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The Africa Cadre; Eliot Cohen and World War IV; Nina Shea and Christian Persecution

FEATURED ARTICLE Africa: The Right’s Stuff By Conn Hallinan | March 7, 2007 A seasoned cadre of neoconservatives and right-wingers have latched on to the human rights issue in Sudan, pushing an agenda that favors military over political solutions. It is hard not to conclude that the Bush administration’s strategy for Africa is less about…

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Africa: The Right’s Stuff
By Conn Hallinan | March 7, 2007

A seasoned cadre of neoconservatives and right-wingers have latched on to the human rights issue in Sudan, pushing an agenda that favors military over political solutions. It is hard not to conclude that the Bush administration’s strategy for Africa is less about freedom and God than about oil and earthly power. Read full story.

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Right Web Profile: Nina Shea
The Hudson Institute scholar, who supported the Contra wars in the 1980s, sees religious persecution as a powerful reason to advocate U.S. intervention in foreign countries, including Sudan.

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Right Web Profile: Eliot Cohen
The new counselor at State believes the United States is fighting World War IV, and he has little patience for diplomacy—or for giving generals too much power in a war he pushed for.

Right Web Profile: Robert Joseph
Joseph, a supporter of preemptive military strikes, missile defense, and gunship diplomacy, is the latest hardliner to resign from the Bush administration.

Rice Picks Promoter of Iraq War as Counselor
By Jim Lobe | March 6, 2007

Shortly after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice helped produce impressive diplomatic breakthroughs with U.S. "adversaries," she hired a prominent neoconservative hawk to be her counselor. What gives? Read full story.

Leveraging the Surge
By Gareth Porter | March 6, 2007

Bush’s decision to surge troop levels in Iraq seems closely linked to a complex U.S. bargaining game aimed more at Iran than at Iraqi insurgents. Read full story.

A "New Diplomatic Offensive"?
By Jim Lobe | March 5, 2007

Does the State Department’s call to engage Iran mark a strategic shift that could reverse the recent U.S. trajectory toward confronting Tehran, or is it a tactical move designed to soothe an increasingly anxious Congress? Read full story.

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