Drop whatever you happen to be doing and run, walk or crawl to the nearest bookstore and buy this book! It is flat out phenomenal.
Dr. Petras cuts to the heart of the issues and completely dissects the Zionist Power Configuration (ZPC) in America. He ranges from the authentic reasons the U.S. is occupying Iraq, proving it has nothing to do with oil, to the pro-Israel groups and institutions that permeate American society and culture. Coming under especially harsh criticism is the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (PMAJO) and its propaganda newsletter "Daily Alert." Without fail PMAJO parrots every press briefing and talking point that emanates from Tel Aviv, regardless of how many Palestinian civilians are butchered in the process or malnourished in the Gaza concentration camp.
Petras goes on to demonstrate that Mearsheimer and Walt were too tepid in their criticism of the pro-Israel lobby and failed to address the entire Zionist power apparatus in the United States by only focusing on a small piece of it. Zionism, Militarism and the Decline of US Power explains that Israeli mouthpieces and Jewish apologists for Zionism wield strength in a much more over-arching manner. Not only are the big metropolitan areas (The Apple, LA, Miami, Chicago) inundated with bullies and cheerleaders who harass, boycott, browbeat and intimidate anybody or any institution that has the chutzpah to level an intelligent critique about Israeli violence and Zionist power, but also small and local communities across the country face the same intimidation tactics. The ZPC has a stranglehold that is powerful yet relatively invisible to most. Though of course they're not omnipotent.
A brilliant section, taking up two large chapters of the book, demonstrates that it is the ZPC that's at the forefront in rallying the United States to take up a war against Iran. Its media mouthpieces, executive branch minions and legislative lapdogs, all are beating the war drums, while only top U.S. military brass are issuing well thought out warnings against this insane rush to fight the Persian state. This internal battle within the ruling elites of America: the powerful Israel-Firsters vs independent upper echelon Pentagon analysts is looked at in great detail by Petras.
The last third of this amazing book essentially outlines a more holistic and historical analysis of American politico-economic realities with an eye toward present day Zionist power in America and the contradictions and agreements that crop up regarding various issues, power plays and areas of influence regarding the U.S. empire.
This book should not be missed, steal it if you have to. Anyone who denies, denigrates, or down plays the realities Petras reports is either a fool, a paid shill for the Israeli state, or a frightened Zionist afraid of the truth. Such an eye opening book comes around once every decade.