If there is one thing nations of the world understand with impeccable clarity, it is that the United States of America stands by its allies. If there is one thing Willard Romney fails to comprehend, it is that America is Israel’s staunchest ally in the world, and his contention that President Obama “threw Israel under the bus” is a recurring claim with no basis in fact, but then again, Willard is renowned for making fallacious claims for political expediency and campaign donations. There are several reasons for Romney’s alleged “special relationship” with Israel, but regardless the motives, he certainly is not looking out for America’s best interests and by extension, jeopardizes Israel’s security every time he talks about war with Iran.
As Willard proceeds on his “fundraising world tour” after insulting the British people, he meets with his old pal Benjamin Netanyahu to plot a course for war with Iran if he wins the White House in November. It may seem curious for a cowardly draft-dodger to pant for another war in the Middle East, but there are ulterior motives other than just being Israel’s protector. Romney has impugned President Obama for not supporting Israel for some time, but the facts tell a different story. On Friday, the President signed a bill enhancing the U.S.-Israeli military partnership that “underscores our unshakeable commitment to Israel,” and announced an additional $70 million in military aid to support the expansion of Israel’s short-range rocket defense system, Iron Dome. The President said Iron Dome “is a program that has been tested, and prevented missile strikes inside Israel, and is critical in terms of providing security and safety for Israeli families.” Still, it is not enough for Romney because it does not start the war with Iran his Bush foreign policy advisors are planning. But that is another story.
Romney’s allegiance to Israel has a deep connection to his cult’s history that states Hebrews traveled to America 2600 years ago to build a civilization. The Mormon ties to Israelites include the founding of New Jerusalem in “the land of Missouri” that was “appointed and consecrated for the gathering of the saints.” Mormon literature contends that Independence Missouri was established as the “center place” because “the Lord spoke of gathering together upon the land of Zion, and upon her stakes.” Now, fantasy notwithstanding, if New Jerusalem and the center of Zion are in Missouri, why is Romney so intent on “protecting Israel” by attacking Iran? As with all things Romney and neo-conservatives, it is money and warmongering.
Last week, Dick Cheney hosted a fundraiser for Willard shortly before traveling to Washington to warn Republicans defense cuts resulting from their refusal to take a balanced approach to deficit reduction will be an epic disaster. Cheney’s company, Halliburton stands to lose hefty contracts with the DOD as the Iraq and Afghanistan wars come to an end, and Romney has pledged to increase defense spending despite the drain on the economy and winding down two wars, but if there is one thing conservatives have figured out, it’s that the quickest way to engender support for increased defense spending is starting another war against Islam under the guise of defending Israel. Besides profits for the corporations Romney is beholden to, his philosophy mirrors George W. Bush’s belief that America’s military might is the source of diplomacy, and imposing America’s will on Muslim countries is an inherent duty. However, America has a duty to its own people that is as foreign to Willard Romney as the absurd notion that Israelites founded a civilization in America 2600 years ago is to reasonable human beings.
America will always defend Israel, and one would think that providing Israel with at least $8.2 million each day in military aid is very generous, especially when social safety net spending is facing more horrendous cuts. President Obama has provided aid and support to Israel throughout his term, and yet Romney and Congressional Republicans have spent no small amount of energy decrying the President’s abandonment of “our closest ally.” There are Americans who wonder exactly what Israel provides America for all its military largesse and it is a valid question that engenders accusations of anti-Semitism any time it is brought up. It is also curious that America funds 18% of Israel’s military budget at the same time funding Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Iraq’s military while 46-million American children, seniors, and disabled citizens face drastic cuts to food assistance programs. Again, that is another story.
Romney will surely have better success in Israel than he did in the United Kingdom because he will fellowship with his old friend and real Israeli Netanyahu along with his new best-friend Sheldon Adelson who is probably happy to escape questions about violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a bid to get approval for projects in Macau, a special administrative region in China. However, Willard will be right at home demeaning President Obama in spite of increasing military aid to Israel, and bemoan his reluctance to pre-emptively strike Iran that Romney’s war council guarantees will “start a very substantial war throughout the region.” Many pundits think conservatives pant to wage war in the Middle East for oil, and to a great extent that is true, but another, more worrisome reason is a Christian crusade against Islam. Once again, that is another story.
For Netanyahu, Romney’s visit is an opportunity to help raise funds to install a lap-dog in the White House to do Israel’s bidding in the Middle East. Last year when Netanyahu visited Washington, he treated the President like a petulant child when Obama followed Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs suggestion that Israel use pre-1967 borders in a land swap to finally achieve peace in the region. One would think that for all the wealth America heaps on the nation of Israel, they could make a concession to give Palestinians a homeland that the rest of the world provided for Israel, but apparently being “chosen people” precludes making concessions, especially when the United States funds 18% of their military and guarantees to come to their aid if they attack Iran.
Israel knows full well that America will always be their staunchest (and maybe only) ally and will defend them at great cost to the American people, so does Willard Romney; and yet he travels the nation claiming the President abandoned Israel. However, more than anything, Willard will be with real Israeli’s instead of neo-Israelites entrenched in Mormonism awaiting New Jerusalem’s founding in Missouri, but just like the fallacy he is British because he likes Downton Abbey, he is still a wealthy elitist liar who will do anything to win the White House to start a war with Iran, create wealth for the oil industry, enrich the military-industrial complex, and begin installing his cult’s long-awaited theocracy.
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