I’ve just gotten a copy of a 79-page paper called “Setting the Record Straight: A Response to Critics of ‘The Israel Lobby‘” by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. The scholars began circulating the rebuttal privately in December but have not published it on-line, I gather, because they are working on a book about Read More
For his Connecticut insurgency, Joe Lieberman amassed $13.8 million as of 9/30 (per the FEC). Ned Lamont was gasping away at about $9 million. Big stakes. One of Lieberman’s more generous enablers is Robert Belfer, energy executive, who lives in New York. He and his wife Renee look to have given about 8 large to Read More
A smart friend tells me that despite the excited crowds gathered outside Cooper Union 3 weeks back, and the great excitement in the hall, there has been hardly a drop of ink spilled on the Israel lobby debate sponsored by the London Review of Books. The Forward covered it, the Observer covered it, so did Read More
As a devotee of Chris Matthews, I’d point out a couple new trends on Hardball. A, he’s been using profanity, saying “damn” a lot and “bastards,” usually about our failed foreign policy; and B, he’s trying to give the neocons their comeuppance, but isn’t able to. The trends merged last week when he said to Read More
I’ve heard from several journalist-friends who were appalled by Dana Milbank’s smear of Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer in Tuesday’s Washington Post, in which he likened the scholars to Nazis. So: the mud has splashed back on to Milbank. That said, two “points” Milbank made deserve further rebuttal.
1. Milbank says he overheard Read More
I have tried to inject the Israel lobby question into the Connecticut Senate race. I gather that on Sunday on C-Span Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, also raised the question of where Lieberman and Lamont stand on this issue (in a discussion with Lanny Davis). Vanden Heuvel Read More
The other day I got a copy of Stephen Walt’s 2005 book Taming American Power:The Global Response to U.S. Primacy and was surprised to read the section on the Israel lobby. It was nearly as forceful as the paper on the same subject that he and John Mearsheimer published three months ago in Read More
If you go to the Foreign Policy website, you see the new magazine cover with the giant question: “Does the Israel Lobby Have Too Much Power?” This is of course a response to Walt & Mearsheimer, who are given the last word in an FP roundtable.
This is amazing. When Walt & Mearsheimer Read More
The authors of the bombshell critique of the Israel lobby showed up two days ago on the Diane Rehm Show and I hear they’re on C-Span, too. And they’re on the cover of Foreign Policy.
Diane Rehm was their first broadcast appearance. Stephen Walt says they waited three months because they Read More
Commenter Miriam Reik points out a significant hole in my reporting from Newport yesterday:
I wish Weiss had reported the answer given to the Lt. Commander’s question about “how the Palestinians can combat the Israelis’ foreign influence in the United States.” Maybe it wasn’t answered, but it is a key question that needs Read More