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Perle Explains

Published on January 7th, 2009 | by Jim Lobe

Don’t miss Richard Perle’s comprehensive but remarkably unpersuasive explanation in The National Interest Online of how neo-conservatives, least of all himself, really exercised very little influence over the Bush administration’s policies, even in the run-up to ... Read More


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Nelson Report Says Ross Will Get Iran File

Published on January 5th, 2009 | by Jim Lobe

Very concerning news from the very excellent Nelson Report tonight — that Dennis Ross will become Special Envoy for Iran, reporting directly to SecState-designate Clinton, rather than to the White House. Chris Nelson has great sources ... Read More


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Heilbrunn Reviews Neo-Con Travails

Published on January 1st, 2009 | by Jim Lobe

Jacob Heilbrunn of The National Interest, which is related to the Nixon Center, has written two very interesting articles on the plight of the neo-cons after the Republican debacle in November that are well worth a ... Read More


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And Helena Cobban,

Published on December 28th, 2008 | by Jim Lobe

whose blog on Middle East politics, justworldnews.org, is consistently among the very best, informed as it is by decades of on-the-ground reporting (mostly for the Christian Science Monitor) and analytical expertise. I refer in particular to ... Read More


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Read Daniel Levy on Gaza

Published on December 28th, 2008 | by Jim Lobe

You can find his analysis on why Americans should care about what has been happening in Gaza these last 48 hours here. One hopes Obama might have a look at it, too. Also well worth reading ... Read More


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Neo-Cons Still Busy on Iran

Published on December 26th, 2008 | by Jim Lobe

While no doubt demoralized, the neo-conservative hawks at American Enterprise Institute (AEI) will be continuing their efforts for a major U.S. confrontation with Iran. They’ve scheduled an all-day briefing on “The Imam Returned: Thirty Years of ... Read More


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“Ross vs. Kurtzer”

Published on December 26th, 2008 | by Jim Lobe

Scott McLeod at Time sums up the key battle, as I understand it, over who (Dennis Ross vs. Dan Kurtzer) will get the Israel-Palestinian (and possibly -Arab) portfolio in the Obama administration and the case against ... Read More


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More Neo-Con Wisdom From the Journal

Published on December 12th, 2008 | by Jim Lobe

In a characteristically obtuse, barely coherent and typically self-serving and –centered op-ed published Saturday, former Pentagon policy chief, Douglas Feith calls on Obama to build on Feith’s chairmanship of the U.S.-India Defense Policy Group (DPG) to ... Read More


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