Entangling the US in a War with Iran

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In the spring of 1793, France, then at war with Great Britain, sent a new ambassador to the United States. His name was Edmond Charles Genet (aka Citizen Genet). His instructions were to undermine the neutral position President George Washington had taken in the conflict.

To this end Genet, who had the backing of anti-British elements within the American population, went about subverting peace by commissioning American ships to act as privateers against British commercial vessels. He also tried to provoke hostilities between Americans living along the western borders and the Spaniards (then allies of Great Britain) in Florida and Louisiana.


Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer (on right) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

This meddling in the internal affairs of the United States was quickly recognized as dangerous, and Washington demanded that France recall Genet.

That was 222 years ago. Today we are faced with a similar situation, though the offending country is no longer France, but now Israel. Israel’s present ambassador to the U.S. is Ron Dermer, a former aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (and before that a protégé of Republican operative Frank Luntz).

Like Genet, Dermer has instructions to promote discord, hopefully leading to war between the United States and the country of Iran, which Israel sees as an “existential” threat. Also like Genet, Dermer has support from some Americans.

Thus, Israeli Ambassador Dermer has meddled in the internal affairs of the United States by seeking to undermine ongoing diplomatic talks with Iran. But he cannot successfully do so without allies – American citizens who are willing to conspire with a foreign official against the diplomatic policies of President Barack Obama.

It turns out that Dermer’s co-conspirators are highly placed Republican members of the U.S. Congress: first and foremost the Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner of Ohio.

Just prior to President Obama’s Jan. 28 State of the Union address, in which he reasserted the importance of taking a diplomatic approach with Iran, Dermer approached Boehner, as well as Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He asked them if they would invite Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on the subject of Iran.

There could not be another purpose for such a request than to sabotage a foreign policy deemed by the President to be in the best interests of the United States. Boehner, taking the lead, agreed to extend the invitation. As Robert Parry observes, the whole scheme shows a shared “contempt for this President’s authority to conduct American foreign policy as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution.”

This contempt is not new, nor is this the first time Republican leaders have expressed it by conspiring with Israel to foil President Obama’s Middle East foreign policy. Back in the fall of 2010, then-House Minority Whip, Republican Eric Cantor of Virginia, met privately with Netanyahu just a day before the Israeli leader was to meet then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Cantor told Netanyahu that he could count on the GOP to “serve as a check” on President Obama’s foreign policy when it went against Israeli positions in the Middle East. That act came close to making Rep. Cantor a criminal. It can be argued that his exchange with Netanyahu was a violation of the Logan Act, which forbids unauthorized U.S. citizens from negotiating with foreign countries. Cantor was probably (and inexcusably) ignorant of the Logan Act, and the Obama administration (again inexcusably) let him off the hook.

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Wow, I couldn't disagree more with this commentary. Israel is supposed to be one of our closest allies. They are the ONLY normal, civilized human beings in the middle east. The rest are maniacal, fanatical nutjobs who have sworn to destroy us or they pretend to tolerate us. The president is not running the show for any "deal" we might make with Iran. Valerie Jarrett is doing it. It is REALLY foolish to try to make a deal with the devil, because the devil LIES. Iran is an existential threat to Israel for sure and most likely the United States. They have said they want to bring us both down. Why would they say that if they didn't mean it? If it was just saber rattling, then why are they trying to get nuclear weapons?

The job of our president is to DEFEND AND PROTECT the American people. Instead he focuses on *illegal* immigrants and muslims in foreign countries. He is oh so concerned about anyone daring to call ISIS what it is, "ISLAMIST" but he has no trouble going to a national prayer breakfast and bringing up the *Christian* Crusades that occurred over 1,000 years ago. If Barack would educate himself, he would know that the Crusades occurred after hundreds of years of islamic aggression and killing. The Crusaders were trying to get the land back that they had originally before it was taken over by muslims. They were trying to get it back because Christians were getting killed by muslims while trying to take pilgrimages to the Holy Land. You know, kind of like what is happening now over in the middle east, Africa, Europe and southeast Asia.

I greatly admire Israel. I can't imagine what it would be like to live every day surrounded by enemies who teach their kids to hate you, who spend their lives trying to figure out ways to destroy you and all you want to do is live in peace. If all these countries truly ascribed to a "religion of peace" then they would GIVE UP this ridiculous fighting and hatred over the TINY scrap of land that Israel is and leave them alone to live their lives in peace.
 
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This is old news for me and a total cliche at that. Why would Israel want to entangle US in a war with Iran? This is too absurd to take seriously. I think the real face of war rests in something else. Israel's immediate concern is Gaza and the Palestinians. The US is fighting several wars outside its country. Iran has a different issue altogether. There's something about this claim that reeks too much of conspiracy and blown-out-of-proportion opinion.