Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Foreign Policy Insanity

"Which is more critical to the United States in the Islamic world--that a government be democratic, or that it be a friend and ally in the war against al-Qaida and Islamic extremism? ... Nevertheless, democracy first became declared Bush policy. ... Why did free elections fail to advance U.S. interests? Because the most powerful currents running in the region are populism, nationalism, Islamic fundamentalism, anti-Zionism and anti-Americanism, all of which translate into popular recoils from leaders seen as too close to the [US]. ... Now, however, the [US] is demanding that Pakistan's Gen. Pervez Musharraf remove his uniform, end the state of emergency and hold free elections, which we anticipate will be won by the Pakistan People's Party of Benazir Bhutto of the Pakistan Muslim League of Nawaz Sharif", Patrick Buchanan at http://www.worldnetdaily.com/, 20 November.

"The [US] is imploring Turkey to desist from invading northern Iraq to combat the PKK, a Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization that keenly relishes the slaughter of Turkish teachers, doctors, technicians, engineers, Kurdish village guards and police, and otherwise. ... The PKK's murderous provocations against Turkey from the safety of the Kurdish Regional Government or elsewhere make Pancho Villa's villanies against the [US] pale in comparison", Bruce Fein at http://www.washingtontimes.com/, 13 November.

Bret Stephens blasts Connie Baby in the WSJ, 20 November, noting, "Today the operative theory is that Israel's neighbors, fearful of Iran's growing regional clout, have a newfound interest is putting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to rest. Nice theory-if only the locals would get with the concept. ... Then there are the Israelis, who have even better reasons that the Sunnis to fear Iran".

"Iran has done what decades of the peace proposals have not done--brought Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Palestinians and the U.S. together", David Brooks at the Houston Chronicle, 8 November.

That the Sunni states: Saudi Arabia (SA), Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Kuwait and the UAE are afraid of Iran is independent of Israel's existence. I first heard 2.5 years ago that SA is surreptitiously pushing Israel to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities. Makes sense. Israel is supposed to have had nuclear weapons since 1964. SA apparently figures that if Israel hasn't bombed Mecca, Medina or Riyadh in 41 years, it's not likely to.

American foreign policy under Connie Baby is so inept I think of something that happened in about 1962. "Marvelous" Marv Throneberry dropped a easy fly ball and the Mets' manager Casey Stengl said, "can't anybody here play this game"?

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