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Dick Cheney Is Back

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Dick Cheney

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has re-emerged to boost the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney and promote spending to prepare the U.S. military for its “next war,” which presumably means Iran.

Daniel Loeb

An erstwhile Obama supporter, hedge-fund multimillionaire Daniel Loeb has donated large sums to the neoconservative Emergency Committee for Israel and thrown high-dollar fundraisers in the Hamptons for the Romney campaign.

Norman Augustine

Former Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustine embodies the connections among the defense industry, hardline pressure groups, and hawkish think tanks.

Michael Rubin

Michael Rubin, a veteran of the Bush-era Office of Special Plans, has relentlessly criticized the Obama administration for attempting to engage Iran and condemned the rise of democratically elected Islamist parties in the Middle East.

Anne Applebaum

Applebaum, a program director at the London-based Legatum Institute and a former American Enterprise Institute fellow, writes a column for the Washington Post in which she has revealed an on-again-off-again affinity for U.S. military interventions, including pushing the idea that President Obama must be prepared to go to war with Iran.

Emergency Committee for Israel

ECI is a U.S.-based pressure group aligned with the Israeli right wing that has pushed the United States to attack Iran and smeared critics of hawkish Israeli policies.


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RE: The Mitt Romney Foreign Policy Team

Thanks for the info on some of these crazy advisers, although I'm sure Mitt Romney has many more. You also forgot to mention his buddy, war criminal Dick Cheney. I would never vote for Barack Obama, not because of economics, but because of what I consider to be his own war crimes. But Romney has made it very clear that he will greatly expand all aspects of our “wars.”

—Stan Benton

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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.


Vin Weber, a former Republican congressman and longtime “superlobbyist” who has supported numerous neoconservative advocacy campaigns, has become embroiled in the special prosecutor’s investigation into the Donald Trump campaign’s potential collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.


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.


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