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  • Israel and Russia are getting along. Have the neocons noticed?

    04/16/2014 8:45:25 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 44 replies
    The Week ^ | 4/16/2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Russia and Israel seem to have a growing affinity for each other. A few weeks ago, Israel abstained from a vote in the UN censuring Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported [link at URL] that this is a sore spot for the White House and a diplomatic novum on the world scene. A senior Israeli official said that Israel's absence from the United Nations vote was viewed around the world as an extremely irregular measure, a departure from a long-standing Israeli policy of voting with the United States in the UN. While the Americans viewed...
  • Rand Paul’s Hostile Takeover of the Republican Party Is Getting More Hostile

    04/10/2014 9:52:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | April 10, 2014 | Jonathan Chait
    Republicans, I come in peace.Until very recently, Rand Paul’s project of insinuating himself comfortably within the Republican Party, and positioning himself as a plausible presidential nominee, had gone along with remarkable ease. Yes, the author of his campaign book turned out to be an unreconstructed neo-Confederate. That was a speed bump. (Who among us has not entrusted the explication of his worldview to a man who has cheered on the assassination of President Lincoln?) Paul had staged a masterful piece of political theater with his marathon Senate speech denouncing the Obama administration’s drone policy. He has assembled a top-tier campaign...
  • The Last Chance for the GOP Establishment, Get Bush or Christie the Nomination

    04/10/2014 8:02:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Against Crony Capitalism ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    The horses are lining up in the gates. Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee (seriously he’s going to run again I think) Rick Santorum (this guy has nothing else to do), Jeb Bush, Rick Perry may make another run, and who knows who else, are all chomping at the bit. The 2016 nomination isn’t that far away. They can all taste it. Within this battle for the GOP nomination is a battle for the Republican Party of course. Will the hostile takeover of the party continue or will the GOP revert to another establishment retread at the helm. Will the...
  • Neocons and Small-Government Conservatives, Consciously Uncouple

    03/30/2014 9:01:53 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 33 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 27 2014 | Conor Friedersdorf
    Once the Cold War ended it didn't make much sense for neoconservatives and small-government conservatives to remain in a coalition. But breakups take time, and post-9/11 politics briefly created the illusion that Bill Kristol and George Will belong in the same political party. I am here to tell you that they do not, even if many people who identify as small-government conservatives still don't realize it. There are kind, intellectually honest neoconservatives who genuinely believe that their hawkish, imperial approach to foreign policy would bring about a better world. Their notion of the good is still incompatible with small-government conservatism...
  • Memo to House GOP [Kristol Says Pass Debt Ceiling, But Do NOT Pass Amnesty]

    01/24/2014 7:06:54 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 42 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/24/14 | William Kristol
    Election Day is almost nine months off. But right now Republicans seem almost certain to hold the House of Representatives and are likely to take the Senate. Which raises the inevitable question: How might the GOP seize defeat from the jaws of victory? Two occasions stand out, two obvious obstacles ahead that could lead to disastrous Republican stumbles... ...conservative activists should give up their fond hopes of a debt ceiling bonanza and more or less let the hike go through unscathed (they can still vote against it, of course)....conservatives...should aggressively advance freestanding legislative proposals, to repeal and delay parts of...
  • Ted Cruz - Tom Tancredo, and the Salvation of America

    11/06/2013 8:15:23 AM PST · by Nelson Hultberg · 18 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | Oct 5, 2013 | Nelson Hultberg
    Anybody with half a brain these days knows America is no longer the country of her Founders’ intent. But the question plaguing us all is: How do we stop the destruction taking place? What can we do to regain the limited government propriety we once enjoyed? Is there a means to regain our sanity, or is it all hopeless? Our perspective at AFR (Americans for a Free Republic has been clear from the beginning. America’s troubles stem from disastrous ideology being taught in the schools and implemented in Washington. Such ideology has created a one-party state to govern us,...
  • Saakashvili's UN Speech (Georgian president lashes Putin)

