Here’s Hillary Clinton, speaking in Pakistan:
I think that, look, we all know that the Israeli-Palestinian issue is one that is a very serious and difficult problem that we are working hard also to try to resolve. We inherited a lot of problems. If you remember, when my husband left office, we were very close to an agreement because he worked on it all the time. The next administration did not make it a priority and did not really do much until toward the end. And unfortunately, we are trying to make up for some lost time, in my opinion.
The endless attempts by the Obama administration to blame everything on their predecessor are getting worn around the edges, and betray a serious lack of class and of executive strength. But even worse: Hillary’s formulation puts the blame for the Israeli-Palestinian problem in the wrong place–on the U.S. (and, by extension, on Israel) rather than on the death-cult leadership that has long controlled the Palestinian territories.
The assumption that you can make peace with anybody, on reasonable terms, if you just talk long enough and eloquently enough, is ridiculous on its face. But that’s exactly what the present administration seems to believe.
Again I quote Ralph Peters:
One of the most consistently disheartening experiences an adult can have today is to listen to the endless attempts by our intellectuals and intelligence professionals to explain religious terrorism in clinical terms, assigning rational motives to men who have moved irrevocably beyond reason. We suffer under layers of intellectual asymmetries that hinder us from an intuititive recognition of our enemies.
I’m not sure Hillary and Obama really qualify as “intellectuals”…and they’re certainly not “intelligence professionals”…but they clearly suffer from wearing the mental blinders that Peters describes.
A bizarre survey, apparently commissioned by the U.S. State Department, on how to improve U.S. image among Palestinians. Hint: the winning answers involve pressuring Israel and giving more money to Palestinians.