A brief but ringing endorsement of Trump’s decision to move the American Embassy. Self-righteous heads are exploding, even though Clinton, Bush, and Obama made campaign promises to do exactly that.
I am sure that the majority of my former colleagues at the State Department are besides themselves. Cries of “He did what?” “Jerusalem? He gave it to Israel!” “It’s the end of the world!” or something more radical than that are echoing the long increasing desolate and irrelevant halls of State in the wake of President Trump’s announcement that the US would now recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Israel, after all, is the only country in the world “not allowed” to designate its own capital.
Change is not something State does or deals with well. I remember being in a meeting back in the early 1980s at State when a senior official of the Reagan Administration told a group of us that the Reagan Administration fully intended to “roll back” the Soviet empire and put an end to the Soviet threat. The President, he said, was adamant that we would not be prisoners to past policies. Soviet Communism could and would be defeated, not merely managed. I remember thinking “Wow!” or something equally as profound; some of my colleagues afterwards, however, were scoffing, and making comments about how the Reagan people were “really, really dumb.” The USSR, they said, was not going anywhere; we would have to deal with them, in essence, forever. Ah, yes . . .
We are now seeing another moment of apoplexy by the bien pensants who tell us that the world is going to end because the President has recognized the capital of Israel as the capital of Israel. Facts are hard things for certain types. Trump’s acknowledgment of reality, they tell us, is going to get us all killed; it is going to put an end to the “peace process,” and give the Muslim world YET another reason to murder us in our own cities. OK.
So, if the President merely had gone along with the past 70 years of fantasy, and with the giving in to the Islamic crazies, peace would have broken out? We’ve had so much peace in the MidEast over these past seven decades, I guess, that it would be irresponsible to put that at risk. Is that the argument? Not too convincing.
I also guess it was anticipation of Trump’s 2017 decision that led to 9/11, 7/7, Nice, Paris, San Bernardino . . . yeah, sure. I am sure that the European countries now loudly opposed to Trump’s decision have nothing to fear from radical Islamic terror, no way would the Islamists hurt their “friends.”
President Trump did the right thing.