July 26, 2006

The Great Spectator

I used to think my country tried to do the right thing most of the time. I don't think so anymore, not under the current Administration. It's been pretty clear that the goal of our "diplomacy" in this Israel - Hizbollah mess has been to stall as long as possible, hoping that Israel could destroy its opponent before public outcry both here and abroad forced our hand. So we have not tried to talk to Hizbollah's sponsors, Iran and Syria. We have not tried to rein Israel in. We have said "no" to the suggestion that we should put some troops into a peacemaking force in between the two warring parties.

In essence, we've become bystanders. The Administration likes to think of itself as the leaders of the world's only superpower, but it refuses to exercise the "authority" that supposedly gives it.

I'm ashamed of my country.

See Digby for more thoughts along these lines.

Posted by Linkmeister at July 26, 2006 12:26 PM | TrackBack

Yes, it will be interesting to see just what the US will do. I read where we just don't have the troups to send there.(Maybe this is why Bush appeared before the NAACP after refusing to make an appearance many times before.....)
I suspect we were behind Isreal from the beginning of all this mess...

Posted by: toxiclabrat at July 26, 2006 04:55 PM

Maybe the Bush Adminstration thinks of it as another hurricane?

Posted by: Karan at July 26, 2006 07:21 PM

Well said.

Posted by: shelley at July 26, 2006 07:40 PM

The other thing that makes me ashamed is the fact that Lebannon was asking for our help to root out Hezbalah and we didn't. Apparently we will only fight terrorists on our terms and with invasions. Governments asking for help to get rid of them just can't be bothered with unless the terrorists in their countries attack Isreal - then we'll stand fast while Israel attacks them and their civilian population.

Posted by: DuWayne at July 27, 2006 05:20 AM