THE PARANOID STYLE
Dan Drezner takes on what frankly has to be called an updated " Jewish Conspiracy " theory centering on the so-called, dreaded, and allegedly sinister " neoconservative cabal " in The New Republic Online
. Drezner names names but he doesn't go back far enough in time to trace the pedigree of this drivel. Neocons as a Jewish clique argument was percolating on H-Diplo last fall where I and historian Eric Bergerud
aptly pointed out to Juan Cole, David Kaiser
and Eric Alterman
that neoconservatism was rooted in anticommunism, not zionism and still less in the Likud Party. Prior to that, as I have blogged before, this was being peddled by Jude Wanniski
of Polyconomics back in 1998 as part of his longstanding feud with Richard Perle and the supply-side guru's more recent role as an apologist for Islamist radicals, Saddam Hussein and Louis Farrakhan. Since then the neocon-Jewish cabal has become standard propaganda of the antiwar Left and Right at magazines like the Nation and the American Conservative. Drezner however, has taken some solid shots and brought in the late historian Richard Hofstadter into the debate.