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The Neoconservative Echo Chamber 2.0
By Ali Gharib & Eli Clifton
With their strategic goals discredited and their influence in policy circles on the wane, neoconservatives are making savvy use of the internet to promote their hawkish agenda on Iran, terrorism, and Middle East peace. A new generation of young neocons—bloggers and PR specialists—are employing slick websites and web videos to attract populist backing for their foreign policy agenda. The combination of a Democratic administration and growing disaffection among liberal Zionists for the right-wing policies of Israel’s Likud-led government has spurred neoconservatives to shift the focus of their activism from recruiting elite decision-makers to mobilizing the Republican Party’s ultra-conservative base. The implications of this shift, especially in a sooner-than-expected post-Obama era, could have significant repercussions for U.S. relations with the world. Read full article.
One of a string of astroturf groups recently launched by neoconservatives and Christian Right figures, Keep Israel Safe has produced several webvideos that attack the Obama administration’s policies on Israel and Iran.
Israeli bloggers recently revealed that this cornerstone neocon institution has been a key funder of an Israeli NGO that is leading efforts to purge universities of left-wing and “post-Zionist” influence.
Dick Cheney’s former right-hand was recently tapped by the conservative Heritage Foundation to serve as vice president for domestic and economic policy studies.
Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff who was convicted in connection to the PlameGate affair is now senior vice president of the Hudson Institute.
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Israeli civil rights groups and academics are harshly criticizing a campaign by right-wing politicians and activists to clamp down on what they call an “anti-Zionist tilt” at universities.
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