Book Review: The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy


In a New York Times book review, Leslie H. Gelb, a former Pentagon official, journalist, and President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, writes that John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt’s new book, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, which argues that the Jewish lobby pushes policy in directions that “jeopardize U.S. national security,” is “dangerously misleading.”

“America’s foreign policy community, including many Democrats as well as Republicans, supported the Iraq war for the very same reasons that Wolfowitz and the lobby did – namely, the fact that Hussein seemed to pose a present or future threat to American national interests. Second, the real play-callers behind the war were President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. They hardly have a history of being in the pockets of the Jewish lobby (more like the oil lobby’s), and they aren’t remotely neoconservatives. The more we know, the clearer it is that the White House went to war primarily to erase the blunder” of the elder Bush in not finishing off Saddam Hussein during the Persian Gulf War of 1991.”

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One Response to Book Review: The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

  1. LP says:

    It is interesting how Israel plays into American politics. I went to Columbia University on 9/24/2007 to protest Ahmadinejad. I was actually shocked to find more Israel flags than American waving that day! I suppose that says a lot about modern Americans…

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