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Tanter, Raymond

Tanter, founder of the hawkish Iran Policy Committee, is an ardent support of the controversial Mujahedin-e Khalq, an Iranian opposition group that was listed by the State Department as a terrorist organization.

Academi LLC (formerly Xe and Blackwater Worldwide)

Academi LLC is a controversial private military contractor that was formerly called Blackwater Worldwide and later Xe Services LLC.

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.

Thiessen, Marc

Marc Thiessen, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, is a Washington Post columnist and American Enterprise Institute visiting fellow known for his defense of hawkish U.S. security and defense policies, including “enhanced interrogation techniques."

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.

From the Wires
The US Must Do Less To Resolve the Israel-Palestine Conflict

October, 24 2014

The U.S. bears enormous responsibility for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and needs to do less, in terms of its overriding commitment to Israel, to resolve this conflict.

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.

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