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July 16, 2003

This is a very good article on the Middle East. It is a review of Warren Bass, Support Any Friend: Kennedy's Middle East and the Making of the US-Israel Alliance, (Oxford University Press, 2003) by Patrick Searle, who uses the review to spell out his ideas on how the US/Israel alliance structures what is going in the Middle East. It is well worth reading since the ideas are good ones and they deal with strategy.

I came across the review in the typical weblog way-----via Juan Cole Informed Comment via Walter over at Idols of the Marketplace.

Searle makes several points that are relevant to the argument of public opinion about neo-con geo-political strategy. First, the National Security Strategy of September 2002, which proclaimed:

"...that containment and deterrence were now stone dead; that the U.S. had to achieve and maintain total military supremacy over all possible challengers; that any "rogue states" which might be tempted to acquire WMD would be dealt with without mercy by means of preventive or preemptive war."

Secondly, the confluence of the Israel and US foreign policy to the point "that American and Israeli interests are identical, even inseparable";that America's Middle East policy - and America's military power - is "harnessed in Israel's interest by succeeding in getting the US to apply the doctrine of preemptive war to Israel's enemies"; and this is done "to ensure Israel's continued regional supremacy".

Thirdly, the U.S.-Israel strategic relationship involves "a multimillion-dollar annual business in cutting-edge weaponry, supplemented by extensive military-to-military dialogues, security consultations, extensive joint training exercises, and cooperative research-and-development ventures."

The Howard Government stands firmly behind this American Israel strategic relationship and so US foreign policy in the Middle East. Where the US goes we go.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 10:40 PM | | Comments (0)