A Pollard Swap

Rumors are circulating that traitor Jonathan Pollard might be released as part of a Mideast Peace Deal. I don’t think this is a good idea.

First, why should the United States be giving concessions in what amount to a negotiation between Palestine and Israel? Israel is not giving us anything. We’re not the ones saying Israel doesn’t have a right to exist.

Second, I think people need to remember what we are dealing with here.

Among the highly-prized secrets that former officials say Pollard gave away while working as a civilian intelligence analyst for the Navy were technical details of sophisticated U.S. spy satellites; analyses of Soviet missiles systems; and information about eavesdropping equipment used by the NSA to intercept foreign governments’ communications, including all ten volumes of a highly-classified manual known as “the Bible” that spelled out how the United States intercepted Soviet communications.

The extent of his treason was such that when this idea was floated in the mid-90’s, George Tenet threatened to resign. Imagine everything Snowden’s critics think he has revealed to other countries. This is about what Pollard did. That he gave this information to an ally is irrelevant. Israel’s interests are not always ours.

Pollard has been in prison for nearly thirty years. If Obama wanted to release him for humanitarian reasons, I would still oppose it. But to use it as a bargaining chip for the Palestinians? That’s too far.

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  1. Iconoclast

    If it’s a bad idea, if it’s bad for America, if it’s bad for our allies and good for our enemies, then it’s pretty much a given that this Administration will make it happen.

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    Jarrett and her sock-puppet Obama have been looking at this as what’s best for their goals of a lesser, subservient US, with a keen awareness of what makes other muslims happy.

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  3. Technomad

    I know I’m in a minority here, but I have absolutely no sympathy for Israel. We give them thirty-plus-billion (or more?) per year, and they give us nothing but grief. Our “leaders” say again and again that they’re our friends…but I have my doubts about that. They’ve pulled nasty tricks on us as far back as the early 1950s (the Lavon affair) and don’t even get me started about the USS Liberty. And during our invasion of Lebanon under Reagan, they refused to share info with us about the Syrian air defenses that they’d long since sussed out…air defenses that cost us two fighters.

    We never had major problems with the Arabs, or with Muslims, until we started dumping money and weapons on Israel, and making it clear that no matter what they did, we had their back. Instead of having enemies and then acquiring allies, we got the “ally” (and just when has the IDF ever come to the aid of the US?) and then acquired the “ally’s” enemies.

    If we’d kept them at a distance, the odds are pretty good that bin Laden wouldn’t have been able to get enough followers to do more than jump up and down and make faces at us. As things stand, we’ve crapped our copy-book real good with a huge chunk of the world, and may yet end up in a Forever War with the entire Ummah. Mighty high price to pay, I say.

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  4. Xetrov

    We give them thirty-plus-billion (or more?) per year

    *cough* three billion *cough*

    (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/fullpage/top-10-us-foreign-aid-recipients-17534761)

    and just when has the IDF ever come to the aid of the US?

    http://www.pmcpsc.com/img/Israel%20US%20-%20Shared%20LL.pdf

    Army and Marine Corps forces that battled terrorist insurgents in the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Mosul employed urban warfare tactics gleaned from the combat experience of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). In the last two years, hundreds of U.S. military personnel have trained in the Negev desert at Israel’s Adam counter insurgency urban warfare training facility.

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  5. AlexInCT

    I know I’m in a minority here, but I have absolutely no sympathy for Israel. We give them thirty-plus-billion (or more?) per year, and they give us nothing but grief. Our “leaders” say again and again that they’re our friends…but I have my doubts about that.

    Tech, maybe the problem is that you confuse the word “friend” with lackey. We can certainly have a debate over whether it is a good idea to give Israel money or not. Me, I would rather give money to Israel than to people that sit on their ass at home then vote for demcorats so they can keep that gravy train going, and that’s not based on anger but on the fact that I feel we get more in return from Israel than we do from the freeloaders.

    And when it comes to grief the same argument can be made. The only reason Israel gives us grief, to use your words, is because we tend to forget that we are trying to force them to play nice with people that want nothing of the sort. If I was constantly scolding you because you refused to play nice with a nest of scorpions, you wouldn’t take me too seriously, and likely, be giving me grief too.

    We never had major problems with the Arabs, or with Muslims, until we started dumping money and weapons on Israel

    I think the Marines might disagree with you and remind you that they/we had problems with these people long, long before the state of Israel was even a twinkle in anyone’s eye. “The Halls of Montezuma and the shores of Tripoli” and all that in their catchy tune Marines have been singing since forever. The Arabs have been trouble for everyone throughout history. And that has gotten progressively worse since Mohammed started what I believe amounts to a death and the devil worshipping cult. The KGB didn’t help us much by teaching them to do their murder by suicide tactic either.

    Israel is basically a scapegoat for dysfunctional leadership (and people) in that part of the world, and nothing else. All that Israel hating seems to be very popular with some people, and despite the fact that I clearly see the illogic that leads to it, I never understood why it is so prevalent. I understand why Israel doesn’t trust anyone to secure their peace, and after the Nazis, I think I am with them. I would not trust the UN to look after my best interest as an American either, so why begrudge Israel the same feeling towards the US? Especially when you have democrats in charge and they only care about Israel because they collect a lot of money from American jews.

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