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  • Neoconservatism in the Obama Age

    01/17/2009 4:41:34 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies · 381+ views
    thenewamerican ^ | 01.07.09 | Patrick Krey
    Neoconservatives are elated with Obama's appointments, recognizing that the new guard is very much like the old.  Some traditional conservatives were hoping that with Bush leaving office and Obama coming in, the neocons would be put out of power, but sadly, they're not going away that easily. Contrary to the public's perception of President-elect Obama as the peace candidate, he has been extremely hawkish in his appointments. The selection of Joe Biden as a running mate was a sign that the globalist and hawkish wing of the Democratic Party (where the neocons originally hailed from) was going to be strongly...
  • Viewpoint: The end of the neocons?

    01/13/2009 1:53:30 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies · 747+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 13 January 2009 17:18 GMT, | Jonathan Clarke
    Jonathan Clarke, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs looks back at the rise and fall of the neocons, who encouraged George Bush to invade Iraq.With the Bush Administration about to recede into history, a widely asked question is whether the neoconservative philosophy that underpinned its major foreign policy decisions will likewise vanish from the scene. The answer seems likely to be Yes. But the epitaph of neoconservatism has been written before - prematurely, as it turned out, in the 1980s. Having been apparently headed for extinction at the end of the Reagan Administration a...
  • Will Neo-Conservatism Die For Compassionate Conservatism’s Sins?

    01/06/2009 5:58:06 PM PST · by HokieMom · 42 replies · 803+ views
    DC Examiner ^ | January 4, 2009 | Paul Mirengoff,
    President Bush will leave office with an approval rating of under 30 percent, and the Republican Party is not faring much better. In the past two elections, it has shed more than 50 House seats and more than a dozen Senate seats. The conservative label, though, does not appear to have taken much of a beating. On Election Day 2008, exit polls showed that more voters still identify themselves as conservatives than as liberals. Conservatives can thus spare themselves the kind of re-branding liberals felt compelled to attempt earlier in the decade when they dubbed themselves “progressives.” Precisely what is...
  • Is Conservatism Dead?

    01/05/2009 5:38:42 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 80 replies · 1,457+ views
    The New American ^ | 2009-01-06 | Patrick Krey
    The rise of the neoconservatives within the GOP has not only discredited the Grand Old Party but tarnished the image of conservatism. The Republican party suffered an overwhelming electoral defeat this past November. The establishment media were all too quick to proclaim that conservatism is dead and we're now at the dawn of a liberal age. Peter Beinart, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), wrote in Time magazine that we are facing the dawn of a "new liberal order." In making this proclamation, Beinart overlooks the fact that the public was not voting...
  • Who are the RINO Republicans in The RNC, Elected and appointed Officials ,and THE Media,?

    11/28/2008 6:54:09 AM PST · by philly-d-kidder · 38 replies · 684+ views
    My Cerebellum | Black Friday! | Philly-d-Kidder
    I have Been seeing so much Post Mortem on the Decline of the Republican Party. Our POST ELECTION First Task was to Identify the ROOT PROBLEM...we agree that it was the RINO Philosophy. Next Since we will have to go out and replace these RINOS with people of true Conservative Principles . Now It is time to identify those RINO's who are Elected to Office be it Federal, State, County and City elected Officials. Appointed, Judicial, The RINO's in Media,Radio Talkers TV, Cable, Print, and Blogs... We need to Identify the RINO talking heads who POP up everywhere when a...
  • The Death of Neoconservatism by David Donadio |

    11/26/2008 6:07:33 AM PST · by Publius804 · 24 replies · 761+ views ^ | November 20, 2008 | David Donadio |
    The Death of Neoconservatism by David Donadio November 20, 2008 American presidential elections are often best read as verdicts on the administrations that precede them, and in that light, Barack Obama’s victory on November 5 marks the long-overdue death of neoconservatism. I doubt the Democrats are going to build an everlasting majority with disaffected conservative realists, or even hang on to those realists forever – let’s wait a few months until the showroom shine fades from Obama’s administration, or just a few minutes if it turns out the Clintons really are going to enjoy a third term over at the...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: What Went Wrong? Well, it wasn’t conservatism.

