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

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Amir Taheri
Iranian-born writer Amir Taheri has a history of making suspicious claims about Iran that have been used by neoconservatives to bolster the case for attacking that country.

The Israel Project

The Israel Project is a “pro-Israel,” neoconservative-leaning lobby group that boasts a lengthy bipartisan cast of congressional “advisers.”

Charles Krauthammer
Charles Krauthammer, a trailblazing neoconservative ideologue and an unapologetic advocate for U.S. overseas military adventures, has praised the Romney-Ryan ticket for its “philosophy of government.”

Josh Block

Josh Block, a self-described progressive Democrat who gained notoriety for accusing liberal critics of Israel of “borderline anti-Semitism,” now helms The Israel Project, a neoconservative-leaning lobby group that pushes a hawkish line U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

Condoleezza Rice

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a senior fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution, thinks that Mitt Romney will be a better hawk than President Obama.

Gary Bauer
Christian Zionist leader and former GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer is among several right-wing leaders who have called for investigations into whether the U.S. government has been infiltrated by Islamic extremists.


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Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), former chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, is a leading ”pro-Israel” hawk in Congress.


Brigette Gabriel, an anti-Islamic author and activist, is the founder of the right-wing group ACT! for America.


The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), one of the more effective U.S. lobbying outfits, aims to ensure that the United States backs Israel regardless of the policies Israel pursues.


Frank Gaffney, director of the hardline neoconservative Center for Security Policy, is a longtime advocate of aggressive U.S. foreign policies, bloated military budgets, and confrontation with the Islamic world.


Shmuley Boteach is a “celebrity rabbi” known for his controversial “pro-Israel” advocacy.


United against Nuclear Iran is a pressure group that attacks companies doing business in Iran and disseminates alarmist reports about the country’s nuclear program.


Huntsman, the millionaire scion of the Huntsman chemical empire, is a former Utah governor who served as President Obama’s first ambassador to China and was a candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.


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AIPAC has done more than just tolerate the U.S. tilt toward extreme and often xenophobic views. Newly released tax filings show that the country’s biggest pro-Israel group financially contributed to the Center for Security Policy, the think-tank that played a pivotal role in engineering the Trump administration’s efforts to impose a ban on Muslim immigration.


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It would have been hard for Trump to find someone with more extreme positions than David Friedman for U.S. ambassador to Israel.


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Just as the “bogeyman” of the Mexican rapist and drug dealer is used to justify the Wall and mass immigration detention, the specter of Muslim terrorists is being used to validate gutting the refugee program and limiting admission from North Africa, and Southwest and South Asia.


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Although the mainstream media narrative about Trump’s Russia ties has been fairly linear, in reality the situation appears to be anything but.


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Reagan’s military buildup had little justification, though the military was rebuilding after the Vietnam disaster. Today, there is almost no case at all for a defense budget increase as big as the $54 billion that the Trump administration wants.


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The very idea of any U.S. president putting his personal financial interests ahead of the U.S. national interest is sufficient reason for the public to be outraged. That such a conflict of interest may affect real U.S. foreign policy decisions is an outrage.


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The new US administration is continuing a state of war that has existed for 16 years.


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