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Tea Partiers v Neocons: Whither US Foreign Policy after the Midterms?

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Standard Operating Procedures: How the Neocons Are Co-opting the Tea Party

By Scott McConnell

The midterm elections have been hailed as a victory for the Tea Party, whose anti-establishment revolt seems to have captured the nation’s zeitgeist. However, while much has been written about the impact this new movement will have on U.S. domestic politics, much less has been said about the challenge the Tea Party poses to the militarist foreign policy wing of the conservative establishment. The neoconservatives, however, have taken notice. They have been busy doing what they do best—endeavoring to co-opt a rival political faction before it becomes a threat. But will the neocons’ stratagems work this time around? Read full article.

 

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A Progressive-Tea Party Foreign Policy Coalition? Don’t Hold Your Breath

By Peter Certo

Speculation about Tea Partiers cooperating with progressives on foreign policy is interesting but ultimately unconvincing. Read full article.

Obama Foreign Policy Likely to Face Republican Challenges

By Jim Lobe

While foreign policy issues played almost no role in last Tuesday's election results, the historic Republican landslide will almost certainly make President Obama's vision of a more positive U.S. role in international affairs more difficult to pursue. Read full article.

 

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FreedomWorks

FreedomWorks is one of several establishment Republican Party –aligned groups that have endeavored to claim the mantle of the Tea Party revolt.

Americans for Victory over Terrorism

Founded shortly after 9/11, the Claremont Institute-based Americans for Victory over Terrorism champions “victory” in the “war on terrorism,” in part by promoting “research about Islam and Islamism” and “attacking those who would blame America first.”

Ideas in Action

Ideas in Action is a rightist TV program co-produced by the George W. Bush Institute and Grace Creek Media that often features prominent neoconservatives opining on U.S. domestic and foreign policy.

James Glassman

Conservative journalist and diplomat best known for his prediction, made just before the stock market dropped, that the Dow Jones was on the verge of a tremendous upsurge, James Glassman is a former American Enterprise Institute fellow who hosts the TV show Ideas in Action and directs the George W. Bush Institute.

Mark Kirk

Because of his close ties to the “Israel lobby,” the Republican Senator-elect from Illinois has been dubbed “AIPAC’s Million Dollar Baby.”

Mark Palmer

A former diplomat and longstanding democracy promoter who has supported the work of several neoconservative advocacy groups, Palmer has been a vociferous critic of the Obama administration’s track record in supporting internet freedom in China and Iran.

 

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The evidence hawks are using to push for attacking Iran from the recent Wikileaks documents dump isn’t all that it seems.

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