I’m glad Salon ran this article. It just shows that under the country club facade, there is a virulent form of anti-Semitism that is prevelent is some corners of the GOP. Since Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” in 1968, the party has placed the race card again and again for its own advantage. Now its attacking this great financier and philanthropist.
By the way, my former professor wrote this in the Guardian this week. Very insightful indeed.
Consider this. A US president from Texas, less than a year in office, relatively inexperienced in foreign affairs but surrounded by a strong and tested group of advisers, has been given the OK from Congress to take any action necessary in order to retaliate against a recent attack on American targets. The Texan does, the retaliation gradually escalates, but the enemy - lacking the technological know-how and military might of the US - hides in tunnels and caves refusing to give in.
As American casualties mount and the war drags on without victory in sight, the US public grows restless and criticism begins to escalate. As hawks and doves debate the war at home, America’s once steadfast allies distance themselves. A few years later the Texan, once so popular, throws in the towel.
A scenario for George W Bush? Of course not. Simply a summary of Lyndon Johnson’s ill-fated escalation of the Vietnam war in the aftermath of the Gulf of Tonkin incidents in August 1964. And, perhaps, a sober reminder that when a country, even a superpower with allies around the globe, goes to war against an elusive enemy and without a clearly defined objective, the end results may be rather different than originally expected