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John Yoo

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The controversial University of California-Berkeley law professor who supported the Bush administration’s use of torture has come out in opposition to Donald Trump, arguing that a Trump White House would cause a “cascade of global crises.”  Yoo wrote in a recent LA Times op-ed that Trump’s promise to pick conservative Supreme Court judges was not sufficient reason to vote for him because Trump cannot be trusted and that in any case the “inconstant ideological majorities of the Supreme Court cannot provide reliable protection for a conservative constitutional agenda.”

Walid Phares

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A self-styled terrorism “expert,” Walid Phares is a Donald Trump campaign adviser who was closely associated with a right-wing militia during the Lebanese Civil War, which was accused of multiple atrocities. Phares has worked for various neoconservative groups like the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and has also supported the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK), a militant Iranian organization that advocates overthrowing the Islamic Republic of Iran and was for many years on the U.S. State Department’s list of terrorist organizations.

Frank Gaffney

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Frank Gaffney, the Islamophobic ideologue who heads the neoconservative Center for Security Policy, is one of a host of right-wing hawks who are serving as foreign policy advisers to Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign. Gaffney received widespread public attention after the deadly attack in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015 when Donald Trump’s cited a widely criticized CSP poll in demanding “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

 

Ilan Berman

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Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, is a frequent commentator on U.S. Iran policy who is known for making exaggerated claims about Iran and other Middle East countries. Berman characterized the historic 2015 Iran nuclear deal “as nothing less than a Marshall Plan for the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.”

Randall Fort

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Randall Fort, assistant secretary for intelligence and research in the State Department during President George W. Bush’s second term, helped direct State’s in-house intelligence unit, the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR). After leaving State in 2009, Fort joined the Raytheon Corporation, a major defense contractor, as a director of programs security.

Robert Kagan

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Robert Kagan, a key neoconservative figure behind groups like the Project of the New American Century, is concerned about the rise of Donald Trump, whom he calls “the most successful demagogue-charlatan in the history of U.S. politics.” Blaming the Republican Party for the creation of Trump and the emergence of other candidates like Sen. Ted Cruz, Kagan recently wrote that his “only choice will be to vote for Hillary Clinton.”

 

Andrew C. McCarthy

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Andrew McCarthy is a former federal prosecutor who is known for his extreme anti-Islamic views and wild conspiracy theories. He has argued that President Obama is a “bridge figure between the Left and the Islamists” and that it is the nature of Islam to radicalize its adherents. He has also long held that Iran had a role in the 9/11 attacks.

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The United States needs to undertake the same type of investigation that condemned former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s decision-making during the lead up to the Iraq War.


A recent spate of high-casualty Islamic State-linked attacks has raised fears about the group’s ability to carry out international terrorist strikes while also obscuring its failures at creating a “state.”


Is Hillary Clinton’s hawkishness on foreign policy due to core principles or political calculation?


In minimizing U.S. resort to violence, President Obama has brought conflict resolution to the Oval Office.


Whatever influence the United States seeks from sanctions depends on demonstrating that those targeted will get relief if they take the required actions, otherwise there is no incentive for change.


From spending $150 million on private villas for a handful of personnel in Afghanistan to blowing $2.7 billion on an air surveillance balloon that doesn’t work, the latest revelations of waste at the Pentagon are just the most recent howlers in a long line of similar stories stretching back at least five decades.


We need a peaceful international environment to rebuild our country. To achieve this, we must erase our strategy deficit. To do that, the next administration must fix the broken policymaking apparatus in Washington.


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