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The US as Doormat

Apparently there’s no end to how much we owe Israel. Now we will pay for their unequivocal support in the ill-advised Iraq War, a war that has bankrupt the United States both morally and financially.

The United States has asked Israel to check the possibility of pumping oil from Iraq to the oil refineries in Haifa. The request came in a telegram last week from a senior Pentagon official to a top Foreign Ministry official in Jerusalem.

The Prime Minister’s Office, which views the pipeline to Haifa as a “bonus” the U.S. could give to Israel in return for its unequivocal support for the American-led campaign in Iraq, had asked the Americans for the official telegram.

The new pipeline would take oil from the Kirkuk area, where some 40 percent of Iraqi oil is produced, and transport it via Mosul, and then across Jordan to Israel. The U.S. telegram included a request for a cost estimate for repairing the Mosul-Haifa pipeline that was in use prior to 1948. During the War of Independence, the Iraqis stopped the flow of oil to Haifa and the pipeline fell into disrepair over the years.

Let’s review. The neocons, a bunch of people with dual Israeli-US citizenship at the highest levels of our government, got us into this disastrous war with Iraq. Now the Israeli Prime Minister’s office has asked us to send an ‘official telegram’ asking them (Israel) to check up on the possibility of us sending Iraq’s oil to Haifa as a thank you bonus prize for unequivocally supporting the war undertaken on their behalf. And the Pentagon did it! And by the way, guess who will pay to rebuild the pipeline that has fallen into disrepair? The United States will pay, at $400K per kilometer.