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The Fall of the Mideast Agenda; Chertoff; Horowitz; Prager; Gershman

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Blowback, from Pakistan to Palestine
By Jim Lobe | June 20, 2007

Four years after embarking on a neoconservative-inspired agenda of reshaping the Middle East, beginning with the invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration is now beset by crises across the globe. Read full story.

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Michael Chertoff
The front man for President Bush’s immigration reform plans, Chertoff is also a staunch defender of the tactics employed by the administration in waging the "war on terror."

Carl Gershman
Like other promoters of the Bush administration’s "forward strategy of freedom," Gershman, head of the National Endowment for Democracy, has had second thoughts about the best way to promote this agenda.

Dennis Prager
The conservative radio talk show host and champion of the Iraq War argues that the United States must stay there to finish the job.

David Horowitz
A former California liberal associated with the Black Panthers, Horowitz eventually moved his politics to the far right, making outlandish comments about liberals and attacking progressive academics.

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Bret Stephens is a columnist for the New York Times who previously worked at the Wall Street Journal and the neoconservative flagship magazine Commentary.


Joe Lieberman, the neoconservative Democrat from Connecticut who retired from the Senate in 2013, co-chairs a foreign policy project at the American Enterprise Institute.


The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney has emerged as the most visible advocate of hardline security policies in the Cheney family.


Former attorney general Edwin Meese, regarded as one of President Ronald Reagan’s closest advisers despite persistent allegations of influence peddling and bribery during his tenure, has been a consummate campaigner on behalf of rightist U.S. foreign and domestic policies. He currently serves as a distinguished visiting fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution.


The Heritage Foundation, a mainstay of the right-wing advocacy community, has long pressured the United States to adopt militaristic U.S. foreign policies


David Addington, who helped author the “torture memos” and other controversial legal documents while serving as an aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, left the right-wing Heritage Foundation to become VP and general counsel for the National Federation of Independent Business, a business lobby.


Former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO), a stalwart advocate of Pentagon spending now based at the right-wing Heritage Foundation, says he would have voted for the Iraq War even if he had known the Bush administration’s claims about WMDs were false.


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