Jim Henley, commenting on Tony Karon's analysis of Israel's internal probe into the conduct of the recent war with Lebanon, points out an oft ignored reality: The influence on American political institutions of the notorious "Israel Lobby" is but half of the co-dependent story. At times, US interests can play an inordinately large role in Israeli political decision making processes as well. Here's Karon on how this dynamic may have played out vis-a-vis Lebanon and Hizbullah last summer:
While Israel’s Winograd Commission has certainly pulled no punches in excoriating the Israeli military and political leadership for their botched war in Lebanon last summer, there appears to be a massive lacuna in its conclusions...Karon recalls, in another post, the prevalence of appeals from several domestic US observers that were consistent with this outlook. Quoting Charles Krauthammer:
Israel’s leaders do not seem to understand how ruinous a military failure in Lebanon would be to its relationship with America, Israel’s most vital lifeline… America’s green light for Israel to defend itself is seen as a favor to Israel. But that is a tendentious, misleadingly partial analysis. The green light — indeed, the encouragement — is also an act of clear self-interest. America wants, America needs, a decisive Hezbollah defeat. [my emphasis]According to other interested parties, however, not only did the Bush administration want Israel to crush Hezbollah with greater dedication and zeal, but there were other targets picked out for our somewhat reluctant proxy. This interview with David Wurmser's wife, Dr. Meyrav Wurmser, contains some disturbing implications:
Is this a popular stance in the administration, that Israel lost the war?You know, we really bring out the worst in each other.
(cross-posted to TIA)
Friday, February 01, 2008
Posted by Eric Martin at 2/01/2008 02:53:00 PM