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PNAC Contributors and Signatories from the George H.W. Bush Administration

William Bennett

Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy

John Bolton

State Dept, Justice, and USAID USAID (Various Staff Positions)

Stephen Cambone

Director, Strategic Defense Policy, Office of Secretary of Defense

Richard Cheney

Secretary of Defense

Eliot Cohen

Policy Planning Staff for Secretary of Defense

Seth Cropsey

Principal Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict

Paula Dobriansky

Associate Director, Bureau of Policy and Programs, USIA

Francis Fukuyama

Policy Planning Staff, Department of State

Zalmay Khalilzad

Asstistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning

Jeane J. Kirkpatrick

President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (1985-93); Defense Policy Review Board (1985-93); Chair, Secretary of Defense Commission on Fail Safe and Risk Reduction

William Kristol

Aide to Vice President

I. Lewis Libby

Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Resources

Dan Quayle

Vice President

Peter Rodman

Special Asst. to President on National Security Affairs (1986-90); National Security Council (1987-90)

Henry Rowen

Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (1989-91)

William Schneider Jr.

President's General Advisory Committee on Arms Control & Disarmament, Chairman (1987-93)

Henry Sokolski

Deputy for Nonproliferation Policy, Defense Department

Paul Wolfowitz

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (1989-93); Coauthor of Defense Policy Guidance, 1992

James Woolsey

U.S. Rep. to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (1983)

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The millionaire pastor of the Cornerstone Church in Texas, John Hagee argues that U.S. support for Israel will play a “a pivotal role in the second coming” of Jesus. He has also risen to new prominence during the Trump administration.


Michael Gerson, an evangelical Christian who served as a chief aide and speechwriter in the George W. Bush White House, is a conservative columnist for the Washington Post and one of Donald Trump’s harshest critics on the right, calling him an “unhinged president.”


Robert Kagan, a cofounder of the Project for the New American Century, is a neoconservative policy pundit and historian based at the Brookings Institution.


Mira Ricardel, former weapons marketer for Boeing, is the deputy national security adviser under John Bolton. She is a well-known foreign policy hawk who has served in key positions in the administration of George W. Bush and, earlier, in the office of former Senator Robert Dole (R-KS).


Fred Fleitz left his role as chief of staff at the National Security Council under John Bolton to succeed notorious Islamophobe Frank Gaffney as president and CEO of the Center for Security Policy.


Brian Hook is the director of policy planning and senior policy advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and is the head of the Iran Action Group.


Haim Saban is a media mogul and major donor to the Democratic Party known for his hardline stance on Israel and opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.


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As the civilian death toll from Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen grows and the backlash against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s role in Khashoggi’s murder escalates, former Sen. Norm Coleman’s control of Republican Party campaign purse strings positions him as a key influencer of Republican congressional action, or inaction, in curtailing the increasingly aggressive and reckless actions of Saudi Arabia.


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The Donald Trump administration’s handling of nuclear negotiations with Saudi Arabia promises to lay bare some realities about security issues and nuclear programs in that part of the world that the administration has refused to acknowledge.


Eminent U.S. foreign policy expert Stephen Walt’s new book critique’s the “liberal hegemony” grand strategy that has dominated U.S. foreign policy since the end of the Cold War.


(Lobelog)  Retired Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz told LobeLog he will remain on the board of the Gatestone Institute, a right-wing think tank that receives money from Trump megadonors Robert and Rebekah Mercer and disseminates anti-Muslim and anti-refugee conspiracy theories. Last week, LobeLog reported that Dershowitz received $120,000 from the Gatestone Institute in 2017 and…


Jobs should not be an excuse to arm a murderous regime that not only appears to be behind the assassination of a U.S. resident and respected commentator but is also responsible for thousands of civilian casualties in Yemen—the majority killed with U.S-supplied bombs, combat aircraft, and tactical assistance.


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