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Hawkish rhetoric dominates the campaigns as the primaries approach


The recent massacres in the US and Paris have spurred anti-Islam fervor


Neoconservatives anoint Sen. Marco Rubio


War hawks double down on doomsday criticism of the Iran deal


Senate Hawks’ Tantrums over Iran Deal Set the Stage for the 2nd Republican Debate


Armchair warmongers challenging the Iran deal


Neocons and Republican candidates go nuclear over historic Iran deal


The 2016 Republican presidential candidates compete to out-hawk each other


Job Opportunity at Right Web


Iran Hawks and Détente Dead-enders


Crying Wolf over Iran


Neocons Despair over Détente with Iran


Washington Debates Syria | Gingrich Repents


David Brooks, “Jihadist Wildfires,” and Other Oddities


The Campaign to Push for U.S. Military Action in Syria


The Neocons’ Chechen Problem


Bush III?


10 Years Later: Any Regrets?


Joe Lieberman the Neocon


The “Freedom” Faction


Washington’s New Agenda Dredges Up Old Opponents


The Anti-Hagelverse


The Next SecDef?


Election Post-Mortem


The Romney/Ryan Foreign Policy Team


The Attack-Syria Coalition: Then and Now


The MEK Lobby: Chumming with Terrorists No More


Attack of the Surrogates


Bauer, Krauthammer, Rice, and More


Paul Ryan’s Wilders-Geller-Rand Worldview


Attack of the 501c(4)s


Paul Ryan’s Foreign Policy Creds and Connections


Team Romney Goes after Iran


Globetrotting Mitt and Freewheeling Bachmann


Dick Cheney Is Back


Romney’s Foreign Policy Team


Iran and the Liberal Interventionists


The Rise of the Vulcans, Part II


The China Divide and the Future of the GOP


A Silver Lining for Palestine? AND The GOP Candidates Want More War


Saudi Counter-Revolution AND Too Stupid to Be a Neocon?


The Return of the Paranoid Style


The Narco-Terror War and Fallout from Libya to Afghanistan


Torture Redux


The WaPo Hawks


Palestine, the Arab Spring, and the Middle East Lobby


Is It Palestine’s Turn? ALSO: Michael Rubin’s Private Jihad


Iran, Latin America, and the Neocons; Commentary Smears Right Web


Iran’s Bizarro “Green Movement” and the Neocon Replay on Libya


Egypt and the Iranian Legacy


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


Whither Syria and Lebanon? AND: Profiles on Ellen Bork, Foreign Policy Initiative, and more


Apostate Muslims & US Militarism; Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Fallout from Wikileaks, and


The Real Middle East Lobby; Profiles on Clarion Fund, Freedom Watch, and more.


Tea Partiers v Neocons: Whither US Foreign Policy after the Midterms?


The Right Gets Feverish over Siberia; Profiles on Andrew C. McCarthy, J. Michael Waller, and more


Whither Mideast Peace? Profiles on John Bolton, Dinesh D’Souza, and more


Neocon Echo Chamber 2.0; Profiles on Keep Israel Safe, the Hudson Institute, and More


Shutting Down Debate in the UK; What’s Up with Jeffrey Goldberg? And more.


The Civilian Control Trap and the Meaning of Withdrawal; Profiles on Max Boot, Newt Gingrich, & more


Amitai Etzioni and War with Iran; the Emergency Committee for Israel; and more


Obama and Netanyahu—Friends Again? Profiles on Caroline Glick, Leon Wieseltier, and More


In Bed with the Generals; Profiles on Fred Kagan, Institute for Study of War, Blackwater, and more


Attacking the new nuclear posture; Flotilla fallout; Ed Meese, Michael Rubin, and more.


China, the new Mideast power; Profiles on Kristol, Abdelnour, Gaffney, AIPAC, and more.


Whither the Obama peace plan? Profiles on Chalabi, Kyl, Kirk, Santorum, and Brownback


Our new home; Bibi’s misguided rightwing affair; Profiles on Michael Makovsky and more


Who are the “Eurocons”? AND Obama’s Mixed Message on Afghanistan


Hyping the EMP Threat; New Profiles of John Nagl, United Against Iran, Seth Cropsey and more


Neoconservative Resurgence in the Age of Obama. Also profiles on Newt Gingrich, and more


Is Obama the second coming of de Gaulle? Profiles on the Center for a New American Security, Dan Sen


Profiles on the Foreign Policy Initiative, Paul Wolfowitz, Robert Kagan, and more


The Obama Paradigm Shift; Profiles on Zuhdi Jasser, Eric Edelman, William Luti, and Elaine Chao


Why Iraq? Plus New Profiles on the Clarion Fund, Michael Chertoff, Condoleezza Rice, and More


