Skip to comments.Palin splits with neocon advisers
Posted on 05/03/2011 8:24:13 AM PDT by Hawk720
Sarah Palin has parted ways with the neoconservative foreign policy advisers who had been writing speeches and advising her on policy since she joined the McCain campaign.
An aide to Palin, Tim Crawford, confirmed that Orion Strategies' Randy Scheunemann and Michael Goldfarb are no longer working for her PAC. They parted, both sides said on good terms.
"Randy flat out said, 'We can't give you the time,'" Crawford said.
Crawford said they've been replaced by Peter Schweizer, a writer and fellow at the Hoover Institution who blogs regularly at Andrew Breitbart's Big Peace.
The personnel shift carries an ideological charge. Scheunemann, the former executive director of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, is a longtime neoconservative stalwart, as is Goldfarb, a former reporter and protege of Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol. They crafted for Palin a policy platform and voice reflecting an eagerness to use American force. The pair, who helped Palin with press and debate prep in 2008, were also something of Palin's last link to Washington's political establishment.
But Palin parted ways with that aggressive internationalism in a speech yesterday, condemning U.S. involvement in Libya and laying out a more cautious philosophy of the use of force. Schweizer has articulated a more skeptical view of the use of American force and promotion of democracy abroad.
"Egypt does a lot of things wrong, but they have also been pro-American on a lot of levels," he wrote of Obama's support for protesters in Egypt -- which was being roundly criticized by neoconservatives for being insufficiently vigorous. "When protests broke out in Iran earlier during his tenure in the White House, Obama was not willing to openly back them, at least until he came under considerable fire. But now he is supporting them in Egypt?"
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
If she would announce, she would rocket to number one.
[condemning U.S. involvement in Libya and laying out a more cautious philosophy of the use of force]
If she did that, she is certainly the ticket.
Odd, given that she was advocating ‘boots on the ground’ in Libya before US/NATO did anything.
Yeah I guess it’s real common for someone with no intent of running for office to retain a staff of paid advisors.
I’m happy for Palin.
IMHO, neocons are libs who like to start wars for monetary reasons and then send your kids to go fight.
This is a good move on Palin’s part. Enough of this nation building and attempting to scab democracy on top of these dysfunctional cultures. We’ve now made an even bigger mess in the ME we’ll be paying for over the next many years.
“Odd, given that she was advocating boots on the ground in Libya before US/NATO did anything”.
Show me the written sourse or post a link to a video showing her saying that.
Schweizer is big-time -- Oxford grad, author of a number of books including two on Reagan and the Cold War. He was at the Reagan Ranch the weekend Palin spoke there. Can his fellow Hoover Institution scholars, Victor Davis Hanson and Thomas Sowell, be coming onboard as advisors? They've both spoken highly of her.
Peter Schweizer is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. A former consultant to NBC News, he also served as a member of the Ultraterrorism Study Group at the U.S. government's Sandia National Laboratory.
His books have been translated into eleven languages. His most recent works include Architects of Ruin (Harper Collins, 2009), Makers and Takers (Doubleday, 2008), Do as I Say (Not as I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy (Doubleday, 2005). Other books include The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty (Doubleday, 2004/Anchor, 2005), which the New York Times called "the best" of the books on the Bush family, and Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph over Communism (Doubleday, 2002/Anchor 2003).
His first novel, Chain of Command (coauthored with Caspar Weinberger), was released by Simon and Schuster in June 2005. Publisher's Weekly, in a starred review, called it a "debut political thriller crackling with a chilling authenticity and riveting dirty dealing.
He is coeditor of Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement (Texas A & M University Press, 2006) and The Reagan Presidency: Assessing the Man and His Legacy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005) as well as editor of The Fall of the Wall: Reassessing the Cause and Consequences of the Collapse of Communism (Hoover Institution Press, 2000).
Schweizer is executive producer of In the Face of Evil, an epic documentary based on his book Reagan's War. The New York Post declared it "the must-see movie of the season...disturbing and deeply moving." The film is a winner of the 2004 Liberty Film Festival.
His written work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, National Review, Foreign Affairs, and elsewhere. He has spoken before dozens of corporate audiences including those at Amoco, Arthur Anderson, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, as well as numerous student groups including Young America's Foundation, University of Virginia, and Florida State University.
He has appeared on ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and the BBC.
Schweizer received his M.Phil. degree from Oxford University and his B.A. degree from George Washington University.
HUH? NOT Sarah Palin!
Post #4 says it all,Frank does good work.
