Carol Platt Liebau: Winners & Losers

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Winners & Losers

This piece makes a very convincing case that the only winners in the recent Israel-Hezbollah conflict were, first, the Iranians, and secondarily, the "moderate" diplomats in the State Department.

Strikes me that when it can be truthfully said that anyone in the US government has interests, political or otherwise, in common with Iran, there's a problem: Not just with the Iranians (we already knew that), but also with the diplomats.


Blogger Editor said...

Another Bush failure.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

I'm not so sure.

Perhaps Israel is making a shrewd move by allowing Lebanon to officially assume responsibility for securing its southern border. Obviously they, like us, have found fighting terrorists hiding among civilians is quite difficult.

An officially recognized state now has responsibility for peace rather than a band of thugs, well-funded and armed as they are.

Hezbollah will certainly be emboldened by this situation. And surely Lebanon will not be able to stop the sure-to-come next offensive by Hezbollah. Perhaps they are not even willing.

But when this happens - and it surely will - what will constrain Israel then?

You can bet they will not sit on their hands. You can bet they are revising and refining the strategies for victory in the coming war. They will also likely re-shape their government into one that's more willing to fight.

I wouldn't be surprised if, when Hezbollah strikes Israel again (and you know they will), Israel attacks both Lebanon AND Syria with full, unrestrained force.

Then when Iran steps up to protect its puppets in Syria and Lebanon, the United States just might take the opportunity to take out their nuclear facilities with much prejudice. Hopefully, the Iranians who have been striving for freedom and democracy will take the opportunity to throw the mullahs out of power.

Perhaps Bush's grand vision didn't intend for Israel to be dragged into war (although any objective person would have to admit that was almost unavoidable). But like a river winds through valleys and around many obstacles to find its way to the ocean, the Bush doctrine may, in the end, find its success.

Iranian mullahs overthrown and no longer fueling terrorism in the Middle East and around the world. Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Lebanon finally free to establish peaceful, democratic governments. Freedom, on the march, begins to take hold throughout the region.

A pipe dream? Perhaps. But isn't it one worth hoping for?

6:54 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

Greg, you are so right, the only way to PEACE is through complete VICTORY for the good guys...the problem here is there are too many liberal's (and willing media accomplices) with Bush Derangement Syndrome that hate America.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Editor said...

Well boys if you're serious and want to clear up Iraq here is what you need to do besides doing nothing but talking nonsense.

Take back the tax cuts to pay for war. Bring back the draft. Send 600,000 to 1 million troops to Iraq to secure the country. Spend $ 2-3 trillion on rebuilding the country that Bush destroyed. And bring back some diplomacy so Bush is not underminded by every country on the planet.

Of course the same goes for Afghanistan that is also a failed state.

If you are not willing to do what is necessary to win, bring the troops home because there is no point in having them killed so the country can be handed to Iran and Taliban/ Pakistan/Al Qaeda respectively.

11:23 AM  
Blogger dodger said...

On Greg's analysis, I would add that its as if a chess game were being played. And misdirection is part of the game. Namely Iran may be in the process of being set-up. The pundits are all over the place, not the usual herd moving towards one plausible scenario. Other global players may be moving in tandem but don't want to appear so. In other words, we may have some pretty smart and capable people directing things these days.

I'm trying to think of an analogy. Oh, here's one. The exit polling show Kerry has a big lead. Heh

11:51 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Take back the tax cuts. Hmmm. Now who would've thought eddy would suggest THAT? Doesn't matter that revenues are up as a result. The fact is, he just throws that in because it's a lib reflex action, based on nothing substantive. And sending more troops will shore up that "illegal occupation" angle folks like Sheehan throw about. Of course, spending always makes a difference. It did so well with the public education system, it's bound to work here. Spend spend spend. Throw more troops and money. Now THAT'S a plan. And as far as rebuilding the country? The left whines about such efforts now going on, but it'll be a good idea now because eddy wants to do it. Besides, Bush didn't destroy it, the bad guys did by fighting and not surrendering. Try again.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Editor said...


Is there some point to rantings?

9:07 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

The bright ones don't miss the point. 'nuff said.

11:33 PM  

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