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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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LETTERS

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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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.


Laurence Silberman, a senior justice on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, was a mentor to controversial Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and has been a vocal supporter of right-wing foreign and domestic agendas, including the campaign to support the invasion of Iraq.


The People’s Mujahedin of Iran, or MEK, advocates regime change in Iran and has strong connections with a wide range of top political figures in the U.S.


Haim Saban is a media mogul and major donor to the Democratic Party known for his hardline stance on Israel and opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.


Eli Lake is a columnist for Bloomberg View who has a lengthy record of advocating for aggressive U.S. foreign policies towards the Middle East.


Brian Hook is the director of policy planning and senior policy advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and is the head of the Iran Action Group.


Josh Rogin is a journalist known for his support for neoconservative policies and views.


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The United Nations has once again turn into a battleground between the United States and Iran, which are experiencing one of the darkest moments in their bilateral relations.


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