America, Israel’s Lackey

by Paul Craig Roberts
Published: Nov. 12, 2009 –

It did not take the Israel Lobby long to make mincemeat out of the Obama administration’s “no new settlements” position. Israeli prime minister Netanyahu is bragging about Israel’s latest victory over the US government as Israel continues to build illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

In May President Obama read the Israelis the riot act, telling the Israeli government that he was serious about ending the Israeli conflict with the Palestinians and that a lasting peace agreement required the Israeli government to abandon all construction of new settlements in the occupied West Bank.

On November 10 Obama’s White House chief of staff, Rahm Israel Emanuel, surrendered for his boss at the annual conference of the United Jewish Communities. The ongoing Israeli settlements, he said, should not be a “distraction” to a peace agreement.

Allegedly, the US is a superpower and Israel is a client state whose very existence depends entirely on US military and economic aid and diplomatic protection. Yet, in the real world it works the other way. Israel is the superpower and the US is its client state.

This true fact is proved to us at least once every week and sometimes two or three times in one week. A few days ago the US House of Representatives voted 344 to 36 in favor of disavowing the UN report by the distinguished Jewish judge Richard Goldstone that found that Israel had committed war crimes in its attack on the civilian population in the Gaza Ghetto. The Israel Lobby demanded that the House repudiate the fact-filled report, and the servile House did as its master ordered.

US Rep. Dennis Kucinich spoke to his colleagues for 2 minutes in an effort to make them see that their vote against the Goldstone report would be a great embarrassment to the US government and demean the House in the eyes of the world. But none of that matters when Israel gives its servants an order. The US House of Representatives preferred to demean itself and to embarrass the US Government rather than to cross the Israel Lobby.

Retribution quickly fell upon Kucinich for his 2 minute speech. On November 9, Kucinich was forced to withdraw as the keynote speaker for the Palm Beach County (Florida) Democratic Party’s annual fundraising dinner. The Israel Lobby gave the order — dump Kucinich or there’s no money and no one is coming to the dinner. County Commissioner Burt Aaronson called Kucinich “an absolute horror.”

Kucinich is the rare Democrat who stands up for his party’s principles, the working class, and tried to get health care for those Americans the corporations have thrown out on the street. But helping Americans doesn’t count. Israel uber alles.

Meanwhile, the US dollar continues to decline relative to other traded currencies. Since spring, anyone could have made a double-digit rate of return betting on most any currency against the US dollar.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently expressed concern that despite the dollar’s continuing slide, it might still be over-valued. The Federal Reserve’s low interest rate policy encourages speculators to use the dollar for the “carry trade.” Speculators, whether individuals or financial institutions borrow dollars at rock bottom interest rates and use the almost free capital to purchase higher yielding instruments in other countries. The demand for dollars to finance the “carry trade” keeps the dollar higher than it would otherwise be.

Last year it was the Japanese Yen that was used for the “carry trade” due to the practically zero Japanese interest rates. The next scare that unwinds the “carry trade” will cause another big drop in financial asset values. This means that the stock market is very volatile. It is based on speculation, not on fundamentals.

When the “carry trade” next unwinds, the demand for US dollars to pay off the loans will temporarily boost the dollar. But don’t be fooled. The large US trade and budget deficits are the dollar’s death warrant.

When the dollar finally goes, so will the government’s ability to conduct wars of aggression, underwrite Israel, finance its red ink and pay for imports. That’s when the printing press will really get going.



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Another War in the Works: America Is Led And Informed By Liars

Why Propaganda Trumps Truth

Europe’s Complicity in Evil

US Hypocrisy Astonishes the World

Why Not Crippling Sanctions for Israel and the US?

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10 Comments on “America, Israel’s Lackey”

  1. p says:

    this is so much bullshit and so far from the truth that it makes me realize that the whole blog may be of the same quality. anyone who subscribes to what Paul Craig Roberts wrote is surely of the class of the same bullshit and again puts to suspect all that appears on the blog

