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This article is a mess. The very premise is wrong -- so now it is pandering to condemn those who, if not anti-Semites are at least familiar with the secret handshake? This seems like one of those Cold War arguments -- he's a bastard, but he's our bastard. My guess is that Marty Peretz would not have let this one through the door of TNR, and with good reason. He lost me at the mention of the Panama Canal, which to my mind manages to fulfill a troika of irrelevancies -- it has nothing to do woth the modern Democratic Party, it has nothing to do with Iraq, and it has nothing to do with Israel. I like Beinart generally, and most often support his criticisms of Democrats, but this one is a big swing and a miss. dcat
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