Mr. Trump, Stop
Being An Ass. America First and Support for Israel Are
By Michael Scheuer
- Mr. Trump, stop being played as a dumb ass by
Jewish-Americans. Every American soldier, Marine, and
U.S. civilian who has died or been wounded or maimed
Osama bin Laden declared war on the United States in
1996 has been the victim — in significant part — of the
record of slavish and largely unquestioning U.S. support
for Israel’s national security interests.
This kind of
policy requires the utter abandonment of all the tenets
inherent in the concept of America First. Together, your
selection for ambassador to Israel — a supporter of West
Bank settlements; that is, the brazen theft of
Palestinian land — and your promise to move the U.S.
embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will do four
disastrous things: they will kill and maim more U.S.
military personnel; decrease U.S. national security;
prolong America’s Islam war by decades; and irreparably
rupture the trust of your political base’s faith in your
promise of putting America first. Proceed in the
direction you are setting and you will be from the first
day of your presidency nothing more than one more
post-1945 U.S. president who is a slave to Israel’s
national security interests, and the hapless pawn of
disloyal Jewish Americans, their organizations, and
obligation the United States has to Israel is to never
stand in the way of that country’s right to defend
itself according to its own best lights. Building West
Bank settlements, driving all Palestinians into Jordan,
Syria, Saudi Arabia, or Egypt, or making war on Iran and
Hizballah are all decisions that can only be made by
Israelis and their government.
The key point
is that while no other nation has the right to intervene
to stop Israel from exercising its right to
self-defense, neither does any nation have any
obligation — legal or moral — to allow itself to be
tarred with the brush of disaster which may accompany
Israel’s foreign policy or military actions.
And, Mr. Trump,
that is precisely the spot in which Israel and and the
leadership of the American-Jewish community want to put
you in: namely fighting wars on their behalf.
As long as you
choose to tie the United States to such things as
Israel’s settlement building, and volunteer to move the
U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, you will be further uniting
the Muslim world in their hatred for the republic,
telling American parents that their soldier-children
should die for Israeli rather than U.S. interests, and
advising U.S. taxpayers that they will continue to be
forced by a small and disloyal American-Jewish cabal to
shell out billions of dollars to build and defend
Israel, money that, as you said during the campaign, is
needed to accomplish the same tasks in America.
republic was not formed to be the cats-paw of any
foreign power — especially one irrelevant to U.S.
interests, like Israel — or any disloyal gaggle of
Americans. Neither is there anything manly or
self-respecting in you authorizing such Israel First
goals as are signified by your ambassadorial choice and
the plan to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Remember
that the supporters of both goals are the same people
and organizations who hysterically vilified you, lied
about you, and advised all Americans to vote for Hillary
Clinton. You owe them nothing, Mr. Trump, and America
owes neither them nor Israel another dollar or another
military life. It is time, Mr. Trump, to stop playing
the fool for Israel, Israel First, the Neoconservatives,
and at U.S. Congress that is controlled by all three.
A prolonged and
ultimately losing war with Islam or America First, Mr.
Trump? It’s up to you.
Scheuer is a former CIA intelligence officer, American
blogger, author, foreign policy critic, and political
analyst. He is currently an adjunct professor at
Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security
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