From the mixed-up files of Obama’s trusted friend

Featured image In his most recent verbal assault against Israel, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has characterized Zionism as a crime against humanity along with anti-Semitism, fascism, and, of course, Islamophobia. Isn’t leaving homophobia off such a list itself a crime against humanity? Prime Minister Netanyahu has issued this concise response: “This is a dark and mendacious statement the likes of which we thought had passed from the world.” Netanyahu is constrained by »

Thoughts On Anti-Semitism, Prompted by Hagel and Others

Featured image I originally wrote this as an add-on to Paul’s post immediately below, but thought that since it is pretty long, and goes well beyond the immediate subject of Paul’s post, it should probably be posted independently. So here it is: I disagree somewhat with many of my fellow conservatives with respect to the diagnosis of anti-Semitism. It is a commonplace that criticizing the policies of the government of Israel does »

Moynihan’s Moment, with a Minnesota twist

Featured image Having read Suzanne Garment’s column “With words we govern men,” inspired by Gil Troy’s new book on Daniel Patrick Moynihan and the American opposition to the UN’s 1975 “Zionism is racism” resolution, I invited Professor Troy to write something for us following up on his book. He has graciously obliged with a column that highlights the local Minnesota connection to the story. Professor Troy writes: With President Obama’s announcement that »

Coming soon: Moynihan’s Moment, with a Minnesota twist

Featured image Suzanne Garment’s excellent column “With words we govern men” alerted me to Gil Troy’s new book, Moynihan’s Moment: America’s Fight Against Zionism As Racism. Moynihan’s moment was his moment of greatness at the United Nations opposing the adoption of the Soviet-inspired “Zionism is racism” resolution by the General Assembly in 1975. The damage lives on, but the resolution was undone at the insistence of the United States in the administration »

Life lessons from Pat Moynihan

Featured image In writing the first volume of The Age of Reagan, covering the period 1964-1980, Steve Hayward had an inspired idea. He decided to tell the liberal’s side of the story partly from the perspective of Daniel Patrick Moynihan — “the thinking man’s liberal” — whose career spanned the entire period in view. It is one of many great things about the book. Moynihan’s heroic moment came in his brief representation »

Morsi explains

Featured image In the annals of context offered allegedly to explain controversial or offensive remarks, this may take the cake: A congressional delegation led by McCain met with Mohammed Morsi a day after the White House strongly denounced his remarks as “deeply offensive.” Morsi made the comments in a 2010 speech, as a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood before he became president, but they resurfaced recently when aired on an Egyptian TV »

Colin Powell’s Hagel thesis

Featured image Colin Powell appeared on Meet the Press this morning to speak up on behalf of Chuck Hagel. It was an amazing performance. Amazingly disgusting. My daughter Eliana has posted the video at NRO. Please check it out if you missed Powell’s turn at bat for Hagel and Team Obama. Powell both excused Hagel’s disparagement of American supporters of Israel and crudely disparaged Republicans as racist. Eliana explicates Powell’s comments in »

An interview with Robert Wistrich

Featured image Robert S. Wistrich is the Neuburger Professor of European and Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the director of the university’s Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism. He is also probably the leading academic authority on anti-Semitism. Witness his monumental histories A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism From Antiquity to the Global Jihad and, most recently, From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, The Jews and Israel, »

Hagel earns coveted Buchanan endorsement, Part Two

Featured image As Scott noted earlier today, “Chuck Hagel has earned the endorsement of Patrick Buchanan” (emphasis added). Scott’s daughter Eliana Johnson, an invaluable recent addition to the blogosphere, reminds us that Buchanan’s anti-Israel utterances in connection with the Gulf War caused William F. Buckley to write: I find it impossible to defend Pat Buchanan against the charge that what he did and said during the period under examination amounted to anti-Semitism, »

Hagel earns coveted Buchanan endorsement

Featured image In his quest for appointment as Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel has earned the endorsement of Patrick Buchanan. Buchanan of course is a true believer in the key components of the Hagel thesis, right down the line. Ron Radosh explicates the meaning of Buchanan’s endorsement. Does Hagel’s nomination remain on track? I was dubious, but Hagel seems to have one thing going for him. He represents some of Obama’s deepest, »

Shock audio: Hagel on the “Jewish lobby” [UPDATE: Hagel Apologizes for Gay Comments]

Featured image Chuck Hagel’s past comments continue to haunt the man who is rumored to be President Obama’s top candidate for the position of Secretary of Defense. Last night an interview reemerged of Hagel insisting that James C. Hormel, President Clinton’s 1997 nominee to be ambassador to Luxembourg, was unqualified for his appointment because he was “openly, aggressively gay.” It didn’t take long before a prominent gay rights group declared his views »

Anti-semitism rears its head in London

Featured image John wrote here about the display of anti-Semitism directed by fans of Lazio, an Italian soccer team, against Tottenham Hotspur supporters in Rome last week. Before the match, Lazio’s “Ultras” attacked Spurs fans, sending one to the hospital with serious stab wounds. Then, during the match, they chanted “Juden Tottenham” – using the German word for Jew — and unfurled a “Free Palestine” banner. Tottenham, as John noted, is strongly »

Anti-Semitism Rears Its Head In Italy (with comment by Paul)

Featured image On Thursday, Tottenham Hotspur played Rome’s Lazio club in a Europe League game. Before the match began, a number of Spurs fans were hanging out in Rome’s Campo de Fiori square when they were attacked by 50 to 100 “Ultras” armed with knives, baseball bats and brass knuckles. The Ultras are described as right-wing, which I take it means left-wing. They trashed a bar called the Drunken Ship and seriously »

The Petraeus scandal and President Obama

Featured image The Washington Post assures its readers that “Obama [is] relatively unscathed by [the] Petraeus investigation.” In the online version, the Post goes further, describing Obama as “untouched” by the affair. The Post is right, I think, provided that Obama did not receive word of the investigation of General Petraeus before the election. If Obama did receive such word well ahead of the election, questions will arise as to what he »

You can’t make this stuff up

Featured image The Washington Post reports that Jill Kelley, a close friend of both General Petraeus and General Allen, “cultivated close ties to the military.” She did so, in part, by throwing lavish parties for “military brass” that featured “valet parking, string quartets on the lawn, premium cigars and champagne, and caviar-laden buffets.” Meanwhile, the Kelley family (her husband is a surgeon) is massively in debt, with foreclosure proceedings initiated on two »

Leo Baeck, Berlin, 1935

Featured image Jews begin the observance of Yom Kippur tonight at Kol Nidre services. Last year a Christian friend asked to join us at our service. She pointed out to me in our prayer book an adaptation of the prayer composed by the progressive German Rabbi Leo Baeck for delivery in German synagogues during the Kol Nidre service on October 10, 1935. It is a prayer that, to say the least, remains »

It’s Starting to Feel Like 1979

Featured image The shocking events yesterday in the Middle East threaten to upend what is supposed to be (but substantively isn’t) a strong point for Obama—foreign policy.  The Administration’s pathetic response to the embassy sackings and killing of diplomatic staff in Egypt and Libya, combined with the hastily-arranged phone call between Obama and Netanyahu after refusing to hold a face-to-face meeting, reminds of nothing so much as Jimmy Carter—and especially the infamous »