However, a number of Jews are displeased at the results. Some of them believe the interview became anti-Semitic in character. Elder of Ziyyon expresses objection HERE. At around the 10:30 point of the interview, Scheuer advocated that the United States should dissuade terrorists from focusing their anger on the U.S. by persuading them to focus their anger on what they themselves perceive as their enemy: the governments that oppress them and Israel.
But it was the following exchange at the 15:00 minute point that really got these Jewish bloggers in a tizzy. A caller referring to himself as John from Franklin, NY, who also identified himself as a political independent, questioned our policy of fighting Muslims on behalf of Israel. Here's the excerpt:
John from Franklin: I for one am sick and tired of all these Jews coming on C-SPAN and other stations and pushing us to go to war against our Muslim friends. They're willing to spend the last drop of American blood and treasure to get their way in the world. They have way too much power in this country. People like Wolfowitz and Feith and the other neo-cons -- that jewed us into Iraq -- and now we're going to spend the next 60 years rehabilitating our soldiers -- I'm sick and tired of it.
C-SPAN host: Any comments?
Scheuer: Yeah. I think that American foreign policy is ultimately up to the American people. One of the big things we have not been able to discuss for the past 30 years is the Israelis. Whether we want to be involved in fighting Israel's wars in the future is something that Americans should be able to talk about. They may vote yes. They may want to see their kids killed in Iraq or Yemen or somewhere else to defend Israel. But the question is: we need to talk about it. Ultimately Israel is a country that is of no particular worth the United States.
C-SPAN host: You mean strategically?
Scheuer: Strategically. They have no resources we need. Their manpower is minimal. Their association with us is a negative for the United States. Now that's a fact. What you want to do about that fact is entirely different. But for anyone to stand up in the United States and say that support for Israel doesn't hurt us in the Muslim world is to just defy reality.
You can go to the C-Span site to watch the full video, or you can watch the excerpt of the discussion of John from Franklin's question embedded below:
Adam Holland offers even more details on his blog. He discloses that Scheuer's next call came from a supporter identified as Tim from Crawford, Virgina. Tim has published Scheuer's writings on his several websites deemed "anti-Semitic" by Holland, to include at least one of which is largely devoted to promoting information which tends to cast blame on Jewish supremacists for orchestrating 9/11.
Tim from Crawford: Mr. Scheuer, I met you in Los Angeles and you were so brave being on the Bill Maher Show talking about how we're fighting these wars for Israel and I told you about my neoconzionistthreat.com website and america-hijacked.com. You were absolutely spot on, sir. When are we going to shred the Israeli yoke and get on with defending America like George Washington wanted us to?
Since Scheuer didn't really address those rhetorical questions in his response, a third Jewish blogger, Jeffrey Goldberg who blogs on The Atlantic, hysterically denounced Scheuer as a "Jew-hating crank" and telephoned C-Span host Bill Scanlan on January 6th to complain. When Goldberg asked Scanlan why he didn't challenge the caller or cut him off, Scanlan said he was not authorized to speak for the company, refused to comment further, and referred his call to Michelle Remillard, his producer. Remillard has not responded to Goldberg's enquiry.
Nor should she respond. Goldberg and the other complainants fail to realize that it is not the job of C-Span's hosts to take partisan positions or censor on the basis of content. Their job is simply to facilitate discussion and direct traffic. This is what separates C-Span from the other media outlets, and it is a refreshing change from partisan wonks like Chris Matthews...or even Glenn Beck.
Note that the instinctive Jewish response to criticism of Israel is always censorship and repression. Jewish supremacists cannot abide free speech.