US House Stealthily Passes Extreme Pro-Israel Legislation

Philip Giraldi May 21, 2012 12
US House Stealthily Passes Extreme Pro-Israel Legislation

The House bill basically provides Israel with a blank check drawn on the U.S. taxpayer to maintain its “qualitative military edge” over all of its neighbors combined.

 

 

by Philip Giraldi

 

Go to Google and type in “H.R. 4133.” You will discover that, apart from a handful of blogs and alternative news sites, not a single mainstream medium has reported the story of a congressional bill that might well have major impact on the conduct of United States foreign policy.

H.R. 4133, the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, was introduced into the House of Representatives of the 112th Congress on March 5 “to express the sense of Congress regarding the United States-Israel strategic relationship, to direct the president to submit to Congress reports on United States actions to enhance this relationship and to assist in the defense of Israel, and for other purposes.” The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) reportedly helped draft the bill, and its co-sponsors include Republicans Eric Cantor and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Democrats Howard Berman and Steny Hoyer. Hoyer is the Democratic whip in the House of Representatives, where Cantor is majority leader. Ros-Lehtinen heads the Foreign Affairs Committee.

The House bill basically provides Israel with a blank check drawn on the U.S. taxpayer to maintain its “qualitative military edge” over all of its neighbors combined. It requires the White House to prepare an annual report on how that superiority is being maintained. The resolution passed on May 9 by a vote of 411–2 on a “suspension of the rules,” which is intended for non-controversial legislation requiring little debate and a quick vote.

A number of congressmen spoke on the bill, affirming their undying dedication to the cause of Israel. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas was the only one who spoke out against it, describing it as “one-sided and counterproductive foreign policy legislation. This bill’s real intent seems to be more saber-rattling against Iran and Syria.” Paul also observed that “this bill states that it is the policy of the United States to ‘reaffirm the enduring commitment of the United States to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish state.’ However, according to our Constitution, the policy of the United States government should be to protect the security of the United States, not to guarantee the religious, ethnic, or cultural composition of a foreign country.” Paul voted “no” and was joined by only one other representative, John Dingell of Michigan, who represents a large Muslim constituency.

It is interesting to note what exactly the bill pledges the American people to do on behalf of Israel. It obligates the United States to veto resolutions critical of Israel, to provide such military support “as is necessary,” to pay for the building of an anti-missile system, to provide advanced “defense” equipment (including refueling tankers, which are offensive), to give Israel special munitions (i.e., bunker-busters, which are also offensive), to forward deploy more U.S. military equipment to Israel, to offer the Israeli air force more training and facilities in the U.S., to increase security- and advanced-technology-program cooperation, and to extend loan guarantees and expand intelligence-sharing (including highly sensitive satellite imagery). Actually, there’s even more included, and I may have missed the kitchen sink. But the objective is to provide Israel with the resources to attack Iran, if it chooses to do so, while tying the U.S. and Israel so closely together that whatever Benjamin Netanyahu does, the U.S. “will always be there,” as our president has so aptly put it.

But the scariest bit of the bill is its call for “an expanded role for Israel within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), including an enhanced presence at NATO headquarters and exercises.” If Israel becomes part of NATO, which is clearly Congress’s intent, the U.S. and other members will be obligated to come to the aid of a nation that is expanding its borders and is currently engaged in hostilities with three of its neighbors. Israel has also initiated a series of regional wars. Whether NATO membership for Israel would benefit anyone is questionable, but it is something the neocons have been seeking for years, to turn Israel’s wars into a new crusade against the Muslim world.

And then there is the congressional propensity to conceal additional spending in legislation that is normally passed without a great deal of debate. It is perhaps no coincidence that on May 7 the Republican spokesman, the redoubtable Howard “Buck” McKeon, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, released his party’s proposal for increased defense spending (yes, increased) for 2013. McKeon, who has never served in the military and who was holds a bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry from Brigham Young University, is an uber-hawk who relies heavily on campaign contributions from the defense industry. Perhaps “Buck” should consider changing his sobriquet to “Warbucks,” but as he probably lacks a sense of humor, it would be wasted on him.

