Straight Talk on US/Israeli Relations
The Israeli tail wags the US dog destructively.
by Stephen Lendman
Harry Truman recognized Israel minutes after its May 14, 1948 independence was declared. He was the first world leader to do so.
Weeks earlier on March 25, he met secretly with Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann. He pledged support. A special bond was established.
Strategic interests largely benefit Israel. Washington provides it more aid and benefits than all other nations combined. It's not because of historic binding ties.
A special relationship does more harm than good. It's counterproductive and lawless. It's financially, politically, militarily and diplomatically bankrupt.
Ambassador Charles Freeman says it's "been running on fumes for some time. It is now totally out of gas."
Freeman is former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia. He's one of five Committee for the Republic co-sponsors. It calls itself:
"Ad hoc group with the designated mission of analyzing the role of the United States as an imperial power and the consequences associated with empire in general."
Its manifesto warns of dangers associated with seeking empire. It's "a work in progress," it says. Its goal is clear. It's about educating Americans about what's at stake. It says:
"The American Revolution was a nationalist revolt against the British Empire."
"Our country was born as a defiant rejection of the legitimacy of imperialism." The "inevitable cost of empire" is too much to bear.
"Domestic liberty is the first casualty of adventurist foreign policy."
"To justify the high cost of maintaining rule over foreign territories and peoples, leaders are left with no choice but to deceive the people."