Burch: American Hessians, or Overlords?

Friday, May 25, 2012 at 2:18pm
By Michael R. Burch

Albert Einstein pointed out that it is insanity to do the same things over and over again, expecting different results. So after a half century of failed wars and covert activities, it would be insane to attack Iran over nuclear weapons that it doesn’t have, may not being seeking, and couldn’t use even if it possessed them, since Israel and the U.S. would wipe out Iran in an eye-blink if it ever used nukes for offensive purposes.

But the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, which just passed the House of Representatives by the astounding vote of 411 to 2, seems to be the precursor to war with Iran. Since the war would be highly unpopular with the American public, the bill in effect passes the buck (and billions of bucks) to Israel, the American equivalent of King George’s Hessian mercenaries.

Many Americans (including this one) question who’s really running the show. Is Israel controlling American foreign policy in the Middle East by paying bribes (euphemistically called “campaign contributions”) to American politicians, who then support the Israeli Injustice Machine, even when it practices apartheid and ethnic cleansing against millions of completely innocent Palestinian women and children, resulting in 9/11 and trillion-dollar wars that resolve nothing, as more and more dead bodies pile up on both sides? In what way is any of this in the best interest of Americans who believe in equal rights and justice for everyone, not just the people with the most firepower and political influence?

Did Americans free themselves from the reign of Mad King George only to end up bowing down to another insane tyrant, Bibi Netanyahu? Even the former heads of the Mossad (the Israeli CIA) and the Shin Bet (the Israeli FBI) have recently opined that the leaders of Iran are rational, but Israel’s aren’t. The chief of staff of the Israeli military also called Iran a rational actor, so that’s three votes of confidence for Iran and two of no confidence from Israel’s intelligence services.

Yuval Diskin, the retired head of the Shin Bet, succinctly explained the depth of Bibi’s madness, saying, “I have no faith in the prime minister” because of his “messianic feelings.” Hitler had messianic feelings, but he didn’t control U.S. foreign policy and receive our most advanced weapons, with a blank check from Congress to wage war at our expense.

Quite obviously, we should not be giving billions of dollars and advanced weapons to a madman who wants to attack others, especially when the madman has hundreds of nukes and the other don’t.

One of the two sane members of Congress spoke in opposition to this latest piece of legislative insanity. Please allow me to quote Rep. Ron Paul:

"Mr. Speaker: I rise in opposition to HR 4133, the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, which unfortunately is another piece of one-sided and counter-productive foreign policy legislation. …

"The bill calls for the United States to significantly increase our provision of sophisticated weaponry to Israel, and states that it is to be U.S. policy to 'help Israel preserve its qualitative military edge' in the region.

"While I absolutely believe that Israel — and any other nation — should be free to determine for itself what is necessary for its national security, I do not believe that those decisions should be underwritten by U.S. taxpayers and backed up by the U.S. military.

"This bill states that it is the policy of the United States to 'reaffirm the enduring commitment of the United States to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish state.' However, according to our Constitution the policy of the United States government should be to protect the security of the United States, not to guarantee the religious, ethnic or cultural composition of a foreign country. In fact, our own Constitution prohibits the establishment of any particular religion in the U.S.

"This bill will not help the United States, it will not help Israel, and it will not help the Middle East. It will implicitly authorize much more U.S. interventionism in the region at a time when we cannot afford the foreign commitments we already have. It more likely will lead to war against Syria, Iran or both. I urge my colleagues to vote against this bill."

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

33 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 5/25/12 at 1:01

Appropriate Memorial Day tidings, I suppose? On this holiday marking
the remembrance of those who have given their precious lives for the
continued freedoms of America"s citizens and institutions, it's certainly
time to also reflect on why and who will be lost over wars of the future!

By: Beernazi on 5/25/12 at 1:32

Good post, gov.

By: yogiman on 5/25/12 at 4:40


When I was a young man there was a statement well known; "The sun never sets on the British Empire". And looking on a map of all of the nations England had under control, the phase was true. The sun never set on the British Empire.

