Jewish World Review April 4, 2011 / 29 Adar II, 5771
What's That He Said?
By Paul Greenberg
Welcome to the Muddle East, which these days extends across
How sum up that policy?
To sum up the president's long-awaited speech about American policy toward
Furthermore, all the airstrikes now being unleashed against Moammar Gadhafi's regime have only a humanitarian aim: to protect
In that case, the best way to protect
But that's not American policy, either, or if it is, the president doesn't dare say so, perhaps even to himself.
A nice palace in
Yet the president pretends that overthrowing this little Bonaparte is not American policy. It's just something to be hoped for.
But hope, as
Yet our president disdains the very words Regime Change. He shouldn't.
The air campaign in
Oh, well, that changes everything, doesn't it? Never mind that
Do you think they even bother to paint over the U.S. insignia on the jet bombers and Tomahawk missiles?
But the president and commander supposedly in chief says different. He says he's no longer in charge of this operation. In short, pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
At this point, it could be the Wizard of Oz explaining American/
Our mission in
At the moment official American policy has so many reservations, evasions, zigzags and gaps in general that it remains, in Churchill's phrase, a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, wispy as a cloudbank.
Do you think even the president knows what his policy is? Or has thought it through? If so, he's not telling the rest of us, not clearly. Here's my best guess: It consists mainly of hoping for the best. Plus a lot of gestures that cancel each other out.
If you're looking for a clear, concise editorial judgment on the president's explanation of his (non)policy, look no further than this observation from straight-talking, agree-with-him-or-not
"If the American people are uncertain about our military objectives in
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