I weigh in on the controversy over Barack Obama’s possible nomination of Chuck Hagel to the post of Secretary of Defense in a guest post at Muzzlewatch, Jewish Voice for
Senator Chuck Hagel
Peace’s blog. On the issue of Israel and the Middle East, rarely has there been a more important moment for US policy. This is a moment where the Israel Lobby could well suffer a significant defeat, and that matters.
I don’t often use this space for recommending articles by other writers. You can follow me on Twitter or Facebook for that. But these two bear special mention.
The more recent one is Tom Friedman’s piece in the Times today, “Why Not In Vegas?” where Friedman exposes the pathetic farce that was Mitt Romney’s trip to Israel, a voyage which was not about US interests but about Bibi Netanyahu’s designs on getting his friend in the White House and Romney’s shameless shilling for Sheldon Adelson’s money. It’s the kind of piece we need to see more of from Friedman and others among his cadre.
The second is an outstanding piece by Noam Sheizaf about the awful tactics being used by the National Jewish Democratic Council, which, in attacking Romney as not being pro-Israel enough, sounds more right wing and hawkish than the worst neoconservatives. It’s a classic example of how liberals sell out all of their values when it comes to Israel, and Noam examines it most deftly. Please check it out.
In my latest piece for Souciant, I again try to place the fairly ludicrous issue of the “Israel Lobby’s” existence into some kind of perspective, this time focusing on the hysterical reactions to Tom Friedman’s recent off-hand remark about it from Michael Oren and Elliott Abrams.