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Benjamin Netanyahu: Leader of the Free World

Bondman60 Wrote: Nov 20, 2012 2:20 PM
Here are some things to think about, chicaree: 1. The aid to Israel is roughly equal to the aid the US gives to Israel's enemies, in aggregate. 2. The aid to Israel comes with many strings attached, including how the money must be spent. In practice, Israel is stuck buying weapons it cannot use, and parts for hardware it does not own. That $3 billion is more a way to prop up the US military manufacturers than anything else. 3. Many in Israel want to reduce the aid it gets from the US, but only if aid to its enemies is reduced in equal proportions. 4. The technology developed for Iron Dome will someday be needed here in the US, and thanks to Israel, it is already battlefield proven. continued...
Bondman60 Wrote: Nov 20, 2012 2:24 PM
5. Israel provides intel to the US that was recently valued at about $60 billion. IOW, it would cost us taxpayers $60 billion to acquire the intel data that Israel provides for free, with no strings attached. 6. Israel would not need Iron Dome as nearly as much if the US hadn't forced Israel to retreat from Gaza. When the IDF had bases in Gaza, it could identify and destroy missile launch sites fairly easily. It was Condi Rice, with Bush's support, that forced Sharon to evacuate this strategically important area, so perhaps the US has some responsibility for the situation that resulted from the evacuation of Gaza.

There has been much talk of late about America’s “fiscal cliff.” As troubling as our impending (Obama-spurred) economic collapse may be – and it is more troubling than even our most pessimistic economists are willing to admit – I’m even more concerned about fast-mounting tensions worldwide.

As the world government ship of fools drifts unmanned amid a sea of unparalleled global volatility, we, her passengers, behold – brewing on the horizon – an economic and foreign relations “perfect storm.”

As so often is the case, the hurricane swirls around the Middle East.

Historically, the president of the United...