Stephen Walt is an embarrassment to Harvard University. The issue is not what he says — free speech is paramount — but rather intellectual sloppiness. In Foreign Policy, he argues that “neocons” turned on Turkey in 2008 because of Israel. But trolling the Internet for like-minded pieces is not fact-checking.
Walt’s premise is that neoconservatives started criticizing Turkey in 2008 because they were upset by Turkey’s bashing of Israel. Let’s put aside the silly assumption that neoconservatives all know each other and talk to each other. Instead, Mr. Walt, here’s a couple pieces from 2005 raising alarm bells for very different reasons. Care to revisit your assumptions?
It is pretty obvious that a talking points memo went out from the Israeli embassy or some other locale, because in a matter of days, many of the usual suspects—Daniel Pipes, Stephen Schwartz, Michael Rubin, and Victor Davis Hanson, not to mention the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA)—all came out with the identical, preposterous notion that Turkey is the perp and Israel the victim.
Maybe this is projection, maybe not; I’ve never met Mr. Lang and only know him through the eye-rolls of other DIA officials. Again, let’s put aside his conspiratorial nonsense which assumes that anyone, absent evidence, who disagrees with Mr. Lang has dual loyalty. More ironic is that Mr. Lang left the intelligence community to become a registered foreign agent for a Lebanese politician best known for his pro-Syrian bent. What a buffoon.