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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Good cop?

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is due in Israel next week, ostensibly to reassure the Israeli government that the US has not dropped the ball on Iran, but really to play the 'good cop' as part of the Obumbler's continuing pressure on Israel over the 'Palestinians.' It's kind of ironic to see Gates become the 'good cop' after he snubbed IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi in March. But since everyone else in the Obama administration has attacked Israel more recently than that, Gates gets to play the good cop.
"We expect Iran to be the main issue. There is obviously a value in a show of Americans and Israelis closing ranks about Iran," said one official about the visit. He spoke on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement has yet to be made.

"This (visit) may be an American attempt to reassure Israel on Iran as part of Washington's pressure for movement on the Palestinian track," the official said.

Gates will reportedly spend about six hours in Israel, meeting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, officials said. He is also expected to visit Jordan.
When the Obama administration throws a bone, they make sure there's as little meat on it as possible, don't they?

Let's look at a real good cop instead. Let's go to the videotape.

I suspect Robert Gates will never enjoy the success in Israel that Officer Krupke enjoyed on the streets of New York.


At 8:49 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The US acts like its doing Israel a big favor. That's not the kind of attitude one expects from a friend. Robert Gates will find Israeli disappointment with the US to be widespread, deep and solid. He can tell his boss what Israelis are really thinking before the US Middle East policy sinks further down in the quicksand.

What could go wrong indeed


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