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Joe Klein says McCain is "surrounded with Jews"

Joe Klein, TIME glossy infotainment magazine columnist, is so enthralled with Barack Obama that it has driven him to anti-Semitic accusation.. In his counterfactual column of yesterday, McCain’s Foreign Policy Frustration, Klein announces:

The strategic question here is whether to go for regime change [in Iran] or diplomatic engagement. McCain hasn’t said he was for regime change, but he has rattled sabers noisily, joked about bomb-bomb-bombing Iran and surrounded himself with, and been funded by, Jewish neoconservatives who believe Iran is a threat to Israel’s existence.

Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters.org asks, “Forgive me, Joe, but was the “Jewish” necessary in this rant against neoconservatives?” I’ll ask: Which ones were Jewish, Joe? All? Some? Does it matter to anyone but to you and, perhaps, to Barack Obama?

As Sheppard points out, Jennifer Rubin at Commentary posits:

Aside from the entire lack of factual support for the notion that McCain is funded by or “surrounded” by Jews, this is rank anti-Semitism of the worst kind, the type of conspiracy theory used for centuries to portray Jews as controlling levers of power behind the scenes. The notion that McCain is surrounded or funded by Jews is preposterous on its face and belies the same conspiratorial paranoia that has motivated the proponents of the Jewish Lobby myth for years…One does, however, wonder why Time permits this line of attack against Jews to continue and why the entire MSM turns a blind eye to such venal bigotry, which if directed against any other minority, would be grounds for professional ostracism.

Granted, Joe Klein has fallen for Obama’s imposture, but it seems a bit much even for one so ravaged to make such an accusation on the very same day his Dem-of-choice speaks from one of Adolf Hitler’s stages in Berlin. It is even more perplexing given that Klein himself is Jewish and has to have had his fill of such talk from the world’s more evil elements.

Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League writes to Klein, in part:

There can be no question that in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, legitimate and serious American security and foreign policy interests played a critical role in President Bush’s decision to attack Iraq. Moreover, many top decision-makers in the administration who advocated for war hardly fit the mold of a “Jewish Neocon” – Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell being the most prominent among them.

The notion that Jews with “divided loyalties” were behind the decision to go to war is reminiscent of age-old anti-Semitic canards about a Jewish conspiracy to control and manipulate government, which has unfortunately gained new currency of late with public figures such as Jimmy Carter and professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt suggesting that American Jews are disloyal and that pro-Israel groups have undue influence over American foreign policy.

Foxman concludes:

We are disappointed that a respected and thoughtful writer of your caliber you would resort to such stereotyping.

Joe Klein has fallen under the substanceless spell of Barack Obama. It is his duty, he feels, to help to implement Hopechangehope, whatever that might be, and that’s what he does.