Brad Sherman, a 66-year-old lawmaker from California, is the most senior candidate. He also happens to be the most traditional. Sherman supported the US-led invasion of Iraq, stood firmly against Obama's Iran nuclear deal and encouraged moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.
The congressman was first elected to the House in 1996 and has rarely strayed away from the bipartisan consensus on hawkish foreign policy. In 2002, he called for passing the resolution authorising the war in Iraq with an
Irwin Cotlerz was the Member of Parliament for Mount Royal from 1999 to 2015. He served as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada from 2003 until the Liberal government of Paul Martin lost power following the 2006 federal election. He was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in a by-election in November 1999. He is now Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights. Cotler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by former Canadian Prime Minister Paul
A case about the appearance of an MKO (Mojahedin-e Khalq) member on BBC Persian
A debate was aired on BBC Persian a couple of weeks ago, about Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization’s (MKO) capability to play the role of an alternative to the Islamic Republic of Iran. “What is the weight of Iran’s Mojahedin-e Khalq?”, was the debate’s topic, featuring “Majid Rafizadeh”, an MKO advocate, who introduced himself as a “political analyst and a consultant at Harvard International Review”, on one side
Thomas Roland Tillis (born August 30, 1960) is an American politician and businessman who is the junior United States Senator from North Carolina. He served as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from Mecklenburg County, and Speaker of the House and was also the Republican Party's nominee for the 2014 U.S. Senate election in North Carolina, defeating Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan. Tillis serves on the Committee on Armed Services; the Committee on
Struan Stevenson was born and raised in Ballantrae, a fishing village on the west coast of Scotland. After school, he travelled extensively in Europe, working – illegally – for a year in Rotterdam and then Switzerland. He didn’t have a work permit and was arrested in Switzerland. When he came back to Scotland and then went to Agriculture College. After the college, the call of the family farm (inherited from his late father) beckoned but, at the age of just 21, so too did a
Ed Royce, a Republican U.S. congressman from California, is a leading conservative hawk in the House of Representatives and a major recipient of campaign contributions from “pro-Israel” lobbies.  A former tax manager and state senator, he has chaired the House Foreign Affairs Committee since 2013.
Royce was an early and steadfast supporter of the Iraq War, supports permanently extending the controversial USA PATRIOT Act, and has consistently expressed support for Israel in
Dana Rohrabacher (born June 21, 1947) is a member of the U.S House of Representatives representing California's 48th congressional district. A Republican, he served as a speechwriter and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1981-1988.
Prior to working in the Reagan Administration, Rohrabacher served as assistant press secretary to Ronald Reagan during his 1976 and 1980 presidential campaigns. During his tenure at the White House, Rohrabacher played a
Howard Brush Dean III, more commonly known as Howard Dean, was a six-term governor of Vermont and failed Democratic presidential nominee for the 2004 election, losing to John Kerry. He was also chair of the DNC from 2004-2009. 
2016 presidential election
In 2013, Dean expressed interest in running for the presidency in 2016, but published an op-ed in December 2014 in which he outlined why he would support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should she decide to run
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Zuhdi Jasser is a Wisconsin-born physician and anti-Islamist commentator associated with a number of hawkish groups in the United States, including neoconservative-led groups like the Committee on the Present Danger. The son of Syrian immigrants and a practicing Muslim, Jasser founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) in 2003 to “to build and establish an institution that can provide an ideological infrastructure for the ideas of
Linda Lou Chavez (born June 17, 1947) is an American author, commentator, and radio talk show host. She is also a Fox News analyst, Chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity, has a syndicated column that appears in newspapers nationwide each week, and sits on the board of directors of two Fortune 1000 companies: Pilgrim's Pride and ABM Industries. Chavez was the highest-ranking woman in President Ronald Reagan's White House, and was the first Latina ever nominated to the
Elaine Chao is the Secretary of Transportation in Donald Trump‘s Cabinet. A longtime fellow at the right-wing Heritage Foundation, Chao has been at the neoconservative Hudson Institute since 2016. Chao previously served as secretary of labor under George W. Bush, serving in that post during Bush’s entire presidency. Her tenure was notable for her skepticism of new labor regulations and efforts to rollback existing safety regulations.
Chao is married to Sen. Mitch
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is a leading advocate in the U.S. Senate for aggressive U.S. foreign policies, including an interventionist “war on terror.” A founding member of the neoconservative-led Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, McCain consistently backed the George W. Bush administration’s efforts to expand the “war on terror” in the Middle East, championing the Iraq War and the invasion of Afghanistan. More recently, he has been a leading congressional advocate for
Joseph Lieberman, long regarded as the “Republicans’ favorite Democrat” because of his militarist foreign affairs agenda and support for a number of right-wing domestic policies, represented Connecticut initially as a Democrat and later as an “Independent Democrat” in the U.S. Senate. First elected to the Senate in 1988, Lieberman retired at the end of his term in 2013.
A neoconservative Democrat who regularly teamed up with hawkish Republican colleagues—notably Sens. John McCain, Lindsey
Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and unsuccessful GOP presidential candidate, is a vocal advocate of right-wing social policies and a militarist U.S. defense posture. A former fellow at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Gingrich has been an important Republican Party figure for decades. He was a key force behind the 1994 “Contract with America” and in recent years has become a vociferous proponent of the notion that the United
Michele Bachmann, a three-term member of House of Representatives from Minnesota, is closely associated with the Tea Party movement and right-wing social activism. She founded the Tea Party Caucus in the House, and her most fervent supporters tend to be right-wing conservatives. In May 2013, she announced her decision to retire from Congress and did not seek reelection in the 2014 midterm elections.
Bachmann stoked controversy in the summer of 2012 when she and four House Republican
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is one of the Senate’s more ardent promoters of confrontational U.S. foreign policies whose rhetoric often combines the eccentric features of the Sarah Palin-wing of the Republican Party and the militaristic views of U.S. neoconservatives. He has been described as “Ted Cruz with a war record, Sarah Palin with a Harvard degree, Chris Christie with a Southern accent.” Others have highlighted the considerable financial backing he has received from influential rightwing
As President-elect Donald Trump was settling on his nominees for secretary of state and other front-row positions, he had his pick of people who have lobbied for the bizarre and brutal Mujahidin e-Khalq (MeK). The MeK has plenty of American blood on its hands, as well as that of thousands of Iranians killed while the group was a strike force serving Saddam Hussein in the 1980s and '90s.
Perhaps the best known MeK votary is none other than former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, reported
Jean-Pierre Brard, (born 7 February 1948 in Flers, Orne), is a French politician. Initially a teacher, he entered politics and was elected deputy mayor of Montreuil, a post he held until 1984, when he was elected mayor of the same city. He remained mayor until March 2008 .Brard joined the French Communist Party in 1956, the year of Budapest tanks, which should invite him to play it down on religious matters. He is a member of the Convention for a Progressive Alternative (CAP) and the
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In the Bush Administration
In the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election, Bolton worked in collaboration with his former boss James Baker to block recount efforts in Florida. According to the Wall Street Journal, after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a halt to the recount, Bolton entered a venue where the count was still taking place and declared: “I'm with the Bush-Cheney team, and I'm here to stop the count.” This marked