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In Case You Missed It, Feel More than Free to Call Rudy a Hawk

By Jennifer Siegel

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I have a story up this week about the prominent neocons tapped by presidential contender Rudy Giuliani as foreign policy advisers.

In case you had any doubt, our headline – “Giuliani Stacks Campaign Staff With a Who’s Who Of Mideast Hawks” – is just the message Team Rudy is looking to send. On Wednesday night, the campaign sent out an email to supporters, titled “In Case You Missed It,” with the story.

But I wonder why the story wasn’t also posted on the “In Case You Missed It” section on the campaign’s website. Was it an oversight? Is it possible that Team Rudy wants certain members of the general public to miss the “In Case You Missed It” about Rudy being a Mideast Hawk?

Is there something I’m missing?

Here’s the email:

In Case You Missed It

Giuliani Stacks Campaign Staff With A Who’s Who Of Mideast Hawks The Forward

July 18, 2007 By Jennifer Siegel

[R]udolph Giuliani is taking steps to claim his place as the field’s leading hawk.

The former New York City mayor announced last week that he had assembled a team of foreign policy advisers featuring several prominent neoconservatives, including one of the movement’s founders, Norman Podhoretz. In addition to being an unwavering supporter of the war against Iraq, Podhoretz, a former editor of Commentary magazine, has grabbed headlines in recent months as one of most vocal proponents of American military action against Iran.

The eight-member advisory panel also includes several figures with experience in Israeli affairs. Giuliani’s chief foreign policy adviser, Charles Hill, served as a top aide to Secretary of State George Shultz in the Reagan administration and once served as political counselor to the American Embassy in Tel Aviv. The team also includes Martin Kramer, who is an expert on Islam at Harvard University and a fellow with both the pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Jerusalem-based Shalem Center.

These selections show Giuliani is “very serious about his approach to ensuring the security and safety of Israel,” said Ben Chouake, head of the pro-Israel political action committee Norpac. …

In recent months, Podhoretz has written and spoken out forcefully against the Iranian regime …

Jason Epstein, a political consultant backing Giuliani, said he viewed the selections as very consistent with Giuliani’s longstanding activism on foreign policy …

To read the entire article, please visit: http://www.forward.com/articles/11195/

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