Former Secretary of State, General Alexander Haig, a former Supreme Commander of NATO, refers to Israel as "the largest, most battle-tested and cost-effective US aircraft carrier, which does not require a single US personnel, cannot be sunk and is located at a most critical area for US national security interests." And which emphatically does not take orders from any US military officer or politician. Have US warplanes ever started an offensive missio from Israeli bases? I've never heard of it, and the reason is obvious -- if word ever got out it would incline neutral nations to oppose the USA. So, a US aircraft carrier that does not follow orders, that we cannot use. Still, it costs only $3 billion a year.
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from the article: America's Mideast woes don't begin and end with Israel