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The education of William Scranton

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Recently I did a post on the education of Samantha Power. How she transformed herself from a critic of Israeli human rights abuses to a stalwart supporter of Israel. And now she’s ambassador to the U.N.

It’s an old story. William Scranton, moderate Republican former governor of Pennsylvania and presidential candidate, is dead at 96. From the Times:

Over the years Mr. Scranton was a director of I.B.M., Scott Paper, The New York Times, Pan American Airways, Mobil Oil and other corporations. He was also a Yale trustee, president of the National Municipal League and a White House workhorse for domestic and international tasks.

President-elect Nixon sent him to the Middle East in 1968 to assess Israeli-Arab relations. He returned calling for “a more evenhanded policy,” saying America “must take into consideration the feelings of all persons and countries in the Middle East and not necessarily one country over another.” After protests by Jewish leaders, he modified his view, saying Israel should be protected and strengthened.

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  1. Krauss on August 3, 2013, 11:50 am

    Dangerous racist anti-Semites like William Scranton, notably identified by luminaries like Dennis Ross in outraged and amateurish policy memos from the 80s, cannot be allowed to run amok with their Arabist tendencies and bizarre and fanatical (not to mention anti-Semitic – did I mention anti-Semitic already?) notions of “evenhandedness”.

    To even think such thoughts ought to be punishable, the only way to redeem yourself of such a crime would be to fellate a donkey.

    For Israel.

    • DICKERSON3870 on August 3, 2013, 1:49 pm

      RE: “not to mention anti-Semitic – did I mention anti-Semitic already?” ~ Krauss

      MY REPLY: Yes, you mentioned anti-Semitic, but you neglected to call Scranton a “Jew hater”. Consequently, I must assign you 5 hasbarist demerits.
      You’ll never get inducted into the Hasbarist Hall of Fame as long as you neglect to use each and every possible arrow/smear in the hasbarist quiver!

    • Stephen Shenfield on August 3, 2013, 4:06 pm

      A Jewish or a Gentile donkey?

      And what about the rights and dignity of the donkey?

    • Hostage on August 3, 2013, 9:52 pm

      the only way to redeem yourself of such a crime would be to fellate a donkey. . . . For Israel.

      Nope. That’s a humiliation reserved for the enemies of Israel. They are technically beyond redemption in the first place. I’ve pointed out before that the Prophet Balaam was reportedly forced to say nice things about Israel against his will. It was really no coincidence that he was accused of committing bestiality with his talking donkey too.

    • RoHa on August 3, 2013, 11:35 pm

      You didn’t mention the Holocaust.

  2. American on August 3, 2013, 1:07 pm

    This is the *contribution* that Zionist and Israel have made to America—-that America shall not be ‘even handed” in it’s dealings with other countries.

    Hoyer at AIPAC

    ”Let me say very clearly: as a member of the Democratic leadership and a long-time supporter of Israel, it is absolutely imperative that Members of Congress – especially our new members and those who have few Jews in their Congressional Districts – recognize the moral and strategic significance of the U.S.-Israel partnership.

    Furthermore, it is imperative that Israel’s circle of friends in Congress include non-Jews, too. For the reality is this: Israel’s safety and security is not a Jewish/non-Jewish issue. It is an American national security issue.

    I am confident in saying that two new Democratic members who have a better appreciation of that are Denise Majette of Georgia and Artur Davis of Alabama. Both were part of our delegation. Both are articulate, engaging African-Americans from the south. And both are committed supporters of Israel.

    There are some who believe that we must demonstrate more even-handedness in the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

    I do not.”

    • DICKERSON3870 on August 3, 2013, 1:58 pm

      ● RE: “This is the *contribution* that Zionist and Israel have made to America—-that America shall not be ‘even handed” in it’s dealings with other countries.”


      Pro-Israel contributions

      • Top Senate Recipients Funded

      Recipient | Amount
      Mark Kirk $925,379
      John McCain $771,012
      Mitch McConnell $430,925
      Carl Levin $346,478
      Robert Menéndez $344,670
      Richard Durbin $327,212
      Kirsten Gillibrand $326,937
      Mary Landrieu $296,409
      Benjamin Cardin $267,542
      Harry Reid $261,708
      Bill Nelson $259,250
      Charles Schumer $248,149
      Timothy Kaine $245,820
      Barbara Boxer $245,179
      Ron Wyden $222,431
      Sherrod Brown $221,891
      Claire McCaskill $214,271
      Robert Casey $192,550

      SOURCE –

      ● A HIGHLY RELEVANT QUOTATION: “You can’t use tact with a Congressman! A Congressman is a hog! You must take a stick and hit him on the snout!” ~ From ‘The Education of Henry Adams’, By Henry Brooks Adams, 1838-1918 (American journalist-historian-academic-novelist; grandson of President John Quincy Adams; great-grandson of President John Adams)
      The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams –
      The Education of Henry Adams: An Autobiography (Google eBook) –

      ● YET ANOTHER HIGHLY RELEVANT QUOTATION: “You tell me whar a man gits his corn pone, en I’ll tell you what his ‘pinions is.” ~ Mark Twain (Opining that one’s opinions can be told based on where that person got their bread.)
      SOURCE –

  3. wondering jew on August 3, 2013, 8:16 pm

    Who am I to question the NY Times, but I believe that they have edited history to the point of inaccuracy. I think Scranton did not back down from that statement, meaning at the time, within a year of making the statement, he did not back down. Later when he became appointed ambassador to the UN at the end of the Ford Administration, in his new role, he probably back tracked from the statement, because he was now no longer the independent searcher for the way forward he was in 1968, but an appointed spokesman for the administration,but the Times makes it sound like under pressure he backtracked. That is not my recollection, nor has anything on a quick surf of the web contradicted my recollection.

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