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AIPAC Conference Pushes for Sanctions on Iran

Last week’s annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee provided a stark reminder that although the lobby has come under increasing fire in recent years, it remains a force to be reckoned with.


As Obama Engages, Hawks Soften Rhetoric

Foreign policy hawks speaking at a recent American Enterprise Institute conference revealed a softening in their rhetoric toward Iran and expressed a willingness to engage the country.


Whither Af-Pak?; From the Makers of PNAC; The Rebirth of COIN; Profiles on the Cheneys

FEATURED ARTICLE Whither “Af-Pak”? By Najum Mushtaq The near simultaneous reappointment of a sacked Supreme Court judge and the signing of an agreement to allow Sharia courts in certain areas have created a bewildering judicial divide in Pakistan. In this battle of the courts, however, there is a real opportunity for President Obama to take…


Whither Af-Pak?

The near simultaneous reappointment of a sacked Supreme Court judge and the signing of an agreement to allow Sharia courts in certain areas have created a bewildering judicial divide in Pakistan. In this battle of the courts, however, there is a real opportunity for President Obama to take a new approach toward Pakistan and depart from the disastrous path cut by President George W. Bush and his predecessors. But unless President Obama listens to the people of Pakistan and recognizes the currents of change in this traumatized country, the administration’s strategy of linking Pakistan and Afghan policy—the so-called Af-Pak plan—could spark a spiraling conflict with devastating, far-reaching repercussions


Neocon Ideologues Launch New Foreign Policy Group

The newly founded Foreign Policy Initiative, led by the same neocon writers who set up the Project for the New American Century, supports a “surge” in Afghanistan and stresses “threats” from countries like Russia and China.


Neocons and Liberal Hawks Converge on Counterinsurgency

As the United States boosts its forces in Afghanistan, hawks in both Republican and Democratic circles are championing small wars theory and counterinsurgency doctrine as guides for the U.S. military.


Tehran Rebuffs U.S. Overtures

Iran’s dismissive response to U.S. attempts at engagement will likely isolate it even further, much to the detriment of Middle East stability.


Some Strategists Cast Doubt on Afghan War Rationale

Some analysts argue that the Obama administration’s battle against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan is misplaced and will spur the group to become further entrenched in Pakistan.


U.S.-Iranian Engagement: When and How?

On Norouz, the day when Iranians celebrate the coming of spring and the new Iranian calendar year, President Barack Obama put the United States on a path to a fresh relationship with Iran. But given the upcoming Iranian presidential elections in June, the real question for the U.S. administration is when and how to further engage Iran. One thing is clear, the two countries have a number of shared concerns, which could provide them with a new basis for relations.


The myth of Mideast dominance; profiles on Steve Rosen, Dennis Ross, John Yoo, Peter Wehner, Blackwa

FEATURED ARTICLES U.S.-Iranian Engagement: When and How? By Ahmad Sadri On Norouz, the day when Iranians celebrate the coming of spring and the new Iranian calendar year, President Barack Obama put the United States on a path to a fresh relationship with Iran. But given the upcoming Iranian presidential elections in June, the real question…


From "Axis of Evil" to "Happy New Year"

President Obama issued well wishes to Iran on that country’s New Years celebration last Friday, striking a dramatically different tone to that adopted by his predecessor.


Bipartisan Experts Urge "Partnership" with Russia

A new report makes a series of recommendations to the new administration for finding common ground with Russia, after the U.S.-Russia relationship reached a new post-Cold War low last summer.


Military Dominance in Mideast a Costly Myth?

The United States might not be the dominant power in the Middle East that the Obama administration seems to presume, which could have far reaching consequences on its actions in the region


Islamist Governments Not the Enemy, Say Mideast Experts

U.S. policy must end its misguided fear of Islamist parties and concentrate on human rights, experts assert in open letter to Obama.


Vetting Nominees, Hampering Policy?

Will the lengthy and intrusive vetting process for nominees hamper the Obama’s administration ability to confront a number of foreign policy issues?


Freeman Withdrawal Marks Victory for Conservative “Israel Lobby”

A vitriolic battle waged by Republican lawmakers and Israel-centric hardliners spurred Charles “Chas” Freeman to withdraw from consideration to chair the National Intelligence Council


"Resist and Deter" Iran

A recent report by a hawkish U.S. think tank urges the administration to exert increasing pressure on Tehran to abandon its enrichment program and be prepared to launch military strikes.


Dutch Foe of Islam Goes to Washington

Dutch MP Geert Wilders tours the United States, soliciting conservatives for financial and ideological support.


The Funders of the Right

FEATURED PROFILES A Special Issue of Right Web News featuring profiles on some of the key foundations and financial backers, past and present, of the U.S. Right. Bradley Foundation A major backer of neoconservatism, in 2007 the Bradley Foundation gave $1 million to conservative publisher Encounter Books; nearly $1 million to the Hudson Institute; and…


U.S.-Israeli Relations: Storm Clouds Ahead?

A likely Likud-led coalition government in Israel will likely find itself at loggerheads with an Obama administration intent on talking to Iran and stabilizing southwest Asia.


Signs of a U.S.-Syria Thaw?

Planned U.S. congressional delegations to Syria underscore Obama’s desire to restore diplomatic relations with Damascus.


Generals Seek to Reverse Obama Withdrawal Decision

President Obama’s decision to stick to his campaign pledge regarding troop withdrawal from Iraq is facing strong opposition within the military.


More Troops, More Worries, Less Consensus on Afghanistan

Critics fear that Obama’s potential “surge” in Afghanistan may incite, rather than resolve, violence and resentment from Al Qaeda.


Hawks Urge Boosting Military Spending

The Pentagon and the arms industry are hoping for substantial increases in military spending despite a worsening financial crisis and already record level military spending.


Obama’s Quick Start Raises Hopes

Within days of his inauguration, Obama had already begun to take substantive steps toward jumpstarting Arab-Israeli peace process.


Israeli Settlements Expanding

The arrival in Israel of There could be potential friction as U.S. peace envoy and longtime critic of settlement construction George Mitchell, a long time critic of Israeli settlements, arrives in Israel. His visit coincides with a newly released study detailing Israeli settlement expansion.


President Obama: A Realist Interventionist?

President Barack Obama might turn out to be a foreign policy pragmatist, eschewing the grand strategies and big-label crusades that inspire the minds of Washington’s cognoscenti. After eight years of the Bush administration’s foreign policy fantasies, the notion of an Obama administration muddling through foreign policy choices should be welcomed, even by those who will inevitably be disappointed when Obama fails to live up to their high expectations.


Obama’s Foreign Policy; Farewell to Cheney; The AEI Breakup; Profiles on Weyrich, Neuhaus, and

FEATURED ARTICLES President Obama: A Realist Interventionist? By Leon Hadar President Obama might turn out to be a foreign policy pragmatist, eschewing the grand strategies and big-label crusades that inspire the minds of Washington’s cognoscenti. After eight years of the Bush administration’s foreign policy fantasies, the notion of an Obama administration muddling through foreign policy…


Bush Plan Eliminated Obstacle to Gaza Assault

Bush administration efforts to undermine Hamas appear to have paved the way for the recent Israeli assault on Gaza.


Bush Foreign Policy Legacy Widely Seen as Disastrous

Few historians would apparently disagree with Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal’s comment that the Bush administration has left you [the United States] a disgusting legacy.


Israeli Attack Seen as Complicating Obama’s Plans

The president-elect’s stated goal of improving the Israeli-Palestinian situation has been complicated before he even starts his job.


Whither Neoconservatism in the Obama Era? Plus: Dick Cheney’s Vice Presidency Investigated

FEATURED ARTICLES Neoconservatism in a New Era By Nick Rogers Out of power and out of fashion, what exactly will be the post-Bush agenda of the neoconservatives? Prominent thinkers Joshua Muravchik and Michael Ledeen weigh in on how neocons should move forward—and the domestic aspect of their opinions may surprise you. Read full story. Cheney:…


Cheney: Master Bureaucrat

Cheney has from the beginning served as the most aggressive hawk among the top administration leadership. His public pronouncements on the Iraq War have often gone farther than Bush himself was willing to. With secrecy and skill, Cheney used the Vice President’s office to unite the administration around shared goals of an aggressively nationalist foreign policy, a disdain for diplomacy, and an utterly unfettered executive power in time of war, as Barton Gellman documents in the recent biography Angler.


Neoconservatism in a New Era

With change coming to Washington in the form of a new president who campaigned on a slate of foreign policies at loggerheads with the agenda championed by President George W. Bush, a burning question among many pundits is, “Whither the neocons?” Out of power and out of fashion, what exactly will be their post-Bush agenda? Prominent thinkers Joshua Muravchik and Michael Ledeen weigh in on how neocons should move forward and what some of their priorities might be in the future.


Regional Players Key to Salvaging Peace Process

Some experts think the Obama administration may be the last chance the Middle East has for achieving a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.


Neocons Campaign to Preempt Iran Talks

With the presidential transition running full-steam ahead, hardliners are busy lining up their arguments for why talks with Iran will fail.


Green Security?

Neoconservatives, despite their appreciable influence on President George W. Bush’s administration, have never numbered very many people. By forming tactical alliances and associations with groups like evangelical Christians and hardline nationalists to promote their policy goals, neocons became a powerful faction in Washington, D.C., especially after the 9/11 attacks. Now, with their influence clearly on the wane, some neocons seem to be trying to forge what might be their most unexpected alliance yet—with environmentalists.


The Greening of National Security; Plus Profiles on David Frum, Robert Lieber, and Michael Goldfarb

FEATURED ARTICLE Green Security? By Ali Gharib Neoconservatives, despite their appreciable influence on President George W. Bush’s administration, have never numbered very many people. By forming tactical alliances and associations with groups like evangelical Christians and hardline nationalists to promote their policy goals, neocons became a powerful faction in Washington, D.C., especially after the 9/11…


Pundits Debate the Inevitability of a Nuclear Iran

(Inter Press Service) At the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations meeting in late October, it wasn’t U.S. relations with an Arab country that many were talking about….


Obama Pressured to Back Off Iraq Withdrawal

(Inter Press Service) The promotion of Robert M. Gates as President-Elect Barack Obama’s secretary of defense appears to be the key element in a broad campaign by military…


Will Obama’s Change Come to Poor Corners of Kenya?

Wracked by the devastation wrought in the violent aftermath of their own presidential election a year ago, Kenyans across the country’s tribal and religious divisions have rejoiced in Barack Obama’s presidential win in the United States. But the euphoria inspired by the obvious symbolism of the election of a U.S. president with Kenyan heritage is heavily tempered by the burdens of everyday life and the question of whether Obama has the will and wherewithal to stop the excesses of the U.S.-led “war on terror” in East Africa.


Obama, East Africa, and the “war on terror”; Profiles on John McCain, Victor Davis Hanso

FEATURED ARTICLE Will Obama’s Change Come to Poor Corners of Kenya? By Najum Mustaq Wracked by the devastation wrought in the violent aftermath of their own presidential election a year ago, Kenyans across the country’s tribal and religious divisions have rejoiced in Barack Obama’s presidential win in the United States. But the euphoria inspired by…


Whither Peace in the Middle East

(Inter Press Service) Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) has been elected U.S. president at a time when the number of violent militants in and around Iraq has risen dramatically since…


Obama Advisor Has Ties to Neocons

(Inter Press Service) With the 2008 presidential campaign at its end, pundits have begun to discuss in earnest what expected winner Barack Obama’s administration might…


Analysts Question Syria Raid

(Inter Press Service) A cross-border raid into Syria by U.S. forces in Iraq, and the subsequent stonewalling by U.S. officials unwilling to divulge details, has led to rampant …


Sheldon Adelson, Money v. Ideology; Dennis Ross; Ken Adelman; Clarion Fund

FEATURED ARTICLE The Economic Crisis: Will Money Trump Ideology? By Eli Clifton The steep reversal of financial fortune for one of the most generous donors to hawkish causes could likely impact the ability of those causes to carry out their work. The fortune of casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a key backer of groups like Freedom’s…


The Economic Crisis: Will Money Trump Ideology?

The steep reversal of financial fortune for one of the most generous donors to hawkish causes could likely impact the ability of those causes to carry out their work. The fortune of casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a key backer of groups like Freedom’s Watch and the Likud agenda in Israel, has taken a hit from the global economic meltdown. Will megadonors like Adelson turn their attention to salvaging their business empires at the expense of the political agendas dear to their hearts?


Afghanistan: The Enemy of the Enemy

(Inter Press Service) Increasingly frustrated by the "downward spiral" that the U.S. intelligence community sees in Afghanistan, the Pentagon appears to be moving…


Whither Pakistan’s Hearts and Minds; Profiles on Max Boot, Joshua Muravchik, and James Roche.

