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Bush’s “Neocon World”; Teaming with the Insurgents; Rove leaves, and Donald Kagan

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Dangerous Delusions
Commentary by Leon Hadar

The president and some of his advisers seem to occupy a parallel universe that one might call "Neocon World," where the "surge" is working, the United States is winning in Iraq, and peace will soon come to the Promised Land and to the entire Middle East. It is a dangerous delusion. Read full article.

FEATURED PROFILES

Karl Rove
After serving as George W. Bush’s key adviser for decades, "Bush’s Brain" announced this week that he was leaving the White House for family reasons.

Donald Kagan
A noted classicist at Yale long associated with the neoconservative faction, Kagan issues dire warnings about the future of the United States based on his reading of the ancient past.

Project for the New American Century
The now largely defunct PNAC served as a key organizational vehicle for the neoconservatives’ post-Cold War agenda, which included toppling Saddam Hussein from power and aggressively imposing U.S. interests on the world.

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Iraq War: Teaming Up with Insurgents
By Gareth Porter

After five years of unsuccessful U.S. military operations in Iraq’s Anbar Province, the U.S. agreements with Sunni tribal leaders there represent an acknowledgment that it was dependent on the very Sunni insurgents it once considered the enemy. Read article.

Reexamining the Middle East
By Khody Akhavi

A new book explores U.S. involvement in the Middle East, exploding myths about its relationships with Iran and Iraq. Read article.

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Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts and two-time failed presidential candidate, is a foreign policy hawk with neoconservative leanings who appears set to become the next senator from Utah.


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Although overlooked by President Trump for cabinet post, Gingrich has tried to shape affairs in the administration, including by conspiring with government officials to “purge the State Department of staffers they viewed as insufficiently loyal” to the president.


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Other than the cynical political interests in Moscow and Tehran, there is no conceivable rationale for wanting Bashar al-Assad to stay in power. But the simple fact is, he has won the war. And while Donald Trump has reveled in positive press coverage of the recent attacks on the country, it is clear that they were little more than a symbolic act.


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The reality is that the Assad regime is winning the Syrian civil war, and this matters far less to U.S. interests than it does to that regime or its allies in Russia and Iran, who see Syria as their strongest and most consistent entrée into the Arab world. Those incontrovertible facts undermine any notion of using U.S. military force as leverage to gain a better deal for the Syrian people.


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An effective rhetorical tool to normalize military build-ups is to characterize spending increases “modernization.”


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The Pentagon has officially announced that that “long war” against terrorism is drawing to a close — even as many counterinsurgency conflicts  rage across the Greater Middle East — and a new long war has begun, a permanent campaign to contain China and Russia in Eurasia.


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Revelations that data-consulting firm Cambridge Analytica used ill-gotten personal information from Facebook for the Trump campaign masks the more scandalous reality that the company is firmly ensconced in the U.S. military-industrial complex. It should come as no surprise then that the scandal has been linked to Erik Prince, co-founder of Blackwater.


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As the United States enters the second spring of the Trump era, it’s creeping ever closer to more war. McMaster and Mattis may have written the National Defense Strategy that over-hyped the threats on this planet, but Bolton and Pompeo will have the opportunity to address these inflated threats in the worst way possible: by force of arms.


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We meet Donald Trump in the media every hour of every day, which blots out much of the rest of the world and much of what’s meaningful in it.  Such largely unexamined, never-ending coverage of his doings represents a triumph of the first order both for him and for an American cult of personality.


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