I know many of you are going to groan when you read this, and I expect a number of you will remember Sullivan’s fifth column/decadent left remarks and say “what goes around comes around.” And like many of you, I have my beefs with Sully- he tends to be myopic about what is actually going on around him, he tends to not think through the impact of policies that will not effect him (abortion), he relies on hucksters and right-wing frauds too often for economic analysis, and he keeps pining for some true conservatism that exists only in his mind. I get the beefs with Sullivan, I really do.
But having said all that, I’ve watched over the past few days as Jeffrey Goldberg has launched vicious smear after vicious smear at Sullivan, and it is disgusting. Some highlights:
“I think he’s a scapegoater of Jews”
“an embarrassingly rabid anti-Zionist”
“Andrew, who consistently grants the regime in Iran the benefit of the doubt on the nuclear issue while simultaneously assuming the worst about Israel’s government”
“he’s oblivious to the existence of anti-Semitism”
“But as we’ve learned over time here at The Atlantic, (and by The Atlantic, I mean here at Goldblog HQ) there’s no arguing with the guy.”
These are all just blatant lies, although my favorite is how he co-opted the entire Atlantic staff to attack Sullivan. And then he just decides to drop the whole subject, not really respond to anything, and go on hiatus. A real profile in courage.
Look- this is little more than what the Weekly Standard and the other neocon mags do whenever they disagree with someone- smear them and call them an anti-Semite. These are not the writings of an intellect with a nuanced vision of the world, this stuff is straight out of the Marty Peretz playbook. These are the kinds of grunts you’d expect from an under-educated prison guard.
There should be no place for this kind of crap, let alone from the pages of the Atlantic.