Another Obama Advisor with Anti-Israeli Views

Earlier in the year, American Thinker published an article "Barack Obama and Israel"  which wondered why Barack Obama seemingly had a proclivity to tie himself to people who have very problematic attitudes towards Israel.

These included early supporter George Soros; billionaire foe of close ties between America and Israel; Zbigniew Brzezinski-who has an antipathy towards Israel that is well known and who has publicly supported the views of Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer (as has George Soros) who feel America's Middle East policy is too influenced by what they disparagingly call the "Israel Lobby.

Then there's "foreign policy expert" Robert Malley who has had a long history of anti-Israel advocacy
; top foreign policy adviser, close personal friend and former employee Samantha Power whose views towards Israel include a call for halting all aid to Israel and transferring it to "Palestine:.  She also has had a litany of anti-Israel policy proposals over the years  .

Power also was recently on a book tour where she complained that criticism of Barack Obama all too often revolved around "what is good for the Jews"
. Power also alluded to Americans who have vast financial power and criticized the role of these ominous people in the foreign policy debate (her defenders say she was referring to the oil industry but certainly other images can be evoked by many readers).  Power recently resigned from the foreign policy staff in the wake of comments she made depicting Hillary Clinton as a "monster". However, some feel this "break" might be for show -- after all, she was a volunteer on his foreign policy staff and their relationship was a very strong one (including text messsaging at all hours of the day and night).

Of course, Barack Obama's close friend and sounding board for the past twenty years, Pastor  Jeremiah Wright's  has also been subject to much controversy over the last two weeks. Wright has long advcated anti-American, anti-White, and anti-Israel views. These include calls for divestment from Israel, tying American support for Israel to 9/11, comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa, and the bestowing of an award by the Church's magazine to the most notorious anti-Semite in America , Louis ("Judaism is a gutter religion") Farrakhan.

Now comes news of yet another close adviser to Barack Obama who has suspect views towards Israel and towards American Jews. Barack Obama's military adviser and national co-chairman Merrill "Tony " McPeak has recently been subject to some criticism regarding a variety of comments he has recently made. A few years ago he indicated that there was no reason an invasion of Iraq would not be a cakewalk. He earlier indicated that it might be desirable to have military bases in Iraq for many years (the campaign has distorted John McCain's own remarks speculating about that possibility). He has blamed George Bush for Iranian anti-Americanism and thereby ignored over 30 years of hostility and violence toward America through a series of American presidents, both Democrat and Republican
. He insulted Bill Clinton by characterizing his remarks about the patriotism of candidates as being redolent of McCarthyism.

Now comes more revelations concerning McPeak. In a breaking story in the American Spectator
, Robert Goldberg writes that McPeak has a penchant for bashing Israel and making dark and ominous allusion to American Jews and Christian Zionists who support the American-Israel relationship. Merrill McPeak even charges that Americna Jews and Chriztian supporters of Israel are manipulating our Iraq policy to serve the interests of Israel.

McPeak has a long history of criticizing Israel for not going back to the 1967 borders as part of any peace agreement with Arab states. In 1976 McPeak wrote an article for Foreign Affairs magazine questioning Israel's insistence on holding on to the Golan Heights and parts of the West Bank.

In recent years McPeak has echoed the
Mearsheimer-Walt view that American Middle East policy is being controlled by Jews at the expense of America's interests in the region. In a 2003 interview with the Oregonian, McPeak complained of that the "lack of playbook for getting Israelis and Palestinians together at...something other than a peace process....We need to get it fixed and only we have the authority with both sides to move them towards that. Everybody knows that."

The interviewer asked McPeak: "So where's the problem? State? White House?"

McPeak replied: "New York City. Miami. We have a large vote -- vote, here in favor of Israel. And no politician wants to run against it.

McPeak also claims that a combination of Jews and far right Christians are manipulating U.S. policy in the Middle East and he railed against "neoconservatives" who he said were "radical," not conservative like him.

(Editor's Note: "neoconservative" has become almost a codeword for American Jews who are accused of having a dual loyalty towards both America and Israel)

Goldberg speculated that the Obama campaign will once again have to distance itself, and Barack Obama, from yet another close adviser who has very harsh views towards Israel and towards American Jews. He has been trying to do so regarding his 20-year relationship with Pastor Wright who he has called a mentor, a spiritual advisor, a sounding board, and a moral compass. Now he, or more likely campaign gurus David Axelrod and David Plouffe, will again have to get out their playbook to deal with another controversy regarding Barack Obama's judgment  in choosing close advisers who have such harsh views towards a close ally and who have conspiratorial views towards American Jews that are redolent of, not just McCarthyism, but also of outright anti-Semitism.
Was Barack Obama aware of the views of McPeak? After all, he appointed him to be his co-chair of the campaign and to serve as his chief military adviser. One would presume, or hope, that McPeak had been vetted. If Senator Obama becomes President,  McPeak might very well be in line for an appointment as Secretary of Defense. Given the close ties between the defense forces of America and Israel, can the millions of supporters of this close alliance rest assure that McPeak will not seek to weaken this relationship and make Israel even more vulnerable to the enemies that surround her? One would like to know how Barack Obama assembled his team of advisers-who recommended McPeak, for example?

This is the company Barack Obama keeps. Will his defenders yet again trot out the charge of  "guilt by assocation"? There is a more important issue at stake; how good is the judgment of Barack Obama?
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