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Great News: US Has Security Plan for the ‘West Bank’

Maybe it’s a tad undiplomatic to announce it publicly before telling Israel’s prime minister about it?
American soldiers on the march. Does Israel really need them defending its border?

American soldiers on the march. Does Israel really need them defending its border?
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One has to be sparing with exclamation points, but this one’s a lollapalooza.  A dilly!  A doozie.  A big honkin’ mess-a that Middle East Security Hotness.  You heard right folks:  the United States of America has a “West Bank security proposal” for Israel, and we’re sending a retired Army general to present it to Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, himself.  !!!!!!!!!!

Why did no one think of this before?  Finally, someone has done something pragmatic and positive about the Israeli-Palestinian standoff, and just written up a proposal for the Israelis to chew on already.  The Obama administration has at last gotten things off top dead center with Iran, and it’s time to tackle those other intractable Middle East Security Problems, while the momentum is still red-hot.

The New York Times has done yeoman work in recent years pitching verbatim the information themes of the Obama administration, but interestingly, it comes off as a tad perfunctory in the story about the West Bank security proposal.  The tale seems to lack a little of that believer’s heart to it.  You might almost get the sense that there’s some editorial skepticism about the wisdom of this fresh Brainstorming for Peace initiative.

Almost.  Letting the Obama administration off the hook, as usual, for vagueness and strange diplomatic fire, NYT notes the following:

General Allen’s presentation appears to signify a more active American role, in which the United States is doing more than coaxing the Israelis and the Palestinians to negotiate and is presenting its own ideas.

What are the ideas about, exactly?  The NYT authors again:

Officials involved in the negotiations said security had been the prime focus lately, with most of the discussion revolving around the Jordan Valley. Israel has insisted that its own military continue to patrol there, rather than rely on an international force similar to those responsible for its tense borders with Lebanon and Syria. The Palestinians have said they cannot abide the presence of any Israeli soldiers in their future state.

Keep in mind, if George W. Bush’s officials were being so elliptical about a U.S.-drafted West Bank security proposal, NYT would be right in there concluding indignantly that American troops were about to be drop-kicked into the Jordan Valley to embroil a duped and overextended United States in Another Vietnam Quagmire (Marine Barracks Beirut Variety).  It would be barely possible to figure out what the Bush administration had actually said, so thick would be the underbrush of quotes from policy “critics” through which the reader would have to hack.

No such quotes enliven the current NYT piece.  The Obama administration gets the benefit of the doubt.  Maybe putting U.S. prestige and bona fides on the line with an unsolicited, and apparently very specific, security proposal to an ally isn’t a bad idea.  Maybe it’s not undiplomatic and prejudicial to announce it publicly before our briefer has even presented it to Israel’s prime minister.  Maybe it’s just, what, enthusiastic.  Maybe there’s nothing to be concerned about in the fact that the preemptive announcement is so vague.  Hey, we’re just talking – probably – a about U.S. proposal for administering military security in the Jordan Valley.  What could go wrong?

NYT lets this priceless, preemptive characterization go without comment:

State Department officials described the security briefing as an “ongoing process” and not a finished product on which the United States was demanding a yes-or-no vote from the Israeli side.

Sure, because announcing it in advance will put no onus on Israel to respond in a yes-or-no-type manner.  This formulation is like an addict pleading that he’s not using, he’s just snorting some coke.

We are left, as we so often are, to read chicken entrails and try to divine the purposes of the enigmatic Obama administration.  Ask the question “Cui bono?” – who benefits from this? – and the honest answer comes back: “Blamed if I know.”  I really can’t tell.  It’s not us.  We’re just going to look stupid: the Doofus wandering through a slapstick cartoon unaware of the mayhem he’s leaving in his wake.

It’s not Israel.  As if he needs more on his plate, Netanyahu will now have to choreograph another diplomatic sidestep, one that affirms Israel’s ties to the United States and shores up our tattered global image to the extent possible.  I’m sure Bibi will thank General Allen for all his good work, and wish him a Merry Christmas to boot.

It’s not the Palestinian Arabs either.  They have no intention, for one thing, of suddenly being amenable to a deal they’ve already rejected more than once.  If the U.S. has been drafting the security proposal in consultation with Israel, but not with the Palestinian Authority, I would expect the Arabs to consider that grounds at the very least for slow-rolling any resulting initiatives.  If we find out that Valerie Jarrett has been negotiating a West Bank security proposal with the PA for the last year, unbeknownst to the Israelis (well, OK, the “unbeknownst” part is unlikely), I think we can mainly expect that Ben Affleck will direct the Oscar-winning movie about it all, ca. 2018.  (I don’t see a role for George Clooney or Brad Pitt, but there’s bound to be something for John Goodman.)

This initiative seems so gratuitous as to defy even the conspiracy theorist’s logic.  The only way I can put it in context is to cycle back to the non-deal Iran “deal,” which may not be an actual deal, but which has gotten the pundits in Washington and the capitals of Western Europe talking as if it’s an actual deal.  Team Obama has a pattern of being gratified and requited by such responses, as if they represent something real and meaningful.

It’s hard to imagine being so insistently deluded and narcissistic: to imagine actually judging your impact by whether the pundits’ narrative reflects your intended themes or not, regardless of reality (e.g., that Iran isn’t going to change any of her behavior at all – see here, here, and here – and there is nothing to wait and “see” in the wake of the back-slapping and photo-opping in Geneva).  But so Team Obama seems to interact with its world.  The mainstream media share the blame here, of course (or the credit, depending on your perspective).  The best I can tell, with the West Bank security proposal, the Obama administration is just trying to create a narrative again, one in which it figures, for a brief shining moment, as a superhero.  Then it will be time to move on to the next narrative blast on the geopolitical New & Hot chart.

