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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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Former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO), a stalwart advocate of Pentagon spending now based at the right-wing Heritage Foundation, says he would have voted for the Iraq War even if he had known the Bush administration’s claims about WMDs were false.


Mike Pompeo (R-KS) is a conservative Republican congressman who was voted into office as part of the “tea party” surge in 2011 and nominated by Donald Trump to be director of the CIA.


Although better known for his domestic platform promoting “limited” government, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has expressed strong sympathies for projecting U.S. military power abroad.


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.


Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) was one of Congress’s staunchest foreign policy hawks and a “pro-Israel” hardliner.


A self-styled terrorism “expert” who claims that the killing of Osama bin Laden strengthened Al Qaeda, former right-wing Lebanese militia member Walid Phares wildly claims that the Obama administration gave the Muslim Brotherhood “the green light” to sideline secular Egyptians.


Weekly Standard editor and PNAC cofounder Bill Kristol is a longtime neoconservative activist and Washington political operative.


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