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Quitting the Mideast?; Daniel Pipes; the Al-Qaida Gambit

FEATURED ARTICLE Time to Ignore the Middle East? By Leon Hadar If a Democrat wins the 2008 presidency, one should not be surprised to discover that the major element in the neoconservative agenda—maintaining U.S. military and diplomatic hegemony in the Middle East—will likely remain alive and well, producing the never-ending vicious circle: more U.S. military…

FEATURED ARTICLE

Time to Ignore the Middle East?
By Leon Hadar

If a Democrat wins the 2008 presidency, one should not be surprised to discover that the major element in the neoconservative agenda—maintaining U.S. military and diplomatic hegemony in the Middle East—will likely remain alive and well, producing the never-ending vicious circle: more U.S. military interventions, leading to more anti-U.S. terrorism, resulting in more regime changes. It’s time for "constructive disengagement" from the Middle East. U.S. policymakers need to recognize that U.S. military intervention there only ignites anti-Americanism in the form of international terrorism . Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

Middle East Forum
The Middle East Forum, a creation of hardline neocon Daniel Pipes, champions U.S. intervention in the Middle East and knocks scholars who are critical of Israel.

Daniel Pipes
The scion of a long-standing neoconservative family, Pipes runs the anti-Islamist Middle East Forum and promotes efforts to discredit professors who are critical of Israel.

U.S. Committee for a Free Lebanon
The now largely defunct USCFL was part of a network of tightly linked hardline groups that helped champion an expansive war on terror in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Ziad Abdelnour
A private equity banker, Abdelnour has worked closely with neocons like Daniel Pipes to push for U.S. intervention in Syria.

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The Al-Qaida Gambit?
By Gareth Porter

Blaming Tehran for al-Qaida attacks could be the gambit used by the United States to justify bombing Iran. Read full story.

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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.”


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Increasingly, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are positioned as rivals, each with pretensions to Middle Eastern influence or even hegemony. It’s not clear whether they can continue to coexist without one or the other—or both—backing down. This has made it more difficult for the United States to maintain its ties with both countries.


What does President Trump’s recent nomination of retired Army General John Abizaid to become the next U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia signify? Next to nothing — and arguably quite a lot.


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…


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The contradictions in Donald Trump’s foreign policy create opportunities for both rivals and long-standing (if irritated) US allies to challenge American influence. But Trump’s immediate priority is political survival, and his actions in the international arena are of little concern to his domestic supporters.


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