I know I’m going to catch hell for this post because no one is allowed to criticize Israel, but I’m really tired of our foreign policy being driven by Right Wing Israeli politics. Two cases in point this morning. First is Netanyahu lecturing President Obama on how we should go to war against Iran.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel inserted himself into the most contentious foreign policy issue of the American presidential campaign on Tuesday, criticizing the Obama administration for refusing to set clear “red lines” on Iran’s nuclear progress that would prompt the United States to undertake a military strike. As a result, he said, the administration has no “moral right” to restrain Israel from taking military action of its own.
I hate to clue Bibi in, but the American public is sick of fighting wars in the Mideast and we have no desire to start another one. As the Chicago Council Poll shows, two in three Americans believe the Afghanistan war was not worth fighting.
It may be that Mitt Romney is in the minority that wants more war, but as the New York Times shows, Mitt has always been a chickenhawk, way back to Vietnam. I knew people like Mitt Romney at Princeton in 1967. They were really pro war, but they wouldn’t have been caught dead in a uniform.
The second and more troubling aspect of Israeli Right Wing Politics driving events in the Mid East is the killing of the American Ambassador to Libya. As the Wall Street Journal reports this morning, the crude and vicious anti-Muslim film that has been driving Anti-American outrage in Egypt and Libya over the past 48 hours is a product of an Israeli “filmmaker” named Sam Bacile, who is living in California.
Speaking by phone Tuesday from an undisclosed location, writer and director Sam Bacile remained defiant, saying Islam is a cancer and that the 56-year-old intended his film to be a provocative political statement condemning the religion.
Protesters angered over Mr. Bacile’s film opened fire on and burned down the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. Libyan officials said Wednesday that Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed Tuesday night when he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff as the building came under attack by a mob firing machine guns and rocket propelled grenades.
In Egypt, protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and replaced an American flag with an Islamic banner.
“This is a political movie,” Mr. Bacile said. “The U.S. lost a lot of money and a lot of people in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we’re fighting with ideas.”
Mr. Bacile, a California real-estate developer who identifies himself as an Israeli Jew, said he believes the movie will help his native land by exposing Islam’s flaws to the world.
The two-hour movie, “Innocence of Muslims,” cost $5 million to make and was financed with the help of more than 100 Jewish donors, said Mr. Bacile, who wrote and directed it.
The film claims Prophet Muhammad was a fraud. The 14-minute trailer of the movie that reportedly set off the protests, posted on the website YouTube in an original English version and another dubbed into Egyptian Arabic, shows an amateur cast performing a wooden dialogue of insults disguised as revelations about Prophet Muhammad, whose obedient followers are presented as a cadre of goons.
It depicts Prophet Muhammad as a feckless philanderer who approved of child sexual abuse, among other overtly insulting claims that have caused outrage
So who are the hundred donors who paid for this piece of shit, which has no other purpose than to stir up trouble for America in Arab lands? Was Sheldon Adelson one of them? Will Romney condemn this film? Will he show he is not a shill for his good friend Bibi Netanyahu?
Don’t bet on it.