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Protecting the Paradigm

Protecting the ParadigmBy Leon Hadar Israel’s recent failure to decimate Hezbollah has seriously damaged one of the neoconservatives’ favorite paradigms—that what’s good for Israel’s strategic interest is good for America, and vice versa. Read full story. See also: Right Web Profile: American Israel Public Affairs Committee Newt Gingrich calls the pro-Israel lobby organization “the most…

Protecting the Paradigm
By Leon Hadar

Israel’s recent failure to decimate Hezbollah has seriously damaged one of the neoconservatives’ favorite paradigms—that what’s good for Israel’s strategic interest is good for America, and vice versa. Read full story.

See also:

Right Web Profile: American Israel Public Affairs Committee

Newt Gingrich calls the pro-Israel lobby organization “the most effective general interest group over the entire planet.” Indeed, AIPAC has been an effective supporter of the idea that U.S. and Israeli interests are one and the same.

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Right Web Profile: Progressive Policy Institute

A think tank where hawkish Democrats who have much in common with neoconservatives are busy redefining the meaning of “progressive.”

Right Web Profile: Michael Rubin

Engaging Iran will only “preserve the problem,” according to this neocon scholar and former Office of Special Plans staffer, who also says that Iraq is not a failure of democracy.

Right Web Profile: Richard Perle

He’s never picked up a gun in battle, but Perle dreams of a hero’s song for his role in pushing America into “total war.”

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