    09/25/2013 8:20:38 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 11 replies
    CIvil.GE ^ | September 26, 2013
    In his address to the UN General Assembly on September 25, Georgia’s outgoing President Mikheil Saakashvili lashed out at Russia for mounting “constant pressures and threats” on neighbors and said that “the last authoritarian empire in the world” will fail and its leader Vladimir Putin will vanish from the Russian politics in “few years from now.” In his speech Saakashvili, whose second and final presidential term nears its end, also mentioned his tenure saying that “many good things” have been done under his leadership, but also added that “some of these things were done at a very high cost.” Full...
  • Syria: Matt Drudge is right. Pro-war Republicans risk becoming a big government party

    09/06/2013 3:59:34 AM PDT · by Bratch · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 4th, 2013 | Tim Stanley
    Well, we always knew the Democrat leadership would fall in behind the Prez on Syria – and Nancy Pelosi led the pack. Speaking yesterday she made the standard humanitarian case for intervention but then added her own cute spin. Nancy told us that she asked her 5-year old grandson if he thought America should go to war. “No!” he replied, so she gave him a lesson in the importance of deterring the use of chemical weapons. There are two things to take away from that surreal anecdote. A) Nancy discusses foreign policy with 5-year olds. B) They know more about...
  • Gingrich: I'm Rethinking My Neoconservative Views

    08/05/2013 3:32:51 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 86 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 08/04/2013 | Matthew Auerbach
    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich says he's reconsidering his neoconservative views regarding the benefits gained from U.S. military interventions as a way to promote democracy in the Middle East and elsewhere. Gingrich believes the methods he has long been a supporter of have backfired and require re-evaluation, the Washington Times reports. “I am a neoconservative,” Gingrich told the Times. “But at some point, even if you are a neoconservative, you need to take a deep breath to ask if our strategies in the Middle East have succeeded.” Gingrich, who backed the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, said...
  • Rand Paul Takes Shot at Neoconservatives (Video)

    07/25/2013 5:32:38 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 44 replies
    CBN ^ | July 24, 2013 | David Brody
    In a veiled shot at influential neoconservatives within the Republican Party, Sen. Rand Paul tells The Brody File the following: “There are people who will do or say anything who are your enemies,” Paul said. “Those who believe in perpetual war are some of the most dangerous to our country, and I think they will do everything they can to try and vilify people who are trying to find a more reasoned approach where war is the last resort not the first resort.” While he didn’t mention any names, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Paul...
  • Why Rand Paul Is Backing the Sponsor of the Marketplace Fairness Act Over Liz Cheney

    07/16/2013 5:39:00 PM PDT · by Bratch · 9 replies ^ | July 15, 2013 | Mike Riggs
    Republicans were treated to a strange surprise last week when Jonathan Martin reported on Liz Cheney's plan to primary three-term Republican Sen. Mike Enzi, of Wyoming, in 2014. Martin captured some hostility toward Cheney ("She just moved back here, she didn’t even grow up here"), but provided little insight as to why the intellectual heir to Dick Cheney's War on Terror was preparing to challenge a popular--if inactive--GOP incumbent.While Cheney refused to comment for the article, Enzi suspects that "she may take aim at his legislation, passed this year in the Senate, to let states collect sales tax on Internet...
  • Neocon Douglas Murray Got It Wrong about Islam

    06/07/2013 5:20:07 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 4 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 7 June 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    I have always admired Douglas Murray, mostly because of how he courageously stood up for Israel against politically correct inanities, but now I have a problem. You can see my problem in the video that you can watch by clicking on the link just below this post title, in which Douglas Murray, "radical Muslism cleric" Anjem Choudary and British convert to Islam - representing the "moderate" Muslims - Julie Siddiqi discuss on Channel Four News the Woolwich attack, and in particular the fact that one of the perpetrators, Michael Adebolaj, had been associated to Choudary and participated in at least one...
  • The Superpower Behind the Turkish Protests

    06/05/2013 7:37:40 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 12 replies
    Johngaltfla ^ | June 4, 2013 | John Galt
    To understand the rage and news from Turkey and the alleged “Turkish Spring” being promoted by some websites and commentators, one has to have a deep understanding of the friends and enemies the nation of Turkey has acquired in eighty plus years of independence and Westernization thanks to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. In the West, the British still resent the Turks for their unwillingness to take up arms against the Nazis in World War II. Believe it or not, some Germans hold the same animosity because a Turkish alliance with Nazi Germany would have crushed the Allies in Europe and the...
  • Why Do Hawks Want to Antagonize Russia?

