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  • 3 Basic Differences Between Conservatism and Neoconservatism

    12/28/2013 4:51:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    PJ Lifestyle ^ | December 27, 2013 - 9:00 am | Dave Swindle
    … There are a number of differences between conservatives operating in the William F. Buckley Jr./Ronald Reagan tradition and neoconservatives operating in the Irving Kristol/George W. Bush tradition. Here are three, and I’ll use Kristol’s own words to explain it.* Neoconservatives believe the GOP should be converted to embrace a “modern democracy,” aka a welfare state in the mold of FDR and the Great Society. Neoconservatives don’t want to disassemble the federal government in order to rebalance divided powers between federal, state, and local governments; they just think they can pilot Leviathan better than the Democrats.Neoconservatives are largely secular intellectuals...
  • Chastened by Iraq: A new GOP foreign policy rises from the ashes

    11/18/2013 12:54:22 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 16 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November 2013 | Matt Purple
    THE ODDS IN September were in Bill Kristol’s favor. Bashar al-Assad’s army had been caught using sarin gas, the president was beating the war drums, and Kristol, the editor of the Weekly Standard and an accomplished foreign policy percussionist himself, was optimistic that an American intervention in Syria was coming. Asked on CNN about opposition from congressional Republicans, particularly that of Sen. Rand Paul, Kristol was dismissive. “There are really five senators who are with Rand Paul. There are maybe 30 or 50 House Republicans,” he said. Kristol later warned that Republican lawmakers who voted for intervention might face some...
  • The Proliferation of Illegal Wars Erodes American Values

    09/03/2013 12:12:54 PM PDT · by steelhead_trout · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/26/2011 | Richard M. Salsman
    A genuinely pro-capitalist U.S. foreign policy would advance both the national and rational self-interest of Americans, which is: to live and flourish under authentic freedom, true justice, and the rule of law, with individual rights to life, liberty, and property protected by government against the initiation of force or fraud by hostile foreigners. To be clear, this does not mean fighting unjustified wars in Viet Nam, Iraq or Libya. Both President Obama and the GOP-led Congress failed yet again this week to abide by these principles as they apply to U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and Libya. Not only do...
  • Leo Strauss and the Conservatives

    05/24/2012 3:21:17 AM PDT · by se99tp · 4 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 24th, 2012 | Jeff Nyquist
    The illusion of supposed conservatism, for scholars like Strauss and for politicians like George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, is that the political spectrum in America has shifted so far to the Left that yesterday’s liberals are today’s conservatives says Author and Speaker Jeff Nyquist... Consider the state of America: marriage is no longer an enforceable contract in most states (i.e., no fault divorce); even more telling, homosexual marriage is increasingly acceptentage of the population attending religious services has been falling steadily for years, along with honesty and our nation’s work ethic.....It would seem that conservatives have nothing left to...
  • A Kuwaiti Prince Publicly Embraces Christ, Denounces Islam

    01/13/2012 11:24:27 AM PST · by hellbender · 25 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | JANUARY 12, 2012 | BOJIDAR MARINOV
    ...the US military has been prohibited from helping the local Christians by the administrations of both Bush and Obama. Two years ago, the distribution of Bibles was banned in Iraq, and even the sale to the military of assault weapons with Bible verses on them was stopped. In Egypt, the new authorities helped and financed by the Obama administration and supported internationally by Hillary Clinton, encouraged pogroms against the traditional Christian minority in the country, the Copts. It seems that one of the main strategic goals for the US military presence in the Middle East is the eradication of traditional...
  • 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...
  • Rick Perry: Know-Nothing Neoconservativism Reincarnated?

