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Friday, April 09, 2010

Thoughts on allies gone by

Victor Davis Hanson has some thoughts about two of the allies that the United States has abandoned: Britain and Israel. It's mostly about Israel. Here's what he comes up with at the end:
Now, however, the Obama administration — through its symbolic snubs and choice of personnel, and through real policies concerning Jerusalem — has sent a message to Hezbollah, Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Iran, the United Nations, and the European Left that America is no longer particularly interested in playing its traditional role in defending Israel either intellectually or politically — and thus perhaps soon not through military assistance either. That will only encourage new adventurism, as a mostly opportunistic world rushes to pile on, at first rhetorically, but soon through material action and global indifference to Israel’s fate.

The origins of Obama’s apparent distaste for both Britain and Israel have been explored, but why the party of Truman and JFK abetted his transformation of American foreign policy is a more complex, but equally disheartening, matter.
Truman (certainly) and JFK would not recognize the Democratic party of today. It's been taken over by the far Left, which is in cahoots with radical Islam, and which has managed to shift the rest of the party's focus inward by concentrating on things like healthcare, global warming and cap and trade. The result is to leave foreign policy matters to those most concerned with them - the far Left and their allies.

But foreign policy has a way of coming back to bite you when much of the World still wants to regard you as a superpower, and I have little doubt that if Iran obtains nuclear weapons, it will be the end of the Obama Presidency and will lead to a total re-orienting of the Democratic party back into areas like human rights and promoting democracy (as was the case in the 1960's and 1970's when the US emerged from its 1950's isolationist tendencies).

I just hope we here in Israel are God willing around to see it.

Read it all.


At 12:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the vast majority of democratic congressmen still stand with israel

your assertion is incorrect

the party has not been taken over by radicals

im far left....those that are anti israel and pro arab are not leftists

how can one be a leftist and support regimes that kill gays and jail women who have been raped?

At 12:56 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


You're probably right about the Congressmen, but I think you're wrong about the rank and file. The Kos people seem to have taken over the party just because they're the activists. Obama, Clinton, Ned Lamont - they're all symptomatic of that.

As to your last question, I suggest that you ask it to Queers for Palestine, which operates out of San Francisco. I have never understood how these people think.

At 1:04 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

That is why Israel has to take on Iran. The West won't rescue the Jews and certainly not America. This is Israel's chance to prove having a sovereign state never means being helpless again. This time the Jewish people have their fate in their own hands and if they don't avert their own destruction, this time they can't blame the rest of the world for that outcome. Its time to move past diplomacy into action to terminate the Iranian nuclear threat.


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