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FEATURED PROFILES Amir Taheri Iranian-born writer Amir Taheri has a history of making suspicious claims about Iran that have been used by neoconservatives to bolster the case for attacking that country. The Israel Project The Israel Project is a “pro-Israel,” neoconservative-leaning lobby group that boasts a lengthy bipartisan cast of congressional “advisers.” Charles Krauthammer Charles…

FEATURED PROFILES

Amir Taheri

Iranian-born writer Amir Taheri has a history of making suspicious claims about Iran that have been used by neoconservatives to bolster the case for attacking that country.

The Israel Project

The Israel Project is a “pro-Israel,” neoconservative-leaning lobby group that boasts a lengthy bipartisan cast of congressional “advisers.”

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer, a trailblazing neoconservative ideologue and an unapologetic advocate for U.S. overseas military adventures, has praised the Romney-Ryan ticket for its “philosophy of government.”

Josh Block

Josh Block, a self-described progressive Democrat who gained notoriety for accusing liberal critics of Israel of “borderline anti-Semitism,” now helms The Israel Project, a neoconservative-leaning lobby group that pushes a hawkish line U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

Condoleezza Rice

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a senior fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution, thinks that Mitt Romney will be a better hawk than President Obama.

Gary Bauer

Christian Zionist leader and former GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer is among several right-wing leaders who have called for investigations into whether the U.S. government has been infiltrated by Islamic extremists.

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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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