Right Web - March 07, 2014
Randy Scheunemann is a well-connected Washington lobbyist and neoconservative activist. A former director of the Project for the New American Century, Scheunemann is also well known as the foreign policy adviser charged with counseling the neophyte Sarah Palin for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. Scheunemann’s influence on Palin resurfaced in 2014 when Palin claimed to have predicted back in 2008 that Russia would invade Ukraine if then-Sen. Obama were elected president. “Do you think those were actually [Palin’s] own thoughts,” wondered one critic, “or ones crafted by John McCain’s top foreign policy advisor, Randy Scheunemann, a neocon who was both a paid lobbyist for Georgia and supporter of Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi charlatan who helped Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney gull the American people into a misbegotten war?”
Right Web - March 06, 2014
Dennis Ross, a controversial former diplomat who served in the Obama administration before retreating to a “pro-Israel” think tank, is a vocal Democratic advocate of leveraging the threat of war to exact concessions from Iran over its nuclear program. Recently, Ross linked the issue to the crisis in Ukraine, arguing that the Obama administration should retaliate against Russia for its intervention in Ukraine in order to placate Israel and Saudi Arabia—foes of Iran who, according to Ross, “believe that the U.S. is increasingly reluctant to act in the face of regional challenges”—even if it means ending Russian cooperation in international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.
Right Web - March 04, 2014
Ruth Wedgwood, a SAIS professor and vice chair of the neoconservative Freedom House, is a staunch defender of the "war on terror” who has supported controversial policies that encroach on civil liberties and human rights, including military tribunals, indefinite detention of terrorism suspects, and the PATRIOT Act. Wedgwood has accused Iran of developing nuclear weapons and expressed support for the MEK, a controversial Iranian dissident group long considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government and likened by its critics to a cult.
Right Web - February 26, 2014
Amoretta Hoeber is a military consultant and a former Reagan defense official who has opposed international agreements to ban chemical weapons. She currently heads AMH Consulting, a Maryland-based firm that advises companies seeking military contracts. During the Iraq War, Hoeber lent credence to the false accusation that Saddam Hussein was stockpiling chemical weapons—without mentioning that her own firm had secured a contract to remove them.
Right Web - February 25, 2014
Weekly Standard editor William Kristol seems nostalgic for the Cold War. During a recent appearance on ABC, he lamented that President Obama didn’t seem to show proper reverence for that “war” when he argued that Syria and Ukraine are not pieces on a “Cold War chessboard.” Kristol said, "So, look; it's nice for President Obama to say it's not a Cold War chessboard. I don't know why he says that with some disdain. That was not an ignoble thing for us to play on that chessboard for 45 years. We ended up winning that Cold War." He added, "And I do think Putin thinks he's playing chess. He thinks he's playing even a rougher game than chess and we have to be able to match it.”
Right Web - February 25, 2014
Israel's newest ambassador to the United States is Ron Dermer, a U.S.-born political consultant and close confidante of Benjamin Netanyahu who has been described as "Bibi's brain." A former pollster who worked on Newt Gingrich's "Contract with America," Dermer boasts extensive connections within the Republican Party establishment, reportedly coordinating Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign visit to Israel and serving as a liaison to GOP super-donor Sheldon Adelson. Dermer, who as a columnist for the Jerusalem Post repeatedly disparaged Palestinians and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, is also the coauthor of the 2004 book The Case for Democracy, a neoconservative tome that is said to have been deeply influential to President George W. Bush's "freedom agenda."
Right Web - February 24, 2014
Mark Dubowitz is a widely quoted advocate for U.S. sanctions on Iran. As the executive director of the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Dubowitz has opposed loosening U.S. sanctions as nuclear negotiations with Iran proceed. Insisting—contrary to the assessment of the U.S. intelligence community—that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon, Dubowitz has opposed any nuclear agreement that would allow Iran to enrich uranium on its oil soil even for peaceful purposes, a sovereign right Tehran claims under the Nonproliferation Treaty. Dubowitz has also promoted military intervention in Syria's civil war, calling it "an enormous opportunity to strike a blow" at Iran and musing that widespread sectarian violence in Syria "is not necessarily a bad thing."