"One huge problem with this conflict as it relates to discussion is that many arguments are conflated into one "GUT of the M.E." Kept my soapbox rather succinct eh? :)interesting points, all.
(ed: GUT=Grand Unifying Theory)
The US bias (IMO) towards Israel is interpreted (by some) to mean that AIPAC decides US foreign policy. I don't believe it. I get the sense that this view is encouraged because it serves to disguise other motives...ie...war profiteering, consolidation of wealth, police state implementation, etc. There is no doubt SOME sort of relationship between the US and Israel but it isn't "Hey US fight some wars for us."
Another thing that factors in are the winners and losers of the WoT. 9/11...Al Qaeda (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia very involved) the alleged perpetrators. Who pays for 9/11? Afghanistan and Iraq. Who benefits? Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, UAE and Iran. Some because the US considers them allies and others because of political dominoes that went their way.
Still haven't figured out the Israel/US/Saudi Arabia balancing act. Somewhat ironic that the only country that doesn't have oil (Israel) is the one that is said to dictate US foreign policy."
Here's a thought (that I haven't really thought through) - given that Perle and Feith (and Wurmser) wrote "A Clean Break" in 1996, and given that Perle and Feith established their defense lobbying company International Advisors Inc. seven years earlier - perhaps we should consider "A Clean Break" not so much as the blueprint for Israel, but more (or at least partially) as a blueprint for defense contractors.
Following that logic through, it isn't Israel saying "Hey US fight some wars for us" - it's more the defense companies (using proxies like AIPAC and ATC) saying "Hey US fight some wars for us."
update from Don in the comments downstairs:
If one considers that Israel (through IAI, Elta, and a handful of other companies) supplies technology and assistance to a number of nations on the 'other side', it gets a little clearer. For example, Israel deals with China and Pakistan, China deals with Pakistan and Iran, Iran deals with Hezbollah and Iraq.As james zogby noted in 2001:
Everyone's dealers of death & destruction make money while the world goes to hell.
"(Feith's) biography says that he specializes in "technology transfer, joint ventures and foreign investment in the defense and aerospace industries.""it appears that Feith was given the Undersecretary of Policy, DoD because of his history, not despite it.
suck on that, freedom lovers.