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A Little Context

Time for some context on the current turmoil in and around Israel. This passage from Ron Suskind’s The Price of Loyalty has special resonance given current events. The scene is the White House Situation Room in January 2001, where Bush is meeting for the first time with his National Security Council, 10 days after taking the oath of office. Bush has just asked who in the room has met Ariel Sharon:

He’d met Sharon briefly, Bush said, when they had flown over Israel in a helicopter on a visit in December 1998. “Just saw him that one time. We flew over the Palestinian camps,” Bush said sourly. “Looked real bad down there. I don’t see much we can do over there at this point. I think it’s time to pull out of that situation.”And that was it, according to [Paul] O’Neill and several other people in the room. The Arab-Israeli conflict was a mess, and the United States would disengage. The combatants would have to work it out on their own.

[Colin] Powell said such a move might be hasty. He remarked on the violence on the West Bank and Gaza and on its roots. He stressed that a pullback by the United States would unleash Sharon and Israeli army. “The consequences of that could be dire,” he said, “especially for the Palestinians.”

Bush shrugged. “Maybe that’s the best way to get some things back in balance.”

Powell seemed startled.

“Sometimes a show of strength by one side can really clarify things,” Bush said.

With that, the rest of the meeting was devoted to Iraq.

(From TPM)

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July 29, 2006 - Posted by | Armed Conflict, National Defence

4 Comments »

  1. It’s all Bush’s fault!

    Arabs and Israelis are heading towards an armed confrontation that will engulf the entire region and eventually the world, and there is NOTHING anyone can do about it.

    There is nothing anyone can do to stop Darfur.

    There was nothing anyone could do to stop the Kurdistan-Turkish war.

    There was nothing anyone could do to stop the Rwandan war.

    There was nothing anyone could do to stop the Bosnian war.

    There was nothing anyone could do to stop the Iran-Iraq war.

    And there is nothing anyone can do to stop the coming war.

    Comment by Devil's Advocate | July 29, 2006 | Reply

  2. Thats and incredibly ignorant point of view.

    Comment by Chris | July 29, 2006 | Reply

  3. I agree Chris, which doesn’t happen often. LOL!

    Something can and must be doen to stop the murderous tide of Islamic fundenmenatalism sweeping the middle east.

    Sadly, the cut and run supporters are still living ina dream world where everythign will be fine of the US just woithdraws and Israel is smacked down.

    Nevermind that these groups want to eliminate everyone that does not share their religion.

    Comment by DCRocks | August 3, 2006 | Reply

  4. Isn’t this kind of “hasty” pull-out precisly what Obama is suggesting in Iraq? “If they haven’t gotten it in 7 years then their not going to get it in 25”. Why doesn’t the same logic apply to the Palestinians?

    That being said – Read Natan Sharansky’s the ‘Case for Democracy’. The Hellsinki agreements were used in large measure by dissidents to bring about reform and eventual collapse of the Soviet Union (yes I know whats going on in georgia – that’s a seperate issue). The Palestinians are in large measure fully dependent on Hamas for food and basic needs. If the United States and Israel had the stomach to tie aid to specific human rights reforms in Palestine and other parts of the Middle East, we actually might see some improvements. The United States has NOTHING to fear from a free country, whether muslim or not. Example – The friendliest relationship the US has with a Muslim nation is Turkey, and Turkey also has the highest degree of freedom of any Muslim nation. Freedom = Security. We cannot rely on dictators or communists – Period!

    Comment by Smiley | September 9, 2008 | Reply


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