Skip to comments.Neocons Blacklisted from State Department?
Posted on 01/19/2005 8:19:31 PM PST by rmlew
Writing in his Diary at NRO, David Frum reports:
"The story is going around Washington that Senate Foreign Relations chairman Richard Lugar handed Condoleezza Rice a list of names of 'neocons' he wanted blacklisted from the Department of State and that Rice assented. If the story is true, you can see how it might signal unscrupulous present and former CIA officials to go even further- even to the extent of jeopardizing secret missions."What Frum is referring to in the second passage is the willingness of anti-Bush officials in the USG to leak secret or classified material--in this case about alleged covert ops in Iran to Sy Hersh of the New Yorker--because these officials view the material as more evidence of a "neocon" project. Thus, since everyone knows that the "neocon" projects are leading the nation to ruin, leaking them is truly in the US' best interests and not, say, a crime involving giving away vital national security secrets of the United States that could kill agents or soldiers in the field.
We have no idea if Lugar's list is real or not, though it must be said that is exactly the kind of thing one would expect from a second-rate Senator like Lugar. Lugar's main accomplishment in the Senate is to have long since set the record for grinning like an idiot on the Sunday news programs while his "good friend," the Democratic senator from wherever is charging Republicans with murdering poor children, abetting racist lynchings and poisoning suburban water reservoirs.
The whole "neocon" incident did distress us for a moment since we had always assumed the American left was American enough to be immune to the kind of ultra-irrational anti-semitism found in Europe and the U.K. But, sure enough, the American Left, like the sad shell of what was once the British Broadcasting Corporation, began to use code words like "Wolfowitz" and "Perle" and to whisper about the "Israeli Lobby's" influence on the foreign policy of the United States. In its infantile manifestations the anti-Semitic left sounded like cartoon versions of the Arab News; in it's worst, more like Der Sturmer.
Leave it to a Republican senator to carry water for these idiots.
Bump for the morning.
IMHO, many of these events are irrelevant to the majority of Americans. Unless it rolls up in their driveway, most Americans could care less.
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