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Americans have to make a hard decision on what kind of country they want to have.

There were two stories last week that illustrate just how bad the situation has become in the wake of the virtual capitulation by President Barack Obama during Netanyahu’s triumphal May visit to Washington, the first time in recorded history that a small nation with less than eight million citizens has subjugated a much larger country with a population of more than 310 million.

by Philip Giraldi

The issue of Israel is of critical importance to the antiwar movement, as frequenters of this website are surely aware. This is because Israel and its lobby in the United States have succeeded in so intertwining their interests with those of the United States that whenever Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sneezes four hundred congressmen say “Gesundheit!” What Israel does has consequences for every American citizen, and not only because Tel Aviv is the largest recipient of US economic and military assistance.

It is indisputable that Israel and its friends in the White House and Defense Department played a major role in creating the lies and generating the momentum in the drive to war against Iraq in 2002, a conflict that continues to claim American casualties and which has left Iraq in ruins. Now the push is on to “do something” about Iran. There have been a number of bills in Congress that stop just short of declaring war on the Mullahs and there are signs that the Israeli government might be planning a military action before the end of the summer. Does anyone doubt that the United States would immediately be drawn into such a conflict, with disastrous consequences in terms of a terrorist response and energy prices that would skyrocket? It would be a particular misfortune in that there is no actual evidence of the alleged casus belli that Iran has a nuclear weapons program, the US is not threatened by anything Tehran does or could possibly do, and John Citizen has absolutely nothing to gain and everything to lose by Washington going to war.

Ralph Reed -- evangelical Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington

There were two stories last week that illustrate just how bad the situation has become in the wake of the virtual capitulation by President Barack Obama during Netanyahu’s triumphal May visit to Washington, the first time in recorded history that a small nation with less than eight million citizens has subjugated a much larger country with a population of more than 310 million.

The first story is about the annual meeting of Ralph Reed’s evangelical Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington on June 3rd and 4th, which included cameo appearances and a number of speeches by Republican presidential candidates. Support for Israel was on the menu du jour in nearly every speech and for every panel. It dominated the conference. One panel had as its subject “Israel: surrounded yet undaunted in the face of evil.” Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s oddly named Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission spoke for fifteen minutes about Israel, saying “If we want God to bless America, then we have to bless the Jews. God gave that land to his chosen people forever. That issue is settled by God almighty.” Land called Obama “…the worst president of the United States that Israel has ever had,” an assertion that probably had much deeper meaning than he intended. Danny Danon, a Knesset member for the Likud Party, warned President Obama “Take your hands from Jerusalem! Jerusalem will remain under Jewish control forever!”

MITT ROMNEY -- Republican Senator

Among the Republicans, only Mitt Romney failed to mention Israel, but he had already denounced Obama for “throwing Israel under the bus.” Godfather Pizza magnate Herman Cain demonstrated complete ignorance on basic Middle Eastern issues when he revealed in an interview that he did not understand the meaning of “right of return.” But he reportedly “blew the audience away” with his expressions of support—“You mess with Israel and you mess with the United States of America”—and then flew up to New York City to attend a Salute to Israel rally in Central Park. Michele Bachmann produced a standing ovation when she cited a “shocking display of betrayal of our greatest friend and ally Israel.” She added “I stand with Israel…President Obama…does not speak for us on the issue of Israel.” Tim Pawlenty enthused “We need a president of the United States who stands shoulder to shoulder with our great friend Israel.”

The second story comes from a reported visit by Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk to Israel. The coverage of the visit by Josh Rogin (isn’t he an actor?) on the Foreign Policy website, is headlined as a “new policy approach.” The story features a photo of a beaming Kirk standing next to a similarly glowing Netanyahu, demonstrating beyond all doubt that excellent dentistry is available in both countries. Kirk, who appears to have some problem in keeping his resume straight regarding his military record, traveled to the Middle East on an “intense fact finding” mission funded by you and me, unfortunately.

MARK KIRK -- Republican Senator

Senator Kirk envisions a “host of ways” to bring about a lot more Israeli-US defense cooperation, suggesting that the $3 billion plus per year they already get is inadequate to their needs. He would like to have the Israeli navy assist the United States navy in patrolling for pirates in the Indian Ocean. Sounds good, doesn’t it? The world’s mightiest navy with eleven carrier battle groups needs help from Israel’s three corvettes to patrol the Indian Ocean. Ah, but there must be a catch and I would guess that since Israel’s navy is inadequate to the task, the United States will generously pay to muscle it up, provide a few new vessels and maybe some advanced weapons systems. Probably also cover all the operating costs. It makes perfect sense as everyone knows that Israel is vulnerable to attack from the sea, particularly by car ferries manned by ferocious Turks wielding sticks delivering aid to the Gazans.

