Monday, June 2, 2014

Palestinian National Unity Gov't Forming, Obama Weeping

Today's announcement from the reunited Fatah-Hamas camp that they plan to form a unity government after a decade-long civil war, foisted on the Palestinians by the Bush Administration in a fashion not unlike our adventures in Indo-China, signals the death knell of anything regarding a HOPE-ful legacy for John Kerry's diplomacy and, to that extent, the Obama administration's foreign policy.  With the exception of perhaps the targeted assassination of Osama bin Laden, something I more and more wish had ended in a courtroom instead of in a Pakistani gunfight as days go by, this Administration has simply been held hostage by the most reactionary of political donors, both in the thrall of AIPAC and think tanks like Cato Institute, in a fashion that has been disastrous for the region.  From the Arab Spring to the Kerry Juggernaut, it has been a series of screw-ups, shrugged shoulders, and stupidly funding the wrong sides of the conflicts, picking up the slack where George W. let off.
As to be expected, the American press frames this as a bunch of treacherous and wily Palestinian Arabs double-crossing the good Westerners trying to save the Levant from itself, but the reality is simply the opposite of that.

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