03 September 2013

Is There no Limit to the Administration’s Cynicism Regarding Israel?

Asks David Gerstman. The question has, unfortunately, to be answered in negative: no, there is no limit. And I keep asking WTF too frequently lately about the verbal shenanigans and total absurdity of the current administration, like in this case.

The Obama administration is using a time-tested pitch to get Congress to back military strikes in Syria: It will help protect Israel.
WTF? Aside of Baby Assad and his loyalists (and an unknown number of bystanders that will be hit inevitably), Israel is the only other endangered party in the whole story.

Not that I object in any way to any punishment coming to the mass murderers of Syria, just the opposite. But to present Israel as the side that will in any way benefit from a strike on Syria: where does the absurdity and hypocrisy end?

But read the whole article.


SnoopyTheGoon said...

Israel: the pols' favorite when it makes a good excuse for whatever they want to do. Just don't push your luck that it means anything.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

What it means to me is that all conspiracy theorists and other Israel-bashers will use this to prove that Israel is behind the strike (if and when it happens). When it cannot be farther from the truth, with official Israel keeping its collective mouth totally close on the subject of Syria and, actually, not knowing which way to jump.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

As the article mentions, this is an old time tested approach that has been used in the past by numerous administrations, most notably by the Reagan Administration in 1983 to justify the Marines in Beirut and by both Bush Administrations in 1991 and 2003 to justify war against Saddam. Obama is no more or less cynical then previous administration in using Israel to gain support.

Administrations do this because the two things most Americans care about in the Middle East is 1) the continued flow of oil from the Saudis and the other oil Arab states and 2). Israel's continued well being.

As for the conspiracy nuts, they will find a way to blame Israel no matter who says what.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

I agree more or less. The oil from the Saudi's is starting to decline as an issue for the States as the fracking boom is taking hold.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

The only problem with that is that this time it couldn't be farther from the truth and is actually harmful to Israel.