Since nobody else here is saying it, I will: President Bush’s remarks yesterday on Israel were utterly outrageous. They went so far beyond any of Bill Clinton’s woolly-headed concessions to the Palestinians that he may as well have been channeling his father’s secretary of state, James Baker, infamous for reportedly saying something like “Jews don’t vote Republican anyway, so f*** ‘em.”
Here is what our incredibly shrinking president said: First, he
called Israeli settlement lands seized as a result of Israel’s
DEFENSIVE war in 1967 an “occupation.” In diplomatic speak, this is
the a stink bomb of massive proportions. For Israel to give up its
holdings on the West Bank would be akin to asking South Korea to
let the North militarize the DMV. It is an outrage.
Even worse, he said that Palestinian refugees should receive compensation for homes they feld during the establishment of Israel. Ahem, Mr. President, that was 60 years ago. How, pray tell, are such claims to be adjudicated? And who forced them to flee? In most cases, they had an option to stay, in a democratic state no less, but chose not to remain.
So the same president who abandoned New Orleans (yes, ABANDONED), who long ago abandoned fiscal responsibility, and who abandoned his own veto power, now is abandoning Israel.
By Bush’s (il)logic, the United States ought to give Texas back to Mexico. Think about it. And see how he likes those tamales.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?