Buckley 1991, Buchanan Pat

Buckley on Buchanan: Anti-Semitic Remarks.
A Synopsis of a National Review Article
by David from Lakewood, NJ

I just did a study of William Buckley’s essay in the
National Review, In Search of Anti-Semitism, dated December
30, 1991. In the article, Buckley concludes that Pat
Buchanan was … “a Gentile who said things about Jews that
could not reasonably be interpreted as other than anti-
Semitic in tone and in substance.”
Buckley cites several remarks by Buchanan which, taken
together, constitute a general pattern of anti-Semitism….
What did Buchanan say?
Buckley quoted TV comments regarding the Persian Gulf
War in which Buchanan said, “‘There are only two groups that
are beating the drums for war in the Middle East – the
Israeli Defense Ministry and its amen corner in the United
States.'” Buckley called this “a massive inaccuracy, namely
that ‘only’ two specified groups favored military action
against Hussein.”
Buckley added another quote from Buchanan who said,
“‘The Israelis want this war desperately because they want
the United States to destroy the Iraqi war machine. They
want us to finish them off. They don’t care about our
relations with the Arab world.'” Buckley commented that if
Buchanan “had quoted the extent of the public’s support (of
the war), he would have been suggesting that Israelis
manipulate 75 per cent of American public support even for
causes that are strategically anti-American.”
Buckley also writes, “again on television, (Buchanan)
came in with the wisecrack that Congress was ‘Israeli-
occupied’ territory.”
Buckley adds that Buchanan “pronounced the names of
four important men who influence public policy, whom he
identified with the hyper-bellicose wing of the anti-Saddam
forces. They were. . . A.M. Rosenthal … Richard Perk …
Charles Krauthammer … and Henry Kissinger.” Buckley says
that the most conspicuous thing they have in common is that
they are all Jewish.
Buckley continued, “Pat Buchanan went on to write that
if we went to war, the fighting would be done by ‘kids with
names like McAllister, Murphy, Gonzales, and Leroy Brown.’
There is no way to read that sentence without concluding
that Pat Buchanan was suggesting that American Jews manage
to avoid personal military exposure even while advancing
military policies they (uniquely?) engender.”
Buckley says that in the ensuing controversy, “Buchanan
told a reporter from Time magazine, ‘I don’t retract a
single word.'”
Individually, Buckley says, these comments could
possibly be defended, but, taken together, they present a
clear pattern of anti-Semitism. The comments suggest that
the Jewish lobby unduly influences American foreign policy
and this can inflame resentment against Jews.

I was further concerned upon hearing about the bulletin
in the news today that Buchanan’s campaign manager had just
resigned because he had been speaking to Aryan and militia
groups. Once again, this could be defended by Buchanan by
saying he didn’t know anything about it. But the pattern
speaks for itself. And why would these groups seek to
support Pat Buchanan? Does he vocalize the opinions of
these hate groups?

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