I still wonder how ignorant the Bush administration was about the Middle East. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • anonymous
    • 07.11.10 | 16:36 (IST)

    They did not even know the difference between a sunni and a shiite. Bush wanted Israel to finish off Hezbollah. He did not realize again that Hezbollah is a political party as well as a militia and that it is very ingrained in Lebanon, giving social programs, etc. Israel could not get rid of Hezbollah through a war. Hitting the infrastructure may have been considered a war crime; USA did that in Serbia, and I greatly objected to that; maybe they did not want to do that again. Would that have gotten rid of Hezbollah? I doubt it. The war seemed to set the stage for a future sunni, shiite rivalry, a future cold war. The fighting in Iraq between sunnis and shiites shows you how bad the rivalry is. Now Lebanon is divided between shiites and sunnis. Is it forever going to be divided, since Saudis and the USA helps the sunnis and shiites get help from Iran. I will have to read his book; Paul O'Neill in 2004 on tv said that Bush had plans to divide the oil in Iraq before 9/11 and used that as an excuse to invade Iraq. The Congress voted to go to war and fund the war. He could not go to war alone; however, the resolution to go to war said they were looking for WMD and the 9/11 terrorists were in Iraq, all a big lie.

    from the article: ANALYSIS / Bush's memoir explains: U.S. can't appear to be doing Israel's bidding
    First published 00:32 07.11.10 | Last updated 00:32 07.11.10
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