Joe Klein, sometimes hero, sometimes villain to just about everyone, wrote a lengthy article about all the problems Hillary Clinton is having in just about every part of the world with just about everyone over just about every foreign policy issue.
But one sentence in the lengthy article incited Spencer Ackerman (aka Attackerman) to demand that we get tough with Israel because Israel has “disrepected” U.S. Middle East Envoy George Mitchell.
To prove what it means to be a man in the world, at least when it comes to Israel, Ackerman quotes at length from an interview with Young Jeezey:
“This is a really unbelievable display of disrespect, conveyed in a new Joe Klein piece:
‘The Israelis have been difficult, as always: whenever Mitchell raises East Jerusalem in talks with the Israeli Foreign Minister, the Israeli stands up and walks out of the room.’
“Can you believe that shit! Here’s the fucking U.S. special envoy, an emissary of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, discussing what everyone knows will have to be a subject of a final-status negotiation … and the Israeli foreign minister, like a toddler, gets cranky and huffs out! Routinely! And Mitchell, like a bitch, takes it!
“The first thing my mind turns to is Young Jeezy’s recent Complex interview.
‘… Young Jeezy: Grown, baby, we moving on. I ain’t really no nigga to search for attention or do shit to get attention. I never mentioned niggas’ names, or said anything about anything throughout my career to get no cool points—I just mind my business. But at the same time, I’m a man first. If I feel offended, I’ma speak on it. Like you, you’re not gonna be walking along and a motherfucker just say something crazy to you in the middle of Manhattan and you gonna just keep it moving? You’re gonna say your piece or what? [Laughs.]’
“Someone needs to print out and slip this interview into Mitchell’s briefing package the next time he shuttles to Tel Aviv. Avigdor Lieberman is not going to respect Mitchell if Mitchell allows himself to be disrespected, and the Israelis are not going to respect the Obama administration if it can disrespect it without consequence.”
I don’t know if Joe Klein was being straight up on his statement that the Israelis get up and walk out every time East Jerusalem is mentioned. This is Joe Klein, after all.
I also don’t know if Mitchell would get up and walk out if the Israelis insisted on discussing the timetable for Texas to be returned to Mexico, or Louisiana to France, or Alaska to Russia.
But give Israel the Young Jeezy treatment? That sounds like a plan.
What do you call someone who invokes Young Jeezy’s street talk to prove they can be tough with Israel?
Neo-Jeezy? Chicken-Jeezy? Jeezy-Hawks? J-Street-Jeezy? All of the above?