Leon Wieseltier: Increasingly Validated

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on September 13, 2011

This gets tiresome, but evidently, one must remind Andrew Sullivan that Israel does not have “veto power” over American foreign policy; the fact that an American Secretary of Defense can excoriate Israel would appear to indicate that the U.S. is more than capable of taking care of, and standing up for itself. Additionally, Israel has the right to pursue its own interests, Sullivan ought to reconcile himself to the fact that Israeli interests don’t always coincide with American interests–which means that the two countries will butt heads every once in a while–and that Israel has no obligation to act as an unthinking client state of the U.S. in order to win the admiration and respect of people like Andrew Sullivan.

Oh, and about that title. If Sullivan is going to insist on living down to Wieseltier’s expectations of him, then I see no reason whatsoever why the Google rankings for Wieseltier’s piece ought not to go up, and its connection with Sullivan ought not to increase. Once more, it is worth noting that I have tried in the past to give Sullivan the benefit of the doubt when it comes to addressing Wieseltier’s charges against Sullivan. But that is becoming harder and harder to do.

  • Anonymous

    If Israel had such veto power, the State Department wouldn’t have gotten so huffy about Israel retaliating against Lebanese Hezbollah.

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