Dan Senor (1971- ) is one of Mitt Romney’s top foreign policy advisers. He was brought up through the ranks by neocon Bill Kristol. If Romney wins the 2012 election, Senor could become his national security adviser or deputy chief of staff. He is married to CNN reporter (and senator’s daughter) Campbell Brown.
Like many neocons (right-wing imperialists) he grew up Jewish and Democratic.
In 2009 he founded the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), a think tank, with Bill Kristol and Eric Edelman. FPI believes in using American military power to shape the Middle East. It has supported:
- sending more troops to Afghanistan
- keeping 20,000 troops in Iraq
- a military strike against Iran or overthrowing its government
- American forces entering the Syrian civil war
it is against:
- cuts to the military
- leaving Afghanistan by 2014.
Senor’s mother and grandmother hid from the Nazis in what is now Slovakia and later fled the Soviets. His grandfather was not so fortunate: he was sent to die at Auschwitz.
His sister is the head of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) in Israel. She has the telephone number and ear of the top people in the Israeli government. Senor himself used to work for AIPAC.
Lately he has been working for Paul Singer, vulture capitalist on Wall Street and backer of Bush and Romney. (In 2011 Singer paid reporters to bad mouth the Occupy movement.)
He knows Paul Ryan from back in the 1990s when they both worked for senators. In 2012 he helped Ryan prepare for the vice presidential debate and has advised him on the campaign trail.
Senor has a Harvard business degree and made his fortune on Wall Street. From 2001 to 2003 he worked for the Carlyle Group, one of the two largest private equity firms in the world. They have put billions into the defence industry, profiting from war. Both the Bush and Bin Laden families have had ties to it.
From 2003 to 2004 Senor was the spokesman for the American occupation of Iraq - even though he knew no Arabic or much about Iraq. He is why the occupation seemed to go well at first. But, as he once told reporters in Iraq:
Well, off the record, Paris is burning. But on the record, security and stability are returning to Iraq.
In 2005 he started working for Fox News, where, like Bill Kristol, he has appeared as a talking head.
In 2006 he started talking to Mitt Romney and has had his ear ever since. He has helped to smooth the way for Romney with the Israeli government, the neocons and Jewish American voters.
In 2009 he wrote “Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle” with Saul Singer (no relation of Paul Singer). The said miracle, they argued, is caused by Israeli culture and not, say, the billions America pours into Israel. Senor says that likewise the lack of Palestinian success is also caused by culture and not, say, the Israeli occupation. Romney, a fan of the book, agrees – and consequently was called a racist by Palestinians during his visit to Israel in July 2012.
- Foreign Policy Institute
- Tablet: Romney’s Jewish Connector – excellent profile
- The ThinkProgress run-down on Senor
- Horses and bayonets: The third Obama-Romney 2012 presidential debate - the foreign policy debate
- The 2012 Biden-Ryan vice presidential debate - Senor helped Ryan prepare for this
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- Mitt Romney
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