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Griffin, Chris

Chris Griffin, the executive director of the neoconservative Foreign Policy Initiative, has also worked as a legislative director for Sen. Joe Lieberman and as a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Reiss, Mitchell

Former diplomat Mitchell Reiss has been an advocate for the MEK and has been critical of the Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Woolsey, James

James Woolsey, a former CIA director who views the “war on terror” as the “Long War,” is chairman of the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Takeyh, Ray

Ray Takeyh is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former official in the Obama State Department who some observers regard as Washington’s “go-to” Iran analyst.

Carter, Ashton

Ashton Carter, an academic and longtime Pentagon bureaucrat who served as deputy secretary of defense in the Barack Obama administration, has a history of supporting controversial counter-proliferation proposals.

From the Wires
US Airdrops to Kobani Kurds Mark New Stage in ISIL Conflict

October, 21 2014

Obama’s decision to airdrop new weapons and supplies to Kurdish fighters in the besieged town of Kobani has been praised by Republican hawks, who have called for much stronger action, including no-fly zones and attacks on Syrian military targets.

Gaza and the Bipartisan War on Human Rights

October, 21 2014

Democrats and Republicans in Washington have been swift in their efforts to discredit human rights groups who have criticized the Israeli government’s talking points on Gaza.

OPINION: The US and a Crumbling Levant

October, 15 2014

The crumbling Levant poses a greater danger than ISIL and must be addressed first and foremost by the states of the region.

Bookends of America’s Broken Regional Policy

October, 15 2014

America’s Cold-War era Middle East policy of relying on a cast of autocratic states plus Israel must change.

US Policy Towards Iran Played Big Role in Rise of Sunni Extremism

October, 14 2014

The longstanding U.S. policy of not engaging Iran and working to contain its influence in the Middle East has in fact contributed to rising sectarian tensions and extremism in the region.

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