FEATURED ARTICLE Losing Pakistan’s Hearts and Minds—and the “War on Terror” By Najum Mushtaq & Qurat-ul-Ain Sadozai Pakistan is facing one of the worst internal crises in its history. The turmoil, which is intimately tied to the antiterror war being waged by the Bush administration, is pushing Pakistani citizens against the tenuous U.S.-Pakistani alliance, the…


Losing Pakistan’s Hearts and Minds—and the “War on Terror”

Pakistan is facing one of the worst internal crises in its history. The turmoil—intimately tied to the Bush administration’s “war on terror”—is pushing Pakistani citizens against the tenuous U.S.-Pakistani alliance. The volatility of the relationship was underscored recently when members of U.S. and Pakistani forces exchanged fire. As U.S. strategists focus their military campaign on cross-border strikes against Taliban elements in Pakistani territory, they seem to be neglecting the plight of the average Pakistani. Without the hearts and minds of the population, Washington stands no chance of winning its war on terror on any front.


Pakistan: "Greatest Single Challenge" to Next President

(Inter Press Service) Calling Pakistan the "greatest single challenge" to the next U.S. administration, a bipartisan group of South Asia experts recommends cutting…


Brief Talks with Syria Spur Speculation

(Inter Press Service) A series of meetings between U.S. and Syrian diplomats—including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her counterpart, Foreign Minister Walid…


The Nowhere Debate; Profiles on Blackwater, Julie Finley, Michael Evans; And More.

FEATURED ARTICLE A Nowhere Foreign Policy Debate By Leon Hadar The next occupant of the White House will inherit a number of sensitive international situations left over from the Bush presidency, all of which will require fresh insight and new approaches. But with a financial crisis looming and foreign policy slipping downward on the public’s…


A Nowhere Foreign Policy Debate

This year’s race to the White House has been billed as a thing of historic proportions, and in terms of who will end up in the Oval Office, it certainly…


Pushing Islamophobia

(Inter Press Service) A group of hardline U.S. neoconservatives and former Israeli diplomats, among others, are behind the mass distribution of Obsession, a controversial DVD…


EU Takes the Diplomatic Lead on Georgia

(Inter Press Service) The Russia-Georgia peace deal indicates that the European Union (EU) is acting as an independent power and plans to maintain dialogue with Moscow in spite…


The Most Secretive Government Ever?

(Inter Press Service) The administration of President George W. Bush continues to expand government secrecy across a broad array of agencies and actions—and at greatly…


Chairman Lieberman’s “War on Terror”; Profiles on Michael Ledeen, James Woolsey, a

FEATURED ARTICLE Chairman Lieberman’s “War on Terror” By Chip Berlet Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Independent Democrat from Connecticut and vigorous supporter of neoconservative-led advocacy efforts to push an expansive “war on terror” in the Middle East, has used his perch as chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security to push hardline counterterrorism policies that…


Chairman Lieberman’s “War on Terror”

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the Independent Democrat from Connecticut who is closely affiliated with neoconservative-led advocacy efforts to push an expansive…


Blowback from the “War on Terror” in Somalia

(Inter Press Service) U.S. counterterrorism policies and support for the Ethiopian-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in Somalia have helped create an increasingly…


Iran Could Benefit from Georgia Crisis

(Inter Press Service) Iran could emerge as a big winner, at least in the short term, from the rapidly escalating tensions between the United States and Russia over Moscow’s…


Defense Contractors Operating with Weak Oversight; Who’s Benefitting from the Georgia Crisis;

FEATURED ARTICLE Going Soft on the Contractors? By Nick Schwellenbach In prosecuting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the “war on terror,” the Bush administration has relied on a huge number of contractors to do everything from building barracks to serving meals to soldiers and performing other vital jobs in conflict zones. But the…


Going Soft on the Contractors?

The aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks proved a watershed moment for entrepreneurs intent on profiting from militarist U.S. foreign policies. The hawkish…


An End to Pax Americana?

(Inter Press Service) Whatever hopes the George W. Bush administration may have had for using its post-9/11 “war on terror” to impose a new Pax Americana on…


“Ally” Musharraf Facilitated Taliban

(Inter Press Service) Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s resignation brings to an end an extraordinarily close relationship between Musharraf and the George W. Bush…


Legal Battle Continues for Ex-Detainee

(Inter Press Service) After suffering a series of stinging defeats of its detention policies in four years of Supreme Court decisions, the George W. Bush administration may be…


Counterproductive Syria Policy; The Right on Georgia; Plus Profiles on the International Republican

FEATURED ARTICLE At A Crossroads with Syria Interview by Daniel Luban Middle East expert Joshua Landis describes U.S. policy on Syria as the “fulcrum between the remaining neoconservative influence in Washington and the rising tide of realists.” In an interview with Right Web, he talks about how opportunities for piloting peace in the Middle East…


U.S. Debates Russia’s Ambitions

(Inter Press Service) Just days after the outbreak of war between Russia and Georgia, the debate in Washington over how to view the crisis historically has become nearly as…


At A Crossroads with Syria

With ongoing peace talks between Israel and Syria, a new political settlement in Lebanon, and the specter of confrontation with Iran on the horizon, Middle…


Success of Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program Doubtful

(Inter Press Service) A military attack on Iran’s major nuclear facilities by the United States or Israel would likely result only in a delay—and not a particularly…


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…


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

Members of Washington’s band of foreign policy realists are high-fiving each other these days. First there was the news that the Bush administration…


Bush, U.S. Military Pressure Iraqis on Withdrawal

(Inter Press Service) Instead of moving toward accommodating the demand of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for a timetable for U.S. military withdrawal, the George W. Bush…


Iran in the Spotlight at Christian Zionist Confab

(Inter Press Service) The controversial Christian Zionist pastor John Hagee and thousands of supporters filled a convention center in downtown Washington last week for the…


Scowcroft, Brzezinski Urge Bush to Drop Iran Preconditions

(Inter Press Service) Two of Washington’s most prominent foreign policy greybeards praised Saturday’s direct participation in multinational talks with Iran by a senior…


North Korea: Hand-Wringing over Success

The same neoconservatives who dominated the Bush administration for almost eight years are now screaming like stuck pigs over the administration’s latest moves on North…


Blackwater and Erik Prince; Plus Profiles of Regnery Publishing, John Lehman, and Paul Wolfowitz

FEATURED ARTICLE Blackwater: The Real “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy”? By Ali Gharib Businessmen with ties to the GOP and right-wing ideologies and pedigrees are not uncommon. What makes Erik Prince special is the confluence of his core beliefs—militarism, right-wing Christianity, and privatization—in his controversial mercenary business, Blackwater Worldwide. At the center of a heated scandal over…


The Shadow of the U.S. Footprint

(Inter Press Service) It was neoconservative pundit Charles Krauthammer who, in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse, inaugurated Washington’s unipolar moment.. …


Unrest Resurfaces in Fallujah

(Inter Press Service) Security has collapsed again in Fallujah, Iraq, despite U.S. military claims. Local militias supported by U.S. forces claim to have "cleansed"…


Blackwater: The Real “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy”?

Businessmen with ties to the GOP and right-wing ideologies and pedigrees are not uncommon. What makes Erik Prince special is the confluence of his core…


Iran Sanctions Bill Could Undermine Diplomacy; Plus, Profiles on Caroline Glick, Randy Scheunemann a

FEATURED ARTICLE Iran Sanctions Bill Could Undermine Diplomacy Analysis by Carah Ong With pressure on both houses of Congress to pass legislation imposing more sanctions against Iran, and without key opposition from the oil lobby, the Iran Sanctions Act of 2008 could be passed yet in the Senate. But the act could harm diplomacy not…


Iran Sanctions Bill Could Undermine Diplomacy

With pressure on both houses of Congress to pass legislation imposing more sanctions against Iran, and without key opposition from the oil lobby, the Iran…


Iran: Keeping Everyone Guessing

(Inter Press Service) Conciliatory noises from Tehran over the nuclear issue have left Washington and Brussels baffled and unconvinced of Iran’s intentions. Having grown…


P5+1 Proposal May Interest Tehran

(Inter Press Service) A senior Iranian official reportedly told members of the Iranian parliament Monday that Iran has agreed to freeze its enrichment program for six weeks and…


Poll Backs Greater U.N. Role in Mideast Peace

(Inter Press Service) A majority of global publics say their governments should "not take either side" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, instead supporting a call…


Oil Prices and Attacking Iran

(Inter Press Service) If U.S. President George W. Bush wants to boost Republican chances of holding on to the White House and keeping Democratic gains in Congress to a minimum…


A Temporary Truce?

The rockets being fired into Israel from Gaza have stopped for now. So have the Israeli raids into the coastal strip. But the majority of Israelis are deeply skeptical that…


"Neglecting Democracy Is More Dangerous Than Nuclear Weapons" Interview with Shirin Ebadi

While the United States and Britain are talking about tougher sanctions on Iran, including sanctions on its gas and oil industry—Tehran’s major source of revenue…


PNAC: Please Contact the Billing/Support Department; Plus, Profile on Project for the New American C

FEATURED ARTICLE PNAC: Please Contact the Billing/Support Department By Alexander Zaitchik The website of the Project for the New American Century went offline last month, spurring conspiratorial rumors regarding the once-prominent neoconservative group, which had been a vocal proponent of regime change in Iraq before and after 9/11 and had displayed a knack for coalition-building…


PNAC: Please Contact the Billing/Support Department

The website of the Project for the New American Century went offline last month, spurring conspiratorial rumors regarding the once-prominent neoconservative…


Two-State Solution Too Far Away

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was more explicit than usual last Sunday, asserting that Israel’s settlement activity in the occupied West Bank was illegal and…


A League of What?

A foreign policy idea tabled by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has received support from a wide variety of camps, including supporters of both remaining presidential candidates. But…


“We Will Attack It”

As Israel’s transportation minister, one might have expected that Shaul Mofaz would have given greater consideration to the impact his comments would have on the …


Pentagon Reined in Cheney’s Plans for Iran Strikes; Plus, Profile on Douglas Feith, Thomas McI

FEATURED ARTICLE Pentagon Reined in Cheney’s Plans for Iran Strikes Analysis by Gareth Porter (Inter Press Service) A proposal by Vice President Dick Cheney to strike Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps bases last summer was apparently thwarted by the Pentagon because of concerns that it could spark an all-out war. But that was before Adm. William…


Pentagon Reined in Cheney’s Plans for Iran Strikes

(Inter Press Service) Pentagon officials firmly opposed a proposal by Vice President Dick Cheney last summer for airstrikes against Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)…


Olmert Takes a Break; Hagee Wins Applause

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, under fire at home for a deepening corruption scandal, left behind his political trouble in Israel for a two-day visit to hear Senators Barack…


Convergence of Influence

(LobeLog.com) This week, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) holds its annual conference, and true to form, the list of speakers for this year’s…


Protesters Draw Attention to Guantanamo

(Inter Press Service) “My name is Ahmed Mohammed,” she told police after her arrest outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington in January. Last Thursday,…


Bush Visits His “New” Middle East; Plus, Profile on Natan Sharansky & Barry McCaffre

FEATURED ARTICLE Bush Visits His “New” Middle East Commentary by Leon Hadar | May 23, 2008 President George W. Bush sought the sunshine of the Middle East, hoping that the images of his five-day excursion to the region would help salvage his personal and political legacy. But it is doubtful that the president’s journey will…


Bush Visits His “New” Middle East

As he was drowning politically and personally in scandals that would lead eventually to a humiliating resignation from office…


Double Standard in Iraq

(Inter Press Service) If politics makes strange bedfellows, then the relationship between Iran, the United States, and the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC) is the strangest…


Future Perfect?

In separate speeches delivered an ocean apart, the two standard bearers of the Republican Party last Thursday offered rosy visions of a future designed to gladden the hearts…


Bush in the Middle East

(Inter Press Service) Hezbollah’s recent rout of U.S.-backed forces in Lebanon has cast a shadow over President George W. Bush’s tour of the Middle East this week….


Embedding the Analysts: Modern-Day Propaganda?; Plus, Profile on Paul Vallely, Steve Forbes, Bret St

FEATURED ARTICLE Embedding the Analysts: Modern-Day Propaganda? By Bill Berkowitz An investigative exposé by the New York Times has revealed part of the Pentagon’s “information dominance” apparatus, through which it manipulated perceptions about the conflict in Iraq. Throughout the Iraq War, the Bush administration gave private briefings to selected military retirees, who then made public…


No Help from Washington

(Inter Press Service) Amid regional fears of a summer war between Israel and Syria, the two countries may in fact be inching closer to a deal. Not even President George W….


Feith’s Unsurprising Revelations

(Inter Press Service) Three weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld established an official military objective of not only removing Saddam…


Embedding the Analysts: Modern-Day Propaganda?

