The Bush Administration would rather shock and awe than talk and truce.
Instead of dealing with the vortex of the Middle East crisis — Israel and Palestine — the Bushies thumb their nose at what they insist is Clinton’s residual mess.
In 2001, Bush said he didn’t want to be drawn into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict because former President Clinton made the situation worse, according to the New York Times.
Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice agreed, while Powell didn’t.
Thanks for the pragmatic leadership, fellas. Of all the world situations the U.S. bullies and imposes, conventional logic would have this issue at the top of the to-do list. Yet conventional logic is something abstained from these leaders.
When the executive branch does get involved here, they firmly stand behind Israel. This is counterproductive and undermines the entire peace process. Surely this issue has been problematic since before the Israeli state formed in 1947, but that doesn’t mean the U.S. should’ve table this issue.
The Annapolis meeting is move in the right direction — albeit six years late.