Condi Rice continues the Bush Administration’s querulous non-responsive policy toward the Israel-Lebanon conflict:
Israel may need to prolong its offensive in Lebanon to further reduce the threat from Hezbollah, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today…
Ms. Rice appeared to support a longer-term Israeli effort to inflict decisive damage to Hezbollah’s presence in Lebanon. She also said she was considering a trip to the region.
“A cessation of violence is crucial, but if that cessation of violence is hostage to Hezbollah’s next decision to launch missiles into Israel or Hamas’s next decision to abduct an Israeli citizen, then we will have gotten nowhere,” she said on “Fox News Sunday.”
I call that response “a little more war, please.” When have you ever heard the senior foreign policy official of a supposedly peace-loving (I know, it’s a joke really) nation say: “I think we need more death and mayhem in the world.” Besides, she’s accepted lock, stock and smoking barrel the bogus Israeli contention that continuing the fighting will somehow diminish Hezbollah’s future capacity to inflict damage on Israel. Such unbelievable short-sightedness! If Hezbollah has 12,000 missiles and uses all of them in this conflict, does anyone really believe that it won’t get more, and quickly? And that the new ones won’t be more lethal and effective than the previous ones? This is a zero sum game, fellas. You don’t get to win, Israel. All you do is increase the suffering of your own people along with those of your enemies.
Madeleine Albright conveyed my sentiment precisely when she said:
Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright — speaking with unusual candor considering the traditional injunction in American politics against speaking ill of United States foreign policy while the president is abroad — said of the Bush administration, “I’m stunned, I’m frankly stunned that they have not been involved” more in the region.
“I wish that the secretary had announce that she was leaving St. Petersburg and going with other foreign ministers to the region to begin shuttle diplomacy,” she said on the ABC News program “This Week,” referring to Ms. Rice. “We can’t wait for the violence to stop.”
Please, Democrats do or say something to oppose the Bush Administration’s current lassitude. Get Rice off her duff and get her to the Middle East–NOW!
I have a slightly wild and crazy theory that the U.S. wants to continue the war because it wants to see how deeply Iran can be drawn into it. Bush would like nothing more than to gin up more anti-Iran hysteria by pinning the blame for Lebanon on Iran. And he certainly sees Hezbollah as a proxy for Iran–and the friend of my enemy is my enemy as far as Bush is concerned.