Decorative detail, Mosquée de Paris. Photo by Jordana Shalhoub.
Thanks to the Bush administration's penchant for secrecy, we've been virtually powerless while he vetoed better education and health care for children (complaining we didn't have the money) but gave billions to fuel the Israeli military. An excerpt of Robert Bryce's investigative piece in Salon:
"...It's well known that the U.S. supplies the Israelis with much of their military hardware. Over the past few decades, the U.S. has provided about $53 billion in military aid to Israel. What's not well known is that since 2004, U.S. taxpayers have paid to supply over 500 million gallons of refined oil products -- worth about $1.1 billion –- to the Israeli military. While a handful of countries get motor fuel from the U.S., they receive only a fraction of the fuel that Israel does -- fuel now being used by Israeli fighter jets, helicopters and tanks to battle Hamas.
"According to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, between 2004 and 2007 the U.S. Defense Department gave $818 million worth of fuel to the Israeli military. The total amount was 479 million gallons, the equivalent of about 66 gallons per Israeli citizen. In 2008, an additional $280 million in fuel was given to the Israeli military, again at U.S. taxpayers' expense. The U.S. has even paid the cost of shipping the fuel from U.S. refineries to ports in Israel..."
Read more here about how the underhanded actions of Bush & Co. have made the American people unwittingly complicit in the Israeli attack on Gaza. Outrageous; immoral; possibly criminal. Tuesday can't get here fast enough!
Meanwhile, the Guardian reports new evidence of Israel using white phosphorus against Gaza's civilian population.