I *personally* know a number of those Brookings authors, and I can tell you that are NOT Zionists. In fact, if you cared to research it, the lead
author, a former CIA analyst named Ken Pollack, essentially repudiated all he wrote in the run up to the Iraq War, explaining that he too was
hoodwinked by a huge body of false/misleading intelligence. You're reading a great deal into this paper, more than what's there.
Mr. Saban, who providing funding to Brookings' Foreign Policy Program, and hence had a center named after him, is someone many would probably describe
as a Zionist, but that I do not. Brookings is NOT a (hilarious sounding) "Zionist think tank." Brookings is a non-partisan think tank producing a body
of work covering an enormous range of government policy, some of it quite progressive, some of it conservative, and much of it not easily categorized
in the simplistic either/or terms of left/right. As far as FP is concerned, guess what; anyone involved in American foreign policy, in the past, now,
or in the future, who cares to be taken seriously by the establishment, to have their opinions respected and valued, deals in the knowable realities
of the here and now. They do not deal in the bizarro world of "false flags" and Zionist conspiracies.
American foreign policy has, for many many years, been the domain of pragmatic realists, and the pragmatic reality is that the United States has,
continues to have, and will continue to have vital security and energy interests in the Middle East that necessitate close study of the region's
players. Fools and knaves, e.g. Ron Paul, who say we should "just get outta there" are ignored in these realms, if not derided and laughed at. The
sad truth is the America's foreign policy of the past 11 years was the product of 9/11, and the think tank generated plans that were made reality on
that day, the neo-conservative "New American Century." Whatever one thinks of that idea, the reality is that the entire institution of government and
military has mobilized under that ideology, and the world we're dealing with now is that world.
A lynchpin of this post-9/11 worldview, or a the worldview 9/11 made it possible to reveal and actualize, is that America must play a dominant role in
the Middle East, and that our partnership with Israel, the only truly developed and industrialized nation in the region, is key to our dominance
there, and further, Iran SUCKS and is definitely dangerous. Also, if the USA is not dominant, Russia and China would be MORE than happy to step in,
and of course, make every effort to make things difficult for us there (and everywhere). Israel MUST survive and its neighbors MUST recognize its
right to exist, and MUST bow to its power, or all hope is lost in the region.
Lest we forget, Israel has HUNDREDS of thermonuclear weapons. Iran has none, but there is every indication that Iran is developing the technology that
would allow them the CAPACITY produce such weapons in very short order, if they so chose to do so. They're quite smart in not actually producing them.
However, Israel, despite their shortcomings and the violence THEY spread, has EVERY reason to imagine that Iran does not have Israel's interests in
mind. Even the chance that Iran would be in a position to truly threaten Israel is intolerable in the mindset of Israeli military leaders. An effort
by Iran to truly destabilize or effectively decapitate Israel could literally turn the Levant into a nuclear conflagration.
Nobody wants that.
All nations have a right to protect themselves, and powerful nations also have the right to project their power to make things go their way. It's the
privilege of being a powerful nation, holding sway over others! Zanzibar would be doing to, if only they head the means, money and power to do so, but
they don't! The nations of that region have a historical (even justified) animosity towards Israel, so Israel has no choice but to make sure that
everyone knows not to # with them, because they're NOT going to sit idly when that #ING takes place. They respond decisively.
Iran is not our friend. The United States and Iran have had a contentious relationship for more than thirty years. And it's true, Israel is just
WAITING for a provocation. They may create one, but they probably won't need to. Iran will probably stay shy of a nuclear weapon, and Israel will
remain suspicious, and that's it.
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