Tonight’s the big debate. I haven’t been so excited since Norman Mailer and Germaine Greer and Susan Sontag squared off over feminism. As a pipsqueak, I was on the wrong side then (Mailer’s), now I’m on the right one.
One cool thing about this event is you can play the West End in London or Read More
Even as the Washington Post continues its effort to blackball Walt and Mearsheimer as antisemites, how interesting that their ideas gain wider and wider circulation. Later this month the giant issue they raised, the Israel lobby, will be the subject of a debate, sponsored by the London Review of Books, in Read More
I’ve heard from several journalist-friends who were appalled by Dana Milbank’s smear of Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer in Tuesday’s Washington Post, in which he likened the scholars to Nazis. So: the mud has splashed back on to Milbank. That said, two “points” Milbank made deserve further rebuttal.
1. Milbank says he overheard Read More
Dana Milbank thinks that it important that John Mearsheimer mispronounced a congressman’s name, or two of them. Mearsheimer says we need a “freewheeling” debate about the role of the Israel lobby in our policy.
Freewheeling means mispronouncing a politician’s name, freewheeling means shooting from the hip sometimes. Freewheeling means a real American debate, Read More
Addressing the issue of why liberals don’t speak up about Israel, Kevin Drum, the Political Animal, justifies silence by saying the issues are “complex” and because “posts that display any sense of sympathy for the Palestinians run the risk of provoking a shitstorm of accusations of anti-semitism.”
Drum should be applauded for his Read More
I have tried to inject the Israel lobby question into the Connecticut Senate race. I gather that on Sunday on C-Span Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, also raised the question of where Lieberman and Lamont stand on this issue (in a discussion with Lanny Davis). Vanden Heuvel Read More
The other day I got a copy of Stephen Walt’s 2005 book Taming American Power:The Global Response to U.S. Primacy and was surprised to read the section on the Israel lobby. It was nearly as forceful as the paper on the same subject that he and John Mearsheimer published three months ago in Read More
If you go to the Foreign Policy website, you see the new magazine cover with the giant question: “Does the Israel Lobby Have Too Much Power?” This is of course a response to Walt & Mearsheimer, who are given the last word in an FP roundtable.
This is amazing. When Walt & Mearsheimer Read More
The item I did on John Mearsheimer’s talk at the Naval War College in which he likened Iraq to The Plague has generated a great deal of comment, all favorable. Frankly, I’m honored to have gotten his words out to a wider audience and learned, through this process, of what a sophisticated military our Read More
In his speech at the University of Chicago commencement last weekend, Mayor Bloomberg did a most honorable thing, and, in attacking political correctness, praised the University for its support of John Mearsheimer. Here’s the quote:
From the University’s defense against accusations of communist teaching 70 years ago to its support Read More