Here's my Esser Agaroth on today's headlines, announcing U. S. Secretary of State Rice's appointment of Gen. James Jones (ret.) "to supervise PA progress on terrorism."
New U.S. Military Envoy to Supervise PA Progress on Terrorism
Hana Levi Julian, IsraelNN.com)
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has appointed a NATO veteran to serve as America's military point man in the Middle East.
It will be the task of General James Jones, a Marine Corps general who retired last February and served until 2006 as the NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, to monitor activities between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
A 40-year-veteran, Jones headed a panel tasked by the Congress last summer that studied the readiness of Iraq's police and military forces. He will be retaining his present position as president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Energy. (read more...)
Translation: slave to oil
Commentary: Likely to turn the other way,... or cheek, when there is a risk of offending the suppliers of oil to the U. S. Gee. And, who might those be?
And, it looks like I'm not the only one who thinks this....
Dr. Gadi Eshel of Professors for a Strong Israel, however, was unimpressed by Rice's remarks, saying that she has chosen to appoint someone to the post who is "at the very least cold towards Israel."
Eshel pointed out that Jones is involved in cutting business deals with the Gulf States, a major conflict of interest. "But what else can you expect from the State Department?" he said. "It verges on pure anti-Semitism, to appoint such a man to decide whether an act of terror has been committed with the blessing of the Palestinian Authority or not.
"The very fact that another country nominates an individual – and G-d forbid Israel would accept it – to judge whether an act of terror is sufficiently defined as a real act of terror or a negligible breach of the commitment of the PA [to end the violence] – that very fact is so mind-boggling that I cannot see any other definition," he added. (read more...)
And, as if it was to reassure us...
U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack... added that he will be working closely with Lt.-Gen. Keith Dayton, the U.S. security coordinator who has been training the PA security forces for more than a year.
Dayton faced harsh criticism by Congress members earlier this year after admitting that Fatah terrorists had obtained American arms. His reputation was also severely damaged when Hamas terrorists overran Gaza last June and routed the Fatah militia he had trained.
At the beginning of this month, 300 of Dayton's PA security troops made their debut in the "terrorist capital" of Samaria, Shechem. Dayton has been supervising their training at an American-funded base in Jericho, with new weapons purchased by the Bush administration.
Yeah. Just what we need, more U. S. troops in Israel to "protect" us. If American troops really wanted to protect us, they should stop trying to "protect" us.