Midge Decter

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(author, journalist, neoconservative)
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BornMidge Rosenthal
25 July, 1927
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
SpouseNorman Podhoretz
Member ofAmerican Committee for Peace in Chechnya, Center for Security Policy/National Security Advisory Council, Committee for the Free World, Committee on the Present Danger/Members, Resistance International
Neocon "polemical powerhouse"

Midge Decter (née Midge Rosenthal) is one of the original drivers of the neo-conservative movement with her spouse, Norman Podhoretz. With Donald Rumsfeld, Decter is the former co-chair of the Committee for the Free World and a founder of the Independent Women's Forum. She is the mother of right-wing syndicated columnist, John Podhoretz. Her first job was secretary to the editor of Commentary, the intellectual magazine published by the American Jewish Committee. She later worked as an assistant editor at Midstream magazine, managing editor at Commentary, editor at Harper's Magazine, and was an editor at Legacy Books and at Basic Books.

According to Jim Lobe:

"Podhoretz and his spouse, Midge Decter, a polemical powerhouse in her own right, created a formidable political team in the 1970s as they deserted the Democratic Party, and then, as leaders of the Committee on the Present Danger — like PNAC a coalition of mainly Jewish, neo-conservatives and more traditional right-wing hawks like Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld — helped lay the foreign-policy foundation for the rise of Ronald Reagan. [1]


Posted 22 May 2004, at Max Blumenthal's Blogspot: [2]

“We're not in the Middle East to bring sweetness and light to the world. We're there to get something we and our friends in Europe depend on. Namely, oil.”
Midge Decter (21 May 2004)  [3]


Think Tanks and Lobbies



  • Losing the First Battle, Winning the War
  • The liberated woman and other Americans
  • Liberal Parents, Radical Children
  • The new chastity and other arguments against women's liberation
  • Always Right: Selected Writings of Midge Decter
  • Rumsfeld : A Personal Portrait. The "Rumsfeld" of the title is Department of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Maureen Dowd's "Drunk on Rummy", [6] to the say the least, provides insight on the long-term relationship between Decter and Rumsfeld, as well as interesting notes on fellow neo-con Paul Dundes Wolfowitz.



Event Participated in

Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism2 July 19795 July 1979Israel
The birthplace of the "War on Terror" doctrine, "a major international forum for the movement against détente".


Event Witnessed

Washington Conference on International TerrorismUS
Washington DC
A key conference in establishing the "War On Terror", 5 years after the seminal Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism
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  1. Jim Lobe, "Family ties connect US right, Zionists", Dawn, 9 March 2003.
  2. Max Blumenthal's Blogspot, 22 May, 2004.
  3. The Warren Olney Show, 89.9, Los Angeles
  4. 'Nomination of Midge Decter To Be a Member of the Advisory Board for Radio Broadcasting to Cuba', web.archive.org/Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 13 March, 1985. (Accessed 7 April, 2009)
  5. 'Nomination of Midge Decter To Be a Member of the Advisory Board for Radio Broadcasting to Cuba', web.archive.org/Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 13 March, 1985. (Accessed 7 April, 2009)
  6. Maureen Dowd, 'Drunk on Rummy', The New York Times, 28 September, 2003 Op-Ed.