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Mideast Hegemony Blowback; the “Theocons”; and Santorum is Back

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Is Washington Being Sidelined in the Mideast?
By Leon Hadar | February 20, 2007

When U.S. officials warn of the chaos that would follow a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, they are actually expressing their anxiety over their real nightmare scenario—a Middle East in which the United States is marginalized to a position of little power. But they seem to have found a solution: Attacking Iran. Read full story.

America’s Crusaders
By Tom Barry | February 23, 2007

A fervent blend of ideology and faith is spurring various factions of the American right to champion an imperial foreign policy that envisions the United States forever at war. Read full story.

NEW RIGHT WEB PROFILES—”THE THEOCONS”

Michael Novak
Novak, a so-called theocon who champions the idea that unrestrained capitalism aids social justice, has been a vocal proponent of the Iraq War and a critic of U.S. editors, whom he accuses of spreading enemy propaganda.

Richard John Neuhaus
The former activist pastor, who has the ear of the president, argues for a new containment strategy to deter radical Islam.

George Weigel
A senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and an early neocon trailblazer, Weigel argues that some Pentagon planners reflect Christian just-war principles better than U.S. bishops.

Institute on Religion and Democracy
One of a number of so-called Christian Reconstructionist groups, the neocon-aligned IRD fights the culture wars at home while supporting U.S. wars abroad.

Institute on Religion and Public Life
Established in 1989 by hardline “theocon” Richard Neuhaus, the IRPL bridges the divide between the neoconservatives and the Christian Right. It also publishes the religious journal First Things.

Ethics and Public Policy Center
Part of a web of religious-oriented policy institutes supporting neoconservative social and foreign policies, the EPPC’s newest program aims to warn the public of America’s growing list of enemies, with one of America’s leading far-right conservatives at the helm.

Rick Santorum
Santorum, a former Republican senator from Pennsylvania and a champion of right-wing social policies while in office, is the latest addition to the Ethics and Pubic Policy Center’s slate of conservative scholars and fellows, heading the center’s newly created “America’s Enemies” program.

SEE ALSO

Right Web Profile: Elliott Abrams
A former president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Abrams abetted the illegal effort to aid the Nicaraguan Contras during the Reagan presidency and today serves as a key member of the George W. Bush administration’s plank of Mideast ideologues intent on reshaping the region.

ALSO NEW ON RIGHT WEB

A Tale of Two Interventions
By Jim Lobe | February 20, 2007

The neocons beat the drums loudly for invading Iraq; their approach on Iran is far quieter and unfocused, yet should not be disregarded. Read full story.

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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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Other than the cynical political interests in Moscow and Tehran, there is no conceivable rationale for wanting Bashar al-Assad to stay in power. But the simple fact is, he has won the war. And while Donald Trump has reveled in positive press coverage of the recent attacks on the country, it is clear that they were little more than a symbolic act.


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The reality is that the Assad regime is winning the Syrian civil war, and this matters far less to U.S. interests than it does to that regime or its allies in Russia and Iran, who see Syria as their strongest and most consistent entrée into the Arab world. Those incontrovertible facts undermine any notion of using U.S. military force as leverage to gain a better deal for the Syrian people.


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An effective rhetorical tool to normalize military build-ups is to characterize spending increases “modernization.”


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The Pentagon has officially announced that that “long war” against terrorism is drawing to a close — even as many counterinsurgency conflicts  rage across the Greater Middle East — and a new long war has begun, a permanent campaign to contain China and Russia in Eurasia.


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Revelations that data-consulting firm Cambridge Analytica used ill-gotten personal information from Facebook for the Trump campaign masks the more scandalous reality that the company is firmly ensconced in the U.S. military-industrial complex. It should come as no surprise then that the scandal has been linked to Erik Prince, co-founder of Blackwater.


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As the United States enters the second spring of the Trump era, it’s creeping ever closer to more war. McMaster and Mattis may have written the National Defense Strategy that over-hyped the threats on this planet, but Bolton and Pompeo will have the opportunity to address these inflated threats in the worst way possible: by force of arms.


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We meet Donald Trump in the media every hour of every day, which blots out much of the rest of the world and much of what’s meaningful in it.  Such largely unexamined, never-ending coverage of his doings represents a triumph of the first order both for him and for an American cult of personality.


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