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Globetrotting Mitt and Freewheeling Bachmann

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Mitt Romney

After beginning his ill-advised overseas campaign trip by insulting a key U.S. ally on its planning for the Olympics—which left even Karl Rove shaking his head—the presumptive Republican presidential nominee proceeded to antagonize a without-which-not partner of any Middle East peace process by calling Jerusalem the capital of Israel and arguing that Palestinian suffering was in effect an indication of Israeli greatness.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann has become a willing mouthpiece on Capitol Hill for Islamophobic-driven conspiracy theories, including the suggestion that a close aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is connected to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)

One blogger coined the term “going the full Cantor” to denote one-sided and disproportional support for Israel in honor of Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Pamela Geller

The acerbic anti-Islamic activist Pamela Geller thinks that President Obama is attempting to restore “the universal caliphate” and has declared Mitt Romney “unfit to be president” for suggesting that “Islam is not an inherently violent faith.”

Jeffrey Gedmin

Jeffrey Gedmin, an early supporter of the Bush administration’s neoconservative agenda, has focused in recent years on soft-power tactics, including “surrogate broadcasting” and free-trade agreements.


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The Foreign Policy Initiative, founded in 2009 by a host of neoconservative figures, was a leading advocate for a militaristic and Israel-centric U.S. foreign policies.


Billionaire investor Paul Singer is the founder and CEO of the Elliott Management Corporation and an important funder of neoconservative causes.


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


Ron Dermer is the Israeli ambassador to the United States and a close confidante of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Blackwater Worldwide founder Erik Prince is notorious for his efforts to expand the use of private military contractors in conflict zones.


U.S. Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis is a retired U.S Marine Corps general and combat veteran who served as commander of U.S. Central Command during 2010-2013 before being removed by the Obama administration reportedly because of differences over Iran policy.


Mark Dubowitz, an oft-quoted Iran hawk, is the executive director of the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies.


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