Seriously. There are some so-called Israeli experts who want the terrorists to win. I mean, what other conclusion can you draw if you are a member of the KOOLAID KIDS KLUB (hereafter the “KKK”), when you see a story like this one?
U.S. policies have made Israel less safe, experts say
By DION NISSENBAUM
JERUSALEM – After years of supporting the Bush administration’s policy in the Middle East, a growing number of Israelis are openly criticizing the United States for creating more, not less, danger for Israel.
Israeli experts contend that American policies have destabilized Iraq, emboldened anti-Western forces from Iran to Lebanon and paved the way for militant Islamists to gain control of the Palestinian Authority.
“The threats to Middle East security and stability worsened in 2006,” experts at Tel Aviv University’s Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies recently warned. “The American failure in Iraq has hurt the standing of the U.S. in the Middle East.”
Perhaps most strikingly, in their annual evaluation of the situation, the Israeli analysts concluded that it was better for the United States to get out of Iraq than to add troops, as President Bush is proposing.
Let me reiterate that point. Israel’s own national defense experts (regarding their national security, not ours) have concluded it would be better for the United States to withdraw from Iraq (the, uh, Liberal-Commie-Islamofascist-Weasel-Dhimmicrat Plan as the KKK might put it) than to “surge” more troops into Baghdad and Anbar province as President Bush proposes. They actually seem to believe that Bush’s policies have endangered Israel’s security. Hard to believe, isn’t it? I wonder what gave them that impression?
… [A] growing number of Israeli experts now believe that U.S. policy has backfired. The threat from Saddam’s army has been replaced by the dangers of a volatile civil war that threatens to spill over Iraq’s borders. By ousting both Saddam and the Taliban, the United States eliminated two major counterbalances to Iran, which now enjoys growing power and influence.
“When the United States removed Saddam Hussein from power, people were happy here because he represented a major threat,” said Eytan Gilboa, a political science professor at Bar-Ilan University. “But that elevated the Iranian threat, and Iran is the most dangerous country in the world.”
Gee, eliminating Saddam’s miniscule threat to Israel, and tying up America’s military in a quagmire of an occupation in a country that has ethnic and sectarian divides up the wazoo, is now acknowledged as a bad idea. Invading a country dominated by a Shi’a majority (the same religious sect that predominates in Iran) and then creating a new government, police force and army that is infiltrated and dominated by Shi’a political parties and militias with ties to Iran, such as the one led by Muqtada al-Sadr, is now viewed as having led to a very bad result for Israel. Having America’s military, economic and diplomatic power steadily eroded by Bush’s fool’s mission to get Saddam Hussein and make him pay, is now seen in hindsight as a disaster for Israel.
I could have told them that several years ago. Hell, there were bloggers all over the left side of the “internets” who were telling anyone who would listen that Bush’s adventurism in Iraq was a bad idea that would have very bad consequences for the US and its principal allies in the region, including (and most especially) Israel. President Bush the Elder and Colin Powell and Brent Snowcraft, forgawdsakes, could have told them that (and did at one point or the other). Unfortunately, no one in charge of this grand scheme to remake the Middle East (i.e., Bush the Younger, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and the rest of the PNAC cheerleaders) seems to have listened to them. So, I’m not really surprised that Israeli defense experts now believe putting more American troops into Iraq is a bad idea, nor am I surprised that they are conceding that it might be better for Israel’s security if America re-deployed its forces in the Middle East to better counter Iran.
I bet the KKK boys and gals will be, though.