Wednesday, February 14, 2018

John Hannah- Foundation for Defense of Democracies: US Representative to Syria

Word is this person, who could only be an Israel firster, is set to be appointed as the US special representative to Syria. Why do I think John Hannah is an Israel firster ?

* Because the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies is a hawkish Israeli first think tank. 
* Trump is an Israel firster as is every US administration/President. 
* Everything in the region where the US is involved revolves around benefiting Israel

flashback: Turkey/Halkbank: The Biggest (Conjured Up) Sanctions-Evasion Scheme in Recent History

And no organization has been better at providing this kind of intellectual firepower than the little-known Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a relatively small Washington think tank that is devoting itself to defeating the Iran deal.
FDD also describes itself as a global research organization. Its purpose, it says, is to conduct “research and provide education on international terrorism—the most serious security threat to the United States and other free, democratic nations.” But it has conducted its research from a particular vantage point and with a relatively narrow focus. Its research and advocacy have centered on the Middle East and in particular on conflicts and issues that impinge on Israel. And its positions have closely tracked those of the Likud party and its leader, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—not just on the Iran deal, but on the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians and the desirability of a two-state solution. Understanding the think tank’s ideological affinity with the Israeli government, and the roots of that affinity
"The Trump administration is expected to name John Hannah, a onetime aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, as its next special representative for Syria, two people familiar with the decision said Wednesday.

Hannah, who was Cheney's national security adviser, also worked in the State Department during the Clinton and first Bush administrations. He is likely to be named to the post in the coming weeks, according to the two individuals, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the appointment.

Most recently, Hannah has worked as a senior counselor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. The Washington-based think tank is close to the Trump administration and advocates hawkish policies on national security, and especially on Iran, whose growing influence in Syria has been a major concern for the United States and Israel."

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