You know, if you haven’t bought real estate in a far away land, you might wish to consider it.
Wesley Clark is a prominent Democratic politician who ran for President in 2004 before eventually bowing out of the race. He may soon decide to run again in the 2008 elections. Let’s hope he does not. Recently he was interviewed about the US and the possibility of its engaging in a war with Iran. Not mincing his words, this former general told the reporter that he was extremely worried the US would be pushed into the war by New York money people.
Guess who he means?
That’s right, folks, General Clark would feel very much at home in a tussle outside a Polish cathedral after an Archibishop’s resignation.
Where did Clark get these ideas? From many sources, but particularly this article by Arnaud de Borchgrave, a long time reporter and editor for Moonie owned Washington Times and UPI. Mr. de Borchgrave tells his readers that Netanyahu – that would be Bibi, former PM of Israel and current head of the depleted Likud party – publicly objected to the Baker-Hamilton Report’s suggestions about Iran and has stated that:
Israel “must immediately launch an intense, international, public relations front first and foremost on the U.S. The goal being to encourage President Bush to live up to specific pledges he would not allow Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons. We must make clear to the government, the Congress and the American public that a nuclear Iran is a threat to the U.S. and the entire world, not only Israel.”
De Borchgrave then implicates, “neo-Cons,” Senator Lieberman speaking on a Wolf Blitzer program (in case you’re not keeping up, no less an authority than David Duke reminded us a couple of weeks ago upon his return from the Iranian Holocaust denial conference that Blitzer is a Zionist agent) and a retired Israeli general, Oded Tira, in seeking and encouraging the US to take a tough and presumably aggressive line with Iran.
In other words, the war-mongering Jews are going to take the peace-lovin’, naive and easily manipulated gentile Americans to war with Iran. Left unsaid of course, is the indirect accusation that the mess of a war in Iraq is also the Jews’ fault but anybody reading de Borchgrave’s article cannot escape the obvious link. How does the opinion piece conclude? With a dire warning:
As for target Iran, Tira voiced widespread belief in Israel that the Jewish state must coordinate strikes with the U.S. — “and prepare for the Iranian response.” Fearless forecast: It will be formidable.
So to conclude: a retired IDF general who nobody has ever heard of and who got no higher than to lead the IDF’s Artillery forces, a former PM who hasn’t been in power for 7 years and leads a party outside of the 80 person (out of a possible 120 with 10 of those being Arab MKs) current Israeli government coalition, a US senator who is currently on the outs with his former party, and a Jewish news anchor form the basis of the new conspiracy.
Not blessed with powers of observation that might allow for nuance, Wesley Clark apparently read the article by de Borchgrave and told the Huffington Post that:
How can you talk about bombing a country when you won’t even talk to them?” said Clark. “It’s outrageous. We’re the United States of America; we don’t do that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the military option is off the table — but diplomacy is not what Jim Baker says it is. It’s not, What will it take for you boys to support us on Iraq? It’s sitting down for a couple of days and talking about our families and our hopes, and building relationships.”
When we asked him what made him so sure the Bush administration was headed in this direction, he replied: “You just have to read what’s in the Israeli press. The Jewish community is divided but there is so much pressure being channeled from the New York money people to the office seekers.”
That, ladies and gentlemen, is the, um, money quote.
Of course, he’s merely repeating what many on the Left are already saying about Jews and Israel, there’s little new here. It is relatively disturbing to read this disgusting tripe from a potential Presidential candidate, however. Let’s hope than none of those “money people” give any money to his campaign.
By the way, Clark cannot possibly be an antisemite. After all, last Presidential elections, he rediscovered his Jewish roots.
Update: I just read this piece by Rosner at Ha’aretz. There are a couple of similarities to my piece including, in particular, the unbelievable similarity in the concluding paragraph. I guess Dovbear’s situation is making me extra cautious: I wrote this independently and without using Rosner’s piece. In fact, I was aware of Clark’s comments, having seen them on other blogs (and in the Forward), around the time our site was down and couldn’t write anything before now.