    11/21/2008 11:27:36 AM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies · 1,559+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 21, 2008 | Victor Davis Hanson
    November 21, 2008, 1:00 a.m. What Went Wrong?Well, it wasn’t conservatism. By Victor Davis Hanson Conservatives have already in the three weeks after the election come up with three competing explanations — and remedies — for their congressional defeats and the victory of the relatively unknown Barack Obama. Post-election voting patterns and statistical data can be interpreted in various ways to support any of the following three exegeses, which I understand as being roughly the following: It was a sort of fluke. Party faithful will shrug that almost everything conspired this year against the conservative brand: two wars; the...
  • 70 days

    11/10/2008 12:21:03 PM PST · by Lukasz · 18 replies · 307+ views
    I am writing to you from abroad. I have decided to blog for the Americans, because I see now an imminent danger hanging over America - and the rest of the world as well, because the United States is now by far the strongest Power in the world. In 1933 a man called Adolf Hitler had seized power in Germany. He had promised “The Change”. He lived up to his promise - very easily in fact even thou the German bureaucracy, formed in the Era of the Empire, was unwilling to cooperate. He managed to do this because he jumped...
  • Conservatism Can Be Revived: Unmasking Neocons Just a Beginning

    09/30/2008 1:01:16 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 37 replies · 841+ views ^ | Sept. 25, 2008 | Joseph Baldacchino
    Conservatism Can Be Revived: Unmasking Neocons Just a Beginning By Joseph Baldacchino Despite the apparent momentum of the Republican Party in the presidential race, it is clear that the party is tottering on the edge of intellectual and moral bankruptcy. Americans by overwhelming margins have had their fill of the George W. Bush Administration, and they have little faith in the GOP's nominee to succeed Bush. It is only because the Democrats have put forth a candidate who raises even more serious doubts that the Republicans may be able to avert electoral disaster. Americans are tired of the Administration’s policy...
  • The neocons' Palin project

    09/15/2008 9:50:56 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 57 replies · 523+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | Patrick J. Buchanan
    The neocons' Palin project Patrick J. Buchanan, Creators Syndicate, Inc. Monday, September 15, 2008 Will the neocons who tutored President Bush in the ideology he pursued to the ruin of his presidency do the same for GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin? Should they succeed, they will destroy her. Yet, they are moving even now to capture this princess of the right and hope of the party. In St. Paul, Palin was told to cancel a meeting with Phyllis Schlafly and pro-life conservatives. McCain's operatives said Palin had to rest for her Wednesday convention speech. Yet, on Tuesday, Palin was...
  • Neoconservatives plan Project Sarah Palin to shape future American foreign policy

    09/13/2008 6:24:37 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 31 replies · 150+ views
    Telegraph ^ | September 13, 2008 | Tim Shipman
    Neoconservatives whose influence had been waning in Washington have hitched their colours to rising star Sarah Palin in a bid to shape US foreign policy for another decade. Comments by the governor of Alaska in her first television interview, in which she said Nato may have to go to war with Russia and took a tough line on Iran's nuclear programme, were the result of two weeks of briefings by neoconservatives. Sources in the McCain camp, the Republican Party and Washington think tanks say Mrs Palin was identified as a potential future leader of the neoconservative cause in June 2007....
  • Chris Matthews: Palin Is Being Indoctrinated Into Neoconservatism

    09/12/2008 2:34:12 PM PDT · by politicalhub · 48 replies · 264+ views
    Political Hub ^ | September 12, 2008 | Political Hub
    Naming Palin's pro-Israel views and twisting her comments on a "war" with Russia, MSNBC's Chris Matthews accuses the McCain campaign of "indoctrinating" her into a neoconservative. Matthews makes his claims while interviewing Former Alaska Gov. and Palin opponent Tony Knowles. "Do you think she's being submitted to [an] indoctrination program, she talked last night with Charlie Gibson like a real full-blown neoconservative." "Where do you think she is getting this from? Is she getting this from Randy Scheunemann, the neoconservative lobbyist or former lobbyist for the government of Georgia." "Is she willing to simply repeat, recite, parrot if you will...
  • Walter Sobchak, Neocon

