How Did the Conflict Affect the U.S. Image? (Part 2)

Although they come at the issue from a different perspective, the Wall Street Journal also warns that the credibility of the U.S. may be jeopardized by the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.  The Journal’s editorial “Mission Accomplished:  the French promise a military force and Condi falls for it” argues that the ambiguous language in Resolution 1701 and lack of a clear mandate to disarm Hezbollah will reflect negatively on the U.S. if the situation devolves again because of its role in brokering the agreement.  The article concludes: 

“Israel can and will defend itself. The person who should really be furious here is Secretary of State Rice. She midwifed this cease-fire in the name of Lebanese democracy and as a way to use diplomacy, and the U.N., to tame Hezbollah and frustrate its patrons. She also believed French promises, so it’d be good to know if she now feels she was lied to. If this U.N. exercise turns out to be as feckless as it increasingly appears, U.S. credibility will also be a loser.”

To read the full article, please click here: http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110008826

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