by Alan M. Dershowitz
Lost in all of the controversy over the mosque is the fact that the Arab lobby is one of the strongest in Americaâ€”even stronger than Israel’s, says a controversial new book. Alan Dershowitz on how Arab governments influence U.S. politics.
Abeed Obama knows who his masters are……
While the media and politicians engage in frenzied debate about the virtues and vices of buildingâ€”or preventing the building ofâ€”a Muslim community center (cum mosque) near the “sacred ground” of 9/11, Iran continues to build a nuclear weapon, as the Israelis and Palestinians take a tentative step toward building a peaceful resolution to their age-old conflict. Inevitably, whenever Middle East issues take center stage, the question of the role of lobbies, particularly those that advocate for foreign countries, becomes a hot topic. This book by longtime Middle East authority, Mitchell Bard, is a must read for anyone who caresâ€”and who doesn’t?â€”about the role of lobbies in influencing American policy in the Middle East. Its thesis, which is sure to be controversial, is easily summarized:
“If the reputation then builds that the Saudis take care of friends when they leave office, you’d be surprised how much better friends you have when they are just coming into office.”
Yes Virginia, there is a big bad lobby that distorts U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East way out of proportion to its actual support by the American public. Professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, author of the screed,Â The Israel Lobby, are right about that. But the offending lobby is not AIPAC, which supports Israel, but rather the Arab lobby, which opposes the Jewish state.