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Is Dave Brat a Marked Man?


Dave Brat, a professor of economics at Virginia’s Randolph-Macon College, is a marked man.  Professor Brat defeated Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a prime trophy of the Israel Lobby.  I doubt that Eric Cantor ever lost an opportunity to place Israel’s interests above the interests of his constituents. Under US laws, Cantor should have been required to register as a foreign agent.

The Israel Lobby is one of the six powerful interest groups that rule the US.  The Israel Lobby has a perfect record of destroying any member of the House or Senate who dared to cross “The Lobby.”  A number of its victims have spoken out, describing how The Lobby’s power was used against them.

Professor Brat’s victory over Cantor is not only an affront to the Israel Lobby but also an assault on its power.  The Lobby will not take this lying down.  Professor Brat had better not think that the attractive sexy women who suddenly are interested in him are attracted by his new status as a US Representative and a topic of conversation.  The irresistible women will be on a well paid mission to cause a scandal.

Professor Brat can expect to be attacked by “journalists” across the political spectrum with every sort of accusation and scandalous report.  He risks a well paid former female student coming forward to complain that while counseling her on her grades, he leaned forward and put his hand on her thigh.  Or worse.

This will be Professor Brat’s likely fate even though his election was not about Cantor being Israel’s Representative, a fact that the voters who elected Brat probably don’t even know.  Professor Brat himself might not know it, hence this warning. Professor Brat accused Cantor of representing, not Israel, but “large corporations seeking insider deals, crony bailouts and a constant supply of low-wage workers.” This ensures that the transnational corporations and military/security complex will join the Israel Lobby in gunning for  Brat.

And, in addition, Brat is unlikely to be warmly welcomed by the Republican Party as he defeated one of the party’s top leaders.  This could start a trend, and Republicans could lose Mitch McConnell, the Minority Leader in the Senate. Also, many, if not most, House Republicans will have spent a number of years accommodating Cantor in exchange for favors that the Majority Leader can confer, and they are not happy that their investments in Cantor have been wiped out.

A likely explanation of Brat’s victory is that it was a protest vote, like the recent EU elections where the major parties in the major countries lost to relatively new and heavily demonized third parties, such as Farage’s Independent Party (1993) in the UK and Le Pen’s National Front Party (1972) in France.  The establishment is already at work explaining that these electoral victories along with Brat’s are due to their anti-immigration status.  Little doubt this is partly the case, especially in the UK and France, but the extraordinary gain in third party clout is due to the public’s disgust with the corrupt traditional parties who have ceased to represent the public on any issue.

Just as I think Brat is a marked man, so are Farage and Le Pen. (Yes, I know, Marine is a woman, but the term is “marked man.”)  The Establishment thought that Farage and Le Pen could be disposed of with lies and demonization.  Their unexpected victory in the EU elections has brought that supposition into question. If Farage and Le Pen cannot be assassinated by the media, the prospect of physical assassination arises. The Establishment has perfect cover. As both political leaders speak out against the heavy level of immigration that is transforming the national existence of the UK and France, the intelligence services that serve the state can easily come up with a “deranged Muslim.”

The main target of Farage and Le Pen is not immigrants.  Their important target is the EU, which, more than immigration, is attacking national sovereignty, thus dissolving the peoples of historic European countries into a new and artificial entity called Europe.

Farage and Le Pen are also opposed to Washington’s control of European countries and their foreign policy through NATO and other organizations dominated by Washington.  Washington is no more willing than the Israel Lobby to take assaults on its power lying down.  Attacks on the EU and on NATO are regarded as attacks on US interests.  My conclusion is that the lives of Farage and Le Pen are at risk.

And so is Vladimir Putin’s.  Despite Washington’s demonization, Putin has risen to recognition as the most capable world leader. Unlike Obama, Putin walks freely among crowds.  He doesn’t stand behind a bullet proof shield when he gives a speech.  Russia is overrun with opposition groups well paid by Washington. Putin needs to recognize his danger before he is removed.

Like Israel, Washington has no tolerance for those who get in its way.  Just ask Muammar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, Viktor Yanukovych, and Bashar al-Assad.

Yes, dear readers, I know, the list is longer. You don’t need to write in to tell me.

Paul Craig Roberts is a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. Roberts’ How the Economy Was Lost is now available from CounterPunch in electronic format. His latest book is How America Was Lost.


Paul Craig Roberts is a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. Roberts’ How the Economy Was Lost is now available from CounterPunch in electronic format. His latest book is The Neoconservative Threat to World Order.

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