    08/23/2011 5:00:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    National Interest ^ | August 23, 2011 | Doug Bandow
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has leapt to the top in the Republican presidential race. His domestic policy looks standard-issue conservative. But his foreign policy veers neoconservative—even after George W. Bush and Barack Obama together launched two full-scale wars, one “kinetic military action,” and two deadly drone-campaigns. With the economy stuck in the doldrums, President Obama faces a potentially difficult reelection fight. However, it will take someone to beat him, and so far the leading Republicans do not impress. In a party that tends to practice political primogeniture, Mitt Romney was early anointed the front-runner. Yet dissatisfied GOP voters rushed to...
  • What’s a ‘Neoconservative?’

    06/26/2011 11:16:48 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 38 replies
    The Souther Avenger ^ | June 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...
  • The Discrete Charm of the Neo Cons

    02/17/2011 6:28:44 AM PST · by Stepan12 · 36 replies
    GrasstopsUSA ^ | February 16, 2011 | Don Feder
    The night they drove old Hosni down — and all the neo-cons were singing. Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol was the kapellmeister. Prior to the exit of Beast Mubarak, Kristol (in yet another of his Olympian pronouncements), thundered: “The United States must support the Egyptian awakening, and has a paramount moral and strategic interest in real democracy in Egypt and freedom for the Egyptian people. The question is how the U.S. government can do its best to help the awakening turn out well.”How do we know neo-cons aren’t really conservatives? Conservatives are realists. They confront reality without ideological blinders. They...
  • Muscular Movement (A review of Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement by Justin Vaïsse)

    10/01/2010 4:36:38 PM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    TNR ^ | 7/20/2010 | Adam Kirsch
    By the middle of 2003, as it became clear that the American invasion of Iraq would result not in a quick “mission accomplished” but a long, bloody occupation, a certain narrative of what went wrong began to take root in some precincts of the anti-war left. The decision to invade Iraq, this story went, was the result of the government falling under the sway of a dangerous ideology, called neoconservatism. The neocons, as they were often derisively called, believed in the naked assertion of American power—in a kind of imperialism, really, which gave America the right to invade other countries...
  • End of the Establishment

    07/16/2010 6:14:57 PM PDT · by RightCenter · 5 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | JULY/AUGUST 2010 | Jacob Heilbrunn
    When Mitt Romney denounced the new START treaty in the Washington Post last week, he didn't simply demonstrate that he's determined not to allow Sarah Palin to outflank him on the right. He also affirmed something else -- the decline and fall of the Republican foreign-policy establishment.
  • A Neo-Con Warmonger Manifesto

    07/02/2010 11:58:44 AM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 21 replies · 1+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | July 2, 2010 | David Swindle
    The nature of existence is boom and bust. The pattern of rising up and falling down, birth and death, debt and wealth, consolidation and expansion. The phoenix burns bright until crumbling to ash -- only to rise again in a new form. So too with political ideology. On Pajamas TV's "FrontPage with Allen Barton," professor C. Bradley Thompson and Yaron Brook, head of the Ayn Rand Institute, discuss their new book Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea Defining the influential -- but allegedly dying political philosophy -- Thompson said, I think the best way to put it is the way...
  • The End of Big Government Conservatism

    10/28/2009 7:30:29 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 4 replies · 611+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 10.28.09 @ 9:29AM | W. James Antle, III
    Despite George W. Bush's many failures as president, in one area he was an unqualified success: demonstrating the impossibility of big-government conservatism. For decades, clever pundits and Republican apparatchiks have been touting this self-evident oxymoron as the path to political success. After eight years in practice, it has proved to be the road to irrelevance and ruin - politically as well as financially. Ideologies that celebrate the swollen state while traveling under the name "conservative" are nothing new. As the Old Right faded into the modern American conservative movement, Eisenhower-era "Modern Republicans" preached a "dynamic conservatism" that was to be...
  • The Attempted Murder Of Conservatism

