Bush Wagging the Dog?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

You knew the administration that always puts politics above policy would do something, right?

So are over the border (from Iraq) helicopter attacks on Syria their October surprise?

How could anyone trust Bush on this?

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How Goes the Appeasing, Israel?

Friday, May 30, 2008

Ha’aretz, the venerable Israeli newspaper, reports that Israel and Syria have made progress in their talks on the “contentious issues of water, security, borders and normalization of relations.” Having talked with officials from both sides, the story indicates that there is interest from Israel and Syria in advancing to the next stage of direct negotiations.

Do hysterical American neocons know about this? Israel is appeasing. Someone should stop them before peace breaks out…

In a related story, Ehud Olmert, who some have speculated initiated the talks with Syria as a wag-the-dog manuever to deflect attention from an ongoing bribery investigation, will be in the U.S. next week to meet with American politicians and address AIPAC. Many believe his tenure as Prime Minister will be over shortly. The Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, is waiting eagerly in the wings.


Israel Appeasing the Syrians?!?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Yesterday’s news that Israel is extending a hand to Syria to discuss the Golan Heights must be infuriating to the anti-appeasement crowd. But, wait, they’re doing it through Turkish intermediaries, so that makes it okay. Plus, it’s Israel doing it. And Israel never does anything wrong.

Especially now that, according to the New York Sun, Hezbollah has just reached an agreement for a 2/3 majority in the Lebanese parliament, this move seems to fly in the face of the sophomoric foreign policy argument that you only talk to your allies. But, maybe, unlike American conservatives, Israelis are simply not afraid. Maybe the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

At any rate, there is another bone-headed editorial by a couple named Thrall and Wilkins (if this is the caliber of thinker Columbia is producing we’re in trouble) about appeasement in the New York Times today. The piece lays the Cuban Missile Crisis at the feet of the Kennedy-Khruschev meeting in June 1961.

Ugh.

Yeah, that was it, the cause of the Cuban Missile Crisis was Kennedy’s weak-kneed appeasement, not the missiles we had in Turkey and Italy or the Bay of Pigs fiasco. It happened because Kennedy appeased!

Will some responsible adult (Kissenger? Scowcroft?) please stand and tell these half-wits to give up on the failed policies of the Bush administration?

Speaking of which, the fearmeister himself, Karl Rove (who else?), joined the party today too.


Lebanese Civil War?

Friday, May 9, 2008

Shiite militia forces loyal to Hezbollah have apparently taken control of several neighborhoods in Beirut and briefly seized “the television station and newspaper and political offices of the Sunni parliamentary majority leader, Saad Hariri” before handing them back to the Lebanese Army.

This is all in response to the government’s threat to shut down the private telephone network that links Hezbollah’s military infrastructure.

Lebanon has been a flash point for hostilities in the region for seemingly forever, including the 15 year-long civil war (1975-1990) that started it all. The place is a crazy quilt of competing sectarian interests often acting on (or reacting to) the state interests of Syria, Iran, and Israel.

It looks like things are calming a little, but if this gets out of hand, watch out.