Sauce for the Goose
Over at NRO, Andy McCarthy has denounced as "disgusting" and "repulsive" former CIA official Michael Scheuer's review at antiwar.com of Norman Podhoretz' World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism. In his review, Scheuer notes that "Podhoretz hates every American who does not support the neoconservatives' views, the foreign policy they have devised, and [the] national security disasters to which they are leading America," with Podhoretz being "particularly vicious" toward Pat Buchanan "because he knows that Buchanan sees through the neoconservative fantasy with the most unrelenting acuity." None of this is news to Chronicles readers, and all of it is true.
So why is McCarthy so angry? He doesn't really say, because he merely denounces Scheuer, never offering anything that might be considered an argument. He probably objects to Scheuer's description of Podhoretz' book as "anti-American," but since Podhoretz has freely tossed around this adjective for decades, and McCarthy's own magazine printed a cover story at the beginning of the invasion of Iraq denouncing conservative opponents of the war as "unpatriotic," it is hard to see why this should upset McCarthy. What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, after all. McCarthy may also object to Scheur describing Podhoretz and his minions as "Israel-firsters," but there is no doubt of the centrality of Israel in neoconservative thought. Indeed, the same day McCarthy was reduced to sputtering outrage over Scheuer's review, six other posts appeared at NRO lambasting Scheuer for saying on television that Israel was "not worth an American life or an American dollar." Scheuer thus managed to excite more outrage at NRO than has, say, Christopher Hitchens' ongoing war against Christianity. In fact, NRO regularly links to Hitchens' pieces, which continue to be praised by NRO regulars, one of whom, Michael Novak, has described Hitchens as a "Treasure." McCarthy himself often praises Hitchens' columns. That criticism of American policy toward Israel should be seen as more damning at NRO than criticism of Christianity represents nothing less than a repudiation of the principles on which American conservatism has rested, including the principles enunciated by National Review before it became a neoconservative organ.
Unfortunately for McCarthy, Americans are being given an opportunity to assess the merits of neoconservatism. Podhoretz' policies are being tried in Iraq, and they are being found wanting—resulting so far in the loss of thousands of American lives and of hundreds of billions of dollars, not to mention the deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqis and the devastation of Iraq's ancient Christian community. Podhoretz and McCarthy will no doubt continue to hurl insults at all those who doubt their wisdom, but the reality of Iraq will continue to increase support for the type of foreign policy advocated by Buchanan and first articulated by our greatest president, George Washington, in his magisterial Farewell Address.
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