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  •  See PBS Frontline: Showdown With Iran... (9+ / 0-)

    Check out PBS Frontline: Showdown With Iran for all of the maddening details.

    In this episode of the failed sitcom that is the Bush administration, Frontline points out that, after we invaded Iraq, the Iranians became a lot more amenable to negotiating with us.  The moderate faction in Iran put together "the grand bargain" which gave the US essentially everything we wanted and, IIRC, all we really had to do was promise to not attack Iran.  Bush, of course, rejected them, which caused the moderates to lose face and influence and ultimately led to the election of Mahmoud Ahmidinejad.

    Of course, not everyone agrees that pursuing the grand bargain with Iran would have worked, but Bush never even tried, not even half-heartedly.  

    Also, for even more proof that Bush was incompetent, check out this article from Vanity Fair.

    From what I gather from the article, it's just further evidence of how badly George W. Bush and his neocon fantasy worldview have thrown a gigantic monkey wrench into Israeli/Palestinian relations.  Before I go any further, I have no intuition about Vanity Fair's viewpoint on I/P or that of the author of the article, David Rose, but it appears at first glance to be solid journalism backed up by actual documentation.  Of course, if any of those assumptions are false, then, as Emily Littella once said, "never mind."

    The summary, as given in the first part of the article:

    After failing to anticipate Hamas’s victory over Fatah in the 2006 Palestinian election, the White House cooked up yet another scandalously covert and self-defeating Middle East debacle: part Iran-contra, part Bay of Pigs. With confidential documents, corroborated by outraged former and current U.S. officials, the author reveals how President Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Deputy National-Security Adviser Elliott Abrams backed an armed force under Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan, touching off a bloody civil war in Gaza and leaving Hamas stronger than ever.

    The article goes on to describe how, after forcing elections that resulted in Hamas winning the Palestinian parliament(Legislative Council), Bush et al were shocked, shocked, I tell you, at the results.  Who could have forseen?  Probably absolutely everyone who told Bush it was a bad idea, which was everyone, except Bush.  Naturally, despite all of this, there was no contingency plan for dealing with the "what if Hamas wins?" scenario.  In fact, it seems that the Bush White House never considered even the idea that Hamas could win until after Hamas had actually won.

    This led to a scheme whereby the US would bolster Fatah's military capabilities and have them attack Hamas, thus eliminating the threat of terrorism from Gaza in one fell swoop, making the Middle Eastern world safe for democracy.  

    The only problem was that Hamas got wise to this and struck first, which led to the establishment of a rocket firing haven in Gaza led by an even more powerful Hamas.  Oh that and the fact that it was democracy itself that had led to Hamas taking power in the first place and it was a secretive group of powerful interests led by Bush who decided to try to overturn the will of the Gazan people through armed struggle.

    In other words, unless I'm incorrect in understanding how one event led to the next or something like that, the blame for what happened in Gaza recently should be placed squarely at the feet of the 43rd POTUS.  I bet we won't hear about that as part of the "Bush legacy project."

    I know this is sig-line is too short, but I just wanted to get it out there

    by Michael James on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 09:22:47 PM PST

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    •  Michael James, thanks for this. Israeli (1+ / 0-)
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      and US apologists rarely delve into such detail here, preferring to act like we are victims and have every right to after the evil ones like we do.  

      US adventurism under the Bush administration needs to be investigated, and if found to be unlawful Iran-Contra type infractions, the culprits should be prosecuted.

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