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Iraq After Petraeus: The More Things Change …
By John Isaacs

Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker’s defense of the "surge" strategy confirmed the divide in Congress over the Iraq War. While their testimony may have given President Bush some breathing space to avoid making hard decisions on the direction of the war, pending legislation in on Capitol Hill will undoubtedly put Republicans in an uncomfortable situation. Although many voters may be disappointed over the lack of congressional progress regarding the war, they are unlikely to swing back to Republicans if more than 100,000 U.S. troops still remain in the country 14 months from now. Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

Midge Decter
The matriarch of the neoconservative Podhoretz clan, and a leading foreign policy hawk and anti-feminist cultural critic for decades, Decter describes Donald Rumsfeld as a "studmuffin."

Hoover Institution
Stanford’s Hoover Institution is one of the most prominent right-wing think tanks in the country, particularly on economic and foreign policy issues, and has served as a brain trust for the last several Republican administrations.

Donald Rumsfeld
The former defense secretary and architect of the Iraq War has found a new home at the hawkish Hoover Institution, where he is researching the "ideology of terrorism."

Center for Security Policy
Founded by Frank Gaffney, the CSP has been one of the most vocal proponents of the "war on terror," using its privileged connections to military and government insiders to promote its vision of "peace through strength."

ALSO NEW ON RIGHT WEB

Diminished Religious Freedom in Iraq
By Khody Akhavi

Though the U.S. presence in Iraq is going on five years, Iraqis’ freedom to worship has diminished, according to a new State Department report. Read full story.

Who Killed Abu Risha?
By Jim Lobe

The Bush administration may have been too quick to pin blame on al-Qaida for the killing of Abu Risha, an important Sunni ally of the Iraqi government who had worked with U.S. authorities. Read full story.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney was a leading framer of the “global war on terror” and a staunch supporter of aggressive U.S. military action around the world.


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.


Right Web readers will be familiar with Mr. Fleitz, the former CIA officer who once threatened to take “legal action” against Right Web for publicizing reports of controversies he was associated with in the George W. Bush administration. Fleitz recently left his job at the conspiracy-mongering Center for Security Policy to become chief of staff to John Bolton at the National Security Council.


Norm Coleman is chair of the Republican Jewish Coalition and a former senator from Minnesota known for his hawkish views on foreign policy.


Billionaire hedge fund mogul Paul Singer is known for his predatory business practices and support for neoconservative causes.


Keith Kellogg, national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, is a passionate supporter of Trump’s foreign policy.


Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the largest “pro-Israel” advocacy group in the United States, is known for its zealous Christian Zionism and its growing influence in the Republican Party.


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The Trumpian new regional order in the Middle East is predicated on strongman rule, disregard for human rights, Sunni primacy over Iran and other Shia centers of power, continued military support for pro-American warring parties regardless of the unlawfulness of such wars, and Israeli hegemony.


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A comparison of U.S. nuclear diplomacy with Iran and the current version with North Korea puts the former in a good light and makes the latter look disappointing. Those with an interest in curbing the dangers of proliferating nuclear weapons should hope that the North Korea picture will improve with time. But whether it does or not, the process has put into perspective how badly mistaken was the Trump administration’s trashing of the Iran nuclear agreement.


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Numerous high profile Trump administration officials maintain close ties with anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists. In today’s America, disparaging Islam is acceptable in ways that disparaging other religions is not. Given the continuing well-funded campaigns by the Islamophobes and continuing support from their enablers in the Trump administration, starting with the president himself, it seems unlikely that this trend will be reversed any time soon.


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The Trump administration’s nuclear proliferation policy is now in meltdown, one which no threat of “steely resolve”—in Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s words—will easily contain. It is hemorrhaging in part because the administration has yet to forge a strategy that consistently and credibly signals a feasible bottom line that includes living with—rather than destroying—regimes it despises or fears. Political leaders on both sides of the aisle must call for a new model that has some reasonable hope of restraining America’s foes and bringing security to its Middle East allies.


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Congressional midterm elections are just months away and another presidential election already looms. Who will be the political leader with the courage and presence of mind to declare: “Enough! Stop this madness!” Man or woman, straight or gay, black, brown, or white, that person will deserve the nation’s gratitude and the support of the electorate. Until that occurs, however, the American penchant for war will stretch on toward infinity.


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To bolster the president’s arguments for cutting back immigration, the administration recently released a fear-mongering report about future terrorist threats. Among the potential threats: a Sudanese national who, in 2016, “pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS”; an Uzbek who “posted a threat on an Uzbek-language website to kill President Obama in an act of martyrdom on behalf of ISIS”; a Syrian who, in a plea agreement, “admitted that he knew a member of ISIS and that while in Syria he participated in a battle against the Syrian regime, including shooting at others, in coordination with Al Nusrah,” an al-Qaeda offshoot.


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The recent appointment of purveyors of anti-Muslim rhetoric to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom exposes the cynical approach Republicans have taken in promoting religious freedom.


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