I don't rememeber when the Empire began freeing those nations, and don't remember their reason, but they did free them and the US was getting more involved in helping other nations win their freedom from dominance.

It looks like the USA has relieved the Empire of it's duties and took over the maintainence of foreign nations.

In that sense, what's wrong with 'us taking care of them'? It seems to boil down to the point we give Isreal a few million every year, and they give a few million back to politicians running for office. Isn't that kind of like robbing from Peter to pay Paul? Would you refuse to give someone a wad of my money I paid in taxes if you knew they would give some of it back to you for your personal use? It looks like a good swap to both sides.

By: dargent7 on 5/26/12 at 4:52

Well written, and excellent points.
If Romney is elected, the USA will bomb Iran within his 1st 90 days.
He'll have to flex his muscle and show America how much of a man he is.
One can only hope and pray our current President on loan from Kenya wins a 2nd term so cooler heads can prevail.
If the US did not learn it's lessons from the debacle in Iraq and the futile nightmare in Afghanistan, let our collective soul be lost forever.
Leave Iran alone.

By: yogiman on 5/26/12 at 9:58

Sorry, dargent7, but you're wrong again. Our "government" (not what used to be our government but the one of today) is taking this nation as a slop jar to the outhouse.

Facts are facts. Obama is in that office illegally, and he knows it. Otherwise he would have quickly offered proof. The fact the Republicans are looking at Marco Rubio as a VP candidate, knowing he is no more eligible for that job than Barack Obama is for the one he's holding.

If Obama is knowingly kept in that office you can consider this nation being crashed into a solid concrete wall..., because it will be smashed into pieces.

And ya' know what? I wish you could prove me wrong.

By: yogiman on 5/26/12 at 10:16


If you'd go back in a little history, it shows a nation rarely lasted much over two centuries. It started falling when the people learned the government wouId "take care" of them (like welfare). I believe we've made it to two and a quarter centuries haven't we? Are you ready for our collapse.

The politicans of today aren't the same caliber as the originals of this nation. Again, go back in a little history; originally, Congress was is session for the nation and its citizens. Wars were few and far between and it was rare for one to serve over a couple of terms. Then they began to get a better education.

They learned they could set their own benefits, including their salaries, self-medical benefits and self-serving retirement program. These reached to goal of kissing anyone's ass that will give them a vault full of money to run for re-election. Can you explain why millions should be spent for someone to run for re-election for their House Seat? Just who are they supposed to be representing?

Congress has taken the attitude they are our supperiors instead of our employees. They need to be taught a valuable (you know, vote them out of office) lesson if we can manage to keep our nation.

By: pswindle on 5/26/12 at 11:35

Thank God that President Obama is holding BiBi's feet to the fire. The reason he got so mad at President Obama was that he could order him to bomb Iran. We have a President that knows better. He is not a Geo. Bush, who could be talked into anything by Cheney and the war hawks. Presidetn Obama is dealing with Iran, and he will show the way soon., I bet.

By: yogiman on 5/26/12 at 1:26

Don't bet too much of your savings, pswindle.

By: Ask01 on 5/27/12 at 10:27

Nations have from the beginning of recorded history allied themselves with often unlikely bedfellows.

The rationale being the enemy of my enemy is my friend.....in a manner of speaking, for the time being.

America is no stranger to this practice, with both political parties sharing equally bloody hands, tainted by the suffering not only of other nationalities, but of our own citizens.

Sadly, it is the nature of international politics and intrigue which requires these unlikely and often uneasy alliances.

Israel is one of our most dependable allies at the present in the region. They serve a purpose for the United States, if for no other reason, as a forward operating location, a forward intelligence collection site, much as West Berlin during the Cold War, and, to be honest a trip wire, or early warning system for possible global conflict erupting in the region.

I believe we need to support Israel as one of the few allies and democracies in the Middle East.

Israel's very existence, coupled with our nominal support, provides at once, both stability and balance, yet keeps potential opponents on edge, unsure as to how exactly America might respond to agression in the region.

