Posts Tagged ‘John Bolton’

It’s Easy to Solve Difficult Problems…

Monday, January 5th, 2009

…when you just create your own reality to operate in.

Seriously, I understand that “in the name of balance” the most discredited of all conservative hacks must forever be presented with the most prominent of platforms to shill their nonsense, but shouldn’t a media outlet as prestigious as The Washington Post demand that your Op-Ed submissions at least be of a level that could pass a political science class at any major university.

As Marc Lynch points out, the main problem here isn’t that Bolton is still a crazy warmonger and imperialist, but rather that he seems totally ignorant of really basic facts surrounding Israeli-Arab solution. Namely, his proposal that the Palestinian question be solved by giving Gaza to Egypt and parts of the West Bank to Jordan is completely unworkable if for no other reason than the simple fact that neither Jordan nor Egypt want any parts of it.

But on another level, Bolton really does the public a service by demonstrating how committed to an imperalist ideal neoconservatives are, and how little sense their thinking makes in the real world. For instance, when Bolton says …”the West Bank in some configuration…” he’s referring to an agreement in which Israel would seize control of the choice parts of the West Bank, presumably expel Palestinians living there, and then hand the scraps to Jordan. It’s obviously pretty indefensible if you’re trying to work out a fair solutions between both parties, but it makes a lot of sense if you’re trying to come up with a “solution” that serves the interests of Israel while creating more problems for the Arab parties. What doesn’t make a lot of sense is why, exactly, Bolton imagines Jordan would want any part of this agreement, and in this Bolton reminds us of how little actual thought goes into neoconservative “thinking.”