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28 Responses to “Great News: US Has Security Plan for the ‘West Bank’”

  1. Jr Mugas says:

    hmmm..something’s fishy..

  2. Lynne Marton says:

    This has got to be one of the worst thought out disastrous ideas next to the "peace talks". What idiots!!! And publishing it???? They think that……HOLD ON!!! They ARE NOT THINKING – But do they ever?????

  3. they think Israelis are mad!

  4. Don’t insult the USA or our military with your comments. Should you not like the USA; then quit begging for our money and rely on your own.

  5. Israel will survive n thrive without the USA. The USA will not survive without Israel. That is God’s Promised Land to the Jews. God promised Abraham, Isaac n Jacob “I will make of u a great nation” “I will Bless those who bless u n Curse those who curse who”. God is the same yesterday, today n FOREVER. Israel is FOREVER.

  6. Berell Kohn says:

    USA didn’t care about Jewish people anyway

  7. Well gee, ya got dumb and dumberer planning your security. What could go wrong?

  8. Thing is, the Palestinians will get their state, Israel will be kept from patrolling along the valley, USA will do it instead, then after a series of attacks on US personnel, the Americans will pull out, like they did in Beirut. Then Israel will be nobbled, it wont be able to guard the borders, the Islamist will flock in and Israel will have to invade, bringing the Ire and the world powers and international criticism. Bibi, on your ramparts, I have appointed watchmen and THEY AINT AMERICAN SOLDIERS……

  9. Myriam Obadia says:

    While I totally disagree with the appraisal of the US soldiers -among whom I served for 6 years- learning that the US has a plan for the "security of the West Bank" doesn't reassure me, especially after I've been told, for the past 10 years, that the US had a plan to prevent Iran from developing uranium enrichment, for eradicating Al Qaida and the Talibans, for insuring democracy in Afghanistan, Irak, Libya, Egypt, and Syria. With a friend like the White House (and especially the State Department), who needs enemies?

  10. What's this new Idea of US Troops in Israel to guard the West Bank or, is it for the Security of the USA. Israel is quite capable to shoulder it's own problem. Now were the USA looking to give some work to a Retired General, they can easily send them to Syria where the civilians have been taking a good bashing. And better still what about Lebanon? The USA can surely use their skill over there by the Border in Lebanon. But surely not Israel.

  11. One fellow say do not say anything about the US, or our army. Its enough that you want our money with a begging Bowl. The Money of the USA is not backed by Gold, they just print money as they go along. They are presently up to their eyeballs in death by over 18 Trillion Dollar's. And this is worrying China, as they would like to dump the Dollar as a Trading Currency. So kindly please tell me where have the US Army been outstanding. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Lebanon, Somalia, Pakistan, Vietnam. Poor young American lads coming home in Body bags, and also many of the lads from other countries being sent home in bags from Afghanistan. The Taliban only fighting with machine guns and Rocket propelled explosives. Against the Us Army, Air force and Navy positioned in the Arabian sea. Not to mention the Drones. Money down the drain, and death by the thousands. Taliban, al Qaieda still a threat,

  12. Bear Klein says:

    Israelis have their own security plan. Why would they want a White House plan. The White House can not get a website right.

    Israelis do not want anyone other than Israelis protecting Israel.

  13. I''m sure that if Obama asked Israel's help with his Obamacare website the Israelis would have it up and running in no time.

  14. Pearl Ezekiel says:

    We have nobody to trust but G-d. But till we Jews get the massage, the whole world suffers.

  15. Relying on the Obama administration for any part of Israel's "security" is wishful thinking. The man is unreliable and doesn't keep his word. I say that as someone who believed him and voted for him in the first election. He is right up there with Carter, Clinton, and Harding as a great president.

  16. Cathy Sherman says:

    The obama admin is community organizing. That's basically his mode of operation and all he ever does. He has no clue that the Muslim culture doesn't appreciate community organizers and they would probably never accept Americans in "their" stolen land any more than they'd accept Israelis. An infidel is an infidel.

  17. John Mccord says:

    Israel, don't trust kerry or obama.

  18. Israel is small enough geographically and smart enough collectively to create an automated, defense network of drones and other defensive "structures". Let's face it. The US system is bloated and eventually it will run out of resources to fuel its own defensive needs. Israel could make a defensive system that's cheaper, more efficient, and quicker to react to a threat. While Israeli soldiers are among the best in the world, they're limited in number. Eventually, the ants and termites will start pouring into the house again, and against vastly superior numbers, every drop of Israeli blood will have to go a long way…as it always has. Anyways, it's time to create the "golem defense network".

  19. Is Israel the 51st US state?, why?, Israel doesn't needs any foreign troops, or muslim Obama will invade Israel? and give the territories to the Palestinians?.

  20. Oh, goody. Now, we are surely saved. The Great U.S. will swoop in and save the day

  21. William Van says:

    Sharon R Spurgeon….Negative comments against the USA and our Army? You should read a little more slowly in order to understand the deeper meanings of the posts here.

  22. William Van says:

    Eve Folley Dombai…Israel is God's promised land to the Jews? There are ten more tribes that God made that promise to that most people think are "lost". Benjamin was swallowed up by Judah. Those ten tribes are not lost. Most of the Christian Nations i.e. Caucasian Nations make up those supposedly lost ten Hebrew tribes. Israel is NOT just for the tribe of Judah, but for all the tribes that make up Israel.

  23. William Van says:

    Martin O'Connor…The USA and the UK will always be on the side of Israel, no matter what elected idiot temporarily takes the Helm.

  24. William Van says:

    Pearl Ezekiel…No one to trust but G-d. Exactly correct. I agree.

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