The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

"Subcontracting US policy to Tel Aviv"

I don't like this man, but Pat Buchanan is one of the few American commentators who cuts through the bullshit:

Now, Israel's rampage against a defenseless Lebanon – smashing airport runways, fuel tanks, power plants, gas stations, lighthouses, bridges, roads and the occasional refugee convoy – has exposed Bush's folly in subcontracting U.S. policy out to Tel Aviv, thus making Israel the custodian of our reputation and interests in the Middle East.

The Lebanon that Israel, with Bush's blessing, is smashing up has a pro-American government, heretofore considered a shining example of his democracy crusade. Yet, asked in St. Petersburg if he would urge Israel to use restraint in its airstrikes, Bush sounded less like the leader of the Free World than some bellicose city councilman from Brooklyn Heights.
He's right -- Israeli (or more accurately, pro-Israeli American) control of US Middle East policy has to stop.