Robert Stacy McCain reveals both an inherent lack of understanding regarding the Israel/Palestine conflict, and an unhealthy degree of bloody, American-made machismo. Really McCain, you think totally subduing the Palestinian people and then “rinsing” your bayonets in the Jordan is the road to peace? You justify this fantasy with the example of Sherman in his Southern campaign?
Good God, are the United States Civil War and the Israel/Palestine conflict even remotely similar not only morally but in pragmatic terms? In geographical terms? Perhaps in terms of unnecessary barbarism, but that’s about all I can think of, and in any case it hardly speaks to strategy.
Then again the vast bulk of the Right in this country is content wishing the Israeli people well on their way to a totally militarized state, as if this sort of faux support will actually accomplish anything beyond eventual political isolation and entrenchment, so this sort of tough talk from McCain is no surprise. It’s disheartening but it’s no suprise.
Note: RSM gets his snark on in the updates to his little post. It is kind of shocking that a guy who writes this:
Swear to God, if they ever want a Gentile prime minister, my first order would be to deploy the IDF in a north-south line, facing east. My second order would be “forward march” and the order to halt would not be given until it was time for the troops to rinse their bayonets in the Jordan. After a brief rest halt, the order “about face” would be given, and the next halt would be at the Mediterranean coast.
…can respond to criticism with this:
Noted Middle East policy scholar E.D. Kain finds me suffering from “both an inherent lack of understanding regarding the Israel/Palestine conflict, and an unhealthy degree of bloody, American-made machismo.” Look, E.D., no need to be so coy. If you want to see the notorious Speedo pic, just say so.
Yeah, stay classy McCain. Nice to know I’m a “noted mid east policy scholar” now, though. I’m sure that wasn’t thinly veiled sarcasm or anything. Then again, I have to hand it to McCain – he’s got a sense of humor. Unfortunately that’s about the only sense he’s got, judging by his little peace proposition….