Thomas Friedman is Right, Sort Of

Friedman, in the New York Times:

It occurred to me the other day that the zealously pro-Israel billionaire Sheldon Adelson and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, actually have one big thing in common. They are both trying to destroy Israel. Adelson is doing it by loving Israel to death and Khamenei by hating Israel to death. And now even Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey inadvertently got drawn into this craziness.

From a domestic US politics standpoint, though, I’d say that the takeaway here is: Adelson is the Republican Party’s worst enemy.

He pours so much money into Republican politics that most Republican presidential aspirants don’t think they can afford to ignore him … and that paints them into the Stupid Corner vis a vis foreign policy in general and Israel and Iran in particular.

I don’t have a dog in the 2016 GOP presidential hunt, and I suspect Christie is already effectively out of the race due to BridgeGate, but if a candidate can’t even refer to the occupied territories as occupied territories without scaring away big money, it pretty much dooms their field. Americans seem to be getting rowed out with the idea that their government’s only functions with regard to Israel are to act like teenage girls at an Elvis Presley rope line and keep writing big checks.

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One Response to Thomas Friedman is Right, Sort Of

  1. Fred says:

    Adelson is the ultimate Israel Firster in American politics. Israel is an apartheid state that is severely persecuting non Jews who live there, with home demolitions based on religious identification, land theft, and apartheid settlements and roads. We should not be giving billions of our tax dollars to an apartheid state. Really shameful, but as most of us know by now, our Congress is also Israeli occupied territory.

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