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Hard Right Hijacks Conservative Agenda on Foreign Policy

Report 22 July 2010
On issues ranging from nonproliferation to terrorism to U.S. policy toward Iran, neoconservatives and far-right hawks have attempted to hijack their own party’s agenda, bucking bipartisan opinion and trashing decades of conservative expertise and accomplishment. When the minority leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee speaks out in public against his own leadership, a trend is afoot that is dangerous for the country and carries serious political risk. On the range of issues that the hard right has chosen to politicize, it risks defying views widely held by Americans, and in the end, marginalizing only themselves.
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Iran

Beware Neocons Politicizing Intelligence on Iran

Report 19 January 2010
Last week, Newsweek reported that the U.S. intelligence community would be revising the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran.  Reports on the content of this revised intelligence estimate on Iran have coincided with broader efforts by some neoconservatives to politicize intelligence gathering, raising the possibility of neoconservative intelligence manipulation to beat the war-drum on Iran.   

Not only was this the case in the run-up to the Iraq war, but following the release of the 2007  NIE on Iran, which dealt a severe setback to war talk against Iran, several prominent neoconservatives attacked the intelligence community for a releasing an estimate that failed to advance their dangerous arguments for military action.

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Afghanistan

A Serious Debate Emerges on Afghanistan, but Conservative Opposition Stands on Sidelines

Report 16 September 2009
Afghanistan remains critical to the security of the United States and the region. But after years of neglect by the Bush administration the situation in Afghanistan is dire; regional experts, progressives and foreign policy realists are voicing important questions about whether, how and to what end the situation can be turned around. The Obama administration is engaging skeptics, as it seeks to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy. Unfortunately, largely absent from the debate is a credible voice among the conservative opposition in Congress, now dominated by neoconservative thinking. Their calls for a massive, never-ending military commitment reflect the same misguided thinking and over-militarized approach that we saw over the last eight years. This conflict is not one that will simply be “won” by sending in more troops; instead, a positive outcome is dependent on diplomatic, political, and developmental efforts. The President must unveil realistic goals and expectations for American involvement and advance the implementation of a comprehensive strategy that is in line with America’s broader national security interests.
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Iraq

After Six Years, A New Consensus On Iraq

Report 20 March 2009
Six years after the war began, a popular and political consensus has emerged on the way forward. This new consensus represents an important turning point in the debate over Iraq -- and an important early victory for the Administration’s ability to enunciate and build support for national security policies that are pragmatic, progressive and widely supported.
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John McCain's Scary Foreign Policy

Report 31 October 2008
There are few things more unnerving, even on Halloween, than Senator McCain’s positions on foreign policy. The area was supposed to be a major McCain strength, but over the course of this campaign it has become increasingly clear that McCain holds extremely neoconservative positions.
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The Growing Conservative Schism on Foreign Policy

Press Release Washington, D.C. 29 October 2008

The Growing Conservative Schism on Foreign Policy

Report 28 October 2008
Colin Powell’s endorsement of Senator Obama signifies the culmination of a long simmering split within the conservative foreign policy establishment between neoconservatives and pragmatists.
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Powell’s Endorsement Signals the End of the NeoCon Alliance with Pragmatic Conservatives

Report 20 October 2008
For the past thirty years, the Republican party’s foreign policy establishment has consisted of an uneasy alliance between Neoconservatives and pragmatists. The Iraq war put the alliance under great strain. The decision of Colin Powell, long a leader in the pragmatic conservative camp, to endorse Barack Obama is the strongest of recent signals that the alliance is broken for good.
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Iran

Reality Bites: Neoconservatives Attack Facts in Iran NIE Because It Does Not Fit With Their World View

Report 11 December 2007
A small group of neoconservatives have challenged the findings of the nation’s 16 intelligence agencies because it conflicts with their view of the world.
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Iraq

Military Publications Call on Rumsfeld to Resign

Report 29 January 2007
As the situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate powerful voices are calling on George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld to finally take some responsibility for the incompetent handling of the war.
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