Thursday, July 31, 2008

Time Magazines' Joe Klein goes off deep end !

Joe Klein on June 24th, 2008 wrote this about some Jewish Americans:
The notion that we could just waltz in and inject democracy into an extremely complicated, devout and ancient culture smacked--still smacks--of neocolonialist legerdemain. The fact that a great many Jewish neoconservatives--people like Joe Lieberman and the crowd over at Commentary--plumped for this war, and now for an even more foolish assault on Iran, raised the question of divided loyalties: using U.S. military power, U.S. lives and money, to make the world safe for Israel. And then there is the question--made manifest by the no-bid contracts offered U.S. oil companies by the Iraqis--of two oil executives, Bush and Cheney, securing a new source of business for their Texas buddies.

Later that day, Klein added this response to his critics:

You want evidence of divided loyalties? How about the “benign domino theory” that so many Jewish neoconservatives talked to me about--off the record, of course--in the runup to the Iraq war, the idea that Israel’s security could be won by taking out Saddam, which would set off a cascade of disaster for Israel’s enemies in the region? As my grandmother would say, feh! Do you actually deny that the casus belli that dare not speak its name wasn’t, as I wrote in February 2003, a desire to make the world safe for Israel? Why the rush now to bomb Iran, a country that poses some threat to Israel but none--for the moment--to the United States…

This is what Joe Klein wrote on July 30th, 2008:

In any case, Wehner will spend the rest of his life trying to Lady Macbeth his role in this catastrophe. But the blood won't wash. I suggest that he read the forthcoming book, In A Time of War, about the sacrifices of the brilliant soldiers who comprised West Point's class of 2002. Their loyalty and sense of duty is a precious resource we dare not waste. It was a sin to send them into an unplanned war of choice with equipment ill-suited to their mission. If Pete wants to know why I'm angry, he should think about the lives his President so carelessly wasted and ruined...and now Pete and his pals are pushing for another ill-conceived war, against Iran.

I once suggested that Wehner spend some time emptying bedpans at Walter Reed in penance for his horrific performance in the White House. I still think it would do him a world of good to step down from his Ivory Tower at the--don't laugh--Ethics and Public Policy Center and get a whiff of the reality of his ideology as it is lived by those who've been maimed by his policies.
The Decline of Joe Klein
A good political columnist gone wrong.

Peter Wehner on National Review Online gives an excellent review of Joe Klein's descent into anger and hate for fellow Americans.


A final word (I hope) on the tone and personal nature of Klein’s attacks these days. It is both somewhat startling and slightly depressing. He once was, after all, one of the best political columnists in America, in possession of an elegant pen and keen insights. But somewhere along the way, something went off track. He is still of man of impressive talents as a writer, if, as we have seen, obvious limitation as a foreign-policy thinker and commentator. But Klein’s passions gave way to anger, which in turn has given way to hate. It not only clouds his judgment; it sometimes dominates it. And when that happens, it cannot have a good ending — as, unfortunately, we are witnessing.

— Peter Wehner, is a former deputy assistant to the president,
and is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

(Te read Peter Wehner's entire column click on the title for a link)