Two Explanations for Mark Patinkin
Mark Patinkin’s bullet-list-style column, today, makes two quips that, helpful soul that I am, I’ll try to answer:
Someone will have to explain to me why Palestinian militants feel it’s productive to keep firing rockets into Israel.
Because, receiving no substantial international backlash against the practice, the terrorists wish to provoke Israel into military action, with invariably causes international backlash. Thus do the random rockets ultimately isolate Israel from the spinless West even as they wear down the confidence and comfort of the Israeli people.
Obama may fail yet, but it’s impressive how readily conservative radio hosts who for eight years championed policies that led to a big mess abroad and at home have piled on the new administration for attempting to change course.
Conservatives fall into several categories on this. Some don’t believe that the policies that they supported were ultimately the cause of our current predicament. Others believe that the necessary change to prior policies is being made in the wrong direction. Of course, it’s unfair to lump conservatives together as Patinkin does (specificity, Mark!), although the world certainly doesn’t lack for partisans who will offer support to the convenient cause.