  2. David Lach says:

    by Barry Chamish

    The Israeli government has ordered its army and air force to enforce a 10 month housing freeze in Judea, Samaria, and secretly in Jerusalem, and mutiny is spreading throughout the nation and its armed forces. Towns are clashing with the freeze inspectors and the armed forces accompanying them. Reserve officers are publicly refusing to serve in the IDF until the freeze ends. Trainees wear t-shirts declaring their refusal to evacuate Jews from their homes. Soldiers search soldiers before induction ceremonies to confiscate non-evacuation signs. The PLO has drawn up a third intifada plan to take full advantage of Jews fighting Jews.
    A new plot to restrict Jewish growth is underway but it’s not called a withdrawal. Old people will populate Judea, Samaria and much of Jerusalem. Their children will not be permitted to buy homes there ever. They will die out and the homes will revert to the Arabs. Within 20 years, the towns will be Jew-free. And unless the Jews finally learn their past lessons, this plan will work. Please read this letter sent to me:

    I’ve been watching some Israeli TV clips on Youtube recently. Modern TV shows. Today I found a channel showing clips from Israeli TV of the 60’s, and 70s.
    The contrast between the two was very instructive. The old TV shows were bold, confident, almost joyous, in their underlying belief in Israel, Zionism and the whole enterprise. Lots of East European influence there. But more than that. The young people seemed to sing with passion, with conviction of ‘the right Way’. Not brainwashed or robotised, just strong youthful energy with passion and – guts…It seems this reflected the generation that founded the State, and their children. After 67/73 there were lots of questions, less absolute certainty, but still a fundamental conviction that ‘the Zionist Enterprise’ of their parents was right. When I watch the modern clips, all that is gone. Evaporated, as if it never existed. the old clips show young men in uniform, proud in uniform, who are just that; young MEN. The modern clips show young people dressed in uniform almost like it is a fashion accessory. The males are no longer young MEN, but old ADOLESCENTS. the difference is quite apparent to my mind. Its almost as if those young people would much rather be little Hebrew speaking Americans than great Zionists or Israelis. That’s the way they act. They ‘happen to live’ in Israel, but would be just as happy if not happier in NY or LA. And I would imagine this attitude coincides with a) the rise and rise of Jihadist Islam around them, and b) the way their country’s institutions, esp. the IDF are sinking into a sort of toxic mire.

    The country’s institutions? Supreme Court chief Dorit Beinish, then State Prosecutor, permitted infiltrator Avishai Raviv to set up Yigal Amir as patsy for the Rabin assassination. She appointed former Supreme Court chief Meir Shamgar, who ran the whitewash commission on the assassination, to head a new commission to decide how many Arab prisoners should be released to get back one soldier, in the present case, Gilad Shalit. The more you cover up assassinations, the more you rule Israel.
    The infiltrators are back, helping the institutions out.

    Civil administration inspectors are running into strong protests from West Bank settlers as they try to enforce the 10-month construction freeze decided by PM Binyamin Netanyahu. The heads of the Yesha Council of settlements plan to step up their protest against the freeze by laying the cornerstone of a new building and pouring cement. The timing and location of the demonstration has not been revealed to keep the police guessing. In Kiryat Arba, several dozen settlers, led by local-council head Malachi Levinger and right-wing activist Itamar Ben-Gvir, tried to block the inspectors’ path. At Kfar Tapuach, the gate was locked and police accompanying the inspectors broke in. Some 100 demonstrators crowded the inspectors at the settlement Revava. Meanwhile, dozens of people, led by the local council head, gathered at the gate of the settlement Kedumim, waiting for inspectors who never arrived. Efforts to block the freeze enjoy broad support in the settler community; banners were prepared yesterday declaring ”No entrance to the inspectors of Bibi’s freeze,” referring to Netanyahu. ”If we have to we’ll go to prison,” said Pinhas Wallerstein, a settler leader. (Guysen.International.News)

    The folks who got Gaza Jew free, are back in the fold, mucking up the latest evacuation. Shall we remind you what they did previously?

    I saw a similar performance by Binyamin Region Council head, Pinchas Wallerstein. Recall that he stirred a few waves in a proclamation calling for civil disobedience. So we all gathered to hear his plan. Now I lived through a period of civil disobedience and know how it works. In today’s Israel, protesters would sit peacefully en masse at the entrance to the Knesset or in roads leading to it, forcing the police to make the first violent moves. Instead of such actions, Wallerstein’s plan called for a protest vigil in the park opposite the Knesset. This hopeless action will begin on Monday, Jan. 3 and nobody will watch as a few disheartened suckers freeze in the rain and snow.

