Whew – the situation continues to escalate in the Middle East – here’s a roundup of stories (via Drudge):
Here’s Memeorandum’s link roundup.
I know the administration is taking some significant heat for its ‘Israel should exercise restraint’ comments but, while I understand the sentiment behind the criticisms of those comments, I believe the administration has felt it had to walk a fine line with what it says publicly regarding the conflict – the President is in Europe this week, and he’s up against countries who are not fond of Israel, and I think he wants to avoid looking like a spokesman for Israel (he’s not, but that’s what they think in Europe). But make no mistake: the United States, under this administration, is unwavering in its support for Israel. They’ve shown it via the UN everytime the talking heads in the UN come up with some bogus anti-Israel resolution (is John Bolton great, or what?), and I would bet money that behind the scenes the US has been in communications with Israel to assure them that we’ve got their back in this conflict – should they need it. And I don’t believe the admin’s "show restraint" statements sent any kind of ‘wrong signal’ to the Islamofascists involved in coordinating and carrying out the terrorist attacks against Israel: to the contrary, jihadi thugs know how the US views Islamofascism, and how Israel views it: we don’t tolerate it. Terrorist groups like Hezbollah know that the US and Israel have simliar goals when it comes to radical Islam. When the smoke clears (no pun intended), the US – under the Bush administration – will always stand with Israel.
Israellycool is liveblogging news reports on the conflict.
Saturday Early AM Update: YNetNews is reporting that an Israeli warship has has suffered a direct hit from Hezbollah. Michelle Malkin has the details and a link roundup of what other bloggers/pundits are saying about the latest developments.