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Tracking militarists’ efforts to influence U.S. foreign policy

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

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FEATURED ARTICLES

Is It Palestine’s Turn?

By Samer Araabi

The Palestinian people — and the rest of the world — have begun to realize that even an iron fist can only maintain its grip for so long. And yet, despite the widespread anger that led to the fall of the Mubarak regime in Egypt, Western powers are busily building its counterpart in the West Bank. Palestinian anger has become larger and more coordinated than many expected, and its “Mubarak moment” may be very close at hand. If the Arab revolutions empower Palestinians to build a mass movement for independence, and if the new Arab governments push Israel’s neighbors to play a more active role in the Palestinian struggle, then Israeli regional hegemony could be significantly compromised. Read article.

 

Michael Rubin’s Private Jihad

By Ali Gharib and Eli Clifton

In two recent entries on the blog of the neoconservative flagship magazine Commentary, Michael Rubin attacked a number of journalists and organizations for making use of Right Web profiles. Despite calling for a congressional investigation into PBS’s linking to Right Web profiles, Rubin fails to show how any of the profiles are “fake” or “conspiracy-riddled.” (Lobelog) Read article.

 

FEATURED PROFILES

John Hannah

Hannah, a political pundit and former Dick Cheney advisor closely associated with the hawkish “pro-Israel” lobby, is now a senior fellow at the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Iran Strategy Task Force

In March 2011, with the United States engaged in several military conflicts across the Greater Middle East, Freedom House and the Progressive Policy Institute launched the Iran Strategy Task Force to push the Obama administration to aggressively pursue democratic change in Iran.

Office of Special Plans

Some former ideologues that worked in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy — home of the notorious Office of Special Plans — during the first George W. Bush administration appear eager to reshape history.

Chuck Nash

Nash is a Fox News analyst, executive for military contractors, and advisor to several rightwing advocacy organizations, including the Center for Security Policy.

William Van Cleave

Van Cleave is a former Pentagon official who has been closely associated with hawkish advocacy campaigns for decades, including efforts to derail the Obama administration’s passage of the New START Treaty with Russia.

 

ALSO NEW ON RIGHT WEB

Neocons Target Assad Regime

Despite opposition from the Obama administration and the apparent ambivalence on the part of Israel’s right-wing government, neoconservatives are pushing to have Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be the next domino to fall in the "Arab Spring.”

Obama Doctrine of Multilateralism on the Line in Libya

Does President Obama’s cautious, limited approach to intervention in Libya augur a new U.S. role in world affairs?

 

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Re: Commentary Smears Right Web

As a Canadian I have found Right Web to be very useful and have passed it on to others of like-minded interests. I find that to have a request for Congress to investigate Frontline is really unwarranted and seems like a reverse smear campaign on their part — not to mention that shows like Frontline on PBS are at the forefront of the U.S. budget axe.

I wish you had more on Canadian corporate or individuals who have a vested interest in war mongering. Please know there are many Canadians who support your efforts. I am a person on disability pension so it is almost impossible for me to donate very much, so I spread the word as far and wide as I can.

Thank you for the hard work and research you do, it is vital now more than ever for the sake of democracy.

Terri Robson

Kimberley, Canada

 

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Featured Profiles

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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From the Wires

The contradictions in Donald Trump’s foreign policy create opportunities for both rivals and long-standing (if irritated) US allies to challenge American influence. But Trump’s immediate priority is political survival, and his actions in the international arena are of little concern to his domestic supporters.


While the notion that criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic is decades old, it has been bolstered in recent years, by the campaign to add to the definition of anti-Semitism any criticism that singles Israel out and doesn’t apply the same standard to other countries. The bottom line is that this entire effort is designed not to combat anti-Semitism but to silence criticism. 


Short-term thinking, expedience, and a lack of strategic caution has led Washington to train, fund, and support group after group that have turned their guns on American soldiers and civilians.


Trump is not the problem. Think of him instead as a summons to address the real problem, which in a nation ostensibly of, by, and for the people is the collective responsibility of the people themselves. For Americans to shirk that responsibility further will almost surely pave the way for more Trumps — or someone worse — to come.


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.


In many ways, Donald Trump’s bellicosity, his militarism, his hectoring cant about American exceptionalism and national greatness, his bullying of allies—all of it makes him not an opponent of neoconservatism but its apotheosis. Trump is a logical culmination of the Bush era as consolidated by Obama.


Soon after a Saudi-led coalition strike on a bus killed 40 children on August 9, a CENTCOM spokesperson stated to Vox, “We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the U.S. sold to them.”


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