The Current Discussion: With the Israeli re-invasion of Gaza, it's clear that the "Annapolis Peace Process" is collapsing. Does it matter? Who's to blame?
The situation in Gaza reflects exactly what happens when a superpower (like the U.S.) makes a plan, sets parameters, declares deadlines and then lets the situation on the ground fall apart. Conventional thinking in the Middle East is that the Israelis don't carry out wide-ranging military activities without a green light from Washington D.C. Whether or not they gave prior approval, the U.S. has done little to stop the Israelis excessive use of force, which, according to international humanitarian law, is a crime of war.