Journalist Philip Giraldi has been combatting undue Israel-influence on Washington for years. The author thinks he went too far in an article for Unz.com “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.” Giraldi had a long business relationship with The American Conservative (TAC) magazine and website.
The editor of TAC cut ties with Giraldi once the article appeared Sept. 19, according to Giraldi. TAC said the article was unacceptable. Giraldi was described as a former CIA case officer and army intelligence officer who spent 20 years overseas in Europe and the Middle East working terrorism cases, before his falling out with TAC. He graduated from the University of Chicago and has a Ph.D. in European History from the University of London. TAC did not respond to an inquiry about this article.
Giraldi says he attempted to make several points concerning the consequences of Jewish political power vis-à-vis some aspects of U.S. foreign policy. He also named names. Bill Kristoll, David Frum, Max Boot and Bret Stephens were outed as war hawks on Iran. Giraldi added Mark Dubowitz, Michael Ledeen and Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies; Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum; John Podhoretz of Commentary magazine; Elliot Abrams of the Council on Foreign Relations; Meyrav Wurmser of the Middle East Media Research Institute; Kimberly Kagan of the Institute for the Study of War; and Frederick Kagan, Danielle Pletka and David Wurmser of the American Enterprise Institute. And you can also throw into the hopper entire organizations like The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) and the Hudson Institute to his list.
“They’re all Jewish, plus most of them would self-describe as neo-conservatives,” he wrote. “And I might add that only one of the named individuals has ever served in any branch of the American military – David Wurmser was once in the Navy reserve.”
As important as what Giraldi said is what he did not say. Giraldi did not say every single Jew in America is driving America’s wars. “Some individual American Jews and organizations with close ties to Israel, whom I named and identified, are greatly disproportionately represented in the government, media, foundations, think tanks and lobbying that is part and parcel of the deliberations that lead to formulation of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Inevitably, those policies are skewed to represent Israeli interests and do serious damage to genuine American equities in the region.”
His accurate report reporting has left the author with some familiar labels. Harvard law-god Alan Dershowitz referred to Giraldi as “a well-known anti-Semite” on national television. Critics also claim he is a conspiracy theorist.
Once former CIA analyst Valarie Plame Wilson retweeted Giraldi’s article, establishment critics attacked her as an anti-Semite. She reminded them of her Jewish heritage and tweeted, “Many neocon hawks ARE Jewish.” She latter bowed to public pressure and apologized.