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The Daily Beast disavows patriotic American’s website; Jeffrey Goldberg smears both as anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists

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On January 30, The Daily Beast published an article entitled “Newt Gingrich’s Deep Neocon Ties Drive His Bellicose Middle East Policy.” In the well-researched piece on the Republican presidential hopeful’s ties to the Israel partisans who devised the influential “Clean Break” plan to destabilize the Middle East, Wayne Barrett warns:

If elected, Gingrich would be the first American president to emerge from the dark think-tank world born in the Reagan era that gave us the Iraq War and lusts now for an Iranian reprise.

Some time after its publication, The Daily Beast appended the following note to Barrett’s article:

Correction: The original version of this story included an embedded link in the text to a blog called the Neocon Zionist Threat. The author did not use this site in the reporting of the piece, and does not support the views expressed. The link has been redirected to the correct source.

The following day, The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg commented on the correction to what he described as “a Daily Beast story that might have been entitled ‘The Jews are Coming.'” In a snide post entitled “Correction of the Day, International Jewish Conspiracy Edition,” Goldberg, a former prison guard in the Israeli army, claimed:

The website “Neocon Zionist Threat” argues that a cabal of Jews is trying to drive the U.S. into a war with Iran. The Daily Beast article, on the other hand, argues that a cabal of Jews is trying to drive the U.S. into a war with Iran. (h/t Jamie Kirchick)

Contrary to Goldberg’s smearing of “The Neocon Zionist Threat to America” as an anti-Semitic site, a cursory look at shows that its critique is based primarily on the research compiled in three eminently respectable sources: James Bamford’s A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America’s Intelligence Agencies; John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt’s The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy; and Stephen J. Sniegoski’s The Transparent Cabal: The Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle East, and the National Interest of Israel.

Considering that Goldberg’s award-winning March 25, 2002 “exposé” in The New Yorker on the supposed ties between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda made a significant contribution to the push for war with Iraq, it’s not surprising that he would resort to such disingenuous smear tactics. The same goes for Kirchick who is currently a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, whose “advocacy of U.S. military intervention in the Middle East, its hawkish stance against Iran, and its defense of right-wing Israeli policy,” according to a 2011 Think Progress report, “is consistent with its donors’ interests in ‘pro-Israel’ advocacy.”

What is surprising, however, is that Wayne Barrett felt it necessary to disavow the more extensive efforts of a patriotic American blogger and YouTube video producer to expose the same people he had just written about.

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the news-and-commentary website he writes for is part-owned by former Congresswoman Jane Harman, whose service on Capitol Hill allegedly included a promise to an Israeli agent to lobby the Department of Justice to reduce espionage charges against two former officials at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee for trafficking in classified information on Iran — information AIPAC used to push for a war that Barrett’s article professes to oppose. As a patriotic former CIA officer wrote of the Harman case, some might call it treason.

Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

February 7, 2012 at 10:00 am

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  2. And we of course know that Jeffrey Goldberg admits to being a Zionist in following youtube:

    “Sit Down!” The Power to Silence the Truth about 9/11 Part 2


    February 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm

  3. One can see a former Israeli minister describe how the ‘anti-Semitic’ trick is used in following youtube:


    February 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm

  4. “It’s a Trick, We Always Use It.” (calling people “anti-Semitic”)


    February 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm

  5. Anyone who hasn’t been called an “anti-Semite” or a “self-hating Jew” by now is either a coward or a collaborator.

    Alan Cabal

    February 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm

  6. Hmmm

    In America there is something called the FIRST Amendment to the Constitution. It says that we have the right to free speech and therefore the right to express our opinions publicly. If someone thinks that the zionists Jews are destroying America then they have every right to say so in public. Other people have every right to not listen but they have NO RIGHT TO TAKE AWAY someone else’s free speech because they don’t like it.

    Screw the zionists and anybody else that believes they have the right to free speech but the other guy doesn’t.


    February 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm

  7. Additional on Sheldon Adelson and ‘Neocon Newt’:

    Gingrich Patron Could Have a Plan B: Romney

    Romney Embraces the Neocons (scroll down to article about how Romney may appoint ‘Neocon John’ McCain as his Secretary of Defense if he were to beat Obama this coming November):


    February 6, 2012 at 5:18 am

  8. Ironicly, the USA recognized Israel only because a fringe group of Christian wackos thought that would force Jesus to return. (It didn’t work.) Now, a fringe group of Christian wackos think a massive war on Israel will force Jesus to return, so they’re pushing for a war between Israel and Iran, hoping to spark Armageddon. Nutjobs brought Israel into existence, and now nutjobs will bring about its destruction. Perhaps along with the rest of us.


    February 7, 2012 at 7:12 am

  9. The USA recognized Israel because of domestic politics, i.e. Harry Truman wanted to get reelected.

    The “fringe group of Christian wackos” to which you refer are not “Christians” — people who believe that Christ was the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy — but dispensationalists who believe in the Zionist-inspired Scofield Reference Bible which sowed the useful idea (for Zionism) that the state of Israel is instead the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    February 7, 2012 at 7:39 am

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