confirms once again the pro-Israel bias that pervades our major media.
In his column on page two in today’s Washington Post reporter Dana
Milbank (text follows, along with further comment) trashes one of the
more interesting public policy presentations mounted recently in
Washington, interesting because it addressed a topic normally taboo in
this town. Professors Walt and Mearsheimer gave an update on their study
of the “Israel Lobby” and its influence on our Middle East policies
first published in London after being rejected here. They expressed some
astonishment that their work had caused such controversy, since the
facts they displayed are well known and really indisputable. They did
not profess to discover anything new; they simply documented what is
known. There is no doubt that the “Israel Lobby” has captured control of
our policies toward the conflicts in the Middle East, more so today than
ever in the past. One irrefutable piece of evidence is the letter from
the head of AIPAC, Howard Friedman, to its members and supporters
bragging about how much control they maintain over all Washington
decision-making with respect to Israel. The professors noted that what
could be considered controversial is whether these pro-Israel policies
are also good for the United States, which is of course debatable and
worthy of discussion. Here is the article.
Pronouncing Blame on the Israel Lobby
By Dana Milbank
Tuesday, August 29, 2006; A02
It was quite a boner.
University of Chicago political scientist John Mearsheimer was in town
yesterday to elaborate on his view that American Jewish groups are
responsible for the war in Iraq, the destruction of Lebanon's
infrastructure and many other bad things. As evidence, he cited the
influence pro-Israel groups have on "John Boner, the House majority leader."