That said, we must, for our own protection, ensure our patronage has enough strings attached to prevent any ill advised military adventurism which would further destabilize the region and draw us into a conflict for which we are not prepared.

Our relationship with many nations is one of convenience and expediancy, and must be kept symbiotic.

As I stated, we should support Israel, but under our own terms, and so as to protect our own interests to our benefit.

Just the opinion of one hillbilly.

By: Loner on 5/27/12 at 6:00

Extremely well-written missive, Mike Burch...Bravo!

By: Loner on 5/27/12 at 6:03

Ask01...I believe that you have been bullshat...with allies like Israel, who needs enemies?

By: Ask01 on 5/27/12 at 7:02

In a way, Loner, you do see my point.

As I pointed out, often, we must adopt the mindset, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend."

Israel provides the U.S. with a forward location in the Middle East to collect intelligence and conduct operations. All in relative security compared to many of our other supposed allies in the region, say Saudi Arabia, for example.

I do believe we, while exploiting the opportunity, must be ever mindful we do not allow ourselves to be manipulated into starting or conducting a war to further any nations agenda when that agenda does not coincide with our own national interest.

To put the matter bluntly, so long as the alliance benfits US national interests, and does not endanger Americans needlessly, we need to pacify the Israeli's.

I will admit I hold them in higher regard than I do Pakistan or Afghanistan as relates to being dependable allies.

As an aside, when I attended the NCO Academy, one of our guest speakers touched on the fact we would likely, during a military career, work with foreign militaries of nations who's dependability as allies was, at best, dubious. The point was to make the best of the situation, don't create scenes, and keep our "friends" pacified, if not totally happy.

From that bloc of instruction many years ago, I retain the belief we often do what is expedient at the moment, even though, given different circumstances, our actions would be very different.

Great discussion, have a great holiday.

By: Loner on 5/28/12 at 8:30

I'm sorry, but no, I do not see your point, Ask01.

The US-Israel "special relationship" is built upon, myths, half truths, wishful thinking and bold faced lies.

What's good for the Jewish State in Palestine is always good for the USA and for each state within our union of American states? AIPAC would have us believe that. Federal lawmakers who accept AIPAC-generated cash...from the Israel lobby...have convinced themselves that that absurd Zionist canard is actually true.

Click here and see who got what from the Israel-firsters:


Snippet for the top five Senatorial sell-outs to Israel...figures are for just this past election cycle"

Joseph Lieberman....$1,039,191
Mark Kirk......................$1,023,929
John McCain ...............$774,327
Benjamin Cardin........$491,002
Mitch McConnell.........$415,210

(end snippet)

Ask01, we US taxpayers have no reciprocal control over the Israeli Knesset....they would not stand for that.

Never forget the deliberate and vicious air and sea attack by the Israelis on the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967. 34 US sailors died in the fires...dozens maimed etc. LBJ whitewashed the inquiry..the "inquiry" lasted 10 days...that's it...shortest on record. What was LBJ trying to cover up? And why?

Here is a link to the facts about the perfidious attack on the USS Liberty:

Remember Jonathan Pollard? He's an ingrate American Jew who spied for Israel...he did great damage to US security....Israel, our "ally" reputedly sold these secrets to the USSR....Jonathan Pollard is still in prison....the Israelis named a public square in Jerusalem after this traitor. Allies do not name public squares after traitors to an ally, do they?

Here's a source on that:

Now, the Israelis, a nuclear scofflaw state, are writing the preconditions and conditions for negotiations with Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons program. The loonies have taken over the asylum.

Finally, as for the old adage, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend".....does not really apply here, if anywhere, IMO. The Muslims and the Arabs are not our enemies...they may be Israel's enemies, but they are not our enemies...at least it did not start out that way....Israel may think in those terms, but we should not.

Bin Laden struck on 9-11 because he perceived the USA as a friend of his enemy.....this sort of thinking may be endemic to the Middle East, but it is fundamentally un-American, in my view.