Included in the proposed defense bill is a cool $1 billion for Israel to upgrade its missile defenses. Money for Israel inserted in the U.S. defense budget suggests that Congress believes that defense of the U.S. and defense of Israel are pretty much conjoined at the hip. That’s on top of the $3 billion Tel Aviv already receives and the numerous defense co-production programs that it benefits from, which will clearly be expanded if 4133 is any indication. The media predictably underreported the largesse for Israel with a couple of lines hidden away in a story in The Washington Post about overall defense spending.

Many who follow the issue have known for some time that Congress, generally speaking, will unhesitatingly do anything to benefit Israel and its supporters, be damned the consequences for the rest of us. That they do it without any public scrutiny is unforgivable and is as much the fault of the media as it is of the devious ways of America’s legislature. If Congress wants to give Israel the type of guarantees that would require Washington to support Tel Aviv’s foreign and security policy, there should be a free and open debate with the American people understanding clearly what such a commitment means in terms of costs and consequences, not a “suspension of rules” stealth legislative package.

If Buck McKeon and his friends on the House Armed Services Committee want to give Israel a billion dollars and actually believe it serves the U.S. national interest, why do they hide it in a procurement bill for the defense of the United States? If historians 100 years from now seek to explain how a great power committed seemingly intentional national suicide, they will have to look no further than the voting record of the U.S. Congress.

Source: Council for the National Interest


12 Comments »

  1. Rob May 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    This flood of congressional and excutive orders has been intensifying to the point that something is in the works. The zionist entity seems to be prominent, as well as the attack against the citizens of the USA. For them that can think, it won't be a carefree, enjoyable, holiday weekend.

  2. Howard T. Lewis III May 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      The Rothschild owned Jonestown called Israel is paid for by American taxpayers and voters who thought those mewling poodle prancing poltroon congresspersons were doing that song and dance for them. Fools.

  3. wings May 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    when are the people of the USA going to do somerthing about all this insanity. Your houses are being foreclosed on and you are paying for the zionist agenda. Come on!

  4. igor May 21, 2012 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    he really does look like a conservative.

  5. Carrie Mudgeon May 22, 2012 at 1:28 am - Reply

    We are obviously preparing for, and hedging our bets around, an impending military action, through Israel, against Iran. All the BS about nuclear weapons and the sabre rattling that Israel has been doing in this regard, makes little sense unless the US is preparing for a proxy war. Once we have Iran in a head lock, OPEC will have to start playing ball and we can turn our attention to oil in Africa. It is an amazing thing to watch the world's governments go to all these lengths at the behest of Petroleum companies. It may have taken 65 million years, but the dinosaurs finally rule the earth once more.

  6. Freerider May 22, 2012 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Israel is slowly turning America into full Police State, which will fully contain American Citizens. They have secretly bought up all the arms companies and  ammo manfacturers. They fully own the congress, the Senate and White House. Wake up people or you will be more of a slave in your own country. 

  7. Touchedthesky May 22, 2012 at 10:06 am - Reply

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.  A murderer is less to be feared.”
    (Cicero, 42 B.C.)
     
    What part of the Symington Amendment of the United States? Constitution do these traitorous whores not understand?
     
    It is a Treasonous Capital Crime for anyone to knowingly provide US Military Tech and $ to ANY foreign country that has Nuclear Weapons, including 9/11 Israel!!!
     
    How many times can treasonous (* I had to censor myself!*) bend over and spread for Israel before their rear ends open up into their mouths?
    Oops!  Too late.  The 'Israel-First' Traitors to America already shamelessly lie through their rear ends.
     
    America desperately needs Legitimate Leadership that places allegiance to America, First, Second, Third, and Foremost.
     
    "By way of deception thou shall do war"
    (Motto of Israel's MOSSAD)

     
    No one can serve two kings at the same time.
    No one can be loyal to two countries at the same time.    It is living a lie worse than Bigamy.
    It is Treason.
     