    05/27/2013 7:23:56 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 9 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | May 24, 2013 | Daniel Larison
    The U.S. is fortunate that Russia is not intent on undermining our interests, which makes it a little odd that so many American hawks insist that this is so and sometimes seem eager to make it so. Consider Syria. Syria hawks see Russian opposition to Western and Arab intervention in the country as proof of Russian antagonism to America, but Russia is at most half-heartedly defending the status quo and continuing its formal policy of objecting to outside interference in other states’ internal affairs. It has committed itself to nothing except occasionally vetoing a resolution at the U.N., and if...
  • Keeping the peace with Russia

    05/24/2013 5:33:38 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 24, 2013 | Paul J. Saunders
    Why the hysteria about Russia? From the tone of what passes for policy discourse in Washington, one would think that Russian troops were massing on the country’s western border and that opposition activists were being executed by the hundreds. Some realities in Russia are indeed disturbing, but a sense of perspective is needed. If Moscow were really the capital of a brutally authoritarian anti-American state, things could be far worse — and profoundly damaging to U.S. national interests. But demonizing Russia doesn’t change conditions there and only undermines our ability to get what we want and need. Domestically, Russia is...
  • Syrian Rebels to Christians: Convert, Leave, or Die

    04/28/2013 4:45:44 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 28 replies
    Religious Freedom Coalition ^ | Apr 26th, 2013 | Religious Freedom Coalition
    Syrian Christians Told Convert, Leave, or Die Religious Freedom Coalition Apr 26th, 2013 Christians remaining in Syria have been given three choices by the American supported Free Syrian Army (FSA): convert to Islam, flee their homeland, or die. It is widely believed that this Islamic ideology will be enacted nationwide if President Assad is overthrown. Many Westerners falsely assume that since the FSA opposes a dictatorship, they must be democratic, secular, and tolerant. In reality, however, the FSA seeks to establish a totally Islamic state governed by Sharia law. Although many have suffered as a result of the civil war,...
  • Bernstein Blames 'Jewish' Neo-Cons For Persuading Bush On Iraq War

    04/26/2013 6:09:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Carl Bernstein claimed that because he's Jewish, he could accuse "Jewish" neo-cons of talking George W. Bush into starting an "insane" war against Iraq. Joe Scarborough wasn't so sure. Jewish neo-cons? The single most salient statement from the pre-war period was that by CIA Director George Tenet, who personally told President Bush that Saddam Hussein's possession of WMDs was a "slam dunk." So which temple does Tenet attend? What? He's Greek Orthodox? Never mind. Joe Scarborough offered a strong rebuttal to Bernstein's allegations. View the video here.
  • Ten Years After Iraq War, Neo-Cons Struggle to Hold Republicans

    03/23/2013 7:14:09 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 9 replies
    Inter Press Service ^ | March 18 2013 | Jim Lobe
    Ten years after reaching the height of their influence with the invasion of Iraq, the neo-conservatives and other right-wing hawks are fighting hard to retain their control of the Republican Party. That fight was on vivid display last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) here where, as the New York Times observed in a front-page article, the party appeared increasingly split between the aggressively interventionist wing that led the march to war a decade ago and a libertarian-realist coalition that is highly sceptical of, if not strongly opposed to, any more military adventures abroad. The libertarian component, which...
  • Old stale RINO Bill Kristol calls Rand Paul ‘Neo-Isolationist’ and 'dangerous' (Video)

