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Friday, December 08, 2006

McCain on the Iraq Study Group

Senator John McCain (R - Ariz.) has issued a statement on the Iraq Study Group that has me thinking seriously of backing his 2008 Presidential bid:
Arab-Israeli Peace: The report embraces the idea that peace between Arabs and Israelis - which, the report states, can only be achieved through land for peace - is a necessary element of success in Iraq. All of us desire peace in the region and peace between Arabs and Israelis. But it is impossible to see how such a peace can be achieved so long as Hamas, a terrorist group that rejects a two-state solution and the very existence of Israel, stands at the helm of the Palestinian Authority. We must not push our Israeli ally to make concessions to groups that refuse to recognize its right to exist.

In addition, the linkage the ISG report makes between this issue and the violence in Iraq seems tenuous at best. While I desire peace for Israel in its own right, it is difficult to see how an Arab-Israeli peace process will diminish Sunni-Shia violence in Baghdad or al Qaeda activity in Anbar Province.

Regional conference: The report recommends the establishment of a regional diplomatic conference on Iraq, to include Iran and Syria. We must be both cautious and realistic about what Iranian and Syrian participation is likely to achieve. Our interests in Iraq diverge significantly from those of Damascus and Tehran, and this is unlikely to change under the current regimes. I do not object to reasonable efforts that might modify these countries' behavior in Iraq, but if the price of their cooperation is an easing of pressure on Tehran over its nuclear ambitions, or on Damascus over the Syrian role in Lebanon, then that price is too high.
Comments on the statement or on McCain's positions generally (especially about Israel) would be much appreciated.


At 5:00 AM, Blogger Bob Miller said...

Sen. McCain's statements regarding Israel have been very strong and positive. Likewise Giuliani's. Gingrich's, too, but his chances of becoming President look very slim. Many Republican voters and politicians still support Israel out of religious and/or national security motivations.

Sen. Hillary Clinton shelved her pro-Palestinian views and began to back Israel in public as a tactic to become Senator from New York, but she would probably revert to type as President. I can't think of a single likely Democratic candidate for President who would do Israel any good.

As a consequence of setbacks in the Iraq war and in Lebanon, antisemites in the US government (including the ISG), academia, and media have found an opening to re-enter the political discussion.
We should do what we can to keep the antisemites in both parties from influencing US policy.
Overall, it is wise, though, for us not to look to the US to solve Israel's problems; the Jewish people have to do the heavy lifting in the form of teshuvah.

At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My big fear is the last 12 years McCain has sold out the conservatives many times from limiting free speech (McCain-Feingold) and the so-called gang of fourteen.

McCain strikes me as a media-well I'll let you choose the adjetive. He only acts conservative when it helps him.

There is still way to much time to figure out who I'm going to back for the Presidency on '08.

But that's just my plug nickle

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Kudos for McCain for stating what should have always been obvious to everyone.

At least he's not afraid to speak his mind.

At 1:41 PM, Blogger Kranky (in the civilized world) said...

McCain is less stupid than the other pols. He is not beholden to "ideals" of conservatism, republicanism, and so on. He says what he does, and largely does what he says.

He is a pol though, and like others would likely willingly sell out a principled view for a campaign contribution.

Carl it is important to note that the rising tide of islam is sinking many ships, enabling the anti-semites to ascend, and providing yet again a convienent whipping boy or sacrificial lamb in the name of "peace in our time". No matter who wins, as long as Walt and Mearshimer, Baker, Buchannan and others mouth their inane ideas, across the political spectrum, we will not be safe. Antisemites were one relegated to the dustbin of history. It seems that with islam on the march, that it is fashional again to fcuk jews.

Assume, no matter who wins in 2008, it is going to go from bad to worse.

Israel must be ready to stand on its own, in all aspects. Including weapon supplies. Assuming anything else is tantamount to national suicide.

At 5:14 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

There are some red flags about McCain and Israel. I'll have to look them up.
The one that I remember is that he's considered close with Sen Hagel who's solidly in the 'realist' camp.
As of now, my preference would be Giuliani or Brownback. (More the former because I can't imagine that the latter has a chance.)

At 4:43 PM, Blogger Zerosumgame said...

I believe McCain's brother is a convert to Judaism.

Having said that, the best candidate in either party in terms of supporting Israel, hands down, would be Giuliani


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