This week, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken faced criticism for his approach towards Israel’s military strategy in Gaza, particularly from Rep. Michael Waltz, a Republican from Florida and a retired Green Beret. Waltz, speaking to FOX News, expressed concern that adherence to President Biden’s policies could lead to Israel’s surrender, potentially empowering Hezbollah, Syrian militias, and Iran.
Waltz emphasized that groups like Hamas respond only to military strength, not diplomatic efforts. He criticized some liberals for failing to distinguish between Hamas’s attacks on civilians and the collateral damage from Israel Defense Forces’ operations in Gaza. He accused the Biden administration of disgracefully pandering to certain political factions.
Additionally, Waltz took issue with Blinken’s recent interactions with Israel’s war cabinet. According to reports from the Times of Israel, Blinken faced resistance from Israeli officials, including Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, during a meeting where he reportedly cautioned about the limited timeframe Israel has to continue its military actions amid international pressure.
Mark Levin, host of “Life, Liberty & Levin” and a former chief of staff in the Reagan Justice Department, recalled how the late Senator John McCain rigorously questioned Blinken’s qualifications during his Senate confirmation for the position of Deputy Secretary of State under President Obama. McCain had criticized Blinken as “dangerous to America,” particularly in light of his predictions about the war in Afghanistan.
Levin commented on the broader issue of accountability for diplomats, suggesting that left-wing diplomats often evade responsibility for foreign policy failures. He accused them of running a “rogue foreign policy” and imposing their own directives on sovereign nations like Israel.
These criticisms come in the wake of heightened tensions and complex diplomatic challenges in the Middle East, spotlighting the divergent views on U.S. foreign policy and its impact on regional stability.