    03/18/2013 6:25:55 PM PDT · by pacificpundit · 30 replies
    Fire Andrea Mitchell ^ | 3/18/13 | FAM Blog
    What do Bill Kristol, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Karl Rove and other old, stale RINO hacks all have in common? They fear Rand Paul and the new generation of libertarian-conservatives or constitutional-conservative. Bill Kristol went on America Live with Megyn Kelly to whine about how ‘dangerous’ the ‘Neo-Isolationist’ Rand Paul is. Kristol also declared that Paul has no political future or something.
  • The betrayal by our elites and the false conservative "snakes in the grass" who cost us the election

    11/07/2012 7:35:44 AM PST · by Javeth · 9 replies
    As last night's awful events have painfully proven, we're continuing to lose ground and our movement is being undermined, above all due to the treachery, blindness and incompetence of the GOP leadership to the forces gutting us from within. Our elites continue to betray the most basic conservative principles, and this is especially so for the snakes in the grass who've infiltrated our party as conservatives when they're anything but. Chief among these false conservatives are the neocons, who are big government liberals by any definition yet have gotten positions of power and policy decision-making that have continue to cause...
  • Time to Authorize Use of Force Against Iran

    09/28/2012 9:17:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | August 21, 2012 | Elliott Abrams, former Asst Secretary of State
    How America can stop what the New York Times calls “Israel’s March to War” is the hot topic this month. The issue—for the Times—is whether Israel is on the verge of bombing Iran’s nuclear sites, or can be persuaded to delay that decision and rely on the United States instead. This is what a parade of U.S. officials visiting Jerusalem this summer have counseled (and pressured) Israel to do. But the comments of Israel’s top officials suggest that its patience is wearing thin and that it may act soon, in weeks if not months. As the Associated Press put it,...
  • Jews established neocon movement to destroy Islamic world thru Superman, Tom and Jerry

    06/12/2012 4:43:11 PM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 6-12-12
    Muslim political scientist: Jews established neocon movement to destroy Islamic world through brute force and films like Superman, Tom and Jerry Curses! Muhammad Waqi'ullah is on to us! "U.S.-Based Political Scientist Muhammad Waqi'ullah: The Neocon Movement, Established by Jews, Plans to Destroy the Islamic World by Brute Force and through 'Harmless' Films like Superman, Tom and Jerry," from MEMRI, June 4: Following are excerpts from an interview with Muhammad Waqi’ullah, a US-based Sudanese professor of political science, which aired on Al-Majd TV on June 4, 2012. Waqi’ullah received his Ph.D. from the University of Mississipi [sic], and worked for the...
  • The promise of Russia’s urban middle class

    03/10/2012 3:02:15 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 10, 2012 | Condoleezza Rice
    Much depends on who capitalizes on the thirst for change. As daily protests wane, the hard work of political organizing must begin. In this regard, the liberal, or “right,” forces (as they are known) need to address the Russian people’s concrete economic and social concerns. Too often movements have rallied around a strong personality with minimal connection to the population’s aspirations. This time the liberals have a ready-made constituency in the rising middle class and its youthful vanguard. They cannot waste this opportunity. Otherwise, the standard-bearers of change could be radical nationalists, even warmed-over communists who might well tap into...
  • David Stockman: American Exceptionalism Is 'Neo-Con Code' For Aggressive Foreign Policy

    01/22/2012 6:08:56 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    There are few things the liberal media like more than a Republican renegade. David Stockman has made a career out of strutting his independence from the GOP. So little surprise that he was an honored guest on this morning's Up With Chris Hayes on MSNBC. That Stockman repaid his hosts by attacking Republicans was utterly predictable. Even so, the absurdity of Stockman's particular assertion was breathtaking. The former Reagan budget director actually claimed that the notion of American exceptionalism, a focus of Newt Gingrich's campaign, is nothing less than . . . "neo-con code" for an aggressive foreign policy. View...
  • Ron Paul Supporters Spray Vinegar at the Sky to Fight “Chemtrails”…I’m Not Kidding

