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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.

 

FEATURED PROFILES

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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Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), former chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, is a leading ”pro-Israel” hawk in Congress.


Brigette Gabriel, an anti-Islamic author and activist, is the founder of the right-wing group ACT! for America.


The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), one of the more effective U.S. lobbying outfits, aims to ensure that the United States backs Israel regardless of the policies Israel pursues.


Frank Gaffney, director of the hardline neoconservative Center for Security Policy, is a longtime advocate of aggressive U.S. foreign policies, bloated military budgets, and confrontation with the Islamic world.


Shmuley Boteach is a “celebrity rabbi” known for his controversial “pro-Israel” advocacy.


United against Nuclear Iran is a pressure group that attacks companies doing business in Iran and disseminates alarmist reports about the country’s nuclear program.


Huntsman, the millionaire scion of the Huntsman chemical empire, is a former Utah governor who served as President Obama’s first ambassador to China and was a candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.


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