New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, last seen calling Goldman Sachs "blood-sucking," is back with more anti-Semitic stereotypes in her latest column, which runs under the headline "Neocons Slither Back."
"Ryan was moving his mouth, but the voice was the neocon puppet master Dan Senor," Ms. Dowd writes. The display type in the newspaper reads: "Look who's pulling the strings of Marionette Mitt and Puppet Paul."
The column goes on, "If President Romney acceded to Netanyahu's outrageous demand for clear red lines on Iran, this global conflagration would be a tiny foretaste of the conflagration to come."
This is disturbing on many levels. First of all, at least by neoconservative standards, Dan Senor isn't much of a neoconservative. He rose to prominence on the foreign policy side as a spokesman for Paul Bremer. Bremer was a longtime colleague and associate of Henry Kissinger and is thought of as a Kissingerian realist, not a neoconservative. The neoconservatives couldn't stand Ambassador Bremer; they thought he was trying to run Iraq as proconsul when he should have more quickly turned things over to Iraqis like Ahmad Chalabi. Mr. Senor was hostile to that view, as he expressed in articles like this one.
Second, depictions of Jews as snakes or puppeteers are classical anti-Semitic images, right up there with blood-sucking. The snake image has roots in the Christian Bible; the puppet-master goes back at least to Nazi Germany, and when Glenn Beck used it to talk about George Soros, who, unlike Dan Senor, has actually been hostile to Israel, the left was all over him for it.
Third, the idea that Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney have no volition or judgment of their own and are just putty in the hands of some powerful behind-the-scenes Jew is just preposterous. If Ms. Dowd has evidence of this she should share it, but as it is she just states it as a kind of self-evident innuendo.
Fourth, what's "outrageous" about Prime Minister Netanyahu's request that America explain exactly where Iran must stop in its pursuit of nuclear weapons, particularly if such a step could actually prevent Israel from having to act on its own against Iran?
It's quite a New York Times column for the eve of Rosh Hashana.