Still Blacklisted After All These Years (Walt & Mearsheimer in Chicago)

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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is staging an endless series of talks by "leading foreign policy experts" under the title, "Road to 2008: American Leadership in an Uncertain World." The series includes neoconservative Joshua Muravchik, the American Enterprise Institute scholar who has called for striking Iran. Muravchik also supported the Iraq war, which he has admitted looked better on paper than on the ground:   

I think it’s fair for people to be critical of
neocons about Iraq. Iraq is a mess and we bear a share of
responsibility for that. At the very least there was some glibness
about Iraq – mostly on the part of Donald Rumsfeld, but some neocons
were party to that. We should be chastened by Iraq.

Glib: 100,000s dead, half a world away.

Walt and Mearsheimer , who opposed the war in Iraq, were scheduled to speak at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs last September. Then its director informed Mearsheimer that his subject, the Israel lobby, was too "hot." The speech was cancelled. Censorship, plain and simple. You’d think the Chicago Council might reinvite the bestselling authors, one of whom lives and teaches in Chicago, during this year-long series on an "uncertain world." No. Still blacklisted. It really does pay to have been glib about Iraq.

27 Responses

  1. Michael Blaine
    March 28, 2008, 11:25 pm

    What continues to astonish me is the complete lack of empathy on the part of nearly all Americans for the Iraqis who have suffered due to the US invasion.

    It's bone chilling.

  2. syvanen
    March 29, 2008, 2:16 am

    Muravchik also called for taking out the regimes in Syria, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Who in the hell is the Chicago Council of Foreign Affairs?

  3. liberal white boy
    March 29, 2008, 4:08 am

    I thought you said they were making progress. Harvard Professor Crushed In Freak Accident
    link to

  4. Clara
    March 29, 2008, 7:52 am

    Lib white boy, that was hilarious though frankly, it doesn't seem that surreal anymore. (let's face it, look what they already achieve here. Destroy careers, lie to congress and no prison time, syping, postpone AIPAC trial and the list goes on)
    Best wishes and thanks for the much needed laugh. You're my No 1 Political satirist from here on.
    Best wishes from a liberal black woman

  5. Joachim Martillo
    March 29, 2008, 9:31 am

    I agree with Clara.

    Just take a look at Harvard's web page, and contrast how both the University and the Gazette are featuring Ruth Wisse while using the Harvard web site search facility shows that from the standpoint of the University Walt is essentially buried.

    Here is my latest comment on Ruth Wisse:

    link to

  6. Joachim Martillo
    March 29, 2008, 9:59 am

    BTW, the front page Globe story discussed in link to was based on a University press release.

    Somehow, Walt's much more important bestseller never made it to the Globe front page.

  7. Jim Haygood
    March 29, 2008, 10:40 am


    "You'd think the Chicago Council might reinvite the bestselling authors, one of whom lives and teaches in Chicago, during this year-long series on an 'uncertain world.' No. Still blacklisted."

    The usual rule in investigating such anamolies is to "follow the money." According to the Chicago Council's 2005 annual report (the latest one available), 88% of the Council's $5 million annual income is from donations. The only contribution in the $100,000-plus range was from the Crown Family Foundation, associated with the council's chairman Lester Crown.

    And what can we learn about Lester Crown? According to Wikipedia, "He is a member of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science and of the Tel Aviv University's Board of Governors. His daughter, Susan Crown, is chairwoman of the Shoah Foundation. Together the family's net worth exceeds 4 billion dollars."

    link to

    Uh-huh, yeah. You can believe what you want. My story is that Chairman Lester Crown and President Marshall Bouton had a royal showdown over inviting Walt and Mearsheimer, which Crown won because he's a billionaire, while Bouton's probably just an ordinary 7-figure net worth schlepper. The Weizmann Institute and the Shoah Foundation doubtless applauded that Israel's interests had been defended from the barbarians. "Nobody here but us Americans." LOL!

  8. the Sword of Gideon
    March 29, 2008, 2:32 pm

    How are Walt & Mearsheimer surviving, living in the shadows. Under constant threats from aipac hit teams. Always on the run, dodging, bobbing and weaving. How is it possible that their even still alive to tell their story. Does anybody know. This is right up there with Ann Frank.

  9. liberal white boy
    March 29, 2008, 4:01 pm

    SOG…this is not the Occupied West Bank and officially sanctioned indiscriminate killing is not allowed here. Not yet anyway. At least not that we know of. Maybe a little torture, but that's it.