Over the course of the Iraq War, the Pentagon has used hand-picked retired military officers as “message force multipliers” to shape public opinion, a New York…


Time for a Diplomatic Surge

In the wake of the congressional hearings earlier this month featuring Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker, during which al Qaeda was hardly mentioned, it …


From Al Qaeda to Iran; Plus, Profile on John Hagee, Christians United for Israel, Jeb Bush and more

FEATURED ARTICLE From Al Qaeda to Iran By Carah Ong Iran is the barrier to success in Iraq, according to administration officials and its supporters. But Iranian and U.S. interests actually converge, and it’s the administration that’s putting up many roadblocks. Read full story. FEATURED PROFILES John Hagee The millionaire pastor of a megachurch in…


Optimism on Iran

(Inter Press Service) By negotiating a Shiite truce, Tehran embarrassed Washington in early April and arguably proved itself to be a more potent stabilizer of southern Iraq…..


Olmert on Iran

(Inter Press Service) In the clearest indication yet that Israel now believes Iran’s nuclear aspirations can be curbed through diplomatic measures, Prime Minister Ehud…


Losing the Popularity Contest

(Inter Press Service) Despite renewed U.S. efforts to achieve an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement this year, popular views of the United States in the Arab world have…


Bush’s Two-Man Song and Dance; Plus, Profile on John Yoo, Devon Gaffney Cross, Pete Wilson and

FEATURED ARTICLE Bush’s Two-Man Song and Dance By Ali Gharib Last week David Petraeus and Ryan Crocker were trotted out before Congress and television talk shows to give a progress report on “the surge.” They defended the high troop levels as necessary if things go well—and if they don’t. What Petraeus and Crocker—as well as…


Bush’s Two-Man Song and Dance

Last week, the commander of the U.S. occupying forces in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, and the overseer of what will be the largest embassy in the history of the …


Rethinking Unconditional Commitment in Iraq

Despite a reduction in violence over the past 15 months, “the U.S. risks getting bogged down in Iraq for a long time to come, with serious consequences for its interests…


With Friends Like These

One of the Arab world’s most widely respected nongovernmental organizations is charging that at least 14 Middle East and North African governments are systematically…


Islam’s Positive Influence

The Fergana Valley in the heart of Central Asia has a reputation for instability, violent conflict, and Islamic fundamentalism. The three countries whose borders intersect in…


Missing the Point in Pakistan; Plus, Profiles on the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and I

FEATURED ARTICLE Missing the Point on Pakistan Commentary by Najum Mushtaq The recent missile strike inside Pakistan’s terrorist-infested tribal areas revealed that despite the millions of dollars spent by the United States to improve security in the country, the situation is one of spiraling instability. But pumping millions into Pakistan to prevent the nightmare scenario…


Teaching Jihad?

Iran’s post-revolutionary education system continues to teach children to discriminate against women and religious minorities, according to a report released…


Missing the Point in Pakistan

A missile strike on March 16 by an unmanned U.S. drone inside Pakistan’s terrorist-infested tribal areas shows Washington’s increasing frustration…


When the Brass Doesn’t Want to Fight

Admiral William Fallon’s request last week to resign from his position as head of U.S. Central Command (Centcom) and to retire from the military was…


The Chutzpah Rewards: Iraq Five Years Along

Predictably, the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq is being marked with zeal by national media and Washington punditry. Is Iraq better today, five…


The Pitfalls of Forecasting Foreign Policy; Plus, Profiles on Freedom’s Watch, 1992 Draft Defense Pl

FEATURED ARTICLE The Pitfalls of Forecasting Foreign Policy By Leon Hadar With change imminent in the Oval Office, it is fashionable to predict how the future occupant will handle foreign policy. Yet the popular method for doing this, examining campaign statements, is problematic and unreliable, as history makes clear. According to the Cato Institute’s Leon…


The Pitfalls of Forecasting Foreign Policy

After close to eight years during which the relationship between the United States and much of the international community has been dominated by tensions over …


The Vanishing Laptop Scoop

U.S. foreign policy is becoming increasingly dominated by the Pentagon rather than the State Department, and Congress is doing virtually nothing about it,…


The Vanishing Laptop Scoop

The George W. Bush administration has long pushed the “laptop documents”—1,000 pages of technical documents supposedly from a stolen Iranian…


Where the Candidates Stand; Plus, Profiles on Norman Podhoretz, George Weigel, Paul Wolfowitz, Amore

FEATURED ARTICLE An Early Look AheadBy John Isaacs Three major contenders remain in the race for the White House. What can we expect from McCain, Clinton, and Obama on national security issues? John Isaacs gives a rundown of the candidates’ stances on everything from the Iraq War to the U.S.-India nuclear deal.Read full story. FEATURED…


Report Shows New Neocon Angle on Iran

A new report published by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) purports to show the reach and scope of Iranian influence across the Middle East…


An Early Look Ahead

Each of the three major presidential candidates left standing would make major changes to the national security and foreign policies carried out by…


Pentagon Brass Fear Iraq Troop Strain

As the man responsible for the health and strength of the U.S. military, Pentagon chief Robert Gates is increasingly finding himself between the devil and the deep…


Israel after the NIE; Sheldon Adelson; Laurent Murawiec; Fred Thompson; and John Isaacs on "Mis

FEATURED ARTICLE Iran and Israel, after the NIEBy Bill Berkowitz A familiar clutch of hardliners in Israel and the United States are campaigning to diminish the impact of last year’s National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran, which concluded that Tehran had halted its efforts to build a nuclear weapon. Pundits and officials who were eager…


Israel and Iran, After the NIE

“Iran is today the world’s leading state-sponsor of terror,” declared President George W. Bush in a speech given in Abu Dhabi, in…


Islam “Expert” Axed

Neoconservative hawks recently suffered another loss in the Bush administration when Stephen Coughlin, a controversial government expert on jihad, lost his post…


Trapping the Next Administration in Iraq

As President George W. Bush seeks to deeply entrench U.S. military forces in Iraq, the Congress and foreign policy pundits are looking beyond his…


Whither the Realists in 2008? Plus: Updates on Tom Tancredo, Melvin Sembler, Bill Kristol, and More

FEATURED ARTICLE Whither the Realists in 2008?By Jim Lobe | February 7, 2008 The failure of hardline, neoconservative-driven policies in Iraq and elsewhere led to the ascent of realists in the Defense and State departments—but can the realists withstand hawkish attacks and hold on to the progress they’ve made until Bush leaves office in 2009?…


Whither the Realists in 2008

As critics of George W. Bush’s foreign policy begin to count down the final days of his presidency, the big question is whether the realists…


Congressional 2007 Scorecard on National Security; Christopher DeMuth; Leon Wieseltier; Nicholas Ebe

FEATURED ARTICLE Congress and National Security in 2007By John Isaacs | December 28, 2007 Although Congress failed to extract the United States from the mess in Iraq or to significantly alterthe administration’s bellicose approach to Iran, it did make progress on other national security issues,particularly nuclear ones. Even Republicans who salute Bush’s military policies are…


Congress and National Security in 2007

On December 18, as Congress was about to head out of town, the Senate took three last votes on the war in Iraq. The outcome of the…


It’s Not Really the Economy; Dealing with Damascus; John Ashcroft’s Payday; John Lehman, and more

FEATURED ARTICLE Bye, Bye Tora Bora; Hello Subprime MortgagesCommentary by Leon Hadar | December 21, 2007 The serious economic problems facing America are closely intertwined with the country’s foreign policyfailures in Iraq and elsewhere. And as Americans begin to recognize that maintaining a gigantic welfare-warfarestate is a costly proposition, the political candidates who awaken to…


Bye, Bye Tora Bora; Hello Subprime Mortgages

The conventional wisdom de jour in Washington, DC, can be summed up in a catchphrase popularized by Bill Clinton’s 1992…


When Did He Know?

White House officials have now admitted that George W. Bush was told that the intelligence assessment on a covert Iranian nuclear…


Détente with Damascus?

When the George W. Bush administration asked Damascus to attend last month’s Annapolis conference, Imad Moustapha, the Syrian…


"Disinformation" on Iran; the NIE Aftermath; Kenneth Timmerman; Eleana Benador; Conrad Bla

FEATURED ARTICLE Whose Disinformation?By Gareth Porter High-level officials in the Bush administration, including Vice President Dick Cheney, bottled up the explosive new NIE on Iran, arguing that Iran was deliberately leaking disinformation and that Israel had intelligence pointing to a clandestine Iranian nuclear program. Read full story. FEATURED PROFILES Kenneth TimmermanThe intelligence community has been…


Whose Disinformation?

The reported White House resistance to the conclusion of the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) that Iran had abandoned a nuclear…


NIE Aftermath

A little over a week after a U.S. intelligence report concluded that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003, the…


The National Intelligence Estimate, Annapolis, and the Mideast Strategic-Consensus Fantasy; Clifford

FEATURED ARTICLE The Mideast Strategic-Consensus FantasyBy Leon Hadar Despite the pending release of an intelligence report that would paint a much less menacing Iran,the United States used the Annapolis talks to push an old and discredited idea: that a perceived commonthreat—Shiite Iran—could bring together Arabs and Jews under an American umbrella and help create theconditions…


The NIE Bombshell

Despite the White House spin that the new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) supports its policy of increasing pressure on Iran, the…


The Mideast Strategic-Consensus Fantasy

First, a flashback: On February 11, 1985, President Ronald Reagan welcomed Saudi Arabian King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz during a welcoming…


Annapolis: Aimed at Iran?

It was initially billed as a "peace conference" to decisively address the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. But as President…


Misreading Pakistan; Attacking Annapolis; Reinterpreting the Syria Airstrike; One Jerusalem, and mor

FEATURED ARTICLES The Neocons on Pakistan: Neat, Simple, and Dangerously NaïveAnalysis by Najum Mushtaq Writers like Frederick Kagan, Michael O’Hanlon, Charles Krauthammer, and John Bolton have been wringing their hands over what to do about Pakistan, offering risible suggestions about how the U.S. military could intervene and naïvely arguing that the Pakistani military is a…


The Neocons on Pakistan: Neat, Simple, and Dangerously Naïve

Just as a flicker of hope emerged to bring back elected civilian rule to Pakistan, the ideological warriors of neoconservatism are up…


Not “What,” Just “Who”

What do the current Pakistani political crisis, Israel’s September air strike against Syria, and Iran’s continued pursuit of…


The Reality of the Raid

Until late October 2007, the accepted explanation about the September 6 Israeli airstrike in Syria, constructed in a series of press…


Attacking Annapolis

Despite near-universal skepticism about the prospects for launching a serious, new Middle East peace process at this week’s…


Israeli Hawks Downplay Iranian Nukes; the New Arc of Crisis; Stifling Dissent; FreedomWorks; Emanuel

FEATURED ARTICLE Look Who’s Downplaying Iran’s Nuclear ThreatBy Leon Hadar In a series of recent statements, high-profile Israeli hawks have argued that an Iranian nuclear weapons program would not pose an existential threat to Israel, in part because they realize that the alternative could be regional war. So why is it that neoconservatives and other…


Look Who’s Downplaying Iran’s Nuclear Threat

Imagine Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice telling a group of leading U.S. policymakers that Iran’s nuclear weapons program does…


A New “Arc of Crisis”?

Just as the White House claims that it has finally turned the corner in what it defines as the "central front" in the war on…


Stifling Dissent

A National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran has been held up for more than a year in an effort to force the intelligence community…


On the Warpath to Regime Change; AEI, WINEP, and Hudson; UN Watch; Reuel Marc Gerecht; and more

FEATURED ARTICLE The Warpath to Regime ChangeBy Gareth Porter An assessment of neoconservative thinking on how to effect regime change in Iran reveals a path leading from 9/11 to the belief that only war will work. Driven in part by the failed intervention in Iraq, which helped increase rather than dampen Iranian influence in the…


Distant Diplomacy

L. Bruce Laingen was working as a senior U.S. Foreign Service officer in Tehran in 1979 when student protestors, caught up in the…


The Warpath to Regime Change

Vice President Dick Cheney and his neoconservative allies in the George W. Bush administration only began agitating for the use of…


Congress and Iran; Intel Déjà Vu; Hawking Iran in Europe; JPod and Commentary

FEATURED ARTICLE Congress and Iran: The New Iraq?By John Isaacs If U.S. warplanes fly toward Iran next year, October 2007 may be remembered as the month that the Bush administration began its final push to prepare the public for a new Mideast intervention. Although largely driven by Vice President Dick Cheney and associates in the…


Congress and Iran: The New Iraq?

The drumbeat of a possible march to war with Iran reached a new intensity in recent weeks. Although the campaign is led by President…


Whose EFPs?

When the U.S. military command accused the Iranian Quds Force last January of providing the armor-piercing explosively formed…


Islamofascist What?

