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Title: The Israeli Attack On The USS Liberty — Paul Craig Roberts
Source: Institute for Political Economy
URL Source: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/20 ... ss-liberty-paul-craig-roberts/
Published: Jun 8, 2018
Author: Paul Craig Roberts
Post Date: 2018-06-09 11:30:04 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 201
Comments: 15

Fifty-one years ago Israeli fighter aircraft and torpedo boats tried to sink the USS Liberty, a surveillance ship stationed off the coast of Egypt during Israel’s attack on Egypt and Syria. Israel was unable to sink the USS Liberty, but did manage to kill or wound almost the entire crew. Thirty-four Americans were killed and 174 were wounded.

There are two explanations for the attack. As Washington has blocked every attempt at an investigation, we do not know which one is correct. Perhaps both are the reasons for the attack.

One is that Israel, which was committing a war crime by mass execution of Egyptian prisoners of war, was fearful that the USS Liberty’s surveillance had discovered the crime. The other is that Israel fearing an unfavorable outcome of the war that Israel had initiated intended to blame the attack on the USS Liberty on Egypt, thus bringing the US into the war on Israel’s side.

I have written about this attack a number of times, having interiewed sailors and officers on board during the attack, an officer, Captain Ward Boston, who was ordered to produce a cover-up, and Admiral Tom Moorer, former Chief of Naval Operations and Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. Frustrated at Washington’s coverup, indeed, Washington’s complicity in the crime, upon retirement Admiral Moorer convened the Moorer Commission to set the record straight.

The Moorer Commission concluded:

“That there is compelling evidence that Israel’s attack was a deliberate attempt to destroy an American ship and kill her entire crew.

“That fearing conflict with Israel, the White House deliberately prevented the US Navy from coming to the defense of USS Liberty by recalling Sixth Fleet military rescue support while the ship was under attack.

“That surviving crew members were threatened with ‘court-martial, imprisonment or worse’ if they exposed the truth; and [the survivors] were abandoned by their own government.

“That there has been an official cover-up without precedent in American naval history.

“That a danger to our national security exists whenever our elected officials are willing to subordinate American interests to those of any foreign nation.”

You can find my articles on my website or online as well as the proceedings of the Moorer Commission.

The most disturbing thing about the Israeli attack is that when the Liberty’s distress signal reached the fleet commander and US Navy fighters were launched to drive off the Israeli attackers, the White House ordered the fleet commander to recall the American jets. Frustrated by his inability to defend the US Navy from murderous assault, the fleet commander used open radio to scare off the Israelis by announcing that US fighters were on their way to the Liberty’s rescue. This caused the Israelis to immediately call off the attack and to issue an apology that it had mistaken the USS Liberty, which was flying a massive American flag and had USS Liberty in tall letters, as an Egyptian ship.

On orders from the White House, Admiral McCain, Senator McCain’s father, ordered a cover up. The Liberty’s crew were ordered not to mention the event. It was two decades before one of the Liberty’s officers, then retired, wrote the story. American taxpayers, who were shelling out billions of dollars from their desperate needs every year to enable Israel to purchase the US government with the billions of dollars hapless Americans are forced to hand over to Israel, knew nothing about the attack for 20 years.

If 51 years ago Israel had such power over the US government that the White House itself refused to protect an American ship from Israeli attack and then covered up the attack in order to give Israel a free pass, just imagine how much more control Israel has achieved over the US government in the past half century.

If you have any doubt that Israel rules America, just look at Nikki Haley’s subservience to Israel in the UN as US ambassador, or at President Trump himself defying the entire world and moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. Just look at Trump, on Israel’s orders, unilaterally disregarding the Iranian nuclear agreement signed by President Obama and upheld by all other signatories, in the hopes of creating a pretext for an American attack on Iran that serves only Israel’s interest.

Just look at the extraordinary groveling at Israel’s feet of the entire US Senate and House of Representatives who unanimously pass Israel Lobby sponsored laws and resolutions. Just look at the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, National Public Radio, MSNBC, and so on who serve as megaphones for the voice of Israel.

Every American, especially those superpatriots who wrap themselves in the flag, should be totally ashamed that their government is nothing but an adjunct of Israel.

The BBC’s investigative report on Israel’s attack on America: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5073.htm

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

Paul Craig Roberts is an idiot. Accidents happen Deckard after all you were born.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-06-09   11:37:50 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0)

If you have any doubt that Israel rules America, just look at Nikki Haley’s subservience to Israel in the UN as US ambassador, or at President Trump himself defying the entire world and moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. Just look at Trump, on Israel’s orders, unilaterally disregarding the Iranian nuclear agreement signed by President Obama and upheld by all other signatories, in the hopes of creating a pretext for an American attack on Iran that serves only Israel’s interest.

Israel does not rule America.

The American people - primarily driven by a certain religious viewpoint that I do not share - strongly support Israel. That's why the US supports Israel. US support is the reason that Israel has survived.

The Liberty incident was an outrage, and the cover-up even moreso, but it was also over a half-century ago. A half-century ago it was still illegal for blacks and whites to marry in many American states. It was a different time, driven by its own logic.

