Carville's office in the firm of Stanley Greenberg and James Carville
was burglarized of records supposedly pertaining to polls done
in Israel for Carville and Clinton's client, exGen. Ehud Barak
of the Labor Party. What's that smell? Could
it be that the burglary was a putup job so, as in the past, Labor
could scream that the opposition was terrible, horrible, untrustworthy,
evil, Nazis, storm troopers much, much more.
Why would a burglar steal polling data when most of it changes
by the hour in Israel? How did the burglar know which filing cabinet
to break open? Barak has already said that strategy is planned
in his office so the great Carville thoughts were not stolen.
But, consider the benefit and an opportunity to jump on the shouting
platform, saying, "We have been injured!" If that was
the intention, to blame Netanyahu and Likud for stealing those
precious files it worked. NPR, National Public Radio has already
gleefully proclaimed there is speculation that Netanyahu and Likud
did a Watergatestyle burglary. Netanyahu through his spokesman,
David Bar Ilan already had to deny that Netanyahu and Likud had
burgled Carville's office. Having to deny is as good as proof
for the media and the gullible public.
Well, in Washington the art of the Dirty Political Tricks was
sharpened to an ugly razor's edge. I would not be surprised if
many of those in Washington, so desperate for a Labor win, thought
that a little burglary would be just the right touch. The fact
is that Netanyahu has been conducting almost weekly polls and
knows by the minute where he stands relative to the competition.
He, least of all, needed what Carville had accumulated.
I smell a Dirty Political Trick and it's time to ask Labor, Barak
and Carville if they have any ideas who would want files of little
news except to be spun by the spin doctors in the bowels of the
Oval Office, the State Department, Industrial
Arabists and all those who are desperate for a Labor government
return to power. They have reason to worry, given the fact that
Ehud Barak is not showing any leads in anyone's polls. A little
'explosion' on the political scene would certainly help Labor's
Come to think of it, Yitzhak Rabin was in a similar losing position
in the polls when he was shot. The perpetrators of that affair
are still being investigated. Strange isn't it, that all these
things happen before elections, when one side is down in his polls.
So, what's the next likely move?
First, the NEW YORK TIMES, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, LA TIMES, CNN,
NPR are likely to run this 'great' event as a lead story,
following the Clinton trial. CNN will, of course, show footage
of the building and, with some luck, the vent on the roof where
the penetration was made. All of this will percolate down through
other newspapers and TV anchor news. This kicks off the whisperwhisper
campaign that Carville's polling notes were a "Key to the
Election" of his client, General Barak and the Likud did
This thing is so amateurishly transparent that the event didn't
deserve a two inch column on page 52 of a 51 page newspaper.
But, folks...watch the PR buildup in the US which will be funneled
into Israel where the four leftist newspapers will jump on the
story and spin, spin, spin.
So, c'mon, you can do better than this pathetic attempt at what
appears to be nothing more than a cheap Political Dirty Trick.
In any case, this appears to be merely a warmup for coming political
Dirty Tricks, courtesy of the Labor party, Carville and Arabist
propagandists who desperately want Labor to fulfill their fondest
dreams. Add to that "Campaign Contributions" in different
forms with most brown bagging it from Mr. Clinton's White House.
Emanuel A. Winston is a Middle East analyst & commentator
and a research associate of the Freeman Center for Strategic Studies.