    12/26/2011 9:25:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 72 replies
    Republican Party Animals ^ | December 26, 2011 | David Stein
    This is a story I couldn’t resist writing. Ron Paul supporters are spraying vinegar at the sky to “kill” clouds. They’re standing in their backyards, on their porches, and in front of their windows, angrily aiming spray bottles filled with vinegar into the air.How could I not write about this? If I live to be one-hundred years old, will I ever again get the chance to write about something so incredibly insane?I have several friends who support Ron Paul. The aim of this piece is not to malign or belittle all Paul supporters – just the ones who adhere to...
  • Report: Syria arms missiles with chemical warheads

    The Syrian regime, which has endured nine months of civil unrest spurred by the Arab Spring as it swept across the Middle East, has armed its medium-range missile arsenal with chemical warheads. According to a report published by the Sabah daily Sunday, Damascus armed 600 one-ton chemical warheads to use in the event of a foreign military intervention. Furthermore, President Bashar al-Assad ordered the deployment of 21 missile launchers along its border with Turkey. Syria’s medium-range missiles that can be equipped with chemical warheads have a range of up to 1,300 kilometers and would include the southern and central provinces...
  • Bill Kristol: Herman Cain Is Not Going To Be The Nominee, He Was Never Going To Be

    11/06/2011 7:58:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 6, 2011 | Josh Feldman
    On Fox News Sunday today, Bill Kristol threw cold water on Herman Cain‘s presidential candidacy, arguing that regardless of his popularity among conservative voters and whether or not his sexual harassment scandal will end up helping or hurting him, there was very little chance in the first place he was ever going to be the Republican nominee. Chris Wallace brought up Cain’s contentious exchange with a reporter last night over the allegations over his sexual harassment controversy, and asked the panel if there was a connection between what Cain is currently going through and what Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas...
  • An alternative to neocon nonsense

    07/24/2011 5:52:11 PM PDT · by Coleus · 20 replies
    star ledger ^ | 07.21.11 | Paul Mulshine
    Listen to what Michele Bachmann has to say at the 1:08:50 mark of this video. She honestly appears to believe we could direct the secretary of the treasury to pay off all "pay off all debts of the United States, all interest, all obligations" now. (Note: I inserted the exact language and employed the italics because I noted that in the comments section various Bachmannites were claiming she called for paying off only the interest. If you can't understand plain English, this is not the blog for you.)  She then goes on to say she would balance the budget.  Huh?...
  • What’s a Neoconservative?

    06/23/2011 7:01:43 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 25 replies
    American Conservative ^ | 06/23/2011 | Jack Hunter
    My father suggested to me recently that it might be helpful to better explain what the term “neoconservative” means. “A lot of people don’t know,” he said. As usual, Dad was right. Though decades old, the mainstream use of the word neoconservative is relatively new. I mentally filed away my father’s suggestion agreeing that a layman’s explanation of “neoconservative” might be helpful when the time was right. The time is right—as the American intervention in Libya has drawn a clearer line between neoconservatives and conventional Republicans than any event in recent memory. The “neocons” believe American greatness is measured by...
  • Governor Palin and the Changing Rules of the Establishment

    05/12/2011 8:18:24 AM PDT · by unseen1 · 75 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | 05/12/2011 | Whitney Pitcher
    Authors from several publications– the Atlantic, Commentary and the Washington Post have finally caught up on the political history of the past 5+ years–Governor Palin had an excellent record during her tenure. For some reason, the Atlantic writer, Joshua Green, finally realized in May of 2011 what Governor Palin accomplished as an oil and gas commissioner in 2003-2004 and as Governor 2006-2009. She took on the corruption in her own party in both roles. She revamped the oil taxation plan in Alaska by cleaning up the corruption of her predecessor and helping leave Alaska with what is currently a $12...
  • Palin splits with neocon advisers

    05/03/2011 8:24:13 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 183 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/03/2011 | Ben Smith
    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. (snip) 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...
  • Ominous Signals on Libya: A Response to Andrew Sullivan

