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Bush Terminates the "Bush Era?

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Submitted by Prof. Paul Eidelberg (Israel), Nov 12, 2006 at 00:31

I hope Dr. Pipes' analysis is correct, but I have misgivings. Let me "oversimplify."

President Bush knew the Republicans were going to lose the House, thanks largely to the unpopularity of the war in Iraq.. This Republican defeat has implications for the 2008 presidential election, and cannot but influence the president's foreign policy. Indeed, it already has.

By replacing Rumsfeld with Gates, Bush terminated the (not always consistent) "Bush Doctrine." The State Department's policy of "stability" (or cynicism) is back in the driver's seat. The president just didn't have enough wisdom, clarity of purpose, or the wherewithal to implement the policy of promoting democracy in the Middle East. With Gates, Bush has brought Arabist James Baker ("f… the Jews") and the "realists" back to power. That Gates is associated with Brzezinski, a moral relativist as well as a malignant adversary of Israel (I would say a Jew-hater) bodes ill for the future. That the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group advocates negotiations with Hitlerian Iran suggests that Washington has reverted to Chamberlain's mentality vis-a-vis Nazi Germany. Once again the Jews will pay the price. But so will America if Iran deploys nuclear weapons.

The Democratic Party is not the party of FDR; a pacifist left-wing is in the ascendancy. Some may say America will need another 9/11, to wake up, but I wonder. With nuclear weapons Iran could control Saudi Arabia and hasten the Islamization of Europe on which the survival of the US depends. The "Islamists" don't need to inflict another 9/11 on the US. They have time and many wombs.

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