Oh look. It’s the Yid Gestapo.

Joe Klein, in a column supporting the surge, mentioned

a great many Jewish neoconservatives–people like Joe Lieberman and the crowd over at Commentary–[who] 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.

In response, the Anti-Defamation League wrote that Klein’s line was "reminiscent of age-old anti-Semitic canards about a Jewish conspiracy to control and manipulate government," which is self-evidently ludicrous and hysterical. His very next sentence was about the profit-motive tendencies of oilmen Bush and Cheney — the Gentiles he clearly recognizes are responsible for the war. I miss the days when the neocons were saying that was off-limits for public discussion!

Look, I’ve been a Jew my whole life long, and a Zionist for much of that. I’ve worked at The New Republic. I’ve heard neocons give some real talk — with some alcohol or marijuana in them, even — about the Israel we all know and love. And this is what American Jews who care about foreign policy talk about: whether shit is good for both America and Israel. Sometimes, people in power care a lot about whether shit is good for Israel especially, even if, in the neocon case, they’re too fucking stupid to recognize that the policies they endorse because seeing dead Arabs makes them feel larger than their four-and-a-half inches is what will lead to the end of a Jewish democracy. In other words, nothing Klein said is remotely even controversial, and the ADL knows it, and so do these shtetl-tards at Commentary who are all up on Klein’s ass. What they want is for public discussion of American foreign policy to be more intellectually dishonest, more euphemistic, more fearful. They want this because it’s the only way they can win an argument now that everything they believe has been decisively refuted.

Some people, Rancid once sang, are poison. They cry antisemitism cynically and then have the nerve to bitch about other peoples’ identity politics. To tweak a Fugazi lyric, You’d make a great Capo. You’re an embarrassment, a shonda, a joke, and also your writing blows. You know what’s bad for the Jews? You, motherfucker. Good Shabbos!

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman