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

FEATURED ARTICLES 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:…

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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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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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François Nicoullaud, the former French ambassador to Iran, discusses the ups and downs of Iran-France relations and the new US sanctions.


Effective alliances require that powerful states shoulder a far larger share of the alliance maintenance costs than other states, a premise that Donald Trump rejects.


The new imbroglio over the INF treaty does not mean a revival of the old Cold War practice of nuclear deterrence. However, it does reveal the inability of the West and Russia to find a way to deal with the latter’s inevitable return to the ranks of major powers, a need that was obvious even at the time the USSR collapsed.


As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump appeared to recognize the obvious problem of the revolving door. But as the appointment of Patrick Shanahan, who spent 30 years at Boeing, as the Trump administration’s acting secretary of defense reveals, little has changed. America is indeed great again, if you happen to be one of those lucky enough to be moving back and forth between plum jobs in the Pentagon and the weapons industry.


Domestic troubles, declining popularity, and a decidedly hawkish anti-Iran foreign policy team may combine to make the perfect storm that pushes Donald Trump to pull the United States into a new war in the Middle East.


The same calculus that brought Iran and world powers to make a deal and has led remaining JCPOA signatories to preserve it without the U.S. still holds: the alternatives to this agreement – a race between sanctions and centrifuges that could culminate in Iran obtaining the bomb or being bombed – would be much worse.


With Bolton and Pompeo by his side and Mattis departed, Trump may well go with his gut and attack Iran militarily. He’ll be encouraged in this delusion by Israel and Saudi Arabia. He’ll of course be looking for some way to distract the media and the American public. And he won’t care about the consequences.


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