Foreign Policy Initiative
In a replay of the modus operandi of the Project for the New American Century, the newly enshrined Foreign Policy Initiative released an open letter to President Obama on human rights in Russia that included signatories from both the neocon camp and established human rights organizations.
The former Pentagon number two and ex-head of the World Bank added his voice to the chorus of hardliners denouncing President Obama’s “weakness” in confronting the election crisis in Iran.
The neoconservative foreign policy guru recently cofounded a letterhead group that some see as a transparent attempt to rehabilitate neoconservatism.
Ensconced at the conservative Hoover Institution, this former member of Donald Rumsfeld’s Defense Policy Board now seems to spend much of his time lambasting President Obama and venerating the memory of Ronald Reagan.
The controversial Iran-Contra veteran who served as an assistant secretary of state under George W. Bush remains a divisive figure in U.S.-Latin American relations.
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