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Monday, April 20, 2009

Left waking up to reality?

Is America's Left starting to realize that President Obama isn't God and that the World will not necessarily follow Obama's dictates? There's an interesting comment in Monday's Washington Post by Jackson Diehl (Hat Tip: Memeorandum). It's limited to foreign policy, it does include Israel, and surprisingly, it does not only blame Israel for the 'impasse' in our region.
Now comes the interesting part: when it starts to become evident that Bush did not create rogue states, terrorist movements, Middle Eastern blood feuds or Russian belligerence -- and that shake-ups in U.S. diplomacy, however enlightened, might not have much impact on them.


A second cold shower rained down last week on George Mitchell, Obama's special envoy to the Middle East. For eight years Democrats insisted that the absence of progress toward peace between Israel and its neighbors was due to the Bush administration's failure at "engagement." Mitchell embodies the correction. But during last week's tour of the region he encountered a divided Palestinian movement seemingly incapable of agreeing on a stance toward Israel and a new Israeli government that doesn't accept the goal of Palestinian statehood. Neither appeared at all impressed by the new American intervention -- or willing to offer even token concessions.


Obama sent a conciliatory public message to Iranians, and the United States joined in a multilateral proposal for new negotiations on its nuclear program. The regime responded by announcing another expansion of its uranium enrichment facility and placing an American journalist on trial for espionage. Obama told Iraqis that he would, as long promised, use troop withdrawals to pressure the government to take over responsibility for the country. Since he made that announcement, violence in Iraq has steadily increased.

Obama is not the first president to discover that facile changes in U.S. policy don't crack long-standing problems. Some of his new strategies may produce results with time. Yet the real test of an administration is what it does once it realizes that the quick fixes aren't working -- that, say, North Korea and Iran have no intention of giving up their nuclear programs, with or without dialogue, while Russia remains determined to restore its dominion over Georgia. In other words, what happens when it's no longer George W. Bush's fault? That's what the next 100 days will tell us.
I don't know about the rest of you, but my expectations are pretty low.


At 8:29 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I don't think much will change. That is true also of the Israeli-Arab situation. The status quo is bad but change is infinitely worse and there is only so much the Americans can do to move what amounts to a giant political boulder.

At 7:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont know what will happen in regards to korea and iran, but i can tell you this...

the obama admin will learn, just as the clinton admin did, that the palestinians never miss an opportunity to cut off their own noses to spite their own faces

that is what happens when you want jews dead more than you want a state

and they dont want a state...never did


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