Scott Ritter from this speech on YouTube, Oct 16, 2006 (my transcription, my errors):
"One of the big problems - and here comes the grenade - is Israel. The second you mention the word 'Israel', the nation of Israel, the concept of Israel, many in the American press become very defensive. We're not allowed to be highly critical of the state of Israel.
The other thing we're not allowed to do is discuss the notion that Israel, and the notion of Israeli interests, may in fact be dictating what America is doing. That what we're doing in the Midle East may not be to the benefit of America's National Security, but to Israel's National Security.
But we don't want to talk about that - because of of the great success stories out there is the pro-Israel Lobby which has successfully enabled itself to blend the two together - so that when we speak of Israeli interests, they say 'No - we're speaking of American interests'
It's interesting that AIPAC and other elements of the Israeli Lobby don't have to register as agents of a foreign government. It'd be nice if they did, becuase then we'd know when they're advocating on behalf of Israel, and when they're advocating on behalf of the USA.
I'd challenge the New York Times to sit down and do a critical story on Israel, on the role that Israel plays in influencing American foreign policy. There's nothing wrong with Israel trying to influence American FP - let me make that clear. The British seek to influence our foreign policy. The French seek to influence our foreign policy. The Saudi's seek to influence our foreign policy. The difference is that when they do it, and they bring American citizens into play, these Americans they take the money of a foreign government, once they advocate on behalf of a foreign government, they register themselves as an agent of that govt so we know where they're coming from. That's all I'm asking the Israelis to do - let us know where you're coming from. Stop confusing the American public that Israeli interests are necessarily America's interests.
I can tell you right now that Israel has a viable, valid concern about Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon. If I was Israeli, I'd be extremely concerned about Hezbollah, and I'd want to do everything possible to nullify that organization. As an American, I'll tell you, Hezbollah does not threaten the National Security of the US one iota - so we should not be talking about using American military forces to deal with the Hezbollah issue. That is an Israeli problem. And yet, you'll see the New York Times and The Washington Post and other media outlets confusing the issue. They want us to believe that Hezbollah is an American problem. It isn't.
Hezbollah was created 3 years after Israel invaded Lebanon - not 3 years after the US invaded Lebanon, and Hezbollah's sole purpose was to liberate Southern Lebanon from Israeli occupation.
I'm not here to condone or sing high praises of virtue for Hezbollah. But I will tell you that Hezbollah is not a terrorist organization that threatens the US.