The US should disassociate itself from apartheid Zionism in Palestine and Jewish Jim Crow in Israel proper....until we do so, the Palestinians and the friends of the Palestinians will hold us accountable for the continuing misery and suffering.

By: Loner on 5/28/12 at 8:41

One more thing, Israel provides bad or sexed-up intelligence...they created the Yellow Cake hoax...Israel was convinced that Saddam had WMD..don't you remember all that, Ask01? Now they are providing the "intel" on Iran....don't we ever learn?

And Israel has never sent any troops into battle alongside US troops...not in Korea...not in Vietnam....not in Kuwait and the Gulf....not in Afghanistan....not in Iraq.....uh, what the hell kind of an ally is that?

Calling Israel our closest ally and best friend is an insult to our real allies in NATO.

By: yogiman on 5/28/12 at 8:47

Sorry, I must disagree with you, Loner, but yes, the Muslims and Arabs are our enemies. And you can think they aren't only if you're one of them.

I hope you all have a great day today and take a moment to recognize the ones this day was designed to acknowledge, our service members who laid down their lives for our freedom.

I hope their loss was not without avail.

By: yogiman on 5/28/12 at 8:51


What "real" allies do we have in NATO?

By: Loner on 5/28/12 at 9:17

Our NATO allies are fighting and dying in Afghanistan right now, Yogi....as a result of the US-Israel special relationship....The Israelis have never joined us as battlefield allies...they instigate the wars that the US and NATO then fight.

You may respect Jonathan Pollard and the Israelis for their back-stabbing activities, Yogi....after all you hate the US federal government and wish it would go away.....but those of us who believe in One Nation, Indivisible etc. we don't respect US traitors and those nations who name public squares after them.

You should convert to Judaism and migrate to Israel, Yogi....you got your mind right.

By: Loner on 5/28/12 at 9:28

If anyone doubts the power and efficacy of Israeli propaganda upon the US masses, Yogi's comment should remove all doubt.....the troll wrote: ".....the Muslims and Arabs are our enemies. And you can think they aren't only if you're one of them."

American Christians truly are useful idiots for Zionism....no wonder then that so many Zionist Jews consider the Goyim to be beasts of burden...here to serve their Jewish masters....Yogi's asinine remark is so typical of the US masses...indeed the masses are asses.

By: Loner on 5/28/12 at 9:42

And let me leave this URL as my Memorial Day offering...it's yesterday's (brief) sermon that my pastor delivered in our church, in Albion, NY...we are a Universalist Unitarian church.

Here's the opening line:

I have it on pretty good authority that “Holy Wars Suck.” At least, that’s the message that appears out on Main Street’s sidewalk every Monday, courtesy of Occupy Albion.

Here's the link:


Today is still a Monday...and I'll be out there again today....keep the faith!

By: Captain Nemo on 5/28/12 at 10:18

Albert Einstein pointed out that it is insanity for yogi to do the same things over and over again, expecting different results.

The lies you spew are not taking the effect you want. It only promotes your insane hate for President Obama. Understand that you are a North Korean agent, which has failed in your duties to start a rebellion.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/28/12 at 10:37

By: yogiman on 5/26/12 at 11:16

If you'd go back in a little history, it shows a nation rarely lasted much over two centuries. It started falling when the people learned the government wouId "take care" of them (like welfare). I believe we've made it to two and a quarter centuries haven't we? Are you ready for our collapse.
The fall this country and the other failed Empires, is do to the insane logic that the Empire of the moment is the only way of life and all other countries must follow and obey the Empire.

The conservatives were the ruling power of the long ago Empires and the conservatives are the ruling power of the American Empire. The USA is doomed because of the bubble-heads conservatives that never want change, because change means new ways to do business and that is too much work for the extremist Unadventurous. The enemy of any Empire is the yogi’s like creatures that siphon of the riches and can’t see beyond there on greed.

