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Whither Neoconservatism in the Obama Era? Plus: Dick Cheney’s Vice Presidency Investigated

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Neoconservatism in a New Era

By Nick Rogers

Out of power and out of fashion, what exactly will be the post-Bush agenda of the neoconservatives? Prominent thinkers Joshua Muravchik and Michael Ledeen weigh in on how neocons should move forward—and the domestic aspect of their opinions may surprise you. Read full story.

Cheney: Master Bureaucrat

By Daniel Luban

Dick Cheney has from the beginning served as the most aggressive hawk among the top administration leadership. His public pronouncements on the Iraq War have often gone farther than George W. Bush was willing to. With secrecy and skill, Cheney used the vice president’s office to unite the administration around shared goals of an aggressively nationalist foreign policy, a disdain for diplomacy, and an utterly unfettered executive power in time of war, as Barton Gellman documents in his recent biography Angler. Read full story.

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Elliott Abrams
The departure of Elliott Abrams from the National Security Council after President Bush leaves office will deprive neoconservatives of a key insider pushing Likud-aligned Mideast policies.

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Neocons Campaign to Preempt Iran Talks
By Ali Gharib (Inter Press Service)

With the presidential transition running full-steam ahead, hardliners are busy lining up their arguments for why talks with Iran will fail. Read full story.

Regional Players Key to Salvaging Peace Process
By Ali Gharib (Inter Press Service)

Some experts think the Obama administration may be the last chance the Middle East has for achieving a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Read full story.

Cutbacks at Freedom’s Watch as Donor’s Fortune Declines
By Eli Clifton (Inter Press Service)

Freedom’s Watch, a rightist advocacy group, is set to make major cutbacks due to the decreased fortunes of its main donor, Sheldon Adelson. 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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From the Wires

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.


Soon after a Saudi-led coalition strike on a bus killed 40 children on August 9, a CENTCOM spokesperson stated to Vox, “We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the U.S. sold to them.”


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