Letters to the Editor; The Kinzinger Doctrine

By John M. Stassi
Rockford, IL

“U.S. foreign policy is not logical.” That’s how Congressman Adam Kinzinger ultimately rationalized his own illogical views on U.S. policy towards Iran, Israel and the enforcement of international law during a townhall meeting in Rockford on May 4.

For example, when I asked if the U.S. should insist that Israel ratify the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and dismantle their own huge nuclear arsenal as part of any deal to enforce that international law against Iran, Kinzinger said no.

When I told him that although Israel vehemently opposes a nuclear-armed Iran, it gladly offered to sell its own nuclear bombs to apartheid South Africa in 1975, he shrugged it off.

When I suggested that if he supports the enforcement of international law as a critical U.S. foreign policy objective, then he ought to call for imposing sanctions against Israel until it complies with the Fourth Geneva Convention and dismantles its illegal West Bank settlements, he rejected that idea.

Finally, I asked him what sense it makes to give $3 billion every year to Israel when the National Security Agency has ranked it as the third most aggressive espionage threat against the U.S. behind only Russia and China.

That’s when our congressman announced what I call “The Kinzinger Doctrine.”

If U.S. foreign policy is not logical, then it is only because it is concocted by illogical politicians like Adam Kinzinger. Kinzinger is keen for the U.S. to go to war to enforce his contradictory views of the world, which would transfigure the irrational into the immoral. Does that prospect frighten anyone besides myself?

3 thoughts on “Letters to the Editor; The Kinzinger Doctrine

  • May 21, 2015 at 8:02 am

    The pentagon just authorized 1.9 billion dollars in bunker buster bombs and missiles for Israel. This is our tax money that could be used for useful purposes but legislators such as Kinzinger must feed Israel’s paranoia over Iran.

  • May 21, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Excellent, John. Yes, it’s absolutely frightening. Because it’s a close-ended phase locked loop of circular logic, which all dogmatic self-righteousness is founded on, religious or secular–that can only lead to one conclusion – war, because those caught in it can never get beyond the negative mechanics they employ to reinforce their self-fulfilling ideas and concepts back to themselves, as in an echo-chamber. Quite literally they can “hear” nothing else, because they are not rational and “open” to suggestions, comments or criticisms, because the dogmatism of self-righteousness implies that one is right, and therefore never wrong, and not in need of suggestions, comments or criticisms, which is a moral, rational and historical absurdity. But that is what an “echo-chamber” is. Keep up the good work, and stock your pantry. GJC

  • Jun 1, 2015 at 11:18 am

    $3 billion/year in US foreign aid is just not enough for Israel. When will it finally become way too much for those of us who foot the bill and suffer from Israeli gratitude?

    Israel Seeks Surge in US Security Support
    By Barbara Opall-Rome. DefenseNews. May 24, 2015

    In recent months, working-level bilateral groups have begun to assess Israel’s projected security needs in the context of a new 10-year foreign military financing (FMF) deal that will kick in once the current agreement expires in 2017.

    Under the existing, $30 billion agreement signed in 2007, annual FMF grant aid to Israel grew from $2.4 billion to $3.1 billion minus, in recent years, rescissions of some $155 million due to a government mandated sequester.

    Under the follow-on package, endorsed in principle by US President Barack Obama during a March 2013 visit to Tel Aviv, Israel wants “$4.2 billion to $4.5 billion” in annual FMF aid, a security source here said.

    That’s on top of steadily increasing amounts of US war stocks prepositioned here and available for Israel’s emergency use, and nearly $500 million in annual funding for cooperative anti-rocket and missile defense programs in recent years.

    US materiel prepositioned in Israel is valued at $1.2 billion. And just last week, the House Appropriations’ Defense subcommittee’s draft of the 2016 defense appropriations bill included $487.5 million in funding for various US-Israel active defense programs.

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