Thursday, March 23, 2006

"The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy"

I suppose I cannot let this issue disappear without comment. It's just that I never thought it deserved much comment. After all, isn't it obvious? - pro-Israel, Jewish, and Evangelical Christian Zionist interests have a disproportionate influence on American foreign policy in the Middle East.

As early as 2003 Pat Buchanan's "Whose War?" stated the politically incorrect but obvious conclusion that Jewish neo-conservatives in the Office Of Special Projects inside the Pentagon pushed for and got this war against Iraq.

Finally someone in academia has the courage to say it. John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School Of Government have written an article "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" which simply says that the Israel lobby in America has a disproportionate influence on American foreign policy.

And as you would expect, the authors and the article, have now been subjected to scurrilous attacks against their character - In Dark Times Blame The Jews - from The Forward. Of course the tiresome charge of "anti-Semitism" is thrown at them but also guilt by association is used. David Duke liked the article - so of course the authors must have been members of the KKK as David Duke once was (they ought not use this charge because it makes David Duke look good). Only Israel matters to these people - not logic nor fairness - nor any other Anglo-Saxon virtue.

I'll leave you with this image of Dick Cheny's address before AIPAC -

and this quote from that address - "As always, AIPAC has brought together a large and public-minded group, representing different parts of America, many callings in life, and varied points of view on the issues of the day. Gathered here this morning, some of us are Republicans; some of us are Democrats. Yet all of us share a fundamental belief --- that the freedom and security of Israel are vital interests to the United States of America." (Applause.)


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