"Finally, there is Israel's strategic location on the Mediterranean. It provides a port of call for U.S. troops, ships, aircraft, and intelligence sources, and a place where arms, fuel, munitions, and other supplies can be stockpiled and accessed when America needs them in the region. The country also offers access to the Red Sea. One analyst has described Israel as a "strategic aircraft carrier" in a chaotic part of the world."
What is interesting is that this is essentially the same position taken by Chomsky, Zunes, and most recently, Stephen Maher, and yet it is virtually impossible to find anyone outside of the pro-Israel encampment who is qualified to make such judgments who would agree with that statement. Certainly, it is not the opinion of those former CIA analysts Robert Baer, Bill and Kathy Christison, Phil Giraldi, Ray McGovern, and Michael Scheuer, who have spent quite a bit of their lives dealing with the Middle East and are in a better position to assess the Israel-US relationship than any of our left academics. Does the US need Israeli stockpiles to wage its wars or are they their for Israel's use? And does Zuckerman really think that the US needs Israel to have access to the Red Sea?