Professor Krauss Finds Handling of Post-Conflict in Lebanon Wanting

Writing in a TCS Daily op-ed, Professor Michael Krauss examines the diplomatic handling of the post-conflict in Lebanon and finds it wanting from the standpoints of both our national interests and principles, taking particular exception to comments by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice that "gave voice to a perilous preference of process over policy."

Beyond Farce, TCS Daily, August 24, 2006. By J. Peter Pham and Michael I. Krauss.

"Rice seems almost content to let the farcical scenario orchestrated at Turtle Bay -- including the suggestion that the IDF commando raid was a threat to peace -- play itself out. Unfortunately, this time the victims will not only include Israeli and Lebanese, but also the tattered diplomatic credibility of the United States. Our nation must stand on principle and insist, even when the UN itself won't, that promises are promises and rules are rules -- even when the promises are made by Arab states.

"Currently Israel is the canary in the coal mine. It fights mano a mano a battle that the entire West, diplomatic denials notwithstanding, is waging at a distance against terrorists and their state sponsors. If our foes sense that our will to fight is gone and that we are ready to accept lower standards for that region of the world, or if our allies sense a weakening of our commitment, then truly we are at the edge of the abyss."

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