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The list of foreign policy experts Bernie Sanders should be consulting

Last night Hillary Clinton criticized Bernie Sanders for not having foreign policy advisers. She thereby echoed the conventional wisdom in the corporate media that Bernie Sanders is lacking in foreign policy smarts, and evidence of the deficit is his absence of a braintrust. By contrast, Hillary Clinton has an extensive establishment braintrust of centrist-right careerists/thinktankers who all don’t want to miss this chance to put Foggy Bottom on the resume. Like, Tamara Cofman Wittes of the Saban Forum.

Clinton’s list includes former supporters of the Iraq war and opponents too, but no one who is critical of Israel in any outspoken way. Last night, in one flourish, Sanders used Clinton’s supposed strength against her to make the point that her ties to the foreign policy establishment are possibly as suspect as her ties to Wall Street:

Clinton: “Well, I know journalists have asked who you do listen to on foreign policy, and we have yet to know who that is.”

Sanders: “Well, it ain’t Henry Kissinger. That’s for sure.”

We decided to put forward our own list of names Bernie Sanders might want to consult on Middle East foreign policy. We’ll update this as more lightbulbs go on. Our list merges lib-left thinkers and realist ones too. And though we lean towards those whose views we share, we are trying to be plausible, too.

Rashid Khalidi, Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University.

Shireen Hunter, center for Muslim Christian understanding, at Georgetown

Yousef Munayyer, director of the US Campaign to End the Occupation

Marsha Cohen, longtime writer and analyst of Middle East

Rob Malley, Now in the Obama administration.

William Quandt, author, scholar, former State Department official.

Sarah Leah Whitson, Human Rights Watch

Ken Roth, Human Rights Watch

Richard Falk, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University and former United Nations Special Rapporteur

Rula Jebreal, author of Miral, journalist/broadcaster, knows the issue intimately.

Jessica Matthews, former president Carnegie Endowment

Diana Buttu, Former spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization

Sanam Naraghi Anderlini. An expert on Iran and extremism issues, and has worked at the UN, with long experience of working with women in peace activism.

Helena Cobban, publisher of Just World Books, journalist, longtime observer of the Middle East.

Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies.

Rebecca Vilkomerson, director of Jewish Voice for Peace

John Mearsheimer, Realist at University of Chicago, co-author of The Israel Lobby.

Chas Freeman. Former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, translator on Nixon’s China trip, and former Obama nominee to head an intelligence agency. Realist.

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett. Co authors of Going to Tehran. Extensive foreign policy experience, including high in US government.

Noura Erakat, human rights attorney and assistant professor at George Mason University.

Jim Lobe, longtime foreign-policy journalist

Katherine Franke, Columbia law school professor, expert on gender studies and on boycott movement

Chase Madar, author on national security

Gordon Adams, professor of foreign policy at American University

Michael Brenner, author and scholar of Israel studies, American University

Scott McConnell, American Conservative, former neoconservative, now a neocon critic

Zbig Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor

Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada

Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Advisor

Paul Pillar, former CIA official, leading realist writer.

Todd Pierce. Former army lawyer, has served as attorney for Guantanamo plaintiffs.

Hooman Majd, Iranian American author.

Mohammad Ali Shabani, editor at Al Monitor.

John Judis, historian, journalist

Eli Clifton, investigative journalist, Lobelog

Ali Gharib, Iranian-American journalist

Muhammad Sahimi, Iran News and Middle East Reports

Marsha Cohen, LobeLog

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of the Nation, expertise on Russia

Kevan Harris, sociologist of development at UCLA

Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, author of Treacherous Alliance

Reza Marashi, National Iranian American Council

Tyler Cullis, National Iranian American Council

Daniel Levy, European Council on Foreign Relations, a leading liberal Zionist who has been open to one-state discussion.

Greg Grandin, scholar at Brooklyn College, writer on foreign policy issues.

Robert Blackwill, retired diplomat, Republican.

Lisa Goldman, New America Foundation

Steve Clemons, New America Foundation

Michael Desch, Notre Dame international relations scholar.

Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune columnist (who opposes Sanders on domestic issues)

Stephen Walt, former dean at the Kennedy School, co-author of The Israel Lobby (whose own list we ripped off)

Barry Posen, political scientist, MIT

Andrew Bacevich, realist author

Daniel Larison, senior editor, American Conservative

Jerome Slater, longtime scholar/writer on the conflict, brought Israeli new historians to US

Juan Cole, Professor of History at the University of Michigan

Glenn Greenwald, Journalist

Have a suggestion of someone who should be on the list? Add it in the comments!

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  1. annie on February 12, 2016, 1:15 pm

    Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz


    he probably already reads mondoweiss tho.

    • zanani on February 13, 2016, 2:14 pm

      Well, he already did bring in this guy for consultation:
      “Bernie Sanders + Noam Chomsky: Deciphering Foreign Policy Jargon”
      Although 30 years ago!

      • Xpat on February 13, 2016, 11:46 pm

        I just listened to 1 hour of Chomsky’s speech. It’s great stuff. A broad sweep of what global U.S. police is all about. His account of the total U.S. blockade on humanitarian aid to Cambodia could be copied and pasted for Gaza.

