I hesitate to again return to the issue of war with Iran, but do so because the likelihood of that catastrophe appears more likely with each passing day. I look around the country and see no groundswell of popular support for such a war, or support for Israel attacking Iran. I hear no newscasters or strategists or pundits warning about any specific threat Iran poses to U.S. interests at home or abroad. And yet, Republicans in the federal legislature unanimously support the idea of Israel attacking Iran. The Democrats need not say anything publicly because it is obvious they are owned lock, stock, and barrel by U.S. citizen Israel-Firsters, and will do their and Netanyahu’s bidding.
Meanwhile, President Obama is sitting down for a Ramadan dinner with American Muslims, even as he does nothing to restrain Israel, or at least disassociate America from Netanyahu’s intention to start a religious war that will ultimately engulf the world. Indeed, Obama has told the U.S. military — if media reports are correct — not to shoot down Israeli air force planes if the fly through U.S. controlled Iraqi airspace on their way to bomb Iran. Too bad, such a turkey shoot would be entirely in the interests of the United States and would be excellent practice for U.S. pilots.
One hopes that Mr. Obama does not think his Ramadan guests are ignorant or — like him — cowardly and incompetent. The Muslim leaders who share supper with Obama will defend and assist their Muslim brethren in America and overseas to whatever extent is necessary once the Israel-Firsters get their war with Iran. Ironically, once the Israel-Firsters have their Iran war they will have assured Israel’s eventual destruction and involve the country of which they are nominally citizens — the United States — in an unending war with Islam. Indeed, if there is war with Iran, America will be fighting Muslims at home and abroad long after Israel is nothing more than an annoying and unlamented memory.
On Wednesday this week, I received an e-mail from Steve Clemons, a very intelligent man who runs the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. I was just one of many addressees to receive the note which called attention to an article by the Israel-First media shill Jeffrey Goldberg in the new issue of the Atlantic. The article claims there is a better-than-even chance that Israel will attack Iran this year. Geez, no kidding? Do Goldberg’s findings really surprise Mr. Clemons and the rest of Washington’s intelligentsia? Isn’t it apparent that Netanyahu and the Israel-Firsters simply have Rahm Emmanuel tell their Obama-dog to jump, and the Obama-dog barks back “how high?” Anyway, I sent the following note back to Mr. Clemons.
“Steve: This is a nice piece, but why waste so many words on an Israel-First propagandist like [Jeffrey]Goldberg. Israel will attack Iran because it wants to. We will support/condone the attack — and then very publicly refund and rearm Israel after the attack — because the bulk of the Congress has been suborned by disloyal Israel-First U.S. citizens and their rich Christian evangelical sidekicks. Going to war with Iran is in the hands of Israel and its U.S. supporters; the constitution is well and truly dead on the issue of war-making — the American people have no say at all about when we go to war with Iran.
“When we have a war with the entire Muslim world — Sunni and Shia — Americans at last will be confronted by the catastrophic failure of the best-educated governing elite the country has ever known. They will also see that the two parties are identical in foreign policy and intellectual bankruptcy, and that the electoral process is incapable of providing relief.
“At that time, I suspect, enormous numbers of Americans will begin to reacquaint themselves about the basic reason the Founders gave us the republic-preserver known as the 2nd Amendment.
As of this moment, I have gotten no response from Mr. Clemons, nor do I expect one. Israel’s control of U.S. foreign policy in the Muslim world is seriously criticized by few of Washington think tanks because most of them depend on donations from rich U.S. citizens, many of whom are also leading Israel Firsters.
It seems to me that the bottom line is that most of America’s 300 million citizens are now watching helplessly as their bipartisan governing elite is influenced (bribed?) by agents of a foreign power to allow Israel to start a war that will kill their military sons and daughters, further wreck the economy, and bring Muslim-vs-Israeli violence to their towns and cities. It appears that the war will start without one of the 535 federal legislators doing anything concrete to try and make sure America does not go to war unless the president asks for a declaration of war and the Congress votes one. On this issue, as I noted above, the U.S. Constitution is a dead letter because our leaders care more about lining their pockets and getting reelected than in defending the republic by refusing to fight other peoples’ meaningless-to-America religious wars.
Because of unquestioning and endless U.S. support for Israel and Washington’s abject failure to control thousands of miles of land and coastal borders war is coming to the United States. Thank God and the Founders for the 2nd Amendment, which ensures that those Americans who so choose can try to defend themselves, their property, and their families after having seen the federal government refuse to do so.