Bush Gives Israel Longest Leash
During the course of this Middle East War, American Jews must face up to the undeniable point that George Bush has supported Israel like no other US President has ever done. With anti-Israel rhetoric from Europe and Leftists worldwide, Bush has allowed Israel fight the type of war it believes will ensure its security.
Jonathan Tobin writes in the Jewish World Review:
Never before has any U.S. president ever gone out of his way to publicly give Israel such latitude during the course of battle. Not Harry S. Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon or Ronald Reagan; none went as far out on a limb as Bush has gone to back the Israelis. Nor has any president so flagrantly ignored the advice of the foreign-policy establishment, which has always sought to enforce a more evenhanded approach between Israelis and Arabs.
And he has done the politically unpopular during an oil crisis, an election year and against the wishes of a mainstream press that accepts all Muslim propaganda as fact. Maybe his Jewish denouncers can see in the biased reporting about Israel that the criticism of the MSM against all things conservative has credence.
Yes, Bush is either shocking you critics or you have been consumed by hatred and missed the truth. Here is Tobin again:
Bush's refusal to appease Palestinian terrorists — as his predecessors have done — didn't elect Hamas or cause the second intifada. Rather, it allowed Israel to contain terror that was encouraged by the Clinton's administration's feckless pursuit of a deal with terrorists who didn't want peace.
Bush's refusal to deal with the rogue regimes of Iran and Syria merely acknowledged a reality that "pragmatists" pretended did not exist. Support of these states for terror is a function of their own ideology, not Bush's backing of Israel. The diplomatic overtures — a code word for appeasement — advocated by writers like Friedman and Rubin to Tehran and Damascus will encourage the Islamists to think America hasn't the stomach to back its ally.
And a Kerry presidency? Given his admitted fondness for the Euro approach, there would have been a ceasefire weeks ago. Yes, there would have been fewer lives lost from Israeli bombs. But, would there have been more deaths in Israel to come?