You Broker It, You Buy ItIssue: Fall 1997
The problem with common sense is not only, as Voltaire said, that it is not so common, but that it is often wrong. Much analysis of the recent shift in U.S. policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict is a case in point. While some of its errors reflect recent misjudgments by U.S. policymakers, others are wholly original--and the combination has begun to elicit some of the most seductive, but worst policy advice on the Middle East that any administration has received in years. As a result, it is not obvious whether it is the peace process that stands closer to the well worn "edge of the abyss", or U.S. policy toward it.