Neocon insider: Bush administration wanted Israel to attack Syria
posted at 5:48 pm on December 16, 2006 by Allahpundit
It’s Meyrav Wurmser, co-founder of MEMRI and wife of David Wurmser, one of Dick Cheney’s top Middle East advisors. Nothing much surprising here except for her belief that defeating Assad would have destroyed the insurgency in Iraq.
Is this a popular stance in the administration, that Israel lost the war [with Hezbollah]?
“Yes, there is no doubt. It’s not something one can argue about it. There is a lot of anger at Israel.”
What caused the anger?
“I know this will annoy many of your readers… But the anger is over the fact that Israel did not fight against the Syrians. Instead of Israel fighting against Hizbullah, many parts of the American administration believe that Israel should have fought against the real enemy, which is Syria and not Hizbullah.”
Did the administration expect Israel to attack Syria?
“They hoped Israel would do it. You cannot come to another country and order it to launch a war, but there was hope, and more than hope, that Israel would do the right thing. It would have served both the American and Israeli interests.
The neocons are responsible for the fact that Israel got a lot of time and space… They believed that Israel should be allowed to win. A great part of it was the thought that Israel should fight against the real enemy, the one backing Hizbullah…
If Israel had hit Syria, it would have been such a harsh blow for Iran, that it would have weakened it and changes the strategic map in the Middle East.
“The final outcome is that Israel did not do it. It fought the wrong war and lost. Instead of a strategic war that would serve Israel’s objectives, as well as the US objectives in Iraq. If Syria had been defeated, the rebellion in Iraq would have ended.”
Lots more at the link, including blame for Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, John Bolton, the Washington bureaucracy, the administration — pretty much everyone except neoconservatives, really.