Tom Barry and Tanya I. Garcia, last updated: April 19, 2005A career diplomat and foreign policy operative, Eric S. Edelman is slated to replace the controversial Douglas Feith at the Pentagon as the new undersecretary of defense for policy. Many observers had wrongly assumed that Edelman would become Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s top deputy. Instead Rice named former U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick as Deputy Secretary of State.
Ken Adelman is a former member of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board during the George W. Bush administration who infamously said that “liberating Iraq would be a cakewalk.” Although Adelman later criticized the Bush administration for its failed policies in Iraq and publically supported Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election, in recent years he’s denounced Obama for his approach towards Russia, stating that unlike President Reagan, Obama “seems quite content to settle for a tie” with Russia.
A controversial retired U.S. Army general and former drug czar under President Bill Clinton, Barry McCaffery is a TV pundit who featured prominently in a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times article about retired military officers who were debriefed by the Pentagon on messages to deliver during TV appearances. Discussing McCaffery’s track record, Jeremy Scahill says that he has “made a tremendous amount of money off of war contracting and then he's brought onto these networks and treated as just an objective observer.”
Julie Finley is a former U.S.amabssador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and was a founding member of the now defunct U.S. Committee on NATO, a group that advocated using NATO as an instrument of U.S. military power. Recently, Finley co-signed an open letter stating that “the West must ratchet up serious sanctions against the Putin regime and immediately provide Ukraine with the full support, including military equipment and intelligence cooperation.”
Former governor of Arkansas and evangelical pastor Mike Huckabee has suspended his presidential campaign after a dismal showing in the Iowa caucuses, which he won in his 2008 campaign. Huckabee was rumored to be weighing an endorsement of Donald Trump, though when asked about it the former governor said “that’s nonsense.”
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) suspended his Republican presidential campaign after finishing near the bottom during the Iowa caucuses. He has endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for the nomination, who like Santorum advocates a staunchly hawkish foreign policy. Santorum says he supports Rubio because the Florida senator is “a candidate that espouses the values we believe in … someone who has a real understanding of the threat of ISIS.”
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