I wouldn’t have believed this unless I’d seen it with my own eyes. Something about the Gaza campaign and the perception in Israel that it has succeeded has turned the formerly acute judgment of Haaretz editors into mush. Here is Haaretz’s fond editorial farewell to one of the worst presidents in U.S. and one who allowed the Middle East to turn into a disaster zone of epic proportions:
This is also a moment of leave-taking from the administration of George W. Bush. Bush’s mistakes, whether related to his priorities or conduct, are dwarfed by his realization after September 11, 2001, that radical Islam had declared all-out war on the West; that those being attacked had to move the battle to enemy territory.
Despite the criticism over aspects of the military and political conduct of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, especially after the fall of the Taliban and Saddam Hussein, Bush should be credited with halting the attack by governments and organizations, rebels and radicals, who see the ends as justifying the means. Bush has had his share of mistakes and failures, but in the pantheon of American governments, and from the selfish perspective of Israel and its security, he is worthy of being remembered as a dedicated friend who helped Israel. He was the first president to support the establishment of a moderate and democratic Palestinian state alongside the Jewish one.
Bush’s ambition of filling the region with democracy hasn’t turned out so well.
One doesn’t know where to begin in addressing this miasma of faulty analysis. First, ANY U.S. president would’ve realized that Al Qaeda had declared all out war on the West. So Bush’s “realization” is nothing worth bragging about.
Second, the claim that “aspects” of Bush policy in Iraq and Afghanistan have failed is laughable. Is this supposed to pass for sober analysis from the liberal Israel press? Bush’s entire policy is an abject failure. It has been from Day One and will be until the bitter end when we withdraw the last soldier from Iraq.
Third, a “dedicated friend who helped Israel??” Who wrote this shit? How did George Bush help Israel? By acceding to every wish ever voiced by any Israeli PM who ruled during his terms? By backing every godforsaken war Israel chose to fight? By giving Israel carte blanche to carve up the Territories into bantustans with scores of illegal settlements?
Fourth, have Haaretz’s editors forgotten Bill Clinton? He was the first president to support a Palestinian state. Not George Bush. In fact, on June 7, 2001 Clinton called for creation of a “sovereigh, viable Palestinian state.”
Fifth, saying Bush’s dream of little Middle Eastern democracies sprouting up like mushrooms “hasn’t turned out so well”–gee, d’ya think?
What’s going on with the Haaretz editorial staff? Have they taken leave of their senses? Gone soft in the head? Has it been infiltrated by a mole from Yisroel HaYom? Is it going for the Likud neocon reader demographic now that Bibi is ahead in election polls??
This has got to go down in journalistic history as one of the worst Haaretz editorials ever written. Those who wrote it and those who work for this newspaper should hang their heads in shame.