Sending precision bombs to Israel to use against Hamas and Hezbollah is probably the lamest idea this pResident has had yet.
The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against HezbollahLebanon, American officials said Friday.
The decision to quickly ship the weapons to Israel was made with relatively little debate within the Bush administration, the officials said. Its disclosure threatens to anger Arab governments and others because of the appearance that the United States is actively aiding the Israeli bombing campaign in a way that could be compared to Iran’s efforts to arm and resupply Hezbollah.
The munitions that the United States is sending to Israel are part of a multimillion-dollar arms sale package approved last year that Israel is able to draw on as needed, the officials said. But Israel’s request for expedited delivery of the satellite and laser-guided bombs was described as unusual by some military officers, and as an indication that Israel still had a long list of targets in Lebanon to strike.
Yet, the NYTimes waffles around with the most inane statement of all times..."the appearance of actively aiding Israel. There are no "appearances" involved. This administration IS ACTIVELY AIDING Israel. This is not a topic to be trying to show objectivity. Sure there is an arms sale to Saudi Arabia, but since when do we "rush" weapons to anyone? We don't. So, the appearance aspect is blown when the US rushes weapons to Israel within a few days of a request.
Yeah, it all fits in with his support of Israel, and not the Arabs, but this action is going to have serious consequences attached. No, I'm not threatening anyone, I'm stating a simple fact. The great big giant of a country is actively supporting a cruel oppressor of Arabs. Do you honestly expect the Arab world to believe the US is acting objectively, as an "honest peace broker"? Ha! I can't even look upon my own country as being an "honest peace broker" in this situation, when there has clearly been no signs of that at all emanating from Washington.
We also find that Israel has a desire to continue to be the oppressor in that region:
A senior Israeli official said Friday that the attacks to date had degraded Hezbollah’s military strength by roughly half, but that the campaign could go on for two more weeks or longer. “We will stay heavily with the air campaign,” he said. “There’s no time limit. We will end when we achieve our goals.”
[...]Daniel Ayalon, Israel’s ambassador to Washington, said that Israel would not rule out an international force to police the borders of Lebanon and Syria and to patrol southern Lebanon, where Hezbollah has had a stronghold. But he said that Israel was first determined to take out Hezbollah’s command and control centers and weapons stockpiles.
I stand by my thesis that if you stop the oppression you end the need for violent extremist groups. It may not be an easy thing to attain, but I think it works far better than decimating cities, towns and more importantly entire groups of people.