Listening to the United Nations meeting yesterday over the request to grant the Palestinian territory Nationhood, I was reminded of a similar situation with regards to the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, and how our Foreign Policy in the Middle East has always been one of inconsistency.
In 1948 a lot of what the U.S. did in the area of Foreign Affairs was predicated on aspects of the Cold War - always the threat of undue influence in any region from Moscow was of primary importance. And it shaped our relations with the rest of the world, and many times not with the best outcomes (Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia). Since the end of the era of the Soviet Union, it's become the threat of Islamic Extremists and another whole set of new and complicated fears.
But as much debate as there is going on now over the Palestinian question, there was going on with the Israeli question, sixty-three years earlier.
Here is a Sunday featuring the noted NBC newsman and commentator Clifton Utley from May of 1948, where Utley discusses the role of the U.S. in the Middle East and the newly declared nation of Israel in the United Nations.
March 6, 1948 - The Cold War and The Filibuster. Reports of communists infiltrating West German labor unions. Coup in Czechoslovakia. Palestine Partition left up to U.S. and USSR. Filibuster heating up on Capitol Hill, being led by Dixiecrats against Civil Rights legislation. Three Power Conference on Germany held in London without Soviet Union. Harry Bridges ousted as CIO President. Read more...