Saturday, February 02, 2008

Barack Obama: "Hope" for More Anti-Semitism?

Well, that's what I am getting, based on the blatently anti-Isreali and subtly anti-semetic remarks made by one of his key foreign policy advisors, Samantha Power. In a recent interview, a nice mix of Israel-bashing as well as standard liberal nut-jobbery:

Another longstanding foreign policy flaw is the degree to which special interests dictate the way in which the “national interest” as a whole is defined and pursued. Look at the degree to which Halliburton and several of the private security and contracting firms invested in the 2004 political campaigns and received very lucrative contracts in the aftermath of the U.S. takeover of Iraq. Also, America’s important historic relationship with Israel has often led foreign policy decision-makers to defer reflexively to Israeli security assessments, and to replicate Israeli tactics, which, as the war in Lebanon last summer demonstrated, can turn out to be counter-productive.

Uh-huh. Nice use of the code words there, Sammy. When are you going to start decrying the Je - sorry, the "Zionists"?

More - on why we must close Guantanamo as part of our "long and windy road to rehabilitation" :

To strip a group of individuals – no matter what blood some number of them have on their hands – of the most fundamental constitutional rights sends a signal to the rest of the world that there are two sets of human rights that we believe in: one robust set that Americans get to enjoy, and another much diminished set that those perceived as hostile to us get to enjoy.

Er - someone ought to tell Miss Powers that the Constitution applies only to American citizens. Isn't her claim that it is some sort of a "universal document" the exact type of American know-it-all-ism that she seems to decry?

And the rank stench of no-fault liberalism - "no matter how much blood"- bespeaks of a Carter-type administration where any crime against Americans - no matter how henious - can be excused simply by the fact that America is worse, America is not perfect, and America is to blame.

But back to Obama's close cadre of anti-Semites:

First, his spiritual adviser, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., has called for divestment from Israel and refers to Israel as "racist." Indeed, there’s reason to believe that Wright is hostile to Jews. He is a friend of Louis Farrakhan, upon whom he has conferred a "Lifetime Achievement" award....

In addition, some of Obama’s key financial backers and foreign policy advisers are anti-Israel. They include George Soros, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Susan Rice, and Robert Malley. Rice served as an adviser to the Kerry campaign and, according to Glick, persuaded Kerry to announce that he would appoint Jimmy Carter and James Baker as his envoys for Middle East peace talks...

With advisers like this, it’s not surprising that Obama himself voted against defining Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group and supports opening negotiations with Iran even if the Iranians continue to enrich uranium.

But for Glick, what makes Obama stand out even in a party hell-bent on appeasement is his active advancement of the interests of Islamists in Kenya...

Can I have the "audacity to hope" that our next President is not a virulant anti-Semite?

Or as a white male Jew, am I - to Obama and his sycophants - the epitome of all that is evil?

Let's see if the media (or Hillary) calls him out on these policy positions...or if this type of overt racism is now simply accepted dogma within the Democratic party....


Anonymous said...

Have to thoroughly disagree with you. Israel does not equal Judaism -it is a political state and you can criticise the actions of a state legitimately without being anti-Jewish. Plus, the Palestines are Semites,too,aren't they. Most people want to see a solution to the Israel-Palestine problem -even GWB- and petty, reflex action name-calling doesn't help.

Anonymous said...

capaletto -

You are obviously either hopelessly naieve or a
brainless apologist for the murderous thugs who call themselves
Palestenians. I say "call themselves" because not long before the state of Israel, they did not refer to themselves as such.

meant to confer on themselves a
nationality which in fact THEY HAVE
NEVER HAD. They were collections
of families and bands organized
along loose tribal lines much like the Bedouins and they have had and still do have even less a sense of nationhood than the Lebanese. Witness the infighting between Hamas and Fatah. There are even "intramural" assasinations as there have been in Lebanon and Egypt. The Jews, on the other hand, have ties to Israel INCLUDING THE WEST BANK dating back over 3500 years. Persections, pogroms, and military occupations by foreign powers have over history
exiled the Jews many times but they always returned.
And in the miractle of 1948, they finally gained sovereignty over their own land. At the time of the 1948 partition, THE PALESTENIANS were offered their own nation but refused it, preferring to indulge in a campaign of terror and mass murder to try and expel the Jews.

The Palestenians are NOT SEMITES in the sense of the word conferred by the term anti-semite. It is purely a semantic game that you play and it is disingenuous of you. In fact the statement you make that they are "semites too" reveals nothing but your ignorance.

And to the extent that Israel is the one and only Jewish homeland in the entire world (whereas Muuslims have over a dozen but still insist on having Israel as well) NO you can't condemn Israel, without condemning the Jewish people. And I'll be damned if I'm going to let you!

You love the Palestinians so much? Why don't you go to Gaza and live with your buddies? See
how much you like them then. Only
don't be surprised when they shove a Qassam or artillery piece in your hand and ask you to murder Israeli women and children, and for your troubles you get shot by a hero of the IDF. You'll deserve what you get!

See how much you love them then.

Unknown said...


My only question must be, what about the Israeli state that has murdered so many? The ratio in the previous 'incursion' (war is not a word the state wants one to use) was something like 1 Israeli death to 100-110 Palestinians.

I can condemn Israel without being an anti-semite, just as I can condemn the Chinese state without being anti-Sino, the North Korean state without being anti-Korean or the American state without being anti-American.

I don't 'love the Palestinians' so much, I simply abhor the destruction of human life in line with some fundamentalist ideology - the same as I abhor the way some Palestinian groups pursue murder and violence in the pursuit of the construction of their own exclusive state.