Right Web

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

Whither the Party Line on Egypt? ALSO: Profiles of Irving Moskowitz, Leon Wieseltier, and more

Right Web is now available on Facebook. Become a friend!

Available online at: http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/articles/category/right_web_news

Right Web is a project of the Institute for Policy Studies

 

FEATURED ARTICLE

Whither the Party Line on Egypt?

By Jack Ross

The neoconservatives have repeatedly found themselves facing the discomforting reality that democratic change in the Middle East—which they have at times feverishly embraced—has led to governments that are opposed to Israel. Now, with the Egyptian street in upheaval, a stark divide has emerged in neocon discourse. The freedom crowd sees the uprising as vindication of Bush’s “global democratic revolution”; the Islamophobes have begun their predictable fear mongering about the Muslim Brotherhood and the threat of global Islamism. Read article.

 

SEE ALSO:

Obama Riding a Mideast Tiger

By Jim Lobe

The Obama administration is scrambling to confront an unprecedented number of challenges across the Arab world. Read article.

 

Two Cheers for the Brotherhood

By John Feffer (Foreign Policy in Focus)

Can the Muslim Brotherhood be a partner in a democratic Egypt? Not according to neoconservatives and other Middle East hawks. But the trajectory and recent history of the organization tell a more nuanced tale. Read article.

 

FEATURED PROFILES

Irving Moskowitz

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

Leon Wieseltier

Wieseltier, the literary editor of the New Republic who has a penchant for accusing critics of Israel with antisemitism, has excoriated the Obama administration’s cautiousness in its response to the tumult in Egypt, arguing that the president has replaced the “freedom agenda” with an “acceptance agenda.”

Clarion Fund

According to some critics, Clarion Fund’s new film, Iranium, could be appropriately subtitled “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the ‘Military Option.’”

Emergency Committee for Israel

ECI is a hawkish pressure group tied to rightwing Republican Party figures.

Dennis Ross

The controversial Mideast adviser to the Obama administration has been associated with a number of militarist advocacy groups, including the neoconservative Middle East Forum.

Lee Smith

Lee Smith, a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute, often lambasts the purported weakness of liberals in confronting terrorism and attacks writers who are critical of Israeli policies as being “Jew-baiters.”

Ilan Berman

Vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, Berman’s preferred strategy for pressuring Iran is to do a replay of the 1974 Jackson-Vanik amendment, a cornerstone of neoconservative advocacy during the early 1970s which threatened trade relations with the Soviet Union if it didn’t liberalize Jewish emigration.

Elliott Abrams

The Iran-Contra veteran is a well-known neoconservative ideologue who works as a senior fellow on Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Robert Kagan

From his new perch at the Brookings Institution, the veteran neocon writer has championed the new START Treaty whilst warning against cuts in defense spending.

 

 ALSO NEW ON RIGHT WEB

Palestine Papers Cause Heartburn in Washington

The exposure of a huge cache of documents detailing Palestinian accounts of a decade of peace negotiations with Israel could deal a lethal blow to the peace process.

Glimmer of Hope on Eve of New Iran Nuclear Talks

Some observers are optimistic that the P5+1 talks in Istanbul on Iran’s nuclear program could help ease tensions.

Former Diplomats Urge US not to Veto UN Anti-Settlement Resolution

Arguing that U.S. credibility in the Mideast is on the line, some four dozen former top U.S. officials have urged President Obama not to veto a proposed UN Security Council resolution on the illegality of Jewish settlements in the Occupied Territories.

 

LETTERS

Right Web encourages feedback and comments. Send letters to rightweb.ips@gmail.com. We reserve the right to edit comments for clarity and brevity. Be sure to include your full name. Thank you.

Share RightWeb

Featured Profiles

Update was slow, but still no lag in the editor window, and footnotes are intact.     This has been updated – Bernard Lewis, who passed away in May 2018, was a renowned British-American historian of Islam and the Middle East. A former British intelligence officer, Foreign Office staffer, and Princeton University professor, Lewis was…


Bernard Lewis was a renowned historian of Islam and the Middle East who stirred controversy with his often chauvinistic attitude towards the Muslim world and his associations with high-profile neoconservatives and foreign policy hawks.


John Bolton, the controversial former U.S. ambassador to the UN and dyed-in the-wool foreign policy hawk, is President Trump’s National Security Adviser McMaster, reflecting a sharp move to the hawkish extreme by the administration.


Michael Joyce, who passed away in 2006, was once described by neoconservative guru Irving Kristol as the “godfather of modern philanthropy.”


Mike Pompeo, the Trump administration’s second secretary of state, is a long time foreign policy hawk and has led the public charge for an aggressive policy toward Iran.


Max Boot, neoconservative military historian at the Council on Foreign Relations, on Trump and Russia: “At every turn Trump is undercutting the ‘get tough on Russia’ message because he just can’t help himself, he just loves Putin too much.”


Michael Flynn is a former Trump administration National Security Advisor who was forced to step down only weeks on the job because of his controversial contacts with Russian officials before Trump took office.


For media inquiries,
email rightwebproject@gmail.com

From the Wires

Trump is not the problem. Think of him instead as a summons to address the real problem, which in a nation ostensibly of, by, and for the people is the collective responsibility of the people themselves. For Americans to shirk that responsibility further will almost surely pave the way for more Trumps — or someone worse — to come.


The United Nations has once again turn into a battleground between the United States and Iran, which are experiencing one of the darkest moments in their bilateral relations.


In many ways, Donald Trump’s bellicosity, his militarism, his hectoring cant about American exceptionalism and national greatness, his bullying of allies—all of it makes him not an opponent of neoconservatism but its apotheosis. Trump is a logical culmination of the Bush era as consolidated by Obama.


For the past few decades the vast majority of private security companies like Blackwater and DynCorp operating internationally have come from a relatively small number of countries: the United States, Great Britain and other European countries, and Russia. But that seeming monopoly is opening up to new players, like DeWe Group, China Security and Protection Group, and Huaxin Zhongan Group. What they all have in common is that they are from China.


The Trump administration’s massive sales of tanks, helicopters, and fighter aircraft are indeed a grim wonder of the modern world and never receive the attention they truly deserve. However, a potentially deadlier aspect of the U.S. weapons trade receives even less attention than the sale of big-ticket items: the export of firearms, ammunition, and related equipment.


Soon after a Saudi-led coalition strike on a bus killed 40 children on August 9, a CENTCOM spokesperson stated to Vox, “We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the U.S. sold to them.”


The West has dominated the post-war narrative with its doctrine of liberal values, arguing that not only were they right in themselves but that economic success itself depended on their application. Two developments have challenged those claims. The first was the West’s own betrayal of its principles: on too many occasions the self interest of the powerful, and disdain for the victims of collateral damage, has showed through. The second dates from more recently: the growth of Chinese capitalism owes nothing to a democratic system of government, let alone liberal values.


RightWeb
share