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The Romney/Ryan Foreign Policy Team

On Tuesday, the U.S. public goes to the polls to select the next U.S. president. What would a Mitt Romney foreign policy team look like? Who might be invited to serve as his administration’s national security advisers? And which Mitt Romney would emerge after the election—the hawkish proponent of using U.S. military power abroad who appeared on the campaign trail, or the more dovish, “we can’t kill our way out of this mess” candidate who debated President Obama? For those doing a last minute reflection, here’s a list of profiles of key Romney campaign advisers, surrogates, and supporters.


Military Advisory Council Members


Foreign Policy Advisers


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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.”


Michael Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, has spurred criticism for his hawkish critiques of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, with some saying his comments are out of line for a former military leader.


Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate mogul and 2016 GOP presidential candidate, is known for racist and reactionary rhetoric, in addition to his ignorance about nuclear weapons strategy, Middle East conflicts, and the value of allies.


Former Rep. Vin Weber (R-MN) is a “superlobbyist” who has supported a number of pro-war advocacy campaigns over the years, including those spearheaded by the Project for the New American Century.


The bingo magnate and notorious backer of Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories, Irving Moskowitz has also funded the campaigns of rightwing U.S. politicians like Florida Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.


Former Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) was among the most strident Israel boosters and foreign policy hawks in Congress.


James Woolsey, a former CIA director who views the “war on terror” as the “Long War,” is chairman of the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies.


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From all outward appearances, AIPAC’s fundraising arm effectively pocketed the boost in fundraising revenue it enjoyed during the heated battle over the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.


The Israeli prime minister’s tells imaginary tales at the UN about meetings with Palestinians.


The unrelenting urge among American politicians to keep punishing Iran continues to work against sensible statecraft and U.S. interests.


The new U.S. aid deal for Israel is the largest military aid package to any country in the history of U.S. security assistance, providing Israel $38 billion over ten years starting in 2019.


Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), a hardline Iran hawk who consistently opposes diplomatic efforts to constrain Iran’s nuclear program, had a change of heart when it came to seeking the release of Americans held in Iran.


Within days of the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration announced a “war on terror,” which included launching an air war in numerous hotspots across the globe. Almost 15 years have passed and that air war is still ongoing.


In a recent speech Hillary Clinton made American exceptionalism a major theme. She chose that theme in part because it would enable her to criticize Donald Trump, who has said he doesn’t like the term.


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