Wes Clark steps on a third rail...
Poor Wes Clark. I really, really, really like Wes Clark, and now I read he attacked rich New Yorkers who are Jews who are pushing for war with Iran. Let's have Matt Yglesias tell it:
"Retired General Wesley Clark is, like me, concerned that the Bush administration is going to launch a war with Iran. Arianna Huffington spoke to him in early January and asked why he was so worried the administration was headed in this direction. According to Huffington's January 4 recounting of Clark's thoughts, he said this: 'You just have to read what's in the Israeli press. The Jewish community is divided but there is so much pressure being channeled from the New York money people to the office seekers.'"
Oh, well. Third rail stepped on. Buzz! You're outta here, Wes. Don't even think of running for president right now. Too bad. I really, really like you--Oh, I said that already. Sigh.
Putzim like little Jonny Chait are all upset about this--even though, contrary to Chait, it is true. What cracks me up is that Clark has long ackowledged that his Dad was Jewish. He's no anti-Semite, but he understands American politics very, very well. Again, sigh.
Read the entire Yglesias piece. It is worth the read.
UPDATE on February 4, 2007: Glenn Greenwald links to the right ward NY Sun for an article that, by its own language and analysis, supports what Wes Clark said. Is the NY Sun, a Likudnik American newspaper, anti-Zionist or anti-Semitic? Um, no. Right?