George (ex_bela) wrote in paleocon,

No, It's Not Anti-Semitic

Given the incredible divergence of opinions among the G8 vis-a-vis Israel's most recent incursion into southern Lebanon, I believe the article below, along with the paper it refers to, are relevant to any discussion of America's predictable foreign policy in the Middle East.
"My own reading of the Mearsheimer-Walt paper found it unremarkable, a bit sloppy and one-sided (nothing here about the Arab oil lobby), but nothing that even a casual newspaper reader does not know. Its basic point -- that Israel's American supporters have immense influence over U.S. foreign policy -- is inarguable. After all, President Bush has just recently given Israel NATO-like status without so much as a murmur from Congress. "I made it clear, I'll make it clear again, that we will use military might to protect our ally Israel," Bush said. This was the second or third time he's made this pledge, crossing a line that previous administrations would not -- in effect, promulgating a treaty seemingly on the spot. No other country gets this sort of treatment."
(excerpted from "No, It's Not Anti-Semitic" by Richard Cohen, The Washington Post, Tuesday April 25 2006, Page A23

An abridged version of the Mearsheimer-Walt paper is available via the London Review of Books' website.
An abstract and link to the entire paper may be found here.
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