Last September, Donald Trump accidentally upended an entire generation of myths invented by the left and right that purport to explain America's costly and unpopular military adventures in the Middle East:
"The fact is, we don’t have to be in the Middle East, other than we want to protect Israel. We’ve been very good to Israel. Other than that, we don’t have to be in the Middle East. You know there was a time we needed desperately oil, we don’t need that anymore."
As Mondoweiss pointed out at the time, the explosive admission went completely unmentioned in the mainstream media, which traditionally hangs on every one of Trump's words and reacts hysterically.
Categorizing America's foreign policy catastrophes as done in the service to Israel has until the Trump era always been dismissed by media tastemakers and political gatekeepers as rank anti-Semitism driven by reductionist, simplistic and conspiratorial thinking, even when intelligence officials like Michael Scheuer and foreign policy experts affirm the view.
Trump's lack of subtlety when remarking on using American blood and treasure to incrementally advance the interests of the Jewish state is one reason why the Israel lobby, which is perpetually paranoid about the public noticing their activities, is not keen on reciprocating his often suffocating love.
Their paranoia is justified. This year Congress made the mistake of combining its $900 billion dollar coronavirus stimulus bill, which suffering people are closely following the development of, with the yearly $1.4 trillion dollar fiscal budget, which is typically ignored.
A deluge of popular anger was provoked by news that we would only be receiving a $600 dollar check under the guise of budget austerity. At the same time, buried deep in the 5,600 monstrosity was a provision setting aside supposed budget constraints to give Israel an additional $500,000,000.
Jews in the media responded to the controversy by calling indignant American tax payers, including actress Alyssa Milano and various left-wing journalists, "fools" and "anti-Semites." They doubled down by stating that the $500 million dollars provided to Israel was a drop in a $2.3 trillion dollar bucket. They pointed out that other countries, such as Jordan, were receiving foreign aid as well.
But even critics of Israel do not properly calculate the true price Americans pay for a state that -- unlike South Korea or Germany -- does not provide any economic or military benefits to the homeland. America does not have military bases in Israel, nor does Israel have anything to trade.
The general figure provided for annual US aid to Israel is $3.8 billion, but as former CIA intelligence officer Philip Giraldi has written, this figure excludes our completely artificial $9 billion dollar trade deficit with them, as well as the $8 billion provided in "loan guarantees" that are basically giveaways since the US Treasury pays interest and principal on these loans.
The Black Budget
Covert "black budget" funding to the Jewish state is another topic shrouded in mystery.
In 2015 a public interest group, the Institute For Research: Middle East Policy, sued the CIA for its refusal to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request demanding records on how much is spent in service of Israel, including in respects to intelligence gathering efforts on American citizens that is then sent to the Mossad.
The Department of Justice fought a ferocious, four year long legal battle to keep this information secret and ultimately won.
Based on publicly available pre-1990 black budget expenses, the CIA is dedicating between $13.2 billion to Israeli interests every year if spending has been tacked to inflation. The number may be even higher under the Trump administration, especially since it has escalated the conflict with Iran.
US Spending To Advance Israel
Rarely discussed is how US foreign aid to Muslim countries is, as Trump has constantly reminded us, nothing more than bribing them into cooperating with Israel. US aid to Israel, by contrast, is unconditional.
All of the nations that that share a border with Israel (Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and even to certain players in Palestinians and Syria) receive payments from the United States. Were it not for the peculiar, thankless relationship America has with Israel, US tax dollars would not be bankrolling the entire Egyptian military, nor would we be propping up the basket case monarchy in Jordan by handing them 4% of their GDP every year.
The following is a list of expenses -- financial, geopolitical, and human -- that the American people must shoulder to guarantee the security, stability and geopolitical expansion of 9 million Israelis.
