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Antiwar.com says "McCarthy was right!"

I haven't read Coulter's book, because I don't need to be convinced that McCarthy was right. The Senator pointed to the internal danger posed by Communist sympathizers.
from "BOGUS FROM THE BEGINNING -- The backlash against the War Party's lies is only just starting"
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, July 14, 2003

...The neocons are after Ann Coulter's blonde mane because she praises Senator Joseph McCarthy in her latest best-selling book, Treason: the unanimity of the outcry from the Establishment Right is truly a phenomenon to behold. Dorothy Rabinowitz, (in the War Street Journal) David Horowitz, her old enemies at National Review, all have expressed some variation of the verdict enunciated by Andrew Sullivan in the Sunday Times of London:

"One of the most reputable scholars who has studied the McCarthy era in great detail, Ron Radosh, is appalled at the damage Coulter has done to the work he and many others have painstakingly done over the years. 'I am furious and upset about her book,' he told me last week. 'I am reading it – she uses my stuff, Harvey Klehr and John Haynes, Allen Weinstein etc. to distort what we actually say and to make ludicrous and historically incorrect arguments. You might recall my lengthy and negative review in The New Republic a few years ago of [Arthur] Herman's book on McCarthy; well, she is ten times worse than Herman. At least he tried to use bona fide historical methods of research and argument.' Now Radosh has endured ostracism and abuse for insisting that many of McCarthy's victims were indeed Communist spies or agents. But he draws the line at Coulter's crude and inflammatory defense of McCarthy. 'I think it is important that those who are considered critics of left/liberalism don't stop using our critical faculties when self-proclaimed conservatives start producing crap.'"

I haven't read Coulter's book, because I don't need to be convinced that McCarthy was right. I would only note that among the most passionate defenders of Radosh against "ostracism and abuse" has been none other than … Ms. Coulter:

"Ronald Radosh is one of the nation's pre-eminent historians, but he is blacklisted from American universities because he wrote a book concluding that the Rosenbergs were guilty – a few years before decrypted Soviet cables were released proving they were guilty.

"Inasmuch as Radosh had once been a 'progressive' himself, a fatwa was inevitable. Radosh marched for the Rosenbergs. He attended candlelight vigils for the Rosenbergs. He was even personally acquainted with Pete Seeger! But after setting out to write a book proving the Rosenbergs innocent, his research led him to conclude otherwise. He was a liberal who rejected the faith. Under strict fatwa procedures, Radosh had to be banned from academia.

"As has been copiously detailed by John Judis in the liberal New Republic magazine, whenever Radosh is on the verge of being hired by a major university, the liberal wolf pack bays and suddenly the position disappears. Anonymous critics were quoted 'question[ing] his credentials.' One historian told Judis: 'I wouldn't hire a red-baiter like Ron.' Another said Radosh was 'not a historian at all.'"

Coulter has gone to the barricades in defense of Radosh, and this is how Radosh repays her – with smears. But smearing is his forte, in his new incarnation as a neoconservative. His latest pamphlet for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies states that I am "in league with the most extremist anti-Semites in the Arab world" for merely reporting what Carl Cameron of Fox News reported back in December 2001, and I quote:

"There is no indication that the Israelis were involved in the 9-11 attacks, but investigators suspect that the Israelis may have gathered intelligence about the attacks in advance, and not shared it."

Why are the neocons so exercised by Coulter's book? Sullivan cattily disdains her as a "babe," indicating, in his case, a toxic mix of professional envy and sheer misanthropy. But the deeper reason for this all-out assault is ideological: the neocons hated McCarthy, and still do, because he pointed to the internal danger posed by Communist sympathizers, rather than the "real" enemy abroad. He was also a populist, and the neocons despise the masses, who need to be guided by "public intellectuals" such as themselves. The McCarthyites were, after all, aiming their main fire at their own government – in the neocons' view, an impermissible act of lese majeste. The legitimacy of government must never be questioned.

While I have no sympathy for Ms. Coulter's post-9/11 ranting, as my longtime readers know, one can only feel sympathy for her in her present situation, as she endures a public stoning by her former "friends." Spirited, beautiful, and totally right about "Tail-Gunner Joe," Ann Coulter is the latest victim of the neocons' vituperative campaign to cleanse the conservative movement of any elements that might challenge them.

As for Ronald Radosh, "reformed" ex-Communist and professional turncoat, his own character as a back-stabbing cretin is now firmly established.
 
 


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