Obama had his 9th meeting with the leader of which state of 7 million people last week?
Editor: Last weekend at Occupy AIPAC, Bruce Wolman remarked that the lobby demands so much diplomatic attention from the White House that it takes away Obama's ability to deal more assertively with China-- say, by insisting that it reinvest its dollars here so as to grow American jobs. Oh no: Obama must use his diplomatic capital to get China on board with our Iranian agenda. A few days later we saw the two ads produced by Israel lobby groups making Obama's supposed betrayal of Israel the only issue in the forthcoming campaign. We sent them to Wolman, and asked him to expound his theory.
Besides political discourse and the blatant hypocrisy between expressed values and actual deeds, what about actual diplomatic horse-trading or the utilization of capital in our soft-power account? I believe the latter has a great deal to do with the Israel government and Israel lobby's hold over Congress and the Democratic Party, and thus in turn on the Executive Branch itself.
In all the issues I raise below, how many lobby-approved appointees are now in executive positions that deal with those issues? Even non-Jews appointed must have pro-Israel/Wall Street cred.
And consider a leading lobby organization, the American Jewish Committee. It runs its own foreign policy. There is probably not a government in the world that would refuse the request for an AJC meeting if asked for one. They are too afraid to say no. Look at these testimonials:
"AJC remains today an important partner for Germany-both in terms of dialogue with American Jewry and transatlantic relations in general."—Angela Merkel, German Chancellor
"Let me acknowledge those who have substantially contributed to the creation of an order of security and peace in Europe, such as the American Jewish Committee."—Václav Havel, President of the Czech Republic (1993-2003)
"AJC is the most effective, most influential, and most respected of American Jewish organizations.... My door will always be open to AJC."—Nicolas Sarkozy, French President
Whether the lobby has power or not, the outside world thinks it does and foreign governments are constantly trying to get lobby support for their own issues in Washington.
Now some of the costs: