October 4, 2004

by Reb Yudel
President Bush's Jewish Problem

In this Bloghead post concerning the president's possible senility, an anonymous commentator writes:

Bush is a moron, his father was a moron but the alternative is an evil calamity, to Jews most of all.
Really, who is senile now? Or, as I wrote:

"The alternative is an evil calamity"?

You mean, he'll attack the weakest of Israel's strategic enemies at the behest of the strongest?

You mean, he'll reveal the limits of an army based on expensive weapon contracts rather than troops, training, and supplies, and thereby weaken the image of the U.S. in the Middle East?

You mean, he'll make the creation of a Palestinian state an American policy for the first time?

You mean, he'll create one or two new Islamicist countries where a secular dictatorship used to be?

You mean, he'll alienate Israel's staunchest regional ally (Turkey)?

You mean, he'll grant al-Qaeda a strategic victory by withdrawing troops from Saudi Arabia?

You mean, he'll strengthen the Arab world by encouraging American fuel consumption?

You mean, he'll threaten to cut aid to Israel over a minor political dispute?

You mean, he'll blur the threat from jihadist organizations and divert focus to more politically convenient enemies?

You mean, he'll undertake the sort of populist fiscal policies (tax cuts and benefit increases) that put the new into the New Israeli Shekel back in the '80s -- with serious consequences for anyone whose livelihood, assets or aid packages are denominated in dollars?

You mean, he'll loudly promise to take unprecedently pro-Israel positions (e.g. move the embassy to Jerusalem) and then go back on his word time and time again?

You mean, he would put political correctness ahead of pragmatism and allow an unstable dictatorship to acquire nuclear weapons?

You mean, he would allow the director of a muslim state's "rogue" nuclear development program to be "punished" but then immediately pardoned?

That would indeed describe an "evil calamity", and "to Jews most of all."

Alas, that describes the incumbent. Sometimes, you know, you have to look beyond the mangled, well-meaning words to see the actual deeds.