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Andrew ‘The Nailgun’ O’Hehir Calls Israel America’s Frankenstein Monster

Posted on | July 20, 2014 | 29 Comments

Andrew O’Hehir (@AndOHehir) is the all-purpose genius at Salon whose job includes (a) writing crappy movie reviews and (b) spouting off about any random thing that catches his fancy. Last year, O’Hehir got himself memorably owned by Ace of Spades:

Nailed it again. I’m gonna just call this guy “The Nailgun” because he nails everything in sight.

So, here’s the headline on O’Hehir’s latest opus at Salon:

Israel: America’s Frankenstein monster

In the interest of fairness, because I’m willing to give even the most obstinate left-wing doofus the benefit of the doubt, my first reaction was: “Well, that’s just the headline. Everybody knows that is a troll operation that publishes click-bait headlines to attract traffic.” But then I read the article, which concludes thus:

From the American perspective Israel looks something like Frankenstein’s monster, a morally dubious and arguably unnatural creation that was stitched together with the noblest of intentions but not much foresight, and that produced a painful litany of unintended consequences. In that analogy we are Victor Frankenstein, who can never unmake his wayward creature, control it or untether himself from it. If I remember the story correctly, they destroy each other in the end.

This is so wrong in so many ways I don’t even know where to begin. I’m going to trust that Ace of Spades will dismantle it for us.



  • M. Thompson

    Not even noon in this country, and I want to start drinking.

    Heavily. From the crud I just read.

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  • Mike G.

    Looks like the author was reaching for objectivity but couldn’t quite reach it.

  • Pete Mitchell
  • JeffWeimer

    First off, it was a U.N. Creation, and the right thing to do.

  • Phil_McG

    You, sir, are an idiot.

  • Cactus Ed

    Hello, Mr. ‘Pete Mitchell’ [a.k.a. ‘Socialism Is Evil’, etc.] – Putin lover, Anti-Semite, and racist.

  • Matt_SE

    “…a morally dubious and arguably unnatural creation that was stitched together with the noblest of intentions but not much foresight, and that produced a painful litany of unintended consequences.”
    Unlike every other country on the planet.
    Seriously, can this doofus name one other country on Earth that:
    1) Is morally pure
    2) Is a “natural” creation…I don’t even know what that means.
    3) Was stitched together with foresight
    4) Didn’t involve unintended consequences.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Salon translated: “Why couldn’t those Dirty Jews stop being a problem and give up?”

  • Matt_SE

    Re 3)
    Why can’t those Jews do things like our founding fathers, when the 50 colonies became independent?

    Thank goodness Jefferson set aside $10 million in 1776 for the Louisiana Purchase…by 1803, the interest had compounded to cover the remaining $5 million required.

    What a fucking asshat.

  • ChandlersGhost

    Nailed it.

  • richard mcenroe

    Secondly, the US 6th fleet was involved in backing England, France and Israel off the Suez Canal in ’56…

  • RS

    . . . arguably unnatural creation . . .

    A category which includes all countries formerly parts of the Ottoman Empire and Austria-Hungary.

  • Dodd

    “morally dubious and arguably unnatural creation that was stitched together with the noblest of intentions but not much foresight, and that produced a painful litany of unintended consequences”

    An apt description of pretty much all liberal policy.

  • Stogie Chomper

    Jew hatred seems to be all the rage on the left these days. Of course, the left always, always, ALWAYS supports evil over good. That’s why they support the “Palestinians” and wear those god-awful Arafat head scarves.

  • holygoat

    “The man masturbates stupid and ejaculates embarrassment.”
    — Ace

  • andycanuck

    Salon’s also attacking Christianity today; and Kerry was sarcastically caught on a live-mic referring to Israel’s “hell of a pinpoint operation.”

  • Escher’s House

    Sounds like you’ve shared some good times.

  • Escher’s House

    We need not begin at the beginning. There are two facts of the Twentieth Century which cannot be denied: the Holocaust and the founding of the Jewish State of Israel. Tell me why again that we do not demand that Arab muslims accept these facts and move on. Why is their undying hatred to be coddled and rewarded?

  • Bob Belvedere

    Thanks for picking-up the cudgel, CE.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Nailgun Evi is her name.

  • ChandlersGhost

    Evi, I might start calling you this in my roundups.

  • Quartermaster

    Just don’t talk about branding or trail drives to market. She gets upset.

  • Quartermaster

    That was a misstep by Ike.

  • ChandlersGhost

    Or air hammers. I’ll keep all that on the down-low.

  • Adjoran

    Who the hell reads Salon anyway? I checked it out back in the ’90s when it was one of the early “web-only news analysis” sites, it was woefully leftist back then and lacking in any exceptional writing skill to compensate (as one might occasionally find with some).

    AFAIK they have never turned a profit and are kept online by leftist donors. I supposes that is good since their money might be more effectively spent elsewhere and do actual damage.

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  • Art Deco

    Henry Hyde had an affair with a married woman named Cherie Snodgrass during the period running from 1965 to 1969. Twenty-nine years after it had ended (and seven years after Hyde had been widowed), Salon saw fit to publish this datum about this septuagenarian politician. Hyde was due to be stuck with presiding over the Clinton impeachment hearings, a function the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is gifted ex officio. That was the excuse. That’s the first I ever heard of the publication Salon, and the last time I ever looked at it. Michael Kinsley was wont to remark at that time that Slate would break even while Salon was hemorrhaging cash. The shaldenfreude was almost legitimate.

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