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Bush’s Two-Man Song and Dance; Plus, Profile on John Yoo, Devon Gaffney Cross, Pete Wilson and

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Bush’s Two-Man Song and Dance
By Ali Gharib

Last week David Petraeus and Ryan Crocker were trotted out before Congress and television talk shows to give a progress report on “the surge.” They defended the high troop levels as necessary if things go well—and if they don’t. What Petraeus and Crocker—as well as any of the like-minded war supporters in and out of the administration—failed to do was clearly define U.S. goals in Iraq, which makes sense because Washington has consistently failed to accomplish any of its goals since the war began. Clearly, solutions to fixing the mess in Iraq are not to be found in the hands of those who made it.
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FEATURED PROFILES

John Yoo
The recent release of his Justice Department “torture” memos has placed a harsh spotlight on this American Enterprise Institute scholar who worked under former Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Devon Gaffney Cross
A one-time member of the Defense Policy Board, Cross works for groups that promote a positive image of U.S. foreign policies abroad and, like her brother Frank Gaffney, is an associate of many neoconservative advocacy outfits.

Pete Wilson
Known for his strident anti-immigration stance, Pete Wilson has served on two influential advisory boards to the Bush administration—the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and the Defense Policy Board.

ALSO NEW ON RIGHT WEB

Rethinking Unconditional Commitment in Iraq
By Jim Lobe

Even if the United States makes progress in Iraq, it might not be worth the high price, according to a new U.S. Institute of Peace report. Read full story.

Islam’s Positive Influence
By John Feffer

Central Asia has been viewed as potential flashpoint for the “war on terror” because of its supposed instability and militant Islamic groups, but scholars say that reputation is unwarranted and that the region’s Islamic revival is having a positive effect. Read full story.

With Friends Like These
By William Fisher

A respected Middle Eastern human rights organization reports that some two dozen Arab countries systematically abuse civil rights. Most of the countries are U.S. allies in the “war on terror.” Read full story.

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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.


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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.


Falsely demonizing all Muslims, their beliefs, and their institutions is exactly the wrong way to make Americans safer, because the more we scare ourselves with imaginary enemies, the harder it will be to find and protect ourselves from real ones.


Division in the ranks of the conservative movement is a critical sign that a war with Iran isn’t inevitable.


Donald Trump stole the headlines, but the declaration from the recent NATO summit suggests the odds of an unnecessary conflict are rising. Instead of inviting a dialogue, the document boasts that the Alliance has “suspended all practical civilian and military cooperation between NATO and Russia.” The fact is, NATO was a child of the Cold War, when the West believed that the Soviets were a threat. But Russia today is not the Soviet Union, and there’s no way Moscow would be stupid enough to attack a superior military force.


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Donald Trump was one of the many bets the Russians routinely place, recognizing that while most such bets will never pay off a few will, often in unpredictable ways. Trump’s actions since taking office provide the strongest evidence that this one bet is paying off handsomely for the Russians. Putin could hardly have made the script for Trump’s conduct at the recent NATO meeting any more to his liking—and any better designed to foment division and distrust within the Western alliance—than the way Trump actually behaved.


With President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talking openly about a possible “escalation between us and the Iranians,” there is a real risk that some combination of the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia could initiate a war with Iran. If there’s one lesson to be learned from U.S. wars since 9/11, it’s “don’t start another one.”


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