    America desperately needs Legitimate Leadership that places allegiance to America, First, Second, Third, and Foremost.
     
    "By way of deception thou shall do war"
    (Motto of Israel's MOSSAD)
     
    It is clear that Israel's criminal government simply cannot exist without starting wars based on lies and deceptions, invading other people's countries, murdering 'brown people', stealing their resources, lying about it, and pretending to be "poor victimized Jews". 
     
    Google the "Lavon Affair" and "The USS Liberty", just to name a few of Israel's murderous scams against the US. 
    And don't forget to Google "Israel Did 9/11 All The Proof In The World!"
     
    If Israel wants to start a Nuclear War with Iran and Russia, then let Israel do it alone, and leave our kids alone!!!
     
    We are Americans First!
    Not enslaved serfs for Israel!!!
     
    Semper Fi
     
    (Book of Revelation, Chapter 2:9 )
    "I know your works, tribulation, and property (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan".

    Quotable quotes from the 'self chosen ones' :

    We have exterminated the property owners in Russia. We are going to do the same thing in Europe and America.”
    (The Jew, December 1925, Zinobit)

    The world revolution which we will experience will be exclusively our affair and will rest in our hands. This revolution will tighten the Jewish domination over all other people.”
    – Le Peuple Juif, February 8, 1919.

    The Communist soul is the soul of Judaism. Hence it follows that, just as in the Russian revolution the triumph of Communism was the triumph of Judaism, so also in the triumph of fascism will triumph Judaism.”
    (A Program for the Jews and Humanity, Rabbi Harry Waton, p. 143-144).

    Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, made the following statements about "9/11":
    “It’ very good.” He then edited himself saying, "Well it's not good but it will generate sympathy for Israel". "We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq," Ma'ariv quoted Israel's PM as saying.

    So, with a fake "ally" like Israel, who needs any enemies?

  8. shaggerlyeb May 22, 2012 at 11:38 am - Reply

    We have never been able to afford Israel. Time to cut the financial umbilical cord.  Charity begins at home. Let's feed and clothe the homeless masses in the US.  End foreign aid, particularly to rich and arrogant countries. 

  9. Nick May 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Take back America and the rest of the world from Zionist, Jewish control! Here in the U.K and the rest of the world, we have the same problem. They want world government dictatorship and they will stop at nothing to get it! We must find a way to fight back or The New World Order will put the likes of Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin and all the others to shame!

  10. Rexw May 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    As each day passes and each piece of new legislation passes through the Israeli-controlled American political system, I shudder to think where this will all end.

    It is patently clear that the US has sold its soul by pandering to every Israeli wish. Even more so,  the US through its totally controlled sycophants in both the Congress and The Senate are no longer representing their electorates as they should but are slaves to the dicates of a foreign and mostly disliked, arrogant, warlike country.

     

    The future is grim indeed but while we see such reports written by such luminaries as Philip Giraldi and printed by My Catbird Seat, we have a chance to see such information and deeds of treachery reach the people of the US who to date, have shown by their apathy that they really don't give a damn what their government does.  

     

    There's the rub. If the people don't care in enough numbers to make a difference and by their lack of interest allow the same feckless politicians to accept the corruption and graft from organisations like AIPAC,, a cancer in the guts of America, then it will be business as usual and the Zionists will win the battle.

     

    However, if we can muster enough pens like Giraldi to write the facts for middle America to read, then we all have a chance. It is a pointless waste of time to place any faith in the empty-suited Obama and the expecations of a Romney being any better is nothing but fanciful…

     

    America got rid of what they saw as oppressive tyrants, the British to make a decent country for millions. You have done it before. You must do it again. One should not think for one second that the US is not being invaded right now, from within.You must stop the Cantors Schumers, Leibemans and the like from seling your country out. Americans they ain't. 

     

    The US used to be a country to be proud of, respected and with virtue. That's all  gone now  

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