Mar 26, 2008 3:23 pm


From the Hill:

The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) called on Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) Tuesday to remove military adviser and national campaign co-chairman Gen. Tony McPeak from his team, citing past statements McPeak has made about the Middle East that the RJC finds troubling.

Matt Brooks, executive director of the RJC, said in a statement that in keeping McPeak as a surrogate and campaign spokesman, “serious questions and doubts are once again being raised about Sen. Obama’s positions and judgment on Middle East issues.”

In its statement, the RJC cited a 2003 interview McPeak did with the Portland Oregonian in which “Gen. McPeak resorted to old stereotypes and unfortunate language by blaming the lack of progress with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process on the undue political influence of American Jewry. The problem, said McPeak, is ‘New York City. Miami. We have a large vote ... here in favor of Israel. And no politician wants to run against it.’ ”

Brooks said McPeak is more wont to blame American Jews than Palestinian leadership.

"Sen. Obama continues to surround himself with advisers holding troubling and disturbing anti-Israel bias,” Brooks said. “Gen. McPeak's views are alarming. We call on Sen. Obama to immediately remove Gen. McPeak from his campaign leadership role and as a key adviser.”

The Obama campaign said it disagrees with McPeak’s statement, adding that Obama's “longstanding commitment to Israel is clear to anyone who has reviewed his voting record, read his speeches or looked at his policy papers.”

Sorry, Obama speeches are worthless as guides to future action. A man who will sacrifice his grandmother cannot be trusted.

So to the question For whom should the thinking anti-Semite vote? I respond, for senator Barack Obama.

See also, Another Obama Advisor with Anti-Israeli Views.

Lebanese Nader on Obama's changed view on Israel and the Palestinians.

Obama pivots from his dovish past Obama served on Board that funded Palestinian Group

Obama-church newsletter: Israel making 'ethnic bomb' It accuses 'apartheid' state of creating weapon 'that kills blacks and Arabs'

Obama's church published a pro Hamas manifesto. Yes, he sent a message to the Jews ("typical white persons") that he disagreed.

The bottom line: A man who would exposes the grandmother who raised him so dreadfully, cannot be trusted.

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Ralph E. Luker - 3/28/2008

Hysteria is hysteria, whether it comes from a male or a female.

Elliott Aron Green - 3/28/2008

Mr Luker, I am quite capable of forming a judgement about Obama based on my own observations. I don't need Ari Kelman or G Goremberg to help me. I think that you and other Obama supporters should consider the menace to world peace of a second term for Zbig Brzezinski, who is an Obama advisor, which you don't deny. [This is not an endorsement of Hilary or McCain].

I have also watched Obama perform before his masses of admirers, often hysterical admirers, I may say. By the way, could you please hold back on the use of the word hysterical? It insults our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters. I only use it in response to you. May we say, as some have already, that there is a generous portion of Elmer Gantry in Obama?? Does the label of demagogue apply to him??

I am familiar with G Goremberg's blatherings in his regular column in the Jerusalem Report, which I read from time to time. I hold his opinion in very low esteem. In fact, I did read a recent column by him on the Internet about why Obama should be supported. I was poorly impressed. I consider GG's views rather childish, or naive at best.

Ralph E. Luker - 3/28/2008

Mr. Green, This may not calm you down, but start with Ari Kelman's Barack Obama: Still Good for the Jews and follow the links there to Ezra Klein and Gershom Gorenberg. This is a small example of the hysteria that you've bought into.

E. Simon - 3/27/2008

Obama "sacrificed" his grandmother. That's something precious. Did he tie her up to wooden stakes, hoist her over a fire and sing praises to pagan gods?

Did he "sacrifice" her burgeoning political career?

Oh, I'm sure no one will ever look at her in the same way ever again. None of the other old ladies in her retirement home will play bingo with her any more. With that ungrateful grandson Barack, who thinks that racial reconciliation is more important than the estimated size and strength of the vanity that you assume on the part of one woman. We should instead, I suppose, keep the multi-racial dynamics of their family behind closed doors, where it can be stigmatized in secret. That would be healthy.

What is wrong with you?

Elliott Aron Green - 3/27/2008

Really, Dr Luker!! How is it that Obama sat through Rev Wright's sometimes Israelophobic/Judeophobic sermons for 20 years, received his church news bulletin at home with like material, surrounds himself with anti-Israel, anti-Jewish advisors [Samantha, Zbig B, Gen McPeak, Robt Malley, etc], and yet he is not either "antisemite or anti-Israel"???

Maybe, Dr Luker, if it waddles like a duck, flies like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck . . . it's a duck!!!

Furthermore, I personally am terrified by the possibility that Zbig B could return to direct the foreign policy of the greatest power on earth. Hasn't Zbig caused enough damage to the world already, not only to Israel [consider Zbig's peace-destroying actions in Lebanon, Afghanistan, & Iran]?? Isn't the prospect of a second term for Zbig a good reason in itself not to vote for Obama??

Then again, Dr RL, isn't Obama's great imposture of claiming to represent the new, the fresh, the innocent, of claiming to be untainted with ties to the corrupt Washington crowd [while having Zbig, Malley, & McPeak on his team] reason enough to vote against him, since this imposture of Obama's surpasses by far the everyday politician's fakery of Hilary & McCain???

Ralph E. Luker - 3/26/2008

Dr. Klinghoffer, Your hysterical anti-Obama postings are an embarrassment to History News Network. There simply is *no* evidence that Obama is either an anti-Semite or anti-Israel. There is a case to be made against his candidacy, but your hysterics don't make it.