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McKinney Gaza Cruise Ends Abruptly

Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney's "relief voyage" to Gaza met with an abrupt end yesterday and had to return to the Lebanese seaport of Tyre after experiencing a rude introduction to the Israeli navy.

McKinney's account of what happened differed with official government statements (sound familiar?). As the guys at Powerline noted, it's not a good idea to treat the Israeli navy like Capitol Hill police officers.

The former Green Party presidential candidate and champion of the truther movement is a widely recognized advocate of Palestinian causes and a member of the Free Gaza Solidarity Movement. McKinney is a frequent critic of US policy regarding Israel and her father, former Georgia state Rep. Billy McKinney, said:

"his daughter had traveled to Cuba a few weeks ago and was "very well received" by President Raul Castro and that she had recently tried to visit Syria but had been turned away when she attempted to board the flight."

The elder McKinney is perhaps most remembered for his statements after his daughter's failed attempt in the 2002 Georgia congressional primary when he attributed her loss to "J.E.W.S.":

"Jews have bought everybody. Jews." In case the reporter didn't understand, he spelled the word: "J-E-W-S."

The leftist wacko McKinney family affair that is making headlines this week in the Middle East is an embarrassment to the United States. I wonder when the righteous New York Times and Washington Post will call for the Obama administration to "distance themselves" from these lunatics.


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Comments (33)

Why is a Green Party candid... (Below threshold)
jaymaster:

Why is a Green Party candidate flying and boating all around the world, spewing out all that evil carbon?

jaymaster,You must... (Below threshold)
Mike:

jaymaster,

You must have missed the memo. Their leadership is colorblind. They are really the Red party.

You know, this whole thing ... (Below threshold)
Mike:

You know, this whole thing is just begging for Photoshops and a song parody based on "Gilligan's Island."

"A three hour tour ... a three hour tour"

"McKinney's account of what... (Below threshold)
SpideyTerry:

"McKinney's account of what happened differed with official government statements"

What a startling revelation! *snark*

"The former Green Party presidential candidate and champion of the truther movement is a widely recognized advocate of Palestinian causes and a member of the Free Gaza Solidarity Movement."

Oh, so much to pick at here.

One, her just being truther reveals how stupid she is. Being a "champion" just manifies that.

Two, I think we all know what Palestinian causes that blantant anti-semite supports (any that involve bringing destruction to Israel).

Three, the Free Gaza Solidarity Movement? Does this group need to exist considering the fact that Israel hauled out of Gaza years ago? Or are idiots like McKinney just unaware of this fact? That last one could be it, as something tells me McKinney is unaware of a lot of things.

"McKinney is a frequent critic of US policy regarding Israel"

Yeah, where do we get off supporting a nation that is frequently attacked by terrorists? *I repeat, snark* On a more serious note, when will McKinney be moving to Europe and running for office there? Sounds like she'd fit in just fine.

"The leftist wacko McKinney family affair that is making headlines this week in the Middle East is an embarrassment to the United States."

That would be an understatement. McKinney and her father are an embarrassment to the human race.

I was really hoping she'd g... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

I was really hoping she'd go all Rachel Correy on them and have the boat she was on get turned into a sub.

And thus ends the... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:


And thus ends the saga of the SS Indignity.

I find the Israeli's action... (Below threshold)
Anon Y. Mous:

I find the Israeli's actions unforgivable. They actually rammed her boat and then let her get away. She should be providing relief to the seabed of the Mediterranean right about now.

AnonI feel about t... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Anon

I feel about the same as you but from what I read HER BOAT HIT the Israeli boat.

AnonI feel about t... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Anon

I feel about the same as you but from what I read HER BOAT HIT the Israeli boat.
In my mind that is an act of war and the Israelis should have sunk the boat and done us a favor.

Hugh,Whatever you ... (Below threshold)
Dave Noble:

Hugh,

Whatever you think of Cynthia McKinney (and BTW, she would not be my personal choice for liberal spokesperson) it sounds like her father has made the anti-semitic remarks, not she. There is more than enough legitimate criticism that can be leveled at Ms McKinney,
without playing the anti-semitism card. Again, criticism of Israel or support of Palestinian rights is not anti-semtism.

Dave"Again,... (Below threshold)
retired miilitary:

Dave

"
Again, criticism of Israel or support of Palestinian rights is not anti-semtism.
"

Actually I tend to agree with at least some of this. At the same time during the election and I am sure it will get raised many times in the next 4 years questioning Obama on things like relationships with people, his stance on issues, etc has been repeatedly called racist.

What is the difference between the two actions (calling one racism vs calling the other antiseminism)?

