Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Is Obama's slip showing, after all?

Mr Brzezinski said “it’s not unique to the Jewish community – but there is a McCarthyite tendency among some people in the Jewish community”, referring to the Republican senator who led the anti-Communist witch hunt in the 1950s. “They operate not by arguing but by slandering, vilifying, demonising. They very promptly wheel out anti-Semitism. There is an element of paranoia in this inclination to view any serious attempt at a compromised peace as somehow directed against Israel.”

... the question remains why Obama has had a retinue of advisors (both formal and not) like Brzezinski, McPeak, and Malley who hold views so antithetical to Obama’s supposedly unassailable record and views on Israel.

Indeed. It's the question I keep asking myself and have not yet had a satisfactory answer.

This commenter nails it:

Brzezinsk’s comments explaining the mistaken views of Jews (false consciousness) remind me very much of Obama’s comments about why working class whites don’t support his policies (clinging to guns and bibles). In other words, here we have two traditionally Democratic constituencies that have serious problems with Obama’s policies, and rather than engage in a reasonable self-critique of those policies, Obama’s team puts these groups on the psychiatric couch to figure what’s wrong their consciousness.

The question I would have is why Obama’s people don’t put themselves on the couch and ask what form of false consciousness they are displaying by supporting their stated policies. Trotskyites of old used to talk about something known as “left wing infantilism.”

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