Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Dual Loyalties Book Review: The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Poilcy

by Leslie H. Gelb from The New York Times

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt's book, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, is an extended version of their highly controversial article of a year ago. I believe that the authors are mostly wrong, as well as dangerously misleading, but they are raising fundamental, gut-check issues about American security and who controls policy .... As part of their incomplete picture, they minimize the lobbying influence of the Saudis and the oil companies. The Saudis, along with the Egyptians, have been significant voices in Washington, arguing for a Palestinian state. Moreover, if Mearsheimer and Walt had asked policy participants over the years, they would have been told that the Saudis are the single most potent regional voice in American policy toward the gulf. And Riyadh, at least as much as Jerusalem, has been urging Washington to confront Iran. As for the oil companies, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the Iraq war has added tens of billions to their coffers.

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