Several publications have invited me to respond to The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, but I have desisted (other than to correct the record about myself), for three minor reasons and one major one. The minor reasons first::
- Many others have eloquently and devastatingly refuted the book.
- I prefer to offer my own ideas rather than respond to someone else's.
- Life is too short to read with care a long, boring, inaccurate book with a tendentious thesis.
"The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt.
I myself have repeatedly been the beneficiary of the same tactical mistake: opponents of Campus Watch turned it from a minor website into a significant force by dint of relentless attacks on it; CAIR's opposition to my U.S. Institute of Peace nomination offered me an unprecedented platform for me to get out my views; and protests against my talks on campus garner them far larger audiences and more press attention than would otherwise be the case. In brief, a symbiotic relationship often exists between political opponents.
Not wanting to help the already gigantic Mearsheimer-Walt publicity bandwagon, I gently decline invitations to comment on their book. (September 9, 2007)