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Ken Adelman is a former member of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board during the George W. Bush administration who infamously said that “liberating Iraq would be a cakewalk.” Although Adelman later criticized the Bush administration for its failed policies in Iraq and publically supported Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election, in recent years he’s denounced Obama for his approach towards Russia, stating that unlike President Reagan, Obama “seems quite content to settle for a tie” with Russia.

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Julie Finley is a former U.S.amabssador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and was a founding member of the now defunct U.S. Committee on NATO, a group that advocated using NATO as an instrument of U.S. military power. Recently, Finley co-signed an open letter stating that “the West must ratchet up serious sanctions against the Putin regime and immediately provide Ukraine with the full support, including military equipment and intelligence cooperation.”

 

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A controversial retired U.S. Army general and former drug czar under President Bill Clinton, Barry McCaffery is a TV pundit who featured prominently in a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times article about retired military officers who were debriefed by the Pentagon on messages to deliver during TV appearances. Discussing McCaffery’s track record, Jeremy Scahill says that he has “made a tremendous amount of money off of war contracting and then he's brought onto these networks and treated as just an objective observer.” 

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Former governor of Arkansas and evangelical pastor Mike Huckabee has suspended his presidential campaign after a dismal showing in the Iowa caucuses, which he won in his 2008 campaign. Huckabee was rumored to be weighing an endorsement of Donald Trump, though when asked about it the former governor said “that’s nonsense.”

 

 

 

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) suspended his Republican presidential campaign after finishing near the bottom during the Iowa caucuses. He has endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for the nomination, who like Santorum advocates a staunchly hawkish foreign policy. Santorum says he supports Rubio because the Florida senator is “a candidate that espouses the values we believe in … someone who has a real understanding of the threat of ISIS.”

 

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Arthur Waldron is a professor of international relations at the University of Pennsylvania and a well-known China hawk. In a recent email to Right Web, Waldron wrote, “I can only express gratitude for the care and accuracy with which you track my activities.” He wittily added: “Occasionally when I can’t remember, I look you up.” Waldron appears to be concerned about the numerous associations with neoconservative groups that his Right Web profile documents, writing: “I am NOT a neoconservative, in favor of U.S. intervention all over the place. I am a conservative who thinks we should identify carefully what is and is not our interest. My basic passion is human rights, even for the Chinese.”

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Since dropping out of the GOP primary contest, überhawk Senator Lindsey Graham has promoted the candidacy of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. He has also repeatedly lambasted other candidates, including in particular frontrunners Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz. Trump, according to Graham, “make no sense.”

 

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From the Wires

February 09, 2016

Billionaire Republican mega donor Sheldon Adelson’s media properties have come out strongly in support of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).


February 01, 2016

Middle East instability is in large part due to past dictators centralizing the state around themselves and a small cadre of elites.


January 31, 2016

More should be demanded of the 2016 presidential candidates than mindless bluster or vacuous pronouncements on the Middle East.


January 22, 2016

Similar to her 2008 attacks against Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton is now criticizing Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) for his advocacy of diplomacy with Iran.


January 21, 2016

Neoconservative columnists like the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens continue to use the same discredited arguments to defend U.S. support for the staunchly authoritarian Saudi regime.


January 21, 2016

Rightwing foreign policy hawks have applied a double standard in their comments on the prisoner exchange between Iran and the United States.


January 17, 2016

The Iran nuclear deal was not a “triumph” for the sanctions policy against Iran, but rather was due to pragmatic Iranian elites viewing it as in their country’s interest.


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