        Thanks for posting this. It’s good to know that this is the kind of analysis Bernie Sanders values.

  2. hophmi on February 12, 2016, 1:49 pm

    LOL. Maybe he should consult Ayatollah Khamenei too.

    • Atlantaiconoclast on February 12, 2016, 1:58 pm

      Well Israel consults with Al Qaeda in Syria.
      And treats their wounded soldiers.
      And gets its lobby in America to push for intervention against the secular Assad.

      Keep lying to yourself Hophmi.

    • echinococcus on February 12, 2016, 4:01 pm

      Why not? That’s a much wiser choice than any of the Zionists –also way better than some of the names in the list here.

    • Albert Westpy on February 13, 2016, 1:58 pm

      The Ayatollah Khamenei should be number one on his list. “Keep your friends close and your…..”, well you may know the rest of the quote.

  3. Atlantaiconoclast on February 12, 2016, 1:57 pm

    Hillary Leverett and her husband Flynt Leverett are a no brainer!

    • annie on February 12, 2016, 2:14 pm

      they are already on the list atlanta ;)

      • Atlantaiconoclast on February 12, 2016, 5:13 pm

        How did I miss that? Guess next time I should use control F instead of my eyes! Thanks.

  4. marc b. on February 12, 2016, 2:23 pm

    Ken Roth

    • Bandolero on February 13, 2016, 4:44 am

      And Sarah Leah Whitson neither.

      HRW is a neocon propaganda machine.

    • Bandolero on February 13, 2016, 5:06 am

      Zbig Brzezinski not neither.

      He’s a fanatic hater of Russia and war proponent as long as the war may weaken Russia.

      • Nevada Ned on February 14, 2016, 1:06 am

        Zbig has already done a lot of damage. He convinced Jimmy Carter to work with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, establishing a network of jihadi schools for desperately poor Afghan boys. The result? the Taliba and al Quada. As Zbig planned, they gave the Soviets a hard time in Afghanistan. Then the Al Quaeda went on to bigger things, like the 9/11 attacks.

        Abig is skeptical of Israel, but in all other respects is a failure.

        OT but did you notice Donald Trump denouncing the Iraq War in the Republican debate tonight?

      • lysias on February 14, 2016, 9:53 am

        I did not watch the debate, but the audience is reported to have booed Trump.

      • Bandolero on February 15, 2016, 2:21 am

        Nevada Ned

        Yes, I watched Trump bearding the lion in his den.

        I was very skeptical how Trump would do in Greenville. I mean everyone a bit informed knew that Leslie Moonves – the host of the show in Greenville – is a grandnephew of the prominent zionist war criminal David Ben-Gurion. And – I think – everyone understood that Les and his CBS crew would stack all the cards they have against Trump, the only Republican who is not owned by the RJC, from questions to to audience selection. Would Trump fold in the lion’s den and parrot the line of the Israel lobby?

        Trump did not fold – he was great, defended his proposed partnership with Putin, and he attacked Bush over 9/11. It was well worth watching. Read an answer of Trump to Bush:

        MR. DONALD TRUMP: Call me a genius, I like him so far. I have to tell you. Let me just tell you this. Jeb is so wrong. Jeb is absolutely so– (BOOING) that’s– just so you understand, you know what that is? That’s Jeb’s special interests and lobbyists talking. Look– (AUDIENCE REACTION) let me just tell you something. Jeb– Jeb is so wrong.

        You’ve gotta fight ISIS first. You fight ISIS first. Right now you have Russia, you have Iran, you have them with Assad and you have them with Syria. You have to knock out ISIS. They’re chopping off heads. These are animals. You have to knock ’em out, you have to knock ’em off strong.

        You decide what to do after. You can’t fight two wars at one time. If you listen to him, and you listen to some of the folks that I’ve been listening to, that’s why we’ve been in the Middle East for 15 years. And we haven’t won anything. We’ve spent $5 trillion in the Middle East (CHEERING) because of thinking like that. (APPLAUSE) We’ve spent five– (BELL)

        JOHN DICKERSON: All right.

        MR. DONALD TRUMP: –with Lindsey Graham, Lindsey Graham, who backed him, who had zero on his polls. Let me just tell you something, we’ve said– (AUDIENCE REACTION) we’ve spent– we’ve spent– I only tell the truth, lobbyists. We’ve spent $5 trillion all over the m– we have to rebuild our country, we have to rebuild our infrastructure. You listen to that, you’re gonna be–

        JOHN DICKERSON: All right–

        MR. DONALD TRUMP: –there for another 15–(OVERTALK)

        Trump was taking the Israel lobby bull by the horns. Special interests, lobbyists, $5 trillion spent for senseless wars in ME, hard to miss whom Trump engaged with these lines.

        See the toughest lines between minute 16 and 30.

        And CBS? Close to the end they gave Israel’s darling Rubio a question what clearly looked scripted (the one close to the end he answered with that he wants to inspire people like Reagan).