In some cultures, the insan... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

In some cultures, the insane are treated with great care and respect.

The U.S. is not one of them. We let ours run for President.

I still need someone to sho... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

I still need someone to show me an instance where the Palis have demonstrated any understanding of rights.

IMHO, it's a sick charade, to persist in the belief that negotiation or diplomacy have any relevance here.

... too bad she didn't fini... (Below threshold)

... too bad she didn't finish her journey in Rachel Corries' footsteps...

Retired,I agree wi... (Below threshold)
Dave Noble:

Retired,

I agree with you - both the race card and the anti-semitism card are played dishonestly for political gain on a regular basis. When it happens, it should be called. This is part of the responsibility of the press and bloggers like us.

I am very supportive of gay rights. However, the gay card is played as well in politics. Jim McGreevey, the former governor of New Jersey, was caught cheating on his wife with his male lover, whom he had given a government job for which he was not qualified. McGreevey's first public statement on the matter began with the statement - "I am a gay man." The relevant statement should have been "I am an adulterer who gave his lover a job he was not qualified for."

Gmac and Rodney,Th... (Below threshold)
Dave Noble:

Gmac and Rodney,

That is some heartless, sick crap on your parts with respect to Rachel Corrie. Bet you would have cheered the deaths of the Buddhists and the American Quaker who immolated themselves protesting the Vietnam War. When someone dies for their beliefs, whether you agree with them or not, it's not a cause for celebration.

I'm really disappointed wit... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

I'm really disappointed with Israeli leaders. It seems this generation of Israeli political and military leaders have lost their creative edge in defending Israel. They need to think outside the convention military box if they are to defeat the terrorists that surround them.

Israeli intelligence should have let their navy know what kind of kooks were on the Dignity and that any attempt to stop them would actually give them the publicity they want.

The Israeli navy should have given the Dignity an escort into Gaza, and as they were doing so, broadcast on local radio frequencies in Arabic that they were escorting a former U.S. congresswoman, presidential candidate, and supporter of homosexual rights on her crusade to liberate Gaza. Escort the Dignity close enough in so that those on shore can see it's a real Israeli naval vessel helping the Dignity. Then head back out to sea and leave those on the Dignity to the fate they selected for themselves.

"It sounds like her father ... (Below threshold)
Sean P:

"It sounds like her father has made the anti-semitic remarks, not she."

Actually, her father and her campaign manager, as in the person she hired to run her campaign and who acted as a spokesman for her campaign.

I'm with Mr. Noble about Mr... (Below threshold)
daniel rotter:

I'm with Mr. Noble about Mr. Dill. Apparently, in the latter's eyes, being a pro-Palestinian activist merits one being (accidentally) run over by a tractor and, thus, killed. Sick, just sick.

"...as in the person she hired to run her campaign and who acted as a spokesman for her campaign."

Actually, as in the person who was hired to run her campaign who made the anti-semitic remarks AFTER THE CAMPAIGN WAS OVER.

Noble and rotter:C... (Below threshold)

Noble and rotter:

Corrie didn't die due to her beliefs, she died of sheer stupidity. She jumped around like a chicken on the front of bulldozer that was flattening palestinian terrorist tunnels until she fell off and got flattened. Of course, first she had to travel from California to do this. Corrie her self was not a non-violence protester as she didn't protest against violence against Israel, only Israel's response. She just chose one side.
I didn't cheer her death, just recognized if for what is was, sheer stupidity. McKinney displayed the same stupidity, she just hasn't died from it yet.

"I didn't cheer her death."... (Below threshold)
daniel rotter:

"I didn't cheer her death."

No, but in your 14. post but you implied that she deserved what she got. Again, sick, just sick.

"Corrie her self was not a ... (Below threshold)
daniel rotter:

"Corrie her self was not a non-violence protestor..."

Did she ever claim to be?

"She just chose one side."

So choosing sides is an inherently bad thing? I guess then you will criticize the pro-Israel folks as "choosing sides," right? I won't hold my breath.

I'm sorry I didn't mean to ... (Below threshold)

I'm sorry I didn't mean to imply anything. They both did get what they deserved. (well maybe McKinney not so much).

Rachel Corrie was stupid and her capital punishment was self-imposed. This is not sickness, but simple justice.
If someone dies because they fly halfway around the world as a 'fake' peace protestor, only to back Palestinian terrorists and throw themselves under a bulldozer that is justice. You are sick for thinking otherwise. If Rachel Corrie was a true non-violent protestor she would've protested against palestinian violence as well as alleged Israeli violence.
I flagged RC as a potential Darwin Awards winner back in 2003 (I Think) when this ocurred, but I was commenting then at Dean Esmay's site.

