October 1, 2009
Ignorance Pervades the 'Neocon' Debate
Michael Young, Daily Star
Recently, an American researcher in Beirut wrote a commentary in which he disapprovingly referred to me as a “neoconservative.” Though the subject struck me as dated, when the author sent me a version for review before publication, I explained that I was no such thing. More maliciously, he accused me, without any evidence, of coordinating a piece I had written on American policy toward Syria with those of three former Bush administration officials. This time my denial was angrier.
Slapdash indictments are common these days in journalism about the Middle East – where the aim of writers is frequently to gain access to one...