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Mideast Hegemony Blowback; the “Theocons”; and Santorum is Back

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Is Washington Being Sidelined in the Mideast?
By Leon Hadar | February 20, 2007

When U.S. officials warn of the chaos that would follow a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, they are actually expressing their anxiety over their real nightmare scenario—a Middle East in which the United States is marginalized to a position of little power. But they seem to have found a solution: Attacking Iran. Read full story.

America’s Crusaders
By Tom Barry | February 23, 2007

A fervent blend of ideology and faith is spurring various factions of the American right to champion an imperial foreign policy that envisions the United States forever at war. Read full story.

NEW RIGHT WEB PROFILES—”THE THEOCONS”

Michael Novak
Novak, a so-called theocon who champions the idea that unrestrained capitalism aids social justice, has been a vocal proponent of the Iraq War and a critic of U.S. editors, whom he accuses of spreading enemy propaganda.

Richard John Neuhaus
The former activist pastor, who has the ear of the president, argues for a new containment strategy to deter radical Islam.

George Weigel
A senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and an early neocon trailblazer, Weigel argues that some Pentagon planners reflect Christian just-war principles better than U.S. bishops.

Institute on Religion and Democracy
One of a number of so-called Christian Reconstructionist groups, the neocon-aligned IRD fights the culture wars at home while supporting U.S. wars abroad.

Institute on Religion and Public Life
Established in 1989 by hardline “theocon” Richard Neuhaus, the IRPL bridges the divide between the neoconservatives and the Christian Right. It also publishes the religious journal First Things.

Ethics and Public Policy Center
Part of a web of religious-oriented policy institutes supporting neoconservative social and foreign policies, the EPPC’s newest program aims to warn the public of America’s growing list of enemies, with one of America’s leading far-right conservatives at the helm.

Rick Santorum
Santorum, a former Republican senator from Pennsylvania and a champion of right-wing social policies while in office, is the latest addition to the Ethics and Pubic Policy Center’s slate of conservative scholars and fellows, heading the center’s newly created “America’s Enemies” program.

SEE ALSO

Right Web Profile: Elliott Abrams
A former president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Abrams abetted the illegal effort to aid the Nicaraguan Contras during the Reagan presidency and today serves as a key member of the George W. Bush administration’s plank of Mideast ideologues intent on reshaping the region.

ALSO NEW ON RIGHT WEB

A Tale of Two Interventions
By Jim Lobe | February 20, 2007

The neocons beat the drums loudly for invading Iraq; their approach on Iran is far quieter and unfocused, yet should not be disregarded. Read full story.

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Although sometimes characterized as a Republican “maverick” for his bipartisan forays into domestic policy, Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is one of the Senate’s more vocal hawks.


Former CIA director Michael Hayden, a stalwart advocate of the Bush-era policies on torture and warrantless wiretapping, has been a vocal critic of Donald Trump


The former GOP presidential candidate and Speaker of the House has been a vociferous proponent of the idea that the America faces an existential threat from “Islamofascists.”


David Albright is the founder of the Institute for Science and International Security, a non-proliferation think tank whose influential analyses of nuclear proliferation issues in the Middle East have been the source of intense disagreement and debate.


A right-wing Christian and governor of Kansas, Brownback previously served in the U.S. Senate, where he gained a reputation as a leading social conservative as well as an outspoken “pro-Israel” hawk on U.S. Middle East policy.


Steve Forbes, head of the Forbes magazine empire, is an active supporter of a number of militarist policy organizations that have pushed for aggressive U.S. foreign policies.


Stephen Hadley, an Iraq War hawk and former national security adviser to President George W. Bush, now chairs the U.S. Institute for Peace.


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From the Wires

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The Trump administration appears to have been surprised by this breach among its friends in the critical Gulf strategic area. But it is difficult to envision an effective U.S. role in rebuilding this Humpty-Dumpty.


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A recent vote in the European Parliament shows how President Trump’s relentless hostility to Iran is likely to isolate Washington more than Tehran.


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The head of the Institute for Science and International Security—aka “the Good ISIS”—recently demonstrated again his penchant for using sloppy analysis as a basis for politically explosive charges about Iran, in this case using a faulty translation from Persian to misleadingly question whether Tehran is “mass producing advanced gas centrifuges.”


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Trump has exhibited a general preference for authoritarians over democrats, and that preference already has had impact on his foreign policy. Such an inclination has no more to do with realism than does a general preference for democrats over authoritarians.


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The President went to the region as a deal maker and a salesman for American weapon manufacturing. He talked about Islam, terrorism, Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict without the benefit of expert advice in any of these areas. After great showmanship in Riyadh, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem, he and his family left the region without much to show for or to benefit the people of that war-torn region.


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Although the Comey memo scandal may well turn out to be what brings Trump down, this breach of trust may have had more lasting effect than any of Trump’s other numerous misadventures. It was an unprecedented betrayal of Israel’s confidence. Ironically, Trump has now done what even Barack Obama’s biggest detractors never accused him of: seriously compromised Israel’s security relationship with the United States.


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Congress and the public acquiesce in another military intervention or a sharp escalation of one of the U.S. wars already under way, perhaps it’s time to finally consider the true costs of war, American-style — in lives lost, dollars spent, and opportunities squandered. It’s a reasonable bet that never in history has a society spent more on war and gotten less bang for its copious bucks.


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