The Barack and Bibi Show

Sunday, March 28, 2010 9:37 AM

The posturing by Barack and Bibi reminds one of two kids in a sandbox, and the writer below puts this contretemps in correct perspective. Just bear in mind that the "right-wing" to which he refers is not the traditional or "old right" but rather the neoconized, Israel-first crowd of "conservatives", who have made themselves into yet another solid front for militant Zionism like, for example, the U.S. Congress or the Democratic and Republican parties. Yes, it is unfortunate, but that's the way it is.

Some neoconized "conservatives" are under the spell of a misdirected patriotism in which “Israel” somehow becomes their major concern. Others are obviously in it for money and career advancement. And more than a few are just plain nuts or hopelessly ignorant. Speaking as a bona fide "right-winger", may I suggest that there is nothing patriotic or conservative in enabling modern-day Zionism.

It means pandering to a bunch of scoundrels, killers and con men who have stolen virtually an entire country from its native inhabitants and who, on top of that, expect adoration and endless diplomatic and financial support from Uncle Sam for their expanding, neocolonialist enterprise. They get it, so they come back for more.


 SATURDAY, MAR 27, 2010 03:28 EDT

The right-wing need for victimization and Israel


As rabid and unhinged as the American Right generally has become of late, the right-wing blogosphere is, as usual, several degrees more twisted.  Here is Powerline's Paul Mirengoff, a lawyer, protesting Obama's treatment this week of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and comparing it to how a small African country would -- and should -- be treated:

One Israeli newspaper summarized the encounter this way:

"There is no humiliation exercise that the Americans did not try on the prime minister and his entourage.  Bibi received in the White Housethe treatment reserved for the president of Equatorial Guinea." But Obama would never treat the president of Equatorial Guinea that way.

In other words:  Obama subjected Netanyahu to the kind of treatment that should be reserved only for Africans, said the unnamed Israeli newspaper.  But, Mirengoff hastened to add, Obama would never treat Africans that way -- only Jews.  Citing Mirengoff's post, Glenn Reynolds, a law professor, got the point loud and clear and, in the midst of offering several bizarre conspiracy theories, made it even more explicit:

WHY HAS BARACK OBAMA TREATED NETANYAHU SO RUDELY? "Obama would never treat the president of Equatorial Guinea that way." Possibly Obama just hates Israel and hates Jews. That’s plausible -- certainly nothing in his actions suggests otherwise, really.

As usual, nothing is more severe and desperate than the right-wing need to turn oneself into a victim of extreme persecution.  Do you think that Equatorial Guinea, if given the option, would choose to be treated by the U.S. Government the same way Israel is:  with billions of dollars of American taxpayer money transferred to them each year, automatic diplomatic protection at the U.N. for anything they choose to do, American-backed loan guarantees, weapons transfers on demand, one-fourth of their bulging military budget provided by the U.S., an American law requiring the Obama administration to maintain their military superioritya White House Chief of Staff who twice served as a civilian volunteer in their army, and a Speaker of the House who proclaims -- in the midst of her own's government conflict with that foreign country -- that the entire U.S. Congress "speaks with one voice" in support of them rather than their own government?  I doubt Equatorial Guinea -- or any other country on the planet -- would complain much or consider themselves victims if they received similar treatment from the U.S.; quite the contrary.

As Daniel Larison recently pointed out:  the Israel-as-victim polemicists "cannot point to any decrease in Obama’s actual support for Israel, because there has been no decrease of any kind."  Kevin Sullivan added:  "President Obama has done nothing to change America's strategic relationship with Israel."  Given the endless largesse that country continues to receive, the fact that American devotees of Israel nonetheless try to depict Israel as some sort of grave victim of the Obama administration -- and now even try to claim that Obama harbors hatred for Israel and Jews -- reveals how endless is their sense of entitlement for that foreign country, how vast is their craving for self-victimization, how shameless is their cheap exploitation of anti-semitism accusations, and how complete is their break from reality.