Monday, February 25, 2008
don't respect something that has no respect:
First they came for Zbigniew Brzezinski, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't Zbigniew Brzezinski. Then they came for Rob Malley, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't Rob Malley. Then they came for Samantha Power, and I'll cut down any motherfucker who so much as bats an eyelash in the direction of suggesting that Samantha Power is an antisemite. These people will stop at nothing until they define all of liberalism as antisemetic. Rubin used to whine about the "criminalization" of the policy debate. Well, sorry: you don't get to do that and then call anyone a hair to the left of you a Jew-hater.

Shmuel Rosner of Ha'aretz profiles Power about the rising tide of extremist, unrepresentative American Jews calling everyone associated with Obama an antisemite. She replies:
But she doesn't understand what all the fuss is about: She doesn't claim that the NIE is correct, but rather that the international community is using it to fend off Bush on the Iranian issue. And lest there be any doubt: "I do not underestimate the threat that is Iran." Her objective - Obama's objective - is "to neutralize Iran."
Happy now, you assholes? Do you have the precious "clarification" you've demanded from a woman who has forgotten more about geopolitics than you'll ever know? Of course they'll never be satisfied, because this game is rigged. Not a single question from them is asked in earnest, in good faith or in the spirit of open inquiry. That's why the response from liberals must be swift, decisive and overwhelming exposure of the smear. They will not stop at calling Barack Obama an antisemite. They will call you an antisemite, whether or not you are Jewish.

Update: Oh, look here too. Look what AIPAC says!
"Senators Clinton, Obama, McCain and Governor Huckabee have demonstrated their support for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship," AIPAC president Howard Friedman wrote to NEWSWEEK. (AIPAC says all three senators have strong congressional voting records on issues important to the U.S.-Israel relationship.)
Do you know what that means, Rubin et al (and that includes the Clintonites)? That means it's time for you to shut the fuck up.
--Spencer Ackerman
Blogger 1 | 7:40 AM

But do you have strong feelings about the subject? Awesome!
Anonymous Anonymous | 10:59 AM

FYI: Noah Pollack, the "young and talented writer" mentioned by Rosner is an ignorant hack who likes to traipse around the south of Lebanon with these guys.
Blogger sean | 12:37 AM

A few years ago, I had read Samantha's book "A Problem from Hell: America in the age of Genocide" and was initially impressed.

However, as I read it, I was filled with unease because, in Bosnia, she documents the bad things that the Serbs did, but does not even mention the vicious bombing of Muslim Mostar by the Croats.

She condemns "ethnic cleansing" by the Serbs and praises US ambassador to Croatia, Peter Galbraith, but does not mention his role in the "wiping off the map" of the Krajina Serbs.

In Iraq she documents the gassing of the Iraqi Kurds by Saddam, but does not even mention the dirty war by the Turkish government on its own Kurdish minority.

Samantha Power is on the board of the International Crisis Group (ICG), which is a front for an unmentionable secret organization and is lead by a kangaroo f!#ker.

No report has ever appeared from the ICG regarding the the lack of rights for Macedonians in Greece. So you know that our friend Sam has the moral flexibility to work in an Obama White House where a select group of people get to pick and choose who gets the elevator and who gets the shaft.

Having "cut her teeth" studying ethnic conflict while working at the ICG in the late 1990's where her moral promiscuity seemed to have been imprinted on her fragile psyche.

Currently Samantha is an adviser to Barack Obama who has adopted the Greek position (for pandering purposes) that Macedonia and ethnic Macedonians should be "wiped off the map".

Blogger David Edenden | 12:54 PM