    03/28/2011 5:19:42 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | March 26, 2011 | David Horowitz
    Andrew Sullivan takes exception to my observations that we are on a fool’s errand in Libya and a dangerous one. The other day I took issue with neo-conservatives who had learned nothing from failed attempts to create Western-style democracies in Muslim cultures. I had pointed to recent experiences in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Gaza (let alone Turkey) and warned that our military invasion of Libya could lead to the creation of an al-Qaeda aligned totalitarian state. Here is how the Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan characterized these thoughts: “It looks as if David Horowitz has left the neocons and become an anti-Islam...
  • Ominous Signals on Libya: A Response to Andrew Sullivan

    03/26/2011 9:45:40 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 53 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | Mar 26, 2011 | David Horowitz
    Ominous Signals on Libya: A Response to Andrew Sullivan Posted By David Horowitz On March 26, 2011 @ 12:04 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage Andrew Sullivan takes exception to my observations that we are on a fool’s errand in Libya and a dangerous one. The other day I took issue with neo-conservatives who had learned nothing from failed attempts to create Western-style democracies in Muslim cultures. I had pointed to recent experiences in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Gaza (let alone Turkey) and warned that our military invasion of Libya could lead to the creation of an al-Qaeda aligned totalitarian state. Here...
  • Palin Says 'No!' on Cutting US Aid to Israel

    03/06/2011 3:40:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | March 6, 2011 | Gil Ronen
    Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin came out strongly in favor of continued U.S. foreign aid to Israel in a Sunday interview with Judge Jeanine Pirro on Foxnews. "You know I'm sure that there's some waste and fraud in our foreign aid we need to find efficiencies and not give to any regime that would seek to harm Americans in any sense of the word 'harm,'" Palin said, "I don't support that kind of foreign aid at all. but when it comes to Israel - NO... I stand strong with Israel and unapologetically I say that America should keep this strong...
  • Kosovar Albanian Muslim shoots US soldiers: Chickens of Clinton/Blair Kosovo folly coming to roost

    03/04/2011 7:18:59 AM PST · by Javeth · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3/3/11 | Allan Hall
    Two American airmen were shot dead and another left fighting for his life today after a Kosovo Albanian gunman stormed their bus before opening fire at Germany’s busiest airport where he allegedly worked. Officials said the gunman, identified as Arid Uka, 21, shouted out 'Islamic slogans' before opening fire. He gunned down his first victim as the soldier stood in front of the vehicle at Terminal 2 before turning his weapon on the driver as he sat behind the wheel. A fourth man was lightly injured and both he and the gravely wounded man are now being treated at the...
  • A Free Iraq Prevented Nuclear Libya

    03/02/2011 6:49:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 2, 2011 | Staff
    Leadership: For years, Barack Obama called Iraq "a dumb war." But considering how that conflict undeniably scared Libya's Moammar Gadhafi into ending his WMD program, the 2003 invasion has never looked smarter. 'I don't oppose all wars," future President Barack Obama told Chicagoans Against War in Iraq during a 2002 rally. "What I am opposed to is a dumb war ... a rash war ... the cynical attempt by ... armchair, weekend warriors in this (Bush) administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne." Obama called the...
  • Some activists want wealthy (California RAT quitter) Jane Harman to pay for special election vote

    02/21/2011 6:39:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/21/11 | Sean J. Miller
    Some activists want wealthy Jane Harman to pay for special election voteBy Sean J. Miller - 02/21/11 06:08 PM ET A grass-roots movement fueled by anger over the cost of a special election for Rep. Jane Harman’s (D-Calif.) seat has sprung up in the coastal towns surrounding Los Angeles. Harman announced Feb. 7 that she was stepping down as the representative for California’s 36th district to become head of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, a Washington-based research institution. She’s set to remain in the House until Feb. 28, according to her office. Her departure only two months into...
  • Zionist Interests

