Book on Jewish conspiracy hits new low for academics
Apparently, Sterling Professor of English David Bromwich has something of a sideline at The Huffington Post. In addition to his writings elsewhere, he has posted intermittently on that liberal blog-hub; One of these postings came to my attention via (Ph.D.) alum Michael Rubin's post on The National Review's blog.
For those who don't keep pace with political science or the latest efforts to uncover the insidious Jewish conspiracy behind the world's wars (really, either one), there's been controversy surrounding Mearsheimer and Walt. It began with their London Review of Books article (on which this new book expands), "The Israel Lobby," in which they argued that American support for Israeldefies strategic and moral logic. It can only be attributed to "the Lobby," a Jewish cabal that has hijacked American policy. "The Lobby" (which doesn't roll off my tongue like "Evil Jew Super-Conspiracy," but I guess I don't have a Ph.D.) "increases the terrorist danger that all states face" and "has made it impossible to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." Worst of all, "the Lobby's campaign for regime change in Iranand Syriacould lead the USto attack those countries." In the absence of "the Lobby," "preventive war would not be a serious option" and, moreover, we could "enlist [Iranand Syria>, the principal state sponsors of al-Qaida in Iraqand the Iraqi insurgency] in the struggle against al-Qaida and the Iraqi insurgency, where their help is badly needed."
Honestly, I'll never read their book - I've got important books for my senior essay not to read first - but there's plenty to dislike about their earlier Frankenstein's monster of ignorance and hoary anti-Semitic tropes (sorry, I meant "serious scholarly article"), and plenty of great critiques of it - my favorite is Eliot Cohen's "Yes, It's Anti-Semitic" from the Washington Post.
Of course, according to Bromwich, this makes Cohen "a shameless slanderer of Mearsheimer-Walt." Bromwich generously concedes, "the evidence of Mearsheimer and Walt suggests that Israelwas never the prime mover of the Iraqwar" - and, although their article gave a distinctly different impression, we Jews appreciate Bromwich's magnanimity. Oh, wait: "But now the American war with Iranthey [Israel>] originally wanted is coming closer." "The hottest cries for another war have been coming this summer from Joe Lieberman," inspired by "his appetite for multiple theaters of conflict," "the congealed memory of all the wars he never fought" and "his crusty lust for con-qwust" (guess which one I made up). But he wouldn't push for war without permission from "Vice President Cheney, a close and admired friend." So the Jew is the bloodthirsty henchman and the gentile the bloodthirsty behind-the-scenes manipulator? Oops, sike: Cheney wouldn't "permit a high-profile lawmaker whom he partly controls to set the >United States and Israelon so perilous a course unless he had ascertained its acceptability to Ehud Olmert." Ah, so the Israelis have secret veto power over American policy. My world makes sense again.
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