For the life of me I don't understand why the United States doesn't nominate Charles Krauthammer to the unpaid advisory position of "clear thinker in chief." If we followed his advice on foreign policy, we'd be so much better off.
Instead, we're stuck with the novices within the Obama Administration that can't make up its mind whether Israel is a friend or a foe. Heck, the Obama Crew can't even make up its mind whether William Ayers is a good guy or a bad guy. (Bad guy, BTW.) Instead they subscribe to a foreign policy of baby-splitting -- a weak approach nearly always works out badly.
CK writes for this weekend:
"The world is outraged at Israel's blockade of Gaza. Turkey denounces its illegality, inhumanity, barbarity, etc. The usual U.N. suspects, Third World and European, join in. The Obama administration dithers.
"But as Leslie Gelb, former president of the Council on Foreign Relations, writes, the blockade is not just perfectly rational, it is perfectly legal. Gaza under Hamas is a self-declared enemy of Israel -- a declaration backed up by more than 4,000 rockets fired at Israeli civilian territory. Yet having pledged itself to unceasing belligerency, Hamas claims victimhood when Israel imposes a blockade to prevent Hamas from arming itself with still more rockets.
"In World War II, with full international legality, the United States blockaded Germany and Japan. And during the October 1962 missile crisis, we blockaded ("quarantined") Cuba. Arms-bearing Russian ships headed to Cuba turned back because the Soviets knew that the U.S. Navy would either board them or sink them. Yet Israel is accused of international criminality for doing precisely what John Kennedy did: impose a naval blockade to prevent a hostile state from acquiring lethal weaponry.
"Oh, but weren't the Gaza-bound ships on a mission of humanitarian relief? No. Otherwise they would have accepted Israel's offer to bring their supplies to an Israeli port, be inspected for military materiel and have the rest trucked by Israel into Gaza -- as every week 10,000 tons of food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies are sent by Israel to Gaza.
"Why was the offer refused? Because, as organizer Greta Berlin admitted, the flotilla was not about humanitarian relief but about breaking the blockade, i.e., ending Israel's inspection regime, which would mean unlimited shipping into Gaza and thus the unlimited arming of Hamas."
You can read the full column in Sunday's Review-Journal. Pray somebody in the White House does too and then actually comes out and says the Unites States of America in all its glory and strength stands firmly by Israel, our best friend and ally in the region.