Writing with his wife, Dick Morris has written a must read article for the Hill Magazine. Here’s the comparison he makes:

Ten years ago, on April 18, 1996, Israel attacked Hezbollah in Lebanon for 16 days in an operation called Grapes of Wrath. The global condemnation of Israel was fierce, especially when it bombed a U.N. refugee camp, killing 107 people, an attack that Tel Aviv said was a mistake. At the time, the United States did nothing to stop the tide from turning against Israel and President Clinton said, “I think it is important that we do everything we can to bring an end to the violence.”

Fast forward to today:

Clinton’s willingness to use American power to force a cease-fire on Israel before it had fully eradicated Hezbollah stands in stark and sharp contrast to George Bush’s insistence on letting Israel proceed with its attacks until the terrorist group is neutralized.

There’s clearly a different mindset between the Bush and Clinton administrations. Clinton’s preference was to deal with the immediate things and ‘kick the can down the road’ on anything longterm. President Bush loathes leaving things for others. He holds fast and deals with root causes. That’s a big part of why his approval ratings aren’t as high as Clinton’s. In the end, though, history will rate President Bush as the more consequential president.

While Clinton said he embraced the need for Israeli security, when the going got rough, he bowed to world opinion and called for a cease-fire. When the United States asks Israel to stop fighting, it is like a boxer’s manager throwing in the towel.

Some ally, huh?

It is really the Christian evangelical right that stands up for Israel. The reason Israel has to fight in Lebanon today is that the United States did not permit it to finish the job of destroying Hezbollah in the ’90s. Now, fortunately for Israel’s true friends, the White House is letting Tel Aviv win without reining her in.


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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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