Friday, August 04, 2006

Krauthammer Turns on Israel

hmmmm, could Krauthammer be a closet anti-Semite? if you read his op-ed in the Washington Post today, it sure sounds like he is criticizing Israel. Take a look:

Hence Israel's rare opportunity to demonstrate what it can do for its great American patron. The defeat of Hezbollah would be a huge loss for Iran, both psychologically and strategically. Iran would lose its foothold in Lebanon. It would lose its major means to destabilize and inject itself into the heart of the Middle East. It would be shown to have vastly overreached in trying to establish itself as the regional superpower.

The United States has gone far out on a limb to allow Israel to win and for all this to happen. It has counted on Israel's ability to do the job. It has been disappointed. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has provided unsteady and uncertain leadership. Foolishly relying on air power alone, he denied his generals the ground offensive they wanted, only to reverse himself later. He has allowed his war cabinet meetings to become fully public through the kind of leaks no serious wartime leadership would ever countenance. Divisive cabinet debates are broadcast to the world, as was Olmert's own complaint that "I'm tired. I didn't sleep at all last night" (Haaretz, July 28). Hardly the stuff to instill Churchillian confidence.

His search for victory on the cheap has jeopardized not just the Lebanon operation but America's confidence in Israel as well. That confidence -- and the relationship it reinforces -- is as important to Israel's survival as its own army. The tremulous Olmert seems not to have a clue.

I've been called anti-Semitic for saying Israel should not be fighting with her neighbors. But I believe those who advocate Israel fight harder with her neighbors are anti-Semitic. At their core, they don't care about Israel as much as they do about their own selfish goals. This op-ed by Krauthammer proves it.

What have you done for me lately? There is fierce debate in the United States about whether, in the post-Sept. 11 world, Israel is a net asset or liability. Hezbollah's unprovoked attack on July 12 provided Israel the extraordinary opportunity to demonstrate its utility by making a major contribution to America's war on terrorism.

America's green light for Israel to defend itself is seen as a favor to Israel. But that is a tendentious, misleadingly partial analysis. The green light -- indeed, the encouragement -- is also an act of clear self-interest. America wants, America needs, a decisive Hezbollah defeat.

This is Israel's importance to America: "what have you done for me lately?" Yeah, neo-cons are not truly pro-Israel, but rather are using Israel to further their own goals.

All those who are truly pro-Israel should help Israel get back from warfare. Her safety and security in the region is greatly enhanced when she is at peace with her neighbors.


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