Monday, August 14, 2006

New Sy Hersh article confirms bad confluence of Bush and Olmert policies

This article by Sy Hersh is must reading. Forget, for a moment, the fact that the sources are anonymous. Hersh is one of the great investigative journalists of the past 50 years and he has a great track record for accuracy, though not perfect by any means--he's a human being after all.

Two things struck me as questions to ask while reading the article:

1. To what extent are several of the comments from the anonymous sources based upon the Bush administration's desire to blame Israel for what is really an extension of Bush policies through the US client state, Israel?

At this point, I can't say. The Israeli government are not children and are responsible for what policies they engage in. However, the confluence between Busheviks and the Israeli governments of Sharon and Olmert over the past five years makes it difficult for any US policy planners to "blame" Israel for not being that much more effective in Lebanon than the US has been in the US's disastrous adventure in Iraq.

2. Does the information being provided by the anonymous sources prove that the Israeli government did, in fact, have an opportunity to split Hamas and begin peace negotiations, instead of turning toward war in Gaza which led to Hezbollah's actions against Israel, which led in turn to Israel embarking on its Lebanon Adventure II?

You betcha.



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