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List of PNAC Signatories and Contributing Writers

Morton I. Abramowitz x x x Elliott Abrams x x x x x x Gordon Adams x Ken Adelman x Urban Ahlin x Madeleine K. Albright x Richard V. Allen x x Giuliano Amato x Mark A. Anderson x Uzi Arad x Richard Armitage x x x Anders Aslund x Ronald Asmus x x x…


The Annexation of Palestine Could Be Closer Than You Think

A senior Israeli government minister has announced that he will introduce legislation to effectively annex Israel’s third-largest settlement, part of a plan to incrementally annex parts of the West Bank .


Trump’s Real Basket of Deplorables

As Donald Trump’s national security team begins to take shape, it’s becoming clear that Trump indeed has a “basket of deplorables” around him. And many of them are going to wind up serving in his administration.


Trump and the Middle East: A Primer

Because of his seeming lack of knowledge about the region and disinterest in the complex factors that underpin its endemic violence, the incoming president should take a measured look at the Middle East and the long-term U.S. engagement with it.


Anti-Boeing Bill Offers Early Iran Test for Trump

Will a President Trump put U.S. business first and expand the U.S. manufacturing workforce as part of his plan to make America great again? Or will he hold to the reflexive anti-Iran positions of the Republican Congressional majority, Sheldon Adelson, and the neoconservatives, including the NeverTrumpers who, with Democrats marginalized across the board, are already seeking ways to gain influence with whomever the president-elect chooses to advise him?


Trump Election Already Bad News for Palestinians

Reacting to Donald Trump’s election victory, one Israeli official said that it represented “an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the centre of the country. … This is the position of the president-elect. …The era of a Palestinian state is over.”


Iran Deal Is Key Test of Trump’s Commitment to NATO Allies

Although Republican opponents of the Iran nuclear deal frequently suggest unilaterally reneging on the agreement, they have never been faced with the real likelihood of a president who might go along with the proposal or, possibly, even take the lead in such an action. Now they are. And the consequences could be severely damaging to U.S. interests.


Clinton’s Foreign Policy: The Known Unknowns

Regardless of Hillary Clinton’s national security predilections, a future Clinton administration will rapidly discover that U.S. foreign policy options are in fact quite limited. The default course is thus likely to be “more of the same” of the Obama administration’s policies and approaches.


Trump’s Apocalypse Is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

The world according to Trump: The American economy has tanked. Mexico has sent a horde of criminals over the border to steal jobs and rape women. The Islamic State, cofounded by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, is taking over the globe. “We haven’t seen anything like this, the carnage all over the world,” he has declared.


Life Goes On, Barely, After 50 Years of Occupation

During five decades of Israeli occupation, the number of Palestinian refugees has grown with every generation, saturating basic services in the 19 camps that are home to about 200,000 people in the West Bank run by the United Nations.


Did AIPAC Pocket Its Iran Deal Fundraising Revenue?

From all outward appearances, AIPAC’s fundraising arm effectively pocketed the boost in fundraising revenue it enjoyed during the heated battle over the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.


Netanyahu at the UN: Frozen Bodies, Blatant Lies, and Imaginary Children

The Israeli prime minister’s tells imaginary tales at the UN about meetings with Palestinians.


Washington’s 15-Year Air War

Within days of the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration announced a “war on terror,” which included launching an air war in numerous hotspots across the globe. Almost 15 years have passed and that air war is still ongoing.


PNAC Contributors and Signatories from the George H.W. Bush Administration

William Bennett Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy John Bolton State Dept, Justice, and USAID USAID (Various Staff Positions) Stephen Cambone Director, Strategic Defense Policy, Office of Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney Secretary of Defense Eliot Cohen Policy Planning Staff for Secretary of Defense Seth Cropsey Principal Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense for Special…


PNAC Contributors and Signatories from the Reagan Administration

Elliott Abrams State Department: Asst. Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, Asst. Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, Asst. Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Kenneth Adelman Deputy Representative to United Nations; Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Director Richard V. Allen Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs; National…


PNAC Contributors and Signatories from the George W. Bush Administration

Elliott Abrams Special Asst. to President and Senior Director for Middle East and North African Affairs, National Security Council; Special Asst. to President and Senior Director for Democracy, Human Rights, and International Operations, National Security Council Kenneth Adelman Defense Policy Board Richard V. Allen Defense Policy Board; National Security Advisory Group Richard Armitage Deputy Secretary…


