Jews Gone Wild
In recent years, I’ve been a small donor to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, commonly known as AIPAC, the largest organization focused on U.S. support of Israel and a potent force in American politics.
On one hand our government’s giving to Israel, about $3 billion annually, while small as a percentage of our budget, remains quite a lot of money and difficult to justify as a constitutional function of government or even as a particularly effective foreign policy tool.
On the other hand, there is strategic value in the U.S. having a reliable ally in the Middle East; this makes our aid something slightly different from a gift at taxpayer expense, but the degree of difference is a matter of legitimate debate.
And while much of the aid is spent in the United States, especially on weapons systems, foreign aid should not be a covert military-industrial jobs program.
In short, I have very mixed feelings about one of AIPAC’s primary functions.
Nevertheless, in part because I do support Israel and in part because close friends (Jewish Republicans!) have asked me to, I have written a few small checks to AIPAC over the last several years.
But with AIPAC’s aggressive support for a U.S. attack on Syria — Politico reports that AIPAC “is planning to launch a major lobbying campaign to push wayward lawmakers to back the resolution authorizing U.S. strikes against Syria” — my financial support of AIPAC is over.
Please read the entirety of my article for the American Spectator here:
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