December 21, 2006
New approaches in Iraq could <I>help</I> Israel
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Americans are deeply frustrated by the Iraq War and the seemingly limitless capacity of Bush to be Capt. Ahab fruitlessly chasing the white whale of his own historic vindication. If American frustration leads to a withdrawal of its military capacity in the Middle East, that will surely hurt Israel.
But if pressure can be brought for a broader political and military approach that restores American leadership and credibility in the Middle East, even if that approach has to be initiated by people outside the Bush administration and against the administration's fierce resistance, that can only help Israel in the long run. l
Raphael J. Sonenshein is a political scientist at Cal State Fullerton.
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