In the OpinionJournal PETER BERKOWITZ wrote of the destructive power of rage in politics in a great piece called

The Insanity of Bush Hatred

He demonstrates how the rage against Bush sacrifices basic facts and reason to reach the preordained conclusions of even, hell- especially, the most educated and intellectual among us.

The media feeds this destructive tendency. In my opinion such rage partially explains the ridiculous ant-Semitic assertions of Jimmy Carter and the academically shameful work of Mearsheimer and Walt’s “The Israel Lobby”.

This ‘rage’ throughout centuries of history has replaced reason and facts with hatred and oppression. It has infected some of our greatest minds who otherwsie claim the noblest of intention. Ralph Peters noted that hatred does not need a reason, only an excuse. Often this rage is that excuse.

There is much to criticize in the Bush administration, but the tone of so much of it is ridiculous and pathetically shallow. It is dangerous to our political discourse.