Monday, March 16, 2009

Talk about smearing your critics!

From Jon Chait, who has more to say on Freeman "hopefully, for the last time":
And then, in an interview with the Nation, Freeman added this analysis of the force that did him in: I've decided I'm going to call it from now on the [Avigdor] Lieberman lobby. It's the very right-wing Likud in Israel and its fanatic supporters here. And Avigdor Lieberman is really the guy that they really agree with. This is confused in two ways. First, on its own terms: Lieberman is not a Likudnik but the head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party. Second, I don’t think a single American who has criticized Freeman in any prominent way shares Lieberman’s worldview. My views on Israel generally track those of the Labor Party. My boss, Marty Peretz, leans a bit further to the right, but he has described Lieberman as a "gangster" and "repulsive." Jeffrey Goldberg, another pro-Israel Freeman critic, has called Lieberman "incorrigible." So here, again, Freeman misses the mark very badly.
Chait also offers the very useful, "Freeman is so deeply in the grips of realist ideology that he doesn't even understand it's an ideology." Read his post for the context of that.

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