Right-wing pundit David Horowitz was in rare form during a tightly controlled "public speech" at the George Washington…


Forgetting the Carrot

Last Thursday, the heads of the U.S. State and Treasury Departments jointly announced new sanctions aimed at the further economic…


Bracing the Brass on Iran

The George W. Bush administration’s shift from the military option of a massive strategic attack against Iran to a surgical strike…


White House Sharpens Its Words

The vice president gives a hostile assessment of Iran and the president links World War III to a nuclear Iran, while the secretary of…


America’s Africa Misadventure; the Forgotten American Coalition; Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week; the

FEATURED ARTICLE America’s Africa MisadventureBy 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…


Hillary’s “Soft Power”

In her most comprehensive—if characteristically cautious—foreign policy pronouncement to date, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton…


Genocide Politics

The George W. Bush administration has gone on the offensive against a non-binding House resolution recognizing as "genocide"…


America’s Africa Misadventure

This month, the Pentagon launched the U.S. Africa Command (Africom), spurring debate and showcasing two contrasting worldviews within…


Whither Torture; Fred Thompson; Misinterpreting the Militias in Iraq; and More

FEATURED ARTICLE Condoning Torture?By Abra Pollock Recent media reports about secret government attempts to justify possible torture techniques have thrown a spotlight on the nomination of the next U.S. attorney general. The revelations have also energized rights advocates, who hope to eliminate torture from the repertoire of weapons used in the Bush administration’s "war on…


Misinterpreting the Militias

Despite the U.S. military command’s frequent assertions that the primary threat to U.S. forces in Iraq comes from Iranian…


Soft Partition Or Hard Politics?

With a strong majority of U.S. citizens favoring withdrawal from Iraq within a year and presidential elections set for 2008, Democrats…


Condoning Torture?

Senate Democrats plan to closely question Michael Mukasey, the nominee for the next U.S. attorney general, about his views on torture…


Disappearing Diplomacy, Paul Vallely, Michael Gerson, and more

FEATURED ARTICLE Disappearing DiplomacyBy Jim Lobe Support for an aggressive military stance toward Iran appears to be spreading across party lines, a fact highlighted by the bipartisan backing in the Senate for a non-binding amendment to the 2008 Defense Authorization bill that called for the administration of President George W. Bush to designate Iran’s Revolutionary…


Ahmadinejad as Hitler

He called for more "research" into the unequivocal facts of the Holocaust, said Iranian women were among the freest in the…


Disappearing Diplomacy

Amid growing speculation about prospects for U.S. military action against Iran, neoconservatives and other hawks won a…


Few Hearts or Minds for Bush Strategy

The George W. Bush administration is badly losing the so-called "war of ideas" in the Middle East, suggested a group of…


“Escalation Dominance”

The George W. Bush administration recently concluded that the increase in rocket attacks on coalition targets by Shiite forces over…


Targeting Syria

Nearly three weeks have passed since Israeli warplanes conducted a mysterious raid against an as yet unidentified target in northeast…


Whither Congress and the war; Midge Decter; Center for Security Policy; Rumsfeld’s new home—th

FEATURED ARTICLE Iraq After Petraeus: The More Things Change … By John Isaacs Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker’s defense of the "surge" strategy confirmed the divide in Congress over the Iraq War. While their testimony may have given President Bush some breathing space to avoid making hard decisions on the direction of the…


Diminished Religious Freedom in Iraq

Despite the addition of 30,000 U.S. troops to enhance security in Iraq, the freedom of average Iraqis to practice religion…


Who Killed Abu Risha?

In what was at least a symbolic blow to President George W. Bush, a prominent Iraqi tribal sheikh and self-styled leader of the "Sunni…


Iraq After Petraeus: The More Things Change …

Many people in Washington thought that September would produce a marked change in the Iraq War policy. A number of Republicans who…


The General Goes to Washington; William Schneider Jr.; Daniel Gouré, and More

FEATURED ARTICLE The Surge Scam: Getting Rid of the GoatCommentary By Leon Hadar A vague commitment to end the surge in Iraq, coupled with the supposed credibility of General Petraeus, could buy President Bush more time to pursue his military offensive in Iraq and leave the mess there to his successor in the White House.…


Pushing the Surge

In anticipation of U.S. Gen. David Petraeus’ final report on Iraq, supporters of the troop surge have been busily trying to set…


Surge Expansion?

On the same day that Gen. David Petraeus delivered to Congress his much anticipated progress report on the U.S. military’s…


The Surge Scam: Getting Rid of the Goat

There is an old Jewish story about a man who lives in a very small house with his wife, many children, no space, and very little…


Iraq: Feuding over Benchmarks

As the U.S. Congress prepares for a critical September assessment of progress in Iraq, a draft of an upcoming report by Congress’s nonpartisan…


A Different Tack

Israeli officials warned the George W. Bush administration that an invasion of Iraq would be destabilizing to the region and urged the United States…


Convenient “Critics”; the “Defend-the-Surge” Campaign; Freedom’s Watch; Shulsky; Frum; and more

FEATURED ARTICLE The So-Called War CriticsBy Khody Akhavi Supporters of the Iraq War are increasingly being cited in the media as critics who have had a change of heart. Case in point is the recent spate of attention given to two "surge" proponents based at the Brookings Institution, whose recent optimistic assessments of the war…


The So-Called War Critics

September 15, 2007 is the deadline for the George W. Bush administration to submit a report to Congress defending its Iraq "surge…


Iran’s Nuclear Pursuits; Plus Noriega, Luti, Brooks, and More

FEATURED ARTICLE Iran and the Enduring StockpileBy Anthony Newkirk The Bush administration and many of the 2008 presidential hopefuls highlight the threat posed by Iran’s potential to develop nuclear weapons. Left unsaid in the rhetoric is how the U.S. arsenal, seen by some as a violation of international agreements, provides cover for countries that are…


Iran and the Enduring Stockpile

In late July, U.S. presidential hopefuls discussed Iran’s uranium enrichment program at a news conference sponsored by the non-profit…


Iran: The Terrorist Tag

The White House’s decision last week to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization could deal a double blow to…


Bush’s “Neocon World”; Teaming with the Insurgents; Rove leaves, and Donald Kagan

FEATURED ARTICLE Dangerous DelusionsCommentary by Leon Hadar The president and some of his advisers seem to occupy a parallel universe that one might call "Neocon World," where the "surge" is working, the United States is winning in Iraq, and peace will soon come to the Promised Land and to the entire Middle East. It is…


Iraq War: Teaming Up with Insurgents

In hailing what he has called an "almost breathtaking" turnaround in Anbar Province that has weakened al-Qaida as a triumph for his new…


Reexamining the Middle East

The last few years have produced an enormous trove of literature about conflict and violence in the Middle East, no doubt because there appears to be…


Dangerous Delusions

A television adaptation of Nebula Award-winning author John Kessel’s short story "A Clean Escape," which aired on ABC’s new sci-fi…


Regime Change in Iran; Profits in the Middle East; More

Featured Articles The United States and "Regime Change" in IranBy Stephen Zunes The record is clear: Imposing democracy and freedom on other countries is less effective than internal, civil society-led movements. Freedom and democracy will one day come to Iran, but it will be in spite of—rather than because of—the policies of the United States.…


U.S. Arms Trade: Maximizing Profits in the Middle East

When the United States sells state-of-the-art weapons systems to Arab nations, it invariably provides even more lethal and sophisticated arms to its…


The United States and “Regime Change” in Iran

Though the Bush administration has repeatedly emphasized its desire for democratization and regime change in Iran, there are serious questions…


Whose Democracy Agenda? Wattenberg, Dobriansky, and Fort

FEATURED ARTICLE Whither the "Global Democratic Revolution"?By Tom Barry Promoting democratic change is a worthy foreign policy goal that has deep roots in both the Republican and Democratic Parties. The challenge is to promote that policy in the post-Bush era so that the ideal is not tainted by narrow national interests or ideological agendas. Read…


An Unwitting War Machine?

A shocking thing happens midway through Norman Solomon’s documentary film War Made Easy. . While analyzing the George W. Bush…


Base Politics

A bill that would ban permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives last Wednesday. . But…


Whither the “Global Democratic Revolution”?

One of the neoconservatives’ lasting achievements was the construction of a new pillar of foreign policy—namely, democracy promotion….


The Dems’ 6-Month Appraisal; Freedom House; Office of Iranian Affairs; The Israel Project

FEATURED ARTICLE Democrats Controlling Congress: A Six-Month AssessmentBy John Isaacs The Democrats took over both houses of Congress six months ago with ambitious foreign policy and defense agendas aimed at turning back many of the perceived mistakes of the Bush administration and reining in some of its more ambitious and controversial weapons programs. The Dems…


“This Is Our Munich”?

Last Thursday afternoon, in a tightly packed press room of the U.S. Capitol building, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi stood at the podium and smiled heartily…


Democrats Controlling Congress: A Six-Month Assessment

When they took control of both houses of Congress in November 2006, Democrats were determined to shake things up and advance an agenda that…


Bombs Away?

At the end of June, a few members of Congress made a discreet move to limit U.S. exports of cluster bombs, which have been used around the world…


The Democracy Agenda; Lord Black’s Day in Court; The Moral Compass Gone Awry

FEATURED ARTICLE The New Politics of Political Aid in Venezuela By Tom Barry By continuing to push its objectives through groups associated with the failed coup in Venezuela, the United States is making sure that it remains a distrusted voice in Venezuela and the rest of Latin America. A more constructive U.S. foreign policy would…


Sowing Division or Making Peace?

President George W. Bush’s major policy address on July 16, promoting a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, has been greeted with…


The New Politics of Political Aid in Venezuela

*This article was updated and corrected on August 17, 2007. Five years after U.S.-funded groups were associated with a failed coup…


Getting Africa Wrong; The Bush Breakdown; The Wolfowitz-Zoellick Two-Step

FEATURED ARTICLES The Right Gets Africa Wrong By Conn Hallinan Africa plans pushed by outfits like the Heritage Foundation and instituted by the Bush administration reveal an agenda aimed at securing oil interests while extending the war on terror to a new continent. But observers in and outside Africa see an agenda that repeats the…


Putting Friends in High Places

President George W. Bush’s decision to nominate Robert Zoellick as the new World Bank president continued the president’s pattern of…


The Right Gets Africa Wrong

When President George W. Bush announced the formation of a military command for Africa (AFRICOM) this past February, it came as no surprise to the…


The Bush Breakdown

There may have been moments during their summit at his family’s compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, when President George W. Bush looked with envy…


The Media War; The Jerusalem Summit and Friends

FEATURED ARTICLE The Media War By Khody Akhavi | June 28, 2007 Despite signs that the neoconservative-led agenda to reshape the Middle East as part of the war on terror has fallen deeply out of favor in Washington, representatives of thispolitical faction have recently tightened their grip on several key aspects of the public diplomacy…


Whose Arms, Whose Agenda?

In a development that underlines the tensions between the anti-Iran agenda of the George W. Bush administration and the preoccupation of its military…


The Media War

As the George W. Bush administration struggles through its last two years in office, it appears that the agenda of neoconservative ideologues has…


The Fall of the Mideast Agenda; Chertoff; Horowitz; Prager; Gershman

FEATURED ARTICLE Blowback, from Pakistan to Palestine By Jim Lobe | June 20, 2007 Four years after embarking on a neoconservative-inspired agenda of reshaping the Middle East, beginning with the invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration is now beset by crises across the globe. Read full story. FEATURED PROFILES Michael ChertoffThe front man for President…


Blowback, from Palestine to Pakistan

Four years after the emergence of the first signs of a serious insurgency in Iraq, President George W. Bush finds himself beset with major crises…


The Let’s-Bomb-Iran Crowd Mobilizes

Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s (I-CT) recent call for air-strikes against Iran appears to be the culmination of a two-week-long campaign by proponents…


Quitting the Mideast?; Daniel Pipes; the Al-Qaida Gambit

FEATURED ARTICLE Time to Ignore the Middle East? By Leon Hadar If a Democrat wins the 2008 presidency, one should not be surprised to discover that the major element in the neoconservative agenda—maintaining U.S. military and diplomatic hegemony in the Middle East—will likely remain alive and well, producing the never-ending vicious circle: more U.S. military…


The Al-Qaida Gambit?

Following revelations of a George W. Bush administration policy to hold Iran responsible for any al-Qaida attack on the United States that could be…


Time to Ignore the Middle East?

