May 11, 2012
Anyone who has watched even a single 2012 Republican Primary debate should be aware by now that there is has been an unshakeable commitment by virtually every candidate to the colonial “state” of Israel. Although Ron Paul’s position on Israel is somewhat more tempered than that of his Republican counterparts, not one of the other candidates is capable of even remotely criticizing Israel or its acts of aggression and oppression throughout the region.
The same situation exists for the Democrats as their incumbent candidate, Barack Obama, has already proven himself to be one of the most ardent and willing supporters of whatever decision is made by the Israeli government and the hidden hand behind it.
Yet it is the Republican field, partly because of the primary races and partly because of the demographic makeup of its supporters, that inspires such an “I support Israel more than you do,” contest at every debate. Indeed, it has been hard to tell which candidate (when all were still in the race) was the loudest supporter of Israel at any given time. However, during the course of the circus known as American political debates, when platform policies did not seem convincing enough to some members of the audience, there were at least two candidates who began to play the “established friendship” card as a method to demonstrate their already-developed sense of Israeli-American relations.
One of these instances was at a Republican debate on December 12, 2011 where Newt Gingrich, in a testy exchange with Mitt Romney after his claim that the Palestinians were an “invented people,” stated that he had known Benjamin Netanyahu since 1984. Romney countered that statement with the fact that he also knew Netanyahu, after having worked together many years ago at a “consulting firm.”
Romney actually went much further than Gingrich and stated that, before he made any comments about the Israeli/Palestinian situation, he would contact his friend “Bibi” and essentially ask Netanyahu for permission to make his statement. “Before I made a statement of that nature [Gingrich’s “invented people” comment],” Romney said, “I’d get on the phone to my friend Bibi Netanyahu and say ‘Would it help if I say this? What would you like me to do?’” As many commentators have pointed out, Romney’s position is nothing more than the outsourcing of American foreign policy to Israel.
Nevertheless, both of these statements were made as a matter of fact. Yet, most likely due to the context in which the comments were made, as well as the nature of the mainstream media, for several months there was no attempt to uncover just how close these three individuals actually are.
Gingrich holds connections to Netanyahu through relatively obvious means as both were political leaders in their respective countries at the same time. Not only that, but Gingrich and Netanyahu share a common fundraiser, Sheldon Adelson, who is often considered one of the richest men in the world by mainstream sources.
With that in mind, it is reported by Michael Barbaro of the New York Times that Romney and Netanyahu first met in 1976 after both men had been hired as “corporate advisers” to Boston Consulting Group (BCG). In one of the “coincidences” revealed by the report, it is noted that both men attended business school in Boston with Romney attending Harvard and Netanyahu attending MIT, two institutions that have clear links and history with intelligence agencies, elitist think tanks, secret societies, and other related affairs.
Upon arriving at BCG, the two men had already developed quite a reputation for themselves, as Romney was the son of a Michigan Governor and former Presidential candidate; and Netanyahu had recently completed a tenure with the elite special forces unit of the Israeli military.
Both Romney and Netanyahu have publicly recalled the days when they were coworkers at BCG. As Barbaro writes:
Mr. Romney, never known for his lack of self-confidence, still recalls the sense of envy he felt watching Mr. Netanyahu effortlessly hold court during the firm’s Monday morning meetings, when consultants presented their work and fielded questions from their colleagues. The sessions were renowned for their sometimes grueling interrogations.
‘He was a strong personality with a distinct point of view,’ Mr. Romney said. ‘I aspired to the same kind of perspective.’Quoting Netanyahu in reference to the same period, the article reads, “’His star, the prime minister said of Mr. Romney’s time at Boston Consulting, ‘had already risen.’”
Both men spent two years at BCG with Romney’s tenure lasting from 1975-1977 and Netanyahu’s affiliation with the company running from 1976-1978. While still attached to BCG, Netanyahu returned to Israel to create an “anti-terrorism foundation," while Romney famously switched companies to notorious asset stripper Bain & Company where he helped destroy the businesses and lives of thousands of people.
In yet another interesting “coincidence,” during his time at Bain, Romney worked closely with Netanyahu’s second wife, Fleur Cates. Although Bibi and Fleur later divorced, the New York Times reports that she and Romney are still in contact with one another.
The connections between Romney and Netanyahu have persisted, evolving into what Barbaro describes in his article as a “network of friends.” Network is an definitely an interesting term in this context and it may be more accurate than Barbaro intended it to be.
Nevertheless, after Romney’s election as the Governor of Massachusetts, Netanyahu paid him a visit where the two men allegedly discussed various aspects of government life, specifically the hallmarks of union-busting, asset stripping, and privatization, policies both men have such a fondness for.
A few years later, Romney himself traveled to Israel where the two men met in the Old City in Jerusalem and allegedly discussed economics. At this discussion, Netanyahu told Romney that he was engaging in a campaign to discourage American pension funds from investing in companies connected to Iran. At this statement, Romney “immediately saw the wisdom of his action” and organized meetings between Netanyahu and American government officials.
Romney then embarked on his own campaign of politically motivated investment strategies by sending out letters to legislators suggesting they sell off all assets of corporations doing business with Iran held by any pension funds under their control.
Unfortunately, America’s irrational support of Israel will not change regardless of who is elected in November. Obama, with the exception of some very mild rhetoric, could scarcely be more cooperative with Israeli Government interests; and Romney is quite open about his willingness to be drawn into WWIII. This is to be expected since both men are public representatives for the same agenda, just like their predecessors.
Because of this fact, it would be very interesting to investigate just what Romney’s ties to the intelligence community may be. After all, he has openly professed his parallel vision with the mad dog of the Middle East, Bibi Netanyahu. As Romney has stated, “We can almost speak in shorthand. We share common experiences and have a perspective and underpinning which is similar.”
Of course, it should also be pointed out that Romney and Obama’s loyalty to Israeli interests does not equal loyalty to the Israeli people, who are only being used as the battering rams and triggers of destabilization and world war. Nor do the American people factor into this equation as anything but financiers and warm bodies for future military adventures.
With the obvious oppression of the Palestinian people, we see a clear recipe for a lose-lose-lose situation all the way around, except for the very small cliques at the top who will laugh, as they always do, all the way to the bank.
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Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Mullins, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of three books, Codex Alimentarius -- The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, and Five Sense Solutions. Turbeville has published over one hundred articles dealing with a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville is available for podcast, radio, and TV interviews. Please contact us at activistpost (at) gmail.com.