Other Voices | Wednesdays Wars: Republican Debate – Things you’ll hear and things you won’t hear

Published on Dec 14, 2015


1. After I take the oath of office, the first call I’ll make will be to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. I’ll put our good friend Sheldon Adelson on the phone, and we’ll all have a good laugh about the future of the “peace process”. Hilarious. Also, we’ll have to talk about Ted Cruz’s idea of “carpet bombing and making the desert glow”. I’ll get some ideas on what countries Bibi and Sheldon want to hit.

Be prepared for a pander-fest of the highest (lowest) order on all matters Israel. Marco Rubio’s billionaire backer, Norman Braman, former President of the Miami Jewish Federation, will be in the audience, as will Jewish Republican Coalition Board Members and Billionaires Paul Singer and Sheldon Adelson. When it comes to pandering, nobody can do it better than Marco, also known as the Magnificently Malleable Marco. Trump, to his credit, will probably not join in the pandering. His failure to do so makes the neocons uncomfortable.

2. Our friends don’t trust us and our enemies don’t fear us.

This is a standard line for a candidate whose party does not occupy the White House. It’s perfect for a candidate who has little depth, but wants to appear learned to those who speak “neocon”. Bush will probably use it if it hasn’t been used by the time they get to him, and if he’s still awake. Jeb tires easily … he’s very low-energy.

3. We are at war and our President will not name the enemy.

The President has called the Islamic State what they are … a death cult that is a perversion of Islam. It is stupid for the US to make the war against the Islamic State bigger than it is and give their recruiting efforts a needed boost. The only beneficiaries of making the war seem bigger than it is are Republican candidates for President looking for a point or two bump in their polling. Also, I’m sure it has occurred to Rupert Murdoch that making the clash with the Islamic State bigger is a boon to ratings and readers at FOX, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post. We didn’t emphasize the religion of our enemies in World War II. It makes no sense to do so now. Continue Reading……..