not sure that "Bush Basher" really is a bush basherwhat IS a bush basher? Is it like a Clinton basher?now back to discussionCraig made some good points but i'd like to pick up on a few:Craig wrote: "As we have discussed before, either in this forum or elsewhere, when it comes to criminality there's a lot bigger fish out there than Sharon and Arafat."Fair point but they're not the top recipient of US foreign assistance. Which goes to your question of why single out Israel? Again, because of the knee-jerk unconditional support from the White House and State Department and the fact that Israel is the number one recipient of foreign assistance. My perspective is as simple as that.Craig wrote: "As for the Leahy amendment, and however its current incarnation reads, I'm sure it has a national security waiver. Is anyone calling for it to be applied?"I'd have to plea ignorance. I wonder if Amnesty International is touching it?Craig wrote: "And why just apply it to Israel? What about all the other countries to whom we give military aid, to whom it could, and perhaps should, be applied?"Oh, agreed! Many countries should get NO US military aid, including Israel: Guatemala, Colombia, Indonesia, Pakistan, etc.Craig wrote: "Which brings us to AIPAC. Powerful group. Have you ever looked at what the Greek lobby is up to? Or the Armenians? Check out the Indians sometime. The Taiwanese do a great job. How about holding legislators accountable for their votes and their positions instead of blaming advocacy groups for representing the views of their membership?"Id' say it's both - legislators and special interests groups that blow chunks.Craig wrote: "There is a lot of selective outrage. To give one example, a few weeks ago, the Russians killed a Chechen leader in one of the Gulf states, I think the UAE. Did the UN condemn it? Did the Muslim world rise up in protest? Were there demonstrations outside Russian embassies around the Middle East? I must have missed it."WOW - I definitely missed it. Please provide a link.I would second your call to Joan for her pop psychoanalysis of Bush.