        After that debate I sympathise with Trump ever more than before. And neocon Bill Kristol hates him even more than before

        So, let’s hope voters honor Trump’s open fight against the lobby.

      • Boomer on February 15, 2016, 7:26 am

        re Bandolero’s comment: “. . . everyone a bit informed knew that Leslie Moonves – the host of the show in Greenville – is a grandnephew of the prominent zionist war criminal David Ben-Gurion”

        I didn’t know that, but I have observed (it’s hard to miss) that CBS (with a few notable exceptions over the years) shares the MSM’s pro-Zionist, anti-Palestinian bias. I know nothing about the man, but my guess would be that, while he may contribute to that bias, it must be bigger than any one person.

      • Mooser on February 15, 2016, 10:53 am

        “So, let’s hope voters honor Trump’s open fight against the lobby.”

        Trump has promised to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem!! Now, that’s defiance.

        And of course, he will re-build the Trump Temple.

    • on February 15, 2016, 3:31 am

      Trump speaking against the invasion of Iraq or Libya is not coming from a place of genuine concern of human lives, American or not. He is trying to present himself as the one candidate totally different from the rest, and is motivated by pure narcissism. He is still a racist, capitalist, sexist white trash who should’ve have stayed on reality TV. I can’t believe scum like him is actually trying to hold the same office as President Obama, who is arguably the greatest person that have graced American politics.

      • Bandolero on February 15, 2016, 9:12 pm


        Yes, true, regarding the movement of the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem Trump folded. First he said he won’t do it, then he said he would do it just like all other Republican candidates. Remember: the Republican electorate loves Israel a lot. Will Trump fold on other positions, too? I don’t know. But the rest of the Republican field was already from the start in the bag of the Israel lobby, while Trump obviously tries to fight back. I think it’s a very good thing if the Israel lobby cannot take the Republican lane for granted anymore – due to Trump. Would I support Bernie against Trump? Likely, though Bernie is a PEP – progressive except Palestine. Who is more likely to fold to the Israel lobby and will use the US military in the service of more wars of aggressive for Israeli designs, Bernie or the Donald? Frankly, I don’t know yet.


        “Obama, who is arguably the greatest person that have graced American politics”

        I’m just not sure, if you mean this sarcastic. If so, you should have added, that Obama “is arguably the greatest person that have graced American politics” just after GWB. GWB killed a million or so people in senseless wars of aggression for Israeli designs, Obama’s counter is so far only at about 400.000. But there is still hope Obama can catch up.

        That said, Obama did a very good thing with the Iran deal, while GWB did a very good thing with overstretching and thereby breaking the US empire.

    • on February 16, 2016, 5:05 am

      “I’m just not sure, if you mean this sarcastic. If so, you should have added, that Obama “is arguably the greatest person that have graced American politics” just after GWB. ” – Bandalero

      A firm no to that ridiculous suggestion. I meant what I meant, which was President Obama, as an individual is the greatest person bar none in the history of the United States to hold a political office. You cannot possible blame the foreign policy clusterf*ck on him, considering the US never had a positive and pro-humanistic foreign policy since its inception. No one man can change the fact that the US is a structurally flawed institution. A man with crooked genes will never be an Olympic athlete, but Obama managed to extract the maximum amount of potential out of him, which is the most important thing. That is what great leaders do.

      • Bandolero on February 17, 2016, 12:35 am


        Of course I can blame Obama for his decisions and not excuse it by saying his DNA makes him being a stupid and murderous thug, so what we got is the best he managed.

        So, Obama has some 10k maybe 100k or more people killed with his stupid war on Libya, It was his decision to do this. He had lot’s of political cover, if he didn’t want to do this. By doing this he pushed lage parts of Africa deep into chaos for many years to come, and he killed a serious African attempt to get rid of colonialism. Obama later said himself, it was a mistake, just like Jeb now says it was a mistake by GWB to invade Iraq. Should I praise him for that?

        The same for Syria and Yemen. It was Obama’s decision to execute GWBs MEPI plans there to wage wars of wahhabi terror against these countries and to destroy them by doing so. In Ukraine, Obama didn’t support wahhabis, but he instead supported Nazis to destroy that country. Where a bit courage could have done good, like in Bahrain or Israel, Obama sponsored wahhabi and zionist crackdowns. In Afghanistan Obama killed lot’s of people with a stupid surge. All that he did while he successful managed to destroy the peace movement in the western world, too.

        So, now it may you surprise that in the end I also may see Obama’s presidency in a positive light – so you may preach to the converted if you try to convince me how much good Obama has done. His Iran deal was just great – he sabotaged a long-standng effort from the Israeli lobby to wage a war of aggression against Iran. Also to his credit he let Pakistan go into the SCO. Obama also did a bit to expose israel as a regime unwilling to do peace. Good things.

        But to me the main question is: will Obama manage to pass the torch of the good things he started in his 2nd term to his successor? To me it looks like he tries. However, here only success counts, because if he doesn’t manage to do it, all the start of good things Obama did would likely sum up as nothing – while the hundreds of thousands of dead of the bad things he did will stay in the book.

