Bard Explains the Arab Lobby

Mitchell Bard and Menorah Director Kathryn Bernheimer

Mitchell Bard held fifty listeners spellbound Sunday night at the Boulder JCC, summarizing his new book, “The Arab Lobby” and then taking questions for an hour.  Some highights:

  • The main movers behind the Arab Lobby are Big Oil and Saudi Arabia.
  • Saudi Arabia and the US have a Faustian bargain going back 80 years or more:  Keep the Saudi Royal’s heads attached to their necks, in return for reasonably stable oil prices and supply.
  • The only President to get anything else from the Saudis was Kennedy, whose pressure on the Saudis succeeded in getting them to finally outlaw slavery (100 years after the US did).
  • The Saudis are paying to influence American textbooks about Middle East history and politics, even down to the K-12 level.

For more, see Stan Kreis’ review of “The Arab Lobby” in the BJN.

About David Fellows

I've been writing things since grammar school, and served as a writer, photographer and/or an editor on my junior high and high school newspapers; the Daily Trojan at USC (where I earned my journalism degree); the student newspaper at the Anderson School at UCLA (where I earned my MBA); and written and edited countless business documents and presentations in the ensuing twenty years. I've been involved Jewishly since my bris and in Boulder since 1995. I'm married to my Executive Director Cheryl, and we have two children, Lauren and Ethan.

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