TNR Horripilates Over Return of Walt & Mearsheimer
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Organizing a lobby (CAIR) to contest the jews? If its effective, it’s anti-semitic. If they can frame you out of the game, you can’t win. Being called “anti-semitic” is a sign that you just might be headed in the right direction.
THE RETURN OF WALT AND MEARSHEIMER:
Do you remember John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt? They are the two politics professors–the first at the University of Chicago, the second at Harvard’s JFK School–who this spring published in the London Review of Books a shortened version of their enormous (half text, half footnotes) article posted on the K School website that purported to prove that U.S. foreign policy was run by the Jews for the interests of Israel and Israel alone. All of it was quackery. Much of it was just plain concoction. They had a two-week run in the prints and blogs … and then, poof, they disappeared. They and their hatched analysis of the origins and purposes of U.S. strategy in the world.
They reappeared yesterday at the National Press Club. But under whose auspices? you may ask. Well, it certainly wasn’t a scholarly sponsor. Or, for that matter, even a barely reputable political group. Mearsheimer and Walt were speaking about their favorite topic–the pernicious influence of the Jews–under the auspices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Now, CAIR is a strange organization. It could barely bring itself to criticize 9/11 and did so only after much hiccupping, that is, denying that Muslims do such things. Ah, innocence. Cair is not offended by jihadists or jihad. It traffics in … well, yes, anti-Semitism. It’s no surprise that M & W should be heroes to this group. How heroic are they to CAIR? Read Dana Milbank’s article in this morning’s Washington Post and you’ll find out.