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The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance That Undermines America's Interests in the Middle East Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 31, 2010

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Bard, the head of nonprofit advocacy group American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, takes a historical look at the relationship between the United States and the lobbying efforts of Saudi Arabia and other Arab states. Bard examines these relations over time and argues that many of the political actions taken by the U.S. have been aimed at appeasing this lobby; even decisions surrounding the establishment of Palestine, he suggests, were influenced by lobbyist complaints. To Bard, there's no mistaking the main motivation behind U.S. interest in Arab lands, and as far back as the mid '30s, the U.S. recognized the strategic importance of Arabian peninsula oil. Bard examines the lobby's beginnings, going back to 1917 when England's call for a Jewish homeland in Palestine sparked opposition, to their current "brainwashing" of children ("American taxpayers... subsidize... K-12 education materials on the Middle East that have been created under Saudi auspices") to the "conspiracy theory" woven by the authors of The Israeli Lobby. A subject this intrinsic to U.S. foreign policy deserves a more rigorous examination than what Bard can undertake, given his position of advocacy.
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The so-called Israel lobby has been widely denounced and demonized in the global media, but as Mitchell Bard reveals, its power pales in comparison to the decades-long corruption of American interests by Arab governments. Indeed, for more than seventy years, U.S. policy in the Middle East has been shaped not by the power of a nefarious “Israel lobby” but by a misguided emphasis on pleasing and placating the Arab states. This outlook has ensured that the United States pays disproportionate attention to their demands, assisting Arab countries—all of them dictatorial regimes with abysmal human rights records—that do not share our values and often work to subvert our interests.

In this authoritative history, Bard provides a timely and valuable corrective to the unbalanced view of Middle East affairs that is so widely promoted today. Bard shows that the Arab Lobby’s goals include feeding America’s oil addiction, obtaining more sophisticated weaponry, and weakening our alliance with a democratic Israel. It also seeks to influence public opinion through a well-funded publicity campaign and by injecting distorted views of the Middle East into high school and college textbooks. Bard’s valuable book brings a much-needed balance to a debate fraught with ignorance and propaganda.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006172601X
  • ASIN: B005DI8K42
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,679,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on September 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Powerful lobbies are a fact- of- life, right or wrong, in American politics. But there is one lobby, the most powerful foreign - policy lobby which has something very unusual about it. i.e. It is a lobby which has no broad- based popular support among the American people. The Saudi lobby is a lobby which buys people from the top- down. Everyone in Washington knows that State Dept. officials and members of Congress who have given support to Saudi Arabia 's policies are handsomely rewarded after their retirement. The country from which Bin Laden comes, the country which promotes anti-American sentiment throughout the Middle East, the country which distributes the vicious anti- Semitic 'Protocols' throughout the world, the country which allows no Jew entrance and no Christian freedom of worship, Saudi Arabia has the most powerful foreign - policy lobby in Washington. This lobby has proven time and again more powerful than the popularly - based and broadly -supported pro- Israel lobby.
Bard in writing this book has done a great public service. While others have written about the Kingdom of Saud and its corruption this book focusing on the 'Arab Lobby' shows more specifically how it works within America itself. Even the rapid building of mosques, and the frequently anti- American diatribes heard within them is largely supported by Saudi money.
In a time when the United States is going through so much critical self- examination this work points out a long- term defective relationship which has led the most powerful democratic nation to contradict its own most cherished values.
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Format: Hardcover
The ever pervasive myth of an all powerful Israel lobby controlling American foreign policy has dominated public discourse on the topic. But here Mitchell Bard shows how Arab governments use their petrodollars and control of energy supplies to control American foreign policy in favour of the Anti-Israel , pro-Arab cause and to also dominate educational institutions and the media, creating a pervasive and biased pro-Palestinian public opinion.
The author demonstrates how the discourse on the Arab-Israeli conflict is distorted due to the immense financial resources of the Arab lobby. And to highlight its manipulation of American foreign policy and public opinion, usually out of public view, and in ways that have gone unnoticed and need to be exposed.
Bard highlights how the Arab lobby exerts a malignant influence on American foreign policy to ignore basic American values and American security in order to bolster and advance repressive Arab regimes and bloodthirsty terrorist organizations.
Most frighteningly it has infiltrated the education system to obscure the threats by and atrocities of radical Islam and to poison the relationship between the United States and Israel. The Arab lobby in the USA has had a long history and this traced by Bard to the 1920s with the machinations of Arabist anti-Semites in the State Department and diplomatic corps. It is ironic today when Communists and the far left, are besides Muslims, the most rabid and proactive leaders of the anti-Israel lobby, that from the 1920s up to the early 50s, a great fear expressed by the anti-Zionists in America was the fear of Jewish sympathy and potential alignment with the Soviet Union.
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In "The Arab Lobby", Mitchell Bard, a respected expert on the Arab-Israel conflict, writes knowledgeably, with academic rigor, and passionately, without hyperventilating, about this controversial topic. Unfortunately, as he admits in his Acknowledgments, he was not able to interview many people who have been active in recent times, who declined requests for interviews. Perhaps they have something to hide. Future writers and journalists must continue to shine light into dark corners.

Bard makes the important point that, while the Israeli Lobby has been a grass-roots effort by American citizens, the Arab Lobby has mostly been a top-down lobby, mostly financed with endless Saudi petro-dollars, aimed at buying influence in government and academia. Bard is to be commended for opening up this important subject and writing in such a well-organized, readable, and comprehensive way.
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Lazarus Man (The Cyberhawk Series) (Volume 1)As an obvious counterbalance to the short book, "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy," by Professors John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, this book is appropriate in concept, but is neither as inflammatory nor as specific in explaining the Arab vectors impinging on U.S. Middle East policies. As a result, this book did not cause the kind of backlash and ad hominem attacks on the author as The Israel Lobby did to Mearsheimer and Walt. In fact, it was largely ignored. Having said that, the book has value. For example, it points out the relentless war on America carried out by well-financed campaigns by Saudi Arabia with massive funding for radical Islamics here and abroad who are dedicated to the destruction of America -- like the Muslim Brotherhood. Funding Islamic studies departments in many universities, endowing chairs, financing Islamic schools and mosques are also expensive, but a $4 billion Saudi budget makes it all possible. Maybe fracking is a blessing -- dropping energy costs and thereby reducing Saudi (and Russian) oil revenues to where subversive activities suffer. Author Mitchell Bard compares AIPAC and the "Arab Lobby" essentially by showing where Arab/Islamic interests get their money (lots of Big Oil, of course) and by pointing out that AIPAC is far from being an unstoppable lobbying powerhouse. He also notes some interesting points about intelligence, like the fact that the CIA does not operate in Saudi Arabia.Read more ›
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