    10/02/2009 5:37:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 870+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 2, 2009 | THOMAS MCARDLE
    The editors of two of the country's most powerful publications, conducting a gloat-fest over the corpse of Reaganism last week, described their idea of true conservatives: Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham asked a remarkable question of Sam Tanenhaus, editor of the New York Times Book Review, in New York's Greenwich Village Wednesday evening: "Isn't Barack Obama the most significant Burkean in American politics today?" "Burkean" refers to Edmund Burke, the 18th-century British parliamentarian who sympathized with the freedom-loving revolution in America while vehemently opposing the anarchistic revolution in France. Tanenhaus, author of an impressive biography...
  • Political writer Irving Kristol dies at 89

    09/20/2009 7:15:20 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 2 replies · 651+ views
    Washington Times ^ | September 19, 2009 | Joel Mowbray
    ... "Irving Kristol was an intellectual giant who played a major role in developing the anti-communist arguments that led to the defeat of the Soviet Union," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told The Washington Times. ... ... Known as the godfather of neoconservatism, Mr. Kristol was a youthful radical who went from embracing communism in his 20s to attacking it publicly in his 30s. In subsequent years, he became an equally forceful advocate of free-market economics, including the supply-side tax cuts enacted during the Reagan administration and dismantling much of the so-called welfare state. Neoconservatism was a label originally bestowed...
  • Irving Kristol, Architect of Neoconservatism, Dies at 89

    09/18/2009 1:13:45 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 185 replies · 7,749+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | September 18, 2009 | Adam Bernstein
    Irving Kristol, 89, a forceful essayist, editor and university professor who became the leading architect of neoconservatism, which he called a political and intellectual movement for disaffected ex-liberals like himself who had been "mugged by reality," died Friday at the Capital Hospice in Arlington. He spent much of his career in New York but had for the last two decades lived at the Watergate apartments in the District. He died of complications from lung cancer, said his son, William Kristol, the founder and editor of the conservative Weekly Standard magazine.
  • Of Rosie O'Donnell, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and James von Brunn

    06/12/2009 10:58:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 828+ views
    Now Public ^ | June 11, 2009 | Edmund Jenks
    Rosie O'Donnell, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and James von Brunn have a lot more in common than not. All have a problem with "Neocons" and two of the three are clear that they have a fear of the power of Jews ... and believe that 9/11/2001 was not the result of jetliners being hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center in New York City. Imagine that! An odd observation and investigation shows intersections of thought and philosophy shared by these three people and it begins to suggest that they all were reading from the same prayer book. The issues in...
  • The Daily Dearborn Independent Dish

    02/05/2009 2:04:28 PM PST · by Jbny · 282+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | February 5, 2009 | John Podhoretz
    Andrew Sullivan has decided that he now knows the truth about neoconservatism: "We patiently listened as neocons told us that the Palestinians are too dysfunctional a people ever to have democratic rights or their own state, but that the the ancient sectarian warfare of Iraq can be transformed in a few years!"
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Death of Neoconservatism by David Donadio |

    11/26/2008 6:07:33 AM PST · by Publius804 · 24 replies · 761+ views
    americasfuture.org ^ | 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...
  • More on where the GOP went wrong

    11/20/2008 7:35:25 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies · 722+ views
    star ledger ^ | November 16, 2008 | paul mulshine
    If you're interested in figuring out where the Republicans went wrong and why they no longer have any connection to anything that could properly be called conservatism, I recommend this fine essay by Paul Gottfried in the latest issue of The American Conservative. Here is how Gottfried debunks the notion that John McCain is in any way the philosophical successor to the man who preceded him in representing Arizona in the U.S. Senate: "McCain may hold the Senate seat that was once Goldwater's, but he is in no way his philosophical successor. The 2008 election was a contest between two...
  • The Soul of the GOP

    11/15/2008 12:15:19 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 52 replies · 1,275+ views
    The New York Post ^ | November 15, 2008 | Jonah Goldberg
    BY now you've probably heard: The GOP is becoming too regional, too white, too old to compete nationally. Democrats look like the cast of "Rent," while Republicans look like diehard fans of "Matlock" and "Murder, She Wrote." Fine. The GOP needs to win over more Hispanics, young people, suburban women. That sounds plausible. But what does "win over" mean? To listen to many pundits, it means Republicans must become Democrats. The GOP has become too socially conservative, and if it wants to win the support of mainstream voters, it will need to become more socially liberal. If only the party...
  • The innocents in charge of us

