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August 29, 2003 - Image 30

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-08-29

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Cover Story


from page 29


Richard Perle,
a member of the
• Defense Policy
Board, speaks to
students in April at
Brown University
in Providence, R.I.,
as.an anti-war
protester holds up
her hands painted
in red.


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for Security Policy and National
Review contributing editor, is . often
assumed to be Jewish because he's so
pro-Israel. He is not.
Railing against what he sees as anti-
Jewish and anti-conservative bias in
the so-called liberal media, Rush
Limbaugh, the king of conservative
talk radio, has accused the media of
speaking in a "code language" when it
comes to neocons.
"A case in point is their use of the
term `neoconservative,"' Limbaugh
said in a recent broadcast. "Whether
they choose to hyphenate the label or
not, its a pejorative code word for
"That's right, they use it as a way to
say guys like Bill Kristol, Irving
Kristol, Charles Krauthammer,
Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz,
Norman Podhoretz, John Podhoretz
and others are just trying to support
Israel at the USAs expense," Limbaugh
Noted one prominent Washington
Jewish neocon, "It happens to be a
bunch of people who have a certain
world view, in the Republican Party,
mainly centered around foreign policy
issues. They're just doing the same
thing other folks do, but maybe the
[Jewish] history [of neoconservatism]
lends itself to conspirators."
Irving Kristol, often called the god-
father of neocons, is frequently quoted
as defining a neoconservative as a "lib-
eral who has been mugged by reality."

That reality, most neocons readily
admit, is that the neoconservative
movement originated among a crowd
of once-liberal New York Jews, some of
them radical, who had begun to ques-
tion the Democratic Party's leftist ten-
As Podhoretz once explained, they
loathed communism, believed in wel-
fare to a point, were relatively friendly
toward organized labor and enthusias-
tically supported Israel.
But today's neoconservatives — it
should be noted the term has been
used as a pejorative since its inception,
even though some neocons wear it as a
badge of honor — don't believe they're
solely, or even predominantly, respon-
sible for the current administration's
backing of Israel.
Shoshana Bryen is the director of
special projects at the Washington,
D.C.-based Jewish Institute for
National Security Affairs (JINSA) and
married to Stephen Bryen, who served
as an assistant deputy secretary of
defense under Perle. Both he and
JINSA are often named in the ram-
bling neocon conspiracy theories litter-
ing cyberspace.
But his wife believes only those who
are already anti-Semitic — "inclined
toward the Jews-control-the-world the-
ory" — are likely to believe in a neo-
con cabal.

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