    09/12/2008 10:04:47 AM PDT · by 10Ring · 4 replies · 196+ views
    Slate ^ | Sept. 11, 2008 | David Haglund
    -- snip -- Watching The Big Lebowski in 2008, it becomes clear that appreciating Walter is essential to understanding what the Coen brothers are up to in this movie, which is slyer, more political, and more prescient than many of its fans have recognized. Perhaps that's because Walter, with his bellowing, Old Testament righteousness and his deeply entrenched militarism, is an American type that barely registered on the pop-culture landscape 10 years ago. He's a neocon -- snip -- Is this eerie foreshadowing of the second Iraq war coincidental? Not entirely. The Coen brothers created a character with traits...
  • The Neocons vs. The Realists

    09/09/2008 6:49:32 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 131+ views
    National Interest ^ | 09.03.2008 | Joshua Muravchik and Stephen M. Walt
    A must-read debate about our foreign-policy future. Does realism offer the best solutions to today’s threats? Or will neoconservatism be responsible for our policy triumphs? The choice is clear after eight years of failed Bush policies, says Walt, but Muravchik thinks the House of Kristol may well be vindicated. The Future is Neocon Joshua Muravchik TO COMPARE the records of realism and neoconservatism we must first define our terms. Realism consists of two mutually contradictory propositions. One holds that states are bound to behave according to their innate interests. Thus, Hans Morgenthau argued that politics is “governed by objective laws”...
  • In Washington: Will America pay the price if Israel hits Iran? [Meet the Jewish Pat Buchanan]

    08/25/2008 4:30:08 PM PDT · by Alouette · 21 replies · 261+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug. 25, 2008 | MJ "Moonbat Joker" Rosenberg
    Jeffrey Goldberg, the Atlantic writer is worried about Iran and Israel. His worry is not the usual one. Although Goldberg is an American Jew so committed to Israel that he served in the IDF, he is worried about what an Israeli attack on Iran would mean for America, specifically for American Jews. "The problem is simple: Muslim extremists often conflate Israel and the Diaspora. They do this for two reasons: One, they are anti-Semites, and so tend to see all Jews, and not merely 'Zionists,' as their enemies; the second is a practical one - it is easy to strike...
  • "South Ossetia, payback for Kosovo"

    08/11/2008 10:29:32 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 71 replies · 834+ views
    B92 ^ | 8/10/08 | Beta
    WARSAW -- Polish analysts and a part of the political scene are linking the South Ossetia crisis to that in Kosovo, Beta says. The current armed conflict in the breakaway Georgian region is seen as the Russian answer to the western recognition of Kosovo Albanians' unilateral declaration of independence, the Polish media are saying. "This is the Russian answer to the recognition of Kosovo. That recognition was in fact a gift to Russia," Polish People's Party European MP Janusz Wojciechowski told TVN24. Wojciechowski, whose party is a partner in Donald Tusk's cabinet, warned that the case of Kosovo, where a...
  • South Ossetia, payback for Kosovo

    08/10/2008 1:27:04 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 22 replies · 133+ views
    WARSAW -- Polish analysts and a part of the political scene are linking the South Ossetia crisis to that in Kosovo, Beta says. The current armed conflict in the breakaway Georgian region is seen as the Russian answer to the western recognition of Kosovo Albanians' unilateral declaration of independence, the Polish media are saying. "This is the Russian answer to the recognition of Kosovo. That recognition was in fact a gift to Russia," Polish People's Party European MP Janusz Wojciechowski told TVN24. Wojciechowski, whose party is a partner in Donald Tusk's cabinet, warned that the case of Kosovo, where a...
  • President of of Poland has provided his website for the President of Georgia.

