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The Fall of the Mideast Agenda; Chertoff; Horowitz; Prager; Gershman

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Blowback, from Pakistan to Palestine
By Jim Lobe | June 20, 2007

Four years after embarking on a neoconservative-inspired agenda of reshaping the Middle East, beginning with the invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration is now beset by crises across the globe. Read full story.

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Michael Chertoff
The front man for President Bush’s immigration reform plans, Chertoff is also a staunch defender of the tactics employed by the administration in waging the "war on terror."

Carl Gershman
Like other promoters of the Bush administration’s "forward strategy of freedom," Gershman, head of the National Endowment for Democracy, has had second thoughts about the best way to promote this agenda.

Dennis Prager
The conservative radio talk show host and champion of the Iraq War argues that the United States must stay there to finish the job.

David Horowitz
A former California liberal associated with the Black Panthers, Horowitz eventually moved his politics to the far right, making outlandish comments about liberals and attacking progressive academics.

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