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

FEATURED ARTICLE Dangerous DelusionsCommentary 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…

FEATURED ARTICLE

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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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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Zalmay Khalilzad is Donald Trump’s special representative to the Afghan peace process, having previously served as ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq under George W. Bush.


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.


Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is one of the Senate’s more vocal hawks, and one of the prime vacillators among Republicans between objecting to and supporting Donald Trump.


Elliott Abrams, the Trump administration’s special envoy to Venezuela, is a neoconservative with a long record of hawkish positions and actions, including lying to Congress about the Iran-Contra affair.


Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump second secretary of state, has driven a hawkish foreign policy in Iran and Latin America.


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is known for his hawkish views on foreign policy and close ties to prominent neoconservatives.


Nikki Haley, Donald Trump’s first U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is known for her lock-step support for Israel and is widely considered to be a future presidential candidate.


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The new imbroglio over the INF treaty does not mean a revival of the old Cold War practice of nuclear deterrence. However, it does reveal the inability of the West and Russia to find a way to deal with the latter’s inevitable return to the ranks of major powers, a need that was obvious even at the time the USSR collapsed.


As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump appeared to recognize the obvious problem of the revolving door. But as the appointment of Patrick Shanahan, who spent 30 years at Boeing, as the Trump administration’s acting secretary of defense reveals, little has changed. America is indeed great again, if you happen to be one of those lucky enough to be moving back and forth between plum jobs in the Pentagon and the weapons industry.


Domestic troubles, declining popularity, and a decidedly hawkish anti-Iran foreign policy team may combine to make the perfect storm that pushes Donald Trump to pull the United States into a new war in the Middle East.


The same calculus that brought Iran and world powers to make a deal and has led remaining JCPOA signatories to preserve it without the U.S. still holds: the alternatives to this agreement – a race between sanctions and centrifuges that could culminate in Iran obtaining the bomb or being bombed – would be much worse.


With Bolton and Pompeo by his side and Mattis departed, Trump may well go with his gut and attack Iran militarily. He’ll be encouraged in this delusion by Israel and Saudi Arabia. He’ll of course be looking for some way to distract the media and the American public. And he won’t care about the consequences.


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