    05/21/2008 5:39:46 PM PDT · by rmlew · 8 replies · 105+ views
    Dhimmi Watch ^ | May 21, 2008 | Hugh Fitzgerald
    Another part of Bush's speech dealt with the supposed spread of "democracy" in the Muslim world: "He [Bush] also offered plenty of praise for democratic advances, naming countries like Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq, Morocco and Jordan. 'The light of liberty is beginning to shine,' he said." Is he crazy? In Turkey, the so-called "light of liberty" is undoing Kemalism, putting the secularists in the universities, the judiciary, and the army, under great pressure, and bringing Islam back, step by grim step, as Erdogan and now Gul, cleverly backed by all kinds of people, including the shadowy millionaire Fethullah Gulen, probe and...
  • My interview of Norman Podheretz : "Obama cannot win the White House"

    05/17/2008 8:59:06 AM PDT · by drzz · 19 replies · 136+ views
    My interview of Podhoretz ^ | 05 17 2008 | drzz
    "Frankly, I can be wrong, but I do not think that America can carry to the presidency a candidate as on the left as Barack Obama." Norman Podhoretz, May 14, 2008 Check the link for the complete interview on Iraq, Iran, the WoT, neoconservatism and US presidential elections.
  • How Neo are the Neocons?

    04/22/2008 1:02:24 PM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 12 replies · 140+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 22, 2008 | Jonah Goldberg
    From our earliest days, Americans have supported the promotion of democracy around the world, often by force and without undue heed to international institutions. William Henry Seward, a founder of the Republican Party and Lincoln's secretary of State, argued that it was America's mission to lead the way "to the universal restoration of power to the governed." A generation earlier, statesman Henry Clay championed the idea that America had the "duty to share with the rest of mankind this most precious gift" of liberty. Both world wars, Korea and Vietnam would be inconceivable without accounting for America's dedication to the...
  • The Artificial Neocon

    04/10/2008 1:09:09 PM PDT · by Jbny · 54 replies · 69+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | April 10, 2008 | Max Boot
    I know there are a few competing priorities, but at this moment in our long life as a nation I can think of no more urgent task for Congress than to pass emergency legislation banning the further use of the word “neocon.” At least until a committee of deep thinkers can get together to agree on a commonly accepted definition. (A starting point may be the Robert Kagan essay I referred to in an earlier posting.) Until that happens, its use will only continue to muddy and obfuscate the debate over otherwise important issues. Exhibit 2,348,485 of this terminological confusion...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rudy Of The Good Book (Why Moral Strength At Home Matters To Defeating Our Enemies Abroad Alert)

    10/31/2007 1:23:07 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies · 106+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/31/2007 | David Klinghoffer
    The Giuliani candidacy has polarized politically conservative Christians and Jews — perhaps less over Rudy’s position on abortion than, more subtly, over a question of emphasis. Who’s right? The Jewish “neoconservatives,” who make up more than half of Giuliani’s star foreign-policy advisory team (Norman Podhoretz, Daniel Pipes, Michael Rubin, Martin Kramer, and David Frum)? Or Christians, like Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, who would not rule out supporting a third party candidate if Giuliani gets the nomination? To adjudicate the dispute, I propose an appeal to the part of the Bible on whose authority Jews (like myself) and Christians...
  • Neoconservatism's Future It's still the only game in town.

