If I didn't know any better I'd say I smell a conflict of interest here with you being from Israel and my posts being harsh on Israel? Perhaps you should recuse yourself and allow another moderator to take your place on this? Or just fire away which I predict you will.
BTW don't label me as antisemetic. I had as relative sent to the gas chamber in Nazi Germany and I sure don't condone the way the Jews have been treated then and now. But I'm very unhappy with my country's unconditional support of some Israeli policies that have caused us a lot of grief.
Last edited by EnigmaO01; 03-14-10 at 02:45 PM.
Not highly improbable at all, the concept that somehow the supplying aid to Israel by both parties makes utilitarian sense to the US in any way means nothing when both American political parties occupy a very small wavelength together on the political spectrum. In fact it makes the mistake quite possible, our supply of aid at many points seems to point more towards the effect and interest of the Israel lobby than any material advantage to US interests that we have gotten out of it so far.According to your assumption of nil value, numerous US presidents (D/R) along with both houses of Congress (D/R/I) have been making the same foreign-aid mistake for decades. Possible I suppose, but highly improbable.
I'm willing to list sources if you have any questions about the above.
Netanyahu must roll his eyes every time Hillary, Biden, or Obama dial his cell phone. He does not respect them them, nor does the rest of the world.
All of these relationships need to be evaluated over time to ensure that benefit is still accrued to the U.S. Just because we've done something in the past does not mean we should continue doing it in the future.The US isn't being stupidly magnanimous. Different benefits accrue to America in each different venue. The foreign-aid to Egypt keeps the Mubarak regime in power. In return, Egypt does political and material favors for the US. Do you imagine that some CIA renditions wound up in Egypt by accident?
It's arguable how much benefit has been accrued long run from this aid. Again, as stated above, this is something that must be evaluated on an ongoing basis.Pakistan's nuclear weapons. Glad you mentioned that. Were you aware that Pakistan laundered US aid funds and funneled the skimmed monies into its National Atomic Agency and Khan Industries? Nevertheless, the US is still sending substantial aid to Pakistan? Why? Because as in all cases, it highly benefits the US either in the short-term or the long-term view.
Interesting deflection, Tashah.In the case of Pakistan, US aid is indeed a true subsidy. Without it, the country would quickly go bankrupt and Pakistan would totally collapse within months, if that long.