    08/10/2008 3:27:24 PM PDT · by lizol · 32 replies · 133+ views ^ | 09.08.2008
    Along with military aggression, the Russian Federation is blocking Georgian internet portals. On request of the President of Georgia, President of the Republic of Poland has provided the website of the President of Poland for dissemination of information. If you like to see the latest news and statements published by the Presidenty of Georgia, or Georgian MFA - click the right side of the web-site)
  • Ron Paul on Glenn Beck Show

    07/30/2008 4:27:52 PM PDT · by rightwinghour · 244 replies · 599+ views
    I watched Ron Paul on Glenn Beck today and as usual I was amazed that he is just about the only politician in Washington talking about the real issues. Neither McCain nor Obama will talk about monetary policy. They are scared to, because they know the system we have is unconstitutional and that the only way to fix things is to go back to constitutional money. But that would hurt, so it wouldn't be prudent to bring it up...
  • The Dangers of Neo-Conservative Economic Policies[Ron Paul]

    07/28/2008 12:01:54 PM PDT · by BGHater · 133 replies · 528+ views ^ | 28 July 2008 | Ron Paul
    The dangers inherent in the foreign policy advocated by the neo-conservatives are well known. While many Americans have become increasingly aware of those dangers, far less attention has been focused on the dangers of neo-conservative economic policies. This issue is of critical importance right now, because many are mistakenly pointing their fingers at the free market as the culprit behind our current economic plight. There are only a few in elected office who have any real loyalty to free markets and limited government. The agenda of neo-conservatives in the economy calls for a very active central government. Indeed, while there...
  • John McCain Is For Me

    07/17/2008 10:00:12 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 16 replies · 196+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 7-17-08 | Marie Jon’
    While some might be undecided on who to vote for this coming Election Day, for others it’s a no-brainer. Although the news media would like us to believe otherwise, there is still an enormous political gap between the Left and the Right.
  • Obama Campaign Site: “Jewish Neocons” and “Divided Loyalties”

    07/15/2008 10:06:34 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 4 replies · 183+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 7/15/08 | Bill Levinson
    Obama campaign site’s outrage du jour: “Jewish neoconservatives” using “U.S. lives and money, to make the world safe for Israel” Contrary to the disclaimer “Content on blogs in My.BarackObama represents the opinions of community members and in no way should be interpreted as endorsed or approved by the campaign,” Barack Obama’s campaign can and does exercise editorial control over MyBO by removing content that it deems “objectionable” or “disrespectful.” The following outrage du jour pretty much speaks for itself. Off His Axis. (Comments by Ted-Zee-Man) Opinion Watch Joe Klein blogs for Time: “The notion that we could just waltz...
  • Conservatives for Obama?

    07/08/2008 7:37:30 AM PDT · by Eurale · 51 replies · 144+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 8, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    A number of friends of mine have commented on an odd phenomenon that they have observed-- conservative Republicans they know who are saying that they are going to vote for Barack Obama. It seemed at first to be an isolated fluke, perhaps signifying only that my friends know some strange conservatives. But apparently columnist Robert Novak has encountered the same phenomenon and has coined the term "Obamacons" to describe the conservatives for Senator Obama. Now the San Francisco Chronicle has run a feature article, titled "Some Influential Conservatives Spurn GOP and Endorse Obama." In it they quote various conservatives on...
  • EDITORIALS : The plot thickens (Funny)

    06/10/2008 2:09:11 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 1 replies · 56+ views
    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ^ | 6/10/08 | Staff
    IN THE EVENT you haven’t noticed it’s a presidential election year. You can tell by the ever growing flurry of conspiracy theories—not just delicious new ones like Barack Obama’s being some kind of Manchurian Candidate for Jihad, Inc., but ones that, even if they’ve grown old and wormy by now, can be pulled off the shelf and re-issued as a brand-new congressional report. Like the 170-page piece of work just out of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The precarious burden of this report is that the evil crew in the White House systematically exaggerated the threat that Saddam Hussein’s regime posed...
  • Leading Conservatives Astray

    05/06/2008 8:59:30 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 78 replies · 798+ views
    Chip Wood's Straight Talk Newsletter ^ | 5 6 2008 | Chip Wood/Jack McManus
    Do you know the difference between a conservative and a neoconservative, or neocon? This is not just a question of semantics. It’s far more important than that. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that the future of our country depends on understanding the crucial differences between the two philosophies – and rejecting the latter. All of this was brought home to me most forcefully when a longtime friend sent me a copy of the speech he delivered at the Constitution Party’s annual convention in Missouri last week. I’ll tell you more about John F. McManus and the organization...
  • Iraq War Architects Shrug Off Truth

