We're Talking (While They're Acting)

Churchill's dictum, "Jaw-jaw is better than war-war," is a concept without application in much of the world.  Western-style negotiations seek common ground and compromise, while others seek only to "jaw" while the work of war goes on.  The West vests the process itself with value, providing our adversaries with instant leverage when they value only their own strategic interests.  The result is that the U.S. finds itself compromising or changing its goals unilaterally in an effort to maintain processes that are increasingly disconnected from American interests.  The mother of all processes is the Arab-Israeli "peace process," originally intended to rescind Arab rejection of Israel and provide Israel the "secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force" promised by U.N. Resolution 242 in 1967.  It didn't work.  To try a different angle, the United States decided to "solve" the "Palestinian problem" first and...(Read Full Article)

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