You are 100% WRONG....3 separate times she said she wasn’t for “boots on the ground” Now come on, this is Politico for Pete’s sake, they lie in between truths
“If she would announce, she would rocket to number one”.
Only Governor Palin or Donald Trump would have the monetary resources to compete with Obama’s billion dollar war chest. Palin could raise it and Trump has his own cash. No other Republican has the ability to raise that kind of cash to compete.
Thanks, Al B..
Professional campaign advisors, staffers and writers do NOT hire on with a candidate who will be announcing shortly he/she is not running for office.
They work to eat, like we all do......and will not engage in political games, indecision or lack of written contracts when they hire on.
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Which is obviously something Palin has no need for, since she just unloaded a couple with whom she disagreed.
“Show me the written sourse or post a link to a video showing her saying that.”
Video at the link:
“Certainly a no fly zone,” Palin said. “I hate to say, jeez, more troops on the ground. You know send more of our brave young men and women over there in Libya. When yes, 41 years of Gadhafi. Hes got to go.”
Palin Doctrine? Sarah Palin spoke at a Tribute to the Troops at Colorado Christian University.
“The Soldier fights not because he hates what’s in front of him. But because he loves those and what’s behind him!”....G.K. Chesterton
1. We should only commit our forces when clear and vital American interest are at stake.
2. IF we have to fight, we fight to win. We use overwhelming force, we only send in our troop into war with the objective to defeat the enemy as quickly as possible: We do not send in our military to stretch out the mission with an open-ended and ill-define mission. NATION BUILDING is a nice idea in theory but it is not the main purpose of our Arm Forces, we use our military to win wars.
3. We must have clearly defined objectives before sending our troops in harms way: If you can’t explain the mission to the American people clearly and concisely, then our Sons and Daughters should not be sent into battle. PERIOD.
4. American soldiers must NEVER be put under foreign command: We can fight side by side with our allies, but American soldiers must remain under the care and command of the American officer.
5. Sending out our Arm Forces should be our last resort: We don’t go looking for dragons to slay, however we will encourage the forces of freedom around the world who is sincerely fighting for the empowerment of the individual. When it makes sense and it is appropriate, we will provide them with support to help them win their own freedom....But we can’t fight every war, we can’t undue every injustice around the World.
Palin: The Stronger we are the more peaceful the World will be under our example....We must vigorously defend ourselves but at the same time not wear down our arm forces with never-ending and ever increasing commitments. I believe that America though, must never retreat into isolation, the World will be less safe and less free without our leadership and we must never forget that America has a responsibility to lead “TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN MUCH IS EXPECTED”.
We can not be the World’s policeman, granted or a door of ATM but we can lead by example, by our words and if necessary by our actions.....We need leaders that embodies the same standard that our men and women in uniform hold themselves...Remember, the true soldier fights for it is behind him. Behind him here is tradition, patriotism and it-—it is not a need for a fundamental transformation of America but a renewal for ALL THAT IS GOOD ABOUT AMERICA!
And just last week I saw some of your PDS pals complaining that she was not serious because she had not hired more staff and advisors.
Awe COME ON! she says “I hate to say,jeez more ground troop” the video shows her saying that as a no! You twisting her words to mean something else
She didn’t. She advocated the no fly zone a month before it happened, i.e., when the rebels were on the verge of victory and Ghadaffi’s heavy weaponry were easy targets. She has shown greater skepticism (a) when people waited until the rebels were on the verge of defeat and (b) as it has become clear that there is no clearly defined mission or exit strategy.
I’ve never seen Palin as an instinctive neo-con. I don’t mean to be rude, but, like all governors, she was a blank slate when it came to foreign policy. McCain was a neo-con, he was surrounded by neo-cons, and she was asked to tow the neo-con line. Seems like an educated guess to say that she became friendly with Scheunemann and kept him as her resource on foreign policy questions . . .
BUT, I suspect her instincts are far more Reaganite, more the military exists to kick *** and chew bubble gum” and stay away from nation building. So, I see this move as a natural move to gravitate towards a foreign policy doctrine that reflects her personal beliefs.
Frankly, it’s not unlike when McCain asked her to tow the line on bailouts. Even as a supporter, I’ll say that she comes off as pretty unpersuasive when it comes to talking about things that she doesn’t instinctively embrace (neo-cons, bailouts, etc.). Hey, it takes a certain type of “flexibility” to do that.
BUT, when she talks about things that she does instinctively believe, she comes across as extremely persuasive and even, dare I say, knowledgeable (e.g., name some other politician who has provided in layman’s terms so forceful an indictment of QE2 . . . Ron Paul, yes, but in professorial terms).