1) Egypt -- $2.2 billion a year
The United States' foreign aid to Egypt, about $1.3 billion which goes to its military and the rest to its economy, is entirely predicated on the country's military dictators maintaining a close intelligence and diplomatic relationship with Israel. The country's current leader, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, took power in 2014 in an Israeli-backed coup that deposed the democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood.
Egypt, which was once a regional superpower that fought the Israelis during the Six Days War, restored diplomatic ties with Israel in 1979 under a US brokered deal.
The single-issue relationship was put on display when Senator Rand Paul attempted to cut aid to Egypt during a 2017 Congressional fight. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), five US Senators and Benjamin Netanyahu himself all intervened to block Paul's amendment, which was crushed in the Senate by a large majority after Jewish groups penned a letter demanding the aid continue as usual. According to both Netanyahu and AIPAC, America's payoff to the Egyptian military establishment is the only thing keeping Israel's formidable neighbor from attacking them.
2) Jordan -- $1.5 billion a year
In 1994, Jordan became the second Arab state after Egypt to restore formal ties with Israel.
Prior to 1994, Jordan received a smaller sum of aid from the US, but the country retained relative geopolitical independence, including support for Saddam Hussein during the first Persian Gulf War.
As a state bordering Palestine that for years retained its claim to the West Bank, the Jordanian monarchs have been a useful asset for Israel. The country's establishment is widely despised by Palestinians, even though the Jordanian public is broadly sympathetic to their plight.
In exchange for breaking solidarity with the Arab world's boycott of Israel, the United States signed a generous free trade agreement with Jordan, where we prop up their economy by buying 25% of their exports and hand them $1.5 billion a year (close to 4% of their GDP) via USAID.
3) Iraq -- $1.1 Billion (Excluding cost of the Iraq war)
The Iraq war, and our continued presence in the country 17 years later, is the product of Jews in Washington primarily loyal to the state of Israel.
This is the opinion of the man who went before the United Nations and went down in history as having sold the weapons of mass destruction lie, former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
In Karen DeYoung's 2007 biography of Powell, Soldier, he singles out Douglas Feith and Paul Wolfowitz as the real architects of war. In one interview with DeYoung, Powell even refers to Donald Rumsfeld -- the Gentile who is usually blamed alongside Dick Cheney for the Iraq debacle -- as a man controlled by the "JINSA crowd" in the Defense Department. The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) is an Israel lobbying firm similar to AIPAC.
If JINSA and the "card-carrying Likud members," as Powell is reported to have remarked once, were not making foreign policy calls in Washington the war would've never happened.
It could be argued that the trillions spent on perhaps the most wasteful military conflict in American history was a subsidy to Israel.
4) Saudi Arabia - $1.1 Billion a year
Saudi Arabia, the nation from which 15 out of 19 of the 9/11 hijackers originated, also lobbies the United States government through AIPAC.
The Trump administration was able to secure public Saudi support for Israel by promising $100 billion dollars in modern weapons, including F-35s, to the Gulf state. AIPAC and the Israeli government are both considered to have been the kingmakers in the deal.
The Saudi government, along with another nation that recently established official ties to Israel the, United Arab Emirates, are both state-sponsors of terrorism, including sending American weapons to Al-Qaeda.
The official sect of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia is Wahaabism, which is the puritanical and violent dogma that inspires both the Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda.
To understand how deep terrorist ideology has penetrated into Saudi society, a Saudi Royal Air Force pilot being trained to fly the F-35 in a $740 million dollar US-funded Pentagon program killed three American servicemen and injured eight others at the Pensacola Air Station in Florida in a quickly memory holed terrorist attack just last year.
5) Afghanistan - $5.4 Billion a year
As with Iraq, the 2001 war in Afghanistan and our ongoing presence there, is part of a containment strategy of Iran done in the interest of Israel.
According to former National Security Agency analyst Karen Kwiatkowski, the Pentagon's logic behind the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq was to create a military pincer that would surround Iran. In a 2009 interview, Kwiatkowski stressed that Iran was not a threat to the United States or its interests, but rather only to Israeli regional hegemony.
