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Whither the Obama peace plan? Profiles on Chalabi, Kyl, Kirk, Santorum, and Brownback

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To Peace Plan or Not to Peace Plan?
By Jim Lobe

Reports earlier this month that President Barack Obama may present a comprehensive U.S. peace plan for resolving the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict have spurred a growing public debate over its wisdom and timing. Read full article.

 

FEATURED PROFILES

Ahmad Chalabi
A long-standing favorite of the neocon crowd, Chalabi has recently been accused of unjustly marginalizing political opponents in Iraq while at the same time courting Iran.

Mark Kirk
Criticized by his Democratic opponent for accepting donations from Goldman Sachs employees, Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL), a key “pro-Israel” hardliner in the House, remains the favorite to win the Illinois Senate seat vacated by President Obama.

Jon Kyl
One of the Senate’s key foreign policy hawks and a frequent critic of President Obama, Kyl has lambasted the administration’s arms control initiatives while championing its military escalation in Afghanistan.

Rick Santorum
The former senator from Pennsylvania turned rightwing pundit at the neocon Ethics and Public Policy Center appears to be gearing up for a 2012 presidential bid.

Sam Brownback
A frontrunner to replace Katherine Sibelius as governor of Kansas, Brownback has been one of the Senate’s leading domestic conservatives and foreign policy hawks.

 

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Israel and the U.S. Nuclear Option on Iran
Although the Obama administration has carefully avoided drawing a connection between Israel and its decision to reserve the right to use nuclear weapons against Iran, the new Nuclear Posture Review broadens the range of contingencies in which nuclear weapons might play a role so as to include an Iranian military response to an Israeli attack.

Alleged Weapons Transfer Threatens U.S. Mideast Efforts
Recent Israeli allegations that Syria is providing Hezbollah with Scud missiles is jeopardizing U.S. efforts to woo Damascus away from its alliance with Iran.

 

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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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