In July President Clinton made an attempt at his last historic
legacy. During the summer Mr. Clinton set forth a heavily laced plan to
purchase peace from Yasser Arafat at the Camp David summit. Despite his
record as a warrior, Arafat is recognized as an Arab trader and moneyman
inside the Clinton White House.
According to the
official 1995 White House bio of Yasser
Arafat, the Palestinian leader “has publicly stated that economic development is a top priority in the self-rule areas. He has also repeatedly stressed that international economic assistance is critical to achieving this goal.”
The official White House bio of Arafat was obtained using the Freedom of Information Act. Arafat’s report was hidden in the Commerce Department files of John Huang, DNC fundraiser and convicted China-gate figure. Exactly why John Huang was interested in the official intelligence bio of Arafat is a question that has never been answered.
However, the bio of Arafat joins a long list of similar reports prepared by an unnamed “intelligence” agency on world leaders. These reports include detailed bios of Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, and former Indonesian strong man Habibie. The bios were produced for Ron Brown trade trips and given to large DNC donors such as Bernard Schwartz, Chairman of Loral Corporation.
At the recent Camp David talks, PLO leader Yasser Arafat reportedly refused U.S. offers of between $40 and $60 billion dollars in aid. The promise of money can lure many to the peace table but $60 billion is not enough for Arafat.
It was at the Camp David summit that Arafat, and Israeli leader Ehud Barak engaged in the now infamous shoving match. After posing for the cameras, the three began to enter a nearby building. Clinton entered first, striding out of sight inside the darkened structure.
It was then that Arafat and Barak both reached the open doorway at the same time. Both leaders engaged in an entertainment act called the “I insist — after you” routine. Arafat insisted that Barak go through the door first, and Barak politely responded “after you Yasser.” The video-tape of Arafat and Barak both trying to politely but violently shove each other through the doorway first is the stuff of diplomatic comedy.
The Clinton diplomacy behind the scene was just as disastrous. According to an October article in Jane’s Defense, Clinton failed to obtain Egypt’s assistance on “the sensitive topic of East Jerusalem during the recent Camp David talks.”
“Phone calls were made between President Bill Clinton and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on the one side and Egyptian President Husni Mubarak on the other to discuss the fate of Jerusalem, the most thorny issue obstructing a final status agreement between Israel and the Palestinians,” states the Jane’s report.
“According to well-informed sources the Egyptians refused to press Arafat to make concessions, and declared that the fate of East Jerusalem concerned the whole Arab and Islamic world, not just the Palestinians.”
Jane’s noted that Clinton’s diplomatic failure also brought a swift and severe critique of Egyptian President Mubarak from inside the White House, appearing in the form of an August article published in the New York Times by Thomas Friedman. The article angered Cairo because the author is seen as a close friend of Clinton’s.
Friedman made clear reference to Mubarak’s failure to pressure Arafat at Clinton’s request, and concluded by stating that “now the Cold War” is over the U.S. does not “owe” Egypt “diddly” or “need to buy you (Egypt) away from the Soviets.” The poorly timed critique of Cairo underscores the reason why Egyptian President Mubarak has refused to sponsor peace talks.
Events in the West Bank and the Gaza strip have far reaching impact beyond the streets of Cairo. The violence naturally makes global oil markets tense. The intense flare up of violence in the West Bank brought the price of oil back to historic highs and has enhanced OPEC’s grip on the global market.
In addition, Clinton’s release of oil from the U.S. strategic reserves played into OPEC hands by only forcing a temporary drop. Volatile oil prices discourage U.S. investors, keeping most American domestic production off the market. All this occurred without radical states such as Libya, Iran or Iraq having to cut back oil production.
More Iraqi oil income also means more Iraqi missile threats. The violence has already brought renewed verbal threats from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to restart missile attacks on Israel.
In addition, radical groups based in Lebanon are pushing for a war along the northern border to join the unrest in the West Bank and Gaza. The new regimes in Syria and Jordan are under intense pressure by Palestinian factions to take military action. Iran is even under pressure from Hezbollah to attack Israel.
World tension in the Middle East may explode into a war or oil embargo at any moment. An oil embargo would be an economic disaster but a war between nuclear-armed Middle Eastern states would be a global disaster. Such a war nearly occurred on Yom Kippur day in 1973. The 1973 October war nearly ended in World War Three.
Behind the rocks and bullets that fly over the troubled cities of the West Bank stands the failed legacy of Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton sought peace in the Middle East for all the wrong reasons. Clinton was going to solve the dangerous and never-ending Middle East crisis. As a result, Clinton managed to inflame the region with riots, antagonize our Arab allies, raise the price of oil and endanger world peace.