    10/03/2007 4:49:06 PM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 19 replies · 650+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Wednesday, October 3, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT | BY JOSHUA MURAVCHIK
    Have America's troubles in Iraq sounded the death knell of neoconservatism, the political ideology that is said to be behind our presence there? Over the past year, there has been no shortage of voices saying so, many with undisguised glee. Abroad, the Times of London heralded "the end of an ideological era in Washington," while the Toronto Globe and Mail reported with satisfaction that neoconservatism has been "decisively wiped out." Observers here at home have agreed. To the historian Douglas Brinkley, Democratic electoral victories in November 2006 spelled "the death of the neoconservative movement," while at National Review Online John...
  • The Past, Present, and Future of Neoconservatism

    10/02/2007 5:45:20 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies · 364+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | October 2007 | Joshua Muravchik
    Have America’s troubles in Iraq sounded the death knell of neoconservatism, the political ideology that is said to be behind our presence there? Over the past year, there has been no shortage of voices saying so, many with undisguised glee. Abroad, the Times of London heralded “the end of an ideological era in Washington,” while the Toronto Globe and Mail reported with satisfaction that neoconservatism has been “decisively wiped out.” Observers here at home have agreed. To the historian Douglas Brinkley, Democratic electoral victories in November 2006 spelled “the death of the neoconservative movement,” while at National Review Online John...
  • 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...
  • The Neocon Moment is Over

    05/25/2007 10:13:26 AM PDT · by Irontank · 170 replies · 3,116+ views
    Star-Ledger ^ | May 23, 2007 | Paul Mulshine
    So-called "neo" conservatism has its roots in a Marxist view of the world. So it is not surprising that the neocons are trying to silence their most prominent conservative critic. That would be Texas Rep. Ron Paul. He outraged the neocons during the Republican presidential debate last week by advocating that the GOP return to the traditional conservative stance of noninterventionism. Paul invoked the ghost of Robert Taft, the GOP Senate leader who fought entry into NATO. And he also pointed out that messing around in the Mideast creates risks here at home. That prompted Rudy Giuliani to interrupt Paul...
  • Wolfowitz cronies rile World Bank

    12/13/2006 5:57:53 AM PST · by A. Pole · 27 replies · 774+ views
    The Standard ^ | Wednesday, December 13, 2006 | Christopher Swann
    World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz faces mounting criticism from directors of the international lending organization, who say he relies on a coterie of political cronies who are advisers with little expertise in development while driving away seasoned managers. Half of the bank's 29 highest-level executives have departed since Wolfowitz, the former US deputy defense secretary and an neo-conservative architect of President George WBush's invasion of Iraq, took office in June 2005. Among them was Christiaan Poortman, vice president for the Middle East and a 30-year World Bank veteran, who left in September after resisting pressure to speed up the pace...
  • Hawks Bolster Skeptical President

    12/09/2006 9:01:36 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 24 replies · 1,242+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 10, 2006 | Michael Abramowitz and Glenn Kessler
    Steady condemnation from conservatives for the Iraq Study Group report may be providing some cover to the Bush administration as it completes its own review of strategy in Iraq, apparently with little enthusiasm for the panel's prescription of U.S. troop withdrawal and dialogue with Syria and Iran. The criticism of the panel, co-chaired by former secretary of state James A. Baker III and former representative Lee H. Hamilton (D-Ind.), has burst forth from the leading institutions of the right: the National Review, the Wall Street Journal editorial page and the Weekly Standard; conservative talk radio; and scholars at some of...
  • Another Day, Another Liberal Caller (Too Good To Pass Up Rush Talk With Lefty Kook Alert)

    12/06/2006 1:46:17 AM PST · by goldstategop · 53 replies · 2,263+ views
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | 12/06/2006 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: To the phones we go. We'll start in West Palm Beach here across the bridge. This is Chris, and welcome, sir. Nice to have you with us. CALLER: Hey, Rush, thanks for having me here. Hey, it amazes me. I don't think George Washington wanted war with the British as badly as you want war with Iran, and this troubles me that you have somehow got the American people to believe that if we didn't attack Iraq and if we don't go into Iran, somehow Al-Qaeda is going to come over here and conquer Washington, DC. Now, I don't...
  • Surrender as 'Realism'

