Thursday, July 28, 2016

Mission Statement

Americans Against Being A Lapdog For Israel, AABLI, is not anti-Semitic nor do we have anything against the Jewish people or the Jewish faith. Our issues are solely with the nature of the current and long running association between our country and the state of Israel. Specifically, our issues are political, financial, or pragmatic in nature. We believe the government's commitment to Israel is an unmitigated disaster for the United States:

1) It brings worldwide scorn and condemnation for the United States.
2) It's estimated to have cost the American people well over $6 trillion.
3) It needlessly and recklessly puts the life of every man, woman, and child in the country at risk from terrorist attacks. (It was the United States' commitment to Israel that bin Laden gave in 1998 as one of the reasons for al-Qaida's war against the United States)
4) It severely complicates American foreign policy in the Middle East. (Some of you might remember the Arab oil embargo of the '70's that ended up costing the American people $870 billion)
5) It's a blatant violation of the Constitution's establishment clause prohibiting the government from engaging in religious favoritism as Israel is a self-declared homeland for worshipers of the Jewish faith.

The government's commitment to Israel constitutes putting a foreign special interest ahead of the American people and the United States in general and is definitely not in the best interest of the United States or its well being. AABLI is dedicated to telling the American people the truth about the dangerous, costly and destructive nature of this deeply troubling relationship between our government and Israel. No matter what label people put on Israel all it is to the United States is a gigantic liability. Enough is enough. We're just getting started. We don't expect to bring about change overnight. But the process has to start somewhere..




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Monday, July 25, 2016

The Stupidest Thing The United States Government Ever Did


                                     (originally published by The Unintimidated Press)

If you were trying to determine what the stupidest thing the government ever did was, what criteria do you think you'd use to base your decision on? The criteria we selected was the action or policy that the government embarked upon that was the least necessary to undertake and had the most costly ramifications associated with it. Based on that criteria, we believe that there's one policy or action that easily stands out among all the rest: The government's inexplicable commitment to Israel.

To understand that commitment you must go back to when it first began, the late 1940's. After World War 2 ended, Jews around the world wanted to establish a homeland for worshipers of their faith halfway around the world and on land that was right smack dab in the middle of a vast ocean of Islam, a region we now know to be the most hostile in the world. The question is what did that ever have to do with the United States? How about: Absolutely nothing.

If the Jews wanted to fight for that land that was their prerogative. Have at it. Hip, hip, hooray. Give 'em a pat on the back. But it never had anything to do with the United States. So how is it then that a Jew Jersey-sized desert halfway around the world has ended up costing the American people - according to credible estimates - well over $6 trillion, as well as putting the life of every man, woman, and child in the country at risk of terrorist attack? How about: Stupidity.

Indeed, the government's deeply troubling commitment to Israel easily fits squarely within the criteria we mentioned. First, it was totally unnecessary. There was no justifiable reason to drag the American people into the mess between the Jews and the Palestinians. It didn't threaten the United States in any way, shape, or form. It wasn't our fight. There was no reason to stick our nose in it. And ramifications, you wanna talk about ramifications.

By dragging us into that nightmare the government exposed us all to a whole Noah's Ark-full of extremely costly and dangerous ramifications that we likely never would've been exposed to otherwise: The 9/11 attacks; the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; the Afghanistan war; over 5000 dead Americans; the Arab Oil Embargo; over $6 trillion of our money thrown away; living under the constant threat of terrorist attack, to name a few. And don't forget the spying the government does on us in the name of fighting terrorism, a direct ramification of it's commitment to Israel.

Indeed, the goal of Jihad is to capture Jerusalem first then all of the rest of Israel. So by dragging us into the nightmare between the Jews and the Arabs the government turned all of the world's Jihadis into instant enemies of the American people. Genius stuff, right? So despite all the ranting and raving it does about terrorism it was the government itself that foolishly and recklessly brought the scourge terrorism to this country's shores. The question is for what?

And to make matters worse, the government's commitment to Israel is a blatant violation of the Constitution's establishment clause barring the government from engaging in religious favoritism. The truth is, since the late 1940's the government of this country has been doing everything within its power to establish a separate, independent, offshore homeland for worshipers of the Jewish faith (where Americans of Jewish ancestry can acquire Israeli citizenship merely by moving there and still keep their American citizenship as well) halfway around the world and using the money and lives of non-Jews in the United States to pay for it. Isn't that exactly the kind of thing the Constitution was designed to prevent?

