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As usual, Bacevich reports the obvious, and I am relieved

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That statement suggests just how unutterably cynical I am of both the media and American leadership. Of course, Bacevich is smart, and his comments on foreign policy are always welcome, as is this one, in which Bacevich outlines the fact that General Petraeus, for many Americans the face of the doted upon “military,” has openly acknowledged that the interests of the United States and those of Israel are not identical. Shock! Horror! What is he saying? asks much of the right.

Not only did he do that, he named as the problem of first importance in his command as “insufficient progress toward a comprehensive Middle East peace” and went on to declare,”The enduring hostilities between Israel and some of its neighbors present distinct challenges to our ability to advance our interests in the AOR. Israeli-Palestinian tensions often flare into violence and large-scale armed confrontations. The conflict foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel. Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of U.S. partnerships with governments and peoples in the AOR and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda and other militant groups exploit that anger to mobilize support. The conflict also gives Iran influence in the Arab world through its clients, Lebanese Hizballah and Hamas.”

Our foreign policy and media are so warped that Bacevich’s sanity is a profound relief. But to most people who think about this honestly, the response to this would be, “du-uh”.The fact that it isn’t is what drives my cynicism.

h/t to Glenn Greenwald, whose tweet led me to Bacevich’s article.


Written by sticksinthehead

18 March 2010 at 9:22 am

Posted in Politics

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