Monday, January 11, 2010


...and helpful!

I'm not sure politics ever stopped at water's edge. But what Senators Lieberman and McCain said in Israel yesterday goes beyond the usual partisan bickering. Lieberman:

Any attempt to pressure Israel, to force Israel to the negotiating table, by denying Israel support will not pass the Congress of the United States. In fact, Congress will act to stop any attempt to do that.

Well, that's a pretty good way to cut the presidents' legs out from under him on Israel/Palestine. It's not like it's a delicate situation where it's probably a good idea to clear any public statements with the foreign policy establishment. But no, the massive egos of both these senators led them to make statements that directly undermine what the President and his special envoy are trying to do. This, of course, will make them heroes to AIPAC and the GOP. On the other hand, it will also help scuttle any small chances there were for a negotiated settlement in Israel.

I'm actually having trouble writing about this, because it's just beyond the pale to me.

I'll let Sullivan vent.

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