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Reprise: How AIPAC became Obama’s Syria Scapegoat

From a few months ago:

It’s an odd assertion, especially as it’s quite clear that the arrow pointed in the other direction: it was the White House that asked AIPAC to put its resources at Obama’s disposal and “do the president a solid,” as one official at a Washington-based Jewish organization told Alana Goodman at the Washington Free Beacon. And as Eli Lake of the Daily Beast reported last week, AIPAC “leadership received a phone call from a senior White House official” last week after Obama announced he would seek congressional authorization for a Syria strike. The message, writes Lake, “was clear that AIPAC’s participation in the lobbying effort to pass the authorization ‘would be helpful.’”

Administration apologists will say that it’s AIPAC’s fault for going along, but then they’d be the first ones to blame them for not going along if they had said no.

Never, ever do these guys a favor.  You’re either being co-opted or set up, and they’ve already decided which.

Posted in Foreign Policy.