Who Is James Baker? -- Part 2
Here we continue quoting Michel Gurfinkiel's article on James Baker's background, including observations on US policy towards Israel over the years:
In the eyes of the oil businessmen and their friends, the American support for Israel was a nuisance, a "mistake": the new state "interposed itself" in effect between the American and Arab "natural partners." The other considerations --the survival of the Jewish people, the geopolitical dangers linked to Arab nationalism or militant Islam did not touch them.
To be sure, the largest segment of the American leadership class shared this analysis in the 1940s and 1950s, including the "wise men" of the immediate post-war era (George Marshall, John Forrestal, Dean Acheson, Averell Harriman, George Kennan, Charles Bohlen, etc.). Truman by-passed them by ordering the American representative. . . [to the UN] to vote for the partition of Palestine into two states on 29 November 1947, then by recognizing Israel on 14 May 1948.In other words, Truman overruled the State Department and other official agencies by his support for Israel. Today, the facts are overwhelmed by lies sponsored by the "left" and by establishment hired pens [like Walt & Mearsheimer]. This is how history is falsified for the sake of policy.
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Source: one source among many: Joseph Schechtman, The United States and the Jewish State Movement: The Crucial Decade, 1939-1949 (New York: Thomas Yoseloff 1966)
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Coming: more on Baker, more on Jews in Jerusalem, peace follies, etc.