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Is It Palestine’s Turn? ALSO: Michael Rubin’s Private Jihad

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Is It Palestine’s Turn?

By Samer Araabi

The Palestinian people — and the rest of the world — have begun to realize that even an iron fist can only maintain its grip for so long. And yet, despite the widespread anger that led to the fall of the Mubarak regime in Egypt, Western powers are busily building its counterpart in the West Bank. Palestinian anger has become larger and more coordinated than many expected, and its “Mubarak moment” may be very close at hand. If the Arab revolutions empower Palestinians to build a mass movement for independence, and if the new Arab governments push Israel’s neighbors to play a more active role in the Palestinian struggle, then Israeli regional hegemony could be significantly compromised. Read article.


Michael Rubin’s Private Jihad

By Ali Gharib and Eli Clifton

In two recent entries on the blog of the neoconservative flagship magazine Commentary, Michael Rubin attacked a number of journalists and organizations for making use of Right Web profiles. Despite calling for a congressional investigation into PBS’s linking to Right Web profiles, Rubin fails to show how any of the profiles are “fake” or “conspiracy-riddled.” (Lobelog) Read article.



John Hannah

Hannah, a political pundit and former Dick Cheney advisor closely associated with the hawkish “pro-Israel” lobby, is now a senior fellow at the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Iran Strategy Task Force

In March 2011, with the United States engaged in several military conflicts across the Greater Middle East, Freedom House and the Progressive Policy Institute launched the Iran Strategy Task Force to push the Obama administration to aggressively pursue democratic change in Iran.

Office of Special Plans

Some former ideologues that worked in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy — home of the notorious Office of Special Plans — during the first George W. Bush administration appear eager to reshape history.

Chuck Nash

Nash is a Fox News analyst, executive for military contractors, and advisor to several rightwing advocacy organizations, including the Center for Security Policy.

William Van Cleave

Van Cleave is a former Pentagon official who has been closely associated with hawkish advocacy campaigns for decades, including efforts to derail the Obama administration’s passage of the New START Treaty with Russia.



Neocons Target Assad Regime

Despite opposition from the Obama administration and the apparent ambivalence on the part of Israel’s right-wing government, neoconservatives are pushing to have Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be the next domino to fall in the "Arab Spring.”

Obama Doctrine of Multilateralism on the Line in Libya

Does President Obama’s cautious, limited approach to intervention in Libya augur a new U.S. role in world affairs?



Re: Commentary Smears Right Web

As a Canadian I have found Right Web to be very useful and have passed it on to others of like-minded interests. I find that to have a request for Congress to investigate Frontline is really unwarranted and seems like a reverse smear campaign on their part — not to mention that shows like Frontline on PBS are at the forefront of the U.S. budget axe.

I wish you had more on Canadian corporate or individuals who have a vested interest in war mongering. Please know there are many Canadians who support your efforts. I am a person on disability pension so it is almost impossible for me to donate very much, so I spread the word as far and wide as I can.

Thank you for the hard work and research you do, it is vital now more than ever for the sake of democracy.

Terri Robson

Kimberley, Canada


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Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), President Trump’s nominee for secretary of state to replace Rex Tillerson, is a “tea party” Republican who previously served as director of the CIA.

Richard Goldberg is a senior adviser at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who served as a foreign policy aide to former Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL).

Reuel Marc Gerecht, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, has been advocating regime change in Iran since even before 9/11.

John Hannah, Dick Cheney’s national security adviser, is now a leading advocate for regime change in both Iran and Syria based at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Dennis Ross, a U.S. diplomat who served in the Obama administration, is a fellow at the “pro-Israel” Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Sheldon Adelson is a wealthy casino magnate known for his large, influential political contributions, his efforts to impact U.S. foreign policy discourse particularly among Republicans, and his ownership and ideological direction of media outlets.

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

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North Korea and Iran both understand the lesson of Libya: Muammar Qaddafi, a horrifyingly brutal dictator, gave up his nuclear weapons, was eventually ousted from power with large-scale US assistance, and was killed. However, while Iran has a long and bitter history with the United States, North Korea’s outlook is shaped by its near-total destruction by forces led by the United States in the Korean War.

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Europe loathes having to choose between Tehran and Washington, and thus it will spare no efforts to avoid the choice. It might therefore opt for a middle road, trying to please both parties by persuading Trump to retain the accord and Iran to limit missile ballistic programs and regional activities.

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Key members of Trump’s cabinet should recognize the realism behind encouraging a Saudi- and Iranian-backed regional security agreement because the success of such an agreement would not only serve long-term U.S. interests, it could also have a positive impact on numerous conflicts in the Middle East.

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Given that Israel failed to defeat Hezbollah in its war in Lebanon in 2006, it’s difficult to imagine Israel succeeding in a war against both Hezbollah and its newfound regional network of Shiite allies. And at the same time not only is Hezbollah’s missile arsenal a lot larger and more dangerous than it was in 2006, but it has also gained vast experience alongside its allies in offensive operations against IS and similar groups.

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Donald Trump should never be excused of responsibility for tearing down the respect for truth, but a foundation for his flagrant falsifying is the fact that many people would rather be entertained, no matter how false is the source of their entertainment, than to confront truth that is boring or unsatisfying or that requires effort to understand.

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It would be a welcome change in twenty-first-century America if the reckless decision to throw yet more unbelievable sums of money at a Pentagon already vastly overfunded sparked a serious discussion about America’s hyper-militarized foreign policy.

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President Trump and his advisers ought to ask themselves whether it is in the U.S. interest to run the risk of Iranian withdrawal from the nuclear agreement. Seen from the other side of the Atlantic, running that risk looks dumb.