foreign policy advisor campaign co-chair Air Force General Merrill A. McPeak (retired) said this in a 2003 interview with the Oregonian:
The other reason I would have put it ahead is I don't think we have anything like a strategy for the Middle East. And what we're doing in Iraq ought to be a piece of a larger undertaking. And it has all the aspects of a kind of a slapdash pickup fight, you know, where - I mean you always call audibles in war, but we're drawing the plays on the ground in the huddle here. We don't have a playbook for the Middle East. You know, for instance, obviously, a part of that long-term strategy would be getting the Israelis and the Palestinians together at . . . something other than a peace process. Process is not a substitute for achievement or settlement. And even so the process has gone off the tracks, but the process isn't enough. . . . We need to get it fixed and only we have the authority with both sides to move them towards that. Everybody knows that.
So where's the problem? State? White House?
New York City. Miami. We have a large vote - vote, here in favor of Israel. And no politician wants to run against it.
Actually I was thinking of the larger lack of a Middle East strategy. Does that emanate out of the State Department or out of the White House, combination of both, is it a personality struggle, what's - what's going on?
I think that everybody understands that a settlement of the Arab-Israeli problem would require the Israelis to stop settling the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and maybe even withdraw some of the settlements that've already been put there. And nobody wants to take on that problem. It's just too tough politically. So that means we can't . . . you can't develop a Middle East strategy. It's impossible.
Do you think . . . there's an element within Hamas, Hezbollah, that doesn't want Israel to exist at all and always will be there?
McPeak admits that Hamas and Hezbollah want to exterminate Israel, yet believes that Jews in New York and Miami are the ones foiling middle east peace.
Is it smart for Obama to keep this dunce around much longer?
P.S. McPeak is the guy who drubbed Hillary by saying that Obama "doesn't go on television and have crying fits; he isn't discovering his voice at the age of 60."
Don't say the guy doesn't speak his mind.