We rather affectionately refer to it here as the government's pet, Jewish homeland-building project. Let's call it what it is.

All of the above ramifications have one thing in common: They were all perfectly avoidable. It was as simple as the government merely having the sense - intelligence - to keep us out of a situation that didn't have anything to do with us. We're confident when we say that there isn't anything that the government of this country has ever done that was as unnecessary and more costly than its disastrous commitment to Israel - a New Jersey-sized desert halfway around the world that has nothing of significance to offer the United States nor has ever done anything of significance for the United States. Based on the aforementioned criteria, this is easily the stupidest thing the government of this country ever did.

And the sad part is there doesn't appear to be any end in sight. The brutal ramifications that we've been subjected to already are likely just the tip of the iceberg. This could literally go on for many generations of Americans to come, unless of course the government recklessly gets us all killed first.

Zero intelligence

Folks, this is just plain bad government. It's irresponsible government because it's squandered trillions of dollars of our money for little or nothing tangible in return save for a few defense industry jobs, which is another matter in and of itself. It's reckless government because it recklessly puts the life of every man, woman, and child in the country at risk of terrorist attack. And it's unintelligent - aka stupid - government.

You know there's something clearly out of whack when the leaders of this country accord such significance to, are so obsessed with, such a tiny, inconsequential country halfway around the world that's never done anything of significance for the United States, nor has anything of significance to offer the United States, nor has any significant or strategic natural resources to speak of. You know something's out of whack when the leaders of this country center our entire foreign policy in the Middle East around one of the most tiny, inconsequential, and irrelevant countries in the region. That would be similar to centering our entire foreign policy for Europe around the tiny Netherlands. Genius stuff, right? It's the reason why every time the United States turns around in the Middle East it just ends up shooting itself in the foot all over again. This is what happens when you center your entire foreign policy in a region twice the size of Europe around a country the size of New Jersey.

Folks, we're not making this stuff up. This is exactly the mentality that these people are literally walking around with. It hard to see how people who govern with such a frame of mind can ever lay claim to being intelligent, particularly when you consider the obscene and horrifying price that tags along with it. Sadly, we need to resign ourselves to the fact that the people who lead this country are likely never going to win any awards for intelligence.

Americans shouldn't be afraid to question the intelligence of the people who lead this country, either. Keep in mind, these people have our lives in their hands. We have a right to know whether they have the intelligence to be entrusted with that responsibility or not and if they don't then they shouldn't be sitting at the highest levels of the government of this country. It is our policy here to reserve the right to openly question the intelligence of any member of Congress who supports the government's commitment to Israel to be sitting at the highest levels of the government of this country. And that would extend to the President as well. We estimate that since the end of World War Two a very significant number of the people who have sat at the highest levels of the government of this country clearly did not have the intelligence to be there.

Selling us down the river

This intelligence deficiency is reflected in the way they go about the job of governing the country, and leaves little doubt that the government's disastrous commitment to Israel isn't going away anytime soon: special interest government. The difference between an intelligent government and a special interest government is an intelligent government strives to do what's best for the country and its citizens. A special interest government on the other hand strives to do what's best for special interests. The problem is what's best for special interests isn't necessarily what's best for the country as a whole. It is for that reason that special interest government is an inherently unintelligent way to govern a country.

It's great for special interests but it can be a disaster for the rest of the country. There's no better example of that than the government's commitment to Israel. It's been great for special interest Israel. It's also been great for members of Congress who rake in tens of millions of dollars in campaign contributions directly or indirectly from sources sympathetic to Israel, like the American Israel Political Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. But it's been an unmitigated disaster for the American people and the country as a whole. (Go back and review the ramifications)

What this constitutes of course is the egregious and blatant selling of the American people down the river for Israel. Let's call it what it is. If that doesn't get your attention maybe this will: Do you want to die for Israel? It's a question you better start thinking about if you haven't already because the leaders of this country appear to have made it abundantly clear that they wouldn't have any qualms whatsoever about getting you killed if that's what it takes to get that next campaign contribution from one of Israel's wealthy supporters.

Members of Congress need to be advised that selling us down the river for a domestic special interest is one thing. Selling us down the river for a foreign special interest or country is, well, there's a term for that ... Use your imagination.

Politically incorrect

Don't look to either the government or the press for the truth about the government's commitment to Israel. Government officials aren't going to admit the truth and all you're ever likely to get from the mainstream press is: "Israel is America's closest friend and strongest ally in the Middle East." That's the politically correct way to characterize it.

