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Iraq After Petraeus: The More Things Change …
By John Isaacs

Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker’s defense of the "surge" strategy confirmed the divide in Congress over the Iraq War. While their testimony may have given President Bush some breathing space to avoid making hard decisions on the direction of the war, pending legislation in on Capitol Hill will undoubtedly put Republicans in an uncomfortable situation. Although many voters may be disappointed over the lack of congressional progress regarding the war, they are unlikely to swing back to Republicans if more than 100,000 U.S. troops still remain in the country 14 months from now. Read full story.

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Midge Decter
The matriarch of the neoconservative Podhoretz clan, and a leading foreign policy hawk and anti-feminist cultural critic for decades, Decter describes Donald Rumsfeld as a "studmuffin."

Hoover Institution
Stanford’s Hoover Institution is one of the most prominent right-wing think tanks in the country, particularly on economic and foreign policy issues, and has served as a brain trust for the last several Republican administrations.

Donald Rumsfeld
The former defense secretary and architect of the Iraq War has found a new home at the hawkish Hoover Institution, where he is researching the "ideology of terrorism."

Center for Security Policy
Founded by Frank Gaffney, the CSP has been one of the most vocal proponents of the "war on terror," using its privileged connections to military and government insiders to promote its vision of "peace through strength."

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Diminished Religious Freedom in Iraq
By Khody Akhavi

Though the U.S. presence in Iraq is going on five years, Iraqis’ freedom to worship has diminished, according to a new State Department report. Read full story.

Who Killed Abu Risha?
By Jim Lobe

The Bush administration may have been too quick to pin blame on al-Qaida for the killing of Abu Risha, an important Sunni ally of the Iraqi government who had worked with U.S. authorities. Read full story.

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John Yoo is a former deputy assistant attorney general known for his extreme views on executive wartime powers and for helping author the George W. Bush administration’s infamous “torture memos.”


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.


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