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Posted on 01/17/2011 10:20:05 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Strategy site to Obama: End alliance with Israel
WASHINGTON A newsletter-publisher said to have ties with the Obama administration has called on Washington to end its strategic alliance with Israel.
George Friedman, publisher of Stratfor, has published a book that called on the Obama administration to reorder U.S. foreign policy. Friedman has argued that the key element of the proposal required the end of U.S. strategic ties with Israel and bolstering of cooperation with the Islamic world, particularly Iran and Pakistan. "The United States must quietly distance itself from Israel," Friedman says in his book, titled "The Next Decade." "It must strengthen or at least put an end to weakening Pakistan."
This marked the second U.S. strategist to call for a revision of Washington's alliance with Israel. Last year, a former consultant to Obama, Anthony Cordesman, argued that the U.S. strategic alliance with Israel was harming Washington's interests in the Middle East, Middle East Newsline reported.
Friedman's organization includes former intelligence officials and enjoys ties with the Obama administration, Middle East Newsline reported.
Acknowledging that his proposal would be regarded as controversial, Friedman said under Obama and former President George Bush, Washington has been in a confrontation with the Islamic world, which consists of one billion people, as part of the "obsessive" U.S. war against Al Qaida.
Instead, a U.S. withdrawal of support for Israel, which receives $3 billion a year in American aid, would restore balance in the Middle East, Friedman argued. He said Washington's recent policy has destabilized the region as well as bolstered Indian dominance of Pakistan.
"Owing largely to recent U.S. policy, those balances are unstable or no longer exist," Friedman said. "The Israelis are no longer constrained by their neighbors and are now trying to create a new reality on the ground."
"The Pakistanis have been badly weakened by the war in Afghanistan, and they are no longer an effective counterbalance to India. And, most important, the Iraqi state has collapsed, leaving the Iranians as the most powerful military force in the Persian Gulf area," Friedman said.
The book also called on Washington to recognize Iran as the new power in the Middle East. Friedman argued that Washington must arrange a detente with Teheran similar to that with China in the 1970s and the Soviet Union in the 1940s. He said Iran already dominates neighboring Iraq.
"And in the spirit of Roosevelt's entente with the USSR during World War II, as well as Nixon's entente with China in the 1970s, the United States will be required to make a distasteful accommodation with Iran, regardless of whether it attacks Iran's nuclear facilities," Friedman said. "These steps will demand a more subtle exercise of power than we have seen on the part of recent presidents."
Friedman said the decline in U.S. support for Israel must mark the first step in a revised American foreign policy. He said this was vital for what he termed the survival of the U.S. empire.
"The United States is a commercial republic, which means that it lives on trade," Friedman said. "Its tremendous prosperity derives from its own assets and virtues, but it cannot maintain this prosperity and be isolated from the world. Therefore, if the United States intends to retain its size, wealth, and power, the only option is to learn how to manage its disruptive influence maturely."
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Abandoning long time democratic allies to curry favor with Islamonazis who seek our destruction is a "strategy"?
This should end any credibility Freidman ever had.
Not going to happen. 0bama's a Sunni and bows to the royal family of Sa'ud.
Thats right: our salvation will come from doing more of the same things that have been failing miserably for the last two years.
Yes, and while we’re at it, tell Sarah Palin to dump Todd and run off with Sean Penn.
Insanity. How about this?
1) Screw Pakistan. Isolate them like we isolate Iran. India is an ally.
2) Iraq has more oil than Iran. Support them as a counterwieight against Iran. Screw Iran
3) Dumping Israel will be seen as weakness and you will have gained nothing with the duplitious Arabs
4) Is Stratfor propped up by Saudi Arabia?
“George Friedman, publisher of Stratfor, has published a book that called on the Obama administration to reorder U.S. foreign policy. Friedman has argued that the key element of the proposal required the end of U.S. strategic ties with Israel and bolstering of cooperation with the Islamic world, particularly Iran and Pakistan. “The United States must quietly distance itself from Israel,” Friedman says in his book, titled “The Next Decade.” “It must strengthen or at least put an end to weakening Pakistan.””
A man named Friedman advocating the US to end strategic ties with Israel.
Well, Hitler hated Communists and it is apparent that many Jews within Obama’s administration and groups advocating for the end of Israel have Communist ties.
Just a thought.
Isn’t this rather ridiculous in it’s presumption that Obama HAS an alliance with Israel.
It appears George does not have a working definition of the word infidel. He clumsily and mistakenly concludes the historic Islamic rage against God-fearing Israel, and Jews in general, is due to the disruptive influence of the U.S.
George is either intellectually dishonest or does not have a clear idea of what is happening outside of his office.
I think George just threw an “intellectual” temper tantrum. Either he was paid off or he’s completely ignorant of history.
>Indian dominance of Pakistan.
Still stuck in the old mode of Pakicentric thinking.
America is still emotionally attached to the bastard deformed and retarded offspring of the Raj that is Pakistan.
America still doesn’t get the fact that the key to Afghanistan is to handcuff Pakistan and let Afghanis of all stripes and India come closer together.
Fine, balance Pakistan against India, and China?
And Israel? Boy, during the Bush years Friedman was quite proIsraeli and all that.....
Saudi money boost the coffers of stratfor?
Anyway, this may all be academic now that we know that the very guards who protect politicians and dignitaries have turned. Qadri apparently was on a detail that actually protected visiting American bigwigs - Holbrooke, Biden etc.
southasiaanalysis.org ran some rather stunning info about the guard and the ramifications.......
Is Friedman kiteflying some major policy changes for America?
END our alliance with Israel?
If Obama wants to absolutely guarantee the END of our Republic, just sever that tie. The last vestiges of protection and aid we have from “nature and nature’s God” will be gone, and we will most certainly slip into history....
Big, big mistake !
I don;t want to have our country become cursed for going against Jacob !
Stratfor has always been lousy. I visited their headquarters years ago and most of the work was done by snot-nosed grad students working part-time from UT. None of them had any experience. Friedman himself was consumed with trying to keep the outfit financially viable at the time.
The idea that abandonment of Israel will suddenly make the Islamic world love us ignores Islamic threat doctrine. It is typical shallow analysis from CIA folks like Friedman.
Kiteflying = Washington has been in a confrontation with the Islamic world, which consists of one billion people, as part of the "obsessive" U.S. war against Al Qaida.
Preparing the field to kill two birds (micro and macro) with one stone?
George Friedman, publisher of Stratfor... has argued that the key element of the proposal required the end of U.S. strategic ties with Israel and bolstering of cooperation with the Islamic world, particularly Iran and Pakistan... "It must strengthen -- or at least put an end to weakening -- Pakistan."By not weakening, this cipher means the US should stop capping jihadists openly operating inside Pakistan. Y'know, because they wouldn't have massacred thousands, including Bhutto, had it not been for those UAV strikes. Thanks sukhoi-30mki.