October 03, 2007

The latest from Ramesh Ponnuru on the National Review blog:

“Paleos make highly charged attacks on their enemies on the Right and then expect to be treated like wounded puppies whenever anyone else responds in kind. Pat Buchanan has spent much of the last two decades accusing various conservatives of “treason” for supporting free trade, the war in Iraq, etc. He publishes a magazine that suggested that David Frum was an Israeli agent of influence inside the White House. Frum wrote an essay for NR calling the paleos ‘anti-American,’ and you would think, from the paleos’ reaction”€”they still bring up (and distort) that essay”€”that harsher words had never been spoken. I don’t see any good reason to have sympathy for their complaints.”

No one expects or wants to be treated like a wounded puppy: we paleos just don’t want to be accused of being traitors to our country, which is the smear that Mr. P and his confreres have been pushing about antiwar conservatives and libertarians.

This dolt doesn’t know about links, naturally, and so he doesn’t document his charge that Buchanan or The American Conservative “suggested” the Frumkin was or is an “Israeli agent of influence inside the White House.” Where? When? How? Mr. P ain’t tellin’.

But that’s par for the course for the NROd-niks. Frum’s “essay” was a smear job through and through, and Mr. P is projecting the neocons’ own nasty habits on us paleocon-paleolibs: we had to endure being called “anti-American” (and worse) by a freakin’ Canadian! Here’s the Frumkin:

“They have made common cause with the left-wing and Islamist antiwar movements in this country and in Europe. They deny and excuse terror. They espouse a potentially self-fulfilling defeatism. They publicize wild conspiracy theories. And some of them explicitly yearn for the victory of their nation’s enemies.”

Isn’t that just like a neocon? They start an unnecessary and utterly disastrous war—and blame us, the war’s opponents, for the defeat that’s looming over US troops in the field. Of course, you won’t find a single neocon or his/her offspring anywhere near a battle zone, unless it’s within the Beltway. They gin up wars, and then corral other people’s kids to fight them—how’s that for a “wild conspiracy theory,” Frummy? As for denying and excusing terror—what about the bombing of Christian churches in Lebanon and the murder of 4,000-plus Lebanese by the Israeli “Defense” Force? Now that‘s terror, paid for by Uncle Sam.

So go f*ck yourself, Mr. P—of course you don’t see any good reason to have sympathy for our complaints, or else you’d be out of a job pronto. Then you’d be running a third-rate motel somewhere, making sure the ho’s didn’t make off with room keys.


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