    05/02/2008 5:54:41 PM PDT · by rmlew · 23 replies · 186+ views ^ | May 2, 2008 | Diana West
    So there I was, listening to a few of the major "architects" of the war in Iraq -- Paul Wolfowitz, formerly No. 2 man at the Pentagon under Donald Rumsfeld; Douglas J. Feith, formerly No. 3 man at the Pentagon under Rumsfeld; Peter Rodman, another former senior adviser to Rumsfeld; and Dan Senor, former senior adviser to Paul Bremer of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). They had assembled at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., for a discussion of Feith's new book, "War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism," but what they were...
  • Obama divorces the Neocons and the Israel Lobby

    03/29/2008 1:55:05 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 8 replies · 268+ views
    Obama's Sunday 2 24 08 speech to ~100 members of the Jewish Community in Cleveland ...It will serve as the BASIS for successful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is at the basis of the 'Neocon Wars for Israel' that BushCheney and the Israel Lobby have been having us fight. Obama has split the Likud/Neocon war criminals from Jews of Conscience everywhere and broken down the walls for ME Peace. Thank you, Barack, and Samantha - YAHOO!!! ...This is it - this is what we need - these are the conceptual underpinnings for the end of the 'war on terror'...
  • 'Seeker-Sensitive' Conservatism (Alan Roebuck)

    03/29/2008 8:12:29 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 15 replies · 482+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 3-29-2008 | Alan Roebuck
    Rick Warren's book The Purpose-Driven Life is more than a major bestseller.  It's also the most prominent manifestation of a "seeker-sensitive" movement that's attempting, for all intents and purposes, to redefine evangelical Christianity. The seeker-sensitive movement is a close analogy to the contemporary conservative movement. In both cases, people who ought to be offering timeless truths that can save individuals and societies are instead using market research to craft a product that appeals to consumers, telling them what they want to hear rather than a truth that is initially painful but ultimately liberating.  Even if you are not a Christian,...
  • "NeoCon for Ron:" Why neoconservatives should back Ron Paul (Ozone Action Alert)

    03/24/2008 12:55:07 PM PDT · by Dada Orwell · 34 replies · 643+ views
    Vid from Is it "neoconservative" to spend ourselves into a military collapse? How will we bomb things if we can't buy the bombs? If you cherish our military adventures, take note: We're out of money and Dr. Paul's controlled drawdown may be the only way to prevent a collapse so complete it costs America her ability to project power.
  • Arranging the Funeral Pyre For the Neoconservative Movement

    03/20/2008 8:37:23 AM PDT · by tang0r · 26 replies · 384+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 3/20/2008 | Justin Hartfield
    At some point in the very near future, the neoconservative moment will cease to exist and conservatism as we know it today will be relegated to the political fringe. The movement's ultimate demise isn't due to its inherent flaws, however (although it has many), but rather from Mother Nature's less poetic spouse, Father Time. The neoconservative moment is going to die of old age within the next quarter century. This is inevitable (and its not like Mr. Rove and Mr. Cheney are in great shape either). So the question now becomes, what takes over as the main rival to American...
  • The Neocons and Iraq

    02/16/2008 9:36:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 1 replies · 123+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 16, 2008 | PETER BERKOWITZ
    In the foreign policy establishment, among progressives of all stripes, and even for significant segments of the conservative movement, "neoconservatism" has come to stand for all that has gone wrong in American foreign policy over the last seven years -- especially in Iraq. Yet much of the criticism misses the mark. For starters, it's worth noting that the president, vice president, secretary of defense, secretary of state and the national security adviser all lacked neoconservative roots. And insofar as neoconservative thinkers influenced Iraq policy, the problem was not with neoconservative principles, but the failure to fully appreciate the implications of...
  • 5 Myths About Those Nefarious Neocons

    02/11/2008 12:13:41 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 46 replies · 163+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 10, 2008 | Jacob Heilbrunn
    As the Bush administration winds down, neoconservatism has become the most feared and reviled intellectual movement in American history. The neoconservatives have become the subject of numerous myths, mostly spread by their numerous detractors. They're seen as dangerous heretics by livid liberals as well as by traditional conservatives such as William F. Buckley Jr. and Patrick Buchanan. So "neocon" has become a handy term of condemnation, routinely deployed to try to silence liberal hawks such as Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut or right-wing interventionists such as former deputy secretary of defense Paul D. Wolfowitz and the former Pentagon official Richard...
  • Book Review: Power politics (They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons)

