Who Not to Vote For

AIPAC has released its “confirmed speakers” for its upcoming conference, March 3-5 in Washington. Whether you live in the United States or Canada, these are people you might want to strongly consider voting against should you ever get an opportunity to do so. (Yes, some of them do not currently hold elected office, but just in case they should ever decide to seek it.) In addition to those featured in the image above, this man also will address the conference:


Abrams was involved in the Iran-Contra affair, having had multiple felony counts prepared against him at one point. He ended up pleading guilty to withholding information from Congress, though was pardoned by George H.W. Bush just before the latter left office. As assistant secretary of state in the 1980s, Abrams also played a shady role in US efforts to overthrow the Sandinista government in Nicaragua, and, perhaps most notoriously, in the wake of the massacre of hundreds of people by Salvadoran government forces in 1981 in the village of El Mozote, he went before a Senate committee and insisted that reports of the incident—one of the most heinous war crimes of the 1980s—were “not credible.” Why Abrams retains even a shred of respectability today I can only think is attributable to the total collapse of integrity and morality in the US government and in American society in general. Ah, but he does seem to be quite beloved by the Israeli lobby, does he not?

In addition to Abrams and the rest of the crew above, the following distinguished guests will also be appearing at the conference (complete list at AIPAC website ).

Ambassadors:

  • Ambassador Yehuda Avner, Former Advisor to Israel’s Prime Ministers; Former Israeli Ambassador to Australia and the United Kingdom
  • Ambassador Dan Benjamin, Norman E. McCullogh Director, John Sloan Dickey Center for Understanding, Dartmouth College
  • Ambassador Barukh Binah Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Israel to the United States
  • Ambassador Dan Gilerman
  • Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, Former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco
  • Ambassador Brad Gordon, Director, Policy and Government Affairs, AIPAC
  • Ambassador Liora Herzl, Deputy Director General – North American Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ambassador Fred Hof, Senior Fellow, The Atlantic Council; Former Special Representative on Syria, United States Department of State
  • Ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff, Deputy Director General for Strategic Affairs, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ambassador Michael Oren*, Ambassador of Israel to the United States
  • Ambassador Ron Prosor, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations
  • Ambassador Nirupama Rao*, Ambassador of India to the United States
  • Ambassador Dennis Ross, Counselor, The Washington Institute For Near East Policy; Former National Security Council Senior Director for the Central Region
  • Ambassador Kristen Silverberg, President, United Against Nuclear Iran; Former United States Ambassador to the European Union
  • Ambassador Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States
  • Ambassador Daniel Taub, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, State of Israel to the Court of St. James
  • Ambassador Zvi Vapni, Director of Congressional Affairs Department – North American Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Members of Congress:

  • The Honorable Shelley Berkley, Former Member, United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Susan Brooks, Member, Committee on Homeland Security, United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Leader, United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Susan Collins (R-ME), Member, Select Committee on Intelligence, United States Senate
  • The Honorable Chris Coons (D-DE), Chairman, Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, United States Senate
  • The Honorable John Cornyn (R-TX), Republican Whip, United States Senate
  • The Honorable Tom Cotton (R-AR), Member, United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Vice Chair, Democratic Caucus; Member, Foreign Affairs Committee, United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Ted Cruz (R-TX), Member, Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate
  • The Honorable Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ranking Member, Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia, United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Member, Foreign Affairs Committee, United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member, Foreign Affairs Committee, United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Al Franken (D-MN), Member, United States Senate
  • The Honorable Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Chairwoman, Congressional Black Caucus, United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Member, Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate
  • The Honorable Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Ranking Member, Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, United States Senate
  • The Honorable Kay Hagan (D-NC)*, Chair, Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, United States Senate
  • The Honorable Alcee Hastings (D-FL)*, Member, United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Democratic Whip, United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)*, Member, United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman, Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia, United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Derek Kilmer, Member, Committee on Armed Services, United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Peter King (R-NY), Chairman, Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Chairman, Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, United States Senate
  • The Honorable John McCain*, Ranking Member, Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate
  • The Honorable Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security, United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)*, Republican Conference Chairman, United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Robert Menendez (D-NJ)*, Chairman, Foreign Relations Committee, United States Senate
  • The Honorable Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, United States House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Brad Sherman (D-CA), Ranking Member, Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, United States House of Representatives

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