In all the malarkey we’re hearing from the apologists for the Israel Lobby about the Mearsheimer and Walt paper, it should not be forgotten that the idea that the war was fought for Israel isn’t somebody’s wild thesis submitted with no proof whatsoever. We can prove it. Without the slightest doubt. David Wurmser, Cheney’s chief Middle East advisor, and Douglas Feith, the guy in charge of ‘stovepiping’ the intelligence using the Office of Special Plans in order to fool American officialdom with phony intelligence and hide the real intelligence, were both involved in the ‘Clean Break’ paper. That paper, written for Netanyahu, states:
“Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq - an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right - as a means of foiling Syria’s regional ambitions.”
I guess you could think it is a complete coincidence that people involved in advising an extreme right-wing Israeli leader by providing specific policy advice, advice which Israel couldn’t possibly carry out itself, end up in high positions in the American government, with the exact steps in the advice suddenly becoming American foreign and military policy, involving deceit and deception in the American government engineered by one of the advisers. You could think it is a coincidence. But then you’d be a fool. I note that steps involving Lebanon and Syria – Syria is the real target – have also become part of American public policy (contrary to what I’ve read on the internet, Iran plays almost no role in the paper). Coincidences everywhere!
Justin Raimondo catches Max Boot in a huge mistake. Boot argues that the Lobby must be fiction as the chair occupied by Walt is endowed by Robert and Renee Belfer, Jewish philanthropists who are also supporters of Israel. Boot argues quite convincingly that if the Lobby were really so powerful, it would never have allowed the paper to be published. The New York Sun reports:
“Harvard, the observer said, had received ‘several calls’ from ‘pro-Israel donors’ expressing concern about the Walt-Mearsheimer paper. One of the angered contributors is said to be the donor who underwrote the chair occupied by Dean Walt, Robert Belfer. Mr. Belfer, a 1958 graduate of Harvard Law School, endowed a faculty chair as part of a $7.5 million gift to the Kennedy School in 1997. In addition to bearing the title of academic dean of the Kennedy School, Mr. Walt is also the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Politics.
According to the observer, ‘Since the furor, Bob Belfer has called expressing his deep concerns and asked that Stephen not use his professorship title in publicity related to the article.’
Reached yesterday by phone in Florida, Mr. Belfer declined to comment on the situation.”
The ‘deep concerns’ of Bob Belfer prove, on Boot’s own logic, the power of the Israel Lobby. In fact, Mearsheimer and Walt had a great deal of trouble getting their ideas published in the United States. The Lobby is so busy figuring how to fool Americans into murdering Muslims, that they can’t watch everything, and Mearsheimer and Walt managed to sneak one by.