Steele is arguing for the end of white guilt, which is something legitimate to argue about, but now he's saying that America conducts itself with excessive politesse in Middle East war zones because of white guilt. And I always thought we tried to respect human rights whenever possible because it's the right thing to do, and, by the way, slaughtering people indiscriminately doesn't tend to win over the people you let live.
That's well said. It should be remembered that there is a tendency to think that, when someone nonwhite makes a statement that could be construed as racially controversial, that statement must be true. "He's black; what he said can't be racist/insensitive/etc." Shelby Steele is no more an expert on whether white guilt is a powerful force in our country, or needs to be ended, than anyone else simply by virtue of his racial heritage.