There have been a number of key issues, like the Iraq war, where AIPAC has been totally wrong, and they should certainly be called out when leading the nation on what would likely be a march to war against a country three times the size and population of Iraq.
The President has taken off the gloves.
President Obama had a tough message for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or Aipac, the powerful pro-Israel group that is furiously campaigning against the Iran nuclear accord, when he met with two of its leaders at the White House this week. The president accused Aipac of spending millions of dollars in advertising against the deal and spreading false claims about it, people in the meeting recalled.
So Mr. Obama told the Aipac leaders that he intended to hit back hard.
The next day in a speech at American University, Mr. Obama denounced the deal’s opponents as “lobbyists” doling out millions of dollars to trumpet the same hawkish rhetoric that had led the United States into war with Iraq. The president never mentioned Aipac by name, but his target was unmistakable.
As AIPAC has gone in an increasingly hawkish and right-wing direction, in hand with Netanyahu and his crack team of former Republican political operatives
, Obama has no incentive to engage with them. I hope that 2016 Dems will act in a similar way.