These days, conventional wisdom in Washington, DC holds that the Iraq War has been lost, that the Bush Doctrine of promoting unilateral regime change…


The War over Iraq; Zoellick at the Bank?; Intel Failure Redux

FEATURED ARTICLE The Political War Over the Iraq War By John Isaacs | May 30, 2007 What seems like a huge defeat—scrapping the deadlines for troop withdrawal in the latest war-funding bill—could instead be a minor setback. Unfortunately, however, it has become all too clear that President Bush wants to draw out the Iraq War…


Blame It on the Management

Outgoing World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, who announced his resignation in mid-May (which will go into effect June 30), may insist that his staff…


The Political War Over the Iraq War

On May 24, Congress gave overwhelming approval to the Supplemental Appropriations Bill, which approves about $100 billion to fight the wars in Iraq…


Heads in the Sand

Two major studies by the U.S. intelligence community—distributed to senior officials in every relevant agency two months before the U.S….


Giuliani’s War; The Bingo Connection; JINSA and Friends; "Proxy Armies"?

FEATURED ARTICLE Religious Right Rejects Giuliani By Bill Berkowitz | May 24, 2007 Republican presidential candidates seem to be fighting a losing battle in their efforts to talk tough on Iraq while sidelining core conservative domestic issues, and foreign policy in the broader Middle East is emerging as a campaign catch. Not to mention that…


Religious Right Rejects Giuliani

During the second GOP presidential debate, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani experienced what mainstream media pundits have termed the finest…


Creating "Proxy Armies"?

Newly proposed legislation would expand existing Pentagon security and military aid programs in Iraq and Afghanistan to "coalition…


Defense Cuts; Whither the Hawks; and More

FEATURED ARTICLE Democrats Remold Military Budget By John Isaacs | May 10, 2007 Despite vociferous support from some Republicans and from hardline outfits like the Center for Security Policy, a number of controversial weapons programs—like designing new nuclear weapons, placing missile defense sites in Europe, and developing space-based weapons—are being targeted for cuts by the…


Democrats Remold Military Budget

While Congress has focused on the war in Iraq during the first four months of 2007, it has now begun to turn its attention to one of the two annual…


Mugged by Reality?

With just over 18 months left in office, the administration of President George W. Bush appears once again to be moving in a more "realist"…


Protecting the Bush Legacy; The U.S.-Likud Right Connection; and Fred Thompson for Prez?

FEATURED ARTICLE The Last Days of the Bush Administration: Protecting the Legacy By Leon Hadar What seems to have survived from the neoconservative project of Democratic Empire in the Middle East is merely the Empire. Drained of its Wilsonian idealism, the project has been transformed into a hasty Realpolitik-based program of sustaining the U.S. hegemonic…


Resolving Israeli-Syrian Tensions

Israel should take advantage of the opportunity to renew peace negotiations with Syria while there is a real chance of success, or risk further…


Last Days of the Bush Administration: Protecting the Legacy

Let us imagine for a moment that the years of George W. Bush as president have already passed us by, that it is perhaps 2017. In this imaginary time,…


The Abrams Redux; Wolfowitz’s Friends; Jeffrey Gedmin at Radio Free Europe, and More

Elliott Abrams’ Repeat Performance By Jim Lobe We’ve seen it before—administration officials, alarmed by congressional efforts to support diplomacy over hardline overseas policies, wage a behind-the-scenes battle to discredit the "appeasers." But the current administration, led by its lead Mideast policy adviser, Elliott Abrams, seems determined to not learn the foreign policy lessons of the…


Wolfowitz’s Quid Pro Quo?

Of the top five outside international appointments made by embattled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz during his nearly two-year tenure, three…


Elliott Abrams’ Repeat Performance

It has an all too familiar ring to it. A crisis area—in this case, the Middle East—finds itself in desperate need of a peace process…


An AEI President? Plus: The President’s Reading List

An AEI President? When George W. Bush took office in 2001, many commentators noted the high degree of influence in the administration of one particular rightist faction—the neoconservatives. A sign of the group’s clout was the large number of "scholars" from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) who were tapped to serve in the administration, a…


The Bluster Offensive

When the George W. Bush administration launched a high-profile campaign in January and February accusing Iran of exporting armor-piercing bombs to…


The Neocon Media Machine

"A Great Little Racket": The Neocon Media Machine By Eli Clifton From high-brow intellectualism to tabloid spin, the neoconservative movement has evolved in ways that its early progenitors could hardly have imagined. The result is a well-oiled media machine that continues to impact policymaking, even as the neoconservatives themselves fall deeper into ill repute. Read…


Reading on the Right

Recent efforts to initiate dialogue with Iran and North Korea may give the impression that the Bush administration is gradually easing away from the…


Dueling for Leverage

As the dispute over Iran’s seizure of British sailors continues to twist and turn, what may have been an isolated incident at the outset is…


The Conservative Credibility Test

What’s Fred Thompson got that Rudy and "Straight Talk" John don’t? For those excited about his likely decision to campaign for the…


Congress Wrestles With the Iraq War

On March 23, after a long, passionate debate, the House of Representatives voted 218-212 to mandate the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq…


“A Great Little Racket”: The Neocon Media Machine

From high-brow intellectualism to tabloid spin, the neoconservative movement has evolved in ways that its early progenitors could hardly have imagined. The result is a well-oiled media machine that continues to impact policymaking, even as the neoconservatives themselves fall deeper into ill repute.


An Immigration-Terrorism Link?; Conrad Black on Trial; and Fukuyama’s Revelation

AN IMMIGRATION-TERORRISM LINK? The website of Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE), a wing of the Department of Homeland Security that overseas implementation of many U.S. migration policies, sets the tone: " The agency was created after 9/11, by combining the law enforcement arms of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the former U.S.…


Pushing the Anti-Immigration Agenda Further Right

Republicans, like most Democrats, would prefer to keep immigration issues out of presidential politics. But restrictionist Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO)…


A Real Realist Takeover

It was just nine months ago that Newsweek spoke for the conventional wisdom at that moment when it pronounced "The End of Cowboy…


The Africa Cadre; Eliot Cohen and World War IV; Nina Shea and Christian Persecution

FEATURED ARTICLE Africa: The Right’s Stuff By Conn Hallinan | March 7, 2007 A seasoned cadre of neoconservatives and right-wingers have latched on to the human rights issue in Sudan, pushing an agenda that favors military over political solutions. It is hard not to conclude that the Bush administration’s strategy for Africa is less about…


Africa: The Right’s Stuff

The full-page ads appearing in newspapers across the country are wrenching: children in the last stages of starvation, terrified refugees, and burned…


Leveraging the Surge

Two weeks ago, Pentagon officials allegedly discussed a strategy to escalate U.S. pressure on Iran with the intention of creating the impression that…


Rice Picks Promoter of Iraq War as Counselor

In a move that has surprised many foreign policy analysts, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has appointed a prominent neoconservative hawk and…


A “New Diplomatic Offensive”?

Two weeks after making major concessions for a nuclear accord with North Korea, the administration of President George W. Bush said last week it was…


Mideast Hegemony Blowback; the “Theocons”; and Santorum is Back

FEATURED ARTICLES Is Washington Being Sidelined in the Mideast? By Leon Hadar | February 20, 2007 When U.S. officials warn of the chaos that would follow a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, they are actually expressing their anxiety over their real nightmare scenario—a Middle East in which the United States is marginalized to a position of…


America’s Crusaders

Ideology and faith are stirring new calls to arms among influential political factions in the United States. At a time when the U.S. public is…


A Tale of Two Interventions

For several weeks, Washington has been abuzz with rumors that President George W. Bush is preparing to attack nuclear and other sites in Iran this…


Is Washington Being Sidelined on the Middle East?

Once upon a time, an American president would have been a leader in the effort to bring peace between Israel and its neighbors, since, after all,…


The Failed Shiite Gambit; Plus: the American Foreign Policy Council, James Woolsey, and Ahmed Chalab

FEATURED ARTICLE Haunting Mistakes in Iraq By Gareth Porter | February 12, 2007 Despite Shiite death squads operating freely in Baghdad, the Bush administration refused to admit that there was a problem in Iraq with Shiite violence. Why? Because supporting the Shiites was U.S. policy. Read full story. NEW RIGHT WEB PROFILES American Foreign Policy…


The Mideast Opinion Gap

U.S. and Israeli hopes of forging a Sunni Arab alliance to contain Iran and its regional allies may be misplaced, at least at the popular level,…


Haunting Mistakes in Iraq

The supreme irony of President George W. Bush’s campaign to blame Iran for the sectarian civil war in Iraq, as well as attacks on U.S. forces, is…


Gingrich’s Return? Plus: the Claremont Institute, Dinesh D’Souza, and more

FEATURED ARTICLE Gingrich at the Gate By Bill Berkowitz | February 8, 2007 The former Speaker of the House continues his non-campaign for the GOP’s presidential nomination with warnings of a nuclear holocaust and by receiving $1 million from big-time Vegas gaming interests for his new 527 self-promoting "soft-money" organization. Read full story. See also:…


Gingrich at the Gate

Although Newt Gingrich, the former Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives who was forced to relinquish his post over a series of ethical…


Grim Assessments

A long-awaited study by the U.S. intelligence community released last Friday concludes that there is little, if any, light at the end of the tunnel…


The Money Behind the “Surge”

While an in increasing number of Democratic and Republican legislators oppose the Bush administration’s plan to “surge” the number of…


Bush’s Messes in Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan; Plus NGOWatch, Richard Perle, and more

FEATURED ARTICLE Somalia in the Crosshairs By Najum Mushtaq | February 1, 2007 The Bush administration’s Somalia policy has been consistently dictated by an exaggerated fear of al-Qaida’s strength in Somalia, leading it to equate the indigenous Somali Islamic courts with the global network of terrorism. Read full story. ALSO NEW THIS WEEK ON RIGHT…


Afghanistan: Upping the Ante

While most national and international observers focus their attention on plans by the Bush administration to increase the number of U.S. troops in…


Iraq: Who’s the Enemy?

Two incidents involving U.S. forces in the predominantly Shia southern Iraq over the past week appear to demonstrate the growing complexities and…


Somalia in the Crosshairs

After the swift fall of Somalia’s Islamic Courts Union (ICU) in December 2006, the capital city of Mogadishu has slid back into the familiar,…


Urban Legends; Plus, All the VP

Expanding the War to Iran: Another


Expanding the War to Iran: Another “Urban Legend?”

Rejecting the notion that the United States was planning to attack Iran and Syria, White House Spokesman Tony Snow called it a myth or an “urban…


A Mideast Feast

The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) may have effectively closed up shop two years ago, and its key neoconservative allies in the…


The New Congress, Somalia, and more

A Look at the 110th Congress By John Isaacs | January 18, 2007 Early votes in the new Congress reveal a determined effort by Democrats to maintain party unity and also reveal a breakdown of the Republican unanimity that had dominated during much of the Bush presidency. But the hard votes on national security are…


Somalia: A Recipe for Regional War?

When former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan criticized the U.S. military invasion of Iraq as an “illegal” act, neoconservatives in the United…


Raising the Rhetoric on Iran

Even before Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited Afghanistan this week and issued harsh words about Iranian activities in the Middle East,…


A Look at the 110th Congress

When the 110th Congress was sworn in on January 4, a new cast took charge, making very complicated dynamics the rule for the next two years. Although…


The Surge Urge; plus Frederick Kagan, John Negroponte, and more

The Push behind the Surge By Jim Lobe and Michael Flynn | January 11, 2007 Neoconservatives and their allies are practically the only supporters of the


The Hawks’ Hawk

In putting together his long-awaited new strategy on Iraq, President George W. Bush relied heavily on the counsel of J.D. Crouch II, perhaps the most…


The Push behind the Surge

President George W. Bush’s plan to “surge” more than 20,000 additional U.S. troops into Iraq without any deadline for withdrawal has…


2006

Year in Review: Congress Weak on National Security By John Isaacs | December 28, 2006 On national security, the 2006 Republican-led Congress received at best an


If Only Israel Had Won?

Neoconservative hawks inside and outside the administration of President George W. Bush had hoped that Israel would attack Syria during the conflict…


A Lose-Lose Situation with Iran

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been touring the Middle East with a clear message: To make peace in the Middle East, Iran must be isolated. ….


Year in Review: Congress Weak on National Security

When Congress slunk out of town early the morning of Saturday, December 9, it left behind a mixed record on national security issues. On some of the…


The ISG Report

The Baker-Hamilton Recommendations


ISG Report Finds Few Friends

The highly touted and long-awaited final report of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group (ISG) appears headed toward an uncertain future, with hawks and…


The Baker-Hamilton Recommendations: Too Little, Too Late?

