Re: Values Added: The Whirligig of Time (Glenn Loury & Walter Russell Mead)
Does it matter if the Israel Lobby is run by Jews or Gentiles? And why does Mead look at American Jewry on the whole? Go back to your basic Mancur Olson: small, intensely motivated groups drive policy.
What's insane is that it's not a topic of mainstream discussion. We can talk openly about the Cuban lobby, and their ridiculous influence (mostly due to Electoral College math). The Israeli lobby is off-limits.
The fact Loury begins by saying he's going to play Devil's Advocate and then Mead gets all worked up so as to say "I'm not going to say that's anti-Semitic but..." should give us pause (as well as the flash of fear in Loury's eyes).
As far as I'm concerned the reason why Americans overwhelmingly identify with Jews is rather simple: in this disagreement, Jews are the white people.
Those noble colonizers -- I mean, settlers -- from Europe... the people who nobly created government subsidized segregated housing -- I mean, settlements... um, that's our team: Holocaust, Holocaust, Holocaust!