    It was Wallerstein who sent thousands of Yesha youth to wet, leaky, freezing tents in January to protest for a month outside the Knesset. The result, as anyone could have anticipated, was an utterly futile fiasco which visibly wore down the resistance of the protesters.
    Now it was July and he dusted off the same plan in reverse. This time, he would send the protesters marching in near 100 degree heat for two days to break their spirit. And if the day wasn’t torturous enough, we were being bitten to shreds by mosquitos at night.
    Wallerstein started speaking and he heard disinterested rumbling from the crowd. Quickly, he threw a tantrum, shouting, “Shut up! I’m talking! Pay attention!” This man finally revealed his personal weakness: He is a certifiable nut job.
    The Gush Katif hotel eviction. Did you know that Nadia Matar requested from the police to remove Itamar Ben Gvir and his hooligans from the hotel a week before the eviction? Guess what? The police IGNORED her. Why? They WANTED a big political story of the “crazies” in the hotel. I KNOW most of the people evicted from the hotel. They all said — a group of Itamar Ben Gvir hooligans came out of nowhere, refused to leave, and caused the whole “uproar” of what happened. Please note: less than 24 hours before the raid and eviction, the police arrive and escort Ben-Gvir out of Gush Katif. Why? He works for them…to rile up his hooligans…and make people like you think (and a lot of the Israeli public) that the hotel was full of fanatical crazies.
    MK Eldad: Itamar Ben-Gvir is a Gov’t Agent Wednesday, June 29, 2005 / 22 Sivan 5765
    ( Knesset Member Aryeh Eldad (National Union) said this evening that right-wing activist Itamar Ben-Gvir, known for his affiliations with Kahanist organizations, is actually an agent of the General Security Services (GSS). Eldad claims that Ben-Gvir was sent by the GSS to the Maoz HaYam hotel area in order to stir up the emotions and cause provocations. MK Eldad made the charges on Channel Two’s Mishal Cham interview program.

    Now the infiltrators are at work again. If the latest evacuation is not going to succeed, the Jews have to know that their protests must be truly grassroots. They must know that the IDF knows their every move and are, once again, attempting to coordinate their revolt to end it.
    If not, it’s a matter of time before this protest, this mutiny, and these clashes, will fizzle to nothing. Again.


    With permission, here it is. I believe this is my last hurrah; three DVDs so expensive and complicated to produce, they could not have been done without you. They were produced initially in Israel in PAL format. They could not be transferred to VHS format in Florida so I took them to New York to be made into DVDs. There, the sound/visual synchronization could not be matched and it looked like the whole project was lost for good.

    THEN, I sent out an SOS to 20 people to help me get the mess in order. Almost everyone of you helped with money, time or expertise. I won’t name all you saviors, you know how you come to my rescue when I need you, but I’d be ungrateful if I didn’t thank Bernie and Glenn Kimmel who found a brilliant technical answer to the dilemma.

    Believe me when I say, together we are the little group saving Israel and then the world. Just us, who else is there? While Israel has been taken over by crooks selling out its sovereignty, we expose the crimes and do what we can to rid the country of the perpetrators. And we know if Israel is finally rescued, the rest of the world will follow.

    Here are the three DVDs. For Israel, I released a four hour DVD containing two Hebrew lectures. The Rabin speech is finally in DVD format but more important, also within is my address in Kiryat Arba on the outside forces out to destroy the nation. It’s a difficult concept for the audience to grasp, but for the first time, it’s spelled out in Hebrew.

    In English, there are 2 one hour DVDs. Media Madness In The Middle East begins with SKY News interviewing me on Rabin, CNN almost reporting the facts, then the coverup begins with the Israeli army and police viciously attacking thousands of Jews at Atzmona and my long explanation of who is giving the orders. We close in Hebrew, as the Israeli media interview me on Rabin; a failed attempt at mockery that requires no subtitles.

    I fought in the Lebanon War of 1982, saw the media lies and reported them widely. I discovered a 25 year old gem, long forgotten but the only video I know of to expose American television for its blatant anti-Israel bias. The last ten minutes are technically a bit rough but this gem is your gift to the media package.

    PLEASE, show them widely. Order as many as you want to distribute to everyone you know. Be my distributors. If you burn the DVDs without labels, ask your recipients to donate a little back to me. My Paypal address is It’s tough getting profound truth out with little backing, but we can do it.

    AND if you want my book Shabtai Tzvi, Labor Zionism And The Holocaust, I have a few new copies. Email: or write me.

    POB 840157
    Saint Augustine, FL 32080

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