However, the politically correct way is little more than a ruse to dupe the American people into believing that Israel has some kind of colossal value to the United States. Don't believe it. Our so-called closest friend and strongest ally in the Middle East is little more than a Jersey-sized desert with no natural resources to speak of and perhaps all of 8 million people and can't even defend itself without us propping it up. Clearly, the hype is way, way out of all proportion with the reality. The actual truth is Israel has no value to the United States at all.

Well, as you might've already guessed, political correctness means nothing to us here. We won't let it stand in the way of the truth no matter how politically incorrect it may be to say it. And the truth is that no matter what label you put on it, whether you call it America's closest friend and strongest ally in the Middle East or God's gift to humanity - and some people actually foolishly do - all Israel is to the United States is just one gigantic, colossal liability. In fact, it would even be safe to say that Israel is easily the biggest liability that this country has ever had in its entire history. It's become a veritable yoke around the necks of the American people; a cancer growing on the United States.

A good rule of thumb is however the government and the press characterize America's relationship with Israel the actual truth is likely just the opposite. In fact, there probably isn't a better example of how political correctness can suppress the truth than the government's commitment to Israel. The behavior of the mainstream media in particular on this issue has been grossly irresponsible. Despite the fact that there isn't anything that the government of this country does that has more red flags associated with it (go back and review the ramifications) than its disastrous and unconstitutional commitment to Israel you won't hear any mention of those red flags by the mainstream press.

In fairness to the press, it's probably too intimidated by the government to raise the red flag on this issue. Heck, even the BBC doesn't deviate from the sanitized politically correct way to characterize the United States' relationship with Israel.

Not our responsibility

There are two things that the American people need to know about the government's commitment to Israel. First, no American should feel any obligation or responsibility to guarantee the right of the Jews to have their own separate, independent, offshore homeland for worshipers of their faith. It is no more our responsibility than Brazil's responsibility, or India's, or China's, or France's, etc ... This is just something that the government of this country took upon itself to heap on our backs despite the fact that doing so was forbidden by the Constitution.

Secondly, no American should feel any obligation or responsibility to guarantee Israel's security. This is also something that the government just took upon itself to heap on our backs despite the fact that it wasn't our responsibility either and with a reckless disregard for the costs and ramifications involved. Furthermore, if anyone is responsible for Israel's security it would be the United Nations. The United Nations is the organization that created that mess when it passed resolution 181 in 1947 partitioning Palestine into two states, one Palestinian and the other Jewish. We say let Israel's security revert to the United Nations where it belongs. It's shirked that responsibility far too long.

Copyright 2016 The Unintimidated Press

Sunday, November 25, 2012

American aid to Israel unconstitutional

As far back as Nov 2, 1917, Britain called for a national homeland for Jews in Palestine.

On November 29, 1947, the United Nations approved the creation of a Jewish state on the land that Israel currently sits on - not including the land that it currently illegally occupies.

On May 14, 1948, the State of Israel declares itself as an independent Jewish state. Eleven minutes later the United States became the first country to recognize the Jewish state.

Israel has made the acknowledgement that it is a Jewish state a condition of any final peace treaty it enters into with the Palestinians.

Israel requires any non-Jews desiring Israeli citizenship to swear loyalty to Israel as a Jewish state.

Under the Law of Return, a person of Jewish decent acquires Israeli citizenship automatically when emigrating to Israel. In other words, all a person who was born into a Jewish family in the United States has to do to acquire Israeli citizenship would be to just move to Israel. That's it! In fact, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has even openly encouraged American Jews to move to Israel.

And on Nov 29, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Israel a "Jewish" state.

It seems to be pretty clear from all of the above that from the very beginning Israel was intended to be an independent homeland for worshipers of the Jewish faith.

Serious questions

That raises some pretty serious questions about the conduct of the United States government regarding its commitment to Israel going back decades. Despite the fact that the 1st amendment of the Constitution has a clause that reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...," there's no question that the government has been doing everything within its power to aid and abet the establishment and perpetuation of a homeland for worshipers of the Jewish faith almost from the very beginning.

It's hard to see how you can get any more "establishment of religion" than trying to help establish a separate independent homeland for members of a certain religion, and one of America's most prominent ones at that. At the absolute minimum it constitutes religious favoritism, putting one religion over others - a constitutional no-no!

