Obama administration neocons and pro-Israelis target two international offices for control
United Nations and NATO sources report that the pro-Israeli neocon elements in the Obama administration are actively targeting to replace the President of the UN General Assembly and the NATO Secretary General with individuals who are more pro-Israel and aligned to the neo-conservative global agenda.
The Obama pro-Israeli, neocon elements are hoping to replace current General Assembly President, former Nicaraguan Sandinista Foreign Minister Miguel d'Escoto Brockman, a Maryknoll Catholic priest, with someone who will steer the General Assembly away from leftist principles. D'Escoto has publicly called Israel's regime racist and with practicing policies toward Palestinians similar to South Africa's treatment of black Africans. D'Escoto has criticized the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, embraced Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad,
Israel's ambassador to the UN Gabriela Shalev called d'Escoto an "Israel-hater" after he embraced Ahmedinejad. D'Escoto also called for a boycott of Israel and sanctions to be imposed on it. D'Escoto also inflamed the neocons by appointing as his senior advisers former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, anti-Zionist academic Richard Falk, authors Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and economist Joseph Stiglitz, all of whom are anathema to the neocons and the powerful Israel Lobby.
D'Escoto was nominated by the Latin American and Caribbean bloc. The rotation goes next to the African states. It is likely that the Obama administration and its Israeli allies will seek a pro-Israeli foreign minister to replace d'Escoto from the ranks of African diplomats.
With many African nations with large Muslim populations criticizing Israel's attack on Gaza, it can be expected that the neocons and Israel Lobby will look for a candidate from a nation with good ties to Israel. Candidates include Liberia, Rwanda, Malawi, and Uganda. An inside favorite for Israel and its supporters is Olubanke King Akerele, the Foreign Minister of Liberia who spent a 20 year career at the UN. Sweetening the deal for Israel is the fact that Akerele is a graduate of Brandeis University. Akerele is also close to Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who is supported by George Soros.
The other major international position being targeted by the Obama neocons and their Israeli interlocutors is the Secretary General of NATO job being vacated by Jaap de Hoop Scheffer of the Netherlands. The least "neocon" candidsate is Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay, rumored to be the favorite candidate of Vice President Joseph Biden but rejected by the United Kingdom, Germany, and France because they insist that a European must be the next NATO Secretary General.
The strongest candidate is said to be Denmark's Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, one of George W. Bush's strongest European supporters in the U.S. attacks on Iraq and Afghanistan. Rasmussen also ignored public outcry around the Muslim world after a Danish newspaper published unflattering cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. Rasmussen failed to condemn the newspaper's actions, which were prompted by Israel's foreign influence-peddling and propaganda operations.
Rasmussen is in political trouble at home as Denmark's economic situation takes a plunge. However, WMR has learned that while Rasmussen has support from Britain, France, and Germany, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who remembers Rasmussen's silence over the Prophet Mohammed cartoons, is known to be opposed to Rasmussen becoming the next NATO Secretary General in July.
Other candidates are considered pro-Israel, including former Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passy, who is Jewish, and Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, an alumnus of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington and who is married to Anne Applebaum, the Israeli Lobby supporter who serves on the editorial board of The Washington Post.
Dark horse candidates for the NATO job include Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra, Norwegian Defense Minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen, and former Canadian Deputy Prime Minister John Manley. Vondra and Manley are considered pro-American. Strøm-Erichsen is Defense Minister in Norway's Red-Green coalition and is a member of the socialist Labor Party. She is the furthest away from the continuing neocon foreign policies of the Obama administration.