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John Negroponte, a controversial Reagan-era official who was involved in implementing counter-insurgency policies in Central America, served as the first national intelligence director under President George W. Bush. He recently denounced the Obama administration’s diplomatic efforts to curtail Iran’s nuclear program and opined that Obama was distancing the United States from Israel. “My experience in the conduct of American foreign policy over 50 years it’s been pretty much an article of faith that we must do our best to be supportive of Israel,” he declared in an interview.
Robert Kagan, a neoconservative intellectual behind groups like the Project of the New American Century, is concerned about the rise of Donald Trump, whom he calls “the most successful demagogue-charlatan in the history of U.S. politics.” Blaming the Republican Party for the creation of Trump and the emergence of other disastrous candidates like Sen. Ted Cruz, Kagan recently wrote in Washington Post, “For this former Republican, and perhaps for others, the only choice will be to vote for Hillary Clinton. The party cannot be saved, but the country still can be.”
Elaine Chao, secretary of labor during the George W. Bush administration, garnered notoriety for citing the Bush White House’s “war on terror” rhetoric as a rationale for pressing conservative policy on labor. After her tenure she joined the right-wing Heritage Foundation as a fellow. In 2014, she spurred controversy during the reelection campaign of her husband, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-AZ), for her affiliation with an anti-coal organization. McConnell is an ardent supporter of Kentucky’s coal industry.
Henry Morgensternis the president of Security Solutions International, a Miami-based company that bills itself as a frontline defense against the threat of “radical Islam” and prime provider of “homeland security training” to a range of clients, including local police forces, corporations, and federal agencies.
A former Bush administration foreign policy official and veteran of the Pentagon’s controversial Office of Special Plans, Luti is now a vice president at the neoconservative Hudson Institute. In a recent article, he criticized the Obama administration’s efforts to conclude the historic July 2015 deal on Iran’s nuclear program, claiming that the administration’s “trust in Iran” is “misplaced.”
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February 23, 2016
It is still unclear if 2016 will be the year in which American voters end the influence of neoconservatives on decision-making.
February 22, 2016
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