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Whither the Realists in 2008? Plus: Updates on Tom Tancredo, Melvin Sembler, Bill Kristol, and More

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Whither the Realists in 2008?
By Jim Lobe | February 7, 2008

The failure of hardline, neoconservative-driven policies in Iraq and elsewhere led to the ascent of realists in the Defense and State departments—but can the realists withstand hawkish attacks and hold on to the progress they’ve made until Bush leaves office in 2009? Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

Tom Tancredo
Restrictionist Rep. Tom Tancredo helped make immigration reform a top issue in the race for president, and his campaign strengthened the Republican Party’s nativist bloc.

Melvin Sembler
A strip-mall magnate and controversial anti-drug crusader, Sembler is also a Bush family confidant and major funder of neoconservative-driven foreign policy campaigns William Kristol
A leading neoconservative figure and son of the faction’s founding figure, William Kristol was recently added to the roster of New York Times op-ed columnists.

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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.


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