Saturday, September 22, 2007

The Official Lobby Response

Daniel Pipes, completely incapable of giving a cogent response to the devastating Walt and Mearsheimer book, instead offers the Official Lobby Response, an airy wave if the hand that it is not worth commenting on.  The “two obscure academics” he refers to are two of the most important political analysts in the United States, and the only reason the original essay was published in an “obscure publication” was due to political pressure applied by the Lobby.  It is abundantly clear that the Lobby has decided to play down the issue, using its overwhelming control over the American media to try to bury any discussion of the book.  Meeting it head on, the original plan, is hopeless.  At least Pipes managed to make his comment while somehow – what self-control! – avoiding the slur.