The HOST & The PARASITE: How Israel’s Fifth Column Consumed America

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    The Host & the Parasite is an extraordinarily important book that traces America’s slide into fascism and subservience to a foreign power.

    Felton argues persuasively that three groups have converged and come to dominate American policy for the benefit of Israel: the neoconservatives, the Republican evangelicals (Christian Zionists), and Jewish Zionists. He backs up his analysis with over 800 footnoted references to government, scholarly and media sources.

    Felton refutes the traditional progressive view that Israel is merely a client state of America. If this is so, he asks, how has America come to pursue policies that are so utterly contrary to their own national interest while being so highly beneficial to its junior partner?

    Felton also refutes the theory that ‘it’s all about oil,’ arguing that the First Persian Gulf War was the last American oil war and that the Second Persian Gulf War ignored the interests of American oil companies, increased American oil costs and reduced American national security. How could this have happened? The Second War, he demonstrates, can only be adequately explained by the take-over of American foreign and domestic policy for the benefit of Israel.

    Felton’s book integrates a remarkable range of relevant material, including:

    • the decline of American republican government from Vietnam to the present;
    • the rise of American fascism since the Reagan years;
    • the rise of the pro-Israel lobby in America and its growing influence on the presidency from 1948 until now;
    • the subjugation of America’s House and Senate by the pro-Israel lobby;
    • the anti-democratic philosophy of Leo Strauss and its corrosive influence on America via the neoconservative movement;
    • the growth and goals of the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) and other right-wing think tanks;
    • PNAC’s search for a new ‘Pearl Harbor’ to permit the restructuring of America;
    • The Israeli foreign policy goal of dismembering Iraq to ensure Israeli regional domination;
    • the demonization of Islam;
    • the origins and rise of the religious right in America and its obsession with Israel;
    • the planned attack on Iran that is being pushed by Israel and its proxies in America;
    • the extremely gloomy prospects for America to “return to normal”

    Felton is generous in his praise of others who have explored some of this material such as John Mearsheimer, Stephen Walt, Jimmy Carter and Paul Findley. Felton’s book, however, is a far more comprehensive study of the subject and integrates a much fuller range of issues and data to demonstrate the self-destructive nature of American policy in our time.

    For those who imagine that America’s Mideast policy is motivated by “love of justice and democracy,” Felton reviews America’s shameful and ongoing record of supporting dictators and overthrowing democratically elected third world governments.

    For those who pretend that America’s Mideast policy is intended to serve America’s self-interest, Felton reviews the appalling cost to America of its pro-Israel policy: thousands of dead American soldiers; trillions of dollars of debt incurred over the years due to higher oil costs and ruinous wars; the enmity of the world; and the destruction of the American system of republican government.

    And what has America gained by supporting Israel? Nothing, Felton argues, that can begin to justify the appalling cost.

    The book’s cover makes it clear that ‘Israel’s Fifth column’ includes secular neocon crooks like Rumsfeld and Cheney; Christian evangelical maniacs like Bush; and Jewish Zionist power players like Perle, Feith and Wolfowitz. Together, these people have torn up the American Constitution, dedicated America to endless war, bankrupted the country and endangered its security while cynically promoting the interests of a foreign power.

    Softcover, 490 pages


    1. Vietnam’s Long Shadow 1
    2. Unholy Trinity 25
    3. The Eclipse of Reason 69
    4. Bush vs. The Crazies 113
    5. Invasion of the Policy Snatchers 127
    6. The Jewish Presidency 143
    7. Inventing bin Laden 165
    8. The Unocal States of America 185
    9. American Jihad 207
    10. One Nation Under PNAC 237
    11. A New Pearl Harbor 261
    12. Petropolitics and the Taliban 299
    13. Enemies of the State 319
    14. Dementia in High Places 353
    15. Israel’s Executioner—Palestine and Iraq 391
    16. Enemies by Design—Syria and Iran 427
    17. The Host and the Parasite 463
    Index of Names 483


    Vietnam’s Long Shadow

    One of my earliest memories is sitting around the dinner table watching Lloyd Robertson and Harvey Kirck anchor the CBC Evening News. What I remember most is that each newscast began with one of them listing the origin of the main stories that day, and Southeast Asia was almost always first. Of course, I knew nothing about the Vietnam War—I was only five years old when President Kennedy was shot—but when I saw combat footage I innocently and instinctively rooted for “the good guys.”

