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Right Web is available on Facebook. Become a friend! Available online at: http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/articles/category/right_web_news Right Web is a project of the Institute for Policy Studies   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…

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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

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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