Mark Shields takes issue with a Clinton adviser’s suggestion that “the role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel”:
If Israel decides to bomb and invade Lebanon again, or any place else, is it the duty by this “Clinton Doctrine” for every American president to uncritically rubber-stamp such a unilateral action? The same United States that fought for its independence some 233 years ago will now surrender that independence without even a whimper of dissent to a foreign country in the combustible Middle East?
We wait in vain for McCain or Obama two men whose campaigns remind us regularly that they reject “politics as usual” to publicly repudiate “the Clinton Doctrine” that the United States president’s role is to give every Israeli government a green light, carte blanche and this nation’s proxy. Where is the leadership?