I agree that viewing the West Bank as integral to the *Historic Israel* is dangerous to the survival of Israel. I also agree that General Petraeus testimony was shaped by the White House to serve its purposes. I disagree that the present issue is the 1600 housing units, or even settlement policy. The controversy contrived by the administration is a red herring, distracting from the same disagreement between Washington and Jerusalem that surfaced in that May, 2009 meeting between Obama and Netanyahu: Iran policy. The Obama policy of conciliation, great ideal but not realistic, has proven as much a failure as the Bush policy of pre-emption applied to Iraq and Afghanistan. Bush destabilized the region by eliminating Sadam who, acknowledging his enormous faults, kept Iran at bay, protected US interest in the region. Bush threw wide the door for Ahmadinejad. And Afghanistan is another unwinnable and continuing distraction for the US away from the real threat, the Iran and the bomb.
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from the article: America's Mideast woes don't begin and end with Israel