Monday, November 20, 2006

Time is running out...Where to from here?

Will the "Iraq Study Group" set up by "W" have the last word, or will Poppy lead the way out of Iraq once the Baker-Hamilton Commission issue its anxiously awaited recommendations?

And now that "neocons" such as Adelman, Perle and their right-wing Israeli cohorts have fallen out of favor and are busily blaming "W" and Rumsfeld for the (predictable) "disaster" they triggered in Iraq, what new "brilliant" foreign policy strategies are they cooking up?

And now that Joe Lieberman was, amazingly, handed the power to switch the Senate back into GOP hands, will he remain loyal to Democrats or will he listen to his right-wing cohorts in Israel and vote with the hawks?

The problem with individuals with dual allegiance to Israel and the U.S., in that order, is that ignore the fact that policies Israel supports are not always in the best interests of the U.S.

The question then becomes: Will U.S. foreign policy be devised in the U.S., or will the influence of TelAviv continue to be the commanding force that has led to such an incredible mess in the Middle East?

Will "W" start serious negotiations with Syria and Iran, or continue treating them as outcasts, as demanded by right-wing Israelis and some right-wingers in the U.S.?

Will Prime Minister Olmert be open to restart negotiations with Palestinians and get serious about the establishment of a Palestinian state, given that such a move is imperative if peace is to come to the region or, will the next two years of "W's" administration trigger an all out war in the region?

Will Israel attack Iran's nuclear structures and, thereby, undoubtedly trigger another major conflict with or without U.S. blessing?

Given the pressures from all sides, time is rapidly running out for the White House.

The question that remains to be answered is: "Does Father Know Best" or, will his stubborn kid continue throwing temper tantrums that have inflicted so much unnecessary pain and suffering, particularly in Iraq?

The lesson to be learned: Never allow inexperienced individuals take on tasks that are WAY over their heads, or allow individuals with dual allegiances to implement policies that are not, FIRST and foremost, in the U.S.'s best interests.


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