Sharing a cab to JFK, business for him, a frolic for me, Antony Loewenstein challenged me, If Israel bombs Iran, then you really have to get over your adoration of Obama.
But I said I wouldn’t. I would say that Obama was compelled to accept the disaster, against the very fiber of his beliefs, because of the power of the lobby in political life (and I related Felice Gelman’s conversation with Obama before he pandered at AIPAC).
Getting out of the cab, Loewenstein said that I ascribe too much power to the lobby, including the idea that we wouldn’t be in Iraq but for the lobby. I said Yes I do think that, probably. Then he got on a plane.
This post must not be interpreted as giving Obama a green light to a clear conscience.