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November 18, 2007

Bush Administration Rejecting Bush Doctrine In Favor Of Pressuring Israel To Appease Terrorists

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives
As it stands now, American foreign policy in the Middle East has shifted from actively promoting democratic change to the previous policy of realpolitik -- a policy based on the appeasement of dictators and despots that was discredited in the post 9/11 world primarily because it had failed to secure American interests and security even in its heyday in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Charles Johnson at LGF points to another big push for Israel to make one-sided "gestures" to the Palestinian terrorist government of Mahmoud Abbas, this time so that the Annapolis "peace conference" has a chance of providing the desired boost to George W. Bush's legacy.

As Mark Silverberg at Israelinsider offers, unfortunately - Annapolis is only the beginning of Israel's problems -- at least (unless and) until a new U.S.administration comes to power with a different perspective on Israel's strategic importance to the U.S. in the Middle East. Clearly, as Silverberg suggests, American foreign policy in the Middle East has shifted from actively promoting democratic change to the previous policy of realpolitik (realism) -- a policy based on the appeasement of dictators and despots that was discredited in the post 9/11 world primarily because it had failed to secure American interests and security even in its heyday in the 1980s and early 1990s:

The policy of "realism" was based on cold, calculated political and material considerations rather than on moral, ethical or idealistic concerns. It was this approach to American foreign policy that sent hundreds of thousands of people across the Third World to their deaths in the name of protecting American national interests. It was this policy that looked askance at the Serbian genocide of its neighbors and the paramilitary slaughters in Vukovar and the concentration camps in Omarska in which the "realists" maintained that America didn't "have a dog in their fight". It was this policy that put forth the belief that Arab oil wealth and "moderate" dictators could forever contain the seething anger in the Middle East. It was this policy that forced then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir to desist from retaliating against Iraq for its SCUD missile attacks on Israel during the first Gulf War lest Israeli retaliation fracture the Arab coalition that Bush 41 had cobbled together to expel Iraqi forces from Kuwait. The U.S. fear of losing its coalition ultimately left Saddam Hussein in power after the war and laid the groundwork for Saddam's retribution against the southern Iraqi Shiites and the northern Kurds -- an American betrayal they never forgot.

... As it stands now, American foreign policy in the Middle East has shifted from actively promoting democratic change to the previous policy of realpolitik -- a policy based on the appeasement of dictators and despots that was discredited in the post 9/11 world primarily because it had failed to secure American interests and security even in its heyday in the 1980s and early 1990s.

The Bush Doctrine of actively promoting democratic change may have been problematic owing to the backward political culture of the Middle East and other reasons suggested by Silverberg such as Middle Eastern tribal cultures being too resistant to change; secular Middle East dictatorships as too well-entrenched, and Islamic extremists using the electoral process to acquire power and credibility in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, however an American foreign policy based on "based on cold, calculated political and material considerations rather than on moral, ethical or idealistic concerns" hasn't worked in the past and it is highly unlikely to work in the future.

The Bush administration's return to a policy of "realism" translates to both America and Israel being in for a rough time ahead. Simply put, it is unrealistic to think believe that the previously proven wrong policy of realism will do anything but invite another 9/11.

Posted by Richard at November 18, 2007 3:15 PM



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