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The China Divide and the Future of the GOP

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The China Divide and the Future of the GOP

By Robert Farley

The issue of whither U.S. relations with China is an important test case for observing the divide between the free market and neoconservative wings of the Republican Party. Thus far, the GOP presidential candidates have largely failed to articulate a vision of China that comes anywhere close to reflecting the complexity of U.S.-Chinese relations. Among the leading candidates, Mitt Romney has arguably been the most aggressive in his discussion of China policy. Yet, his embrace of a hawkish line towards Beijing would appear to indicate that President Obama’s would-be challengers have not yet found an alternative vocabulary for talking and thinking about one of the critical foreign policy issues of the 2012 election. It seems clear that even though neoconservatives lack grassroots support, they offer what is effectively the only option for an “establishment” GOP candidate, a fact that could have lasting impact both on the viability of any Republican Party foreign policy platform as well as future U.S. decision-making vis-à-vis other hotspots like Iran, Israel, and North Korea. Read article.



Iran: Here We Go…

While neoconservative commentators have been clamoring that diplomacy doesn’t work with Iran, their allies in Congress have set to work ensuring that it won’t.



Middle East Media Research Institute

The “nonpartisan” MEMRI, which has received funding from the U.S. State Department and dozens of U.S.-based foundations, has drawn fire for its ties to neoconservative and anti-Islamic organizations, as well as for producing selective and at times inaccurate translations of Middle Eastern sources.

J.D. Gordon

Meet Herman Cain’s foreign policy guru.

Dennis Ross

The controversial Mideast adviser to the Obama administration announced that he was stepping down for family reasons and that he would take up his former perch at the “pro-Israel” Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

James Kirchick

Based at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, James Kirchick appears to want the U.S. military to be in a state of constant mobilization, continually seeking out “monsters” across the globe—though perhaps especially those threatening Israel—to destroy.

Lee Smith

Lee Smith, a writer at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, is perhaps best known for accusing critics of hardline Israeli policies—and U.S. support for them—of being “Jew-baiters.”

Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Another supposedly “non-partisan” think tank aligned against “militant Islamism,” the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies has established itself as a powerful repository of right-wing hawkishness, especially with respect to Israel and Iran.



“Israel’s Advocate” to Leave White House for Pro-Israel Think Tank

Dennis Ross, one of the Obama administration’s most pro-Israel Middle East advisers, is leaving his post to return to the neoconservative-linked WINEP.

Calls for New Sanctions, Air Strikes Follow IAEA Report

Hawks in Israel, Western Europe, and the U.S. Congress have Iran in their crosshairs since the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran may be developing a nuclear weapon.

“Who Lost Iraq” Debate Fails to Get Traction

Iraq war hawks have launched broadsides against the Obama administration for allowing the U.S. role in the conflict to wind down, but no one seems to be listening.



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