Posted on | July 8, 2010 | 9 Comments
“[I]f you yield to a threat, you do so in order to avoid war, and more often than not, you do not avoid war. For those before whom you have thus openly demeaned yourself by yielding, will not stop there, but will seek to extort further concessions, and the less they esteem you the more incensed will they become against you.”
— Niccolo Machiavelli, Discourses Book II, Chapter 14
That was quoted by a commenter on the Hot Air thread about Thaddeus Russell’s column opposing the U.S.-Israel alliance. Russell also got smacked by Ron Radosh at PJM, and there is a related thread on Memeorandum.
Meanwhile, it appears that President Obama has figured out that Israel-bashing is bad politics:
Four months ago, the Obama administration made a politically perilous decision to condemn Israel over a controversial new settlement. The Israel lobby reared up, Netanyahu denounced the administration’s actions, Republican leaders sided with Netanyahu, and Democrats ran for cover.
So on Tuesday, Obama, routed and humiliated by his Israeli counterpart, invited Netanyahu back to the White House for what might be called the Oil of Olay Summit: It was all about saving face.
The president, beaming in the Oval Office with a dour Netanyahu at his side, gushed about the “extraordinary friendship between our two countries.” He performed the Full Monty of pro-Israel pandering: “The bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable” . . .
Dana Milbank’s derisive references to the “Israel lobby” and “pro-Israel pandering” seem intended mainly to heighten the perception of Obama’s humiliation. What’s interesting to me here is reflexive nature of liberal logic: Because Republicans are viewed as too pro-Israel, therefore Democrats must be anti-Israel.
Thus, any Democrat who is not relentlessly critical of Israel is accused of cowardly “pandering” by the Sirhan Sirhan wing of the Democratic Party.