Guardian Blows Whistle On Ersatz Middle

The Guardian Blows the Whistle on the Ersatz Middle East Experts

http://www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,777100,00.html:

US thinktanks give lessons in foreign policy

Brian Whitaker reports on the network of research institutes whose views and TV appearances are supplanting all other experts on Middle Eastern issues

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http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20020902&s=vest

The Nation, September 2

The Men From JINSA and CSP

by Jason Vest

lmost thirty years ago, a prominent group of neoconservative hawks found an effective vehicle for advocating their views via the Committee on the Present Danger, a group that fervently believed the United States was a hair away from being militarily surpassed by the Soviet Union, and whose raison d’ĂȘtre was strident advocacy of bigger military budgets, near-fanatical opposition to any form of arms control and zealous championing of a Likudnik Israel. Considered a marginal group in its nascent days during the Carter Administration, with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980 CPD went from the margins to the center of power.