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10 Disgraced Iraq War Architects Who Are Desperately Trying to Undo Obama's Iran Deal
August 26, 2015
There is a fierce battle going on in Washington, with progressive and pro-diplomacy organizations facing off against pro-Israel organizations to prevent a veto-proof vote to kill President Obama's deal with Iran.
These anti-deal organizations are joined by a number of hawkish figures whose last great foreign policy foray was America's last diplomatic catastrophe: the Iraq war. Here are 10 Iraq war supporters now trying to kill our best chance for a just peace with Iran:
- George W. Bush: The president who invaded Iraq has apparently learned nothing from the experience, arguing in April that Obama negotiating with Iran was “naive.”
- Bill Kristol: Kristol, a long-time GOP apparatchik who today is a board member  of the anti-deal Emergency Committee for Israel, was one of the biggest proponents  of the Iraq war. “We will, in fact, be greeted as liberators,” he said in March 2003. From his perch at The Weekly Standard, Kristol has asked  lawmakers to “kill the deal.”
- David Frum: Frum was a Bush administration speechwriter who coined the term  “Axis of Evil” to describe the governments of Iraq, Iran and North Korea, in order to justify the war push. Today, Frum not only opposes the Iran deal but has suggested  that Obama is engaged in antisemitic rhetoric for calling out lobbyists who are trying to sink the agreement.
- Dick Cheney: Cheney, who represents the warmongering arm of the warmongering Republican Party, was a mastermind of the Iraq war. He has claimed  the deal would put us closer to nuclear war than at any time since World War II, and plans to give an address against the agreement next month.
- AIPAC: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the main pro-Israel lobbying group, lobbied on behalf  of the Iraq war. Today, it is engaged in a no-holds-barred fight to kill the Iran deal, with the donors it has arrayed into an outside group pledging to spend as much as $40 million .
- The irony of all this is that the Iraq war set up  the diplomatic arrangements we are finalizing today. The war in Iraq expanded Iranian influence, and the West's negotiations with Iran are partly a result of a nuclear program that was ramped up in the wake of U.S. wars with Iran's neighbors. There is also added pressure to deal with Iran on the mutual interest of containing ISIS, which would likely never have emerged but for the Iraq war. The nuclear deal is simply an attempt to clean up the mess made by the Iraq war architects themselves.
- Zaid Jilani is an AlterNet staff writer. Follow @zaidjilani  on Twitter.
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