Some might argue that the Constitution doesn't apply here because Israel isn't a U.S. citizen it's a foreign country. Not so fast. The money that the government has spent helping to establish a Jewish homeland has all been plucked - fleeced - from the pockets of America's taxpayers. That brings the matter directly into play.

And the amount of money we're talking about here is absolutely obscene. David R. Francis of The Christian Science Monitor wrote in 2002 that just from 1973 thru 2001 alone, Israel received $240 billion of direct aid from the United States. And you can add to that total another approximately $30 billion more since then.

But as we pointed out in 2011, when tallying up the total cost to the American people of the government's Jewish homeland-building project you must also factor in the costs generated by the ramifications that tag along with it. For example: The money the government has to spend to protect us from people who want to kill us because of it's commitment to Israel; the cost of the war in Afghanistan, which was in direct response to the 9/11 attacks, which in turn were a direct ramification of the government's commitment to Israel; the $870 billion cost of the Arab oil embargo; the hundreds of billions of dollars the government has had to give Israel's neighbors to appease them for it's bias toward Israel, and you can go on and on and on...

The fact is when all totaled the costs to the American people of the government's Jewish homeland-building project go well into the trillions.

It gives you some idea of the extent that Israel has the United States government wrapped around its little finger. So much so that the government is oblivious of both the Constitution and the obscene costs to the country of it's Jewish homeland-building project.>

Public needs to swing into action

Right along the lines of about now you might be thinking this is a matter for the Supreme Court to decide, right? Wrong. That's absolutely the last thing we need, or want. Given the propensity of the justices to allow their decisions to be influenced by their politics and their emotions, the Court would almost certainly automatically side with the government on this issue - regardless of anything that the Constitution might happen to say.

If the public wants the right thing done in this case it needs to take the matter into its own hands.

We can start by demanding that the government refund to the taxpayers all the money that it has fleeced from us for its Jewish homeland-building project, covering the period from at least 1973 to the present. And we shouldn't stop there, either.

We should also demand that it refund to us all of the money that has been spent - tax dollars or otherwise - as a ramification of that nearsighted project.

Geez, just think how nice that would be: A separate homeland set aside just for worshipers of your religion. Just think, if you ever got fed up with the way things were in the United States you could escape by just moseying on over to the homeland that the government helped to establish just for worshipers of your faith - courtesy of the pockets and blood of your compatriots!

Copyright 2012 The Unintimidated Press

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Israel's cost to the American people estimated at $2 trillion and growing

If anyone wants to know why the government almost defaulted on its debt obligations in 2011 they might want to start with its highly questionable commitment to Israel.

The current ten-year aid package between the U.S. and Israel calls for American taxpayers to cough up $3 billion a year. That's on top of the $2.4 billion-a-year fleecing stipulated by the previous 10-year aid package that ended in 2008. That's $54 billion that the government has either already forked over to Israel or committed itself to just since 1998. On top of that you can add the tens, perhaps hundreds, of billions of dollars the government forked over prior to 1998 going back decades.

That money doesn't include the additional money that the president can ask for at anytime on top of the current aid package - like the extra $200 million President Obama asked Congress for in 2008 for a missile system for Israel. All tallied up, a conservative estimate for the total amount of either direct or indirect aid that we've given to Israel to date would be well over $100 billion.

Although an obscene amount to some, we're sure there's still a lot of people who won't be too fazed by it. Well, maybe what follows will get their attention.

When adding up the total cost to American taxpayers for the government's never ending commitment to Israel, you can't just tally direct aid. You must also tally any tax money that's spent as a ramification of that commitment. That's when the figures really start to get ugly.

For instance, what do you think is the main reason why terrorists want to kill us? How about: the government's deeply troubling commitment to Israel - it was one of the reasons bin Laden gave for declaring war on the United States. The fact is there can be no question that increased risk of terrorist attacks is a ramification of the government's commitment to Israel. How much tax money do you think the government has spent trying to keep us safe from people who want to kill us because of that commitment?

According to the National Priorities Project, adjusted for inflation the United States has spent $635.9 billion on homeland security since 2001. But to come up with the real total you need to also include whatever the government spent on security before 2001 because a significant portion of that money was also a ramification of the government's commitment to Israel.

Supporters of Israel can be expected to argue that the entire amount the government has spent on security can't be solely attributed to its commitment to Israel. Maybe not, but certainly the vast majority of it can. They can also be expected to argue that there are other reasons why terrorists want to kill us besides the government's commitment to Israel. Maybe. But the government's love affair with Israel is and has been the main catalyst for terrorism directed at the United States. For instance, if terrorists didn't have those other reasons they'd still have the government's commitment to Israel.