The Israelis have been using Afghanistan to spy on the Iranian military and engage in various black ops against their country. The Iranians appear to be fighting back, including by restoring ties for their historical nemesis, the Taliban. Israel fears that an unconditional US withdrawal could end up working to the advantage of Iran.
When earlier this year Donald Trump said he wanted to withdraw troops from Afghanistan -- a move supported by the overwhelming majority of the American people -- JINSA and AIPAC were the sole interest groups to vocalize opposition and began pressuring the Senate to ensure it didn't happen. The Jewish lobby succeeded, and Rand Paul's bill last July that would've brought our soldiers home was defeated by a bipartisan vote of 60 to 33.
6) Palestine, Lebanon, Syria -- Fluctuates
The three nations bordering or occupied by Israel receive aid from the United States in an attempt to present carrots and sticks that prevent factions from fully uniting, but the spigot is turned off and on regularly at the behest of Israel.
Last year, the US State Department cut aid to Lebanon's military in half after a direct appeal to do so by the Netanyahu government. The complaint was that the Lebanese military was not doing "enough" to undermine Shi'ite military and political power. The US typically funds the Lebanese military as a counter-force to Hezbollah, but after the Shi'ite militia successfully defended Lebanon's territory from an Israeli invasion in the 2006 war, the group has enjoyed nationalist support across the diverse religious groups in the country.
Hezbollah's work in defending Christians from ISIS in recent years has also been a political game changer, as traditionally grievances from Christian organizations have been exploited by Israel to leverage against the Palestinian cause.
In Palestine itself, the Palestinian Authority under Mohammad Abbas has enjoyed about half a billion US dollars in aid, both to politically divide him from Hamas controlled Gaza, as well as subsidize the humanitarian costs of Israel's occupation in the West Bank.
Abbas' strategy of "negotiating" with Israel through America is in retrospect an abject failure. Illegal settlements in the West Bank have continued uninhibited, and the Palestinians in the territory narrowly avoided the full annexation of their land by Israel. While the annexation project appears to have been put off, experts believe Israel will attempt to do so once Israel has a better foothold in the region.
In Syria, which Wikileaks of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exposed as nothing more than a regime change operation on behalf of Israel, the United States continues to spend close to a billion dollars every year in "humanitarian" relief.
While the coalition of the Syrian Army, Russia and Iran have largely defeated the ISIS and Al Qaeda rebels, the US is combining its humanitarian aid to anti-Assad areas while attempting to starve the country with crippling sanctions. By providing support to certain regions through USAID, Washington and Israel are artificially extending the conflict between Assad and the anti-government fighters, the latter which would've totally surrendered otherwise.
Future Expenses Under Trump's "Israel-First" Agenda
Donald Trump and Jared Kushner have been able to secure support from multiple Muslim nations for Israel by directly offering big payments and controversial favors as a trade.
Here is what this "diplomacy" will cost Americans.
1) Morocco --$3 Billion and the Western Sahara
Under Trump's deal with Morocco, its king Mohammed VI will receive $3 billion dollars in investments courtesy of the US taxpayer through the International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), a government entity created by Donald Trump, in exchange for recognizing Israel.
The more concerning aspect of the deal is Trump's recognition of the disputed Western Sahara as Moroccan, as well as a deal to sell the Moroccan military billions in American arms to give them a strategic edge over Algeria and Western Saharan natives.
The interests of the Western Saharans are represented by the Polisario Front, a nationalist group seeking independence and self-governance. The Moroccans and Polisario Front have been engaging in intensifying armed battles since November, a month before Trump's outreach to Mohammed VI. With American recognition of the Western Sahara, the Polisario Fronto will have lost diplomatic leverage and potentially have no choice but to fight the Moroccans -- thus initiating a potential conflagration in North Africa if Algeria maintains its pro-Saharan position.
