Iran and Syria are not a threat to the United States
Dog Arrives at Last
Fast forward four years. I would argue that all of that has now changed due to the complete acceptance by Washington elites and the media that Israel’s enemies are also the enemies of the United States. Washington has absolutely no compelling national interest in bringing about regime change in Syria or in going to war against Iran, quite the contrary. But Israel and its US lobby support the removal of Assad because it will reduce Syria to a collection of feuding ethnicities and will therefore be no threat to Israel, so the White House obligingly does the heavy lifting by supporting the rebels. The flood of terrified refugees that civil war will produce will flow elsewhere, towards Turkey and Lebanon, not to Israel. Iran likewise is no threat to the United States but is a regional adversary of Israel while both CIA and Mossad even agree that Tehran has no nuclear weapons program.
So the question becomes, can Israel force the United States to intervene militarily in both countries in spite of the fact that there is no reason to do so and the “blowback” and other consequences of both actions might be extremely damaging? It would be essentially a reversal of the classic client state relationship in that the client is in this case compelling the patron to do something on its behalf with the United States becoming in effect the vassal of Israel. It is clear that Mitt Romney will do Israel’s bidding and it is also true that President Barack Obama has painted himself into a corner on Iran in particular and might well agree to an attack on both countries due to political pressure from the Israel Lobby. This would be the pinnacle of success for Israel as it will no longer have to do its own fighting and can let Washington shoulder that responsibility for it. One might call it the complete Israelization of US foreign and defense policy.
Philip Giraldi is the executive director of the Council for the National Interest and a recognized authority on international security and counterterrorism issues.
This article was originally published at The Passionate Attachment
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