Someone on the right admits how Israel, but also her allies, got saddled with Hamas in the first place. It’s about time. A good foreign policy motto is to first do no harm; meaning the U.S. shouldn’t make political matters worse than when we began “helping,” aka engaging in another sovereign entities domestic business.
Of course, Liz Cheney didn’t exactly say it as I wrote in the headline, but from 2006 forward it’s what I’ve been writing. If it hadn’t been for Bush involving the U.S. in the Palestinian election process, pushing them when they were not ready, Israel would likely not have Hamas leadership to contend with today.
On “This Week” with Jake Tapper, Cheney came clean, the first politician on either side to point the finger at the Bush-Cheney administration, which was more responsible for Hamas taking a leadership role than anyone else.
“You were at the State Department in 2005, 2006 when these [Palestinian] elections were pushed,” host Jake Tapper said. “And some people were saying ‘Don’t do it, they’re not ready for it.’ Do you think that was a mistake in retrospect?” Tapper asked.
“I do,” Cheney replied. “I don’t think they were ready for it. I don’t think we should have pushed it.”
She emphasized though that “no matter how they came into power, they are a terrorist organization.”
What’s ironic is that for all Liz Cheney and the neoconservative right’s rants, she doesn’t get the irony that Republicans helped put a terrorist organization in power on Israel’s doorstep. Not exactly a friendly act. It caused Israel’s challenges, as well as their domestic headaches, to increase exponentially. Not to mention what a nightmare it’s been for the United States and our Arab allies, but also for the international community.
This is what the right does consistently: They bray about national security, but never make us safer.
They didn’t do anything for Israel’s security during the Bush-Cheney years. Helping put Hamas in power is just one example.