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VASSAL STATES?

By Pete Moore On May 25th, 2012

I see the House of Representatives has passed H. R. 4133: United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012. You have to ask: what’s the relationship here? Do give it a read, it’s not long.

The Bill was drafted by Reps Eric Cantor and Steny Hoyer and, among other things, seeks to “express the sense of Congress regarding the United States-Israel strategic relationship”. It notes the “special bond between the United States and Israel” and “reaffirms the enduring commitment of the United States to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish state”. Nothing surprising there. However, beyond the kisses, it effectively extends unlimited funding to ensure Israel’s regional military superiority. Apart from the federal government itself, who or what else can ever be awarded that largesse, on the backs of the sweat of American workers?

And hang on, a few months ago Netanyahu told Congress that Israel can defend itself, pointedly stating that “we defend ourselves”, so why the extended advantage now?

And more than that, more than business between the US and Israel, we need to be aware that the Bill provides “an expanded role for Israel within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), including an enhanced presence at NATO headquarters and exercises”. Frankly I don’t like the sound of that, because it means that if British forces are affected in anyway by this clause, it’ll be because of Middle East affairs, involving conflicts which are none of our business and in the service of a nation which needs no outside help, as we just heard.

3 Responses to “VASSAL STATES?”

  1. Intersting post Pete. Looks pretty much like a blank cheque.

    And it suggests that an attack on Iran this year may well be a done deal.

  2. Iran is the target and yet it appears to be far from the enclosed clerical dictatorship as is usually reported by the corporate media:

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/modern-and-muscular-tehran-embodies-a-nation-intent-on-influence/article2443142/

    – Its capital doesn’t look beleaguered. Cranes festoon the skyline. Modern blocks of multimillion-dollar apartments march up the Alborz mountain foothills in prime locations north of the city. Hundreds of thousands are betting on a housing boom. Fuelled by vast reserves of oil and gas, Iran’s economy has boomed even as successive U.S. administrations have attempted to isolate it.

    As far away as Karaj, 30 kilometres to the west, modern new housing complexes, mostly high-rises but also planned communities of single-family dwellings, are sprouting in a fast-growing corridor that resembles the edge cities in the United States. A four-lane highway and high-speed commuter trains bring tens of thousands into Tehran daily

    At street-side coffee stands or high-priced restaurants, Iranians gossip about politics and hope, with apparent unanimity, that the looming confrontation with the United States will be defused.

    But even Iranians who quietly oppose the ruling theocracy (and no one dares publicly oppose it after the crushing of the 2009 demonstrations) believe the country has been badly miscast and is subject to an unwarranted double standard.

    “We didn’t invade Afghanistan but we looked after millions of Afghan refugees,” said a musician with no links to the government. “I don’t want Iran to have nuclear weapons but I don’t understand why it’s okay for Israel to have them,” he added. –

    Well said!

  3. This is interesting:

    Iranian talks fail after neocon ‘blitz’ — as Obama dispatches aide to reassure Tel Aviv

    http://mondoweiss.net/2012/05/iranian-talks-fail-as-obama-administration-official-rushes-to-reassure-tel-aviv.html