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U.S.-Israel; an unwise alliance

In foreign policy on April 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Excessive partiality for one foreign nation, and excessive dislike of another, cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. — President George Washington

President Obama recently pledged $3 billion dollars in military aid to Israel for the 2011 fiscal year, according to The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee. Such outlandish “gifts” from the American taxpayers are nothing new in the history of U.S-Israeli relations.

Israel is currently the single largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid. According to Washington Report, since World War II the country has received almost $114 billion in aid — a “conservative” estimate, according to the website. At the risk of sounding anti-Israel, such transferring of American taxpayers’ money is outrageous.

To be sure, the United States gives aid, both military and economic, to other nations as well. But none so great as Israel. According to AIPAC, included in the president’s 2011 budget request is $1.55 billion to Egypt, $661.5 million to Jordan and $550.4 Million to the Palestinian authority.

Ignoring the fact that the U.S. government is running a trillion-dollar deficit, are such appropriations wise? AIPAC thinks so:

“This aid reflects the third year of a 10-year U.S.-Israel security agreement signed in 2007 to gradually increase U.S. security assistance to the Jewish state in order to meet increasing threats, including a potential nuclear-armed Iran.”

But is it really in the interest of America to be funding the military programs of other countries? And, as a nation, how do we justify imposing crippling sanctions on Iran for pursuing nuclear energy while at the same time arming its nuclear neighbors? Where is the logic in such a foreign policy?

Perhaps the next time some angry Arab cites the United States’ exorbitant support of Israel as a cause of hostility, Americans should take note.

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Bin Laden, Taliban; American made

In foreign policy on March 31, 2010 at 2:01 am

What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war? — Zbigniew Brzezinski.

Above: Former national security advisor to President Jimmy Carter and former foreign policy advisor to Senator Barrack Obama, Zbigniew Brzezinski, visits the Mujahideen in Pakistan.

In the late 70s, President Jimmy Carter began a covert CIA operation in Afghanistan known as “Operation Cyclone.” The goal of the mission was to train and arm ragtag “freedom fighters” in the hills of Afghanistan to fight against occupying Soviet forces. At the time, the fighters were known as the Mujahideen — we now know them as Osama bin Laden, the Taliban and Al Qaeda.  

Like the CIA’s overthrow of the democratically elected Iranian government in 1953, “Operation Cyclone” resulted in serious blowback and further fueled the rise of radical Islam. Ironically, President George W. Bush spent more than seven years fighting the terrorists Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan helped create.

Sources:

The Road To September 11, Newsweek, Oct 1, 2001

The Oily Americans, Time Magazine, May 19, 2003

How the CIA created Osama bin Laden, the Green Left, Sept 19, 2001

Brzezinski: Surge In Afghanistan Risky, Some McCain Backers Want World War IV, The Huffington Post, July 25, 2008

The CIA’s Intervention in Afghanistan, Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski, Le Nouvel Observateur, January 1998