Friday, January 04, 2008

8) Obama adviser worries Israel supporters

THE POLITICO [Allbritton Communications Co] - By Ben Smith - September 12, 2007

Barack Obama is outlining his views on the Iraq war in a major speech Wednesday in Iowa, and bringing along a gray-haired source of foreign policy gravitas: Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, who says that Obama offers "a new definition of America's role in the world."

With the gravity, though, comes some baggage.

Brzezinski, 79, stepped into the crossfire this summer when he published an essay in the summer issue of the journal Foreign Policy, defending a controversial new book about the power of the "Israel Lobby" in American politics. - - -

"It is a tremendous mistake for Barack Obama to select as a foreign policy adviser the one person in public life who has chosen to support a bigoted book," said Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, one of the most visible critics of the Walt and Mearsheimer volume, titled "The Israel Lobby." (Dershowitz has contributed to the campaign of Obama's leading rival, Senator Hillary Clinton of New York.) - - - -
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