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Bush’s Confusing Foreign Policy—the Middle East and North Korea; Plus Profiles on Global

FEATURED ARTICLES Peace Not Near on Middle East’s “Time Horizon” By Leon Hadar The Bush administration’s symbolic concessions on Iran may be a smokescreen for plausible deniability, and recent diplomatic steps taken by various Middle Eastern players should not be confused with a search for peace. The Middle East is a place where nothing is…

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Peace Not Near on Middle East’s “Time Horizon”
By Leon Hadar

The Bush administration’s symbolic concessions on Iran may be a smokescreen for plausible deniability, and recent diplomatic steps taken by various Middle Eastern players should not be confused with a search for peace. The Middle East is a place where nothing is what it seems to be, where yesterday’s enemy is tomorrow’s ally, where commitments are made to be broken, and where “peace” is nothing more than a long cease-fire. Read full story.

North Korea: Hand-Wringing over Success
By John Isaacs

President Bush’s announcement in late June that the United States was taking North Korea off the sponsors of terrorism list thanks to Pyongyang’s progress in dismantling its nuclear weapons program was the culmination of a shift in administration policies that has astonished the world. The shift toward diplomacy has also infuriated many of the administration’s erstwhile supporters who, in John Bolton’s words, have begun to bemoan the “final collapse of Bush’s foreign policy.” Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

Global Governance Watch
A joint initiative of the American Enterprise Institute and the Federalist Society, Global Governance Watch aims to be an "expanded and revamped version of NGOWatch," the much-maligned initiative accused of being a McCarthyite blacklist.

Erik Prince
After reaping millions in government contracts, the CEO of Blackwater claims his private military company is getting out of the security business, in part because he says it has been “unfairly” targeted by those who oppose the Iraq War.

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Iran in the Spotlight at Christian Zionist Confab
By Ali Gharib

As demonstrated by panelists at the recent Christians United for Israel conference, neoconservatives are still beating the anti-Iran drums of war. Read full story.

Bush, U.S. Military Pressure Iraqis on Withdrawal
Analysis by Gareth Porter

The change in the Iraqi regime’s behavior over the past six months strongly suggests that the era of Iraqi dependence on the United States has ended. Read full story.

Scowcroft, Brzezinski Urge Bush to Drop Iran Preconditions
By Jim Lobe

Two respected foreign policy authorities urge the administration to engage Iran and avoid creating a “cauldron of conflict, bitterness, and hatred.” Read full story.

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Michael Gerson, an evangelical Christian who served as a chief aide and speechwriter in the George W. Bush White House, is a conservative columnist for the Washington Post and one of Donald Trump’s harshest critics on the right, calling him an “unhinged president.”


Robert Kagan, a cofounder of the Project for the New American Century, is a neoconservative policy pundit and historian based at the Brookings Institution.


Mira Ricardel, former weapons marketer for Boeing, is the deputy national security adviser under John Bolton. She is a well-known foreign policy hawk who has served in key positions in the administration of George W. Bush and, earlier, in the office of former Senator Robert Dole (R-KS).


Fred Fleitz left his role as chief of staff at the National Security Council under John Bolton to succeed notorious Islamophobe Frank Gaffney as president and CEO of the Center for Security Policy.


Brian Hook is the director of policy planning and senior policy advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and is the head of the Iran Action Group.


Haim Saban is a media mogul and major donor to the Democratic Party known for his hardline stance on Israel and opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.


Josh Rogin is a journalist known for his support for neoconservative policies and views.


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Increasingly, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are positioned as rivals, each with pretensions to Middle Eastern influence or even hegemony. It’s not clear whether they can continue to coexist without one or the other—or both—backing down. This has made it more difficult for the United States to maintain its ties with both countries.


What does President Trump’s recent nomination of retired Army General John Abizaid to become the next U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia signify? Next to nothing — and arguably quite a lot.


The Donald Trump administration’s handling of nuclear negotiations with Saudi Arabia promises to lay bare some realities about security issues and nuclear programs in that part of the world that the administration has refused to acknowledge.


Eminent U.S. foreign policy expert Stephen Walt’s new book critique’s the “liberal hegemony” grand strategy that has dominated U.S. foreign policy since the end of the Cold War.


(Lobelog)  Retired Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz told LobeLog he will remain on the board of the Gatestone Institute, a right-wing think tank that receives money from Trump megadonors Robert and Rebekah Mercer and disseminates anti-Muslim and anti-refugee conspiracy theories. Last week, LobeLog reported that Dershowitz received $120,000 from the Gatestone Institute in 2017 and…


Jobs should not be an excuse to arm a murderous regime that not only appears to be behind the assassination of a U.S. resident and respected commentator but is also responsible for thousands of civilian casualties in Yemen—the majority killed with U.S-supplied bombs, combat aircraft, and tactical assistance.


The contradictions in Donald Trump’s foreign policy create opportunities for both rivals and long-standing (if irritated) US allies to challenge American influence. But Trump’s immediate priority is political survival, and his actions in the international arena are of little concern to his domestic supporters.


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