    02/04/2011 10:09:06 PM PST · by Ari Bussel · 11 replies
    Let’s Blame Israel by Ari Bussel I am reminded that many thought (and some still do) that the United States went to war in Iraq on Israel’s request and for her sole benefit. President Bush, close with the Saudis, apparently cared so much more about Israel that, notwithstanding any threat to his friends the Saudis, he mobilized the entire US military to protect and defend Israel against an enemy she knew well how to handle. We can use as an example Israel’s 1981 bombing of the Iraqi nuclear reactor. For the past two weeks, our series “Postcards from America –...
  • Glenn Beck's George Soros Expose Missed One Surprising Thing: His Big Sarah Palin Connection

    11/12/2010 9:51:35 AM PST · by aimhigh · 315 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/12/2010 | Courtney Comstock
    Glenn Beck's epic takedown of George Soros left out something interesting. One of Sarah Palin's top aids, Randy Scheunemann, has been on Soros' payroll for years. From Salon: Given Soros' alleged role plotting to destroy the United States, Beck and his Fox viewership might be surprised to learn that one of Sarah Palin's top aides, [Scheunemann], has been on Soros' payroll for years.
  • WikiLeaks Attacks!

    10/25/2010 8:59:29 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 11 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 25 Oct 2010 | Jed Babbin
    Last Friday the WikiLeaks organization again published previously classified Defense Department documents. From their reporting, and from my own scant review of just a few of the documents, they appear to illustrate the inherent -- and forseeeable -- problems with the nation-building strategy we pursued in Iraq and are still pursuing in Afghanistan. The Post goes along with the WikiLeaks claim that the new documents show "…that U.S. soldiers killed at least 700 Iraqi civilians in situations where troops felt threatened." That claim may well be true. But how else can troops act -- in accordance with the rules of...
  • Sephardi leader Yosef: Non-Jews exist to serve Jews

    10/23/2010 7:00:47 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 185 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | October 18, 2010 | anon
    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Sephardic leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in his weekly Saturday night sermon said that non-Jews exist to serve Jews. “Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world; only to serve the People of Israel,” he said during a public discussion of what kind of work non-Jews are allowed to perform on Shabbat. "Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat," he said to some laughter. Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Shas Party and the former...
  • Right as Ever: How conservative critics of conservatism are explaining the conservative comeback.

    10/05/2010 10:55:49 PM PDT · by pissant · 16 replies
    Slate ^ | 10/5/10 | David Weigel
    The Great Recession has done wonders for the Republican Party. Two years after being tossed out of power at every level, it's about to waltz right back in, kicking aside the corpses of Democrats foolish enough to go along with the designs of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. This is good news for most conservatives. It's slightly worse news for a smaller group of conservatives—namely, the ones who spent the end of the '00s explaining why a Republican comeback like this was not really possible. Take, for example, Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam, whose 2005 Weekly Standard cover story, "The...
  • Palin adviser worked for foreign governments

    10/04/2010 6:24:19 PM PDT · by pissant · 315 replies · 1+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 10/4/10 | Mark Hosenball
    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 adviser’s 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 governor’s fundraising committee known as SarahPAC, show that between December 2009 and the end of May 2010, it...
  • Iowahawk: Norman Podhoretz: By Jove, I Like the Cut of This Hebrew's Jib

    01/12/2010 4:08:17 PM PST · by EveningStar · 12 replies · 834+ views
    Iowahawk | January 12, 2010 | David Burge
    [Ed. note: In what easily ranks as the high point in my blogging career, and the low point of the entire neoconservative movement, I was somehow invited to attend the 80th Birthday Roast of Norman Podhoretz at the Park Plaza in New York last night where I got to rub elbows with, among others, Charles Krauthammer, William Bennett, Lucianne Goldberg, Paul Gigot, Mark Steyn, Henry Kissinger and the whole Podhoretz family. What follows is my small contribution to the roast, an edited version of which was wonderfully performed in character by the great Orson Bean. Many thanks to Commentary editor John Podhoretz for including me in...
  • Op-Ed Columnist: Is This America?

