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Tracking militarists’ efforts to influence U.S. foreign policy

Where the Candidates Stand; Plus, Profiles on Norman Podhoretz, George Weigel, Paul Wolfowitz, Amore

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An Early Look Ahead
By John Isaacs

Three major contenders remain in the race for the White House. What can we expect from McCain, Clinton, and Obama on national security issues? John Isaacs gives a rundown of the candidates’ stances on everything from the Iraq War to the U.S.-India nuclear deal.Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

George Weigel
In a recent book, Weigel, a leading Catholic neoconservative, argues that atheism is undermining Western civilization’s will to confront the “existential threat” posed by “jihadism.”

Norman Podhoretz
A staunch supporter of the Iraq War and of Bush’s doctrine of preemptive war, Commentary editor at large and former Giuliani campaign adviser Norman Podhoretz maintains that bombing Iran is the best option for U.S. and Israeli security.

Paul Wolfowitz
The controversial former World Bank head and key Pentagon advocate for attacking Iraq after 9/11, Wolfowitz recently took over as chair of a State Department advisory board on arms control issues whose members include other proponents of the Iraq War.

Amoretta Hoeber
An erstwhile Cold Warrior, Hoeber runs a defense consulting business and supports hawkish groups like the Committee on the Present Danger and the Center for Security Policy.

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Report Shows New Neocon Angle on Iran
By Khody Akhavi

As Bush’s militaristic attitude toward Iran loses influence, a new American Enterprise Institute report reflects a shift in neoconservative efforts on Iran toward quieter tactics. Read full story.

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John Bolton, the controversial former U.S. ambassador to the UN and dyed-in the-wool foreign policy hawk, has been selected by President Trump to replace National Security Adviser McMaster, marking a sharp move to the hawkish extreme by the administration.


Michael Joyce, who passed away in 2006, was once described by neoconservative guru Irving Kristol as the “godfather of modern philanthropy.”


Mike Pompeo, the Trump administration’s second secretary of state, is a long time foreign policy hawk and has led the public charge for an aggressive policy toward Iran.


Max Boot, neoconservative military historian at the Council on Foreign Relations, on Trump and Russia: “At every turn Trump is undercutting the ‘get tough on Russia’ message because he just can’t help himself, he just loves Putin too much.”


Michael Flynn is a former Trump administration National Security Advisor who was forced to step down only weeks on the job because of his controversial contacts with Russian officials before Trump took office.


Since taking office Donald Trump has revealed an erratic and extremely hawkish approach to U.S. foreign affairs, which has been marked by controversial actions like dropping out of the Iran nuclear agreement that have raised tensions across much of the world and threatened relations with key allies.


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.


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From the Wires

Falsely demonizing all Muslims, their beliefs, and their institutions is exactly the wrong way to make Americans safer, because the more we scare ourselves with imaginary enemies, the harder it will be to find and protect ourselves from real ones.


Division in the ranks of the conservative movement is a critical sign that a war with Iran isn’t inevitable.


Donald Trump stole the headlines, but the declaration from the recent NATO summit suggests the odds of an unnecessary conflict are rising. Instead of inviting a dialogue, the document boasts that the Alliance has “suspended all practical civilian and military cooperation between NATO and Russia.” The fact is, NATO was a child of the Cold War, when the West believed that the Soviets were a threat. But Russia today is not the Soviet Union, and there’s no way Moscow would be stupid enough to attack a superior military force.


War with Iran may not be imminent, but neither was war with Iraq in late 2001.


Donald Trump was one of the many bets the Russians routinely place, recognizing that while most such bets will never pay off a few will, often in unpredictable ways. Trump’s actions since taking office provide the strongest evidence that this one bet is paying off handsomely for the Russians. Putin could hardly have made the script for Trump’s conduct at the recent NATO meeting any more to his liking—and any better designed to foment division and distrust within the Western alliance—than the way Trump actually behaved.


With President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talking openly about a possible “escalation between us and the Iranians,” there is a real risk that some combination of the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia could initiate a war with Iran. If there’s one lesson to be learned from U.S. wars since 9/11, it’s “don’t start another one.”


The former Kansas congressman and now Secretary of State in the Trump administration once told his constituents in Wichita, “The threat to America is from people who deeply believe that Islam is the way and the light and the only answer.” In this conception, if totalitarianism or terrorism is the content of the Iranian policy, then the Islamic Republic is its enabling form.


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