One of Aesop’s fables recounts how once upon a time Mount Ida, the birthplace of Zeus, experienced a huge earthquake. “The earth commenced to…


Failing on Iran, Hawking China, and more

The China Syndrome


Failing on Iran

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s months-long diplomatic effort to get five other powers to agree to a tough UN Security Council resolution…


The China Syndrome-A Bipartisan Ailment

What does Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have in common with national security hawks at the country’s leading right-wing think tanks? . …


The U.S.-China Commission—A Hawk’s Nest; Plus New Profiles on the Manhattan Institute and Marshall

FEATURED PROFILE: U.S.-CHINA COMMISSION The


SPECIAL REPORT: An In-Depth Look at the Rise and Decline of an Influential Political Faction

The Rise and Decline of the Neoconservatives: A Right Web Special Report By Jim Lobe and Michael Flynn | November 17, 2006 Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, an influential neoconservative-led pressure group called the Project for the New American Century issued a letter to the president calling for a dramatic…


The Rise and Decline of the Neoconservatives

Summary: Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, an influential, neoconservative-led pressure group called the…


Rumors of a Neocon Death Are Highly Exaggerated

There is an element of Schadenfreude in the reaction of critics of Washington’s neoconservatives to the policy setbacks and ideological…


Changing of the Guard

The abrupt replacement of Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld by former Central Intelligence Agency Director Robert Gates, combined with the Democratic…


Neocons Set Their Sights on Space, PLUS: New Profile on the EMP Commission

Space: The Phantom Menace By Tom Barry The October publication of President George W. Bush’s new national space policy marked a definitive victory in a long-fought campaign by right-wing hawks to extend their agenda toward the stars. Read full story . SEE ALSO: William R. GrahamA hawk who has been on committees and commissions about…


Space: The Phantom Menace

The October publication of President George W. Bush’s new space policy marked a definitive victory in a long-fought campaign by right-wing hawks to…


Midterm Elections

Midterms: A Modest Change, Maybe By John Isaacs Even if Democrats pick up control of the House, a change in national security policy isn’t guaranteed, and only a perfect storm of events will get the Bush administration to make a significant change of course in Iraq. Read full story. 2006 ELECTIONS: RIGHT WEB PROFILES Rep.…


Midterms: A Modest Change, Maybe

While the November 7 midterm election will doubtless change the atmospherics in Washington, DC, it is unlikely to have a significant impact on…


The Damascus Dance

While U.S. President George W. Bush appeared last week to reject suggestions that Washington directly engage the government of Syrian President…


Proliferation and Plan B

Selective Proliferation By John Isaacs The U.S.-India nuclear deal, up for potential congressional approval in coming weeks, is championed by a formidable coalition of businesses, foreign policy hawks, and Indian-Americans. But according to many nonproliferation specialists, the deal would make fighting


Selective Proliferation

One of the Bush administration’s top foreign policy priorities before the end of the year is to secure congressional approval of the U.S.-India…


In Search of “Plan B”

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki has endured recent speculation about how long his tenure in office will last, but it may be U.S. President…


Henry Who?

The Henry Who Society? By Luke McCallin Two groups in Britain urge foreign policies that reflect key aspects of the American neoconservative agenda. One group has even adopted the name of one of the neocon godfathers, Democratic Sen. Henry


The Baker Solution?

For the many foreign policy experts who have reached an advanced state of despair over the ever-plunging image and influence of the United States…


The Henry WhoSociety

Two groups in Britain urge foreign policies that reflect key aspects of the American neoconservative agenda. One group has even adopted the name of…


New Neocons

A New Kind of Neocon? By Leon Hadar What would a Democratic president do? In answering that question, some party elites reveal a vision of a U.S. foreign policy that sounds just as hardline and hegemonic as the Bush administration’s


Neocons: Regime Change or Bust

Encouraging Japan to build nuclear weapons, shipping food aid via submarines, and running secret sabotage operations inside North Korea’s borders…


The Blame Game

Stumping for Republican candidates across the country in recent weeks, Vice President Dick Cheney has honed in on a particular message: Terrorists…


North Korea—Beyond the Point of No Return?

In its initial reaction to North Korea’s apparent nuclear test, the Bush administration indicated it would seek the strongest possible sanctions…


A New Kind of Neocon?

Nikolas Gvosdev, editor of the National Interest, a foreign policy magazine affiliated with the Nixon Center in Washington, DC, has recently been…


End Times

The End Times Agenda By Bill Berkowitz Courted by Israeli government officials, closely associated to neoconservatives in and out of government, and one of the most powerful political factions in the Republican Party, the Christian Right stridently champions further U.S. military intervention in the Middle East. Read full story. See Also: Right Web Profile: Gary…


The Politics of Fear

The recently released staff report on Iran issued by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee and the new National Intelligence…


The End Times Agenda

This past June, the Israeli Embassy in Washington held a reception for several high-powered leaders of the Christian right. Among those attending the…


Scrapping the Geneva Conventions

In enacting new legislation last week governing the treatment and trial of suspects in Washington’s “global war on terror,” Congress has…


Forgotten, But Not Gone

John Bolton: Forgotten, But Not Gone By John Isaacs Despite strong lobbying from the White House and neoconservatives, Bolton’s renomination as UN ambassador appears dead, thanks to firm opposition from Senate Democrats and moderate Republicans. Read full story. See Also:Right Web Profile: Hudson Institute Don’t Ignore the Experts By Jim Lobe In the wake of…


John Bolton: Forgotten, But Not Gone

John Bolton’s renomination as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations appears moribund as Congress finishes its final session before the…


Don’t Ignore the Experts

The Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) recently retired top expert on radical Islamists has strongly denounced the conduct of U.S. President…


DIY Energy Policy

DIY Energy Policy By Tom Barry The push to connect energy security with national security is forging strange ideological bedfellows. New initiatives by citizen groups and politicians across the political spectrum advocate breaking all reliance on foreign energy sources, particularly oil from Mideast countries. Read full article. Gingrich on the Campaign Trail? By Jim Lobe…


Gingrich on the Campaign Trail?

Nearly two years before the 2008 presidential election, Newt Gingrich, the former Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, is trying…


DIY Energy Policy

Divergent political camps have found common ground in support of “energy security” and “energy independence.” As high gas prices and…


A Real Clean Break in the Middle East

A Real Clean Break in the Middle East By Ronald Bruce St John The neoconservative-inspired policies of the Bush administration are spawning terrorists far faster than they are eliminating them. As military and political events in Iraq and Afghanistan deteriorate, the administration response has been to


A Real Clean Break in the Middle East

In 1996, a group of American neoconservatives participated in a study group organized by the Israel-based Institute for Advanced Strategic and…


Protecting the Paradigm

Protecting the ParadigmBy Leon Hadar Israel’s recent failure to decimate Hezbollah has seriously damaged one of the neoconservatives’ favorite paradigms—that what’s good for Israel’s strategic interest is good for America, and vice versa. Read full story. See also: Right Web Profile: American Israel Public Affairs Committee Newt Gingrich calls the pro-Israel lobby organization “the most…


Protecting the Paradigm

If asked to point to the main victims of the recent crisis in the Middle East, most objective observers might express sympathy for the innocent…


Tacking Right?

Tacking Right? By Tom Barry As the midterm elections approach, the Democrats must decide where they stand. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) stood his ground


Iran: No Guarantees

Before Iran gave its formal counteroffer on August 22 to ambassadors of the six countries trying to negotiate with Tehran on its nuclear enrichment…


An Intel Air Ball

On August 23, the Republican-chaired House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released a report suggesting that Iran might acquire nuclear…


Tacking Right?

As the midterm elections approach, the Democrats must decide where they stand. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) stood his ground-supporting the Iraq War…


Abrams in Jerusalem

Abrams in Jerusalem By Tom Barry The choice of Elliott Abrams as a top expert on the Middle East and as the Bush administration’s point man in the recent war in southern Lebanon speaks volumes about the president’s views on


Abrams in Jerusalem

During the 35-day conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was accompanied on her shuttle diplomacy to the region…


The Hezbollah Maneuver

[Editor’s Note: On August 14, 2006, the New Yorker posted on its website “Watching Lebanon” by Seymour Hersh, in which Hersh interviewed…


Playing Cowboy

Playing Cowboy


Crisis Point?

By the end of the 35-day Israel-Hezbollah conflict in southern Lebanon, the atmosphere in Washington had become stifling as political alarm bells…


Playing Cowboy-and Falling off the Horse

U.S. President George W. Bush has fancied himself playing Gary Cooper’s role in High Noon. Yep, Sheriff W. and his loyal deputy Tony B. ride into…


Lieberman’s Loss: What It Means

Sen. Joe Lieberman’s August 8 defeat in Connecticut’s Democratic primary by a little-known anti-war candidate marks a major setback to…


The Expanding Anti-Immigration Bandwagon

This summer, the immigration debate in the United States has heated up as conservatives of all tendencies-social conservatives, neoconservatives,…


Could the Midterm Elections Spell an End to Military Follies?

Could the Midterm Elections Spell an End to Military Follies? By John Isaacs, Council for a Livable World The November midterm elections are shaping up to be a watershed event for the future of U.S. foreign policy. The results may put a final stake in the heart of George W. Bush


Could the Midterm Elections Spell an End to Military Follies?

For more than five years, the Bush administration’s aggressive and unilateral national security policies have been triumphant in the United…


State of Schizophrenia?

State of Schizophrenia? By Michael Flynn & Jim Lobe Over the past year and a half, the State Department has reemerged as the preeminent force in U.S. foreign relations, one that on the surface seems capable of challenging the aggressive, go-it-alone politics of both the Pentagon and of the office of the vice president. Viewed…


State of Schizophrenia

Over the past year and a half, the State Department has reemerged as the preeminent force in U.S. foreign relations, one that on the surface seems…


The Syria Option

A notion is gradually taking hold among some U.S. hardliners that is bound to make the Bush administration acutely uncomfortable. The idea? That…


The Iranian Specter

There is a growing consensus among the U.S. foreign policy elite that the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict is the result of a broader Iranian offensive…


Neocon Redux: Blame Iran, Back Israel

Neocon Redux: Blame Iran, Back Israel Jim Lobe, Right Web contributing writer Israel’s military offensives in Gaza and Lebanon have reenergized neoconservatives who see an opportunity to regain influence lost as a result of setbacks in Iraq. While insisting on unconditional U.S. support for Israel, the neoconservatives are also pushing for U.S. attacks on Tehran’s…


Neocon Redux: Blame Iran, Back Israel

Israel’s military offensives in Gaza and Lebanon have reenergized the neoconservatives, who see an opportunity to regain influence lost as a…


Bush’s Choice: Escalation or Restraint?

The sudden opening on July 12 by Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia of a second front in Israel’s ongoing campaign against Hamas militants in Gaza…


The Neocons are Talking War

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The Neocons Are Talking War-Again

The neocons are largely united over Iran policy, which they say should have three pillars: avoid diplomacy, which they call appeasing the…


Immigration Reform, Iran Regime Change

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Tom Tancredo-Christian Crusader, Cultural Nationalist, and Iran Freedom Fighter

Rep. Tom Tancredo, the leading voice of the immigration restrictionist movement, believes that the United States should wall in our borders, launch a…


Iran Freedom and Regime Change Politics

Iran Freedom and Regime Change Politics By Tom Barry At a time when the Republican Party is divided on immigration reform and when the Democrats and the Republicans are positioning themselves for the mid-term elections on such issues as gay marriage, Congress is demonstrating alarming bipartisan unity on Iran. On April 27 the House of…


Iran Freedom and Regime Change Politics

At a time when the Republican Party is divided on immigration reform and when the Democrats and the Republicans are positioning themselves for the…


AEI Scholars Call for Iran Regime Change and Possible War

AEI Scholars Call for Iran Regime Change and Possible War As tensions with Iran increase, many of the neoconservatives who laid the ideological and strategic frameworks for the invasion of Iraq are calling on the Bush administration to prepare for a preventive war against Iran and to immediately implement a “regime change” strategy. The American…


2006: A Banner Year for Prosecuting Republicans?

