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I wrote a letter to my Congressman Frank R. Wolf today after reading his Washington Post op-ed defending the defenestration of Charles Freeman. If any other TAC readers are in the 10th congressional district of Virginia they might want to also write to the congressman if they feel strongly about the issue. Here is what I wrote:

“Congressman Wolf, I am a lifelong Republican who has voted for you six times, but will not do so again as long as the Democrats come up with a candidate who is more acceptable than Judy Feder. Your op-ed in today’s Washington Post was a disgraceful bit of pandering. You describe Charles Freeman’s claim that he was torpedoed by the Israel lobby as “disingenuous,” but it is you who are disingenuous when you twist the argument to make it appear that Freeman somehow supports Chinese civil rights violations, atrocities in Sudan, and Islamic fundamentalists. You know perfectly well that he supports none of those things, and besides which, how is it a disqualifier to serve on the board of a Chinese company or a council partly funded by Saudi Arabia when it appears perfectly acceptable to serve in the Israeli Army and still become chief of staff to the president of the United States? Did you speak out against Rahm Emanuel?

“I respected your sponsorship of the Iraq Studies Group which was basically discredited by the same people who have gone after Freeman using the same tactics, namely wholesale distortion and ad hominem attacks. Are you claiming that the Israel Lobby did not mount a sustained effort to smear Freeman? Did you not read about how that effort was headed by Steve Rosen, former AIPAC official who is currently in court facing charges of espionage on behalf of Israel? Doesn’t it disturb you that a powerful well funded domestic lobby supported by an enabling media is able to skew US foreign policy in an important part of the world and even stifle dissenting views such as those expressed by Freeman? Your pretense that the Israel lobby and its defense of Israel right or wrong was not the major element in the smearing of Freeman will just not wash. Your colleagues in congress Senator Schumer and Congressman Steven Israel were a lot more candid than you, admitting that it was about Israel, so why this red herring from you? Just once I would like to see Congress do something that is in the US national interest and not just a payoff to some powerful interest group.”

(Republished from The American Conservative by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Chas Freeman, Israel Lobby 
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  1. It should be obvious to anyone paying attention. With a few notable exceptions, every member of Congress is either on the AIPAC payroll or scared to death of their influence.

    The Israel lobby has a stranglehold on the American government and is leading the politicians around by the nose. It’s really quite embarrassing to watch them roll over like a puppy.

    The American people are paying the price for this in blood and treasure. When will the insanity end?

  2. So, let us assume that what is written here is soundly reasoned and in the national interest… I think it is, and I am a Democrat. Let us further posit that it is indeed a ‘conservative’ position, and one that is opposed to that of some associated with the label ‘Democrat.’ So far, fine. Now the question is… how does one reconcile this point of view with the vast number of ‘Christian’ Republicans awaiting the Rapture and unconditionally supporting anything the Israeli Likud faction and its American agents promulgate? What candidate can run for President and be elected with a platform that reconciles what Giraldi has written here with the intense, religion-based prejudices of the Republican base? It says here that it is impossible, and conservatives need to stop identifying with the Republican party, period. It is over. You cannot be in a coalition with those people.

  3. I don’t like AIPAC’s influence either, but I can’t muster sympathy for Freeman or regret about his absence. This was a man who took the Chinese (fascist) side after the Tiannanmen square massacre, and he had cozy ties with both the Saudis and the Communist Chinese.

    Just because the neocon right hates him doesn’t mean that he necessarily has integrity or validity.

  4. Now the question is… how does one reconcile this point of view with the vast number of ‘Christian’ Republicans awaiting the Rapture and unconditionally supporting anything the Israeli Likud faction and its American agents promulgate? What candidate can run for President and be elected with a platform that reconciles what Giraldi has written here with the intense, religion-based prejudices of the Republican base?

    I am continually annoyed at the misconception that the Christian Right is a monolithic bloc of Israel-supporting Rapturists.

    Nothing could be further from the truth. Theologically, conservative Catholics are neutral on these matters, so are Mormons, and so are most Reformed Christians. That’s nearly half of the coalition who have zero interest, and many of the new non-denominational churches have very little interest, either. As soon as somebody knocks the Baptists out of the “family values” driver’s seat, the evangelical/Israel coalition will be over. Hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later, but even when it does, I doubt it will make any difference.

    The “business wings” of both parties are very pro-Israel, and that’s what should be getting attention, not the gaudier elements of Rapturist rhetoric. Of course, it’s easier to rip a religious group than to look at the role we allow money to play in the political process, so that’s why the discussion looks the way it does.

  5. TomT says:

    Matt, non of these people have “…the misconception that the Christian Right is a monolithic bloc of Israel-supporting Rapturists.”

    Learn to recognize those individuals whose main purpose is to drive wedges between our factions of conservatives.

    Hold up a picture of RUSH, and whisper, “If it doesn’t smell RIGHT, it ain’t RIGHT.” If they involuntarily sneer, put one hand on your wallet, and take a step back.

    Many of these people would not know who would be most likely to plant a bomb in your child’s school, if asked to choose between the Mossad and Hamas. And they consider you too dumb to recognize them, camouflaged as they are by vocabulary and their liberal arts degrees.

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