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Published on July 11th, 2010 | by Eli Clifton

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Former Bush Administration Official Heads Up Latest Astroturf Group Pushing For Attack on Iran

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No sooner did I write about the growth industry in astroturf groups promoting a U.S. or Israeli military attack on Iran than a new one sprung up on CNN.  Surprisingly, the partisan connections behind this group are so thinly veiled that a two-minute examination of their domain name registration uncovered ties to the Republican Party and the George W. Bush administration.

The new group, The Emergency Committee for Israel, appears to have made its public debut on July 6th when Campbell Brown—who ironically is married to Dan Senor, who serves on the four-man board of the neoconservative The Foreign Policy Initiative—hosted Noah Pollak, its “executive director,” to discuss Obama’s recent meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the threat allegedly posed by Iran’s nuclear program.  A transcript of their discussion can be found here.

A look at the group’s website tells us that it’s “coming soon,” but an examination of the domain name’s registration is quite telling.

The domain is registered to:

Hoover, Margaret
Margaret Hoover & Associates, LLC
590 Madison Avenue
2104
New York City, New York 10022
United States
(212) 521-4181 Fax –

Margaret Hoover’s bio at Margaret Hoover & Associates reads:

Ms. Hoover held a White House appointment in the Bush Administration where she served as the Associate Director in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.  A veteran of two Presidential efforts, Ms. Hoover worked on President Bush’s re-election campaign and for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential bid.  Other political experience includes working in the White House Office of Management and Budget, as a senior adviser to the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and deputy press secretary for Florida Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart on Capitol Hill.

Hoover’s front man, Pollak, who writes for Commentary Magazine and has served as the assistant editor of the Jerusalem-based, Shalem Center’s Azure magazine, made it abundantly clear where his, and presumably Hoover’s, political views on Israel and Iran lie.

Pollak repeated the talking points that the recent meeting  between Obama and Netanyahu represented the end of the White House’s “tough love” toward Israel and suggested that the Palestinian leadership’s “fractiousness and powerlessness [!]” made progress toward any kind of peace process unlikely.

On Iran, Pollak went straight for the recent money quote delivered last week by the UAE ambassador to the US:

BROWN: Noah, Netanyahu did seem pleased with the administration’s efforts to go after Iran’s nuclear program. In his words, he said these efforts have teeth, they bite. But are the U.S. and Israel really, in your view, on the same page when it comes to Iran?

POLLAK: I would suspect not, although this is one of those issues where there is a huge amount of private discussion that goes on, although it was very interesting to see today in a story that just came out the ambassador of to [sic] the UAE came out and openly advocated for military attacks on the Iranian nuclear program.

So, I think there is a developing consensus that something needs to be done and that it would be very, very bad if the Iranians went nuclear.

The UAE foreign minister has said that the ambassador’s comments were taken out of context and didn’t represent the views of his government, but that hasn’t stopped various foreign policy hawks from jumping on the remarks as a green light from the Arab world for a U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

It’s pretty clear that Pollak and Hoover, along with the people behind Keep Israel Safe and Stop Iran Now, are part of the extensive neoconservative echo chamber which seeks to create the appearance of a diverse coalition of grassroots groups calling on the US to prevent Iran from going nuclear by any means necessary.

Things as simple as looking at the registration on a domain name reveal that these groups are part of an intensely partisan (both Republican and Likudist) campaign to push the U.S. into a military conflict with Iran. And CNN, which just last week summarily fired a senior editor for a tweet praising the late Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, is amplifying their message. (It’s worth noting that David Schenker, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near Policy, also praised Fadlallah as “the most credible moral, political, and theological alternative to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Shiite militia,” arguing that the U.S. will regret his passing. It’s okay when an affiliate of the Israel Lobby says it; but it’s something else for someone in the mainstream media.)

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Eli Clifton is a reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute who focuses on money in politics and US foreign policy. He previously reported for the American Independent New Network, ThinkProgress, and Inter Press Service.



24 Responses to Former Bush Administration Official Heads Up Latest Astroturf Group Pushing For Attack on Iran

  1. avatar SAMMYSEER says:

    If the United States has any brains at all it would start the bombing campaign on Iran sooner than later.

    As each day that passes the probability of increasing collateral damage increases adding more waste to what will be a very messy project. This is the most important reason to get going asap on this necessary action. With Turkey and Hamas feeding Hizballah with ever more sophisticated weapons ,not the slingshots and rocks the United States was selling to fund our own agenda in the middle east the “Green Movement” The goal is to have something left of Israel after a vicious counter attack of many missiles from all directions.Every day we wait we are losing ground.There will be many unforeseen situations that form as a result of such an attack.We have many prime targets of Iranian interest within striking distance of Iran.
    Another reason for bombing Iran right now would be the Iran Bushehr reactor. This is definitely a priority target and to save a radioactive nightmare we need to hit this facility before the fuel rods are in place. Just think of the Chernobyl Russian Meltdown in 1986 and the recent fires that burned through the area further releasing more radioactive fallout.
    Another reason for bombing Iran is that it is a lesser evil to bomb Iran than it is too let Iran have a bomb.These Iranian extremist will continue efforts to have nuclear weapons and when they acquire the weapons they will detonate a suit case style devise between New York and Boston compliments of the Messianic Apocalyptic Islamic Regime.
    God bless the USA and I hope we get this messy problem resolved soon.LETS GO USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. avatar Charles says:

    Thank you Mr. Allen, and have a great day.

    Charles

  3. avatar scott says:

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,706445,00.html Der Spiegel has another article showing Arab/Israeli accord against Iran.

    Of course the UAE Aspen speech is rehashed, then Jeff Goldberg and Henri-Levy. So, the American puppet regimes, and Israel are on the same page? I don’t buy it.

    American foreign policy toward other nations, betray your people/principals for US. How long will we be able to lean on the world? Might we be setting ourselves up to be utterly betrayed? When you push, push, push, sometimes the pushee steps aside, leaving the pusher to fall flat on his face.

  4. avatar Jim Allen says:

    http://domainwhitepages.com/

    domain white pages reveals the publicly available info on domain names.

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