Valerie Plame Wilson, a former CIA agent and author, came under fire on Thursday after she tweeted a link to a piece titled “America’s Jews are driving America’s wars.”
Wilson, whose identity as a CIA operative was leaked by an official in former president George W. Bush’s administration in 2003, left the agency in 2005. She initially defended the article, written by Philip Giraldi, but she later backtracked, begging for forgiveness.
The article included statements saying that anyone who touches on the subject of the US-Israeli relationship and American Jews runs the risk of a “quick trip to obscurity” because “Jewish groups and deep pocket individual donors not only control the politicians, they own and run the media and entertainment industries.
Giraldi cites a list of Jews as “conduits for the false information that led to a war [with Iraq] that has spread and effectively destroyed much of the Middle East.”Focused on a potential impending war with Iran, it asserts that “what makes the war engine run is provided by American Jews who have taken upon themselves the onerous task of starting a war with a country that does not conceivably threaten the United States.” Giraldi went on to assert, “the issue that nearly all the Iran haters are Jewish has somehow fallen out of sight, as if it does not matter. But it should matter.”
His column concludes: “We don’t need a war with Iran because Israel wants one and some rich and powerful American Jews are happy to deliver. Seriously, we don’t need it.”
The column appeared Tuesday on the website The Unz Review, which is funded by Ron Unz, a one-time candidate for governor of California who is Jewish. According to the Washington Examiner, the Anti-Defamation League noted in 2014 that Unz publicizes ideas promoted by anti-Semites and supports anti-Israel ideologies, but does not appear to be anti-Semitic himself.
Wilson initially explained why she shared the column in a series of tweets.