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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

This Could Be A Problem For the Democrats

In the Huffington Post Wesley Clark makes a revealing statement:

When we asked [Clark] what made him so sure the Bush administration was headed [toward a military confrontation with Iran] he replied: "You just have to read what's in the Israeli press. The Jewish community is divided but there is so much pressure being channeled from the New York money people to the office seekers."

At one point Melinda reminded him that she was taking down everything he said (a fact that would have been hard to miss, since she was taking notes on a not-inconspicuous legal pad). His response: 'Yes, I know." For Clark, this is the biggest foreign policy issue facing the U.S. "I'm worried about the surge," he said. "But I'm worried about this even more."

Read it here.

Even a stalwart liberal like Jonathan Chait recognizes Clark's comments as being anti-semitic [here], but among anti-war bloggers they are being treated as self-evident truths. This has been a weakness of the anti-war movement -- a tendency to embrace all sorts of conspiracy theories, (Bush is a tool of the Saudis, of the oil companies, of the Israelis, etc.). Comments such as these by Gen. Clark move these somewhat nutty ideas from the left fringe into the mainstream of the Democratic Party. Expect even moderate Democratic candidates for 2008 to face hard questioning on these matters.

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