    11/24/2006 6:34:07 AM PST · by Valin · 11 replies · 710+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/4/06 | Robert Kagan / William Kristol
    Surrender as 'Realism' Retreat would win us no friends and lose us no adversaries. Foreign policy realism is ascendant these days, we are told. This would be encouraging if true, because our foreign policy must indeed be realistic. But what passes for "realism" today has very little to do with reality. Indeed, if you look at some of the "realist" proposals on the table, "realism" has come to be a kind of code word for surrendering American interests and American allies, as well as American principles, in the Middle East. Thus, the "realists" advise us to seek Syria's help in...
  • The Leaders We Have (George Will whines again)

    10/04/2006 11:57:41 AM PDT · by dinoparty · 1 replies · 523+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 10/3/2006 | George Will
    http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | While leading the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in the summer of 2003, David Kay received a phone call from "Scooter" Libby, Dick Cheney's chief of staff, who wanted a particular place searched: "The vice president wants to know if you've looked at this area. We have indications — and here are the geocoordinates — that something's buried there." Kay and his experts located the area on the map. It was in the middle of Lebanon. This story from Bob Woodward's "State of Denial" would be hilarious were it not about war. The vignette is...
  • N. Korea: UT Arlington Students, "to burn N. Korean flag and Kim Jong-il's effigy"

    09/10/2006 8:01:59 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 796+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 09/10/06 | Lee Ki-hong
    /begin my translationUT Arlington Students, "to burn N. Korean flag and Kim Jong-il's effigy"Students at University of Texas, Arlington, notified the school authorities that, on Sept. 11, the fifth anniversary of 9/11 attack, they will hold a rally in which they will burn N. Korean and Iranian flags, along with the effigies of N. Korea leader Kim Jong-il and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Texas local papers reported that students want 'to hold a rally for one and a half  hour in front of the main campus building since N. Korea and Iran have become deadly threats to U.S. and world...
  • Islamo-fascism?

    09/01/2006 7:56:27 AM PDT · by Thorin · 54 replies · 736+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Sept. 1, 2006 | Pat Buchanan
    "President Likens Dewey to Hitler as Fascist Tool." So ran the New York Times headline on Oct. 26, 1948, after what Dewey biographer Richard Norton Smith called a "particularly vitriolic attack in Chicago" by Harry Truman. What brings this to mind is President Bush's assertion that we are "at war with Islamic fascism" and "Islamo-fascism." After the transatlantic bomb plot was smashed, Bush said the plotters "try to spread their jihadist message I call – it's totalitarian in nature, Islamic radicalism – Islamic fascism; they try to spread it, as well, by taking the attack to those of us who...
  • Neoconservatism: Why We Need It (Book)

    08/26/2006 12:50:53 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 8 replies · 352+ views
    Social Affairs Unit, London, England ^ | July 2005 | Staff, SocialAffairsUnit.org.uk
    Neoconservatism: Why We Need It is a vigorous defence of the most controversial political philosophy of our age. In this timely book Douglas Murray explains what neoconservatism is, in theory and practise. He defends it against its critics and explains why – despite the noisy claims of its opponents - neoconservatism is good. Murray is the first person to make a sustained case for why neoconservatism is relevant to Britain. And neoconservatism, it is argued, is the future not just of the British Conservative party, but of any political party committed to the ideals of freedom at home and abroad....
  • Has 'Cowboy Diplomacy' Really Ended?

    07/18/2006 10:38:34 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 16 replies · 644+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | July 18, 2006 | Ehsan Ahrari
    Time Magazine in its July 8 issue makes a rather bold statement declaring "The end of cowboy diplomacy" of George W. Bush. These type headlines are seen during the slow news season of August or September in Washington when the U.S. Congress is in recess and not much is happening. But there is no lack of high drama right now. Kim Jong Il's decision to defy the United States by firing a series of missiles has a created a mini-crisis in the nation's capital and in East Asia. The next event of high interest is Iran's impending decision of this...
  • Why Did Bush Blink on Iran? (Ask Condi)

