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Can the Chinese comment on U.S. politics just because we owe them money? Where is sovereignty?

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Submitted by Gail Tenzer (United States), Sep 22, 2008 at 17:53

The argument that because the U.S. "gives" Israel money, it gives the U.S. a right to tell Israel what to do is fraught with problems. If we take this argument further, does that mean that because China has been buying up our debt, it too can come in here and order us around?

I believe I was perhaps misunderstood. American Jews not only may comment on Israel, but should have a right to do so, since they contribute so much money to Israel.

The U.S. State Dept. on the other hand, is another issue. What many Americans don't seem to understand is that Israel is not given money by the U.S. The U.S. gives Israel loans or loan guarantees for Israel to spend on U.S. equipment etc. Furthermore, Israel does a service to provide cheap R & D for the U.S.

While the U.S. is giving loans to Israel, which Israel uses to buy military equipment etc. from the U.S., Israel also has to pay the interest on these loans. These are not gifts. This is business.

And lately, the U.S. is providing military equipment to Israel's enemies and the U.S. is withholding crucial equipment that Israel needs to defend itself, including not allowing any Israelis at the installation in the Negev to monitor whether Iran is launching a missile in its direction. This, so that the U.S. will decide whether Israel should or not be privy to the information, because it may not be in the U.S.'s (who in the U.S.? James Baker and his oil buddies?) for Israel to either pre-emptively take out Iran's nukes, or even, in this case, defend herself.

Newt Gingrich stated that the State Dept. needs to be cleaned out. Judging from the shananiggans that have been going on in our country, from the economy all the way up to our very national defence---we have a lot of government agencies that have to be cleaned out! Too bad that the economy had to collapse before any acknowledgement is made that something has to be done.

Let's hope we don't get attacked by Russia through their proxy Chavez before anyone addresses this issue as well. We need a government that will be pro-active not re-active. We are facing grave dangers now coming from a terrible alliance of Chavez with Ahmadinejad and Cuba now being given the military equipment and wherewithall in our proximity to attack us! And yet, everyone is asleep. I have been sounding the Alarm about Chavez for years---and it has all apparently fallen on deaf ears (no doubt just as many have sounded the alarm regarding the mortgage meltdown/debacle which now is bringing the entire global economy down).

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