The worst thing the GOP ever did was give these "neo-con" dopes so much free reign in our military affairs and foreign policy.
And they are right.
And now, we receive confirmation not only that she is doing it, she's doing it right!
Ditching the McLame campaign holdovers and Kristol acolytes is the best (structural) move thus far. Given her track record, expect a slew of additional brilliant chess-moves from our President-in-Waiting.
She is not only running, she's running circles around her competition and her detractors alike.
First, notice the date of this story - March 8, 2011 - more than a week before the NFZ was established.
This is the relevant excerpt from a response Palin gave to Pirro about what should happen and how the US should make it happen...
"Certainly a no fly zone," Palin said. "I hate to say, jeez, more troops on the ground. You know send more of our brave young men and women over there in Libya. When yes, 41 years of Gadhafi. Hes got to go."
I'm not sure how else that could be read other than at leat a tacit call for "boots on the ground" if it's necessary to get rid of Kaddafi.
The entire interview can be seen here. The relevant section comes around 11:19 or so.
No Declaration of War in that doctrine?
Did you read the article? It was nothing she did, the advisors left her. Probably means one of two thing: They know she’s not going to run and don’t want to waste their time, or she was trying to tell them how to do their jobs...
N-i-c-e deconstruction. Could not agree more. The US adventure in the Mideast is o-v-e-r.
As ME dictators and butchers fall by the wayside, we witness another colossal failure of the pukeneos, who duped the US into sinking trillions of dollars into these antediluvian cultures with assurances that US trillions to dictators would hold back the aspirations of millions of starving Arabs.
We must also consider that the pukes colluded with enviros to keep the US in the Mideast---but telling tall tales about our being "dependent on foreign oil."
The US has vast energy resources but getting at them is an "environmental issue" they say. Baloney. Enviro issues are strictly agit-prop.
The stunning reality is that US energy reserves are huge--- offshore oil, natural gas, coal. Oil companies have had tremendous success unlocking big quantities of natural gas from dense shale rock formations in North America. We're talking about TRILLIONS of barrels of oil equivalent in shale natural gas.
We need to alert the PTB that we are onto the gross manipulation by those who are colluding, who want the US to sink trillions in the Mideast......including war profiteers getting rich beyond Croesus with our tax dollars---and by Mideast countries too stupid to govern themselves without US "foreign aid."
"America is dependent on foreign oil" is a knee-jerk reaction, a bunch of propaganda.......The Big Lie which forced America into invading three ME countries at a cost of trillions of US tax dollars.
REFERENCE The US gets 25% of its oil needs from nearby Canada----which will increase in the near future. The red-hot center of the 21st century's gold rush is the western Canadian province of Alberta. Spread under 54,363 square miles of boreal forest -- a little less than the land area of Florida -- lie proven reserves of 174 billion barrels, second only to Saudi Arabia's.
What with engineering know-how, huge advances in technology, and the $$$$trillions to be made----a small $100 billion investment will get the Canadian reserves out of the ground in no time....
All in our own backyard, just down a country road, and over the bridge, from bucolic, peaceful New England.
Haha! Trump, he needs someone to tell him not to use mf in a stump speech.
Or...you pay them to organize YOUR thoughts because you don't have time to write speeches.
It is time to realize that there are fundamental differences working against spreading freedom and democracy worldwide. Genetic or not, the differences are longstanding and deeply embedded in cultures and the very psyche of the people..
“Awe COME ON! she says ‘I hate to say,jeez more ground troop’[ the video shows her saying that as a no! You twisting her words to mean something else”
What?? I’ve seen some Palin supporters make odd arguments before, but she is CLEARLY advocating for troops on the ground in Libya.
She likely has revised/changed/flip-flopped that view, but let’s not pretend she didn’t say it.
First, I'm not sure it's possible to "twist" her words anymore than she twists them herself. She is remarkably inarticulate.
But, you conveniently left off the rest of her statement that comes IMMEDIATELY after the sentence you snipped. She says (in its entirety)...
"I hate to say,jeez more ground troop. When yes, 41 years of Gadhafi. Hes got to go."Maybe "yes" in Palinese means something else. I guess that's possible.
Smart move Sarah. I’m sick of old men (McCain) and old men’s wars.
