US enlist in the Israeli Army than in the US Military. Can another commenter confirm this?”
    Although I don’t have the confirmation you (and I) seek, I know for a fact that one of highest officials in the Obama Administration, Rahm Emanuel, served–in the Israeli Defense Forces. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahm_Emanuel)

    I think this whole dual loyalty issue is mis-cast, even by our own side. In my own humble opinion, I don’t think the Jews generally have dual loyalty. Instead, I think it’s obvious they are loyal ONLY to themselves. They are literally agents of a foreign power in our midst. We MUST break the thick shrouds of denial that envelop us on this crucial issue. Our future could turn out to be as bleak as that of the Cossacks or the Ukrainians under the Soviet (i.e. Jew)-induced famine and terror.

  20. Z.O.G.'s Gravatar Z.O.G.
    April 17, 2010 - 9:26 am | Permalink

    Justin Raimondo is 1/4 Jewish and also a flamboyant homosexual.

  21. Finrod's Gravatar Finrod
    April 17, 2010 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    Antiwar.com is a great website, but they’re running scared not to be called “anti-semitic”. Both Justin Raimondo and Giraldi have been brilliant revealing Israel’s depredations, but they won’t brook Jewish issues on any other subject. In fact they covered the entire Honduras episode without one mention of the Jewish/Israeli dimension. I learned about that on TOO, of course.

    It’s curious with Jewish issues, you can only approach them from any one angle. If you approach just one of the angles, you will be banished from the MSM and receive a letter from the ADL. If more than one, then you’re a hatemonger. These are: a) criticism of Israel, as antiwar.com has done, b) criticism of Jewish influence on finance/domestic issues, as TOO has done, or c) holocaust revisionism. “c” pretty much removes you from polite discourse on its own.

  22. April 17, 2010 - 12:24 am | Permalink

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    Giraldi should join A3P!

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  23. Historysbunkbunkbunk's Gravatar Historysbunkbunkbunk
    April 16, 2010 - 9:39 pm | Permalink

    No. The problem is that it sounds particularly true.

  24. Enoch Powell Was Right's Gravatar Enoch Powell Was Right
    April 16, 2010 - 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Regarding Finrod’s comment:
    I read somewhere that a higher percentage of Jewish kids in the US enlist in the Israeli Army than in the US Military. Can another commenter confirm this?
    Your two points are absolutely worth considering:
    Ms. Kass obviously has a loyalty to her country of birth, and to the cosmopolitan diaspora of her ethnic group; this may well present a serious conflict of interest with overall US strategic aims.
    The number of Jews represented at the highest level of the armed forces is absurd compared to their representation in the population. In fact, it would violate disparate impact laws, if those laws weren’t written by Ashkenazi lawyers specifically to disenfranchise whites.

  25. Finrod's Gravatar Finrod
    April 16, 2010 - 6:02 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad Prof. MacDonald read that article. I too found it fascinating, as is just about everything Giraldi writes.

    That day I posted this comment (or something like it) and the referee at antiwar.com didn’t post it:

    “Even assuming the best of intentions by Kass, given that she and her three children were born in Israel, it would be inhuman to expect her not to have a bias in favor is Israel. This is a serious conflict of interest in light of the current US conflict with the middle east.

    Without impugning the character of any particular individual, I find the number of Jews in the upper eschelons of the US military rather curious, considering that they are relatively underrepresented in the armed forces.”

    Does this sound particularly offensive?

  26. April 16, 2010 - 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Cultural-Political Key, Never Forget, Is Regnant Criminal Conspiracy/Oligarchy Behind Fed Scam
    (Apollonian, 16 Apr 10)

    Overall key to keep in mind regarding this particular “dual-loyalty” issue is the criminal conspiracy and oligarchy ruling USA behind the COUNTERFEIT fraud of US Federal Reserve bank (Fed)–see RealityZone.com and TheMoneyMasters.com for expo/ref.

    Never forget: when u can literally COUNTERFEIT the money supply legally, and nearly at will (but which does have limitations–u can’t continue to over-do it, as it leads to imminent HYPER-inflation, collapse of US Dollar), u can practically do anything u want.

    Note again, the poor schmucks of people of USA fail to grasp this COUNTERFEIT conspiracy as their minds are sooooo easily confused in ABSTRACTIONS, people imagining that “of course” there must be some kind of rationalization for such an “institute” as Fed fraud–which is NOTHING but most perfect example of “big-lie,” very crux of ZOG-Mammon empire-of-lies.

    Israeli terror-state then is simply a “safety-valve” “hide-out” for criminals if/when things get too “hairy” for them here in USA. Additionally, Israel is another tool for Jew master-minds for criminal manipulations and enforcement.

    Key to success of this Judeo-conspiracy is the “Judeo-Christian” (JC–see Whtt.org and TruthTellers.org for expo/ref.) hereticalists who ENABLE Jew domination of criminals, pretending Christ was Jew (hence Talmudist) and that Jews are same as ancient Israelites or even Judeans of Christ’s time. Such is clay-footage of this horrific false god of Mammon empire.

    CONCLUSION: Otherwise, as things continue to worsen economically, etc., people will steadily begin to start doing some honest thinking. Blog art, info, and dialectic gives folks magnificent new opportunities in face of horrific dangers and peril. Honest elections and death to the Fed. Apollonian

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