AIPAC Successfully Lobbies to Neuter Congressional War Making Power
See, here’s the thing… If you’re concerned about the prominence of phrases like —
“dual loyalty” […] and intimations of powerful “Jewish lobbies” […] exerting undue influence over foreign policy
— then perhaps you ought to stop acting in a way that affirms these impressions.
Case in point:
The JTA reports,
AIPAC lobbying helped remove a provision from a bill that would have required President Bush to seek congressional approval for war against Iran. A number of congressional sources confirmed that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee backed dropping the provision from the Iraq war spending bill introduced Tuesday by Democrats. The bill ties funding to deadlines for withdrawal from Iraq.
AIPAC and a number of Democrats close to Israel said the provision would have hampered the president as he attempted to leverage Iran into backing down from its alleged nuclear weapon plans. Others said the provision simply reasserted the constitutional role of the U.S. Congress in declaring war that is believed to have been eroded by Bush during the Iraq war.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other leaders agreed to remove the requirement concerning Iran after conservative Democrats as well as other lawmakers worried about its possible impact on Israel, officials said Monday.
Let’s just be sure we’re clear here: AIPAC successfully lobbied to strip Congress of its ability to authorize a strike on Iran, awarding the Idiot Prince free license to embroil the US in yet another disastrous war, and did so because it allegedly serves Israel’s security interests?
And yet to accuse AIPAC of “dual loyalty” and “exerting undue influence over foreign policy” is antisemitic?
This is an overt action supposedly done in Israel’s favor that blatantly contravenes American interests. By coercing the Congress to abdicate its Constitutional authority to declare war, they just cut the legs out from under the American people, giving infinitely more leeway to an Executive branch seen by most Americans to have already far overstepped the limits of its power.
I mean, hell, if you’re going to have a hand in nullifying fundamental Constitutional provisions, at least don’t brag about it!
I can hardly imagine an act more affirming of negative critiques of Jewish power, nor one more likely to engender hostility towards American Jews.
Kol hakavod, jerks. You are endangering Jewish survival, not insuring it.