    02/09/2008 5:22:12 PM PST · by gallaxyglue · 12 replies · 140+ views
    Chicago Tribune Book Review ^ | Paul Bauman Editor of Commonweal
    They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons By Jacob Heilbrunn Doubleday, 320 pages, $26 ...It is about a mindset, one that has been decisively shaped by the Jewish immigrant experience, by the Holocaust, and by the twentieth-century struggle against totalitarianism. . . . [H]owever much they may deny it, neoconservatism is in a decisive respect a Jewish phenomenon, reflecting a subset of Jewish concerns." Some critics have questioned the predominant role played in the movement by Jews, and especially their unstinting support of Israel. Some have even suggested that the neocons' advocacy for war with Iraq was...
  • Obama stump speech strategy of conciliation considered harmful

    01/01/2008 1:38:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 174+ views
    Corrente Wire ^ | December 28, 2007
    One current permathread on Big Orange is that Krugman and Obama are feuding or having a vendetta. Which, when you take a step back, is bizarre. That movement conservatives and Villagers like stone Bush enabler William Kristol, like David Brooks, Broderella, and Andrew Sullivan are all good with Obama isn’t even mentioned in passing by Obama’s fan base. And yet those same enthusiasts spend inordinate amounts of time vilifying Paul Krugman, a true progressive who was there for us from the earliest dark days of the Bush regime. Curious. What’s really happening? Krugman doesn’t have a problem with Obama; Krugman...
  • Long, Gone Neocons

    12/28/2007 9:38:11 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 11 replies · 285+ views
    Reason ^ | 12/27/07 | Michael Young
    The Bush administration is no longer influenced by neocons. Instead, it's governing the way its predecessors have.Maybe 2008 will be the year when we will finally be rid of that vacuous belief that "the neocons" are in control of the Bush administration's foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East. Habits are hard to break, particularly lazy ones, but if anyone bothered to look more closely, they would see that the United States has not really engaged in what we might call a neoconservative approach to the region since at least 2004, when the situation in Iraq took a sudden...
  • Senator is no neocon

    12/11/2007 12:29:32 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 19 replies · 65+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | December 11, 2007 | Editorial
    Things are so bad for Sen. Joseph Lieberman right now that in addition to suffering the endless slings and arrows of outrageous progressive politics and journalism, Al-Jazeera has taken to calling him a neocon. Now that's rich. He's called an independent, but continues to waddle and quack like a liberal Democrat, as he did recently at Torrington High School where he approvingly told students: "The government is going to affect your lives whether you decide to get in to affect it or not." And if lefties like Joe Lieberman get their way, government will affect people profoundly. He is shepherding...
  • With Iraq Improving, Will Neocon Ideas Return?

    11/22/2007 4:33:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 94+ views ^ | November 22, 2007 | Victor Davis Hanson
    More than seven months ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., claimed that Iraq was “lost.” But that was hardly the case. In fact, Sunni insurgents were just beginning to turn on al-Qaida and join us. So now, despite their noisy anti-war base, most leading Democrats quietly are backing away from their talk about bringing American troops in Iraq home on rigid timetables. Maybe they are learning that quitting Iraq now might be stupid politics since bad news — in fact, all news — from the front is making fewer and fewer headlines. Democrats know that Republicans will use clips...
  • Is a Vote for Rudy a Vote for War?

