REBUTTAL OF ANTI TRUMP SITE ATTACK ON HIS FOREIGN POLICY ADVISOR WALID PHARES

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REBUTTAL OF ANTI TRUMP SITE ATTACK ON HIS FOREIGN POLICY ADVISOR WALID PHARES

By Nader Moumneh

I have recently been informed of erroneous and defamatory information being proliferated regarding Dr. Walid Phares’ appointment as Mr. Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Adviser on Terrorism and the Middle East. May this communication clarify and rectify this information so accuracy may prevail.

Leon HadarLeon Hadar attempted to undermine Professor Phares’ impressive scholarly credentials, calling him “an academic who was involved with right-wing Christian militia groups during the Lebanese civil war.”[1] Dr. Phares was indeed a political thinker closely associated with the Lebanese Forces, but that is where the accuracy ends. I dispute his association with anything deemed a “right-wing Christian militia group”. It is simply an inaccurate association.Over the past 22 years, I have conducted painstaking research on the Lebanese Christian Resistance and its relentless quest to restore Lebanon’s sovereignty and conclude a  new National Pact with the Muslim community. The US edition of “The Lebanese Forces: Emergence and Transformation of the Christian Resistance” is slated for a late Summer 2016 release.

Daniel Larison

Daniel Larison

Furthermore, Daniel Larison, a senior editor at the American Conservative and a staunch Trump critic, argued that “it’s hard to find a foreign policy decision Phares disapproves of that isn’t the result of covert Islamist infiltration, from US policy during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to Bill Clinton’s intervention in the Balkans to support for ending Lebanon’s civil war along terms favorable to Syria.”[2] Mr. Larison is patently wrong. I have known Professor Walid Phares on both a professional and personal level for many years and he has never displayed resentment against moderate Muslims. He has consistently been highly regarded among moderate Arab leaders who seek his wisdom and expert input.

It is clear that these comments are being made for inflammatory political impact. Mr. Trump’s opponents are resorting to smear tactics to halt his inevitable march toward GOP nomination. All is fair in love and war, or so they say.

Nader Moumneh, M.P.H, M.A

Mr. Moumneh is a Canadian health policy analyst of Lebanese descent and a holder of two master’s degrees in public health and political science. He has conducted studies on the Canadian healthcare system, international health, consumer-driven health plans and

[1] Daniel Larison, “Trump and Walid Phares, “ The American Conservative, March 21, 2016.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trump-and-walid-phares/

[2] Ibid.

the development of integrated healthcare delivery systems. “The Lebanese Forces: Emergence and Transformation of the Christian Resistance”” is the result of twenty two years of meticulous research, extensive interviews, and thorough analysis of the emergence and transformation of the Christian Resistance in Lebanon.

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