Kirk would also like to have the Defense Department consider the purchase of Israel’s Iron Dome defensive missile system to protect “our borders” in case either the Canadians or Mexicans decide to attack with Katyusha rockets. Iron Dome was largely developed with US funding but the sales would all go to Israel. Ka-ching!, just listen to that cash register opening up. Kirk would also like to have NATO buy the system to protect against somebody somewhere at some time who might be considering something bad. Ka-ching! Ka-ching!

But Senator Kirk’s brilliant insights into the state of the Middle East do not end with the Israeli navy and buying needful things. Kirk advocates ending US funding to the Palestinians as long as Hamas is involved and also terminating it anyway if the Palestinians dare to declare statehood in the UN. Or if they fail to curb “anti-Israeli incitement in Palestinian schools.” If those three reasons won’t do, there are almost certainly others. Oh yes, and Kirk wants the Turkish humanitarian relief organization IHH, which supported the flotilla bringing aid to Gaza in May, declared a terrorist organization.

Kirk concluded his visit by making a video with Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky on human rights in Iran. Sharansky recited a list of dissidents in prison in Iran. He apparently misplaced the list of dissidents in prison in Israel, which would be a whole lot longer, as would the corresponding list of those shot and killed by Israeli security forces on the West Bank and in Gaza.

I really don’t care what America’s hypocritical evangelicals do except insofar as they waste my tax money on their divinely sanctioned wars and demand my grandson for cannon fodder. The fact that they ignore Christian teachings of love and forgiveness and seem to gravitate instead towards Old Testament bloodshed because of their skewed and ridiculous interpretation of what they think it says in the bible is a symptom of their ignorance and hubris. That a US senator goes to Israel to genuflect and kiss the Netanyahu ring is not that surprising either. But it would be a mistake to dismiss Ralph Reed’s followers and the nincompoops that seem to proliferate in Congress because of their witlessness and hypocrisy. People like Land and the gaggle of Republican wannabes are both powerful and dangerous. The evangelicals appear to control who will be the next Republican presidential nominee, and their choice might well turn out to be a Bachmann or a Palin, with terrible consequences for the United States if they are elected and are able to carry out their fundamentalist agenda. Senator Mark Kirk is, by comparison, a useful idiot. He will give Netanyahu what he wants in return for support from the Chicago political machine to get reelected. But he buys that support with a Faustian bargain, using taxpayer money and compromising the security of every American. There was a time when someone like Kirk would be laughed out of the public forum, but currently every fool appears to have his day.

Americans have to make a hard decision on what kind of country they want to have. If they want a state shaped by a holy book and guided by the venal and hypocritical they can have it and it will turn out something like the Muslim equivalents in Iran and Saudi Arabia. Thought and moral guidance police on every corner with mandatory prayer services. Or we can opt to throw all this nonsense into the garbage where it belongs. Make Ralph Reed and his cheering Israel firsters go away or emigrate to Israel if that is their wont. We can make do without them.

See original at antiwar.com titled: Something Rotten This Way Come

Philip Giraldi, Executive Director of CNI, is a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer who served 18 years in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain. He was Chief of Base in Barcelona from 1989 to 1992, and designated as the Agency’s senior officer for Olympic Games support. Dr. Giraldi holds an MA and PhD from the University of London. He speaks Spanish, Italian, German, and Turkish.

13 Comments

  1. NOMOREWARSFORISRAEL on the 25. Jun, 2011 remarked #

    Will Israel Kill Americans Again (email exchanges with General Petraeus mentioned near end)?

    http://america-hijacked.com/2011/06/22/will-israel-kill-americans-again/

    http://tinyurl.com/WillIsraelKillAmericansAgain

  2. Cannibal Rabbi on the 26. Jun, 2011 remarked #

    Shouldn’t the title of yer article be “Slave to jews”?

    Why the delicacy, differentiation.

    Spell it OUT!

    Or give it UP!

    You risk confusing your readership.

    Or is that the point of you?

    Too late in the day for yer effeminate primping.

  3. Quatsch on the 26. Jun, 2011 remarked #

    My vote is always cast for the candidate that has made the least “trips” to Israel, and the least attendence at AIPAC conventions. Note that the MSM is really pushing Bachmann, who graduated high school and spent the summer on a kibbutz!

  4. R.Singh on the 26. Jun, 2011 remarked #

    Thanks again for yet another, insightful, fact filled article on our nations blind support for the racist, apartheid, nuclear, rogue, criminal state of Israel. Wake up America!!