2) Indonesia -- $2 Billion
Trump's DFC is reaching out to Indonesia -- the world's largest Muslim nation -- to provide $2 billion in US aid in exchange for normalizing relations with Israel.
The offer appears to have been rejected, with Jakarta announcing that it stands firmly behind the Palestinian cause.
Unlike Morocco, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, Indonesia is a parliamentary democracy. Supporting Israel remains highly taboo among the vast majority of Muslims worldwide, so it remains to be seen if the Indonesian state will end up accepting America's money.
3) Sudan -- $1 Billion and Taken Off State-Supporter of Terrorism List
Sudan is an important flashpoint in Israel's conflict with the Palestinians. Iran uses Sudan as a transit point for smuggling arms to the Palestinian resistance.
The Israelis and the United States have exploited racial strife between blacks and Arabs in Sudan -- funding the black side in Darfur (South Sudan) -- during the country's bloody civil war. The conflict has been winding down, but the Sudanese state and economy remains in dire straits largely due to sanctions over being a state-sponsor of terrorism.
During the 1990s, Sudan was blamed for housing Osama Bin Laden following the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Under Trump's deal, Sudan will be absolved of all blame after paying a fine and receive a billion dollars in debt forgiveness and economic aid in exchange for establishing formal relations with Israel.
4) Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, etc -- Unknown
The Saudis have been sinking billions of dollars into fellow Gulf States to encourage them to support Israel since 2018, according to leaks to Arab media.
According to the documents, the Saudis were working on behalf of the US government in this endeavor, promising their neighbors a "generous aid package" from America just for collaborating with the Jewish state.
As written before, the Saudis and UAE are receiving over $120 billion in US weapons -- an idea that previously would've been a non-starter in Washington due to potentially undermining Israel's qualitative military edge over Arabs.
By showing loyalty to Israel, Saudi Arabia has been able to secure support in Washington for its barbaric war in Yemen. When the US Congress passed a resolution to end US support for the Saudi war effort, Donald Trump vetoed the bill and, unlike the NDAA, no attempt was made to override this decision.
The full extent of what the US plans to provide Gulf States for their internally unpopular backing for Israel is not yet possible to know.
The Real Cost of Israel
While previous packages of US foreign aid to Muslim countries on behalf of Israel were presented as an objective pursuit for "peace in the Middle East," the Trump administration's efforts have directly led to new and bloody conflicts (the Yemen war), and opened up the floodgates for new ones around the world.
All that is certain is that Trump's concessions and arm's deals pursuit of recognition for Israel is objectively making the world more dangerous and unstable.
A perfect dollar estimate of how much Israel is costing our country is impossible due to the opaque nature of Washington's servility to the Zionist state.
In spite of this, we can arrive at a range. The on paper cost of Israel, when we include the "loan guarantee" scam and payments to neighboring countries to advance Israel's interests, is at least $23.1 billion a year.
This figure excludes speculative figures on the black budget in service to Israel, which if correct, would bring that number to $36.3 billion. It also excludes aid to Palestine and Lebanon (which may return next year), as well as costs related to the proxy conflict with Iran, which almost all foreign policy experts agree is entirely motivated by Israeli -- not American -- interests.
This number will balloon under Donald Trump's plan, which is expected to be continued uninhibited under a Joe Biden presidency. Trump's outreach to the Arab world will put us on the hook for at least an extra $6 billion, which again, is an extremely conservative estimate since we are excluding the shady deals with the Saudis and other Gulf States.
Thus, the $3.8 billion figure that already outrages much of the American public is at the bare minimum about $23 billion per year, but could potentially be closer to $50 billion.
This price of this luxury item in the Middle East is almost half of all American foreign aid, and does not serve any humanitarian purpose (often times, the other way around), much less the interests of the American people. Understanding the outrage this sum would provoke among US voters and taxpayers, groups like JINSA and AIPAC, along with the disproportionately Jewish owned media, ensure that it is never accurately reported.