I finally read Bret Stephens’ editorial in the WSJ that drove Joe on “Morning Joe” so crazy this morning –”The Neo-Neocons.” Stephens says Obama’s decision to attack ISIS is proof that the old neocons — Wolfowitz, Cheney, Libby and Perle — were right all along. Joe said that was a stupid argument and I agree. ISIS is not Iraq, and Iraq in 2014 is not the Iraq that George W. Bush invaded. One reason Obama may have to fight ISIS is because the Bush team botched the Iraq war so badly.
George H.W. Bush fought an excellent war against Iraq and won. The right wing Republicans were not happy, however, because he did not kill Saddam Hussein. The Republicans and the American public could not stomach a reasonable, victorious war, and they voted Bush I out of office, the only president since World War II who actually won a war. Of course, they say it was because of the “No new taxes” pledge, but that’s just spin. Bush raised taxes for the same reason he won the war: he was an intelligent, honest, honorable man, unlike his successors. Bush II, Cheney and company could not wait to prove him wrong. They proved themselves wrong, and did great damage to the country in the bargain.
The Stephens article is primarily an attack on the New Yorker magazine, as a mouthpiece of liberal Democrats. It disturbs me that to some extent it comes down to Jews versus Jews. I don’t know if George Packer, the author of the Iraq article that he attacks is Jewish, but David Remnick, the editor of the New Yorker is. Wikipedia says one of Packer’s parents was Jewish. Stevens’ old neocons are predominately Jewish. Wolfowitz, Libby, and Perle are; Cheney is not. Wikipedia says Bret Stephens is Mexican, but since he used to be the editor of the Jerusalem Post, he must have some Jewish connection.
I just don’t believe that most Jews can be unbiased about the Middle East. Israel is always uppermost in their thoughts. For them any debate about the Middle East is at least as much about the security of Israel as it is about the security of the United States. I am worried that whatever happens regarding ISIS will be significantly influenced by Israeli and Jewish parochial concerns, rather than the US national interest.