If the month of January is a sign of Bush administration troubles to come in 2006, it could be a banner year for prosecutors hot on the trail of…


The Demogogue Neocons Love to Hate

“Let us state the obvious,” wrote Reuel Marc Gerecht, the resident Gulf specialist at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute in…


Tom Tancredo, Federalist Society, Illegal Poet

This Week on the Right Tom Tancredo is Leader of the Anti-Immigrant Populist Right Rep. Tom Tancredo, who has represented Colorado’s Sixth District since 1999, has in the last six years succeeded in rallying an anti-immigrant populist revolt that brings together the nativists, religious right, cultural supremacists, militia movement, and anti-immigration policy institutes with a…


Tom Tancredo: Leader of the Anti-Immigrant Populist Revolt

Rep. Tom Tancredo, who has represented Colorado’s Sixth District since 1999, has in the last six years succeeded in rallying an anti-immigrant…


Neocons—Down but Not Out

Corrected on June 6, 2006. Of all the personnel changes that have occurred in the Bush administration during the first year of the…


Cheney’s Men, Weekly Standard

This Week on the Right John Hannah Takes Libby’s Place as the VP’s National Security Adviser (Excerpted from new Right Web profile, which can be viewed at: http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/2926) During the weeks leading up to the indictment of I. Lewis Libby, the vice president’s former chief of staff, a number of bloggers and pundits speculated on…


The Sibel Edmonds Saga, American-Turkish Council

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Pitting Elite Interests against the Rule of Law

If people know of Sibel Edmonds at all, they know her as an FBI whistleblower. Since mid-2002, her face has graced newspapers across America;…


Restrictionism, Katrina, Bush Foreign Policy Team

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Foreign Policy Aftermath of Katrina

It was Jim Hoagland, the Washington’s Post’s liberal hawk par excellence, who first pondered the possible foreign policy consequences…


Glue that Binds, Right Wing Foundations

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The Glue that Binds the Movement

They are the glue that binds American conservatism—in all its flavors: neoconservative, libertarian, evangelical, triumphalist—into an…


The Right’s Legal Troubles, John Roberts

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Toeing an Illegal Line

With John Roberts seemingly a shoo-in for the Supreme Court, Republicans can hardly be blamed for their excitement on the legal front, which was…


Crusade of the Democratic Globalists, Neocon Democracy

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The New Crusade of the Democratic Globalists

One of the major achievements of the neoconservatives over the past two decades has been to integrate the missionary impulses of liberal…


World Movement for Democracy-Made in the USA

The “world’s democratic movement” is not another one of the transnational citizens’ movements, like the anti-globalization…


The Return of the Nuclear Warriors

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Ideologies of Anti-Immigration Forces

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Hawks and Chickenhawks

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Nuclear Warrior Replaces John Bolton as Arms Control Chief

The top U.S. government official in charge of arms control advocates the offensive use of nuclear weapons and has deep roots in the militarist…


Whose Side Are You On?

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AIPAC, Robert Joseph, Good Neighbor

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Introducing Global Good Neighbor

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Bad Neighbor Crouch, Bolton, Edelman, Wolfowitz

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Cheney’s Man Slated to Replace Feith

A career diplomat and foreign policy operative, Eric S. Edelman is slated to replace the controversial Douglas …


Move America Backward

This Week onthe Right A Bad Choice for GoodIntelligence By Tom Barry Two times over the past four years the U.S. Senate hasconfirmed John Negroponte for key foreign policy positions


Moving Backward with Move America Forward

Move America Forward (MAF), a California-based advocacy group, believes that moving the country forward requires kicking the United Nations out of…


The Religious Right Determining U.S. Foreign Policy

When Americans ponder why the rest of the world regards it with less respect, they could turn to the recent controversy created by the U.S….


Rest Assured—We Will Now Have “Good Intelligence”

Since the founding of the CIA in 1947, it has been under attack, mainly from the right. Although left-center charges that the CIA has engineered…


Shock & Awe Appointments

Letter from the Editor You say that President Bush has gone too far this time? Thathe has crossed the line separating reason from madness, dividing traditionalrules of play from intentional foul play, segregating the defensible from theoutrageous. But when was it exactly that you thought he crossed this line?Probably not with the appointment of Condoleezza…


Full-Throttle Unipolarity

Just two weeks ago conventional wisdom both here and in European capitals was that President George W. Bush’s second term would see a modest turn…


Bush’s PR Person to Direct U.S. Public Diplomacy

The most intriguing aspect of U.S. President George W. Bush’s nomination of Karen Hughes to take charge of Washington’s public diplomacy apparatus–and…


Bolton, Negroponte, Noriega, and more

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Anti-Islamic Crusade Gets Organized

Daniel Pipes, the founder of the Middle East Forum and an anti-Islamist activist, is working to organize a new policy institute, which will be called the…


John Negroponte—Policy Hack or Intelligence Reformer?

The CIA has long been caught in the crossfire from the left and the right. Human rights critics and left-center internationalists have charged that…


Legal Dragnet, Fallen Hawk, Faith-Based Government

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New Homeland Security Czar’s Legal Dragnet

Michael Chertoff, who served as the head of the Justice Department’s criminal division under Attorney General John Ashcroft, has replaced Tom…


The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Elliott Abrams

Elliott Abrams, a figure from the Ronald Reagan-era Iran-Contra scandal who describes himself as a “neo-conservative and neo-Reaganite,” is…


Untangling the Right’s Web

Welcome to the Right Web. We’re not asking you tojoin the Right’s web—its network of institutes, polemicists, foundations, andgovernment operatives. We are asking you to help us untangle theideological, cultural, and political web in which the right wing has trappedour government and society. The Right Web program of theInternational Relations Center (IRC) depends solely on…


The Foreign Policy Diaspora-From Jerusalem to Washington

The State of the Union Address and Bush’s second Inaugural Address focused U.S. and international attention on Natan Sharansky, author of The…


Neocons & Liberals Together, Again

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Neocons and Liberals Together, Again

The neoconservative Project for the New American Century (PNAC) has signaled its intention to continue shaping the government’s national security…


Hardliner Hadley Named New National Security Adviser

Stephen Hadley is a fire-tested Vulcan–a hardliner close to Vice President Dick Cheney and to the neoconservative camp. Named by the president in…


Is Iran Next?

Shortly after 9/11, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith began coordinating Pentagon planning for a regime change in Iraq. The…


Coalition for Democracy in Iran

Overview The Coalition for Democracy in Iran (CDI) is one of numerous pressure groups created by neoconservatives that focus on changing…


Douglas Feith: Portrait of a Neoconservative

Feith served as the number three civilian in the George W. Bush administration’s Defense Department, under Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz….


Blame CIA, John Lehman, Philanthropy Roundtable

Contents This Week on the Right | Tom Barry What’s New | Profiles: Foreign Policy Research Institute, High Frontier, Philanthropy Roundtable Letters and Comments This Week on the Right Old Sailors Never Die: 9/11 Commissioner John Lehman on the War Path By Tom Barry Blame the CIA. That


9/11 Commissioner John Lehman on the War Path

Blame the CIA. That’s a political agenda that has found bipartisan support in Congress. Both the right and the left saw the departure of CIA…


Neocons Down but Not Out

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Who is Stephen Cambone

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Liberal Hawks: Flying in Neocon Circles

In the heat of Iraq the neoconservatives are seeing their visions of Pax Americana turn into nightmares and headaches. But they are not alone….


Liberal Hawks

Contents This Week on the Right | Tom Barry What’s New | Profiles: Progressive Policy Institute, Democratic Leadership Council, Will Marshall, Stephen Cambone This Week on the Right Liberal Hawks: Flying in Neocon Circles By Tom Barry In the heat of Iraq the neoconservatives are seeing their visions of Pax Americana turn into nightmares and…


Iraq, Brussels, Podhoretz

Contents This Week on the Right | Tom Barry What’s New | Profile: John Podhoretz, Final Statement of Brussels Tribunal, Pax Americana: What’s the Alternative? This Week on the Right War in Iraq is “Regional War” By Tom Barry Neoconservatives, much like dogmatic Marxists, are blessed with supreme intellectual and political confidence. While other analysts…


The Right’s Architecture of Power

(This is the third article in the Chronicle of the New American Century series written by Tom Barry for the Right Web project of the Interhemispheric…


Final Statement of the BRussells Tribunal

(The following is the final statement of the BRussells Tribunal, an international commission of inquiry held in Brussels on April 14-17, 2004. Tom Barry, policy…


Pax Americana—What’s the Alternative

(In the interests of explaining the logic of the foreign policy agenda developed by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) and of sparking…


Special NATO Issue

Contents This Week on the Right | Tom Barry What’s New | U.S. Committee on NATO, Project on Transitional Democracies, New Atlantic Initiative, Daniel Pipes,Middle East ForumLetters and Feedback | Africa, Shameful This Week on the Right NATO Expansion By Tom Barry The cold war is long over, but with the support of U.S. supremacists…


When Democracy Promotion Turns Partisan

A not-so-fine line exists between foreign support to foster democratization and the direct funding of a single political party. The first type of…


Long Live NATO

The cold war is long over, but with the support of U.S. supremacists in both parties NATO lives on as America’s global cop.. …


Thought Control for Middle East Studies

A band of neoconservative pundits with close ties to Israel have mounted a campaign against American scholars who study the Middle East. Martin…


Iraq, Middle East

Contents This Week on the Right | Tom Barry What’s New | Middle East Forum, The Evangelical Roots of American Unilateralism: The Christian Right’s Influence and How to Counter ItLetters and Feedback | Architecture of Power, Daniel Pipes, Remembering Team B This Week on the Right Baghdad and Beyond By Tom Barry (Editor’s Note: Excerpted…


One Year After the Invasion: Baghdad and Beyond

(Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of investigative reports on the influence of a web of right-wing organizations and…


The NATO Expansion Lobby

(Return to the original article, Baghdad and Beyond, available online at rightweb.irc-online.org/rw/764.). Bruce Jackson, of the…


Syria, Lebanon

Contents This Week on the Right | Tom Barry What’s New | U.S. Committee for a Free Lebanon,Richard Neuhaus,Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM),Foundation for the Defense of DemocraciesLetters and Feedback | Clean Break,Guardians of the Cedars This Week on the Right Sanctioning Syria as Step Forward in Neocon Agenda By Tom Barry (Editor’s Note: Excerpted from…


Patriarchy, Gay Marriage, New Neocon Think Tank

Contents This Week on the Right | Tom Barry What’s New | Independent Women’s Forum,Concerned Women for America,Rep. Marilyn Musgrave,Foundation for Defense of Democracies,High Frontier This Week on the Right March 8 and the Patriarchal Backlash By Tom Barry Since 1908, when women organized a large march in New York City for suffrage and against…


Iraq War, Intelligence-Gathering, Intelligence Reformers

Contents This Week on the Right | Tom Barry What’s New | Office of Special Plans, Team B, PNACers in Government, National Strategy Information Center, Leo Strauss and Intelligence Strategy Analysis | Right Web’s Intelligence Reformers, Will Dubya Dump Dick? This Week on the Right “Basic Instincts,” Not the Truth Iraq War Product of Neocon…


Leo Strauss and Intelligence Strategy

Abram Shulsky and Gary Schmitt credit the teachings of Leo Strauss, a German Jewish émigré philosopher, with helping them conceptualize…


Office of Special Plans

In the days after September 11 terrorist attacks, Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith started cooking intelligence to meet the needs of the radically…


Basic Instincts, Not the Truth: Iraq War Product of Neocon Philosophy of Intelligence

(The first in a series of investigative reports on influence of a web of right-wing organizations and individuals–chiefly associated with the…


Right Web of Intelligence Reformers

Abram Shulsky and Gary Schmitt have shuttled back and forth between government and right-wing institutes like the NSIC. In 2000 Shulsky was a member…


Remembering Team B

The most notorious attempt by militarists and right-wing ideologues to challenge the CIA was the Team B affair in the mid-1970s. The 1975-76…


US right weaves tangled but effective web

WASHINGTON – While most of the world is still trying to come to terms with the neo-imperial ambitions of the post-September 11 Bush administration,…


This Week, Tangled Web, Libertarian

Contents This Week on the Right | Michael Flynn What’s New | Iran, Airline Missile Defense, David Jeremiah, Michael Ledeen, Morris Amitay, Northrop Grumman, Alliant Techsystems, and more. Analysis | A Tangled Web, by Jim Lobe Letters | Libertarian not Right-Wing This Week on the Right Two new books shed light on the thinking and…


Right Web Introduction

Contents: About Right Web: Debra Preusch, IRC Executive Director Webworks: This Week on the Right, Tom Barry Who’s Who: PNAC, Daniel Pipes, Richard Perle, Thomas Donnelly Analysis: Culture, Religion, Apocalypse & Middle East Policy, by Chip Berlet & Nikhil Aziz Analysis: Neocons v. Hawks: Jim Baker Returns, by Jim Lobe Geography of the Right: Neoconservatives…


Sen. Hillary Clinton, L. Paul Bremer and Americans for Victory over Terrorism, Paul Wolfowitz, James

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has been one of the few U.S. politicians willing to depart from accepted political discourse and announce, as she did…


Realists v. Hawks: Baker Returns

It may be that four or five months from now:. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz will have heard the siren song of…


Culture, Religion, Apocalypse, and Middle East Foreign Policy

It’s hard to believe, but the Bush administration’s foreign policy and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq are influenced by the…


Selective Service

In the growing debate over whether the Bush administration should get “boots on the ground” in the war-torn West African nation of Liberia, the neoconservatives who…


The Right Flexes Muscle with New U.S. Agenda

We meet here during a crucial period in the history of [the United States], and of the civilized world. Part of that history was written by…


Glossary of Right-Wing Sectors

Understanding politics in America and U.S. foreign policy means knowing about the right wing. The leading ideologues and strategists of the right wing–who hail from such groups as the Project for the New American Century, American Enterprise Institute, and Empower America—have set the hawkish and unilateralist direction of the Bush foreign and military policy. Anticommunists:…


