We have written often about Tom Steyer, the coal magnate turned “green” energy crony who has become the largest funder of the Democratic Party, and the Democracy Alliance, an umbrella group of left-wing donors that supports a variety of liberal organizations. Steyer and the Alliance are usually associated with domestic issues, but one foreign policy organization that both support is the Truman National Security Project.
Truman’s name is intended to recall a Democrat who was strong on national defense, but in fact, the organization is a slick, apparently well-financed shill for the Obama administration. “The Truman Institute long ago stopped being a real policy shop and instead became a PR machine for the Obama administration’s foreign policy,” says a “senior foreign policy hand” quoted by the Washington Free Beacon. True to its Steyer sponsorship, Truman is known for promoting the idea that global warming is a serious national security issue. A nuclear-armed Iran? Not so much.
The Free Beacon has obtained an email from Graham West, Truman’s writing and communications associate, to the organization’s listserv of associates and supporters. It announces a Truman campaign to support the Obama administration’s presumably forthcoming deal with Iran:
Our community absolutely must step up and not cede the public narrative to neocon hawks that would send our country to war just to screw the president.
Once again, Truman is gearing up for an all-hands-on-deck effort to support the administration’s goal of securing a nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1. The core message is the same: a deal is the only way to prevent an Iranian bomb and keep the U.S. out of another war.
This is reminiscent of Cold War doves: the only alternatives are war and surrender, and the other side is led by Dr. Strangelove.
But this time, with newly-emboldened congressional Republicans out to wreck the negotiations, we have a very real and public fight ahead.
It’s a good thing Truman is non-partisan, or God only knows what they might say about Republicans.
I am putting together another crack team of writers to target both local papers and national outlets. In particular, I am looking for folks who are interested in writing for papers in Illinois, New Hampshire, Georgia, Arizona, and New York.
Note that no deal with Iran has been announced. (Indeed, as Paul wrote here, it is likely that there will be no deal, at least not imminently.) But to Truman, the content of any possible agreement is irrelevant. Whatever the deal turns out to be, they are in favor of it. How do they know that an unknown agreement will “prevent an Iranian bomb”? They don’t, of course. But like Obama, they don’t care. Preventing Iran from going nuclear is not the objective.
Truman was formed to lead exactly this type of fight, so let’s get to work. Shoot me an individual reply if you’re in!
This is highly revealing: Truman was formed for “exactly” this purpose, that is, to generate an astroturf campaign in blind obedience to Obama administration foreign policies, whatever they may turn out to be. Global warming, no way; Iranian bomb, no problem. Truman parrots the Obama administration’s foreign policy priorities, however perverse they may be.