Israel has too much control over US actions
Editor, the Advocate:
Sen. Chuck Hagel said a big "no no" - "the truth" - in his confirmation hearing. The Israeli Lobby is the largest lobby in Washington, D.C. AIPAC is larger than the NRA even. They directly influence U.S. foreign policy and have since Israel's inception as a state by the United Nations in what was British Palestine. He was asked what things they make us do that is or was stupid. I can name some:
1) We send millions to them in foreign aid when they are a rich nation. 2) We send them defense systems like the Iron Dome when they should purchase it like any other nation. 3) They occupy and treat the Palestine workers who come into Israel every day to work like South Africans treated the blacks, and we are silent. 4) We cover up Israel's mistakes, such as the sinking of the USS Liberty in 1968 in which more than 34 Americans were killed and 171 were injured in international waters, an act of war if it was anyone else that did not pull the strings of both Washington and London. We finally declassified the "mistake" and were "paid" up until 1980. 5) Iraq 6) Iran 7) Afghanistan and Pakistan. I could go on and on. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a puppet for the Military-Industrial Complex and a Chicken Hawk Air Force lawyer, knew that Hagel would never answer that question. He is just another grand-standing Republican like Ted Cruz that will use almost any rumor to slow down an independent thinker who actually served this country with valor. This is truly sad. Neo-Cons are so afraid that continuous war will end, they will try anything to stop this nomination. The Palestine issue is debated always in Israel and Netanyahu's conservative party lost many seats due to his policies. Our media does not report that these issues are freely and openly debated in Israel because our media is controlled by Corporations that want to feed you certain things. Watch the BBC News Hour every once in a while, and you will see stories that our corporate-dominated dopes won't let you see.
Clinton K. Smith, Victoria