      • on February 17, 2016, 12:40 pm

        Bandero, again, you are overemphasizing the power of the President and grossly uunderstating the immense role of the military industrial complex and the private lobbies in the formulation of core strategy and philosophy of the American foreign policy. If the US was like Cuba or North Korea with Obama in the executive role, then your criticism of him would be valid. Outside of that, I cannot agree with any of your complaints towards President Obama. Also, you being a Trump supporter makes it much harder to take any of your points seriously.

      • Mooser on February 17, 2016, 4:37 pm

        “If the US was like Cuba or North Korea with Obama in the executive role”

        Ah, spoken like a true “Progressive Marxist”. Isn’t that what you say you are, “rugal b”?

      • on February 18, 2016, 11:06 am

        “Ah, spoken like a true “Progressive Marxist”. Isn’t that what you say you are, “rugal b” ”

        Yeah, cause North Korea and Cuba are not Marxist, but ideologically-devoid dictatorships? You should read more about what Marxism is before commenting on its politics. Or you could just stick to being the class clown, if it fits you better.

      • Bandolero on February 18, 2016, 7:13 pm


        “Bandero, again, you are overemphasizing the power of the President”

        Sorry for me being so naive to think the benevolent Commander in Chief Barack Obama is responsible for the orders to wage illegal wars of aggression he issued. Now I know that the MIC is Commander in Chief and his CEO – what was his name – gives the orders to the armed forces of the United States.

        “Also, you being a Trump supporter makes it much harder to take any of your points seriously.”

        Whom you are going to hit by shooting the messenger? As you may have noticed I support Bernie, and you, my “communist” comrade? Do you support Hillary came saw died Clinton, who also poses as a great Obama supporter, or are you just trolling to keep progressive people away from voting?

  5. Blownaway on February 12, 2016, 2:46 pm

    More importantly who not to consult. The reason Clinton Rubio bush and Cruz sound alike on foreign policy is they all share the same advisory group. Consultants affiliated with a small Washington, D.C., firm called Beacon Global Strategies hold the unique privilege of providing high-profile foreign policy guidance to Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz, among others. From the intercep
    When I see all this kids for Clinton/Rubio/Bush/Cruz I wonder do they know they are cannon fodder for these people?

  6. Areej on February 12, 2016, 3:31 pm

    Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now”

  7. MRW on February 12, 2016, 5:24 pm

    Stephen Cohen, Russia analyst, professor emeritus NYU and Princeton. Speaks, reads, and writes Russian. Katrina vanden Heuvel’s husband. He is the source of Katrina’s supposed Russia knowledge, not her.


    Henry Kissinger. Say what you want about him, but the guy is 93, knows a lot, and has been meeting with Putin since 1990/91 once a year, for over 1/4 of a century. Since Putin was the deputy-mayor (or whatever) of St. Petersburg, not a big umpty-ump. They are good friends. Kissinger is a statesman. Obama and his inexperienced team should have been talking to Kissinger; their arrogance as a result nearly brought us to the brink of war.

    For Bernie Sanders not to know about the Kissinger/Putin relationship terrifies me, and obliterates any support I may have had for him. Absolutely inexcusable.

    • jd65 on February 12, 2016, 10:36 pm

      Hey MRW. For Bernie Sanders not to know about the Kissinger/Putin relationship terrifies me, and obliterates any support I may have had for him. Absolutely inexcusable. I saw most of the debate last night and saw what I thought was the exchange re: Kissinger. I don’t recall anyone mentioning the fact that Bernie was ignorant of the relationship between Kissinger and Putin. I’m not saying he’s not ignorant of that relationship, but I don’t recall it being mentioned. Are you referring to something else mentioned in the debate, or maybe some other event/thing? I’m interested…

      • annie on February 12, 2016, 11:09 pm

        i’m pretty sure he’s just speculating. kissinger is a war criminal.

      • MRW on February 13, 2016, 1:22 am


        At a bare minimum, listen to this. Specifically:
        (1) 3+ min from 4:40 to 7 min
        (2) 3+ min from 34:18 to 37:43


        kissinger is a war criminal.

        Yeah, so what. He’s 93 years old. He’s an old friend of Putin’s. Kissinger’s been visiting him once a year for over a 1/4 century, since Putin was Deputy-Mayor of St. Petersburg. All Sanders proved by his comment was that he’s old and out of touch with present realities. You don’t fight today’s battles with 30-year-old info and hope to convince sentient beings in 2016. We all believed that of Kissinger; I still do (you can read it in my archives). However, the prospect of nuclear war demands forward-thinking. Obama just approved $1 TRILLION for the development of portable nukes. 100% complete lunacy.

        Listen to the Stephen Cohen clips. I would suggest the whole hour, but at least do the six minutes I suggest. [Disclaimer. I am a real Stephen Cohen fan.]

      • annie on February 13, 2016, 3:50 pm

        mrw, we are really backed up on comments so i won’t be stopping to listen to anything now — will try to remember later. but you say so what? it matters to me that’s what. later.