Christian Anti-Communism Crusade

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Christian Anti-Communism Crusade Acronym/Code: CACC Updated: 12/91 Categories:Education, Religious. Background: An aggressively anticommunist evangelical organization, the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade (CACC) was founded in Waterloo, Iowa, by Dr. Fred C. Schwarz in l953. (3,6,14) In its promotional brochures, the CACC is described as a…


America’s Development Foundation

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: America’s Development Foundation Acronym/Code: Amdev Updated: 6/91 Categories:Service, Political Background: America’s Development Foundation (ADF) was established in 1980 as a tax-exempt charitable foundation for the "support, operation, or advancement of scientific, educational, social, and economic development" in countries around the world. (1) Its…


Council for Inter-American Security

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Council for Inter-American Security Acronym/Code: CIS Updated: 2/91 Categories:Political Background: The Council for Inter-American Security (CIS) was founded in l976 by Ronald Docksai with the objectives of clarifying the common security interests of nations of the Western hemisphere, recommending approaches for the protection…


Afghanistan Relief Committee

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Afghanistan Relief Committee Acronym/Code: ARC Updated: 1/91 Categories:Political, Service Background: The Afghanistan Relief Committee (ARC) is a private, 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization established by former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Robert Neumann and Mary Ann Dubs in 1980 to help Afghan refugees from the…


Christian Broadcasting Network

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Christian Broadcasting Network Acronym/Code: CBN Updated: 1/91 Categories:Religious, Service Background: The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), the world’s largest noncommercial broadcast network, was founded in 1961 by Pat Robertson. (5,14,45) CBN was at one time the largest supplier of 24-hour cable programming in the…


Center for Democracy

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Center for Democracy Acronym/Code: CFD Updated: 12/90 Categories:Politics Background: The Center for Democracy is a non-partisan organization established in 1984 to "promote the democratic process in the United States and abroad." The concept for the group apparently came from the American Political Foundation…


United States Council for World Freedom

Category: Background: Countries: Funding: Activities: Principals: United States Council for World Freedom Acronym/Code: USCWF Updated: 10/90 Category: Military Background: The U.S. Council for World Freedom (USCWF) is the United States affiliate of the World Anti-Communist League (WACL). The first WACL branch in the U.S., the American Council for World Freedom (ACWF), was founded in 1970…


World Anti-Communist League

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: World Anti-Communist League Acronym/Code: WACL Updated: 10/90 Categories:Political, Paramilitary Background: The World Anti-Communist League was founded in 1966 in Taipei, Taiwan. WACL was conceived as an expansion of the Asian People’s Anti-Communist League, a regional alliance against communism formed at the request of…


United States Institute of Peace

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: United States Institute of Peace Acronym/Code: USIP Updated: 9/90 Categories:Education, Political Background: The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an institution whose establishment was promoted for many years in Congress as a counterbalance to the Pentagon and its many military-training schools. Early…


World Freedom Foundation

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: World Freedom Foundation Acronym/Code: WFF Updated: 8/90 Principals: L. Brent Bozell III–chairman of the board; Dr. Curtin Winsor, Jr. –president; Hon. Stefan A. Halper–director of government relations; Marc S. Ryan–executive director; Leif E. Noren–administrator; Herman Pirchner–finance; Gregory Mueller–public relations; J. Curtis Herge, Esq.…


Conservative Caucus

Categories: Background: Countries: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: The Conservative Caucus Acronym/Code: TCC Updated: 5/90 Categories:Political Background: Jesse Helms, ultraconservative Senator from North Carolina, was the driving force behind the formation of The Conservative Caucus (TCC). Helms, acting on a memo from his top political adviser, John Carbaugh, encouraged his…


Moral Majority

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Moral Majority Acronym/Code: MM Updated: 3/90 Categories:Political Background: Although generally considered a fundamentalist Christian organization, the Moral Majority was created in 1979 by the wizards of the New Right, Richard Viguerie, Paul Weyrich and Howard Phillips. The goal of the Moral Majority was…


Citizens for America

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Citizens for America Acronym/Code: CFA Updated: 2/90 Categories:Political Background: Citizens for America (CFA) was founded in 1983 at a White House meeting between Lewis Lehrman and Jack Hume to promote the Reagan agenda. (4,16) Tracee Howell of CFA said that CFA’s purpose was…


American Freedom Coalition

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: American Freedom Coalition Acronym/Code: AFC Updated: 3/89, BS Categories:Political Background: The American Freedom Coalition, or AFC, is a political education and lobbying group which was founded in April 1987. Calling itself a "supra-coalition," the group claimed some 300,000 members in all 50 states…


International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: International Christian Embassy Jerusalem Acronym/Code: ICEJ Updated: 12/89 Categories:Political, Religious Background: The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) marks the coming together of extremes–fundamentalist Christians (those believing in Biblical inerrancy) joining hands in support of Zionists who claim a Biblical right as the "chosen…


International Foundation for Electoral Systems

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: International Foundation for Electoral Systems Acronym/Code: IFES Updated: 12/89 Categories:Political Background: The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), founded in 1989,"is dedicated exclusively to supporting and improving the process and management of free elections in emerging democracies throughout the world."(1) The IFES motto…


International Rescue Committee, Inc.

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: International Rescue Committee, Inc. Acronym/Code: IRC Updated: 12/89 Categories:Service Background: The International Rescue Committee, Inc. (IRC) was founded in 1933 in response to a request from Albert Einstein "to assist anti-Nazi opponents of Hitler." IRC works with refugees fleeing from "persecution and violence…


Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies Acronym/Code: ASPEN Updated: 11/89 Categories:Education Background: The Aspen Institute was founded in 1950 by Walter Paepeke, chair of the Container Corporation, to bring together leading citizens from private and public sectors of the U.S. and abroad to consider…


League for Industrial Democracy

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: League for Industrial Democracy Acronym/Code: LID Updated: 11/89 Categories:Political Background: The League for Industrial Democracy (LID) was founded in 1905 by Jack London, Upton Sinclair and other socialists for the purpose of "educating Americans about the need to extend democracy to every aspect…


Social Democrats, USA

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Social Democrats, USA Acronym/Code: SDUSA Updated: 11/89 Categories:Political Background: The Social Democrats, USA (SD/USA) has its political roots in the Socialist Party. Its philosophical forefather was the intellectual Trotskyite, Max Shactman. Shactman, initially a Communist, became increasinging disenchanted with the actions of the…


Council for the Defense of Freedom

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Council for the Defense of Freedom Acronym/Code: CDF Updated: 10/89 Categories:Political, Educational Background: Founded as the Council Against Communist Aggression,the Council for the Defense of Freedom (CDF) changed its name in 1980. (3) The group organized in 1951 to "disseminate information to promote…


National Defense Council Foundation

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: National Defense Council Foundation Acronym/Code: NDCF Updated: 10/89 Categories:Political, Service Background: F. Andy Messing founded the National Defense Council Foundation (NDCF) in the U.S. in 1978 to help popularize the idea of low intensity conflict (LIC). (8,9) Since, as in many New Right…


Coalition for a Democratic Majority

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Coalition for a Democratic Majority Acronym/Code: CDM Updated: 9/89 Categories:Political Background: The CDM was formed in 1972 by the late Sen Henry Jackson (D-WA) who headed the conservative wing of the Democratic Party. Jackson and his coalition favored a strong military and promoted…


Council on Foreign Relations

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Council on Foreign Relations Acronym/Code: COFR Updated: 9/89 Categories:Political Background: The Council on Foreign Relations (COFR) was established in 1921. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization with a current membership of 2,450. Membership is by invitation only through nomination by the membership…


Center for Strategic and International Studies

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Center for Strategic and International Studies Acronym/Code: CSIS Updated: 9/89 Categories:Education, Political Background: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a right-wing, neoconservative think tank which was founded in 1962. Ray S. Cline was a cofounder. (36) Until 1986, CSIS was…


Free Trade Union Institute

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Free Trade Union Institute Acronym/Code: FTUI Updated: 9/89 Categories: Labor Background: The Free Trade Union Institute (FTUI) was created in 1977 when the AFL-CIO resurrected and renamed the moribund Free Trade Union Committee (FTUC). The purpose was to increase U.S. influence with European…


Nicaraguan Freedom Fund

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Nicaraguan Freedom Fund Acronym/Code: NFF Updated: 9/89 Categories:Political Background: While no official link between the government and the Nicaraguan Freedom Fund has come to light, an article in the Village Voice reported that Natl Security Adviser Bud McFarlane received a memo from Col.…


A. Philip Randolph Institute

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: A. Philip Randolph Institute Acronym/Code: APRI Updated: 8/89 Categories:Political, Education Background: The A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) and its educational arm, the A. Philip Randolph Educational Fund (APREF) have their roots in the massive August 1963 March on Washington. The march was conceived…


Accuracy In Media

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Accuracy In Media Acronym/Code: AIM Updated: 8/89 Categories: Political, Educational Background: Reed Irvine founded AIM in 1969. At the time of AIM’s founding, Irvine was an economist with the United States Federal Reserve Board. (2) In the early days, AIM was basically the…


Committee for the Free World

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Committee for the Free World Acronym/Code: CFW Updated: 8/89 Categories:Political Background: The Committee for the Free World (CFW) was founded in 1981 by Midge Decter who is the executive director. CFW has tax-exempt status under 501(c)(3) and began with funding of $125,000 from…


Committee on the Present Danger

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Committee on the Present Danger Acronym/Code: CPD Updated: 7/89 Categories:Political Background: The original Committee on the Present Danger (CPD) was formed in 1950 by top eastern establishment luminaries. It was designed as a "citizen’s lobby" to alert the nation to the Soviet "present…


Eagle Forum

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Principals: Sources: Eagle Forum Acronym/Code: Eagle Updated: 6/89 Categories:Political, Education, Service Background: The Eagle Forum was founded in 1972 in Alton, IL by Phyllis Schlafly, an attorney who has been admitted to the bar in Illinois, Missouri, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court. (16)…


Opus Dei/Work of God

Categories:Background:Funding:Activities:GovernmentConnections:PrivateConnections:Misc:Comments:Principals:Sources: Opus Dei/Workof God.Acronym/Code: ODUpdated: 6/89 Categories:ReligiousBackground:Opus Dei (“Work of God”) was founded in1928 by a young Spanish priest named Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer in responseto a divine command. (2) He founded this Catholic lay organization to “tellmen and women of every country and of every condition, race, language,milieu, and state of life… that they…


Unification Church

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Unification Church Acronym/Code: UCM Updated: 5/89 Categories:Political, Religious. Background: The Unification Church (UC) is the tentacular creation of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Formally known as the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, the church was founded by Moon in…


Friends of the Democratic Center in Central America

Background: The Friends of the Democratic Center in Central America, better known as PRODEMCA, was founded in late 1981. According to its promotional literature, the organization was established in order to support incipient democratic processes in Central America. (1) Its projects have focused primarily on Nicaragua, especially in the construction of anti-Sandinista media and public…


Far East Broadcasting Company

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Far East Broadcasting Company Acronym/Code: FEBC Updated: 4/89 Categories:Religious, Education Background: This nondenominational and international evangelical organization is based in La Mirada, California and was founded in l945. It is also known as FEBC Radio International. (l) The main objectives of FEBC Radio…


Puebla Institute

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Puebla Institute Acronym/Code: PUEBLA Updated: 4/89 Categories:Education, Religious. Background: According to official statements by the Puebla Institute, the organization was established in l982 by Humberto Belli, a native Nicaraguan and former Marxist who was a member of the Sandinista movement before becoming a…


Friends of the Americas

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Friends of the Americas Acronym/Code: FOA Updated: 3/89 Principals: Louis "Woody" Jenkins (chair, co-founder), Diane Jenkins (exec dir, co-founder), Daniel V. Smith (vice pres). (1) Board of Directors: Woody Jenkins (chair), Sen. Daniel W. Richey (vice chair), Stephen Ridley. (22) Founding members in…


Western Goals Foundation

Categories: Background: Funding: Activities: Government Connections: Private Connections: Misc: Comments: Principals: Sources: Western Goals Foundation Acronym/Code: WG Updated: 3/89 Categories:Political Background: The Western Goals Foundation was a private domestic intelligence agency which was founded by former Congressman Larry McDonald in 1979. (8) Prior to its dissolution, it was a nonmembership, nonpartisan organization which conducted educational…


Thomas A. Dooley Foundation-Intermed-USA, Inc.

Thomas A. Dooley Foundation-Intermed-USA, Inc. Acronym/Code: DOOLEY Updated: 1/89 Categories:Political, Service Background: Dr. Thomas A. Dooley III was "the famous jungle doctor of Laos," a Navy doctor who operated medical clinics near the Chinese border in the 1950s. (3) In 1958, he founded MEDICO and established17 medical programs in 14 countries with a statement of…

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