Biden Discards Temporary Spine

Becomes spineless again for Israel

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Reprinted from Bracing Views with the author’s permission.

Last week, President Biden appeared to have strapped on a temporary spine in delaying shipments of “offensive” weaponry to Israel for its murderous invasion of Rafah in Gaza.

That spine had a short duration as Biden announced yesterday renewed shipments of tank and mortar rounds to Israel. Here’s the Washington Post article:

The Biden administration informally notified congressional committees Tuesday that it planned to move forward with more than $1 billion in weapons deals for Israel, said U.S. officials familiar with the matter, a major transfer of lethal aid that comes a week after the White House paused a single shipment of bombs because of concerns that a planned assault in southern Gaza could cause immense civilian casualties.

The arms deals allow for the potential transfer of $700 million in tank ammunition, $500 million in tactical vehicles and $60 million in mortar rounds, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.

The decision underscores the administration’s reluctance to defy pro-Israel donors in the Democratic Party who criticized Biden’s decision last week to withhold the shipment, which included controversial 2,000-pound bombs that have been involved in mass casualty events in Gaza.

“Mass casualty events”: you mean the murder and wounding of more than 120,000 Palestinians in Israel’s genocidal war in Gaza?

It looks like “pro-Israel donors in the Democratic Party” are the real rulers here, not President Biden. They are the ones making the decisions for the country. I’m not saying that: The Washington Post is. Kudos to them for telling us who really rules America.

Meanwhile, Israel continues to level neighborhoods in Gaza while starving the people there. As near as I can tell, the Biden administration heartily approves of this. The only thing Biden is against is dropping 2000-pound bombs in Rafah, mainly because it looks bad and can’t be sold as “precise” by idiot U.S. media spin-masters.

Of course, most Republicans are even more fervid in their bloodthirsty support of Israel. Both parties are so thoroughly corrupted, so morally compromised, that Americans should and must find a way to elect new people.

Together, America’s uniparty has a clear message to Israel: Go ahead and ethnically cleanse Gaza, just don’t do it too fast.

(My thanks to Ray for sending the link to the WP article.)

William J. Astore is a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF). He taught history for fifteen years at military and civilian schools. He writes at Bracing Views.