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Friday, March 26, 2010

Patreaus talks about Israel/Palestine??

As with other American involvement in the Middle East, I'm still pretty pessimistic, but every time another high level official dares to publicy challenge in any way our one sided approach to peace in the Middle East, that is good news.

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2010/03/17/bacevich_on_petraeus_israel
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1157108.html

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http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/03/14/the_petraeus_briefing_biden_s_embarrassment_is_not_the_whole_story

Some quotes from FP:

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, and that Mitchell himself was (as a senior Pentagon officer later bluntly described it) "too old, too slow ... and too late."

"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."
The message couldn't be plainer: Israel's intransigence could cost American
lives.

--Cetainly this is a wake up call? The situation has never publicly been framed this way by a top dog.

--Can the US military lobby win over the Israel lobby, AIPAC?? I had never thought about the military stepping in, not only in a more diplomatic fashion, but at all. Plus, I had never thought of them in the lobbying mix, but they are. ARe they the game changer we need? That would be unbelievable if that's what brought peace to the region. But I guess it would accomplish what many have been trying to do for some time- get the Arab opinion, history, and narrative to be considered equally with the Jewish one rather than ignoring it or relagating it to a footnote.

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