In this clip, Ralph Nader expresses his opinion that the U.S.S. Liberty incident of 1967 was a deliberate attack by Israel, but presents this interpretation as established fact. It is not. While many false flag operations have been exposed, the Liberty incident is not one of them. It’s still up in the air. Some crew members believed it was an unprovoked attack by the Israelis, but others believed it was an accident, so McCain’s choosing of a side has nothing whatsoever to do with “honor, duty, patriotism”, etc. McCain may genuinely believe the accidental-attack explanation. Even if he doesn’t buy into it and was being deceptive when he wrote the promotional blurb for The Liberty Incident, it seems to me he might have been defending his father’s memory rather than being in thrall to the “AIPAC pro-Israel lobby” as Nader implies. I find the insinuation that McCain was somehow bullied by Jewish people into supporting a theory he knows to be false offensive and unwarranted. Politicians write blurbs of their own free will, and if they don’t want to promote a particular book that someone has asked them to endorse, they simply decline.
While Nader’s opinion on this matter is not overtly anti-Semitic, his eagerness to pin the blame for McCain’s alleged role in an alleged cover-up onto pro-Israel partisans disturbs me. The anti-Semitic statements recently made by some otherwise intelligent politicianshave me wondering if Nader could be veering in that direction.