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It’s Not Really the Economy; Dealing with Damascus; John Ashcroft’s Payday; John Lehman, and more

FEATURED ARTICLE Bye, Bye Tora Bora; Hello Subprime MortgagesCommentary by Leon Hadar | December 21, 2007 The serious economic problems facing America are closely intertwined with the country’s foreign policyfailures in Iraq and elsewhere. And as Americans begin to recognize that maintaining a gigantic welfare-warfarestate is a costly proposition, the political candidates who awaken to…

FEATURED ARTICLE

Bye, Bye Tora Bora; Hello Subprime Mortgages
Commentary by Leon Hadar | December 21, 2007

The serious economic problems facing America are closely intertwined with the country’s foreign policyfailures in Iraq and elsewhere. And as Americans begin to recognize that maintaining a gigantic welfare-warfarestate is a costly proposition, the political candidates who awaken to this reality will be best placedto succeed in 2008. Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

John Ashcroft
The former attorney general has hit a post-government payday with a consulting firm and security-relatedboard positions.

John Lehman
A 9/11 commissioner and supporter of neoconservative outfits like the Project for the New AmericanCentury and the Center for Security Policy, Lehman’s most recent cause is to show the dangers of U.S.oil dependence.

ALSO NEW ON RIGHT WEB

Détente with Damascus?
By Khody Akhavi

While Annapolis may have opened the door to diplomacy, reality on the ground suggests that Syria willnot end its relationship with Iran, nor will it bend to international pressure regarding Lebanon. Read full story.

When Did He Know?
By Gareth Porter

The intelligence in the recent NIE on Iran’s nuclear program is anything but new, it seems, meaningthat President George W. Bush has likely known about it for some time. Read full story.

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The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), one of the more effective U.S. lobbying outfits, aims to ensure that the United States backs Israel regardless of the policies Israel pursues.


Donald Trump’s second attorney general, William Barr is the focus of a growing controversy over the Robert Mueller report because his decision to unilaterally declare that the the president had not obstructed justice during the Mueller investigation.


Gina Haspel is the first woman to hold the position of director of the CIA, winning her confirmation despite her history of involvement in torture during the Iraq War.


United against Nuclear Iran is a pressure group that attacks companies doing business in Iran and disseminates alarmist reports about the country’s nuclear program.


Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, is the president’s senior adviser, whose dealings with the Persian Gulf leaders have come under scrutiny for conflicts of interest.


Erik Prince, former CEO of the mercenary group Blackwater, continues to sell security services around the world as controversies over his work—including in China and the Middle East, and his alleged involvement in collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia—grow.


Robert Joseph played a key role in manipulating U.S. intelligence to support the invasion of Iraq and today is a lobbyist for the MEK.


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President Trump’s announcement that he would recognise Israeli sovereignty over the western part of the Golan Heights destroys the negotiating basis for any future peace between Israel and Syria. It also lays the groundwork for a return to a world without territorial integrity for smaller, weaker countries.


The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure mandating the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Saudi/UAE-led war against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The vote marks the first time since the War Powers Act of 1973 became law that both chambers of Congress have directed the president to withdraw American forces from a conflict.


The Trump administration’s failed “maximum pressure” approach to Iran and North Korea begs the question what the US president’s true objectives are and what options he is left with should the policy ultimately fail.


In the United States, it’s possible to debate any and every policy, domestic and foreign, except for unquestioning support for Israel. That, apparently, is Ilhan Omar’s chief sin.


While Michael Cohen mesmerized the House of Representatives and President Trump resumed his love affair with North Korea’s Kim Jong, one of the most dangerous state-to-state confrontations, centering in Kashmir, began to spiral out of control.


The Trump administration’s irresponsible withdrawal from the landmark Iran nuclear agreement undermined Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and emboldened hardliners who accused him of having been deceived by Washington while negotiating the agreement. However, the Iranian government could use the shock of Zarif’s resignation to push back against hardliners and take charge of both the domestic and foreign affairs of the country while Iran’s foreign opponents should consider the risks of destabilizing the government under the current critical situation.


Europe can play an important role in rebuilding confidence in the non-proliferation regime in the wake of the demise of the INF treaty, including by making it clear to the Trump administration that it wants the United States to refrain from deploying INF-banned missiles in Europe and to consider a NATO-Russian joint declaration on non-first deployment.


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