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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Maureen Dowd, "Hi-Ho, Lone Ranger": More Anti-Semitism Courtesy of The New York Times

I am so sick of New York Times op-eds alluding to Jewish money, Jewish power and Jewish control over government.

In May 2009, The New York Times published an op-ed by Roger Cohen entitled "Obama in Netanyahu's Web" ( In response, I quickly shot off an email to Andrew Rosenthal of The Times:

"The Times should have given more thought to the title of Cohen's op-ed. As I tried to illustrate in my e-mail to Clark Hoyt, there is a long anti-Semitic history of depicting Jews as ugly voracious spiders. Netanyahu is no spider, and Obama is no butterfly. The title could only serve to inflame hatred."

Rosenthal replied:

"It was not a good headline, I agree. By the time this column gets to the times website it has already been published in the IHT [International Herald Tribune] on paper and online. This is not an excuse. It is an explanation. The headline should have been changes there [sic]."

Problem resolved? Not a chance. In December 2011, Thomas Friedman wrote a New York Times op-ed entitled “Newt, Mitt, Bibi and Vladimir,” in which he declared:

"I sure hope that Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, understands that the standing ovation he got in Congress this year was not for his politics. That ovation was bought and paid for by the Israel lobby."

Yup, the money of the "Israel lobby," according to Friedman, controls Congress.

And then in February 2012, The New York Times published an op-ed by Roger Cohen entitled "The Dilemmas of Jewish Power." Does this title remind you of something? It should. In a 1935 speech to the Reichstag introducing the Nuremberg Laws, Hitler stated:

"The third [law] is an attempt to regulate by law [the Jewish] problem, which, should this attempt fail, must then be handed over by law to the National-Socialist Party for a final solution."

After I complained to Rosenthal about the title of this op-ed by Cohen, it was quickly changed to "The Dilemmas of Israeli Power."

Well, it is now July 2015, and Maureen Dowd has just one-upped (one-downed?) Cohen and Friedman. Dowd concludes her latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Hi-Ho, Lone Ranger" by informing us (my emphasis in red):

"Obama has always radiated the smug air that he was right and any other positions were illogical. But it is gratifying when aimed at the obnoxious Republicans and more obnoxious Bibi.

Republicans were never going to go for the Iran deal. Their apocalyptic statements were written well in advance and they just had to hit 'Send' followed by a fund-raising appeal to Jewish donors.

Obama is gambling that he won’t hurt his party and that in 10 years Iran will be a better member of the international community. But he can’t do worse as an oracle of the Middle East than the conservative warmongers who ravaged the region."

Notice that Dowd directly refers to "Jewish donors" and does not even bother pointing an accusing finger at the "Israel lobby" or AIPAC. No mention by Dowd that billionaire George Soros, a Jew, is lobbying hard for the nuclear deal with Iran through the various "progressive" organizations that he funds, e.g., J Street and MoveOn. Also no mention by Dowd that the nuclear deal was negotiated by Jewish social worker Wendy Sherman, who "aced" the nuclear negotiations with North Korea. And no mention by Dowd that Obama had the overwhelming support of American Jews in both 2008 and 2012.

But tell me, Maureen, why shouldn't Jews be concerned by the daily calls by the Khamenei regime for the annihilation of Israel, i.e. a second Holocaust? Jews should have believed Hitler, but they shouldn't believe Khamenei? And is it only the Jews who should be concerned by the very real prospect of a second Holocaust.

A pity, indeed, that Dowd does not consider the threat of some 100,000 missiles given by Iran to Hezbollah, Iran's proxy in Lebanon, all aimed at Israel. As stated by Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's leader, "If all the Jews were gathered in Israel, it would save us the trouble of going after them worldwide." Yes, Hezbollah is one of the various terrorist organizations funded by Iran, which stands to benefit when the sanctions against Iran are removed and more than $120 billion flood Khamenei's coffers.

And when Khamenei's speeches following Obama's nuclear deal with Iran are still accompanied by calls for "Death to America!" and "Death to Israel!" as happened yesterday, is it prudent to allow Iran to arm itself with ballistic missiles capable of hitting the US after eight years, and to allow Iran to build a nuclear arsenal after ten years (provided of course that all of this doesn't happen sooner if the mullahs cheat - which they will)?

Obama "can’t do worse as an oracle of the Middle East than the conservative warmongers who ravaged the region"? Let's see if Maureen still believes that after the first nuclear-tipped Iranian ICBM lands in Washington.

Sorry, Maureen. Congressional opposition to Obama's deal with Iran is not about "Jewish donors." Rather, it is about common sense. Republicans and Bibi are "obnoxious"? Have a look in the mirror, dear. What you will see is something that is "noxious" as opposed to "obnoxious."


  1. I bet by morning, that text will be changed to read 'right-wing, conservative Jewish' but by then it will already have been published in the IHT.
    "Ms. Sullivan, any comments?"
    "All the Anti-Semitic news that fits, we print! Hold on, I have to take this call...yes, yes Mr. President - consider it done."

  2. BTW, I just searched through the 92 comments currently posted and not a single reference to Maureen's Jewish drivel (In fact nearly all of the comments are praising here for her op-ed and/or the President). There must be at east one righteous Upper West Side liberal Jew who feels offended - if not for her antisemitism, for being accused of supporting the 'evil' Republicans. It's early Sunday AM in NYC so either they're still sleeping or busy eating bagels and lox.

  3. The GOP opposition to the Iran 'deal' is based on not trusting Iran on anything since 1979 declaration of war by Iran on the USA.

    Since the GOP is not strangled by Identity Politics, I assume they hit "SEND" to ALL donors.

    Dowd probably thinks all political donations are from Jews because she has seen the film "Charlie Wilson's War". By now, she should know that the Dems are hostage to the Trial lawyer; Carbon-free; & LGBT bases for donors.

    Antisemitism in America runs so deep. It is no different than France.

  4. Amir Taheri today:

    " “American rulers have always dreamed of forcing us to change our behavior, and failed,” Iran’s “Supreme Guide,” Ali Khamenei, said Saturday. “Five US administrations took that dream to their graves. The present one shall have the same fate.”

    ...Apologizing to the mullahs for a wrong supposedly done to Mossadegh is like begging Josef Stalin’s pardon for a discourtesy toward Alexander Kerensky. ..."