    11/11/2007 1:21:35 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 28 replies · 148+ views ^ | 11/09/2007 | Patrick Buchanan
    Rudy Giuliani has made a "promise" not to allow Iran to acquire a nuclear capability, even if it requires U.S. military action. Though the U.S. Army is scrimping to meet recruitment goals, Rudy has pledged to add at least 10 new combat brigades. Speaking to an Atlantic Bridge conference in London, Rudy called for NATO expansion to include Japan, India, Australia, Singapore and Israel. Has Rudy thought this through? Why would Japan and Australia, each of which already has a U.S. commitment to come to its defense, commit to go to war with a nuclear-armed Russia if it invaded Estonia?...
  • The Anti-Neocon Fervor - Parsing the new political discourse

    11/09/2007 6:08:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 123+ views
    City Journal ^ | 6 November 2007 | James Kirchick
    Not long ago, while visiting a friend at Oxford University, I found myself in a heated political discussion with a Scotsman. The subject of our dispute was the Iraq war, but the conversation turned toward the rise of latent anti-Semitism in once-respectable quarters of British opinion. Two years earlier, a story entitled “A Kosher Conspiracy?,” illustrated by a gold Star of David plunged into the heart of the Union Jack, graced the cover of Britain’s most prominent left-wing magazine, The New Statesman. Since then, the intellectual climate had only worsened. In response to my remark that many use the...
  • Bomb Iran

    10/28/2007 3:59:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies · 292+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 19, 2006 | Joshua Muravchik
    Diplomacy is doing nothing to stop the Iranian nuclear threat; a show of force is the only answer. WE MUST bomb Iran. It has been four years since that country's secret nuclear program was brought to light, and the path of diplomacy and sanctions has led nowhere. First, we agreed to our allies' requests that we offer Tehran a string of concessions, which it spurned. Then, Britain, France and Germany wanted to impose a batch of extremely weak sanctions. For instance, Iranians known to be involved in nuclear activities would have been barred from foreign travel — except for humanitarian...
  • Neocons Converge Around Giuliani Campaign

    10/09/2007 12:55:29 PM PDT · by america4vr · 29 replies · 979+ views
    Newsweek Magazine ^ | October 15, 2007 | Michael Hirsh
    Neocons can't help but slink around Washington, D.C. The Iraq War has given the neoconservatives—who favor the assertive use of American power abroad to spread American values—something of a bad name, and several of the Republican candidates seem less than eager to hire them as advisers. But Rudy Giuliani apparently never got that memo. One of the top foreign-policy consultants to the leading GOP candidate is Norman Podhoretz, a founding father of the neocon movement. Podhoretz is in favor of bombing Iran because of the country's unwillingness to suspend its uranium-enrichment program. He also believes America is engaged in a...
  • Neocon 'godfather' Norman Podhoretz tells Bush: bomb Iran

    10/08/2007 4:41:26 AM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 12 replies · 793+ views
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | Sept. 30, '07 | Sarah Baxter
    One of the founding fathers of neoconservatism has privately urged President Bush to bomb Iran rather than allow it to acquire nucler weapons. Norman Podhoretz, who has joined Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign as a senior foreign policy adviser, held an unpublicized meeting with Bush last spring. "I urged Bush to take action against the Iranian nuclear facilities and explained why I thought there was no alternative," said Podhoretz. "I laid out the worst case scenario - bombing Iran - versus the worst consequences of of allowing Iranians to get the bomb." He also told Bush, "You have the awesome responsibility...
  • Once More into the Breach

    10/02/2007 4:07:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 201+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | October 2, 2007 | Justin Logan
    Justin Logan is a foreign policy analyst a member of the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy. Former White House chief of staff Andrew Card famously remarked that the reason the White House ramped up the case for the Iraq War in September was that "from a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August." To judge from recent developments, Americans may look back on August 2007 as the month the country again turned toward war—with Iran. The same network of think-tank analysts, media outlets, and government officials who brayed for war in Iraq have set their...
  • Neocon Rudy vs. New Federalist Fred

    09/17/2007 1:05:09 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 13 replies · 258+ views
    The Frederalist ^ | September 17, 2007 | Sturm Ruger
    It is not unreasonable to see the race for the Republican Party's presidential nomination eventually boiling down to the two men currently atop the GOP polls, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson. But if this happens, it will be a race between something more than just the men. It will be a battle between two distinctly different political philosophies. In Sunday's New York Daily News, the paper's Senior Correspondent David Saltonstall has authored a very revealing piece, Neocon hawks go all-out for Giuliani: They are officially known as Rudy Giuliani's senior foreign policy advisory board, but they also could be dubbed...
  • Neocon hawks go all-out for Giuliani

