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

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Iran’s Bizarro “Green Movement”      

By Jack Ross

During the recent upheavals across the Greater Middle East, the various iterations of the neoconservative line—the optimistic pro-democracy, the paranoid Islamophobic, or the brazen combination of both—have all tended to share a single major fallacy: That the opposition movement in Iran, the so-called Green movement, is a movement that seeks the same goals as the neoconservatives and their allies. However, this embrace of a fantastical Iranian opposition reveals more about its promoters’ pathological fears than it does about realities in Iran. Read story.

 

Neoconservative Redux on Libya      

By Jim Lobe

In a distinct echo of the tactics they pursued to encourage U.S. intervention in the Balkans and Iraq, a familiar clutch of neoconservatives appealed last Friday for the United States and NATO to "immediately" prepare military action to help bring down the regime of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Read story.

 

FEATURED PROFILES

Tod Lindberg

A research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Lindberg has supported a number of advocacy campaigns spearheaded by neoconservative groups, including the Project for the New American Century and the Foreign Policy Initiative.

Josh Block

The former AIPAC spokesperson now based at the Progressive Policy Institute, Block equates support for hardline “pro-Israel” policies with progressive politics.

Sarah Stern

Stern is the founder and president Endowment for Middle East Truthand an adviser to the Clarion Fund.

Clare Lopez

Lopez is a former CIA operations officer and long-standing conservative activist who helps lead a number of attack-Iran initiatives and claims that a shadowy “Iran Lobby” is working to shape Obama administration policy.

Dan Quayle

Before there was Palin there was Quayle. The former vice president and long-standing supporter of various neoconservative groups is now an investment banker.

Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens

Meleagrou-Hitchens, a terrorism scholar based at London’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, thinks that even “soft” Islamism can lead to terrorism.

 

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