Originally Posted by Ray in Seattle
To expand on this just a bit. Loury illustrates this disconnect from reality very well. He said (paraphrasing) don't Americans see that the Arabs have all the oil and perhaps we'd be better off doing what it takes to be their friends? I must admit that my stomach turned over when I heard that - just as it does when I read comments by some here to that same effect. Does Loury really think that the average American would think it's a good thing to sell out our friends and allies for (possibly a few months of) cheaper gas at the pump? I think it's an argument that only a progressive lefty could make with a straight face. And when they make it most Americans become even stronger supporters of Israel - and develop an even stronger disgust with the left side of American politics, if that's possible.
I think that most of your so-called arguments for the unconditional support of Israel could not be made with a straight face either, but yet you continue to make them. Now I learn that you have the full backing of the American people to justify your arguments. That explains a lot. You have already repeatedly told us that you think with your gut---or is it your mysterious and unknowable brain?---but now I think I have a better understanding of the source of your "thoughts."