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FEATURED ARTICLE The Warpath to Regime ChangeBy Gareth Porter An assessment of neoconservative thinking on how to effect regime change in Iran reveals a path leading from 9/11 to the belief that only war will work. Driven in part by the failed intervention in Iraq, which helped increase rather than dampen Iranian influence in the…

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The Warpath to Regime Change
By Gareth Porter

An assessment of neoconservative thinking on how to effect regime change in Iran reveals a path leading from 9/11 to the belief that only war will work. Driven in part by the failed intervention in Iraq, which helped increase rather than dampen Iranian influence in the region, neoconservatives with the ear of the vice president abandoned the idea that the U.S. invasion would force change in Iran and other nearby countries, arguing by 2007 that all options must be on the table. Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

UN Watch
The fervently pro-Israel UN Watch is a Geneva-based NGO known for its belligerent and hostile attitude toward the UN Human Rights Council.

Hudson Institute
Home to a passel of hardline supporters of the "war on terror," Hudson was founded by Cold Warriors like Herman Kahn, the nuclear strategist famous for his efforts to develop "winnable" nuclear war strategies.

American Enterprise Institute
A key component of the neoconservative advocacy community and a home away from home for many Bush administration figures, many AEI writers have argued for "regime change" in Iran on both sides of the Atlantic.

Washington Institute for Near East Policy
A think tank closely aligned with the pro-Israel lobby in the United States, WINEP recently served as a venue for the vice president to threaten action against Iran.

Reuel Marc Gerecht
The AEI fellow has insisted that by liberating Iraqi Shiites, the regime in neighboring Iran would be weakened, resulting in the emergence of a stable Middle East order.

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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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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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