"...throw themselves under ... (Below threshold)
daniel rotter:

"...throw themselves under a bulldozer...".

No, Mrs. Corrie did not throw herself under the bulldozer. It was an accident, not suicide.

"If Rachel Corrie was a true non-violent protestor..."

See my first question on my 22. post.

<a href="http://rachelcorri... (Below threshold)

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-run organization that lures its members into war zones to act as human shields in obstructing counter-terrorism efforts.
Rachel Corrie apparently believed she was a 'peace activist' as part on a palestinian backed organization (ISM). If you don't know that you really haven't investigated this very well.


While is probably is wise to choose one side or the other if you are native palestinian or Israeli, it is possibly illegal, under US Law to actively participate on one side or the other without US sanction. (I'll defer to those that know more about US law on this)

Her death was directly due to her own stupidity in being duped by ISM and trying to intervene in other countries actions against terrorists.

The pro-palestinian sites, of course, paint a different picture.

No, Mrs. Corrie di... (Below threshold)
No, Mrs. Corrie did not throw herself under the bulldozer. It was an accident, not suicide.
I never believed she committed suicide. What she did was far dumber than that. She was duped to act as a human shield. She intentionally stood in front of a bulldozer (military variety with armor, I believe) that was doing its job.

Reports I read earlier (This did occur 5-6 years ago reported she was at some time on the bulldozer front as well. This reports may have been changed or corrected since then.

Pretty much as stupid as those duped into being suicide bombers.

Rodney,"Pretty muc... (Below threshold)
Dave Noble:

Rodney,

"Pretty much as stupid as those duped into being suicide bombers."

Caught being heartless, you dig yourself in deeper and add "illogic" to your sterling record.

How is a non-violent protester comparable to a suicide bomber?

I guess you think Senator John Lewis was "stupid" for marching on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, knowing full well he risked getting his head cracked by a billy club. Or then there are those "stupid" civil rights workers who knelt and prayed on Southern streets. Guess they deserved the dogs and fire hoses. Should have seen it coming. How stupid!

Some people have the courage to put their asses where their commitments are and you sit at your keyboard and call them stupid.

"I never believed she commi... (Below threshold)
daniel rotter:

"I never believed she committed suicide."

Then why, in your 23. post, did you imply that she did ("...throw themselves under a bulldozer...")?

"Her death was directly due to her own stupidity..."

Agreed, but that doesn't mean that she deserved to die.


add "illogic" to your sterl... (Below threshold)
daniel rotter:

add "illogic" to your sterling record.

Really, Mr. Noble, whatever gave you the idea that someone who clearly implied that Mrs. Corrie threw herself under a bulldozer, and then, just 33 minutes later, wrote that he never believed she committed suicide was being illogical?

How is a non-viole... (Below threshold)
How is a non-violent protester comparable to a suicide bomber?
That's easy, I already said it. Those duped by ISM are as dumb as those duped into being suicide bombers. I didn't make any comparison other than intelligence. You really should try to keep up here.

As for Senator Lewis and civil rights workers. Here's your 'illogic'. They are fighting their own fight, not someone elses.

How are people who fight for life and rights, right where they live, comparable to someone who flies half way around the world to become involved in a fight that is not her business.

Some people have the courage to put their asses where their commitments are and you sit at your keyboard and call them stupid.
Duh, yea. I'm not gonna sugar coat stupidity. I'll also note that I don't think everyone that puts their ass on the line for their commitments is stupid. Rachel Corrie's and McKinney's case are pretty clear in that regard though.

You really should try to comprehend a post before you respond, but given your record here I doubt that will happen.

"How are people who fight f... (Below threshold)
daniel rotter:

"How are people who fight for life and rights, right where they live, comparable to someone who flies half way around the world to become involved in a fight that is not her business."

So the Israeli-Palestinian "fight" (conflict) is not the "business" of any American? Cool, then I'm sure you'll be advocating that the U.S government, which,last time I checked, was the government of Americans, stay neutral in this fight, correct?

So the Israeli-Pal... (Below threshold)
So the Israeli-Palestinian "fight" (conflict) is not the "business" of any American?
You're only half-assed right. Individual Americans don't have any business intervening in the conflict either pro or con Israeli. Our government has the responsibility to do just that as it sees fit and as it meets our national interests and security requirements. You really should try to edumacate yourself better instead of trying to concoct transparent, fallacious arguments.
Even the doves have better ... (Below threshold)
SPURWING PLOVER:

Even the doves have better sense then the liberal chicken dummies




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