Palin adviser worked for foreign governments
Toronto Sun | 10/4/10 | Mark Hosenball
FR Posted on Monday, October 04, 2010 by pissant
WASHINGTON - Sarah Palin, seen as a possible Republican presidential candidate, has paid tens of thousands of dollars for foreign policy advice to a U.S. firm that represents three overseas governments, campaign finance documents show. While legal, the advisers work as an agent for other countries raises questions about whether Palin is receiving impartial information about foreign relations and could be become a subject of debate if she runs for president or another elected office.
Financial reports filed by the former Alaska governors fundraising committee known as SarahPAC, show that between December 2009 and the end of May 2010, it made seven payments to Orion Strategies. The firm is a Washington consulting firm founded and led by Randy Scheunemann, a lobbyist who served as a senior foreign policy adviser to John McCain in his 2008 U.S. presidential bid and to Palin when she became McCains Republican running mate.
Controversy over campaign advisers who work as lobbyists for foreign or domestic interests can often blight national political campaigns. At least five of McCains aides quit his presidential campaign because of their lobbying activities.
The administration of President Barack Obama has put rules in place to try to restrict the hiring of lobbyists for senior government jobs.
Palins committee made a $30,000 payment to Orion on Dec. 2, 2009, and six other $10,000 payments to the firm between January and the end of May of this year. The reports say that at least three of the payments were for consulting work on international issues.
Documents filed by Orion Strategies with the Foreign Agents Registration Unit of the U.S. Department of Justice report that from December 2009 to May 2010 the same period when it was being paid consulting fees by SarahPAC the firm was formally registered under federal law as an agent for three foreign governments.
Orion directly represents Georgia and Taiwan, and has been retained by Montenegro through a second Washington lobbying firm.
Scheunemann, whose ties to Georgia stoked controversy when he advised McCains campaign, is not known to be working as a paid adviser for any other likely presidential contenders. Neither Palin, SarahPAC, Scheunemann nor Orion responded to telephone and e-mail requests for comment.
U.S. law requires U.S. agents representing foreign governments to disclose their activities. But they are not legally restricted from acting as advisers to U.S. political campaigns. Palin has kept herself in the limelight by backing conservative candidates for midterm elections this year and making high-profile appearances. But she has declined to say whether she will seek the Republican nomination to challenge Obama in the 2012 presidential election.
ONE IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY ONE KEEPS
(News release circa 2/11) Sarah Palin has added veteran Republican strategist Michael Glassner to serve as COS for her political action committee, Sarah PAC. Glassner, an attorney and longtime adviser to former Kansas senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole, has signed on to steer the former Alaska governor's political operation as she considers a possible 2012 presidential bid. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Glassner managed her vice presidential operations.
ITEM What does this tell you about Glassner: he worked for Dole AND McCain.
ITEM Michael Glassner served as counselor to NY/NJ Port Authority Chairman Lewis M. Eisenberg.
ITEM Eisenberg was one of the first to introduce pro-abortion policies into the Repub Party---was he a stalking horse for the dreaded neocons?
ITEM For many years, Mr. Eisenberg was a partner of Goldman Sachs & Co (at the same time Rahm Emanuel worked for G/S?)
ITEM Eisenberg served on New York Gov George Pataki's transition team and was a key adviser to New Jersey Gov Christine Whitman (both of them not known as staunch conservatives).
REFERENCE After years w/ Goldman Sachs, in 1990, Eisenberg founded Granite Capital International Group, an investment management company headquartered in NYC. Mr. Eisenberg also served from 1995-2001 as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the NY/NJ Port Authority. The Port Authority is the owner of the World Trade Center, and Mr. Eisenberg led the agency through the first three months of recovery and clean-up after the 911 terrorist attacks. He was recently named a member of New York's Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Authority, which will spearhead the rebuilding of Ground Zero.
Eisenberg's community and charitable activities include leadership in health and healthcare related institutions. He is on the Planning Board of UJA/United Jewish Federation.
Mr. Eisenberg was once elected Finance Chairman of the RNC. He raised millions of dollars for the Republican Party and Republican candidates.
Eisenbergs support for Republicans appears to be limited..... He also wrote checks to liberal Democrats like Walter Mondale, Dick Gephardt, Tim Wirth, Chris Dodd, Bruce Babbitt, Joe Biden, and others.
Palin is moving toward Ron Paul’s position. Good! However, I prefer the real thing.
If I remember correctly, she advocated a new fly zone.. I think...
Wasn't aware she'd flip-flopped on Libya. Good to hear she's gotten rid of neo-con advice. To whatever extent anyone cares what she thinks about foreign policy, it's best if it isn't neoconservative.