Bush, Kerry, Israel: Who’s afraid of Samantha Power?

The first effect of America’s invasion of Iraq was to destroy Iran’s natural enemy and open a path of clean sweep for Iran across the Fertile Crescent today. Part two might have been expected: America going in, as promised, to destroy Iran’s nuclear capability. But Iraq was perhaps the most foolhardy and ill-prepared military action in American history, drawing on and exploiting the injured heart of America after 9/11. And Bush and Cheney so poisoned the opinion of America globally in 2003 and onward that it has made the promised sequel in Iran virtually impossible by 2013.

There will be hidden serendipity for Israel. Israel now rises away from being an American friend and goes alone. It was always Israel’s destiny to do so since Jews began to move from Spain and Europe homeward to Israel 500 years ago. At about the same time, Columbus moved outward in the opposite direction across the Atlantic ocean.

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Possibly there is correlation to the outward movement of the Christians and the inward movement of their mentors back to Israel at the same time. Possibly the Jews had finished with us. Possibly they had tired of us. Soon again they would be because the Bush-Cheney invasion of Iraq incorporating torture, great lies to ourselves and to the United Nations, unspeakable and unpredicted death and destruction, and endless war now advanced into Afghanistan. It brought not only an American fall from grace in the world, but destroyed the benevolent vision of Israel globally.

Israel suddenly became a pariah state only because it was perceived as being a friend of America. And it forced a globalized horde of pop culture and politics to fall so blindly into sympathy with generic Islam anywhere that the world cheered when America elected a president with nothing more to credit him with leadership than a Muslim-sounding name.

“Not too many years ago, hardly anyone disagreed with John McCain when he first said that ‘the only thing worse than bombing Iran is letting Iran get the bomb,’” Commentary magazine's Norman Podhoretz wrote yesterday morning in The Wall Street Journal. “Today hardly anyone disagrees with those who say that the only thing worse than letting Iran get the bomb is bombing Iran.” 

Today we see Israel going alone. But Israel was always meant to go alone, and indeed it was instructed by the Torah back in Spain and Europe before the return to do so.  

But don’t blame Secretary of State John Kerry, writes Shmuel Sackett, longtime political partner of Knesset member Moshe Feiglin who rose together in opposition to the Oslo Accords.

Today we fight Kerry and yesterday we fought his predecessors, he says; “Hillary Clinton, James Baker, Henry Kissinger and Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger (what a list!!). These guys (and sometimes gals) come and go and they don't bother me at all. I do not lose sleep over them, their policies or their speeches. They are all here today and gone tomorrow.”