“If you mess with Israel, you’re messing with the United States of America”, says Herman Cain.
So much for that “Declaration of Independence” thing, huh?
Like Dick Armey, Cain’s first loyalty is to a foreign country – Israel – and not the United States.
When neocons publically prostrate themselves before Israel, it’s tempting to respond by quoting Jefferson, who, in his inaugural address, emphasized that America should have “entangling alliances with none”.
An alliance, however, benefits both parties involved. America’s relationship with Israel, while beneficial to Israel, is entirely detrimental to the United States.
Cain’s remarks provide a teachable moment regarding the dynamic between Israel and the US. While Cain’s unconditional worship of Israel is an all-too-common staple of neoconservative thought, no Israeli politician would ever stoop to saying “If you mess with the United States, you’re messing with Israel”.
Israel, on several occasions, has itself messed with the United States – often violently – and escaped the justified wrath that would’ve been brought to bear against any other nation.
In 2005, Israel publically lionized nine Jewish terrorists – on live television – for bombing American embassy buildings in Egypt with nitroglycerine and acid. Israel’s government had hoped that, by butchering American diplomats, it could trick America into attacking Egypt. In other words, it saw America as a useful tool it could manipulate to serve its own ends.
In 1967, Israeli planes and torpedo boats savagely ambushed the USS Liberty in international waters after following it for more than nine hours, obliterating 34 American soldiers with rockets and napalm. Israeli boats even fired on life rafts to drown servicemen trying to escape the doomed ship.
In an ominous display of Israeli influence, American rescue aircraft were recalled by the White House before they arrived at the scene of the attack.
The Moorer Commission – made up of admirals, generals, and diplomats – found “compelling evidence that Israel’s attack was a deliberate attempt to destroy an American ship and kill her entire crew”. The assault, however, remains the only maritime incident in history where the deaths of American forces were not investigated by congress.
For decades, Israel has conducted a massive campaign of espionage against the United States. The General Accounting Office has reported that “Israel conducts the most aggressive espionage operation against the United States of any U.S. ally”. The Office of Naval Investigations has caught Israel selling American military technology to China at least twice, in 1996 and again in 2000.
Cain’s doctrine, then, might be more accurately summarized as “If you mess with the United States, we’ll give you 8.2 million American tax dollars a day”.