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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 10:15 AM

How We Became Israel

Peace means dominion for Netanyahu—and now for us.

By Andrew J. Bacevich • September 10, 2012

Peace means different things to different governments and different countries. To some it suggests harmony based on tolerance and mutual respect. To others it serves as a euphemism for dominance, peace defining the relationship between the strong and the supine.

In the absence of actually existing peace, a nation’s reigning definition of peace shapes its proclivity to use force. A nation committed to peace-as-harmony will tend to employ force as a last resort. The United States once subscribed to this view. Or beyond the confines of the Western Hemisphere, it at least pretended to do so.

A nation seeking peace-as-dominion will use force more freely. This has long been an Israeli predilection. Since the end of the Cold War and especially since 9/11, however, it has become America’s as well. As a consequence, U.S. national-security policy increasingly conforms to patterns of behavior pioneered by the Jewish state. This “Israelification” of U.S. policy may prove beneficial for Israel. Based on the available evidence, it’s not likely to be good for the United States.


http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-we-became-israel/

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Response to Sam1 (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 10:22 AM

1. I noticed this years ago.

The strong arm of an authoritarian government was perfected in Palestine.

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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:07 PM

2. The American Conservative?? Sounds like a great source!

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Response to LeftishBrit (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 01:02 PM

3. 2+2=4 even if the source is not so great.

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Response to Sam1 (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 01:16 PM

4. Vietnam War, 2 million Southeast Asians slaughtered, over 55,000 U.S. soldiers killed...

1964-1974. Was that "peace-as-harmony"?

The OP is too simplistic. U.S. war profiteers have been at it--successfully extending and expanding the war mobilization of WW II--since, well, WW II (Korean War, nuclear arms race, U.S. military and CIA hostilities of various kinds around the world--in South America, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Afghanistan (covert war against the Soviets, creation of Al Qaeda), Yugoslavia--for more than half a century now, including the Clinton administration's "sanctions" prep of Iraq for the Bush Junta invasion). The Bushwhack Wars are an extension of that fascist process of a permanent state of war, with now this "enemy," now that "enemy" as the propaganda tool. What was lost during the Bush Junta was, a) dissent within the political establishment, and b) all respect for international and national law and the goals of disarmament and world peace.

Israel did not create U.S. war profiteering--that is a homegrown phenomenon--and the final war profiteer triumph of the Bush Junta is as much the responsibility of our own Democratic Party leaders as it is Republican leaders. Israel's war profiteers certainly wanted to draw the entire U.S. war machine into the Middle East, to protect them during their land grabs and inhumane treatment of the Palestinians and from the enemies that they have largely created for themselves by their own aggression and peace-as-domination attitude, and they most certainly lobbied for Bush's wars. Also, the two war machines are certainly intertwined. Israel's war machine has been largely funded by U.S. taxpayers. But to imply that the U.S. has been more or less virtuous all this time and has now been "Israelified" is not an accurate description of the U.S. nor of the U.S./Israel relationship.

The U.S. has been Bushified. And the oil armageddonists of the Bush Junta couldn't have cared less about Israel. Israel was a pawn, an excuse, a convenient ally with many like-minded war profiteers running things--and the upshot of the Bush Wars has been to put Israel is even more peril than it was before, from countries like Iran, which is terrified by what the U.S./Bush Junta did to Iraq right next door. Iran's push for nuclear weapons is directly attributable to the Bush Junta's war on Iraq and is, currently anyway, defensive. (Jihadi armageddonists could conceivably get control of Iranian nukes but Iran's current government is NOT suicidal, and is actually a fairly decent government, considering what the U.S., the U.K. and Israel did to Iran's budding democracy back in 1954.)

EVERYONE and EVERYTHING, to the Bush Junta, was a pawn in their oil wars--including Israel, which more than anything needs real peace to survive and prosper. What was lost during the Bush Junta was any conscience whatsoever in U.S. foreign policy. This is not Israel's fault--for all their war lobbying, war profiteering and aggression. This is OUR fault--for letting our democracy get hijacked by OUR military-industrial complex.

Ultimately, some "real politick" entered into the situation--from a surprising source, in my opinion: Bush Sr. and his "Iraq Study Group," which I believe allied with the military brass and CIA who opposed nuking Iran and ousted Rumsfeld in 2006 and curtailed Cheney in Jr.'s final two years; they also installed Leon Panetta, a member of Bush Sr.'s ISG, first as CIA Director and now at the Pentagon, to end the war between the Pentagon and the CIA that Cheney-Rumsfeld had started.

But this had to do, NOT with conscience, but rather with, a) transglobal corporate interests (China, for instance, which gets a lot of its oil from Iran), and b) the efficiency of the U.S. war machine--everybody being on the "same page"--not one branch of the war machine foiling the plans of another branch of the war machine, for instance, Rumsfeld plans to plant WMDs in Iraq, to coordinate with the publicity that WMDs would be "found", foiled by the CIA WMD counter-proliferation project--which is what I think happened, and why Plame and her project were "outed" and why David Kelly was assassinated in England--or this is at least a good working hypothesis for those events over that 2-week period in July 2003. The U.S. war machine was inefficient--at war with itself, stupid, bumbling, too reliant on raw bloodshed and not enough on intelligence and long term thinking. The brains and the brawn had to be brought back together, if the war machine was to most effectively serve the transglobal corporate interests that ride upon its success.

Israel is just a cog in this war machine wheel. It is influential, yes. It may have even helped engineer 9/11. But it's successive rightwing/war profiteer governments have NOT been the "decider." And it did not pioneer unjust war, torturing prisoners, targeted assassination, destroying democracies or spitting on international law and human rights. We only have to look at the history of U.S. policy in Latin America to know WHO pioneered these horrors over the last half century. We also might want to take a clear-eyed look at which of our two war parties slaughtered the first million Southeast Asians in the 1960s. The Bush Junta may have capped a half century of horrors in U.S. foreign policy, with full-on fascism, but U.S. post-WW II wars started with Truman, a Democrat, and the worst of them, Vietnam, was deliberately escalated into a full-scale war by LBJ*.

I am not excusing Israel's crimes, nor the blindness, stupidity and greed of its war profiteers. But it is very inaccurate to blame this tiny war profiteer fortress in the Middle East for our own ills. We may feel dismayed, thinking of what Israel could have been--an exemplar democracy and great peacemaker in the Middle East--but we shouldn't allow disillusionment to exaggerate Israel's role in our own foreign policy and our own enslavement to our own war machine.

Both peoples--we and the Israelies--need to end our enslavement to war and seek "peace-as-harmony." Our war machines have made this very difficult, of course. But it is not too late. It is never too late to do the right thing. And blame-throwing will not get us there. Our plight is NOT Israel's fault. And it could well be that the opposite is true--that our war machine fostered a war profiteer, scofflaw Israel, rather than the Israel that could have been.

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*(Why LBJ did this is an interesting question. Recommended reading: James Douglass' "JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters.")

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Response to Peace Patriot (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 01:32 PM

5. Good post and reply.

*(Why LBJ did this is an interesting question. Recommended reading: James Douglass' "JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters.")


Could it have been vanity? I have read someplace that he said "I will not be the first President to lose a war!"

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