Someone once told me that the gun lobby wasn’t close to the most powerful lobbying organization in Washington, that I had probably never heard of the most powerful ones. The idea here is that when you’re truly powerful, you can get people not to talk about you at all; it’s better to bribe everyone quietly than to be Public Lobby Number One. I understand that the NRA thrives off controversy but I wonder if that’s true of the Israel lobby too. I suspect it isn’t, and that it was a mistake to pick a fight over Hagel, though from what I understand this may be more Shelly Adelson and a bunch of secret donors than it is AIPAC:
I understand how politically popular Israel is on Capitol Hill, but its still somewhat amazing just how completely questions about Israel have dominated the Hagel confirmation hearings.
At a certain point, this starts to turn the public off. Israel would be better off getting its $3 billion a year from the US in silence, IMHO.
The whole “pro-Israel/anti-Israel” thing is dumb…why is it “pro-Israel” to encourage the Israeli government to pursue an overly aggressive dead-end strategy (similarly, of course, why was it pro-America to want the US to pour thousands of lives and billions of dollars into Iraq)? But even if you take the right-wing definition of “pro-Israel” at face value, I don’t think clown shows like the Hagel confirmation have a “pro-Israel” effect.