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America’s Africa Misadventure
By Najum Mushtaq

In a region where a higher level of U.S. engagement is long overdue and should be welcomed by all quarters, the new U.S. Africa Command (Africom) has elicited widespread suspicion. Given its emphasis on the use of military power and its interventionist framework, Africom will in all likelihood be counterproductive for U.S. strategic interests in the region; most African countries see military motives behind Washington’s rhetoric of peace, cooperation, and humanitarianism. Read full story.

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Akbar Atri
Could this Iranian exile dissident, who champions regime change in Iran through his work with groups like the Committee on the Present Danger, be the "Iranian Ahmed Chalabi"?

David Horowitz
The right-wing commentator known for his diatribes against liberals has designated the last week in October "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week."

Committee on the Present Danger
Reinvented after 9/11 to promote an expansive "war on terror," this Cold War-era anti-communist outfit has, along with a host of other neoconservative-led pressure groups, recently set its sights on pushing U.S. intervention in Iran.

Forgotten American Coalition
According to its chair, Gary Bauer, the members of this new pro-war letterhead coalition—which include Christian Right leaders, neoconservatives, social conservatives, and hardline nationalists— "believe defeat at the hands of an ideology that worships death would be immoral."

Gary Becker
In his writings, the Nobel laureate and Hoover Institution fellow switches between free-market economic principles and hawkish support for the "war on terror."

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Hillary’s "Soft Power"
By Jim Lobe

Potentially the next president, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton espouses the benefits of "soft power" in U.S. foreign relations while leaving open the possibility of using hard power in Iran. Read full story.

Genocide Politics
By Khody Akhavi

While it has been quick to announce "genocide" in other parts of the world, the Bush administration sees a House resolution on the Armenian genocide as a threat to its prosecution of the "war on terror." Read full story.

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Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is one of the Senate’s more vocal hawks, and one of the prime vacillators among Republicans between objecting to and supporting Donald Trump.


Ron Dermer is the Israeli ambassador to the United States and has deep connections to the Republican Party and the neoconservative movement.


The Washington-based American Enterprise Institute is a rightist think tank with a broad mandate covering a range of foreign and domestic policy issues that is known for its strong connections to neoconservatism and overseas debacles like the Iraq War.


Max Boot, neoconservative military historian at the Council on Foreign Relations, on Trump and Russia: “At every turn Trump is undercutting the ‘get tough on Russia’ message because he just can’t help himself, he just loves Putin too much.”


Since taking office Donald Trump has revealed an erratic and extremely hawkish approach to U.S. foreign affairs, which has been marked by controversial actions like dropping out of the Iran nuclear agreement that have raised tensions across much of the world and threatened relations with key allies.


Mike Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas and an evangelical pastor, is a far-right pundit known for his hawkish policies and opposition to an Israeli peace deal with the Palestinians.


Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is known for her lock-step support for Israel and considered by some to be a future presidential candidate.


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The Trumpian new regional order in the Middle East is predicated on strongman rule, disregard for human rights, Sunni primacy over Iran and other Shia centers of power, continued military support for pro-American warring parties regardless of the unlawfulness of such wars, and Israeli hegemony.


A comparison of U.S. nuclear diplomacy with Iran and the current version with North Korea puts the former in a good light and makes the latter look disappointing. Those with an interest in curbing the dangers of proliferating nuclear weapons should hope that the North Korea picture will improve with time. But whether it does or not, the process has put into perspective how badly mistaken was the Trump administration’s trashing of the Iran nuclear agreement.


Numerous high profile Trump administration officials maintain close ties with anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists. In today’s America, disparaging Islam is acceptable in ways that disparaging other religions is not. Given the continuing well-funded campaigns by the Islamophobes and continuing support from their enablers in the Trump administration, starting with the president himself, it seems unlikely that this trend will be reversed any time soon.


The Trump administration’s nuclear proliferation policy is now in meltdown, one which no threat of “steely resolve”—in Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s words—will easily contain. It is hemorrhaging in part because the administration has yet to forge a strategy that consistently and credibly signals a feasible bottom line that includes living with—rather than destroying—regimes it despises or fears. Political leaders on both sides of the aisle must call for a new model that has some reasonable hope of restraining America’s foes and bringing security to its Middle East allies.


Congressional midterm elections are just months away and another presidential election already looms. Who will be the political leader with the courage and presence of mind to declare: “Enough! Stop this madness!” Man or woman, straight or gay, black, brown, or white, that person will deserve the nation’s gratitude and the support of the electorate. Until that occurs, however, the American penchant for war will stretch on toward infinity.


To bolster the president’s arguments for cutting back immigration, the administration recently released a fear-mongering report about future terrorist threats. Among the potential threats: a Sudanese national who, in 2016, “pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS”; an Uzbek who “posted a threat on an Uzbek-language website to kill President Obama in an act of martyrdom on behalf of ISIS”; a Syrian who, in a plea agreement, “admitted that he knew a member of ISIS and that while in Syria he participated in a battle against the Syrian regime, including shooting at others, in coordination with Al Nusrah,” an al-Qaeda offshoot.


The recent appointment of purveyors of anti-Muslim rhetoric to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom exposes the cynical approach Republicans have taken in promoting religious freedom.


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