Whither Af-Pak?; From the Makers of PNAC; The Rebirth of COIN; Profiles on the Cheneys


The myth of Mideast dominance; profiles on Steve Rosen, Dennis Ross, John Yoo, Peter Wehner, Blackwa


The Funders of the Right


Obama’s Foreign Policy; Farewell to Cheney; The AEI Breakup; Profiles on Weyrich, Neuhaus, and


Whither Neoconservatism in the Obama Era? Plus: Dick Cheney’s Vice Presidency Investigated


The Greening of National Security; Plus Profiles on David Frum, Robert Lieber, and Michael Goldfarb


Obama, East Africa, and the “war on terror”; Profiles on John McCain, Victor Davis Hanso


Sheldon Adelson, Money v. Ideology; Dennis Ross; Ken Adelman; Clarion Fund


Whither Pakistan’s Hearts and Minds; Profiles on Max Boot, Joshua Muravchik, and James Roche.


The Nowhere Debate; Profiles on Blackwater, Julie Finley, Michael Evans; And More.


Chairman Lieberman’s “War on Terror”; Profiles on Michael Ledeen, James Woolsey, a


Defense Contractors Operating with Weak Oversight; Who’s Benefitting from the Georgia Crisis;


Counterproductive Syria Policy; The Right on Georgia; Plus Profiles on the International Republican


Bush’s Confusing Foreign Policy—the Middle East and North Korea; Plus Profiles on Global


Blackwater and Erik Prince; Plus Profiles of Regnery Publishing, John Lehman, and Paul Wolfowitz


Iran Sanctions Bill Could Undermine Diplomacy; Plus, Profiles on Caroline Glick, Randy Scheunemann a


PNAC: Please Contact the Billing/Support Department; Plus, Profile on Project for the New American C


Pentagon Reined in Cheney’s Plans for Iran Strikes; Plus, Profile on Douglas Feith, Thomas McI


Bush Visits His “New” Middle East; Plus, Profile on Natan Sharansky & Barry McCaffre


Embedding the Analysts: Modern-Day Propaganda?; Plus, Profile on Paul Vallely, Steve Forbes, Bret St


From Al Qaeda to Iran; Plus, Profile on John Hagee, Christians United for Israel, Jeb Bush and more


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


Missing the Point in Pakistan; Plus, Profiles on the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and I


The Pitfalls of Forecasting Foreign Policy; Plus, Profiles on Freedom’s Watch, 1992 Draft Defense Pl


Where the Candidates Stand; Plus, Profiles on Norman Podhoretz, George Weigel, Paul Wolfowitz, Amore


Israel after the NIE; Sheldon Adelson; Laurent Murawiec; Fred Thompson; and John Isaacs on "Mis


Whither the Realists in 2008? Plus: Updates on Tom Tancredo, Melvin Sembler, Bill Kristol, and More


Congressional 2007 Scorecard on National Security; Christopher DeMuth; Leon Wieseltier; Nicholas Ebe


It’s Not Really the Economy; Dealing with Damascus; John Ashcroft’s Payday; John Lehman, and more


"Disinformation" on Iran; the NIE Aftermath; Kenneth Timmerman; Eleana Benador; Conrad Bla


The National Intelligence Estimate, Annapolis, and the Mideast Strategic-Consensus Fantasy; Clifford


Misreading Pakistan; Attacking Annapolis; Reinterpreting the Syria Airstrike; One Jerusalem, and mor


Israeli Hawks Downplay Iranian Nukes; the New Arc of Crisis; Stifling Dissent; FreedomWorks; Emanuel


On the Warpath to Regime Change; AEI, WINEP, and Hudson; UN Watch; Reuel Marc Gerecht; and more


Congress and Iran; Intel Déjà Vu; Hawking Iran in Europe; JPod and Commentary


America’s Africa Misadventure; the Forgotten American Coalition; Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week; the


Whither Torture; Fred Thompson; Misinterpreting the Militias in Iraq; and More


Disappearing Diplomacy, Paul Vallely, Michael Gerson, and more


Whither Congress and the war; Midge Decter; Center for Security Policy; Rumsfeld’s new home—th


The General Goes to Washington; William Schneider Jr.; Daniel Gouré, and More


Convenient “Critics”; the “Defend-the-Surge” Campaign; Freedom’s Watch; Shulsky; Frum; and more


Iran’s Nuclear Pursuits; Plus Noriega, Luti, Brooks, and More


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


Regime Change in Iran; Profits in the Middle East; More


Whose Democracy Agenda? Wattenberg, Dobriansky, and Fort


The Dems’ 6-Month Appraisal; Freedom House; Office of Iranian Affairs; The Israel Project


The Democracy Agenda; Lord Black’s Day in Court; The Moral Compass Gone Awry


Getting Africa Wrong; The Bush Breakdown; The Wolfowitz-Zoellick Two-Step


The Media War; The Jerusalem Summit and Friends


The Fall of the Mideast Agenda; Chertoff; Horowitz; Prager; Gershman


Quitting the Mideast?; Daniel Pipes; the Al-Qaida Gambit


The War over Iraq; Zoellick at the Bank?; Intel Failure Redux


Giuliani’s War; The Bingo Connection; JINSA and Friends; "Proxy Armies"?