PNAC Contributors and Signatories from the Clinton Administration

Gordon Adams Office of Management and Budget: Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs (1993-1997) Madeleine Albright Secretary of State (1997-2000) Ronald Asmus Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (1997-2000) Mark Brzezinski National Security Council Staff (1999-2000) Ivo Daalder National Security Council Staff (1995-1996) Michele Flournoy Defense Department: Deputy Assistant Secretary of…


Bret Stephens Disappoints

While perusing Right Web internet data last week, we noticed a considerable bump in traffic for our profile of Bret Stephens, a deputy editorial page editor and weekly columnist for the Wall Street Journal, whose editorial page is an important bastion of neoconservative opinion. Stephens appears to help set the tone for much of the Journal’s editorial content on matters of foreign policy.

We pay careful attention to our profile traffic, since bumps for certain profiles often point to trending topics and voices. So it was somewhat disappointing to discover the apparent source of such interest in Stephens.


Palestine, the Arab Spring, and the Middle East Lobby

Right Web is available on Facebook. Become a friend! Available online at: http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/articles/category/right_web_news Right Web is a project of the Institute for Policy Studies   FEATURED ARTICLES Palestine, the Arab Spring, and the Middle East Lobby By Jack Ross As the Arab Spring confronts increasing resistance from entrenched interests in the region, the Palestinian cause…

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Rudolph Giuliani is a lawyer and Republican politician who was mayor of New York City from 1994-2001. A foreign policy hawk and vocal supporter of Donald Trump, Giuliani recently joined Trump’s legal team to add pressure on the special council to wrap up the investigation into alleged collusion with Russia in U.S. elections.


Bernard Marcus, the billionaire co-founder of The Home Depot, is a major funder of neoconservative, anti-Iran and pro-Likud causes and public figures.


David Makovsky, a fellow at the “pro-Israel” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, has been hawk on Iran, but largely quiet since Trump took office.


Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is an important financial backer of conservative politicians and right-wing “pro-Israel” groups. Although at one time a Donald Trump skeptic, Adelson has seen his investment in Trump pay off as the president has made highly controversial moves on two issues that are priorities for Adelson, withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.


Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is an outspoken promoter of aggressive U.S. foreign policies whose comments often combine right-wing Republican populism and neoconservativism.


I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a key neoconservative figure and former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted as part of the investigation into the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s and later pardoned by Donald Trump.


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


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The US is suffering from the delusions of a hegemonic power that can no longer impose its will on other nations yet refuses to acknowledge the new reality. It has now manufactured another unnecessary, destructive, and imprudent crisis with Iran, which is bound to bring a future clash between US and Iran to the detriment of world peace.


Significant numbers of military combat operations across the globe are being outsourced to the private sector with little accountability, including in Syria where both Russia and the United States have put contractors to war.


Among the many disturbing images from the ceremony redesignating a U.S. consulate building in Jerusalem as the new U.S. embassy was the participation of two bigoted American preachers, Robert Jeffress and John Hagee, which reveals just how far removed the issue has become from any presumed effort to provide succor or shelter to a historically persecuted religious minority. Only dogma and raw power remain.


The costs of America’s “war on terror,” still spreading in the Trump era, are incalculable. Just look at photos of the cities of Ramadi or Mosul in Iraq, Raqqa or Aleppo in Syria, Sirte in Libya, or Marawi in the southern Philippines, all in ruins in the wake of the conflicts Washington set off in the post–9/11 years, and try to put a price on them. That number is not included in the $5.6 trillion that the “Costs of War Project” at Brown University’s Watson Institute estimates has been spent since September 12, 2001.


President Trump is a very powerful boat with no rudder. Unfortunately, John Bolton is now his rudder. Which effectively means, when it comes to foreign policy, that it’s Bolton’s administration now.


Given the chaotic policymaking process in the White House, Iran policy will likely be implemented in an ad hoc fashion subject to the interplay between President Trump’s continued incoherence and a drive toward confrontation pushed primarily by John Bolton.


Donald Trump and the GOP are deeply indebted to anti-Iran deal billionaires who aren’t afraid to advocate for policies that push the country closer to another war in the Middle East.


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