Friday, April 07, 2006

Stephen Zunes on Mearsheimer & Walt

As a follow-up to my post on Some Rebuttals to Mearsheimer & Walt's "Israel Lobby" ...
Richard Kuper reminded me of a relevant piece by Stephen Zunes (who happens to be quite critical of both Israeli and US policies, including the 2003 Iraq war). The article in question actually appeared in January 2006, several months before Mearsheimer & Walt's paper. But, in effect, it powerfully criticizes some key elements of their argument (since Mearsheimer & Walt are mostly just recycling earlier claims that other have made). So while this piece does not precisely fit into the list of rebuttals I've assembled, it nevertheless deserves to be mentioned in this connection:

Steven Zunes, "The US Invasion of Iraq: Not the Fault of Israel and Its Supporters" | Foreign Policy in Focus - January 4, 2006

Yours for reality-based discourse,
Jeff Weintraub

Update: Two later pieces by Zunes, which take on Mearsheimer & Walt's arguments directly, are also worth reading:
"The Israel Lobby: How Powerful is it Really?" | Foreign Policy in Focus - May 16, 2006
"The Israel Lobby Revisited" | Foreign Policy in Focus - December 20, 2007