Richard Baehr is the cheif political correspondant for the American Thinker and provides this commentary regarding Professor Dershowitz’ endorsement:
Dershowitz was a supporter of Barack Obama in 2008, but he made clear in his remarks that Obama’s policies with regard to Israel, and to the projection of American power abroad, were worrying him. He attacked the President’s attachment to international organizations that are virulently anti-Israel, and often anti-Semitic. He cautioned that there was no substitute in the West for American leadership, and argued that America should stand with Israel, as it has for decades.
Dershowitz’s biggest concern about Obama centered on Iran’s nuclear program, and his fear that the US would stand aside, and allow Iran to become a nuclear power. He argued that a containment strategy designed to deter Iran after it became a nuclear power, would not work — that a regime such as Iran’s was fundamentally different from those the United States confronted in the Cold War, opponents who behaved rationally, and wanted to avoid a nuclear war.
Dershowitz said the Iran issue was the single most important issue for which Obama will be judged. If Iran succeeded in becoming a nuclear power, then Obama would be a colossal failure, regardless of any other achievements. Dershowitz hinted that in the future, he would be more open to supporting Republicans, particularly in races, where the Democratic nominees were so far out in left field that they were unable to understand or appreciate any of the strategic realities he had discussed.
Dershowitz endorsed Joel Pollack to run against someone “so far out in left field, ” in Jan Schakowsky.
Pollak is running against Jan Schakowsky, who has been closely connected to the Chicago and Illinois Democratic machine for her entire political career , whose voting record makes her one of the most left wing members of Congress, and who has willingly served as the queen bee of J-Street, the new group formed to give political cover to Barack Obama among liberal Jews as he pounds away at Israel. J-Street is a group that professes to be pro-Israel, and pro-peace, but a close look at its public pronouncements during its brief two year history makes clear that its modus operandi has been to regularly attack the policies of the Israeli government, and back any and all pressure directed at Israel by the Obama administration.
So two key Jewish Democrat political figures have come out in clear opposition to their own party. Ed Koch long ago stopped drinking the Obama kool-aid. There is some anecdotal evidence that American Jewry is beginning to change. Dershowitz’ endorsement signals a sort of moral and mental ok for Jewish voters to vote contarty to the way they have been.
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This post was written by bobsikes on June 18, 2010