Friday, January 04, 2008

Regardless Of What Candidate Is Chosen U.S. Foreign Policy Won’t Change pt. 2

Yesterday I wrote about who is advising the leading Democratic presidential candidates regarding their foreign policy. Don’t worry I didn’t forget about the Republicans, their foreign policy advisors are no peaches either.

Here is yet another brief list of who is advising the candidates and some of the human rights atrocities they are responsible for.

Rudy Giuliani:

  • Daniel Pipes – he has been leading the charge against “Islamofascism” on college campuses and has put out his Campus Watch, in terms of going after professors that he deems are not pro-Israel enough.
  • Norman Podhoretz – in his new book “World War IV”, he says bomb the Iranians. And he’s not just talking about pinpoint Iranian nuclear installations; he’s saying bomb the Iranians.
  • Ex-Senator Robert Kasten – he is formerly a major backer of the Pakistani military dictatorships and the Suharto dictatorship in Indonesia.
  • A Super Trooper team of neoconservative war hawks from numerous conservative think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, Hoover, and the Hudson. Some of these advisors include Martin Kramer, Stephen Rosen, and Peter Berkowitz. All of these people are supporters of the Bush Doctrine of pre-emptive war in the name of fighting “terror” or as Rudy likes to call it “Islamofascism”.

John McCain:

  • General Alexander Haig – he oversaw the US policy of mass terror killings of civilians in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras, when American nuns and religious workers were abducted, raped and murdered by the Salvadoran National Guard.
  • Max Boot – he points to El Salvador, where 70,000 civilians were killed by American-backed death squads, as a model counterinsurgency for what the US should be doing today.
  • Henry Kissinger – he was responsible for mass deaths in Cambodia, Vietnam, Chile, and countless other places (and I personally think he should be tried as a war criminal).
  • Bud McFarlane – during the Reagan administration he was a key backer of the Contras.
  • Brent Scowcroft – he was the one who, during the Bush 1 administration, went to China right after the Tiananmen Square massacre and reassured the Chinese leadership, “Don’t worry about it, we’re still behind you.”

Mitt Romney:

  • Cofer Black – he is a longtime CIA operative and was one of the key people behind the invasion of Afghanistan. He is also the one who organized Detachment 88 in Indonesia just recently, the supposed antiterrorist outfit that went after a Papuan human rights lawyer.
  • Mark Falcoff – he was a key figure in backing the old US policy of terror in Central America during the Regan administration.
  • Roger Noriega – another key figure in backing the old US policy of terror in Central America during the Regan administration.
  • Dan Senor – a major supporter of the early invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Mike Huckabee:

  • Huckabee is kind of like Edwards in the sense that he doesn’t really have any big name foreign policy advisors and not much is really known about who is advising him.

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