Sunday, May 22, 2011

Israel's refusal to seek peace endangers American soldiers

That was the message from Gen Petraeus last year that has lead to the Obama Administration's redoubled efforts directed at Israel.
On Jan. 16,...a team of senior military officers from the U.S. Central Command... arrived at the Pentagon to brief Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The team had been dispatched by CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus to underline his growing worries at the lack of progress in resolving the issue. The 33-slide, 45-minute PowerPoint briefing stunned Mullen. The briefers reported that there was a growing perception among Arab leaders that the U.S. was incapable of standing up to Israel, that CENTCOM's mostly Arab constituency was losing faith in American promises, that Israeli intransigence on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was jeopardizing U.S. standing in the region....

The January Mullen briefing was unprecedented. No previous CENTCOM commander had ever expressed himself on what is essentially a political issue; which is why the briefers were careful to tell Mullen that their conclusions followed from a December 2009 tour of the region where, on Petraeus's instructions, they spoke to senior Arab leaders. "Everywhere they went, the message was pretty humbling," a Pentagon officer familiar with the briefing says. "America was not only viewed as weak, but its military posture in the region was eroding."
Frustrated, Petraeus requested that special envoy George Mitchell ("too old and too slow")be replaced and the West Bank and Gaza be removed from European Command and placed under Petraeus's purview in Central Command.

The Netanyahu government has responded by using their Republican agents (and some Democrats as well) in Congress to undermine the President and American military in service of Israel.

Republican leaders of Congress have been all to happy to oblige.

Last November following the Midterm elections Eric Cantor met one-on-one with Natanyahu in New York and assured the Israeli Prime Minister that the new Republican majority would work against U.S government in service of Israel. Following the Netanyahu meeting, Cantor's office released a statement that was blunt,"Eric stressed that the new Republican majority will serve as a check on the Administration and what has been, up until this point, one party rule in Washington,..."

JTA's Ron Kampeas was stunned by the Cantor statement,
I can't remember an opposition leader telling a foreign leader, in a personal meeting, that he would side, as a policy, with that leader against the president. Certainly, in statements on one specific issue or another -- building in Jerusalem, or somesuch -- lawmakers have taken the sides of other nations. But to have-a-face to face and say, in general, we will take your side against the White House -- that sounds to me extraordinary.
'Extraordinary' is one word.

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