Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A New Must Read - Mitchell Bard's 'The Arab Lobby'


Think Israel has the most effective lobby in DC? Think again.

As my regular readers know, one of the main themes here at Joshuapundit is the pernicious influence in America of the House of Saud and the other members of the Arab Lobby. They've spent millions to infiltrate academia and take over America's mosques and madrassahs to push their virulent brand of wahabi Islam, and they've suborned State Department functionaries and even elected officials with business deals, consultant fees , honorariums, and retainers...not to mention funding 'foundations' and even presidential libraries.

Dr. Mitchell Bard runs it all down in a superb new book, The Arab Lobby:The Invisible Alliance That Undermines America's Interests In The Middle East

Dr. Bard shows exactly how the Arab states manipulate America's MidEast policy through what I've always called the Arab 'government employee pension enhancement plan.'

Behind the scenes, the Arabs, particularly the Saudis and the Gulf States pay former US officials, subsidize think tanks, media shills, and academics who hold chairs paid for by Arab money. And these sources are frequently quoted as experts on the Middle East - without revealing their financial ties to the Arabs.

As a consequence, the Arabs have been able to drain billions out of America's economy to enrich themselves, fund groups that subvert America's democracy, affect US policy and to get America to defend them..often at cross purposes with our own foreign policy goals and domestic needs.

Well written and packed with information, I wouldn't be surprised if this became a seminal work on this subject. It will inform, anger and hopefully mobilize you.

Highly recommended.

Full Disclosure: This is in no way a paid review, but I'm a fan of the author's previous works and we've corresponded before.

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