  10. liberal white boy
    March 29, 2008, 4:07 pm

    Oh crap I forgot about Mossad's complicity in the terrorist attacks on 9/11(3,000 dead). Your right it's a wonder they haven't been target assassinated. Never mind.

  11. the Sword of Gideon
    March 29, 2008, 4:47 pm

    But surely these two guys are standing in the way of total domination by the what is it called, ZOG. How can they be allowed to live then. Not to mention the book contract. Please enlighten me. Also, what about the Jewess, Monica Lewinsky. What was her role in the suborning of the Clinton administration.

  12. Charles Keating
    March 29, 2008, 6:45 pm

    RE: "This is right up there with Ann Frank.:

    No, more like Rachel Corrie. Not in the grammar school textbooks.

  13. the Sword of Gideon
    March 29, 2008, 7:02 pm

    Rachel Corrie went to a war zone, took sides, and got exactly what was coming to her. Ann Frank ended up in a concentration camp. Dead with her sister. Walt and Mearsheimer are very rich men who are living very nice lives. I honestly don't see the connection

  14. Charles Keating
    March 29, 2008, 7:09 pm

    True, the real Ann Frank would empathize with the Palestinians' plight. The connection is spin on both of them, by the very rich men living nice lives, protected by the goy private, subsidized b y the goy taxpayers.

  15. the Sword of Gideon
    March 29, 2008, 7:26 pm

    The real Ann Frank ( not sure what that means ) if she was living in Israel would have been in the cross hairs of Islamic Jihad, Hamsas, and Hezbollah like every other Jew. And if she was still in Holland would probably be afraid to go outside at night given the Islamic street gangs that necessitate armed guards around jewish institutions.

  16. Charles Keating
    March 29, 2008, 7:49 pm

    The real Anne Frank would identify with the Palestian girl of her age.

  17. the Sword of Gideon
    March 29, 2008, 8:32 pm

    The real Ann Frank was a Jew, lived has a Jew, died has a Jew. She would have had more in common with the elderly people, many of them holocaust survivors, that were wiped out in the sedar at Netanya

  18. Oarwell
    March 29, 2008, 9:56 pm

    Scorpions in a bottle.

  19. samuel burke
    March 29, 2008, 10:59 pm

    Pastor Wright of Barack Obama fame is being treated like Walt and Mearsheimer were treated in the not too recent past.

    link to

    Is this going to be hate speech in a tolerant America?

  20. Michael Blaine
    March 30, 2008, 12:41 am

    Liberal White Boy:

    I did NOT like your supposed satiric post for which you provided a link.

    Why? Because a bunch of deranged anti-Semites left comments there. Why don't you remove this garbage material from your own blog?

  21. Richard Silverstein
    March 30, 2008, 3:04 am

    Can somebody please give Sword of Gideon what he has coming to him too. Maybe not death by bulldozer, but how about driving him insane by forcing him to listen to Alan Dershowitz's audio book reading of Joan Peters' 'From Time Immemorial' forever ad nauseum.

    Whoever said we libs don't have a sense of humor?

  22. Richard Silverstein
    March 30, 2008, 3:09 am

    And speaking of Ann Frank…my friend Mark Klempner has written an extraordinary book, The Heart Has Reasons, about five Righteous Dutch Gentiles who saved Jews during the Holocaust. All of them are devout believers in social justice and foes of totalitarian oppression. I have no doubt that Ann Frank would be on their side had she lived; and not on the side of the oppressors like Ol' Salad Fork of Gideon.

  23. Rowan Berkeley
    March 30, 2008, 3:55 am

    Richard, are my comments banned from your blog, or are they just stuck in the spam trap?

  24. Gene
    March 30, 2008, 4:28 am

    "Also, what about the Jewess, Monica Lewinsky. What was her role in the suborning of the Clinton administration."

    She got Bill to talk dirty about her smoking cigars with her panties off while the Mossad wiretapped the conversations.

  25. liberal white boy
    March 30, 2008, 1:31 pm

    Loosen up Mike I just deleted a few anti-Semitic posts but that is sort of unfair. I always leave the anti-Arab/Muslim hate comments for everyone to see. The post was picked up by Whatreallyhappened this weekend. Someone their must read Mondoweiss. That post has had about 3000 hits in the last 24 hours.

  26. Arie Brand
    March 31, 2008, 2:36 am

    Anne Frank can, even at this late stage, still cause controversy in the Netherlands. Recently a picture was distributed of her on which she was dressed in a Palestininian shawl. This brought about violent protests by the CIDI (a sort of Dutch equivalent of CAMERA). This particular martyr had to be monopolized for the Israeli cause. So the distribution stopped.

