When will Americans wake up to the subversion and manipulation of their country by the Israel lobby? when they wake up to their own manipulation by their ruling elite which benefits from the arms trade.
The power of think tanks to shape public discussion and ultimately public policy was demonstrated before the Iraq war when public perceptions concerning Iraq were informed by a well-funded network of think tanks connected in many intimate ways to a pro-Israel political lobby that actively supported Bush’s Iraq policy.
The same actors are already marshaling against the report and the report’s subdued yet explicit linking of wider Middle East problems with Iraq:
“There must be a renewed and sustained commitment by the United States to a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace on all fronts: Lebanon, Syria, and President Bushâ€™s June 2002 commitment to a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.”
The report directly connects Israel to Iraq in a way that unsettles Israel’s supporters, stating,
“The United States cannot achieve its goals in the Middle East unless it deals directly with the Arab-Israeli conflict…”
Because of this, we already see, among others, Israel and its foreign policy advocates in America piling on criticism. Some are starting to deconstruct the report as a defeatist document produced by a spineless liberal establishment.
The critics have something in common, a high regard for Israel and the notion that Israeli foreign policy objectives are always the same as US foreign policy objectives.
In the case of Iraq, this equation is patently false. The United States is suffering from Bush’s adventure in Iraq and Israel is benefiting from the chaos resulting from it.
This report deserves to be read and discussed rather than blithely dismissed. The critics may howl, yet none dare call it treason.”