Right Web

Tracking militarists’ efforts to influence U.S. foreign policy

Featured Profiles:

Foreign Policy Initiative

-

The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) was a Washington D.C.-based advocacy group that was founded in 2009 by several high-profile neoconservative figures to promote militaristic U.S. policies in the Middle East and other global hotspots. Among its key benefactors was Republican hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer, who has long been associated with right-wing “pro-Israel” advocacy efforts. In June 2017, FPI announced that it would close in mid-2017 largely because of loss of funding. An anonymous source told The Atlantic that after the election of Donald Trump, Singer decided that FPI was no longer worth the investment so he “decided to reduce the amount of money he was giving to FPI to a very low amount, and all the board members came to the conclusion that there was no point in continuing.”

 

 

Paul Singer

-

Hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer, a “pro-Israel” megadonor, was once a “never-Trumper.” And then he donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration and has been a participant in key funders meetings convened by President Trump. A supporter of numerous neoconservative advocacy groups, one of Singer’s pet projects was the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), a Washington D.C.-based advocacy group founded in 2009 to promote militaristic U.S. policies in the Middle East. FPI recently announced that it was closing down because of loss of funding. An anonymous source told The Atlantic that after the election of Trump, Singer decided that FPI was no longer worth the investment.

 

 

Marco Rubio

-

During the first months of Trump’s presidency, “Little Marco” Rubio’s attitude towards the new president has followed a similar pattern as that of the campaign: disapproval followed by fawning praise. In May 2017, as the Russia scandal continued to expand, Rubio told CBS Face the Nation: “I don’t understand why people are that shocked. This president ran a very unconventional campaign.” A month later, after Trump announced his decision to reverse Obama-era policies on Cuba, Rubio said: “The cooperation, the hard work, the commitment that this White House and President Trump has shown to this cause, I believe has no precedent, certainly in the modern history of this great cause.”

Ron Dermer

-

Since the election of Donald Trump, Israel Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer has on several occasions said that Israel is fully behind the new U.S. president, despite gaffes by Trump like failing to recognize that Israel is in the Middle East. At the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committeer, Dermer stated, “For the first time in many years, perhaps even many decades, there is no daylight between our two governments.” Regarding Syria, he argued that the U.S. and Israel “Both recognize that the worst outcome that could emerge from the horrific carnage in Syria would be to effectively cede parts of Syria to Iran and Hezbollah.” He also emphasized the shared views of Washington and Tel Aviv regarding“militant Islam,” which Dermer said has “engulfed the Middle East.”

 

Erik Prince

-

Eric Prince, the Evangelical founder of the disgraced private military company Blackwater and the brother of Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, has been a central player in the growing Russia-Trump scandal. The Washington Post reports that “the United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in the Seychelles this January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump.”

James Mattis

-

While he has taken an aggressive stance on Iran, U.S. Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis has attempted to play down possible confrontation with North Korea. After Pyongyang’s recent long-range missile test, Mattis said: “I do not believe this capability in itself brings us closer to war because the president’s been very clear, the secretary of State’s been very clear, that we are leading with diplomatic and economic efforts.”

 

 

Mark Dubowitz

-

Mark Dubowitz, an oft-quoted Iran hawk who heads the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, thinks that Donald Trump can “roll back” Iran much like Ronald Reagan did to the Soviet Union. Just one small problem, as one observer writes, “the comparison is so ahistorical, so ungrounded in anything observable, that it can only be aimed at one person, someone notorious for a lack of curiosity and historical perspective, and a strong attraction to ‘fake news’ that magnifies his ego and sense of destiny.”

 

Share RightWeb

From the Wires

The time has come for a new set of partnerships to be contemplated between the United States and Middle East states – including Iran – and between regimes and their peoples, based on a bold and inclusive social contract.


Erik Prince is back. He’s not only pitching colonial capitalism in DC. He’s huckstering ex-SF-led armies of sepoys to wrest Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya and perhaps, if he is ever able to influence likeminded hawks in the Trump administration, even Iran back from the infidels.


Encouraged by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement late last month that Washington favors “peaceful” regime change in Iran, neoconservatives appear to be trying to influence the internal debate by arguing that this is Trump’s opportunity to be Ronald Reagan.


When asked about “confidence in the U.S. president to do the right thing in world affairs,” 22 percent of those surveyed as part of a recent Pew Research Center global poll expressed confidence in Donald Trump and 74 percent expressed no confidence.


A much-awaited new State Department volume covering the period 1951 to 1954 does not reveal much new about the actual overthrow of Mohammad Mossadeq but it does provide a vast amount of information on US involvement in Iran.


As debate continues around the Trump administration’s arms sales and defense spending, am new book suggests several ways to improve security and reduce corruption, for instance by increasing transparency on defense strategies, including “how expenditures on systems and programs align with the threats to national security.”


Lobelog We walked in a single file. Not because it was tactically sound. It wasn’t — at least according to standard infantry doctrine. Patrolling southern Afghanistan in column formation limited maneuverability, made it difficult to mass fire, and exposed us to enfilading machine-gun bursts. Still, in 2011, in the Pashmul District of Kandahar Province, single…


For media inquiries,
email rightwebproject@gmail.com

RightWeb
share