Neither the power to act, nor to influence

...Whether there is a parasitic or a symbiotic relationship between the United States and Israel, the bottom line is that the existing alliance is enmeshed in such a way that the fate of one nation is tied to the fate of the other. And that to think for a moment that any group, other than the Israel "lobby," can exert any influence on America's political behavior is like subscribing to the existence of a make-believe world. Yet, Americans prefer to remain in denial...

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Hezbollah: Link TV Doing Another Special Mosaic

Tonight at 7 PST and 10 EST, Link TV will be doing another special edition of Mosaic.  Mosaic is a really cool show that brings together news segments from all over the Middle East.

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Wanted: A Twenty First Century George Kennan

The diary below was originally posted earlier today on my blog the Intrepid Liberal Journal.


In July 1947, George F. Kennan published an article in the quarterly edition of Foreign Affairs entitled "Sources of Soviet Conduct." Kennan originally drafted the article as a paper for Defense Secretary James Forrestal. When he submitted it to Foreign Affairs, Kennan used the moniker "Mr. X." The piece was known as "containment" and is credited with guiding American foreign policy under presidents of both parties during the cold war.

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Hezbollah in My Neighborhood

Yesterday, while I was standing in line in the post office, people who had never previously met were arguing passionately about the slaughter in Lebanon. It reminded me of 9/11, except the conversation had flipped over somehow. On 9/11, the Muslim family that owns the corner grocery was practicing community diplomacy, handing out free sodas and assuring nervous neighbors that terrorism wasn't part of their culture. Yesterday, non-Muslims were promising their Muslim neighbors that the U.S. doesn't support the murder of civilians.    

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The Middle East is Burning- Democrats Sit Quietly

25,000 Americans trapped in Lebanon.

Democrats sit quietly.

Hezbollah and Hamas kidnap Israeli soldiers.

Democrats sit quietly.

Israel goes ballistic and bombs Lebanon and Gaza twenty years back.

Democrats sit quietly.

The world is waiting for American leadership.  Americans, regardless of their allegiances (unfortunately there are mostly tables for Pro-Israel, Anti-Israel, but none for pro-peace and resolving this conflict) await any sign of leadership.

Democrats sit quietly.

War has broken in the Middle East.  Innocent lives from all parties will be lost.  The President is out of touch and out to lunch.  

Democrats sit quietly.

Would FDR, JFK, RFK, Truman or Woodrow Wilson sit back and neither say nor do nothing?  Would they prefer to offer no third way solutions in order to ensure that donors and lobbies won't be upset?  

I won't hold my breath on hearing what the current crop of Democrats have to say.  The past two weeks have shown what they plan to do in times when new ideas and leadership are most needed.

History doesn't look kindly on those who fail to lead.  If you believe in humanity, then there is a solution.  It will not be an Israeli solution, nor will it be a Palestinian solution, but it will be a human solution.  Leaders are needed in hopes darkest hours.

Democrats sit quietly.  The flames of war continue to ravage the Middle East.

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