Thursday, April 06, 2006

Mearsheimer/Walt again...

A victim of anti-Semitism?

A victim of Racism?

A few online pals emailed to ask me what I thought of Eliot Cohen's Yes, It's Anti-Semitic
op-ed in yesterday's Washington Post in which the veteran neocon military thinker implies that John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt's "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" is, well, anti-Semitic.
If by anti-Semitism one means obsessive and irrationally hostile beliefs about Jews; if one accuses them of disloyalty, subversion or treachery, of having occult powers and of participating in secret combinations that manipulate institutions and governments; if one systematically selects everything unfair, ugly or wrong about Jews as individuals or a group and equally systematically suppresses any exculpatory information -- why, yes, this paper is anti-Semitic.
I've commented in the M/W paper in earlier posts, and included some of my reservations. But "anti-Semitic?"
I don't have time to do that. But I wish someone would do a parody on Cohen's op-ed titled, "Yes, It's Racism" in which, say, Cornell West contends that when a Capitol police officer detained Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) from entering a congressional office building, he was racial profiling her. I can already imagine how neocon pundits would mock such an op-ed as "pathetic example of victimology" or "exploitation of the race card to score political points and intimidate rivals" or something along these lines.

Dr. Ron Paul's Liberty Caucus

I had the honor to address today members of the Liberty Caucus, a group of Congressmen who support political and economic freedom. The event took place in the office of one of my political heroes, Congressman (and Dr.) Ron Paul, the only libertarian Member of Congress. The meeting was private but to give you some idea of the sentiments I encountered you could check out this latestreport about what Dr. Paul, and another member of the caucus, Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina (who attended the event today) were doing yesterday:
In the House, Republican Reps. Walter Jones of North Carolina, Ron Paul of Texas and Wayne Gilchrest of Maryland announced their support for a Democratic resolution that would force an immediate, 17-hour-long House debate on the war aimed at requiring a plan to get troops out.
"There are those of us in both parties who want to meet our constitutional responsibility, and that is to discuss and debate the present and the future of our commitment in Iraq," Jones said.
"Nobody, including us, is for pulling out. We're asking for a transition plan for when the Iraqis can take over the responsibility. We're not hearing that plan. We're hearing that, well, maybe the next president can deal with it," Jones said, referring to a Bush comment last month. "That's not satisfactory."
Said Gilchrest: "The public is clearly concerned, and there's palpable apprehension every day about the war in Iraq. And we have to dig deeper than just saying we supported the troops."
House Republican leaders have blocked consideration of the resolution, introduced by Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii. He said he had about 80 signatures on a petition to force a House debate, but was still far short of the 218 needed.