Klein to Jewish 'Extremists': Stop Bullying Me

Columnist punches back against Commentary campaign
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2008 5:06 PM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Jewish right-wing "extremists" at Commentary can call Joe Klein anti-Semitic and intellectually unstable all they want, the columnist writes, and they can even call for Time to fire him, but he’s not going stop telling what he calls the “palpable” truth that's "unspoken in polite society": that a group of Jewish neoconservatives provided Bush with the rationale he needed for the Iraq war—and now they’re agitating for a strike on Iran.

They’re the same righties who Klein has accused of confusing American and Israeli interests, and though "happily, these people represent a very small sliver of the Jewish population in this country," he vows to do his job by denying them anonymity. "They are wrong and recent history tells us they are dangerous. They are also bullies and I'm not going to be intimidated by them."