Juan Cole writes that the situation in Gaza is predictably causing turmoil in Iraq, and that the Iraqi Air Force made four flights on Wednesday to provide humanitarian and medical aid to Gaza residents, according to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense:
Let me just repeat that. Iraq’s air force is carrying aid to the Gazans via Egypt! And when Iraq gets its act together and gets rich from oil and gas, isn’t it obvious that the aid will increase significantly?
Never really able to keep himself from making a bad situation worse, George Bush issues his own conditions for a cease-fire.
As Glenn Greenwald has noted, the Democratic Leadership is in complete lockstep with Bush — unilaterally supporting Israel’s actions, and placing the full blame on Hamas.
According to the latest Rasmusen poll, however, the American public does not agree with that assessment:
Not only does Rasmussen find that Americans generally "are closely divided over whether the Jewish state should be taking military action against militants in the Gaza Strip" (44-41%, with 15% undecided), but Democratic voters overwhelmingly oppose the Israeli offensive — by a 24-point margin (31-55%). By stark constrast, Republicans, as one would expect (in light of their history of supporting virtually any proposed attack on Arabs and Muslims), overwhelmingly support the Israeli bombing campaign (62-27%).
The United States provides $3 billion a year in military aid to Israel. We’re paying for this operation. Yet there is no discussion about how this is affecting our overall interests in the region and hurting our efforts to stabilize Iraq and extricate ourselves militarily.
Reid and Pelosi are representing the Republican minority view quite well. Complete mission fail from Democratic leadership, once again.