Once upon a time the United States and the UK were at war, and the British burned down the American capital. Should that affect modern relations? No.

The question is: would Israel attack a US ship today, and would the US today protect the israelis for doing so? No. Nixon is no longer the President, Kissinger is not the SecState. The USSR is gone. I won't defend the Americans or the Israelis of that time. But that time is past.

Today, we are allies with Israel, and friends with Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait and all of the Gulf States except Iran. Our interests do not SIMPLY cut along Jewish lines. We're not going to abandon Israel in 2018 because they bombed a US ship 51 years ago. (We SHOULD have blown their aircraft out of the sky then, but we didn't.) We're not going to cut off our Arab allies either, because they are Muslims. We're not children, and this is not a game of Risk.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-06-09   13:42:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#0)

or at President Trump himself defying the entire world and moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.

What did we get from Israel in return for this historic move by Trump? Withdrawal from the West Bank? An end to the Gaza embargo? Acceptance of a two-state solution? Palestinian right-of-return?

misterwhite  posted on  2018-06-09   14:12:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: A K A Stone (#1)

Paul Craig Roberts is an idiot. Accidents happen Deckard after all you were born.

I knew, that you will defend this accident.

A Pole  posted on  2018-06-09   14:39:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Vicomte13, A K A Stone (#2)

US support is the reason that Israel has survived.

They would survive anyway. They would be only a little more moderate and settled fairly with their neigbours. It still might take place as many more moderate Israelis want.

Question to A K A Stone: did you support killing of Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Prime Minister?

A Pole  posted on  2018-06-09   14:45:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: A Pole (#5)

I think that without direct US military aid that counterbalanced the heavy Soviet arming of the Arab states, that Israel would have been defeated and the destroyed in 1973. The US intervention saved the Israelis from a crushing defeat. Therefore, I do not agree that Israel would have survived anyway without the USA. I think Israel would have been destroyed.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-06-09   16:16:08 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Deckard, Ptotection money to Israel, D 'n R surrender monkies, kneecapped by Bibi (#0)

The US Government used to pay off the Barbary Pirates too. Then the Marine's hit "The shores of Tripoli" and we didn't need to pay protection money anymore.

In the modern era, we pay off Billion$ for Israel not to attack us again. It's American exceptionalism, or somethin?

hondo68  posted on  2018-06-09   16:42:10 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Vicomte13, A K A Stone (#2)

The Liberty incident was an outrage, and the cover-up even moreso, but it was also over a half-century ago.

That doesn't mean the truth of what happened there shouldn't be exposed. It's not even enough to acknowledge if there was a cover up. It should be disclosed **WHY** there was a cover up. The US gov is STILL holding certain info about JFK's assassination classified, which happened 4 years earlier.

Yes in your example the Brits burned DC, but we know why. They were at war with us. Israel was NOT at war with the USA, so the real reasons for the attack, and the guilty parties responsible, whomever they are, should be disclosed.

Ignoring this as something that is simply buried in time is not the responsible thing to do.

Pinguinite  posted on  2018-06-09   19:31:23 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Pinguinite (#8)

Ignoring this as something that is simply buried in time is not the responsible thing to do.

Meh.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-06-09   19:59:42 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Deckard (#0)

Like Lew Rockwell, this guy went insane after 911. Why is he bringing up stuff that happened 50 years ago?

no gnu taxes  posted on  2018-06-09   20:01:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: no gnu taxes, blood and treasure, *The Two Parties ARE the Same* (#10)

Why is he bringing up stuff that happened 50 years ago?

Because we're still paying HUGE mordita (payola) to Israel, money, and dead and maimed US soldiers.

It's an ongoing tragedy and outrage which both wings of the D&R party support. It's disgraceful.

It's no wonder that America is rapidly turning into a shithole country under such horrid leadership.

hondo68  posted on  2018-06-09   21:42:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Vicomte13 (#9)

How about I put it this way.

When Israel is prepared to forget the holocaust and "move on" then maybe we can forget about the USS Liberty incident.

Pinguinite  posted on  2018-06-09   21:59:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: Pinguinite (#12)

The two events aren't comparable.

An accident where we were in a war zone vs the attempted extermination of a people.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-06-09   22:02:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: A K A Stone (#13)

An accident where we were in a war zone

You don't know that it was an accident. I'm sure you want to believe it was because you consider the Israeli's to be "God's Chosen People", but even you must admit that there are multitudes of cases in the bible where Israels have misbehaved.

You do not know that it was an accident. It may very well have been intentional. The possible motives for it have been presented, and even if it was an accident, how would you explain the allegation of complicity in our own government for failing to respond in defense of the Liberty?

Maybe you just don't want Israel to be held accountable for it's possible sins aganist the USA?

Pinguinite  posted on  2018-06-09   22:12:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: Pinguinite (#14)

Israel had nothing to gain by attacking it's strongest backer. That doesn't pass the smell test. All the people involved are dead probably.

I don't think Israel is perfect or sinless.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-06-09   22:26:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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