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Obama and Netanyahu—Friends Again?

By Jim Lobe

Described as a “meaningless PR exercise” by one prominent observer, this week’s meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appears to have been little more than an opportunity for the two leaders to reassure their domestic audiences. Or was it a clever ruse by Obama aimed at forcing Netanyahu’s hand on the Palestinian-Israeli front? Read full article.


Caroline Glick

An editor for the right-wing Jerusalem Post and fellow at the neocon Center for Security Policy, Glick has recently gotten into the parody business, producing a video that makes light of the people killed during the Israeli raid on the Palestinian aid flotilla.

Leon Wieseltier

The longtime literary editor of the New Republic, Wieseltier often aligns himself with neoconservatives, including his efforts to ostracize critics of Israel by suggesting they are antisemitic.

Abram Shulsky

Shulsky, a former Pentagon advisor and well known Leo Strauss scholar, uses his perch at the neocon Hudson Institute to criticize Obama’s arms control efforts.

Eric Edelman

The former Dick Cheney advisor now advises the neocon Foreign Policy Initiative and is a fellow at Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

Lawrence Kadish

A former chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Lawrence Kadish has been a prominent backer of a number of neoconservative and right-wing “pro-Israel” groups.

Martin Anderson

Anderson, author a recent book on Ronald Reagan, is a fellow at the Hoover Institution and a veteran foreign policy hawk whose career has included serving four Republican presidents.


IAEA Official Pushed False Iran Intel

A recently removed high-level IAEA official was notorious for using suspect intel to promote the view that Iran has been pursuing a covert nuclear weapons program.

Right-Wing Israel Lobby Riding High in Election Run-Up

Despite increasing international condemnation of the actions of Israel’s Likud-led government, the right-wing leadership of the “Israel Lobby” in Washington is riding a wave of recent victories.

Obama Still Globally Popular, But Doubts Grow in Muslim World

Although President Obama’s popularity around the globe remains high, a recent poll shows considerable disillusionment with the direction of his foreign policies in the Middle East.

Switch to Petraeus Betrays Afghan Policy Crisis

Ostensibly a result of the indiscreet comments by General McChrystal and his aides, the switch from McChrystal to General Petraeus was clearly the result of White House unhappiness with McChrystal’s handling of the Afghan war.

U.S. Congress Approves Strong Unilateral Sanctions on Iran

Both houses of Congress approved a sweeping unilateral sanctions package again Iran this week that raises to a new level Washington’s confrontation with Tehran.

OBAMA: Whither Foreign Policy Reform?

A year and a half into the presidency of Barack Obama, any hopes that he would usher in a dramatic rethinking of U.S. foreign policy have been more or less definitively dashed.


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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).

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