      • jd65 on February 13, 2016, 5:48 pm

        Hey MRW. I listened to the excerpts you provided/suggested. I don’t see how they relate, in any way, to what I asked you. Could you explain it to me?

    • John Douglas on February 13, 2016, 1:27 pm

      Stephen Cohen is a great choice. One of the very first to talk sense about the US’s Ukraine disaster and the aggressive policies by NATO, including the US, against Russia. And Cohen’s paid for his divergence from the orthodox narrative.

      Kissinger is poison.

  8. Kay24 on February 12, 2016, 7:49 pm

    That is quite a long and impressive list. The question is, will he look for advice from any of them?

    So far it seems our leaders have taken distorted advice from a bunch of neocon zionists, whose loyalty is first to a rogue state that has been a burden to us. Why don’t we just declare ourselves as the United States of Israel?

  9. just on February 13, 2016, 1:00 am

    Gideon Levy

    • amigo on February 13, 2016, 8:53 am

      Just , speaking of Gideon Levy , here is the link to his lecture in Dublin. I posted it on another thread but you must not have seen it.

      • just on February 13, 2016, 12:52 pm

        Oh, amigo! I’ve just watched it twice… unbelievably moving and so freaking well- articulated and jaw- droppingly honest.

        Thanks a million for sharing this priceless jewel. (I did catch it on the other thread, by the way. It’s very worth sharing over and over again!)

        Gideon’s call is THE clarion call from inside Israel and beyond. Bernie should give him a good, hard listen. (The rest of the herd are continuing to willingly head off the cliff and are hopeless bots.)

    • bintbiba on February 13, 2016, 1:40 pm

      Avram Burg
      Ilan Pappé
      Avi Shlaim
      Susan AbulHawa
      & last but not least ,
      ….our Shmuel Sermoneta- Gerta

  10. lonely rico on February 13, 2016, 2:46 am

    Craig and Cindy Corrie
    Alison Weir
    Amira Hass

  11. Bandolero on February 13, 2016, 4:45 am

    One very important name to add to the list:

    Ray McGovern

  12. Bandolero on February 13, 2016, 5:01 am

    One more name to add to the list:

    Bill Blum

  13. Alison Glick on February 13, 2016, 8:54 am

    Nadia Hijab,Steven Salaita, Josh Rubner, Max Blumenthal , Dan Cohen, David Sheen, Sara roy

  14. RockyMissouri on February 13, 2016, 10:34 am

    A wonderful list!!

  15. tidings on February 13, 2016, 10:56 am

    Jeff Halper.

  16. Dave Ecklein on February 13, 2016, 11:10 am

    Bruce Cumings. He is an American historian of East Asia, professor, lecturer and author. He is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History, and the chair of the history department at the University of Chicago. His books on the Koreas were invaluable to us when we briefly visited the DPRK as a side trip from the Beijing Games in 2008. You can read my report here (with pictures by my Filipina wife Cosy):

    Along with the Middle East, the Korean situation is a flash point for war and an area where official fabrications abound. Bernie should have advice which goes beyond conventional wisdom in this area as well. Bruce Cumings has the authority and experience to debunk nonsense about the Korean situation in general and the DPRK in particular.

    (apologies to Philip and Adam, I was finally able to log in)

  17. jon s on February 13, 2016, 11:14 am

    Uri Avnery
    Jeremy Ben Ami
    Yossi Beilin
    Peter Beinart
    Amos Schocken
    Ayman Odeh

    • Mooser on February 13, 2016, 11:31 am

      Or gee, “Jon s”, maybe they should just look at your archive:

      “It would be easy to respond to Roger Waters in the same style:
      You stand shoulder-to-shoulder
      With the jihadi terrorists
      With Hamas and Hizbullah
      With the suicide/homicide bombers
      With the Anti-Semites” – See more at:

      Gosh, just like Uri Avnery! I have never seen anybody so blithely hypocritical as “Jon s”. Besides writing like a 12 yr old.

  18. tarheelnm on February 13, 2016, 11:44 am

    Norman Finkelstein

    • Kathleen on February 15, 2016, 1:28 pm

      Aipac, Jinsa, Israel would go ape shit. Same with Carter being on any foreign policy team of Sanders.

  19. Misterioso on February 13, 2016, 1:32 pm

    Walid Khalidi, Professor emeritus, Middle East Studies, Harvard,
    a brilliant world renowned scholar and author of many scrupulously researched books on the history of the Israel-Palestinian conflict – I have most of them. An indispensable source for learning the truth, he is one of my heroes.

    Lawrence Davidson, Professor emeritus, West Chester University in West Chester PA. His academic research focuses on the history of American foreign relations with the Middle East. Quite a man, smart as hell and truly dedicated. He regularly writes commentaries on the subject and related matters. Check them out here:

  20. genesto on February 13, 2016, 2:10 pm

    Second the votes for Alison Weir and the Corries. These would be excellent choices, since they are most likely to get to the core of problem of deep-seated Zonist influece in this country.

  21. just on February 13, 2016, 5:16 pm

    I just clicked on the advert @ the top.

