bush’s role in losing gaza to hamas

No date tonight? Nothing good on television? Looking for something to do? I’ve just started a “Vanity Fair” article that looks pretty promising. It’s on the Bush administration’s mishandling of the situation in Gaza . Word on the street is that, if the article is correct, it’s perhaps the best case to date for impeachment. Here’s the gist:

…According to Dahlan, it was Bush who had pushed legislative elections in the Palestinian territories in January 2006, despite warnings that Fatah was not ready. After Hamas–whose 1988 charter committed it to the goal of driving Israel into the sea–won control of the parliament, Bush made another, deadlier miscalculation.

Vanity Fair has obtained confidential documents, since corroborated by sources in the U.S. and Palestine, which lay bare a covert initiative, approved by Bush and implemented by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams, to provoke a Palestinian civil war. The plan was for forces led by Dahlan, and armed with new weapons supplied at America’s behest, to give Fatah the muscle it needed to remove the democratically elected Hamas-led government from power. (The State Department declined to comment.)

But the secret plan backfired, resulting in a further setback for American foreign policy under Bush. Instead of driving its enemies out of power, the U.S.-backed Fatah fighters inadvertently provoked Hamas to seize total control of Gaza. …

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  1. Tommy
    Posted March 10, 2008 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    Read this article last week. You’re absolutely right. Bush and Rice are minor leaguers and have shown their incompetence again and again. Unfortunately, we all will be paying the price for a long. long time.

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