BTW yogi you are the one that is wrong and you lie to us and to yourself.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/28/12 at 10:40


The enemy of my enemy is never my friend. I will use one against the other, for my benefit.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/28/12 at 10:51

By: yogiman on 5/28/12 at 9:47

I hope their loss was not without avail.

In one post the old fool says that the country is doomed and all was a waste. Then another post the ripened dupe says he hopes they death was not without benefit. If parasites like you choose to hate anything new, then their deaths were in vain.

yogi you and those like you have destroyed many Empires in the past.

By: yogiman on 5/28/12 at 11:19


I presume God put a brain in your skull when he put you on this earth. My question: What did you do with it? Was it so weak it wouldn't grow at all?

By: Captain Nemo on 5/28/12 at 12:14

How would you know what a brain is yogi. You got your head so far up your ass and for so long, you think that that is all there is. Now take a deep breath and chock on your bile.

By: Ask01 on 5/28/12 at 3:39

Loner, I like to think, all things considered, we are using Israel to the same extent as thay believe they are using us, each to advance the others agenda.

My hope is, we as a nation, are maintaining situational awareness, and not letting Israel actually guide our path. I hope we are merely allowing them to believe they have significant influence.

As far as our NATO Allies, I feel compelled to point out Israel is not in the European alliance, nor located in the region. I believe they are one of our only allies in the Middle East, far removed from the European Theater.

One point, I have worked with some NATO Allies and developed some troubling concerns as to their level of dedication and, indeed, trustworthiness.

The expression concerning 'enemy of my enemy' is, as always, situationally dependent. We have seen all too often in the past situations in which those we regarded as 'allies' as an expedient means to an end have become at best adversaries, or at worst outright enemies.

I advocate using Israel, or any other nation, for our own good, in pursuit of our national agenda, ensuring we do not let them drag us into needless battles.

Anyway, have a great holiday, and marvel in the fact we got through this discussion, while at times disagreeing, without name calling and animosity.

The grills hot, beer cold, and I'm hungry.

By: spooky24 on 5/29/12 at 5:12

"ethnic cleansing against millions of completely innocent Palestinian women and children, resulting in 9/11"

Michael, you are so far off base with comments like that that it just shows all your other arguments(sometimes intelligently stated) are null and void. True, 9/11 is complex in it's planning and without a knowledge of Arabic and an understand of the culture of the interpretation of radical Islam the study path is murky.
However, the rejection of OBL's mujahideen, by the Saudi Kingdom, in favor of the Americans to invade Kuwait, was the main reason for the declaration of "jihadism" towards America.
The suffering in Palestine was simply a non factor.


By: Loner on 5/29/12 at 7:48

Spooky has been bullshat too....AIPAC has done its job very well.

Bin Laden clearly identified the US-Israel special relationship as his primary casus belli. The major US media have played that fact down for over a decade now...guys like Spooky don't have a clue....either that, or they are de facto Israeli agents, shilling for their apartheid-loving, nuclear-scofflaw state...their claimed "ancestral homeland".

The US has established the Jewish State using US taxpayer's monies...this violates the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution.

What's good for the Jewish State cannot possibly be always good for the USA and for each state within our union. Our federal politicians do not seem to understand that.

The Jewish State shares values with the Old Confederacy, not the USA today.

Time to divest from and disassociate the USA from the faith-based apartheid madness in the Holy Land.

By: Mike Burch on 5/29/12 at 8:31


You said, "One can only hope and pray our current President on loan from Kenya wins a 2nd term so cooler heads can prevail."

I agree. I don't care if President Obama is on loan from Mars, if he can save us from the reign of Mitt "First Strike" Romney, who made it clear that he won't even open his mouth until Bibi Netan-YAHOO tells him what to say.

Sometimes it is nice to have friends. But when friends become controlling entities who only care about their "needs," the relationship becomes dysfunctional. Israel doesn't act like a friend to the US. It acts like a spoiled child who has figured out how to get things it wants by issuing demands and having fits when it doesn't get what it wants.

