Wednesday, February 17, 2010

MJ Rosenberg Keeps "Jews Control the Government" Myth Alive

The illustrious Huffington Post blogger MJ Rosenberg has published another blog post today about one of his favorite subjects, AIPAC. Mr. Rosenberg has a love/hate relationship with AIPAC, he hates them because they (apparently) control our government and force us to support evil, evil Israel, but he also (in my opinion) secretly loves them because a) it give him something to write about and rail against and b) blaming AIPAC for America's support of Israel prevents him from facing the ugly truth: most U.S. politicians support Israel for real, unshakable reasons.

In this article, Rosenberg continues his thesis. He discusses how Steve Rosen, a former AIPAC director, has recently written that Obama has moved towards the right in terms of his stance towards Israel. I don't think we can really argue with that, seeing as how Obama backed down from his demand for a settlement freeze and renewed aid to Israel. What's interesting is Rosenberg's interpretation about why Obama has done this. He first offers the explanation given by Rosen:

"He [Rosen] says that Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod are paying "more attention to the fact that the independents and swing voters who voted for Obama in 2008 deserted him in droves, including suburban union members who also helped Republicans win formerly Democratic offices in New Jersey and Virginia. The Obama team is worried that independents and Democratic centrists are fleeing to the GOP. It is not the progressives that they want to woo."

However, in the conspiracy theory world of MJ Rosenberg, that couldn't possibly be true. The truth is, obviously:
"More likely, the climb down has to do with the combined impact of influential donors linked to Rosen's old employer, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) -- and with members of Congress who take their marching orders from AIPAC. With all Obama's troubles, he is clearly less than eager to tangle with the most powerful foreign policy lobby in Washington. And, no doubt, his cautious aides are warning him against doing anything that might offend a lobby known in Washington as the "800 pound gorilla."

Now, anyone who is paying attention to Obama's movements as a whole (and I am far from an expert) can see that he's moving towards the center in pretty much all areas, not just Israel. You can see this in his summit with the Republicans about health care, his State of the Union address when he criticized all parts of government and called for bipartisanship, etc. Clearly, all of those shifts are due to other reasons besides "The Jews, oops I mean AIPAC, commanded it".  But when it comes to Israel, it can't be because the President's motives are genuine. It's because he's controlled by AIPAC.

One of the many things that doesn't make sense about Mr. Rosenberg's argument is the fact that Obama made anti-Israel steps in the first place. Presumably, AIPAC has always been there throughout Obama's presidency. If Obama is really controlled by AIPAC, how then was he free to issue a settlement demand, etc. in the first place? Jewish lobbying in support of Israel is always present in government, but Obama's policy has changed. That which caused the change must clearly be something else.

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