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American Left, Drudge, Say Jews Pushing War on Obama

The Nation says Obama is fighting opposition in Congress to his Syrian war by waving the Iran-nukes flag, using heavy support from AIPAC.

But why would The Drudge Report make a leftist hack's claim, with an obvious antisemitic tone, his main headline for hours?

But why would The Drudge Report make a leftist hack's claim, with an obvious antisemitic tone, his main headline for hours?

Not a Drudge regular, I cannot state this with absolute certainty, but I imagine the number of times this fine Mecca of right wing-slanted news reports has pointed to an article in The Nation Magazine can be counted on the fingers of the right hand of an illegal migrant worker at an Oregon sawmill. Yet, here is this fine, anti-Democrat portal, linking to Bob Dreyfuss’ article in The Nation, with the headline: “Obama to Link Syria with Iran?” (By the time you go there it could be replaced, but this headline sat there for several hours).

The Dreyfuss article, actually headlined “Obama’s Syria War Is Really About Iran and Israel” is a masterpiece of anti-Israel innuendo. I have too much respect for The Nation to use “antisemitic” before the word innuendo, but I came close.

“The dirty little not-so-secret behind President Obama’s much-lobbied-for, illegal and strategically incompetent war against Syria is that it’s not about Syria at all. It’s about Iran—and Israel. And it has been from the start.”

It may be a bit early to dub a war that is yet to start “illegal” and “incompetent”—I mean’ let them fire at least one shot before you criticize their strategy… But while that knee-jerk response is silly, the anti-Israel stuff is ominous.

According to Dreyfuss, Obama is fighting the overwhelming opposition in Congress to his Syrian war by waving the Iran-nuke flag, and doing it with heavy support from AIPAC. “The prospect of opposing Obama and the Israel lobby over Iran” he writes, is just too much for the lawmakers.

Dreyfuss cites an article by Andrew Tabler of the pro-Israeli Washington Institute for Near East Policy, advocating an attack on Syria for the Iranian side benefits: “U.S. strikes on the Assad regime, if properly calibrated as part of an overall plan to degrade the regime, would force Tehran to become more involved in Syria in order to rescue its stalwart ally. This would be costly for Iran financially, militarily and politically. Those costs would make the Iranian regime and its people reassess aspirations to go nuclear.”

It’s not an outlandish idea, although it contains way too many Rube Goldberg style moving parts to deliver the expected results. A U.S. attack, in fact, could yield the exact opposite results, namely that the Russians, who have restrained themselves on delivering long range missiles and ground to air defense systems to Tehran, might now feel justified in helping the Iranians do their Iranian thing.

Largely ignoring that possibility, Dreyfuss only expects that an American attack would bolster the hawks in Iran, against the doves who are in government now. He actually believes there’s a difference between the two successive presidents of Iran, Ahmadinejad and Hassan Rouhani, even though both were handpicked by the same “supreme leader.”

Now, it’s true that AIPAC has been gung-ho on attacking Syria, calling its use of unconventional weapons “barbarism.” They also have a lot to say about sending a forceful message of resolve to Iran and Hezbollah, both the avid supporters of the regime. And they’re right, except for two issues they’re yet to answer:

1. Assad was just as barbaric when he annihilated tens of thousands of his people over the past two and a half years, and AIPAC wasn’t urging an intervention.

2. Assad’s enemies in Syria are easily as brutal, murderous and “barbaric” as their president. Do we really wish to bolster Al Qaeda in order to deliver “a message of resolve” to Iran and Hezbollah?

But Dreyfuss has nothing to support his theory of the “dirty little war” being pushed on America by Israel, other than a couple of paragraphs by Jeffrey Goldberg, noting that “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel would prefer that Obama enforce his red line on chemical weapons use, because he would like to see proof that Obama believes in the red lines he draws.”

The only piece missing is anything Netanyahu has actually said to support an attack on Syria. A spokesman for the prime minister suggested I watch Netanyahu’s You Tube Rosh Hashanah message, which we at The Jewish Press embedded before the holiday. The fact is, all Netanyahu is saying is that Israel would defend itself should it be attacked as part of the escalating hostilities north of its border.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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21 Responses to “American Left, Drudge, Say Jews Pushing War on Obama”

  1. Anonymous says:

    That piece of disinformation is still up and prominently displayed.