    Good or Bad for America?
    Washington, DC – March 18, 2016 at the National Press Club”

    Wow. Bernie ought to tune in~ ahem, attend.

  22. on February 13, 2016, 5:34 pm

    Disagree strongly w Ken Roth and vanden Heuvel; would add: Ray McGovern, Paul Craig Roberts, Phil Giraldi, Pat Buchanan.

  23. Rusty Pipes on February 13, 2016, 8:49 pm

    In addition to your list, especially:

    Rashid Khalidi, Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University.

    Rob Malley, Now in the Obama administration.

    Richard Falk, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University and former United Nations Special Rapporteur

    Helena Cobban, publisher of Just World Books, journalist, longtime observer of the Middle East.

    Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies.

    John Mearsheimer, Realist at University of Chicago, co-author of The Israel Lobby.

    Chas Freeman. Former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, translator on Nixon’s China trip, and former Obama nominee to head an intelligence agency. Realist.

    Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett. Co authors of Going to Tehran. Extensive foreign policy experience, including high in US government.

    Noura Erakat, human rights attorney and assistant professor at George Mason University.

    Jim Lobe, longtime foreign-policy journalist

    Paul Pillar, former CIA official, leading realist writer.

    Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, author of Treacherous Alliance

    Stephen Walt, former dean at the Kennedy School, co-author of The Israel Lobby

    Juan Cole, Professor of History at the University of Michigan

    Glenn Greenwald, Journalist

    I would add:

    Former President, Jimmy Carter
    Stephen Cohen, Professor Emeritus Russian Studies, Princeton
    Former Congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney
    Former Congressman, Paul Findlay
    Naomi Klein, author and activist (even if Canadian)

  24. iResistDe4iAm on February 14, 2016, 9:07 am

    A good list, but Sanders doesn’t need a new foreign policy braintrust. If he’s elected, he’ll use Obama’s foreign policy advisors by default.

    Like Obama, Sanders will have to deal with Netanyahu ‘every day’, so his braintrust will comprise whomever Netanyahu dictates >>

    • MHughes976 on February 14, 2016, 12:27 pm

      He would really need different advisers but yes, he might not call for them. Mind you, the two polls from South Carolina published today by Real Clear Politics give 20%–ish leads to Trump and Clinton. Nevada looks exciting, though.

  25. A.T. on February 14, 2016, 12:23 pm

    Hamid Dabashi, Author, Professor at Columbia University.

    Ervand Abrahimian Author, Professor.

    Both experts on Middle East, especially Iran.

  26. lonely rico on February 15, 2016, 2:44 am

    A few more candidates for Sander’s foreign-policy brain-trust –
    Norman Pollack
    Robert Fantina
    Annie Robbins

    • annie on February 15, 2016, 2:50 am

      lonely rico — i’m stunned. honored. and … undeserving. but thank you.

  27. lonely rico on February 15, 2016, 3:19 am

    Annie undeserving ?
    An inspiration to many by your diligence and intelligence in the search for peace and justice in Palestine.
    You are simply amazing and I thank you !
    Sanders would be well advised to listen to your wise words on the relationship between the US and the Middle East.

    • annie on February 15, 2016, 3:22 am

      deeply humbled lonely rico, deeply ;)

    • annie on February 15, 2016, 3:35 am

      i am persistent tho. that’s one thing bernie and i have in common!

      • Kathleen on February 15, 2016, 3:31 pm

        Yes…and your larger commitment to human rights and social justice clearly on the I/P issue…However you as far as I know are not running for an office….do you ever think about it Annie? You would be good

      • bintbiba on February 16, 2016, 5:24 pm

        I second that most heartily, lonely rico and Kathleen !

        Annie rules !

        Everlasting thanks , annie !!

      • annie on February 17, 2016, 1:53 pm

        ha! thanks so much, again. and no i would never consider running for public office. i can hardly make it through a regular town hall meeting. meetings meetings and more meetings! all that meta — most of them are so long long and boring just to get tot the crucial stuff. i don’t have what it takes. no patience! i’d rather plug away and building mass awareness and leave public policy to those with the stamina for — getting through those meetings!

  28. Kathleen on February 15, 2016, 1:02 pm

    Leverett’s should be at the top of the list in my book.

  29. Kathleen on February 15, 2016, 1:09 pm

    Ok folks clearly I am not a writer…I am an obsessive reader. However a few things I saw and people I talked with at the Bernie rally in Denver this past Saturday. Trying…

    At my fb page which is almost totally focused on politics.

    Senator Sanders love and compassion in action!

    Yesterday Saturday Feb 13th I attended the Bernie rally in Denver. This morning I woke up crying because of what I saw and the many people I talked with. Crying because of what Senator Sanders stirs up and motivates in people. Yes many of them young however plenty of older people too. Will just share a few stories about some of the people I talked with.

