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5.0 out of 5 stars Mearsheimer and Walt- Outstanding Models of Intellectual Courage, September 1, 2007
This review is from: The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (Hardcover)
This year has witnessed an amazing phenomenon. More accomplished Americans are willing to question United States blind support for the State of Israel. Recently we have seen books out by President Jimmy Carter, Grant Smith, Professor Petras and full-page placements in newspapers questioning the American Israel Political Actions Committee placed by the Council for the National Interest Foundation. I suspect the major reason behind this is the Iraq War. As one digs deeper in why this war occurred and who were the major advocates a deeply troubling theme emerges. The chief architects and advocates of this war were also what Pat Buchanan terms "Israel Firsters." These are Americans who have conflated American interests with those of Israel's. I urge all readers to do a search on Scooter Libby, Paul Wolfowitz, Elliot Abrams, Bill Kristol, Doug Feith, Richard Perle, etc. and investigate their financial and political ties to Israel. I think the reader will be astonished. I suspect that Professors Mearsheimer and Walt did just as I did and were both outraged and troubled by what they discovered. Moreover, the recent efforts by the same cabal that manipulated a rather dull President into invading Iraq are up to their same tricks again by lobbying for war against Iran and Syria. Hence the book; "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy." This study is both timely and critical.

The authors published a brief last year that examined the Israel lobby and its impact on U.S. Middle East policy. When the Atlantic Monthly cowardly reneged on their promise to publish the paper, they found refuge with the London Review of Books. Thank to the internet, the Lobby was not able to squelch their research. This paper has now circulated among millions of Americans. For this rather minor effort in questioning US-Israeli policy, they were subjected to slander, humiliation and threats. Faster than you could say AIPAC, the usual pro-Israel flacks, Dershowitz and Foxman, rolled out their worn out charge of anti-Semitism. I suspect if a dog's bark was construed as critical of Israel, Dershowitz and Foxman would be on the first morning talk show claiming the dog was an "anti-Semite!" I wish these two clowns would buy a thesaurus and find other words of insult. However, to their credit, Mearsheimer and Walt upped the anty and decided to publish a more detailed and documented book on the Israel Lobby.

The book examines in detail the power that the Israel Lobby now has over U.S. Middle East policy- manifested in the extreme by the invasion of Iraq. The book is well documented with over 100 pages of notes and citations. It first examines the true financial costs of the American-Israel relationship- it should surprise no one that this is one way relationship- the U.S. taxpayers shovel out billions of dollars every year (now exceeding $4 billion) getting little if anything in return. The authors then ask the critical question- is Israel a strategic asset or liability to the United States? Correctly they conclude that it has evolved into a major liability. The United States pays a high price for its blind support of Israeli policies. For example, take case of Lebanon. Though more than 25,000 American citizens were put in harms way by Israel's reckless brutal attack on Lebanon last year, I could count on one hand any members of Congress that raised objections. In fact, our politicians behaved more like a herd of swine running to the microphones to be the first to praise Israel for its willful slaughter of more than 1,000 Lebanese civilians. It was surreal and it was disgusting. Later the authors document the contest between the Lobby and the Palestinian people. See President Carter's book for further discussion on the brutalization of the Palestinian people by Israel. They also describe how Israel routinely undermines American presidents- publicly humiliating them through their virtual control of Congress. They tell the story of how an AIPAC member bragged that within an hour he could have over 70 Senators sign whatever resolution he wrote on a napkin! They then warn us how the Lobby is attempting to again manipulate Washington into another senseless war- this time against Iran and Syria. Finally, they ask, "What is to be done?" They are skeptical whether a "counter lobby" would be effective. They instead put their trust in open debate and open discourse. This reflects their intrinsic belief that "the truth will set you free." However, I am not sure about this. It may be that with the arrival of the internet the distribution of information can no longer be controlled by the Lobby and its fellow travelers. However, the recent disgraceful case of Professor Finkelstein denial of tenure by De Paul University gives me pause. Thus, I am now of another school. Polite scholarly ways will not work against organizations such as AIPAC. I believe that the Israel Lobby now represents an existential threat to the security of the United States. The Lobby's objectives are to engage the United States in perpetual confrontation and war in the Middle East solely to advance the interests of a foreign power- Israel. This requires an offensive response as aggressive as that of the Israel Lobby in its efforts to silence scholars such as Mearsheimer and Walt. Who, if nothing else, deserve the admiration of all patriotic Americans.

Additionally, readers are referred to "Foreign Agents- The American Israel Public Affairs Committee form the 1963 Fulbright Hearings to the 2005 Espionage Scandal" by Grant Smith; "The Power of Israel in the United States" by James Petras; "They Dare to Speak Out" by Paul Findley.
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Initial post: Sep 2, 2007 3:55:23 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 2, 2007 3:56:19 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2007 3:10:31 PM PDT
CCC says:
Shalom:

Just because baloney isn't kosher, don't push it on all of us.

The reviewer is right. The only ones in the U.S. who care about Israel are Jews. And Jews have the money, which means they can make politicians do whatever they want them to do.

THAT is the reason the US supports Israel. Not any of YOUR baloney.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2007 5:56:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 4, 2007 1:02:50 PM PDT
David says:
Shalom, what if there was a law proposed that Jews in America will have to live like non Jews in Israel? What would you say to segregated schools for Jews in the US? I think you would call it anti democratic and racist. You would be right. Schools for non Jews in Israel are seperate and far from equal. Non Jews do not have the same rights as Jews in Irael. Israel is not a democracy Shalom, it is an ethnocracy. There is a big difference. Israeli's "democratic values" apply only to Jews. They can "return" from anywhere in the world while a Palestinian refugee cannot return to the land of his birth.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2007 11:38:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 4, 2007 11:40:25 AM PDT
Israel is supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans. And this because they understand that its cause is just and its values those of America at its best.
As for the claim that Israel has 'segregated schools' this is simply based on ignorance. Go to the campuses of Israel and you will see Jews and Arabs studying together. As to what occurs at the lower level there is not anything like segregation but simply people of different ideological streams, of different local communities in their own schools.
It is amazing to me how much ignorance accompanies the hatred which appears in support of the Walt- Mearsheimer phony- baloney book.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2007 10:55:18 AM PDT
Buddha Boy says:
Strange...isn't it, the only defence for Israel is mounted by you Shalom? Wonder why other Americans who so support that country because of 'shared values' are not trampling each other to the pulpit? I only hear Jews or Rapture nuts defending the indefensible behavior of Israel.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2007 10:07:46 PM PDT
Linear Chaos says:
just don't die at a check point on your way there

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2007 8:05:24 AM PDT
Touche' Buddha........indeed, I see overwhelming positive support for the book....Its time to cut the purse strings-and more.....let them fend for themselves........B

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2007 7:50:48 PM PDT
L. King says:
My understanding is that the Buddha spent a long and sheltered childhood. It wasn't until he was past the age of 29 that he sought solitude and found enlightenment. By attacking someone because of their name or religion, by presuming an invalid conclusion, it is apparent that you have yet to come close to that state of divine understanding.

If you have arguments of merit perhaps you could humble yourself to present them. Ad hominems only show that you are unworthy to present yourself under the name of the Buddha.
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