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Unbreakable US/Israeli Ties

by Stephen Lendman

A hugely destructive alliance.

Longstanding US/Israeli ties remain firm. Obama's visit reinforces them. It does more. 

It assures continued support. It endorses hardline extremism. It affirms occupation harshness. It lets Israel do what it pleases.

America's special relationship does more harm than good. It's wrongheaded. Israel is more strategic liability than asset. So are other regional allies.

Flynt and Hillary Leverett are former insiders. Their views matter. Their book titled " Going to Iran " discusses why Washington "must come to terms with the Islamic Republic."

It shows no signs of doing so. It's decades overdue. An entirely new approach is needed, they argue. America's regional position is disastrous. It's delusional.

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After "failed wars-cum-occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan; a war on terror that has turned Muslim societies ever more firmly against U.S. policy; and de facto support for open-ended Israeli occupation of Arab populations, America's (regional) position is in free fall."

Attacking Iran is madness, they argue. Current strategy suggests it's likely. Engaging Tehran is essential. Candidate Obama promised to do so. Saying his efforts failed doesn't wash.

He never tried. It's high time he did. He refuses to acknowledge Iran's peaceful nuclear program. Harsh sanctions tell Iranians America's a strategic enemy.

Iranian leaders want better relations with Washington. They've wanted it for decades. They want it based on "mutual respect, equality, and American acceptance of the Islamic Republic."

Engaging Iran responsibly is Obama's greatest foreign policy challenge. He's fallen woefully short. His one-sided Israeli support is wrongheaded. 

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He's heading America for greater trouble. He's making world public opinion more anti-American. His agenda is strategically disastrous. He refuses to do the right thing. He shows no signs of changing.

Fyodor Lukyanov chairs Russia's Council on Foreign and Defense Policy. He's also editor of Russia in Global Affairs. His views matter. He believes Washington's gripped by "strategic insanity."

His Al-Monitor article explains. He discussed America's Iraq war. He said Russia believes US foreign policy reflects madness. He wrote as follows:

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I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.

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