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The New Politics of Political Aid in Venezuela
By Tom Barry

By continuing to push its objectives through groups associated with the failed coup in Venezuela, the United States is making sure that it remains a distrusted voice in Venezuela and the rest of Latin America. A more constructive U.S. foreign policy would include an expression of support for a country’s self-determination and use normal diplomatic channels to press views about democracy, media freedom, and human rights. Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

National Endowment for Democracy
The NED has been one tool used in the Bush administration’s "forward strategy of freedom," including efforts to overturn undesirable democratically elected governments.

International Republican Institute
The IRI, an arm of the National Endowment for Democracy is, according to one observer, "one more tool in the Bush administration’s arsenal for regime change by any means available."

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Sowing Division or Making Peace?
By Jim Lobe

President George W. Bush’s recent efforts to push a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and hold a regional Mideast peace conference are too little, too late. Read full story .

Right Web Profile: Conrad Black
The former media mogul was convicted in mid-July on several counts of fraud but plans to appeal; his old shareholders still want their day in court.

Right Web Profile: William Bennett
The former secretary of education and self-proclaimed "moral compass" of America, Bennett links restricting immigration to winning the "war on terror."

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Although sometimes characterized as a Republican “maverick” for his bipartisan forays into domestic policy, Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is one of the Senate’s more vocal hawks.


Former CIA director Michael Hayden, a stalwart advocate of the Bush-era policies on torture and warrantless wiretapping, has been a vocal critic of Donald Trump


The former GOP presidential candidate and Speaker of the House has been a vociferous proponent of the idea that the America faces an existential threat from “Islamofascists.”


David Albright is the founder of the Institute for Science and International Security, a non-proliferation think tank whose influential analyses of nuclear proliferation issues in the Middle East have been the source of intense disagreement and debate.


A right-wing Christian and governor of Kansas, Brownback previously served in the U.S. Senate, where he gained a reputation as a leading social conservative as well as an outspoken “pro-Israel” hawk on U.S. Middle East policy.


Steve Forbes, head of the Forbes magazine empire, is an active supporter of a number of militarist policy organizations that have pushed for aggressive U.S. foreign policies.


Stephen Hadley, an Iraq War hawk and former national security adviser to President George W. Bush, now chairs the U.S. Institute for Peace.


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The Trump administration appears to have been surprised by this breach among its friends in the critical Gulf strategic area. But it is difficult to envision an effective U.S. role in rebuilding this Humpty-Dumpty.


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A recent vote in the European Parliament shows how President Trump’s relentless hostility to Iran is likely to isolate Washington more than Tehran.


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The head of the Institute for Science and International Security—aka “the Good ISIS”—recently demonstrated again his penchant for using sloppy analysis as a basis for politically explosive charges about Iran, in this case using a faulty translation from Persian to misleadingly question whether Tehran is “mass producing advanced gas centrifuges.”


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Trump has exhibited a general preference for authoritarians over democrats, and that preference already has had impact on his foreign policy. Such an inclination has no more to do with realism than does a general preference for democrats over authoritarians.


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The President went to the region as a deal maker and a salesman for American weapon manufacturing. He talked about Islam, terrorism, Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict without the benefit of expert advice in any of these areas. After great showmanship in Riyadh, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem, he and his family left the region without much to show for or to benefit the people of that war-torn region.


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Although the Comey memo scandal may well turn out to be what brings Trump down, this breach of trust may have had more lasting effect than any of Trump’s other numerous misadventures. It was an unprecedented betrayal of Israel’s confidence. Ironically, Trump has now done what even Barack Obama’s biggest detractors never accused him of: seriously compromised Israel’s security relationship with the United States.


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Congress and the public acquiesce in another military intervention or a sharp escalation of one of the U.S. wars already under way, perhaps it’s time to finally consider the true costs of war, American-style — in lives lost, dollars spent, and opportunities squandered. It’s a reasonable bet that never in history has a society spent more on war and gotten less bang for its copious bucks.


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