New post up at Liberty Unyielding. Enjoy!
Brave new world.
Know when to fold ’em.
Stick a fork in it. And get a clue while you’re at it, Team Obama.
It’s time to just say it. The obsession of Barack Obama and John Kerry with forcing along a discredited and unproductive “peace process” involving the Palestinian Arabs and Israel is weird – even creepy.
Notice I didn’t say “peace process between the Palestinian Arabs and Israel.” There’s nothing “between” about it. At this point, the Obama-Kerry show seems to involve the Palestinian Arabs and Israel only tangentially. All the action is in Washington, D.C., and it’s all one-sided.
When we left our drama last week, Mahmoud Abbas had just delivered “three ‘no’s’” to the White House on this freighted topic: no recognition of Israel as a Jewish state; no relinquishment of a so-called “right of return”; and no commitment to honoring a pact with Israel as an “end of conflict” between the two.
No, really. ALL bets are off in the Middle East.
The end of the year is a hard time to write about developing trends. There’s a lot to say, long-term projections to be made, the natural urge to lay out the scope of likely developments over the next 365 days. But there’s also the sense of endings, and a preference for brevity. One wants to put the right period to the passage we have just made.
For now, I’ll go with brevity. The Saudis have decided to fund a big arms buy for the Lebanese armed forces, to the tune of an unprecedented $3 billion. The vendors will be Continue reading “The crown in the gutter: Saudis, Lebanon, and Middle Eastern realignment”