Thursday, April 28, 2022

He's Not American - Vox Popoli

 It has always puzzled me why Mark Levin appeals to conservatives, particularly Boomercons. To me, he has never been more than an older, fatter Ben Shapiro, gatekeeping Americans on behalf of the Israel First party. But recently, he uncloaked and showed his true colors:

Fox News host Mark Levin went full neocon on Sunday night, attacking “so-called nationalist populists” as un-American isolationists and ordering viewers to “reject” both ideologies as “dangerous” and disconnected from the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

“I have in front of me the pocket edition of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, the word nationalist cannot be found in either the Declaration or the Constitution, why is this?” Levin said. “Because the people who founded your country and the people, the Framers of your Constitution, were not nationalists — they were Americans.”

“So what am I saying, am I a globalist?” Levin said. “I don’t even know what that means. No, I’m a red-blooded American Constitutionalist who believes in Capitalism and representative government.”

“What does that mean?” he asked. “It’s simple, you don’t treat communist China the way you treat Great Britain when it comes to trade. You don’t send advanced technologies to Russia or to Iran technologies you might send to Israel.”

First, Levin is not an American. He is not descended from the people who founded the American nation, he is not part of the Posterity for whose benefit the U.S. Constitution was written, and, as he quite rightly admits, he is not an American nationalist. Second, Levin may or may not be a globalist, but he is an Israeli Firster, which is why he asserts, incorrectly and on the basis of absolutely nothing, that it is reasonable for Americans to send advanced technologies to Israel that is not in the American national interest to provide other countries.

The fact is that a substantial amount of the advanced US technology that was acquired by China over the last 30 years was provided to the Chinese by the Israeli government.

The head of defense exports for the Israeli Defense Ministry resigned after a U.S. investigation concluded that technology, including a miniature refrigeration system manufactured by Ricor and used for missiles and in electro-optic equipment, was sent to China, according to the Israeli newspaper Maariv. Another Israeli news site, Aretz Sheva, reports the U.S. is concerned the technology could ultimately find its way to Iran, which last year sought to buy military equipment from China for its nuclear program.

The Maariv report identified the Israeli defense official as Meir Shalit, and said he apologized to U.S. officials on a recent visit.

Israel has a long record of getting U.S. military technology to China. In the early 1990s then-CIA Director James Woolsey told a Senate Government Affairs Committee that Israel had been selling U.S. secrets to China for about a decade.

Israel Passes U.S. Military Technology to China, 24 December 2013