Saturday, October 23, 2004
Charles Krauthammer has, like the rest of us, marveled at the fatuous assertions of John Kerry. Specifically, he has grave doubts as to Kerry's ability to get our "allies" to support our position in Iraq. But Krauthammer took a closer look at Kerry's speeches and those of his advisors.
Kerry appears to have something in mind to trade for Arab and European support. Money quote:
The mere appearance of a Europhilic fresh face is unlikely to so thrill the allies that French troops will start marching down the streets of Baghdad. Therefore, you can believe that Kerry is just being cynical in pledging to bring in the allies, knowing that he has no way of doing it. Or you can believe, as I do, that he means it.
He really does want to end America's isolation. And he has an idea how to do it. For understandable reasons, however, he will not explain how on the eve of an election.
Think about it: What do the Europeans and the Arab states endlessly rail about in the Middle East? What (outside of Iraq) is the area of most friction with U.S. policy? What single issue most isolates America from the overwhelming majority of countries at the United Nations?
The answer is obvious: Israel.
Krauthammer goes on to make a compelling case that Kerry intends to return to the status quo ante of the pre-9-11 world in which every atrocity against the Jews of Israel was met with further pressure on the Jewish people to give concessions to PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat and his merry band of squalid gangsters.
My criticism? Krauthammer appears to have the right instincts, but his derivations from Kerry's speeches are a bit of a reach. However, I will go with Krauthammer's instinct, as it appears to be taken from a good understanding of Kerry's foreign policy advisors and their dreams of creating a grand bargain to settle the insoluable Middle East crisis.
Judge for yourself, of course. Read the whole thing.
Bottom line? Krauthammer believes that Israel is the new Czecheslovakia. I conclude that Jerusalem is become the new Sudetenland. However, allow me to refrain from speaking ill of the dead. I will not compare the comic figure of John Kerry to the tragic soul of Neville Chamberlain.
Although a comparison with M. Deladier is in order, I suspect.