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It would be the Obama administration's position that the US is fighting anywhere near the Middle East only because US citizens, like WWII-era European Jews before them, experienced attacks by (what the US knows to be its own form of) Nazis. General Petraeus's charge (and I'm not convinced it's the business of a soldier to charge anything other than the enemy, especially if it's understood that that soldier does what he does on behalf of, and in the stead of, the commander in chief) can only be that Israel's existence threatens the US because something about the way Israel is existing is hampering US war efforts.