Keep Gonzales, Boot Rich Lowry

March 29, 2007 - San Francisco, CA - - For a long time we have been of the opinion that Rich Lowry was impossibly in over his head at National Review.

This judgment goes back farther than March of 2005 but the following should suffice for perspective, from a piece we authored almost exactly two years ago to the day National Review - Which Side Are You On? which centered on a controversy created by the Hamas front group CAIR with the bullseye painted on National Review.

Now CAIR has mounted the head of Rich Lowry, Senior Editor of National Review, on their trophy wall, alongside that of Fox's Gail Berman and Michael Dell.

National Review was once the most hallowed of modern conservative icons; created by William F. Buckley at a time when few remembered the towering intellect of Edmund Burke.

As such, NR stood for something, alas that is no more.

Here is the controversy.

A few weeks ago CAIR began a public relations campaign against NR. They charged the magazine with complicity in promoting two books - The Life and Religion of Mohammed & The Sword of the Prophet - that were allegedly anti-Muslim.

By anti-Muslim, CAIR really means truthful.

What CAIR did was coordinate, via its E-zine - CAIR Islam Infonet - an email and telephone bullying effort against one of National Review's key advertisers, Boeing Aircraft.

Of course this got National Review's attention, it being natural for any advertising driven organization to be concerned with the potential loss of a key source of revenue.

National Review's decision was to remove from its bookstore, the books that were claimed to be offensive, thus awarding CAIR total victory on the PR front.

Contacted on the matter, Anne F. Eisele, Boeing spokesperson, was extremely forthcoming. She spent considerable time with us on the phone in a March 30 conversation.

Ms. Eisele denied that Boeing had, at any time, threatened or in any way suggested to NR, that the books be removed from the magazine's online bookstore.

Her specific statement was:

"You asked did Boeing ask National Review to remove the books in question from its website or did the company in any way pressure National Review in its apparent decision to do so? The answer is no. I confirmed that with our head of advertising, the only company official to have contact with the National Review."

[National Review's] Mr. Lowry, Mr. Goldberg and Mr. Nordlinger will not speak to us on the matter. Though we have left numerous voice-mail messages for them, they have been totally unresponsive.

Yet, squirreled away in the NR online blog-section, we are greeted with the following transparency by Editor Lowry:

"So, National Review didn't sit down and say, "Hey, let's have a public fight over Mohammed and aggressively market books about him," then reverse course. In contrast, Robert Spencer and some others on the right feel very strongly that it is important to discredit Mohammed and Islam as such in order to win the war on terror. That's certainly their prerogative, but it is not the tack NR has taken, even as we have vigorously attacked Islamic terrorism."

There is a name for this, it's called caving."

Caving seems to be the order of the day at NR central, now with Mr. Lowry along with whomever else constitutes NR?s ?editors" these days calling for the resignation of Alberto Gonzales.
"What little credibility Gonzales had is gone. All that now keeps him in office, save the friendship of the president, is the conviction of many Republicans that removing him would embolden the Democrats. It is an overblown fear...Alberto Gonzales should resign."

We are searching for appropriate adjectives to describe such idiocy?

Spineless, seems most appropriate, in keeping with NR & Lowry's inability to previously stand up to CAIR's thugs.

Had NR the intestinal fortitude it could have been in the forefront of the now successful effort that has been mounted turning CAIR's reputation sour, to the point where even uber-liberal Democrat Senators from California feel compelled to reject associations with the organization.

There are several reason why Gonzales should be retained, the most important of which is that caving to the Democrats at this point is cowardly, sacrificing a good and effective man for nothing. Such actions are not at all dissimilar to feeding your family to the alligator in the hope that he will become full before he eats you.

It's ineffective; it emboldens a party which is starting to seriously resemble the Bolsheviks; it sends all the wrong messages to the media as well as the GOP faithful who have lost faith in the party's manliness.

In short it's completely insane and indefensible.

Up with Alberto, a pox on Lil Richie.

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