May 03, 2006

Bush man booed by the AJC

The American Jewish Committee has requested that George Bush stop linking his desire to go to war on Iran to his desire to promote Israel's interests. This is a curious article from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
The chairman of the Republican Party was booed at an American Jewish Committee event over comments on Iraq.

Ken Mehlman, who is Jewish, said Iraq posed less of a challenge now than under Saddam Hussein.

Mehlman was otherwise politely received when he spoke Tuesday at the AJCommittee’s 100th anniversary celebrations in Washington, and he got warm applause when he said the Bush administration would not tolerate an Iranian nuclear bomb and always would stand by Israel.

The room burst into applause, however, when AJCommittee board member Edith Everett asked Mehlman to “take a message” to President Bush to stop linking Israel and Iran.
“It does not help Israel and it does not help American Jews to appear to be stimulators of any action against Iran,” Everett said. [this would be the same AJC that took out full page adverts in the world's press to encourage others to support war on Iran]

She added that “it’s easy to understand why Iran is not worried about us” because Iraq is consuming so many U.S. resources.

Mehlman replied by acknowledging that Iraq was a “challenge,” but claimed it’s “less of a challenge than when Saddam Hussein was in power.”
Was the Chairman of Bush's own party expected to claim that Iraq has been a disaster?


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