No War for Israel

Recently the media have been pounding the drums for war with Iran, seemingly having learned nothing from the misadventures of our last five wars. Our national paper of record has been giving agents of a foreign power chance after chance after chance to soften us up to play the sucker one more time.

Normally, people who are catastrophically wrong lose influence, so one would expect that the people who got us into a decade of pointless war would have been replaced by now. Unfortunately, they are now more entrenched than ever, in our government and in the media. This anomaly cries out for explanation – and it has been explained. If you read nothing else I ever link to, read this. (Available in expanded form here.)

In its most recent articles, the NYT continues to elide the distinction between a civilian nuclear program and a weapons program, and misleads the public into believing that Iran is certainly pursuing nuclear weapons. In fact, neither the American nor the Israeli intelligence service believes that Iran is building nuclear weapons; rather, they believe that Iran is pursuing nuclear technology in connection with its civilian nuclear program and has not yet made the decision to weaponize.

The Times still has blood on its hands from its role in selling the Iraq war. Sadly, they appear to have decided that the only way to wash off blood is with more of the same.

For some fun, lets look at the comments on the latter article, and compare the “Readers picks” with the “NYT picks.” The following are the most popular comments, all of which are more popular than the most popular of the NYT picks

New York

It really is disgusting to behold how all American politicians must genuflect to the Israelis. An American military strike on Iran would be disastrous to American interests, especially given the fact that Obama has put together a wrenching set of sanctions on the Iranians that have a good chance of actually accomplishing their intended purpose. Why not let them play out? Additionally, we should cut Israel loose. They’re developed enough to not need any aid from us, and the constant cover we give them in the UN and elsewhere for their awful treatment of the Palestinians they subjugate run counter to our interests. How about electing politicians who put America’s interests first, and not Israel’s?

March 5, 2012 at 1:18 p.m.


Why do we let the Israel lobby control our Middle East policy? Why is America a poodle for Israel?

March 5, 2012 at 1:29 p.m.

craig geary
redlands, FL

Were I in Preisdents Obama’s position, I would pull Netanyahu aside and tell him

. “Sir, you have tried to back myself and my country into a corner. You thought I would cave to your outrageous demands because of the coming elections. You have made a great error indulging in your megalomania. When I am re-elected I’m going to talk very seriously to Congress about why american taxpayers send Israel $3.5 billion a year when your government is rapidly, illegally colonizing the West Bank, against the wishes of the world and the United Nations. I also think it is past time for Israel to sign the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty and open itself to IAEA inspection.”

My country is sick of war. Yet, you have the temerity to try to force the United States into another one. Allies do not do that.

March 5, 2012 at 2:39 p.m.


Bibi, you little child. Why don’t you just sit and wait like a good little boy, if you can, and wait until the adult, Barack Obama, comes to tell you what you should do.

Bibi, you are an infantile version of what Israel really needs.

Israel, you have given up the moral high ground. You used to have it, but you have squandered it. It is up to the Israelis, as smart as they are, to figure out where they have gone wrong and correct it. I’ll give you a clue: Stop coddling the Hard Right in your country and government. If you don’t, you are lost. Which would be a tragedy.

March 5, 2012 at 1:21 p.m.

Palo Alto

There is NO moral, historical or sane reason for Obama to support warmongering by Israel.

By pretending to he may raise some money but he will lose millions of the moral minority who stumped for him in the last election.

March 5, 2012 at 1:19 p.m.

Montclair, New Jersey

Great! Israel is going to start a war in the middle east and plunge the world into the economic dark ages and send thousands of our people back into the middle east, just when we were leaving. Thanks Israel!

March 5, 2012 at 1:21 p.m.


What was the last time Israel had the US’s back?

March 5, 2012 at 1:29 p.m.

Northeast corridor

For years I feel we have been largely ignoring the elephant in the living room, namely that Israel and AIPAC do not represent the best interests of the United States, but rather the promotion of state, many, if not most of us, believe to be making up the rules as they go along. The amount of conflict and angst the state of Israel has generated since 1947 is exhausting.

March 5, 2012 at 2:31 p.m.

Tom Riordan
South Orange, NJ

When Netanyahu says “Israel must have the ability to defend itself, by itself,” is he saying that his nation doesn’t need the billions in annual military aid from the U.S.? More important, doesn’t need the security guarantees from the U.S.??

March 5, 2012 at 2:46 p.m.


“Israel has the sovereign right to make its own decisions.” – Netanyahu.
I see! What he means is Israel makes the decisions and the U.S. MUST follow! Why are we paying billions of dollars of our taxes to such arrogant and ungrateful people?!

March 5, 2012 at 2:29 p.m.

Fairfield, Connecticut

The Israeli’s use an attack on Iran as a threat against the United States. What a great ally.

March 5, 2012 at 2:07 p.m.


The U.S. also has the sovereign right to make its own decisions, a right which I hope we will exercise.

March 5, 2012 at 1:29 p.m.

JD Clark
Provo, Utah

You know, Iran hasn’t invaded another country for about 200 years, which is more than Israel and America can say for themselves. While Iran certainly meddles in its neighbors’ affairs, we (as in Americans and Israelis) do so as well, much more so in fact. When Israel kills Iranian scientists without impunity, we don’t think that it is that bad, but when Iran tries to retaliate we call it state terrorism. And by the way, Iran was not very successful in trying to retaliate, which shows who really has the upper hand: Israel. For the last century or two, Iran has had to deal with constant Western meddling in its own affairs. When the Iranian people got rid of the Shah (a dictator by any definition) and replaced him with a democratically elected leader, Mohammad Mosaddegh, America deposed him (he nationalized Iranian oil, so we showed how we preferred oil to democracy). We then brought back the Shah. When Iranians got rid of a dictator again, we broke off all relations with them. I’m sure that in the minds of Iranians, getting the bomb is the only way to make America and Israel back off. And for the record, if Iran gets nuclear weapons, it will not start a nuclear arms race. Israel already did that by obtaining nuclear weapons first. I suppose it just makes the U.S. and Israel uncomfortable when brown people get nuclear weapons. What Israel is really afraid of is that Iran might be able to rival Israeli power. Israel likes being top dog in the Middle East, responsible to no one.

March 5, 2012 at 2:57 p.m.


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