    On the free RTD (ecopass) bus from Boulder to Denver I talked with Frank who has been a political participant for decades more than likely around 40. He talked about Bernie’s sincerity and voting record. How Bernie “gets under his skin” when he talks about single payer health care, paid leave for parents. I asked him to focus on the feeling he described as Bernie “getting under his skin” Frank thought quietly and then said it was not only Bernie’s voting record which backed up what Bernie has been saying during his campaign it was Bernie’s “humility.” Humility, yes I said Frank had nailed his feelings down and expressed a quality that Bernie exudes…humility wrapped around an incredible voting record and ongoing intentions focused on the well being of the majority of people in this nation.

    On that same bus ride from Boulder to Denver I spoke at length with the young lady sitting next to me Miranda Kennedy who is 22 and lives in Boulder, She is a musician and will be playing at the Boulder Theater next weekend. Quite the vivacious young lady with a pierced nose, tatoos on her arms and an enthusiasm for Bernie that “berns” brightly. She had been listening to my conversation with Frank and had jumped in, I asked her “why?” What was it that Bernie was stirring up in her? First she shared she had never been involved with any campaigns then she went onto share that Bernie “touched her mind and her heart.” That what he was saying about the system “being rigged” resonated with her. His push for free or inexpensive access to college for all. Later she said she looked up his voting record on line and that verified for her that he was “walking his talk.” I asked her about Hillary and these are her exact words “I never would have thought that I’d be voting for an old white man over a woman,” We laughed and then Miranda went on. “Hillary’s connections to Wall Street, the money she has made from her connections to Wall Street. Clinton’s willingness to take money from Super Pac’s” Miranda went onto talk for quite some time about the sensations she had when Bernie spoke about issues. Of course I wish I had written down her exact words. All I can say is she was fired up and very sincere.

    As I got off the free bus shuttle on the Denver 16th street mall I walked to the Colorado convention center with another young lady who was 21. Another nose ring and tatoos (ok I don’t get this stuff) At first I asked her why she was involved and asked her to tell me a little bit about herself. She had grown up as a Jehovah Witness and left the community. She had not talked with her parents in over a year and her eyes filled with tears. She explained that Jehovah’s Witness shun those who leave the community as I believe certain segments of the Amish do. We talked about this “shunning” how it felt for about five minutes and then we went onto her motivation with the Bernie campaign. Again this is a young woman who has never been involved with a campaign and she said she was doing a great deal of research about Bernie and had yet to fully make up her mind but was attending the rally as a result of hearing Bernie talk about health care for all and tuition free college. We parted and I encouraged her to “keep that mind open.”

    I will continue with all of the people I talked with later because I interacted with many and I am not a writer. So please excuse the lack of commas and quotation marks where they belong etc. However I am an individual who loves to find out where people are at, what motivates them to be involved. What makes them tick. Basically I love people’s stories.. So I will finish my day of interactions when I have more time because it is lengthy.

    Going to end this now with one of the last scenes in the room at the Colorado Convention Center where Bernie spoke to an overflow crowd (I had bet someone that the crowd was around 20,000) I was close. . I spent most of my time in that room not only listening to Bernie I looked at and watched the thousands of people’s faces, Kept my eyes and head slowly moving and this is what makes me cry. The yearning that I saw on individuals faces was overwhelming. The intensity with which they were listening to every word Bernie spoke about going after big banks, providing health care for all and moving towards taking this industry away from private insurance companies, paid leave for parents, raising the minimum wage, revamping the prison system, immigration reform etc . I believe Bernie reaches below the surface and speaks to people’s humanity what Abraham Lincoln referred to in his first inaugural address as the “better angels of our natures.” Senator Sanders is going deep and wide with sincerity and precision. The hunger for real change that I saw on these faces almost brought me to my knees. I did start crying as I looked at many of the Bernie believers faces. The hopes, dreams and belief that as a nation we can do much, much better. What Bernie has stirred up in people is beyond inspirational. Transcendent in many ways. The way he rocked that room was mesmerizing and reminded me of John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Obama and yes Elizabeth Warren.

    Without saying it I believe Bernie is talking about loving our neighbor, feeling compassion and putting it into action!

    The Bernie campaign is authentic on the move and growing! I am on the bus…

    • annie on February 15, 2016, 1:26 pm

      kathleen, i am very concerned, now more than ever after scalia’s death, that if clinton wins the primary, many of these people are not going to show up to vote come election day. clinton really really galvanizes some people to vote with the same passion, but they are republicans and they won’t be voting for her. on the other hand she turns so many dems off (including me). the idea of voting for her if she was the eventual nominee just turns my stomach. i have serious doubts dems could win an election w/clinton as the nominee for this reason. whereas the momentum behind sanders is something that will only grow. and there is not the same determined resistance from clinton supporters towards voting for him if he were the nominee.

      • Kathleen on February 15, 2016, 1:52 pm

        Many of the young folk I talked with (around 30 of them) were so moved by Bernie. Only talked with some of them about their thoughts about Hillary. Basically agree with you on the resistance of Sanders voters being more hesitant to vote for Hillary. Although many of the older voters at the Bernie rally that I spoke with will cast their vote for Hillary if Sanders is not the nominee.