And then there's the little matter of Afghanistan.

The government launched the war in Afghanistan in direct response to the 9/11 attacks which in turn were a ramification of the government's commitment to Israel. Well, according to the National Priorities Project, the cost of that war reached $459.8 billion by the end of the fiscal year which ended September 30, 2011. You must also add that money to the total.

But even if you didn't count the money the U.S. has spent on security and war, the costs still wouldn't stop there. You would still have to throw in the tens upon tens of billions of dollars the government has had to throw at neighboring countries like Egypt to appease them for its arming Israel with the military hardware it needs to wipe all of them out. Going back to the 1970's that total alone could approach $200 billion.

And then there's also the matter of the Arab oil embargo of 1974. In 2002, David R. Francis of the Christian Science Monitor estimated the total cost to the U.S. of that to be $870 billion. And there can be no question that it was a direct result of the U.S. government's commitment to Israel.

This has just been a cursory examination of what the government's stupid, goofball commitment to Israel has cost the American people but we don't think it takes a genius to see that the amount of money we're talking about approaches the obscene - perhaps as much as $2 trillion and still growing.

The figures are all the more disturbing when you consider that we're talking about a country that doesn't have anything of significance to offer the United States, has never done a damn thing of significance for the United States, brings this country nothing but worldwide scorn and condemnation and whose association with significantly increases the risk of terrorist attacks.

Unless we're missing something here, this is just plain, flat-right-out nuts!

On a recent visit to the United States, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahua said the United States had no better friend than Israel. However, we think part-time friend full-time hanger on would be more like it.

What did the American people ever do to deserve this mess? No American taxpayer should feel any obligation for Israel's security whatsoever. They're not our responsibility. Nor do we deserve all the negative ramifications that tag along with this deeply troubling comittment.

Our advice to the government would be to cut Israel loose. The United States doesn't owe that country anything. By all means, cut it loose before it either bankrupts us or gets us sucked into yet another war. Indeed, there's significant reason to believe that Israel is in the planning stages for an attack on Iran. The first week of November, 2011, it tested another ballistic missile, this one with the capability to go nuclear. If war breaks out between it and Iran you can bet your bottom dollar it's going to suck the United States in.

We need to start openly questioning the wisdom of the people who lead this country for bestowing such a ridiculous situation on us. Indeed, these people have become somewhat of a laughingstock around the world. Just type "lapdog for Israel" into your favorite search engine and see how many links come up that pertain to the U.S. government or U.S. government officials.

If these people can't see the stupidity in such a disastrous policy how could they possibly have a lick of a chance of dealing with the serious issues facing this country going forward?

Third World status here we come.


Copyright C 2011 Unintimidated Press

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Recently leaked documents confirm Israel the main obstacle to peace in the Middle East

Peace concessions made by the Palestinian Authority to Israel in private went far beyond any that were revealed in public. Leaked documents recently published by Al-Jazeera show just how far. Behind the scenes Palestinian negotiators offered to let Israel annex all except one of the settlements that it built in East Jerusalem - an area occupied by Israel during the 1967 war - and to limit the right of return for Palestinian refugees driven off their land at the time Israel was formed to 100,000 - only a tiny fraction of the total number of Palestinian refugees scattered around the Middle East who could reasonably claim a right to return.

If anyone believes the concessions were insignificant, consider this: Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, issued a statement at the time the concessions were first leaked saying that the disclosure would put his life in jeopardy. And just a few weeks later cheif Palestinian negotiato Saeb Erekat resigned from the role as a result of the leaks.

Apparently Israel didn't think they were all that significant, though. It rejected them outright.

That begs the question. If such profound compromises on the part of the Palestinians aren't adequate then what in the hell would be? The fact is Israel cares little what the Palestinian position is when it comes to a final peace settlement, as evidenced by its continued expansion of settlements on illegally occupied Palestinian land. It has its own uncompromising, unilateral, take-it-or-leave-it vision of peace and that's that.

The problem is the arrogant Israeli vision of peace isn't, and never will be, acceptable to the Palestinian side or its Arab League allies, nor should it be.

It takes two parties at the negotiating table willing to negotiate to achieve a lasting peace settlement. Israel's arrogance means there's currently only one - the Palestinian side - reaffirming once again that the biggest obstacle to peace in the Middle East is the state of Israel.