By Ron Kampeas
April 1, 2009
In our little self-obsessed community of Jews watching the Middle East, reading the “Daily Alert,” published by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, is what passes for Kremlinology.
It purports to be a roundup of news and opinion in the Middle East, but it misses the point often enough, that you have to wonder what the thinking is; the opinions it selected strongly backed the Bush administration’s Iraq adventure, yet it never, as far as I can recall, linked to any of the the flurry of stories in early 2004 that once and for all buried the notion of Saddam holding weapons of mass destruction. Kremlinology: In PresCon world, the weapons are still there.
Goldberg’s headline — “Netanyahu to Obama: Stop Iran — or I will” — as well as his lede just don’t stand up. I come out of a wire service tradition and I need to see the quote backing up the lede, pronto, and not only does it not appear high-up, it just never appears.
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