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Whither the Obama peace plan? Profiles on Chalabi, Kyl, Kirk, Santorum, and Brownback

FEATURED ARTICLE To Peace Plan or Not to Peace Plan? By Jim Lobe Reports earlier this month that President Barack Obama may present a comprehensive U.S. peace plan for resolving the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict have spurred a growing public debate over its wisdom and timing. Read full article.   FEATURED PROFILES Ahmad Chalabi A long-standing…

FEATURED ARTICLE

To Peace Plan or Not to Peace Plan?
By Jim Lobe

Reports earlier this month that President Barack Obama may present a comprehensive U.S. peace plan for resolving the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict have spurred a growing public debate over its wisdom and timing. Read full article.

 

FEATURED PROFILES

Ahmad Chalabi
A long-standing favorite of the neocon crowd, Chalabi has recently been accused of unjustly marginalizing political opponents in Iraq while at the same time courting Iran.

Mark Kirk
Criticized by his Democratic opponent for accepting donations from Goldman Sachs employees, Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL), a key “pro-Israel” hardliner in the House, remains the favorite to win the Illinois Senate seat vacated by President Obama.

Jon Kyl
One of the Senate’s key foreign policy hawks and a frequent critic of President Obama, Kyl has lambasted the administration’s arms control initiatives while championing its military escalation in Afghanistan.

Rick Santorum
The former senator from Pennsylvania turned rightwing pundit at the neocon Ethics and Public Policy Center appears to be gearing up for a 2012 presidential bid.

Sam Brownback
A frontrunner to replace Katherine Sibelius as governor of Kansas, Brownback has been one of the Senate’s leading domestic conservatives and foreign policy hawks.

 

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Israel and the U.S. Nuclear Option on Iran
Although the Obama administration has carefully avoided drawing a connection between Israel and its decision to reserve the right to use nuclear weapons against Iran, the new Nuclear Posture Review broadens the range of contingencies in which nuclear weapons might play a role so as to include an Iranian military response to an Israeli attack.

Alleged Weapons Transfer Threatens U.S. Mideast Efforts
Recent Israeli allegations that Syria is providing Hezbollah with Scud missiles is jeopardizing U.S. efforts to woo Damascus away from its alliance with Iran.

 

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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.


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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.


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Erik Prince, former CEO of the mercenary group Blackwater, continues to sell security services around the world as controversies over his work—including in China and the Middle East, and his alleged involvement in collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia—grow.


Robert Joseph played a key role in manipulating U.S. intelligence to support the invasion of Iraq and today is a lobbyist for the MEK.


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President Trump’s announcement that he would recognise Israeli sovereignty over the western part of the Golan Heights destroys the negotiating basis for any future peace between Israel and Syria. It also lays the groundwork for a return to a world without territorial integrity for smaller, weaker countries.


The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure mandating the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Saudi/UAE-led war against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The vote marks the first time since the War Powers Act of 1973 became law that both chambers of Congress have directed the president to withdraw American forces from a conflict.


The Trump administration’s failed “maximum pressure” approach to Iran and North Korea begs the question what the US president’s true objectives are and what options he is left with should the policy ultimately fail.


In the United States, it’s possible to debate any and every policy, domestic and foreign, except for unquestioning support for Israel. That, apparently, is Ilhan Omar’s chief sin.


While Michael Cohen mesmerized the House of Representatives and President Trump resumed his love affair with North Korea’s Kim Jong, one of the most dangerous state-to-state confrontations, centering in Kashmir, began to spiral out of control.


The Trump administration’s irresponsible withdrawal from the landmark Iran nuclear agreement undermined Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and emboldened hardliners who accused him of having been deceived by Washington while negotiating the agreement. However, the Iranian government could use the shock of Zarif’s resignation to push back against hardliners and take charge of both the domestic and foreign affairs of the country while Iran’s foreign opponents should consider the risks of destabilizing the government under the current critical situation.


Europe can play an important role in rebuilding confidence in the non-proliferation regime in the wake of the demise of the INF treaty, including by making it clear to the Trump administration that it wants the United States to refrain from deploying INF-banned missiles in Europe and to consider a NATO-Russian joint declaration on non-first deployment.


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