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Tracking militarists’ efforts to influence U.S. foreign policy

Disappearing Diplomacy, Paul Vallely, Michael Gerson, and more

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Disappearing Diplomacy
By 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 Guard Corps "a foreign terrorist organization." Among those supporting the amendment, which was co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), was Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY). Read full story.

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Michael Gerson
A former speechwriter for President Bush, Gerson, an outspoken evangelical and newspaper columnist, says that the "war on terror" is really a war against evil.

Paul Vallely
The retired general and Fox News analyst, who once coauthored a military paper on "MindWar," likens the war on terror to a football game.

Freedom’s Watch
Initially devoted to supporting the "surge" in Iraq, Freedom’s Watch, the neocon-linked pro-war group headed by Ari Fleischer and other high-profile conservatives, is now spending its energy highlighting the Iranian "threat."

Randy Scheunemann
Called John McCain’s "bulldog," Scheunemann, a former board member of the Project for the New American Century, serves as the senator’s point person on the Iraq War for his presidential campaign.

Lynne Cheney
Lynne Cheney, wife of the VP and former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a longtime rightist activist based at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

Michael Rubin
Rubin, a scholar at AEI and former Bush administration adviser, is one of the loudest neoconservative voices calling for intervention in Iran.

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As the United States enters the second spring of the Trump era, it’s creeping ever closer to more war. McMaster and Mattis may have written the National Defense Strategy that over-hyped the threats on this planet, but Bolton and Pompeo will have the opportunity to address these inflated threats in the worst way possible: by force of arms.


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