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

FEATURED ARTICLE Bye, Bye Tora Bora; Hello Subprime MortgagesCommentary by Leon Hadar | December 21, 2007 The serious economic problems facing America are closely intertwined with the country’s foreign policyfailures in Iraq and elsewhere. And as Americans begin to recognize that maintaining a gigantic welfare-warfarestate is a costly proposition, the political candidates who awaken to…

FEATURED ARTICLE

Bye, Bye Tora Bora; Hello Subprime Mortgages
Commentary by Leon Hadar | December 21, 2007

The serious economic problems facing America are closely intertwined with the country’s foreign policyfailures in Iraq and elsewhere. And as Americans begin to recognize that maintaining a gigantic welfare-warfarestate is a costly proposition, the political candidates who awaken to this reality will be best placedto succeed in 2008. Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

John Ashcroft
The former attorney general has hit a post-government payday with a consulting firm and security-relatedboard positions.

John Lehman
A 9/11 commissioner and supporter of neoconservative outfits like the Project for the New AmericanCentury and the Center for Security Policy, Lehman’s most recent cause is to show the dangers of U.S.oil dependence.

ALSO NEW ON RIGHT WEB

Détente with Damascus?
By Khody Akhavi

While Annapolis may have opened the door to diplomacy, reality on the ground suggests that Syria willnot end its relationship with Iran, nor will it bend to international pressure regarding Lebanon. Read full story.

When Did He Know?
By Gareth Porter

The intelligence in the recent NIE on Iran’s nuclear program is anything but new, it seems, meaningthat President George W. Bush has likely known about it for some time. Read full story.

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Zalmay Khalilzad is Donald Trump’s special representative to the Afghan peace process, having previously served as ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq under George W. Bush.


Robert Joseph played a key role in manipulating U.S. intelligence to support the invasion of Iraq and today is a lobbyist for the MEK.


Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is one of the Senate’s more vocal hawks, and one of the prime vacillators among Republicans between objecting to and supporting Donald Trump.


Elliott Abrams, the Trump administration’s special envoy to Venezuela, is a neoconservative with a long record of hawkish positions and actions, including lying to Congress about the Iran-Contra affair.


Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump second secretary of state, has driven a hawkish foreign policy in Iran and Latin America.


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is known for his hawkish views on foreign policy and close ties to prominent neoconservatives.


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.


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François Nicoullaud, the former French ambassador to Iran, discusses the ups and downs of Iran-France relations and the new US sanctions.


Effective alliances require that powerful states shoulder a far larger share of the alliance maintenance costs than other states, a premise that Donald Trump rejects.


The new imbroglio over the INF treaty does not mean a revival of the old Cold War practice of nuclear deterrence. However, it does reveal the inability of the West and Russia to find a way to deal with the latter’s inevitable return to the ranks of major powers, a need that was obvious even at the time the USSR collapsed.


As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump appeared to recognize the obvious problem of the revolving door. But as the appointment of Patrick Shanahan, who spent 30 years at Boeing, as the Trump administration’s acting secretary of defense reveals, little has changed. America is indeed great again, if you happen to be one of those lucky enough to be moving back and forth between plum jobs in the Pentagon and the weapons industry.


Domestic troubles, declining popularity, and a decidedly hawkish anti-Iran foreign policy team may combine to make the perfect storm that pushes Donald Trump to pull the United States into a new war in the Middle East.


The same calculus that brought Iran and world powers to make a deal and has led remaining JCPOA signatories to preserve it without the U.S. still holds: the alternatives to this agreement – a race between sanctions and centrifuges that could culminate in Iran obtaining the bomb or being bombed – would be much worse.


With Bolton and Pompeo by his side and Mattis departed, Trump may well go with his gut and attack Iran militarily. He’ll be encouraged in this delusion by Israel and Saudi Arabia. He’ll of course be looking for some way to distract the media and the American public. And he won’t care about the consequences.


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