Israel`s American Chattel

"I do not believe the National Intelligence Council could function
effectively while its chair was under constant
attack by unscrupulous people with a passionate
attachment to the views of a political faction in a
foreign country.

"The tactics of the Israel Lobby plumb the
depths of dishonor and indecency and include
character assassination, selective misquotation, the
willful distortion of the record, the fabrication of
falsehoods, and an utter disregard for the truth.
The aim of this Lobby is control of the policy
process through the exercise of a veto over the
appointment of people who dispute the wisdom of its
views, the substitution of political correctness for
analysis, and the exclusion of any and all options
for decision by Americans and our government other
than those that it favors.

"There is a special irony in having been
accused of improper regard for the opinions of
foreign governments and societies by a group so
clearly intent on enforcing adherence to the
policies of a foreign government – in this case, the
government of Israel. I believe that the inability
of the American public to discuss, or the government
to consider, any option for US policies in the
Middle East opposed by the ruling faction in Israeli
politics has allowed that faction to adopt and
sustain policies that ultimately threaten the
existence of the state of Israel. It is not
permitted for anyone in the United States to say so.
This is not just a tragedy for Israelis and their
neighbors in the Middle East; it is doing widening
damage to the national security of the United

Ambassador Charles Freeman

on declining his appointment as Chairman of
the National Intelligence Council
Wall Street
, March 10, 2009

Many conservatives take
vicarious pleasure in America`s superpower status. 
Bush`s flaunting of American power is one reason
conservatives took scant notice of Bush`s police
state measures and ill-conceived wars. Conservatives
were so delighted with Bush giving the finger to the
UN, the world community and especially France, a

conservatives have despised ever since
Charles De Gaulle

refused to follow the American line
, that
conservatives paid no attention to Bush`s assault on
civil liberty and his squandering of America`s soft

I wonder how much longer
conservatives will be strutting around now that the
Taliban are denying the Peshawar/Khyber Pass supply
route to the unipower`s military for resupply of its
troops in Afghanistan.  The US has had to go
hat in hand to the Russians to request a resupply
route through Russian territory, and has been told
non-munition supplies only.  The Russians might
be willing for Obama to send arms through if Obama
repudiates Bush`s decision to put anti-ballistic
missile defenses in the American puppet states of
Poland and Czech Republic.

The Polish government is
concerned about repeating its World War II mistake
of putting its fate in the hands of a distant
protector instead of with the military power on its
border and recently admonished Washington not to
renege on the missile deal.  Poland is clinging
desperately to Bush`s promise of nuclear war in
defense of Poland, just as seven decades ago the
Polish colonels thought they could stick their
finger in Hitler`s eye, because Britain had given
Poland a guarantee.

Iraq is another embarrassment
for conservatives, with the Iranian-allied Shi`ite
party, not the unipower, dictating the withdrawal
agreement.  The US remains in Iraq only as a
useful scapegoat for the Shi`ite rulers.

But what`s really going to blow
the legs out from under conservatives is the
realization that the great superpower is the chattel
goods of the Israel Lobby.  

The Obama administration,
despite the Democrats` decisive electoral victory in
last November`s election, has demonstrated that the
great unipower cannot appoint its own chairman of
the National Intelligence Council. Charles Freeman,
a distinguished and independent-minded American,
former ambassador and former Assistant Secretary of

found his appointment blocked
by Steve Rosen, a
former official of the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee (AIPAC) currently

under indictment
as an Israeli spy, and a
handful of American Jewish

closely identified with the
right-wing government in Israel. 

How is the United States a
superpower when it cannot appoint the official who
oversees the National Intelligence Estimate without
the approval of the Israeli right-wing government
and its American agents?  

Conservatives will say, of
course, that Israel is the
democracy in the Middle East."
question whether Israel, or, for that matter,
America, is a democracy is beside the point. 
The point is that Israel has shown that it can
control not merely US foreign policy but also US
intelligence policy.  

Last Thursday America`s
Overlord sent the Chief of Staff of the American
financed and supplied Israel Defense Forces,

General Gabi Ashkenazi,
to meet with 
President Barack Obama, Admiral Mike Mullen,
Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General
James Jones, National Security Advisor, and Dennis
Ross, the US State Department`s

Special Advisor for the Persian Gulf and Southwest

The Israeli newspaper

that General Ashkenazi will also meet
with "senior
American journalists and with the heads of

, the American pro-Israel lobbyist group."

General Ashkenazi will also
"be a guest of honor at the annual `Supporters of the IDF [Israeli
Defense Forces]"
convention in the city of New
York and will address its participants.

General Ashkenazi will also be
meeting with former Secretary of State Henry
Kissinger "as
well as with the heads of the New York Jewish

The official reason for General
Ashkenazi`s visit is to warn America about the
threat that Iran presents to the United States. In
reality, the general has been sent to stir up an
American attack on Iran. 

The military/security complex
will welcome the opening of a new front on the
"war on
  The profits of the American arms
industries desperately need a new war to replace
government in Washington desperately needs
new reasons to suppress American civil liberties. 
The traitorous Bush Republicans and their Democratic
enablers desperately need justification for
committing America to multi-trillion dollar illegal
wars.  The neoconservatives desperately need a
rationale for the lies they told to start what they
hope are long-term wars in the Middle East. 
The neocon madmen even want to overthrow Saudi
Arabia, one of America`s largest creditors.

Conservatives will welcome
these developments with open arms.  America
will have a chance to redeem itself.  America
can yet prove it is a superpower by conquering both
Iran and Afghanistan.  Once these victories are
in hand, Israel can destroy both Hamas and
Hezbollah, and the new Israel can incorporate
Palestine and southern Lebanon.  

While conservatives dream these
dreams, the Premier of China, Wen Jiabao, expressed
on Friday, March 13,

his fears that the US Treasury`s credit was not good
and that his country`s $1 trillion investment in
American debt was endangered.  Premier Wen
said, "We
have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. 
Of course we are concerned about the safety of our
assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little

Contrast Premier Wen`s concern
with the optimism coming out of the Obama
administration and what remains of Wall Street.  

Then exercise Charles Freeman`s
independent thinking and make up your own mind. 

Is America a superpower, or is
America a rapidly declining country destroyed by
gratuitous wars and shyster banksters? 

Paul Craig Roberts [email
] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s
first term.  He was Associate Editor of the
Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded
the Legion of Honor by French President Francois
Mitterrand. He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author
with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.