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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

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Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), President Trump’s nominee for secretary of state to replace Rex Tillerson, is a “tea party” Republican who previously served as director of the CIA.

Richard Goldberg is a senior adviser at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who served as a foreign policy aide to former Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL).

Reuel Marc Gerecht, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, has been advocating regime change in Iran since even before 9/11.

John Hannah, Dick Cheney’s national security adviser, is now a leading advocate for regime change in both Iran and Syria based at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Dennis Ross, a U.S. diplomat who served in the Obama administration, is a fellow at the “pro-Israel” Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Sheldon Adelson is a wealthy casino magnate known for his large, influential political contributions, his efforts to impact U.S. foreign policy discourse particularly among Republicans, and his ownership and ideological direction of media outlets.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is known for his hawkish views on foreign policy and close ties to prominent neoconservatives.

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From the Wires

North Korea and Iran both understand the lesson of Libya: Muammar Qaddafi, a horrifyingly brutal dictator, gave up his nuclear weapons, was eventually ousted from power with large-scale US assistance, and was killed. However, while Iran has a long and bitter history with the United States, North Korea’s outlook is shaped by its near-total destruction by forces led by the United States in the Korean War.

Europe loathes having to choose between Tehran and Washington, and thus it will spare no efforts to avoid the choice. It might therefore opt for a middle road, trying to please both parties by persuading Trump to retain the accord and Iran to limit missile ballistic programs and regional activities.

Key members of Trump’s cabinet should recognize the realism behind encouraging a Saudi- and Iranian-backed regional security agreement because the success of such an agreement would not only serve long-term U.S. interests, it could also have a positive impact on numerous conflicts in the Middle East.

Given that Israel failed to defeat Hezbollah in its war in Lebanon in 2006, it’s difficult to imagine Israel succeeding in a war against both Hezbollah and its newfound regional network of Shiite allies. And at the same time not only is Hezbollah’s missile arsenal a lot larger and more dangerous than it was in 2006, but it has also gained vast experience alongside its allies in offensive operations against IS and similar groups.

Donald Trump should never be excused of responsibility for tearing down the respect for truth, but a foundation for his flagrant falsifying is the fact that many people would rather be entertained, no matter how false is the source of their entertainment, than to confront truth that is boring or unsatisfying or that requires effort to understand.

It would be a welcome change in twenty-first-century America if the reckless decision to throw yet more unbelievable sums of money at a Pentagon already vastly overfunded sparked a serious discussion about America’s hyper-militarized foreign policy.

President Trump and his advisers ought to ask themselves whether it is in the U.S. interest to run the risk of Iranian withdrawal from the nuclear agreement. Seen from the other side of the Atlantic, running that risk looks dumb.