The Pelosi trip, the Israeli connection, and AIPAC

Turns out Pelosi is carrying water for Israel on her Damascus trip. Will AIPAC stand up in her defense? Probably not.

Now that we know that Nancy Pelosi is carrying a message from the Israeli government to the Syrian government, it will be interesting to see whether AIPAC rises to her defense against the scurrilous campaign being waged against her by the White House. (Having apparently helped arrange a visit to Syria by three Republican Congressmen, the White House has been trying to pretend that Pelosi is irresponsibly encouraging Bashar al-Assad by visiting Damascus.)

My guess is that we won’t hear a peep out of AIPAC on this. The AIPAC leadership is dominated by the small minority of American Jews that favors conservatism and the Republicans, and seems to be more interested in using the Middle Eastern situation as a weapon in American domestic politics than in widening the base of support for Israel.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: