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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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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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Jobs should not be an excuse to arm a murderous regime that not only appears to be behind the assassination of a U.S. resident and respected commentator but is also responsible for thousands of civilian casualties in Yemen—the majority killed with U.S-supplied bombs, combat aircraft, and tactical assistance.


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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