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FEATURED ARTICLE

Whose Nation-State Exactly?

By Jack Ross

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand that Israel be recognized as a “Jewish state” is unprecedented in the history of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Rooted in a nineteenth century European-nationalist worldview, the concept has been officially opposed by the United States, and with good reason—it goes against basic principles of international law and has served to undermine efforts to negotiate a lasting Middle East peace. Read article.

 

MILITARIST MONITOR

This week, Right Web launches a new project called the “Militarist Monitor,” a weekly publication on the RW website that aims to put a spotlight on important trends in militarist discourse in the United States by publishing relevant profiles and highlighting resources that help shed light on the issue in question. The focus of the inaugural edition of the Militarist Monitor is the apparently inexorable turn to the hawkish right of the Washington Post editorial page. Check it out, and let us know what you think! Militarist Monitor.

 

FEATURED PROFILES

Diehl, Jackson

Since Diehl took over as the Washington Post’s deputy editorial page editor in 2001, the newspaper’s editorial slant has become increasingly hawkish and conservative.

Rubin, Jennifer

Jennifer Rubin uses her perch at the Postto attack Republicans and Democrats whom she perceives to be weak on defense and insufficiently supportive of her militarist views of Israeli security.

Krauthammer, Charles

Krauthammer, a psychiatrist-turned-award-winning-columnist for the Post, has been an important architect of the neoconservative foreign policy agenda and promoter of U.S. military intervention in the Middle East.

Kagan, Robert

From his perches at the Brookings Institution and the Post, this veteran neoconservative writer has championed the new START Treaty, warned against cuts in defense spending, and called for a U.S. foreign policy based on idealism and not pragmatism.

Thiessen, Marc

A speechwriter for President George W. Bush who is now a columnist at the Postand a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Thiessen is an enthusiastic defender of “enhanced interrogation techniques” and the “war on terror.”

Applebaum, Anne

Journalist and former American Enterprise Institute fellow Anne Applebaum writes a column for the Postin which she has revealed an on-again-off-again affinity for U.S. military interventions.

Gerson, Michael

Michael Gerson, an evangelical Postop-ed writer and former White House speechwriter, embraces the idea that "evil exists and it has to be confronted."

Hiatt, Fred

Hiatt, the Post’s “liberal hawk” editorial page editor, says that he is opposed to the efforts of some of his contributors—like neoconservative pundit Jennifer Rubin—to demonize opponents by referring to their “mental health,” but he apparently sees no reason to “censor” them.

 

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Featured Profiles

Haim Saban is a media mogul and major donor to the Democratic Party known for his hardline stance on Israel and opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.


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.


Brian Hook is the director of policy planning and senior policy advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and is the head of the Iran Action Group.


Josh Rogin is a journalist known for his support for neoconservative policies and views.


Laurence Silberman, a senior justice on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, was a mentor to controversial Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and has been a vocal supporter of right-wing foreign and domestic agendas, including the campaign to support the invasion of Iraq.


The People’s Mujahedin of Iran, or MEK, advocates regime change in Iran and has strong connections with a wide range of top political figures in the U.S.


Eli Lake is a columnist for Bloomberg View who has a lengthy record of advocating for aggressive U.S. foreign policies towards the Middle East.


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The contradictions in Donald Trump’s foreign policy create opportunities for both rivals and long-standing (if irritated) US allies to challenge American influence. But Trump’s immediate priority is political survival, and his actions in the international arena are of little concern to his domestic supporters.


While the notion that criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic is decades old, it has been bolstered in recent years, by the campaign to add to the definition of anti-Semitism any criticism that singles Israel out and doesn’t apply the same standard to other countries. The bottom line is that this entire effort is designed not to combat anti-Semitism but to silence criticism. 


Short-term thinking, expedience, and a lack of strategic caution has led Washington to train, fund, and support group after group that have turned their guns on American soldiers and civilians.


Trump is not the problem. Think of him instead as a summons to address the real problem, which in a nation ostensibly of, by, and for the people is the collective responsibility of the people themselves. For Americans to shirk that responsibility further will almost surely pave the way for more Trumps — or someone worse — to come.


The United Nations has once again turn into a battleground between the United States and Iran, which are experiencing one of the darkest moments in their bilateral relations.


In many ways, Donald Trump’s bellicosity, his militarism, his hectoring cant about American exceptionalism and national greatness, his bullying of allies—all of it makes him not an opponent of neoconservatism but its apotheosis. Trump is a logical culmination of the Bush era as consolidated by Obama.


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