“We need to make sure that this president is also going to stand by Israel and not allow his administration to somehow speak contrary to what our ally thinks is in its best interest.”
~House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
The implication of course is that the administration should NOT be doing what it thinks is within America’s interest first….but that of our allies like Europe, South Korea, Japan….but really – he just means Israel.
Daniel Drezner – at Foreign Policy – digs deeper HERE:
Apparently, Cantor’s standard with respect to American policy towards Israel is that the U.S. government cannot and should not contradict anything that Israel’s government says. What’s good for Israel’s national interests — as defined solely by Israel — serves American interests as well.
Step back for a second and ask yourself if this is true of any other U.S. ally. A NATO member? Nah, we disagree with them all the time. Japan? Nope, there was a pretty bruising fight with that country’s government on Okinawa bases just a few years ago. Canada? Hell, Mitt Romney pretty much made it clear that the U.S. is gonna get Canada’s oil and I heard nary a peep of criticism from the GOP foreign policy establishment. I can’t think of a Latin American, Pacific Rim or Central Asian ally that meets this criteria.
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