        Annie you would have loved being there when I talked with a bunch of the folks who were in the over flow room of the Bernie event. I left the Bernie rally about 15 minutes before he was done and as I came out the folks in the over flow room were streaming out of the large room they were in which did not have a screen or very good audio from what I gathered. Contacted the Bernie campaign about this. They are really going to have the over flow rooms together as the movement keeps growing.

        Anyway talked with three young (15, 16,18) Palestinian boys who had been in the over flow room. We were on the I/P issue almost immediately. Was so sad to hear about the both young boys experiences as students at public school’s in Denver. They had both experienced being really and seriously harassed as Arab’s. Called terrorist, hit, screamed a by other studentst etc. We talked about how the school administrations had dealt with this discrimination. Not well at all according to both of the boys in high school. We talked about contacting the ACLU (they did not know about the organization) the local BDS group in Denver and also contacting newspapers. I told them not to wait. Also let them know about Mondoweiss which they put on their phones

      • annie on February 17, 2016, 1:48 pm

        that’s so sad about the boys kathleen. did you read about the kid in the UK?

        yes, i would have loved to have been at the event.

  30. eljay on February 15, 2016, 1:27 pm

    || Kathleen @ February 15, 2016, 1:09 pm ||

    Thanks for the post, Kathleen. Very interesting.

    Sanders’ appeal reminds me a lot of Obama’s appeal just a few years ago. Unfortunately, Barry “Nobel Peace Price” O. started crapping all over his sincere-sounding sincerity almost immediately upon election and never let up.

    I truly hope Mr. Sanders doesn’t do the same. More importantly (perhaps), I hope that if he is elected he will advocate, support and defend the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality.

    • Kathleen on February 15, 2016, 3:29 pm

      I was at many Obama events in Ohio and Colorado in the run up to the nomination and the election. Was at Hillary events too. Worked closely with our counties former chair of the Dem party. for some time. Talked with many people of all ages. St Johns arena in Columbus, event in Dayton, Boulder, Denver events…yes young and old were enthusiastic.

      However talking with many participants my senses (eyes, ears etc) tell me Bernie is touching people much more deeply because of his decades old voting record being so demonstrative of his words now…which have been the same for decades. This fact really moves many..

      From my vantage this campaign is touching people’s humanity in a much deeper way. Can’t quite explain it

      • eljay on February 15, 2016, 3:37 pm

        Thanks again, Kathleen. :-)

  31. Kathleen on February 15, 2016, 1:48 pm

    Would be tough for me to stomach voting for Clinton based on her deadly war record. The big argument for having to vote for her if she is the nominee was the possibility of a seat coming up on Supreme Court. If Obama can get a nominee through the Republicans hell and high water then less pressure to vote for Clinton no matter what. Now I have never not voted for the Dem Presidential nominee in my decades of voting. However voting for her based on foreign policy decisions would be like voting for Cheney or Wolfowitz for me.

    For some reason having a hard time linking the one at the Washington Post (because I am not a subscriber and have been linking their articles quite often…used up my free time I guess) titled “If the Republicans block Obama’s Supreme Court nomination, he wins anyway”

  32. Kathleen on February 15, 2016, 3:38 pm

    Have folks seen this one up?

    Netanyahu’s Wife Abused Household Staff, Court Rules
    The verdict found the Israeli prime minister’s wife guilty of “insults and humiliation.”

  33. ritzl on February 16, 2016, 11:50 am

    US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)

    Combat vet. Outspoken. Politically savvy.

    VP material.

    (h/t Taxi. A real hidden gem. Thanks.)

  34. amacd2 on March 11, 2016, 4:23 pm

    Bernie again failed to come out fighting and savage Killary for her paramount responsibility in causing America’s decline by “acting like a global Empire abroad”.

    I hate to be a Paine, but all Bernie had to do was to fire a non-violent “shout heard round the world” and nail her neoliberal-con militarist ass to the wall, by stating that he would wage a “Political Revolution against Empire” that she has treasonously prosecuted in turning our former country over to a Disguised Global Capitalist Empire —- which is causing, as Hannah Arendt warned, “Empire abroad entailing economic tyranny at home”.

    Bernie could have wrapped her up neatly in one big package of driving the ‘foreign policy’ of “acting like a global Empire abroad” — which has directly beggared and bankrupted the whole society of we 99% at home!

    Bernie could have KO’ed her in the 8th by just tagging her with a left hook to the EMPIRE.

    Well, if it’s going to be a prolonged fight in the ring against Killary, Bernie can at least point to the flaws and failures of her ‘foreign policy’ that does not serve the interests of Americans nor peace in our world, any better than her imperial ‘domestic policy’ of economic tyranny at home, because our country is being pushed by the same corrupted politics to “act like a global Empire abroad”.

    Even the most trusted elder anchorman and author of “Greatest Generation”, Tom Brokaw, on “Meet the Press” shocked Chuck Toadie and other deceitful pundits at the ‘Round Table’ when he explained, “When Trump and Cruz are talking about three year old orphans and refugees [from Syria to Europe], what we’re really talking about is three year old orphans and refugees, caused by American policy”.

    BTW, Stephen Cohen should be one of Bernie’s FP advisers.

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