    Her status in the Dutch pantheon seems assured. When a broadcasting corporation organized not long ago a poll in order to draw up a list with Greatest Dutch Persons, Anne Frank was the only person who had anything to do with letters that ended up among the first ten. One of Holland’s most well known authors, Harry Mulisch, didn’t even make the first one hundred. The matter triggered off the following column by the Dutch octogenarian sociologist/columnist, Jacques van Doorn:

    “Anne Frank is world famous. Her diary has been translated into dozens of languages and has been read by millions of people. Her Amsterdam hiding place is more wellknown than the Rijksmuseum. She got a theater play on Broadway, a movie that obtained three Oscars, various biographies and exhibitions. The only thing lacking, so wrote Ian Buruma in an American paper, is a skating show: ‘Anne Frank on ice.’

    The holocaust expert Johannes Houwink ten Cate was a bit less subtle. ‘The Superstar of the Shoah business’ (Historisch Nieuwsblad, November 1998). And business it certainly is. A few pre-war letters by Anne were auctioned in San Francisco for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Four pages from her diary that had been lacking raised 700,000 guilders in Holland.

    The KRO (a catholic broadcast organization A.B.) brought the murdered Jewish girl into the race for the title: the Greatest Dutch Person. Half the Dutch population was enthusiastic about that. Even the Minister of Justice, Donner, waxed lyrical. In ‘Trouw’ he called her “a star glittering at the firmament of human history”. Goethe pales into insignificance compared to that, not to mention Harry Mulisch.

    And now the facts. Anne Frank left behind a handwritten diary that possesses neither literary nor documentary value. It is the account of an intelligent and sensitive girl who has related in a pure fashion her growth into adulthood.. She shows to be conscious of the deathly danger that threatens her and the other persons hiding in the ‘Achterhuis’. That is about it.
    After the war it took some effort to get the diary published. At first publication, in 1947, Annie Romein–Verschoor wrote a preface in which she warned against exalted expectations. “This diary is not the work of a child prodigy”. David Barnouw, who took care of the scientific publication for the National Institute for War Documentation, confessed that he had never looked at it before. “A girl’s book” so was his judgment. Houwink ten Cate used exactly the same words: “primarily a girl’s book”.

    Conclusion: Anne Frank is without any doubt an extremely well known Dutch person but not a Great Dutch Person. Curiously enough, none of the persons participating in the current debate has made this distinction. But this is the fashion of our times, who is well known is great, whereas only the reverse should be the case.”

    Van Doorn himself, does, “curiously enough” not make the distinction between the actual diary and the effect it has had. Millions of people who were not personally involved in this genocide and who looked uncomprehendingly at the post-war photographs of piles of bodies, were offered the chance, by this diary without “literary or documentary value”, to empathize with one particular victim of the holocaust. In this sense the diary is a “permanent tool against fascism” (as Mulisch once said), surely also that of the Israeli variety.

  27. zed
    April 1, 2008, 7:17 am

    We need about 100,000 Americans to go before a judge and publicly declare
    that their middle names are their legal names for all public purposes.
    And they should also declare themselves as supporters of the Hussein
    for Imam–whoops I mean president coalition. Hussein will be the
    first Muslim president. Free Burkhas for everybody! Hussein's first
    act will be to replace the flag with the red crescent. Hussein has
    always hated that other flag with every fiber of his being. Which is
    why he won't pledge to it and won't wear a flag lapel pin. But Hussein
    will proudly salute a flag representative of a non European religion!
    When Hussein takes office every child will be required to attend a
    Madras just as Hussein did when he was a child. It is so good to be
    able to use a candidate's middle name and talk about his formative
    years and his education. Because if you couldn't that would mean
    that the candidate is ashamed of what he was and what he has become.
    Welcome to a pork free world with no ham or pizza. You must not offer a pork chop
    to Hussein. You must not put pork grease on your hands or your money
    and certainly not hallowed ground. No pork anywhere!

    Alice Jones, tinfoil hat wearing saucer nut recently came out of the closet and
    revealed that she is a radical Muslim and a supporter of Hussein for
    for president. Alice, who had previously grown famous for taking Klan money
    for bringing up black people exclusively in conjunction with disease, violence,
    and/or poverty, surprised everyone by endorsing a black candidate for president.

    —coming to you from under the straight talk express.

    ****Hussein '08 !!!*****

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