Right Web - December 3, 2016
The unsuccessful Republican presidential candidate and erstwhile Donald Trump critic, Sen. Cruz has begun to embrace the real estate magnate, including backing Trump’s controversial decision to take a phone call from the president of Taiwan. Rushing to Trump’s defense, Cruz tweeted: “I would much rather have Donald Trump talking to President Tsai than to Cuba’s Raul Castro or Iran’s Hasan Rouhani. This is an improvement.”
Right Web - November 29, 2016
Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser recently co-authored a fear-mongering screed with a discredited neocon ideologue that urges the United States to fight a global, multi-generational war against an alleged alliance of jihadists and Russians. Asked by one commentator why Russia would join jihadists it was combatting, Flynn said that using the word “alliance” was “a simpler way to explain the relationships.”
Right Web - November 28, 2016
Michael Ledeen, a long-standing neoconservative activist known for his diatribes about “Islamofascists,” published a book earlier this year with Donald Trump’s national security adviser that argues that the United States must engage in a multi-generational war against a “formidable” alliance of jihadists and former Cold War foes like Cuba that may require sending in troops to fight battles across the globe and synchronizing all resources “similar to the effort during World War II or the Cold War.”
Right Web - November 24, 2016
Many of the people under consideration for posts in the Trump administration have been outspoken boosters of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (Mojahedin-e Khalq-e Iran, or MEK), an Islamic- and Marxist-inspired militant organization that advocates the overthrow of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This could give the group the highest level government access its ever enjoyed, which as one writer puts it would be “a remarkable journey for a fringe Islamic-Marxist group that, until 2012, was on the State Department’s terrorism list for its role in assassinating Americans.”
Right Web - November 21, 2016
Donald Trump calls Mitt Romney a “choke artist.” Romney calls Trump a threat to “a safe and prosperous future.” But the two are reportedly discussing the possibility of making Romney secretary of state. While he is arguably a safer choice then John Bolton or Rudolf Giuliani, Romney’s failed 2012 election campaign revealed his proclivity for aggressive U.S. overseas intervention and eagerness to take advice from “pro-Israel” hardliners who would like nothing more than to see the Iran nuclear agreement fail.
Right Web - November 17, 2016
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), a leading foreign policy hawk in Congress, is rumored to be in the running for secretary of defense in the Trump administration. During the election campaign, Cotton was a firm Trump backer despite having key policy differences with the real estate mogul, and Trump claimed that Cotton was “high on the list for something.” Cotton is close to neoconservative figures like William Kristol and his political campaigns have been backed by rightwing “pro-Israel” megadonors, including Sheldon Adelson.
Right Web - November 17, 2016
Frank Gaffney, an anti-Islam ideologue who heads the neoconservative Center for Security Policy (CSP), argues that Donald Trump is “Reaganesque” in his foreign policy vision. Gaffney, who supports costly new weapons and defense programs, appears to be close to the Trump transition team, though there have been conflicting reports on whether he has a formal post. During the election campaign, Trump cited a debunked CSP public opinion “poll” about Muslims, prompting a CNN journalist to tell Trump that the network “wouldn’t even put that poll on the air,” stating that CSP was “a hack organization with a guy who was dismissed from the conservative circles for conspiracy theories. You know that.”