American Jews are justly proud of their glowing success and growing power. They glory in the number of Jewish senators and congressmen, Jews in the Fortune 500, Jews in academia and prominent Jews in the media. The latest and crowning glory of that success is the appointment of Michael Mukasey to the post of United States Attorney General. At the same time, that success has generated a rising and increasing vocal dark undercurrent of racism. Unlike antisemitism of the past, the antisemitism comes primarily from the the radical left. We all know that "Criticism of Israel and Zionism is not antisemitism," right? We also know that 'radical' leftists are not racists or bigots right? They fight for equality of all citizens don't they? The nomination of Mukasey, an orthodox Jew, was a test case of fairness in public debate for the liberal-left community in the US. They failed the test rather miserably.
Mukasey might not be everyone's favorite candidate for attorney general. He flubbed the waterboarding issue, and has an embarrassing association with the increasingly untouchable Rudi Giuliani. However, Mukasey did stand up to the Bush administration regarding the rights of Jose Padilla, and he has a distinguished record. Nobody can offer any concrete evidence that he allowed his political or religious views to interfere with the administration of justice.
Ami Isseroff on 12.09.07 @ 03:40 PM CST [link]
There is no doubt that the recent US National Intelligence Estimate, which noted that Iran had stopped nuclear weapons development some time in 2003, stymied the Bush administration campaign to impose stiffer sanctions on Iran, though it should not have done so. As the Deputy Director of Intelligence hastened to clarify, Iran is not benign, and is probably going to build a bomb eventually. John Bolton and others, have charged that the estimate is an attempt to manipulate Bush administration policy, and that may be true. It is just as likely an oracular bureaucratic attempt to cover you know what. There is no doubt however, that it has been used and interpreted in that way.
Ami Isseroff on 12.09.07 @ 04:02 AM CST [link]