    Like most everyone of my generation, I grew up internalizing the frame of reference that television gave me: the South Vietnamese were “our” Vietnamese; the United States was a force for justice; democracy, capitalism and freedom were inseparable virtues; and communists were inexplicably bad because they opposed everything we stood for. Even Saturday morning cartoons like Mighty Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Roger Ramjet and Superman reinforced the automatic presumption of U.S. righteousness. Superman’s motto, “Truth, Justice and the American Way,” was so self-evident I never thought to question it.

    Similarly, since television and my parents taught me that the good guys always won, it never occurred to me that the U.S. and South Vietnam could lose—an illusion shared by many adults in the Kennedy/Johnson administrations. That innocent illusion was ignominiously dispelled on April 30, 1975, when Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese. In addition, the complementary illusion of the U.S. as a fundamentally law-abiding country collapsed amid the Watergate scandal, which exposed pervasive paranoia, corruption, and criminal misconduct within the Nixon administration.

    During testimony before the Senate Watergate Committee in late June 1973, former White House counsel John Dean said that President Richard Nixon had been aware since the previous September of attempts to cover up the break-in at the Democratic Party’s National Committee offices in the Watergate Hotel. On national television, Dean recalled a conversation in which he told Nixon there was “a cancer growing on the presidency,” and if it were not removed it would kill him politically. Indeed, on August 8, 1974, Nixon removed the cancer by resigning to avoid impeachment.

    Nixon’s resignation, and the successful prosecution of government officials, seemed to rehabilitate the image of the U.S. as a nation of law and order, and also reaffirm the vitality and relevance of the post-war political order, which the U.S. virtually created. Yet, behind this renewed façade of normalcy the republic was terminally ill, though symptoms of the disease did not manifest themselves immediately. We know that something happened to the U.S. since the 1970s because nobody who looks at the U.S. police state today could possibly mistake it for a democracy. Some of the more conspicuous examples of officially sanctioned unconstitutional misconduct include: rigging elections, endorsing torture, eviscerating the Bill of Rights, gutting environmental and labour laws, and commiting mass murder in the name of fighting terrorism. Dean even wrote a book about politics under George W. Bush—Worse than Watergate. When viewed against the previous eight years of prosperity and general optimism that prevailed under President Bill Clinton, most Americans would understandably date the end of their republic to the 2000 general election that installed Bush in the White House.

    Problem is, a 224-year-old republic based on a system of checks and balances simply does not self-destruct within one presidential term. For a police state to take hold, the U.S.’s political culture had to have been weakened to the point where it could not defend itself, much as a person with a weakened immune system becomes susceptible to diseases it used to be able to resist. The real cause of the police state must therefore be found at the point where the U.S. lost the will to fight off anti-democratic pressures—not in recent events like the World Trade Center attack, or the invasion of Iraq, which are mere symptoms of the disease.

    This disease consists of three mutually reinforcing political “cancers” that became malignant during the Vietnam War, and then coalesced, and metastasized after the election of Ronald Reagan: neo-conservative economists, evangelical Christians and Zionist Jews. Together, they set the U.S. on a downward spiral into fascism—literally. By the time of the 2000 “election,” Zionists had emerged as the dominant force in the fascist troika, and it is they who bear the greatest responsibility for the corruption of America, the destruction of Iraq, and the “war on terrorism.” That is what this book will prove.

    Greg Felton is an investigative journalist specializing in the Middle East, Canadian politics, the media and language. He holds a Master’s Degree in political science from the University of British Columbia and speaks French, Russian and Mandarin. For six years he wrote a political column for the monthly Arabic/English Canadian Arab News, and his articles have appeared on,,,, and in Middle East Times, Tehran Times, and other publications.


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