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Written by: Diana West
Saturday, March 20, 2010 4:37 PM 

First, it sounded as if Gen. Petraeus were channeling Walt (if not Mearshimer) in his Senate testimony when he invoked the Arabist narrative regarding the "conflict" between Israelis and Palestinians: namely, that Israel is the font of all Islamic violence in the world that the US has to deal with (although how Israel has anything to do with, for example, Muslim massacres in Nigeria, Thailand, India, Pakistan, etc., is never explained).  It was just poisoned icing on the cake that Walt was one of Petraeus' thesis advisors back at Princeton in 1987.

But now, in Sunday's Washington Post. Stephen Walt is quoting Gen. Petraeus -- referring back to that same Petraeus Senate testimony (the part about "Arab anger").

Cosy for them, but where does it leave the serious political crushes so many on the Right have on Petraeus?

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