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Whither the Party Line on Egypt? ALSO: Profiles of Irving Moskowitz, Leon Wieseltier, and more

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Whither the Party Line on Egypt?

By Jack Ross

The neoconservatives have repeatedly found themselves facing the discomforting reality that democratic change in the Middle East—which they have at times feverishly embraced—has led to governments that are opposed to Israel. Now, with the Egyptian street in upheaval, a stark divide has emerged in neocon discourse. The freedom crowd sees the uprising as vindication of Bush’s “global democratic revolution”; the Islamophobes have begun their predictable fear mongering about the Muslim Brotherhood and the threat of global Islamism. Read article.

 

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Obama Riding a Mideast Tiger

By Jim Lobe

The Obama administration is scrambling to confront an unprecedented number of challenges across the Arab world. Read article.

 

Two Cheers for the Brotherhood

By John Feffer (Foreign Policy in Focus)

Can the Muslim Brotherhood be a partner in a democratic Egypt? Not according to neoconservatives and other Middle East hawks. But the trajectory and recent history of the organization tell a more nuanced tale. Read article.

 

FEATURED PROFILES

Irving Moskowitz

The bingo magnate and notorious backer of illegal Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories, Moskowitz has also funded the campaigns of rightwing U.S. politicians like Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Leon Wieseltier

Wieseltier, the literary editor of the New Republic who has a penchant for accusing critics of Israel with antisemitism, has excoriated the Obama administration’s cautiousness in its response to the tumult in Egypt, arguing that the president has replaced the “freedom agenda” with an “acceptance agenda.”

Clarion Fund

According to some critics, Clarion Fund’s new film, Iranium, could be appropriately subtitled “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the ‘Military Option.’”

Emergency Committee for Israel

ECI is a hawkish pressure group tied to rightwing Republican Party figures.

Dennis Ross

The controversial Mideast adviser to the Obama administration has been associated with a number of militarist advocacy groups, including the neoconservative Middle East Forum.

Lee Smith

Lee Smith, a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute, often lambasts the purported weakness of liberals in confronting terrorism and attacks writers who are critical of Israeli policies as being “Jew-baiters.”

Ilan Berman

Vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, Berman’s preferred strategy for pressuring Iran is to do a replay of the 1974 Jackson-Vanik amendment, a cornerstone of neoconservative advocacy during the early 1970s which threatened trade relations with the Soviet Union if it didn’t liberalize Jewish emigration.

Elliott Abrams

The Iran-Contra veteran is a well-known neoconservative ideologue who works as a senior fellow on Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Robert Kagan

From his new perch at the Brookings Institution, the veteran neocon writer has championed the new START Treaty whilst warning against cuts in defense spending.

 

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