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The Right Gets Feverish over Siberia; Profiles on Andrew C. McCarthy, J. Michael Waller, and more

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Whose Siberia?

By Alec Dubro

Siberia’s forbidden hinterlands have long been a source of friction between Russia and China. In recent years, however, the idea that a horde of Asian invaders stands ready to reclaim this land for the Middle Kingdom has inspired the fevered minds of both right-wing Americans and Russian nationalists. Nevertheless, tensions along the eastern Siberian frontier are just that—tensions. And there is nothing to indicate that Beijing sees a suicidal invasion as preferable to simply buying Siberian resources, and letting the Russians live with isolation, cold, and summer mosquitoes. But then again, conspiratorial minds will always discount the likely explanation in favor of an apocalyptic one. Read full article.

 

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Andrew C. McCarthy

The National Review writer and former federal prosecutor thinks that all “Islamists,” both peaceful and violent, intend to overthrow the U.S. government.

J. Michael Waller

Waller, a neoconservative academic at the Institute of World Politics, uses his blogs to hype purported threats about sharia law and to promote the argument that the United States should “snatch” the founder of WikiLeaks and pursue espionage charges against him.

American Security Council

Once described as the “heart and soul of the military-industrial complex,” the American Security Council was an influential old-guard conservative group during the early Cold War whose coalition-building efforts prefigured the work of neoconservative groups like the Project for the New American Century.

Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs

An academic center of the American conservative movement, the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs has been a vigorous defender of the war on terrorism and an unequivocal supporter of militarist Israeli policies.

Institute of World Politics

The Institute of World Politics is a Washington, D.C.-based graduate school closely tied to right-wing networks in the United States.

 

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney was a leading framer of the “global war on terror” and a staunch supporter of aggressive U.S. military action around the world.


Mike Pompeo, the Trump administration’s second secretary of state, is a long time foreign policy hawk and has led the public charge for an aggressive policy toward Iran.


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Norm Coleman is chair of the Republican Jewish Coalition and a former senator from Minnesota known for his hawkish views on foreign policy.


Billionaire hedge fund mogul Paul Singer is known for his predatory business practices and support for neoconservative causes.


Keith Kellogg, national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, is a passionate supporter of Trump’s foreign policy.


Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the largest “pro-Israel” advocacy group in the United States, is known for its zealous Christian Zionism and its growing influence in the Republican Party.


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