Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Jared Kushner's Well Deserved Honor

NOT...Jared Kushner (Walmart)
When a former member of the Obama administration honors a former top member of the Trump administration… that gets my attention. Is that even possible? 

Not only is it possible, it’s happening

The Anti-Defamation League will deliver an award to Jared Kushner for his diplomatic work related to Israel at its annual conference next month in New York City.

Kushner, the son-in-law of former president Donald Trump — the presumptive Republican nominee for president — served as a senior adviser in Trump's White House where he was charged with solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The ADL is honoring Kushner for his "vital and deeply impactful work on the Abraham Accords," which normalized relations between Israel and several Middle Eastern countries including Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

He also championed the decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

A spokesperson for the ADL said that Kushner's previous diplomatic work was "pivotal for hostage release and an end to the conflict post October 7th terrorist attack."

That’s pretty good for a guy who has the intelligence of a ‘Ken doll’. 

Except that he doesn’t. 

I had to laugh a little bit when I saw this story because of the constant mocking Kushner gets from the left. While I have to admit that he does kind of look like a ‘Ken doll’ he is clearly a lot more intelligent and capable than that look implies.

But dollars to donuts, I can almost guarantee that his detractors will come out of the woodwork and insist that this award proves nothing. That the ‘achievements’ he is being honored for are undeserved. That credit - if any - is due to others. That Kushner was at best a front man that used his nefarious connection to Arab despots to facilitate a deal he does not have the intelligence to originate or execute.

In making their assessment of Kushner’s intelligence they have said it was  ‘daddy’s money’ that got him into Harvard.  They will cite anecdotal evidence from former classmates that his academic performance was mediocre at best. (Not that they didn’t have any bias against him because he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.. Nooooo! They insist he is as dumb as a doorknob. They just know it!)

It is obvious to  Kushner’s detractors (who are mostly on the left) that whatever he is given credit for he either did not  earn - and/or his accomplishments are at most overrated if not entirely meaningless.

I have heard it all before. And I’m sure I will hear it again.

But anyone with an unjaundiced eye will see what the ADL sees: a realistic picture of Kushner’s considerable accomplishments. He was not just a figurehead with connections. He is a man of unprecedented achievements in the Middle East. Which bore fruit with respect to hostages being released through the efforts of Qatar, an Arab nation that has maintained a relationship Israel since 2009. A relationship bolstered by the Abraham accords. And continues to bear fruit with Qatar continuing to mediate between Hamas and Israel - trying to work out a deal for the rest of the hostages.

The ADL knows this. That’s why they are honoring him. Considering how left wing the ADL’s CEO Jonathan Greenbaltt is, that says a lot. 

I believe that despite their antipathy for the rich, Kushner’s mostly left wing detractors should take note; admit their bias; and finally give him the recognition he deserves instead of doubling down about how dumb, dishonest, and inept he is.

Just sayin’