The notion that we could just waltz in and inject democracy into an extremely complicated, devout and ancient culture smacked-still smacks-of neocolonialist legerdemain. The fact that a great many Jewish neoconservatives — people like Joe Lieberman and the crowd over at Commentary — plumped for this war, and now for an even more foolish assault on Iran, raised the question of divided loyalties: using U.S. military power, U.S. lives and money, to make the world safe for Israel. And then there is the question-made manifest by the no-bid contracts offered U.S. oil companies by the Iraqis-of two oil executives, Bush and Cheney, securing a new source of business for their Texas buddies.
What does that say for all of the non-Jewish support for the war in Iraq, as well as a tougher line on Iran?
UPDATE: This comes from the comment section of the post, on Time’s Swampland blog:
And I’m very glad that people (particularly Jewish commentators) are starting to speak openly about the fact that the neocons’ loyalties might be a bit conflicted.
You’ve officially given cover to anti-Semites everywhere, Joe. I hope you’re proud of yourself.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?