  2. truthseekr says:

    Thanks for this great message, well thought out and one which speaks for at least one Israeli – me. I don’t want the US to make a mess of things. Their track record under Obama is disastrous. Better they should stay out than mess in an internal civil war with no winning side. If it’s Iran they are worried about, they should attack Iran and its nuclear facilities, but stay out of Syria. AIPAC is wrong on this one; Jews will suffer for their involvement if the US does go to war with Syria, unless they wipe out both Syria and Iran at the same time – highly unlikely since Obama just wants to do  a 3 day sortie. How can that accomplish anything other than broaden the conflict?

  3. Alan Winters says:

    looks like Drudge is digging up the left wing's anti-Semitism.

  4. Alan Winters says:

    looks like Drudge is digging up the left wing's anti-Semitism.

  5. Peter Armstrong says:

    Yori Yanover, you wrote"Not a Drudge regular, I cannot state this with absolute certainty, but I imagine the number of times this fine Mecca of right wing-slanted news reports has pointed to an article in The Nation Magazine….." So doesn't that statement invalid your argument and aren't you using the style of damning with faint praise innuendo found in "The Nation" article against the "Drudge Report"? Is the use of word Mecca, an sly attempt at irony, because everyone know those " Right Wingers" hate dem Mooslems!

  6. From today's NYT:
    On the day the president is speaking, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee plans to blanket Capitol Hill with 250 advocates, having already contacted dozens of lawmakers to urge them to support a strike.

  7. Steve Klein says:

    Barack Hussein Obama, in his speech to the American people this coming week, might try to make this about Iran and protecting Israel but he has a track record in the region and a squalid one at that. Obama fought side by side al-Qaeda affiliated groups to depose secular-leaning dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Obama demanded American ally, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak step down "immediately" February 2011 in order to make way for Muslim Brotherhood jihadists and Mohamed Morsi. In Syria it is the same. Obama is attempting to topple the autocratic minority Assad regime in favor of al-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood and extreme Salafi groups in Syria. Barack Obama is (intentionally or not) furthering the most extreme Islam throughout the region, all the while protecting Iran's nuclear sites from Israeli bombardment.

  8. Cody Flecker says:

    You all seem to have forgotten the 2012 Democratic National Convention when it took many votes each failing before one passed to support Israel and the Jewish People. Yet with all of this anti semitism, over 72% of the Jewish electorate voted for Obama and the Democratic Party. The Jews are their own worst enemy, so quoted a famous Nazi…that statement is really true.

  9. jgray1 says:

    since the election of mr. obama not a day has passed that has not gotten worse. for Israel. and, America.  the so-called presidency of an inept and clueless imbecile is one of the most significant ways great civilizations commit suicide.

  10. Ron Kall says:

    As I call them, self hating Jews!! A particularly sick phenomenon only present in Jewry!

  11. Benjamin Fox says:

    About the time the dumb, stupid and blind wake up and call on their Savior Jesus who they rejected.

  12. CTBtweets says:

    You were too quick to criticize the Drudge Report while quoting the Marxist rag aka The Nation, it completely colors your commentary. 
    I support Israel and I oppose the U.S. attacking Syria at this time and I do not have any problem with AIPAC’s message. 
    Obama has not demonstrated that he has thought through an attack on Syria let alone indicated that he has any kind of a foreign policy at all.

  13. Robert Cross says:

    Who cares? What shall be shall be! Jews will be alright God of Israel knows what to do and has an appointed time in doing so. So don't concern your self with what the Jews do or don't do God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob is what one should concern themselves with. I know the scoffers don't care about this type of messages. But it is what it is and has been from the time God chose the.

  14. hongryhawg says:

    If it’s good for Israel, I like it.

  15. Your ascribing any drop of supposed respectibility to this disgusting far-left always antisemitic hate site (The Nation) defies logic and rationality. Where have you been? Breathtaking and shocking.

  16. Why don't you take notice antisemitic racist pinhead that it is an al-Reuters article, which is a discredited fact-falsifying media organ inthe first place?

  17. Quoting the "Nation". Have you lost your mind?

  18. Matt Lewis says:

    no war for israel!

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