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Tracking militarists’ efforts to influence U.S. foreign policy

Where the Candidates Stand; Plus, Profiles on Norman Podhoretz, George Weigel, Paul Wolfowitz, Amore

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An Early Look Ahead
By John Isaacs

Three major contenders remain in the race for the White House. What can we expect from McCain, Clinton, and Obama on national security issues? John Isaacs gives a rundown of the candidates’ stances on everything from the Iraq War to the U.S.-India nuclear deal.Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

George Weigel
In a recent book, Weigel, a leading Catholic neoconservative, argues that atheism is undermining Western civilization’s will to confront the “existential threat” posed by “jihadism.”

Norman Podhoretz
A staunch supporter of the Iraq War and of Bush’s doctrine of preemptive war, Commentary editor at large and former Giuliani campaign adviser Norman Podhoretz maintains that bombing Iran is the best option for U.S. and Israeli security.

Paul Wolfowitz
The controversial former World Bank head and key Pentagon advocate for attacking Iraq after 9/11, Wolfowitz recently took over as chair of a State Department advisory board on arms control issues whose members include other proponents of the Iraq War.

Amoretta Hoeber
An erstwhile Cold Warrior, Hoeber runs a defense consulting business and supports hawkish groups like the Committee on the Present Danger and the Center for Security Policy.

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Report Shows New Neocon Angle on Iran
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As Bush’s militaristic attitude toward Iran loses influence, a new American Enterprise Institute report reflects a shift in neoconservative efforts on Iran toward quieter tactics. Read full story.

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Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), former chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, is a leading ”pro-Israel” hawk in Congress.


Brigette Gabriel, an anti-Islamic author and activist, is the founder of the right-wing group ACT! for America.


The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), one of the more effective U.S. lobbying outfits, aims to ensure that the United States backs Israel regardless of the policies Israel pursues.


Frank Gaffney, director of the hardline neoconservative Center for Security Policy, is a longtime advocate of aggressive U.S. foreign policies, bloated military budgets, and confrontation with the Islamic world.


Shmuley Boteach is a “celebrity rabbi” known for his controversial “pro-Israel” advocacy.


United against Nuclear Iran is a pressure group that attacks companies doing business in Iran and disseminates alarmist reports about the country’s nuclear program.


Huntsman, the millionaire scion of the Huntsman chemical empire, is a former Utah governor who served as President Obama’s first ambassador to China and was a candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.


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AIPAC has done more than just tolerate the U.S. tilt toward extreme and often xenophobic views. Newly released tax filings show that the country’s biggest pro-Israel group financially contributed to the Center for Security Policy, the think-tank that played a pivotal role in engineering the Trump administration’s efforts to impose a ban on Muslim immigration.


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It would have been hard for Trump to find someone with more extreme positions than David Friedman for U.S. ambassador to Israel.


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Reagan’s military buildup had little justification, though the military was rebuilding after the Vietnam disaster. Today, there is almost no case at all for a defense budget increase as big as the $54 billion that the Trump administration wants.


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The very idea of any U.S. president putting his personal financial interests ahead of the U.S. national interest is sufficient reason for the public to be outraged. That such a conflict of interest may affect real U.S. foreign policy decisions is an outrage.


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The new US administration is continuing a state of war that has existed for 16 years.


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