    09/12/2010 10:23:11 AM PDT · by thecodont · 46 replies
    The New York Times / ^ | Published: September 11, 2010 | By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
    For a glimpse of how venomous and debased the discourse about Islam has become, consider a blog post in The New Republic this month. Written by Martin Peretz, the magazine’s editor in chief, it asserted: “Frankly, Muslim life is cheap, most notably to Muslims.” Mr. Peretz added: “I wonder whether I need honor these people and pretend that they are worthy of the privileges of the First Amendment, which I have in my gut the sense that they will abuse.” Thus a prominent American commentator, in a magazine long associated with tolerance, ponders whether Muslims should be afforded constitutional freedoms....
  • Obama & the Neocons: the Odd Alliance

    08/06/2010 9:44:57 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 14 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 6, 2010 | By David Paul Kuhn
    Last September, the don of neconservatism was put to rest. Irving Kristol's funeral represented, to some, the end of not only the man but also his ideas. The obituary for neoconservatism proved premature, however. A younger generation of neocons, and aligned hawks, wrote President Obama that same month. "We congratulate you on the [wartime] leadership" the letter read. They urged the president to ignore antiwar pressure. It was the most public statement of support–albeit qualified–for what was now Obama's war.
  • Turning Right [Norm Podhoretz, NeoConservatism and Commentary Magazine]

    07/30/2010 9:29:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 30, 2010 | Damon Linker
    Over the past decade, “neocon” has become an all-purpose term of abuse among critics of the right. Yet few of these critics appear to realize that from the beginning there have been two very different branches of neoconservative thinking. The first aimed to bring sober, dispassionate analysis and a skeptical temper to questions of domestic policy; the second specialized in devising cogent, often highly polemical arguments in favor of a militarily aggressive foreign policy. The first exercised its greatest political influence during the 1990s with Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani’s crime-fighting policies and the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. The second peaked...
  • Chris Matthews and the Jews

    04/26/2010 3:34:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 20 replies · 850+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 26, 2010 | Stuart Schwartz
    Jews. Everywhere, there are Jews. They have penetrated the highest ranks of government, control vast swaths of the economy, and bend nations to their demonic will. But not to worry: Chris Matthews is on the case. The host of "Hardball with Chris Matthews" on radical-left MSNBC has become a modern-day Paul Revere. But instead of the British, he gallops each weekday into a few (very few, with first-quarter ratings down 46% compared to last year) homes and warns the nation of the threat of this international circumcision cult that wants to serve up a heaping helping of world domination along...
  • Zot Is the Health of the State

    04/09/2010 11:29:45 AM PDT · by fascistsoup · 79 replies · 1,771+ views
    Fascist Soup ^ | 4/9/2010 | Michael Suede
    "…The more terrifying the occasion for defense, the closer will become the organization and the more coercive the influence upon each member of the herd. War sends the current of purpose and activity flowing down to the lowest level of the herd, and to its most remote branches. All the activities of society are linked together as fast as possible to this central purpose of making a military offensive or a military defense, and the State becomes what in peacetimes it has vainly struggled to become—the inexorable arbiter and determinant of men’s business and attitudes and opinions…" -Randolph Bourne Dear...
  • GOP Peaceniks?

    03/19/2010 9:36:05 PM PDT · by molybdenum · 2 replies · 312+ views
    The Nation ^ | 3-19-10 | Robert Dreyfuss
    Last December, when President Obama launched his second escalation of the Afghan war, he did so with the unflinching support of the Republicans, the right, and neoconservativies. But a small group of conservatives, libertarians and assorted contrarians on the right has opposed the war, and yesterday I journeyed to the Cato Institute to find out whether that nucleus of anti-war opposition is significant or not. The answer: maybe, but probably not. The Cato conference was entitled "Escalate or Withdraw? Conservatives and the War in Afghanistan," and it brought together several ultra conservative members of Congress: Tom McClintock (R-CA); Dana Rohrabacher...