Something I find consistently baffling about neocon pundits is their unfailing support of policies that have objectively failed. Here’s former Bush speechwriter Jay Nordlinger, explaining why Israel was better off with W. in the White House.
It would be helpful to peace in the Middle East if Israel’s enemies could be absolutely sure that Israel is not going anywhere: that it is here to stay. Remember the old gay slogan? “We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it”? Israel’s enemies need to know something like that about Israel. But as long as they have the feeling that the world — you know: “the world,” as in the New York Times, the U.N., and Bono — is not really committed to the existence of Israel, they will push for Israel’s destruction. [...]
Under George W. Bush and other presidents, the United States gave the impression that we would back Israel, come what may. That was a quite useful thing for Israel’s enemies to know. It was more important for them to know it than for Israel to know it. The current U.S. administration does not give that impression (is my impression).
I’m not sure how Nordlinger defines “helpful” and “useful” but fatalities in Israel from terrorist attacks increased to unprecedented levels during the Bush administration. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict intensified from ’01-’09, Hamas won control of the Palestinian legislature in 2006, and that same year, Israel was goaded into a disastrous full-scale ground invasion of Lebanon by Hezbollah, resulting in about 9,000 casualties.
In other words, Israel’s enemies were not terribly impressed by George W. Bush’s “back Israel, come what may” approach.
Now how much of all that can be directly blamed on Bush’s policies is debatable, but these certainly don’t look like results to be crowing about.