Thursday, November 29, 2007

American Empire, November 9, 1989-November 27, 2007, R. I. P.

People will say that I’m exaggerating, but the American Empire, which started with the fall of the Berlin Wall, officially died on November 27, 2007.  The Old American Establishment used all of its influence to convince Middle Eastern leaders that it could still run an empire, and demonstrate it by forcing a tiny country to do make a necessary agreement.  Despite putting all its credibility on the line, and using all its resources, the United States was unable to force Israel to do anything other than follow its desired course of continuing to drag out negotiations until every last Palestinian is dead or gone.  The Old American Establishment decided that it was necessary to fix the Palestinian problem, and couldn’t even come close.  The abject failure of Annapolis represents the official death of the American Empire in the same way that the Suez Crisis represented the official death of the British Empire.


Bush’s behavior is telling.  He hardly showed up at Annapolis, proceeded to mangle all the names, and gave a speech that was completely inappropriate, one that would have been acutely insulting to all the Arab leaders and diplomats who attended solely on the promise that something positive would come out of the conference (it has been noted that Olmert’s speech was more gracious to the Palestinians than was Bush’s speech).  Obviously, the Christian Zionists got to him.  The New American Establishment, the Jewish one, ran the show, even undermining Rice’s work through its agent Stephen Hadley.  The results were so slanted to Israeli positions that even the Los Angeles Times gets it:



“Palestinian and Israeli representatives each said they were satisfied with the outcome of the conference, but there were clear indications that the Israelis came away with a greater share of what they were seeking. Both the Bush administration's approach to talks and a joint declaration negotiated by the Israelis and Palestinians leaned toward Israeli positions.”


and:



“Despite statements of mutual support, the vague wording of the joint declaration signaled that the Israelis had emerged from the conference with more of what they wanted than the Palestinians. It also underscored the wide chasm separating the two sides as they begin trying to reach a deal.


The Olmert government, worried about critics on its right, appeared successful in its effort to begin negotiations without yielding on anything ahead of time. Abbas' team, by contrast, had sought some sort of Israeli concessions up front to show his public that his alliance with the West is producing benefits in the lives of ordinary Palestinians.”


International Jewry really was worried about this conference, as witness the massive amount of whining and lobbying.  It needn’t have worried.  Running an Empire is hard work, and the Old American Establishment is obviously neither physically nor mentally up to the task.


 

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