I guess this is what they mean when they say they’ve got Israel’s back:
At the 2012 Saban Forum on Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced the lack of Israeli understanding for the Palestinians in negotiations: “I’m not making excuses for the missed opportunities of the Israelis, or the lack of generosity, the lack of empathy that I think goes hand-in-hand with the suspicion. So, yes, there is more that the Israelis need to do to really demonstrate that they do understand the pain of an oppressed people in their minds.” She also insisted that Israel must continue to negotiate with the Palestinians in order “to occupy the moral high ground.” Who knew Israel didn’t already have that when dealing with terrorist organizations?
How many lies are there in those few words? What “missed opportunities”? “Lack of generosity”, “lack of empathy”? Is she deranged? What kind of “oppressed people” fire off rockets and mortars indiscriminately at a civilian population—from amidst a civilian population? If Israel were any higher on the “moral high ground”, they would need oxygen.
Of all the despicable and hateful things the Obama regime has ever said and done, this ranks up high. (Though I laughed out loud at the use of the word “occupy” when applied to moral high ground! As if Israel is a usurper there, too.)
One wonders if Susan Rice could be any worse.
[W]hen a genocide began in Rwanda the following April, the [Clinton] administration went to great lengths to avoid any involvement—beginning with the refusal to use the word “genocide” at all. Giving voice to that sentiment was none other than Ms. Rice:
“At an interagency teleconference in late April ,” writes Samantha Power in her book “A Problem From Hell,” Ms. Rice “stunned a few officials present when she asked, ‘If we use the word “genocide” and are seen as doing nothing, what will the effect be on the November [congressional] election?’ Lieutenant Colonel [Tony] Marley remembers the incredulity of his colleagues at the State Department. ‘We could believe that people would wonder that,’ he says, ‘but not that they would actually voice it.’”
In May 1998, Ms. Rice had an opportunity to prove her diplomatic mettle when she was sent to mediate a peace plan between warring Ethiopia and Eritrea.
“What is publicly known,” notes Mr. Rosenblum, “is that Rice announced the terms of a plan agreed to by Ethiopia, suggesting that Eritrea would have to accept it, before Isaias had given his approval. He responded angrily, rejecting the plan and heaping abuse on Rice. Soon afterward, Ethiopia bombed the capital of Eritrea, and Eritrea dropped cluster bombs on Ethiopia. . . .
“Susan Rice was summoned back to Washington in early June after the negotiations collapsed. Insiders agree that the secretary of state [Madeleine Albright] was furious. According to one, Rice was essentially ‘put on probation,’ kept in Washington where the secretary could keep an eye on her. ‘Susan had misread the situation completely,’ according to one State Department insider who observed the conflict with Albright. ‘She came in like a scoutmaster, lecturing them on how to behave and having a public tantrum when they didn’t act the way she wanted.”
An estimated 100,000 people would perish in the war that Ms. Rice so ineptly failed to end.
Then there is the Congo. Human-rights groups have long accused the Clinton administration of acquiescing in the efforts by Rwanda and Uganda to topple the Congolese government of Laurent Kabila in 1998, which by some estimates wound up taking more than five million lives. In congressional testimony, Ms. Rice angrily denied any U.S. role in condoning or supporting the intervention.
But Ms. Rice may not have been completely forthcoming. “Museveni and Kagame agree that the basic problem in the Great Lakes is the danger of a resurgence of genocide and they know how to deal with that,” Ms. Rice is said to have remarked confidentially after a visit to the region, according to reporter Howard French of the New York Times. “The only thing we [the United States] have to do is look the other way.”
Which is what the U.S. did.
For now, let’s give Prof. Rosenblum the last word on the person who might yet be the next secretary of state:
“Rice proved herself brilliant, over time, in working the machinery of government. But along the way she burned bridges liberally, alienating and often antagonizing many potential allies. . . . Susan Rice seems not to have convinced colleagues that her real interest was Africa, or even foreign policy.”
Don’t be in such a hurry to go, Hillary! Maybe Israel could climb maybe just a little higher on that moral high ground, display a little more empathy. Maybe allow tons of goods to pass through their crossings (oops, they already do), or allow sick Arab children to be treated in Israeli hospitals (damn, they do that too). Okay, how about 2,999 new houses, instead of 3,000?
Anything to keep Susan Rice in the UN where she’s among friends!