March 24, 2008


McPeak on Display (Robert M. Goldberg, 3/24/2008, AMERICAN SPECTATOR)

In recent years McPeak has echoed the Mearsheimer-Walt view that American Middle East policy is being controlled by Jews at the expense of America's interests in the region. In a 2003 interview with the Oregonian, McPeak complained of that the "lack of playbook for getting Israelis and Palestinians together at...something other than a peace process....We need to get it fixed and only we have the authority with both sides to move them towards that. Everybody knows that."

The interviewer asked McPeak: "So where's the problem? State? White House?"

McPeak replied: "New York City. Miami. We have a large vote -- vote, here in favor of Israel. And no politician wants to run against it."

Translation (as if it's needed): Jews -- who put Israel over every American interest -- control America's policy on the Middle East. And McPeak has the audacity to accuse Bill Clinton of McCarthyism.

McPeak also claims that a combination of Jews and Christian Zionists are manipulating U.S. policy in Iraq in dangerous and radical ways: "Let's say that one of your abiding concerns is the security of Israel as opposed to a purely American self-interest, then it would make sense to build a dozen or so bases in Iraq. Let's say you are a born-again Christian and you think that Armageddon and the rapture are about to happen any minute and what you want to do is retrace steps you think are laid out in Revelations, then it makes sense. So there are a number of scenarios here that could lead you in this direction. This is radical...."

McPeak also noted: "The secret of the neoconservative movement is that it's not conservative, it's radical. Guys like me, who are conservatives, are upset about these neocons calling themselves conservative when they're so radical."

Guys like McPeak are upset because they think Jews have too much influence.

They dislike the GOP's Christian base just as much.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 24, 2008 10:22 AM

Merrill McPeak is still around? It's too bad the internet wasn't around during his tenure as Air Force chief of staff, because the "brown papers" were absolute classic satire, and he wouldn't be able to show his face ever again in serious political company. Which, I suppose, would make him perfect to work for Democrats...

Posted by: b at March 24, 2008 12:34 PM

Sounds like Billy McKinney to me.

Posted by: ratbert at March 24, 2008 2:33 PM

He supported Howard Dean, John Kerry, and now Obama and he has the brass to call himself a conservative?

Posted by: Matt Murphy at March 24, 2008 7:39 PM