  5. Will Davis on the 26. Jun, 2011 remarked #

    How can an American politician possibly stand “shoulder to shoulder” with Israel, when their face is buried in Israel’s crotch?

  6. Debbie on the 27. Jun, 2011 remarked #

    Good try Cannibal!

    No all jews are not like Israelis. Howzthat ?

    Quote Gilad Atzmon:

    Self reflection is a dynamic process that involves otherness. We see ourselves through the other (Hegel’s Master Slave Dialectic). Yet, choseness dismisses the notion of otherness.

    It would be intelligible For a political Jew to self-reflect, a certain level of de-judification is needed. Yet, when this happens not much is left.

  7. Solon on the 27. Jun, 2011 remarked #

    Mashup:

    from an article Debbie Menon posted on Sabbah on Apr 26 2010; “Rabbinical Cowardice,” a video of Judith Reisman denouncing zionism and the evil it has wrought in the world NOT just in the 2009 slaughter in Gaza, not JUST in the 2006 devastation of Lebanon, not only the dispossession of 700,000 Palestinians in 1948, but from 1897, Reisman says, deep in zionism’s ideological roots, it is criminal:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx1eRkBgzcA

    And Gilad Atzmon posted a video discussing the hundreds of thousands of Israeli Jews who have, or seek, passports to EU or USofA –>

    “Israelis want to run away to safety.”

    www dot gilad dot com dot uk/writings/rt-israelis-want-to-run-away-to-safety dot html#entry11909877

    To which I say:

    Doesn’t the United States bar criminals and terrorists from entry to the US? Isn’t that what my country is supposed to provide for me in return for my tax dollars and my allegiance — the assurance that persons with a criminal mindset will not be allowed to be part of this country?

    Why should the people of the United States be forced to take in more Israelis?

    Zionists fubared Europe in WWI and WWII — zionist ideology & financing, American & British complicity & blood; zionists fubared Iraq; zionists fubared Palestine; zionists have oppressed Iran at every opportunity for the past 50 years. Zionists have fubared the US since at least 1913.

    Why the f*&k should ANY Israeli have the privilege and opportunity of running away from the “promised land” that ZIONISM has eviscerated and trashed, and gain another chance to trash the US?
    WE
    DON’T
    WANT
    THEM.

    Israelis are great at reverse engineering US technology.

    What happens when the pattern of Israeli Jewish behavior is ‘reverse engineered’ and applied to the other lands and peoples who “persecuted” Jews through the ages; do you suppose those people were treated the same by Jews whom had initially been welcomed, but who later turned on their hosts and attempted to dominate and subjugate them, until their hosts said, Enough?

    Has the US reached its Enough moment?

  8. Solon on the 29. Jun, 2011 remarked #

    UK Media is Slave to Israel:

    http://electronicintifada.net/content/endemic-pro-israel-bias-uk-tv-coverage-new-book-finds/10110

  9. George Makhlouf on the 01. Jul, 2011 remarked #

    I read much nonsense by Zionist Christians in this excellent article. To these I quote The Holy Spirit saying: ” This people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them. LET IT BE KNOWN TO YOU THEN THAT THIS SALVATION OF GOD HAS BEEN SENT TO THE GENTILES; THEY WILL LISTEN, And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, holding much dispute among themselves”. Acts 28:27-28

  10. Audrey Burdett on the 01. Jul, 2011 remarked #

    I traveled to Isreal years ago with a large group of the Friendship Force seeking to make personal friends with the hosts that housed us for two weeks. BiBi spoke to the group and turned it into a political time negating our reason to make friends. He ranted and raved about the need for the USA to support and fund Israel. I was personally insulted and turned off by his rhetoric. Since that time I have realized that he has no concern for personal friendships and seeks FREE money to fund the Israeli armed forces. The US needs to wake up and stop sending billions actually used against us. ABB

  11. Ned on the 01. Jul, 2011 remarked #

    I could not agree more with the truthfulness of the content of the article.

    Thank you Dr.Philip Giraldi for a job well done.

  12. The Glaring Facts on the 03. Jul, 2011 remarked #

    What a terrific essay, well done! I have previousl written about this in The Art of Anti-Semitism and most recently in a guest post The Power of The Israeli Lobby in the USA (https://hotterthanapileofcurry.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/the-power-of-the-israeli-lobby-in-the-usa/).

    I look forward to reading more! Thank you :) . I’ll be sure to make this the link of the day on my website

  13. Tom on the 03. Jul, 2011 remarked #

    Send all the dual citizen Israeli-Americans to their beloved Zionist fantasyland.

    And they can take all their false Christians (i.e. Zionist Christians) with them.

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