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Whither Neoconservatism in the Obama Era? Plus: Dick Cheney’s Vice Presidency Investigated

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Neoconservatism in a New Era

By Nick Rogers

Out of power and out of fashion, what exactly will be the post-Bush agenda of the neoconservatives? Prominent thinkers Joshua Muravchik and Michael Ledeen weigh in on how neocons should move forward—and the domestic aspect of their opinions may surprise you. Read full story.

Cheney: Master Bureaucrat

By Daniel Luban

Dick Cheney has from the beginning served as the most aggressive hawk among the top administration leadership. His public pronouncements on the Iraq War have often gone farther than George W. Bush was willing to. With secrecy and skill, Cheney used the vice president’s office to unite the administration around shared goals of an aggressively nationalist foreign policy, a disdain for diplomacy, and an utterly unfettered executive power in time of war, as Barton Gellman documents in his recent biography Angler. Read full story.

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Elliott Abrams
The departure of Elliott Abrams from the National Security Council after President Bush leaves office will deprive neoconservatives of a key insider pushing Likud-aligned Mideast policies.

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Neocons Campaign to Preempt Iran Talks
By Ali Gharib (Inter Press Service)

With the presidential transition running full-steam ahead, hardliners are busy lining up their arguments for why talks with Iran will fail. Read full story.

Regional Players Key to Salvaging Peace Process
By Ali Gharib (Inter Press Service)

Some experts think the Obama administration may be the last chance the Middle East has for achieving a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Read full story.

Cutbacks at Freedom’s Watch as Donor’s Fortune Declines
By Eli Clifton (Inter Press Service)

Freedom’s Watch, a rightist advocacy group, is set to make major cutbacks due to the decreased fortunes of its main donor, Sheldon Adelson. 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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Just as the “bogeyman” of the Mexican rapist and drug dealer is used to justify the Wall and mass immigration detention, the specter of Muslim terrorists is being used to validate gutting the refugee program and limiting admission from North Africa, and Southwest and South Asia.


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Although the mainstream media narrative about Trump’s Russia ties has been fairly linear, in reality the situation appears to be anything but.


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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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