Defense Cuts; Whither the Hawks; and More


Protecting the Bush Legacy; The U.S.-Likud Right Connection; and Fred Thompson for Prez?


The Abrams Redux; Wolfowitz’s Friends; Jeffrey Gedmin at Radio Free Europe, and More


An AEI President? Plus: The President’s Reading List


The Neocon Media Machine


An Immigration-Terrorism Link?; Conrad Black on Trial; and Fukuyama’s Revelation


The Africa Cadre; Eliot Cohen and World War IV; Nina Shea and Christian Persecution


Mideast Hegemony Blowback; the “Theocons”; and Santorum is Back


The Failed Shiite Gambit; Plus: the American Foreign Policy Council, James Woolsey, and Ahmed Chalab


Gingrich’s Return? Plus: the Claremont Institute, Dinesh D’Souza, and more


Bush’s Messes in Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan; Plus NGOWatch, Richard Perle, and more


Urban Legends; Plus, All the VP


The New Congress, Somalia, and more


The Surge Urge; plus Frederick Kagan, John Negroponte, and more


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The ISG Report


Failing on Iran, Hawking China, and more


The U.S.-China Commission—A Hawk’s Nest; Plus New Profiles on the Manhattan Institute and Marshall


SPECIAL REPORT: An In-Depth Look at the Rise and Decline of an Influential Political Faction


Neocons Set Their Sights on Space, PLUS: New Profile on the EMP Commission


Midterm Elections


Proliferation and Plan B


Henry Who?


New Neocons


End Times


Forgotten, But Not Gone


DIY Energy Policy


A Real Clean Break in the Middle East


Protecting the Paradigm


Tacking Right?


Abrams in Jerusalem


Playing Cowboy


Could the Midterm Elections Spell an End to Military Follies?


State of Schizophrenia?


Neocon Redux: Blame Iran, Back Israel


The Neocons are Talking War


Immigration Reform, Iran Regime Change


Iran Freedom and Regime Change Politics


AEI Scholars Call for Iran Regime Change and Possible War


Tom Tancredo, Federalist Society, Illegal Poet


Cheney’s Men, Weekly Standard


The Sibel Edmonds Saga, American-Turkish Council


Restrictionism, Katrina, Bush Foreign Policy Team


Glue that Binds, Right Wing Foundations


The Right’s Legal Troubles, John Roberts


Crusade of the Democratic Globalists, Neocon Democracy


The Return of the Nuclear Warriors


Ideologies of Anti-Immigration Forces


Hawks and Chickenhawks


Whose Side Are You On?


AIPAC, Robert Joseph, Good Neighbor


Introducing Global Good Neighbor


Bad Neighbor Crouch, Bolton, Edelman, Wolfowitz


Move America Backward


Shock & Awe Appointments


Bolton, Negroponte, Noriega, and more


Legal Dragnet, Fallen Hawk, Faith-Based Government


Untangling the Right’s Web


Neocons & Liberals Together, Again


Blame CIA, John Lehman, Philanthropy Roundtable


Neocons Down but Not Out


Who is Stephen Cambone


Liberal Hawks


Iraq, Brussels, Podhoretz


Special NATO Issue


Iraq, Middle East


Syria, Lebanon


Patriarchy, Gay Marriage, New Neocon Think Tank


Iraq War, Intelligence-Gathering, Intelligence Reformers


This Week, Tangled Web, Libertarian


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Featured Profiles

Jon Lerner is a conservative political strategist and top adviser to US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. He was a key figure in the “Never Trump” Campaign, which appears to have led to his being ousted as Vice President Mike Pence’s national security adviser.


Pamela Geller is a controversial anti-Islam activist who has founded several “hate groups” and likes to repeat debunked myths, including about the alleged existence of “no-go” Muslim zones in Europe.


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.”


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.


Former Sen Mark Kirk (R-IL) is an advisor for United Against Nuclear Iran. He is an outspoken advocate for aggressive action against Iran and a fierce defender of right-wing Israeli policies.


A military historian, Kimberly Kagan heads the Institute for the Study of War, where she has promoted the continuation of U.S. war in Afghanistan.


A “non-partisan” policy institute that purports to defend democracies from “militant Islamism,” the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is an influential base of hawkish advocacy on Middle East policy.


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From the Wires

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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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