Monday, December 18, 2006

Eric Alterman has a nice little blurp saying Mearsheimer and Walt Are Largely Right. Very interesting. Small breakthroughs like this are important.

1) They've sent around a roughly 80-page response to their critics, which is largely compelling even though I am one of the people they refute.

2) This New York Times article quotes no one at all in support of Carter's position, only critics. Since when does the Times write in its news pages about controversies entirely from one side of the controversy, particularly when it's about someone who was president of the United States?
I'll tell you since when. It's since he criticizes Israel ...

3) Michael Kinsley is quoted after writing the crappiest column of his career (see previous post).

4) Abe Foxman is quoted with no hint that he seeks to silence anyone at all who is critical of Israel, including Tony Judt, and (here).




Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Kinsley column was below his normal level of quality - It's interesting, all this about the Carter book. Carter can be an annoying and grating personality, but there's an irony to all this because he is by far the best President Israel ever had. He just says things that drive people in the hard edge Israeli right crazy.

The Camp David accords = Carter had to push very hard for those, but you cannot even begin to measure how much Israel benefited from those agreements - The secure border w/ Egypt, the finacial subventions, the military aid, etc - Much of Israel's tech boom flows from this - along with the Russian immigration that began w/ Carter. But Carter is clearly P.O.'d about the settlements - because he accepted a verbal promise that the settlements would not be built, in order to get Begin to say he would go along. But his use of the word apartheid is driving people up the wall - epspecially when he specfies it's meant for the territories.

12/21/2006 07:56:00 PM  

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