Scott Ritter has never minced words. He mocked the international community prior to the Iaq 2003 invasion, for failing to stand up to the US, and who could argue with him?
As an American, I said, I appreciated each nation’s embrace of the United States as a friend and ally. However, as a strong believer in the rule of law, I deplored the trend among America’s so-called friends to facilitate a needless confrontation which would severely harm the U.S. in the long run. These nations were hesitant to stand up to the United States even though they knew the course of action planned for Iraq was wrong.
Such permissive submission was deplorable, and invariably led to a comment from me about the status of genuine sovereignty in the face of American imperial power. If a nation was incapable of defending its sovereign values and interests, then it should simply acknowledge its status as a colony of the United States, pull down its disgraced national flag and raise the Stars and Stripes.
While this may sound harsh, he holds the United States to the same standards with regards to the capitulation of Washington to AIPAC, by putting the interests of Israel ahead of it’s own and the Constitution of the United States. In March, House Speaker Nanci Pelosi withdrew language at the 11th hour from a defense appropriations bill that required President Bush seek approval of Congress prior to initiating any military attack on Iran. There are no prizes for guessing who was behind this move.
Despite the fact that Congress was only stating through this language a simple reflection of constitutional mandate, Speaker Pelosi and others felt that the inclusion of such verbiage put the security of the state of Israel at risk by eliminating important “policy options” for the president of the United States. In short, Israeli national security interests trumped the Constitution of the United States.
It is clear why, as someone who has served his country and loves it, Ritter is ashamed of a political leadership that has sold out.
So if we are to continue to permit AIPAC to operate as an undeclared agent of a foreign nation, and to influence American foreign and national security policymaking at the expense of our Constitution, then we should acknowledge our true status as nothing more than a colony of Israel, pull down the Stars and Stripes and raise the Star of David over our nation’s capitol. While representing the final act of submission, it would also be the first truly honest act that occurred in Washington, D.C., in many years.
Hardly a week goes by where an example of John Mearsheimer’s and Stephen Walt’s thesis is not played out.