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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Giuliani's foreign policy team

I'm beginning to feel good again about Rudy Giuliani.

The American Thinker has a piece this morning about Giuliani's foreign policy team, and in particular the presence of former Wisconsin Senator Bob Kasten, Commentary Magazine Editor-at-large Norman Podhoretz (whose daughter is a JPost columnist) and scholar Martin Kramer has to resound with Israel's supporters.
Norman Podhoretz has long been one of America's leading intellectuals; from his post as editor of Commentary magazine (he is now editor-at-large) he was able to enliven our public discourse and promote a diverse range of ideas that later became commonly accepted wisdom. He has argued for a forthright approach toward Iran and Islamic extremism. Republicans increasingly measure their leaders by this yardstick: will they appease Islamic extremists or defend America from them? Rudy already scores well in this area; Podhoretz will buttress his credibility.

Senator Bob Kasten was known as an outspoken conservative as Senator (1981-1993). His name is widely known and he is widely respected. He is a headliner.


Martin Kramer is an Olin Institute Senior Fellow at Harvard. The Olin Institute has been one of the leading foundations promoting conservativism in America. He has vast experience in the Middle East and is an authority in Islam and Arab Politics. He is also the Wexler-Fromer Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a senior fellow at the Shalem Center. He is a strong supporter of the American-Israel relationship, which will help Rudy solidify support among supporters of Israel (many of whom are evangelical Christians who are influential in the GOP). He has also been a leader in exposing the increasing politicization in the Middle East Studies Departments on American campuses - a politicization that has led professors to teach from an anti-American and anti-Israel viewpoint.
Other members of the team include diplomat Charles Hill, Harvard Professor Stephen Rosen, Kim Holmes of the Heritage Foundation, and Hoover Institution member Peter Berkowitz.

Read the whole thing.


At 8:21 PM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

Now I can exhale....I was very pro-Giuliani from the get-go, but in the past few weeks, I was wavering.

You have more than reassured me.

At 8:56 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Even at his worst, Giuliani is better than anyone else out there. Remember he told Arafat that he didn't belong in civilized company or that Prince Alwaweed should stuff his check. Obvious to us maybe, but these weren't PC actions.

I'd also caution that Norman Podhoretz is father in law to Elliott Abrams and supported disengagement.


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