    09/16/2007 9:14:45 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 62 replies · 823+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 09/16/07 | DAVID SALTONSTALL
    They are officially known as Rudy Giuliani's senior foreign policy advisory board, but they also could be dubbed something else: Neocons For Rudy. As in neoconservatives, the Republican faction that many see as among the most potent forces of Bush-era Washington - a well-funded, sharply analytical bunch that provided the ideological basis for invading Iraq and is now training its cross hairs on Iran. ---snip--- Giuliani's neocon roster includes Norman Podhoretz, a founding father of the movement; Charles Hill, a former foreign policy official for President Ronald Reagan and early backer of invading Iraq; Martin Kramer, an expert on Islam...
  • The neocons are losing their war

    09/10/2007 10:15:29 PM PDT · by Coleus · 48 replies · 1,233+ views
    star ledger ^ | 9-11-07 | paul mulshine
    Those deep thinkers known as the neoconservatives like to make comparisons between the so-called "war on terror" and World War II. Very well then, here's a comparison. Six years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Adolf Hitler had already been dead and gone for 2 1/2 years. By that time, the United States had raised and trained a military of 16 million. By Dec. 7, 1947, much of that force had been disbanded because the enemy had been so thoroughly defeated. But today, six years after the in cident that began the war on terror, Osama bin Laden is alive...
  • Neocons, Petraeus could still rise from Iraq's ashes

    09/07/2007 12:57:29 PM PDT · by SJackson · 42 replies · 856+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 7/31/2007 | Ed Garvey
    In looking at the Republican presidential candidates, one must ask, "Where is the A team?" Undeclared Fred Thompson is about as attractive as our Tommy; John McCain has embarrassed himself by kissing up to the demagogues on the Christian right and in so doing has traded his integrity and wide appeal for support from the lunatic fringe. (I once worried that I might vote for him. What was I thinking?) Mitt Romney? C'mon. This plane just won't fly, and serious people can't take Rudy Giuliani seriously. He won't get to second base. You can fake a resume for only so...
  • "Neo-Con" Do You Qualify?

    09/04/2007 11:50:38 AM PDT · by PlainOleAmerican · 195 replies · 2,479+ views
    PC Free News ^ | September 4, 2007 | JB Williams
    The most popular political slur of our time is the term "neocon." Politically engaged people of several ideologies use the term regularly and although they mean different things when they use it, the term is always intended to be an insult, like the terms "neo-Nazi," and "fascist," also favorite slurs of the same ilk using "neocon." I was first called a “neocon” by known Democratic Socialists upset by my writings in favor of America’s founding principles, Life, individual Liberty and the right to pursue Happiness in a free market society where all things are possible through individual achievement and reward....
  • The American right: Under the Weather?

    08/09/2007 1:39:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies · 1,499+ views
    The Economist ^ | August 9, 2007
    The conservative movement that for a generation has been the source of the Republican Party's strength is in the dumps. THIRTY years ago Eric Hobsbawm, the dean of Marxist historians, chose as his subject, for the Marx memorial lecture, “The forward march of labour halted?” Things turned out even worse, for his side, than he had expected, thanks in part to the rise of a very American brand of conservatism. But are we now witnessing Mr Hobsbawm's revenge: the forward march of American conservatism halted? The right has dominated American politics since at least 1980. The Republicans' electoral successes have...
  • We’re All Neocons Now

    08/07/2007 10:24:22 AM PDT · by Contentions · 49 replies · 1,029+ views
    contentions ^ | 8.7.2007 | Max Boot
    Last Friday, RealClearPolitics ran in its lead feature spot an essay by Gregory Scoblete, a free-lance writer in New Jersey. The essay had the headline “The GOP, Ron Paul & Non-Interventionism,” and was subsequently commented upon by, among others, guest-blogger Stephen Bainbridge on Andrew Sullivan’s blog. Scoblete’s premise is that, just as Barry Goldwater’s failed campaign for president led the Republican party to embrace a limited-government philosophy, so too Ron Paul’s presidential campaign today, doomed though it is, will cause the GOP to embrace his philosophy of “non-interventionism.” Scoblete goes on at great lengths to “distinguish non-interventionism from isolationism.” He...