GOING THE FULL GAFFNEY.

Via Rob, Frank Gaffney establishes the new standard by which all future spittle-flecked neoconservative hyperbole will be judged:

"It is fitting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice chose the U.S. Naval Academy for the venue of today's so-called Mideast peace conference. The reputation of that extraordinary institution in Annapolis has been sullied in recent years by a succession of rapes of young women.

Despite official efforts to low-ball its significance, Miss Rice's conclave is shaping up to be a gang-rape of a nation on a scale not seen since Munich in 1938, when the British and French allowed Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini to have their violent way with Czechoslovakia.

This time, the intended victim is Israel. As with the effort to appease the Nazis and Fascists nearly 70 years ago, however, the damage will not be confined to the rapee. The interests of the Free World in general and the United States in particular will suffer from what the Saudis and most of the other attendees have in mind for the Jewish State — namely, its dismemberment and ultimate destruction."

Earlier we had Ralph Peters comparing the expulsion of 700,000 Palestinians from their homes to "a shiftless, violent family that... was evicted." Now we have Frank Gaffney comparing a bunch of government officials sitting around writing on notepads and munching crudite to "gang rape." This is what conservatives refer to as "moral clarity."

Meanwhile, back on planet Earth, it's pretty amazing how, despite any genuine threat to Israel's existence having long evaporated, the very idea of Israel sitting down and negotiating with Arab governments has completely unhinged some people. As noted, we had Ralph Peters using Annapolis as an excuse to get in touch with his inner Kurtz. NRO's Andy McCarthy labels the negotiations a "farce," disregarding every bit of available poll data to insist that, despite what any lying Arab ever says, ever! the Palestinians are still committed to the destruction of Israel. And Little Podhoretz and the gang over at Commentary are wringing their tiny hands over the outrageous possibility of Israel actually being forced to conform to international law and end its relentless colonization of the West Bank.

Personally, I'm inclined toward the view that anything that's got a bunch of neocons this upset all at once has just got to be a positive thing.

--Matthew Duss

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