A Jewish commenter recites the typical Jewish and especially Zionist apologia for Israel’s involvement in the Iraq War:
Anyone who believes that the US went to Iraq because of Israel has to explain how Israel has benefited from the Iraq War. Any takers?
Another comment is sure that were it not for Israel, there would have been no war in Iraq:
Well, a potential regional rival was eliminated. Also, logically speaking, whether or not Israel benefited is irrelevant.
Without Israel and the Israel lobby, there would have been no war. That is a fact.
Israeli leaders were pushing for the war, Israel provided us with much of that bogus WMD nonsense, etc.
Either view is too simple.
I don’t think we went to war “because of Israel,” but I do that the Israel Lobby wanted the war. That’s quite clear. The Lobby was one of the forces pushing the war. And the Lobby was working closely with the Israeli government in doing so. Still, to say that the US imperialist Bushies were the puppets of the Jews whispering in the King’s ear is ridiculous.
Israel has long wanted Saddam gone. A seminal paper issued about ten years ago by the JINSA and PNAC crowd, A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm, lays that out quite clearly.
Get rid of Saddam’s regime. Done. Saddam is gone. Saddam’s regime was one of Israel’s worst enemies.
Get rid of or disarm Gaddafi in Libya. Done.
Regime change in Syria. Not done, but I believe Syria is under sanctions.
Disarming or demobilization of Hezbollah. Not done, but the Lebanon War was part of this project. Incredibly, the UN has gotten in on this too with UN resolutions aimed at Hezbollah. Also Israel killed Imad Mughniyeh, military brain of Hezbollah.
Get rid of Yasser Arafat. Done. Israel probably killed him with poison.
Regime change in Iran or stopping Iran’s nuclear program. Not done, but there has been a low-level war against the nuclear program, UN sanctions, and constant threats of hot war.