Sunday, August 17, 2014

George Bush foreign policy veered far to the left his last two years in office-Caroline Glick, 2011 Jerusalem Post

"In his last two years in office...Bush's foreign policies veered very far to the left."

6/20/11, "Our World: An Obama foreign policy," by Caroline B. Glick, Jerusalem Post 
"In his last two years in office, with the exception of the surge of troops in Iraq, under the guidance of (Defense Sec. Robert) Gates and then secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, Bush’s foreign policies veered very far to the Left.

Gates’s role in shaping this radical shift was evidenced by the positions he took on the issues of the day in the two years leading up to his replacement of Donald Rumsfeld at the Pentagon. In 2004, Gates co-authored a study for the Council on Foreign Relations with Israel foe Zbigniew Brzezinski calling for the US to draw closer to Iran at Israel’s expense.

Immediately before his appointment, Gates was a member of the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group. The group’s final report, released just as his appointment was announced, blamed Israel for the instability in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. Its only clear policy recommendations involved pressuring Israel to surrender the Golan Heights to Syria and Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria to a Hamas-Fatah “national unity government.”

In office, Gates openly opposed the option of the US or Israel attacking Iran’s nuclear installations. He rejected Israel’s repeated requests to purchase weapons systems required to attack Iran’s nuclear installations. He openly signaled that the US would deny Israel access to Iraqi airspace. He supported American appeasement of the Iranian regime. And he divulged information about Israel’s purported nuclear arsenal and Israeli Air Force rehearsals of assaults on Iran.

A month before Russia’s August 2008 invasion of US ally Georgia, Gates released his National Defense Strategy which he bragged was a “blueprint for success” for the next administration. Ignoring indications of growing Russian hostility to US strategic interests – most clearly evidenced in Russia’s opposition to the deployment of US anti-missile batteries in the Czech Republic and Poland and in Russia’s strategic relations with Iran and Syria – Gates advocated building “collaborative and cooperative relations” with the Russian military.
After Russia invaded Georgia, Gates opposed US action of any kind against Russia.

GIVEN THIS track record, it was understandable that Obama chose to retain Gates at the Pentagon."...


Comment: In 2006 under George Bush, "Republicans" lost both the House and Senate to Democrats for good reason. The Bush crowd had been very open about their contempt for right of center Americans. They were thrilled to see Democrats back in charge.


Added: Pathetic George Bush #1 was also a fan of Beltway swamp embed Robert Gates:

"Gates later served as deputy national security adviser (1989-1991) to President George H.W. Bush, and Bush nominated Gates director of the CIA again in 1991....In 1999, Gates was named dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A and M University. Three years later, he became president of the university."...

Unabashed far left ideologue Obama appointed Robert Gates in his first cabinet:

"He (Gates) officially retired as secretary of defense in July 2, 2011. During his farewell ceremony on June 30, 2011, President Obama presented Gates with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor, and called Gates "one of the nation's finest public servants," who "challenged conventional wisdom" and ultimately reduced unnecessary spending in the U.S. military by hundreds of billions."...


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