    06/25/2006 8:35:14 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 57 replies · 1,825+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2006 | Richard Perle
    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran knows what he wants: nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them; suppression of freedom at home and the spread of terrorism abroad; and the "shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts of the liberal democratic systems." President Bush, too, knows what he wants: an irreversible end to Iran's nuclear weapons program, the "expansion of freedom in all the world" and victory in the war on terrorism. The State Department and its European counterparts know what they want: negotiations. For more than five years, the administration has dithered. Bush gave soaring speeches, the Iranians...
  • Iraq Is Not Another Vietnam

    06/25/2006 9:16:48 AM PDT · by bitt · 38 replies · 1,027+ views
    CBS - National Review Online ^ | June 23, 2006 | Ben Wattenberg.
    Senator John Kerry has been comparing the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, and indicating that they are very similar; his conclusion is its time to get out. Not for the first time, Kerry is dead wrong. There are indeed similarities, but — not withstanding what we read and see in the media — there are important differences as well. Let me offer a blunt appraisal. It is not regarded as polite to mention it — almost no one does — but most of the grunts in Vietnam were draftees; in Iraq, they all volunteered. On the Vietnam Memorial in Washington...
  • Kristol: A Few Good Liberals (Liberalism stands strong in the United Kingdom)

    04/21/2006 3:21:04 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 2 replies · 475+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 1, 2006 | William Kristol
    "WHO TODAY IS CALLED a liberal for strength and confidence in defense of liberty?" Harvey Mansfield asked this question almost 30 years ago in the preface to his Spirit of Liberalism, and the answer was almost self-evident. This was during the Carter administration, and things haven't gotten better since. There have been some exceptions to the rule of liberalism's weakness, but these exceptions have been fleeting, and the rule seems stronger than ever in the America of 2006.Not so in Great Britain. There, Tony Blair has shown strength and confidence in defense of liberty, and it turns out he is...
  • Doubtful Dove (John O'Sullivan on Francis Fukuyama)

    04/06/2006 7:01:52 PM PDT · by NutCrackerBoy · 7 replies · 485+ views
    Benador Associates ^ | April 4, 2006 | John O'Sullivan
    Francis Fukuyama has been hailed in Britain and the US as a supporter of the Iraq war who has now courageously defected to the anti-war camp and shredded the neoconservative arguments justifying it. If that were so, it would be quite a coup. The American philosopher and political economist made his name in 1992 with his influential bestseller The End of History and the Last Man, written after the cold war and fall of the Berlin Wall, in which he argued that wars of ideology had ended in the permanent triumph of democratic capitalism. An early neoconservative, at 53 Fukuyama...
  • The End of His Story

    03/07/2006 7:58:39 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 18 replies · 617+ views
    TCS ^ | 07 Mar 2006 | By Douglas Kern
    Francis Fukuyama's recent essay in the New York Times, "After Neoconservatism," isn't just a call for neo-realism in lieu of neoconservatism. It's a call for nothing in lieu of something. Admittedly, sometimes doing nothing is the best policy. But after 9/11, as we survey the threat of Islamic terror and rogue states, should we really settle for so little? After excoriating the real and imagined sins of neoconservatism, Fukuyama offers the following plan for reforming our foreign policy: 1) "In the first instance, we need to demilitarize what we have been calling the global war on terrorism and shift to...
  • Neoconservatives: The new hippies

    02/28/2006 8:46:11 PM PST · by jb6 · 259 replies · 3,963+ views
    Daily Colonial ^ | Wednesday, February 22 2006 | Danny Kampf
    <p>Being someone of a liberal persuasion, it might come as a surprise that I not only sympathize with neoconservatives, I genuinely agree with much of what they have to say. Unlike traditional conservatism, neoconservative philosophy amounts to more than just “Leave us alone.” It inherently rejects both “Fortress America” isolationism and Kissingerian realism in favor of an activist foreign policy of promoting human rights and propagating democracy.</p>