The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance That Undermines America's Interests in the Middle East [NOOK Book]

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In this authoritative history—the first in over twenty-five years to investigate the scope and activities of the Arab Lobby—Mitchell Bard provides a timely and valuable corrective to the unbalanced view of Middle East affairs that is so widely promoted today.

The so-called Israel lobby has been widely denounced and demonized in the media, but its power pales in comparison to the decades-long corruption of American interests by Arab governments. Indeed, for more than seventy ...

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Overview

In this authoritative history—the first in over twenty-five years to investigate the scope and activities of the Arab Lobby—Mitchell Bard provides a timely and valuable corrective to the unbalanced view of Middle East affairs that is so widely promoted today.

The so-called Israel lobby has been widely denounced and demonized in the media, but its power pales in comparison to the decades-long corruption of American interests by Arab governments. Indeed, for more than seventy years, U.S. policy in the Middle East has been shaped not by the power of a nefarious "Israel lobby" but by a misguided emphasis on pleasing and placating the Arab states. This outlook has ensured that the United States pays disproportionate attention to their demands, assisting Arab countries—all of them dictatorial regimes with abysmal human rights records—that do not share our values, and often work to subvert our interests.

Historically, the Arab lobby consisted of the oil industry, Christian missionaries, and current or former U.S. diplomats. Arabists in the State Department, many of them openly anti-Semitic, tried to prevent America from recognizing Israel in 1948, and have since waged a long bureaucratic war to undermine the alliance between America and the only true democracy in the Middle East, blocking arms and aid to Israel, while seeking larger weapons sales for their Arab friends. Many of these Arabists subsequently found lucrative jobs promoting business with Arab countries, speaking on their behalf and criticizing U.S.-Israel policy.

Today the Arab states influence American policy through numerous hidden and informal channels, including former members of Congress, subsidized think tanks, paid media spokesmen, academics who hold chairs endowed by Arab money, human rights organizations, assorted UN agencies, European diplomats, and Christian groups hostile to Israel. A number of former ambassadors, university professors, and think tank experts routinely opine on Middle Eastern affairs, but never reveal these conflicts of interest.

The most powerful member of the Arab lobby is Saudi Arabia, which has a nearly eighty-year relationship with the United States. From the earliest days, when American companies first discovered oil in the Arabian Peninsula, the Saudis have used a variety of tactics, including threats and bribes, to coerce U.S. policy makers to ignore their human rights abuses, support of terrorism, and opposition to American interests.

Today, Bard shows, the Arab lobby's goals include feeding America's oil addiction, obtaining more sophisticated weaponry, and weakening our alliance with a democratic Israel. It also seeks to influence public opinion through a well-funded publicity campaign, and by injecting distorted views of the Middle East into high school and college textbooks. Bard's detailed political history brings much-needed balance to a debate fraught with ignorance and propaganda.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061987618
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Mitchell Bard is an authority on U.S.-Israel relations and has written or edited more than twenty books, including 48 Hours of Kristallnacht: Night of Destruction/Dawn of the Holocaust; Will Israel Survive?; and The Water's Edge and Beyond: Defining the Limits to Domestic Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy. He has a doctorate from UCLA, with a specialty in American politics and international relations.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1 The Seeds of the Arab Lobby: The Problem of "Palestine" 1

2 The Arab Lobby Campaign against a Jewish State 17

3 Cold War Competition: Soviets, Suez, Sanction, and Saud 37

4 War and Peace: The Futility of Evenhandedness 51

5 The Petrodiplomatic Complex: Do Saudis Really Have Us Over a Barrel? 67

6 The Lobby Realizes Its Power: The Oil Weapon Is Unsheathed 86

7 Jimmy Carter's Conversion: From Peacemaker to Provocateur 108

8 Arms Sales Fights: The Arab Lobby Knocks Out Its Opponent 137

9 The Lobby Cover-up: The Saudi-Funded War on America 157

10 The Lobby Takes Root: The Day of the Arab American 187

11 From Mavericks to Mainstream: Arab and Muslim Americans Gain Recognition 208

12 God Takes a Side: Christian Anti-Zionists Join the Lobby 240

13 The Diplomatic Alumni Network: The Lobby's Revolving Door 263

14 The Abuse of Academic Freedom: The Lobby Infiltrates the Classroom 284

15 Brainwashing the Children: The Lobby Goes After the Next Generation 322

Conclusion: The Arab Lobby's Nefarious Influence 340

Notes 363

Index 393

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