Past Entanglements and Present Dangers

One day after the re-re-launch of the Committee on the Present Danger, PR pro Peter Hannaford resigned as its managing director. Several CPD members called for Hannaford's resignation, after it was reported that he lobbied for the political party of Austrian nationalist Joerg Haider, who once commended the "orderly employment policy" of the Third Reich and paid a "solidarity visit" to Saddam Hussein in 2002. Laura Rozen, who broke the story, writes that Hannaford also lobbied for China, Saudi Arabia and Algeria and asks, "Who is funding [the CPD]?" Justin Raimondo suggests that CPD member Hedieh Mirahmadi might also want to resign, given her support of Uzbekistan's leader, who the U.S. is urging to hold elections and end torture.