Jack Ross writes:
I must heartily second your appeal to Dan Radosh to write the article you describe! Some time back I becamefriends with Dan and wrote in the box for how we knew each other "I met his father twice, the saddest case in the whole history of American public intellectuals". Dan sent a message back saying "You may be right but I'm not posting it".
A while back I flipped through The New Republic and noticed Marty Peretz having for no apparent reason an article about the Rosenberg case, and at least twice Peretz made the belabored point of comparing the Rosenberg-defending fellow travelers to pro-Palestinian Jews, rather than to those beholden to the . Peretz is enough of a maniac that he has to deal in his own mind with the game he's been playing for 40 years, but Radosh seems stunningly oblivious.
For at least two years I understand Radosh has been said to be working on a book about Truman and the birth of Israel. If it has fallen by the boards it would seem that paeans to 1948, or even, at the close of the Bush presidency, to , are about as saleable as Hugh Hewitt's manuscript of last October "How won the election and saved America".
What is stunning is Radosh's complete lack of critical faculty, based on his background and many of the ideas he's been exposed to, toward the proposition that the "war on terror" is the Cold War, that its critics are analogous to American Communists, and that it is the supporters of the Palestinians, rather than the Israel Lobby, which is beholden to a false idol comparable to Communism.
But it is not merely for this reason that I say Ron Radosh is the saddest case in the whole history of American public intellectuals. If only he had merely traded the CP for neoconservatism! Rather, he traded it for partisanship of the fictitious Jewish left epitomized so gallingly in this crisis by The Forward and the leadership of the .