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

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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.

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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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Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), former chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, is a leading ”pro-Israel” hawk in Congress.


Brigette Gabriel, an anti-Islamic author and activist, is the founder of the right-wing group ACT! for America.


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.


Frank Gaffney, director of the hardline neoconservative Center for Security Policy, is a longtime advocate of aggressive U.S. foreign policies, bloated military budgets, and confrontation with the Islamic world.


Shmuley Boteach is a “celebrity rabbi” known for his controversial “pro-Israel” advocacy.


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.


Huntsman, the millionaire scion of the Huntsman chemical empire, is a former Utah governor who served as President Obama’s first ambassador to China and was a candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.


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AIPAC has done more than just tolerate the U.S. tilt toward extreme and often xenophobic views. Newly released tax filings show that the country’s biggest pro-Israel group financially contributed to the Center for Security Policy, the think-tank that played a pivotal role in engineering the Trump administration’s efforts to impose a ban on Muslim immigration.


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It would have been hard for Trump to find someone with more extreme positions than David Friedman for U.S. ambassador to Israel.


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Just as the “bogeyman” of the Mexican rapist and drug dealer is used to justify the Wall and mass immigration detention, the specter of Muslim terrorists is being used to validate gutting the refugee program and limiting admission from North Africa, and Southwest and South Asia.


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Although the mainstream media narrative about Trump’s Russia ties has been fairly linear, in reality the situation appears to be anything but.


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Reagan’s military buildup had little justification, though the military was rebuilding after the Vietnam disaster. Today, there is almost no case at all for a defense budget increase as big as the $54 billion that the Trump administration wants.


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The very idea of any U.S. president putting his personal financial interests ahead of the U.S. national interest is sufficient reason for the public to be outraged. That such a conflict of interest may affect real U.S. foreign policy decisions is an outrage.


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The new US administration is continuing a state of war that has existed for 16 years.


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