When Israel uses the money and weapons we provide to rob Palestinians of their ever-dwindling land and water, and to attack countries like Lebanon and Iran, we are seen as the enemy by people in the Muslim world.

If we want peace rather than more unwinnable wars, we need to tell Israel to calm down and act like a civilized nation, or we need to sue for divorce.

By: Mike Burch on 5/29/12 at 8:43


If you go to YouTube, you can find the testimony of an FBI special agent named Fitzgerald who testified at the 9-11 Commission hearings. He had interrogated the 9-11 planners who had been captured. When he was asked by the Commission chair about the motivations of the terrorists, he explained quite clearly that they empathize with the suffering of the Palestinian people, and that they oppose US government interference in the Middle East.

Anyone who studies what really happened to the Palestinians, and what our government really did in the Middle East, such as the 1953 CIA-engineered coup of the democratically elected government of Iran, can easily see why so many Muslims are so angry with the US.

When Osama bin Laden's files were taken by the Navy Seals who killed him, there were instructions from him to his commanders, telling them not to discuss local issues, but to always keep the focus squarely on the Palestinians.

OBL knows how important the Palestinians are to the entire Muslim world. The US military also knows this, as Michael Mullen, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tried to have the Palestinians placed under the protection of Centcom, because Israel's brutal treatment of Palestinians is making it hard for our soldiers to do their jobs. We would have much stronger alliances with the non-extremists if we really stood for equal rights and justice for everyone. But Muslims see our hypocrisy, and that helps the enemy.

The root problem that led to 9-11 and both wars is the Nakba ("Catastrophe") of the Palestinians, and that is compounded by our government giving money and weapons to dictators who use our gifts to establish reigns of terror over their people.

By: Mike Burch on 5/29/12 at 9:32


I agree. The files Navy Seals recovered after killing OBL show that he instructed his commanders to NOT talk about local issues, and to always focus on the Palestinians.

He also made it clear that civilian deaths were to be avoided at all costs.

The Pentagon reached the same conclusions, and tried to have the Palestinians placed under the protection of Centcom. The White House rejected that request, but did try to end the expansions of settlements in the West Bank, as that is required for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. But of course people who call themselves "Christians" refuse to hear any criticism of Israel, and in combination with AIPAC make it impossible for American presidents to "do the right thing."

Now former heads of the Mossad and Shin Bet have warned the world to call Bibi's Bluff, but our politicians are not good listeners. As a result all Americans are endangered by the prospect of more wars that can't be won, and that may bankrupt the nation.

And why? All so a few hundred thousand robber barons can steal land Israel doesn't even need from Palestinian farm families. This truly is madness.

By: spooky24 on 5/29/12 at 11:21

Michael you are correct. Part of the elite camps that served as the basis for the indoctrination of those already chosen by OBL for the 9/11 suicide mission were heavy on the situation in Palestine. The Hamburg cell was especially targeted by KSM (brilliantly this is) for it's own personal spreading of the suffering-a crying call Atta took with great enthusiasm. Leading to his statement of why he never smiled "how can one smile with the death and suffering of the Palestinian people"
Atta, a world class operative and tactical genius, for which his own personal feelings will never be known, kept iron fist order as the tactical leader with just such preachings about the Palestinians-and ones duty to death to avenge for Islam.

Being dismissed from his homeland-in disgrace along with the capture of his wealth-which OBL blamed on America was the main reason behind his jihad on the west. He said so himself on American TV in his CNN interview.

By: Mike Burch on 5/30/12 at 2:09


I think there is little doubt that the suffering of the Palestinians is being used as a rallying cry by extremists. But of course that doesn't make them wrong. The US and Israel have treated the Palestinians deplorably. Muslims have every right to protest the denial of equal rights and justice to millions of completely innocent Palestinian women and children. If Israeli Jews treated American women and children the way they treat Palestinians, American men would rain down missiles on Tel Aviv, until the leaders of Israel came to their senses.

So there is tremendous hypocrisy on the part of the governments of Israel and the US. The best way to counteract the extremists would be to grant the Palestinians equal rights and justice.