chapter  13
Getting Uncle Sam’s Ear
ByWill Ethnic Lobbies Cramp America’s Foreign Policy Style?
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The daily schedule of any secretary of state or national security adviser attests to America’s ethnic diversity. Interspersed with interminable staff meetings and appointments with visiting foreign dignitaries are sessions with domestic ethnic groups. It might be a breakfast talk with officials from the Cuban American National Foundation on U.S. policy toward Cuba, a luncheon address to members of the American Latvian Association on NATO expansion, or an evening speech to the American Jewish Committee on the Middle East peace process. In America, global politics is local politics-and local politics, often, is ethnic politics.