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  • Trump Adviser: No Neocon Shift, ‘Not the Bush Administration’

    04/16/2017 7:03:07 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 61 replies
    LifeZette ^ | April 14, 2017 | Edmund Kozak
    Gorka says president made pragmatic call on Syrian strike, suggests little risk of escalation Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president, said on Friday morning that President Donald Trump’s populist supporters need not fear that the decision to strike a Syrian government target last week represents an embrace of neoconservatism. “It’s not a modification,” Gorka said Friday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” “Donald J. Trump hasn’t changed from November 7 to Good Friday, April 14,” he said. “This isn’t 2003, this isn’t 1991 and the Gulf War, and the president has not changed one bit,” Gorka said. “This is not...
  • WashPost Columnist Calling for a Shutdown of Conservative Talk Radio? (Michael Gerson )

    09/03/2016 8:33:26 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 50 replies
    newsbusters ^ | September 2, 2016 | Tim Graham
    When former Bush chief speechwriter Michael Gerson wrote a column for The Washington Post headlined “Cancel this reality show,” it sounded like just another anti-Trump column. Or is Gerson calling for a shutdown of conservative talk radio? It's understandable that establishment Republicans would despise the dynamic of conservative radio talkers trying to yank party leaders to the right. But shutting them down? Does that sound like reasonable moderation?
  • In Alien vs. Predator, I'm for Predator.... (Why Conservatives Should Back Trump)

    05/13/2016 12:39:30 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05/11/2016 | Spengler
    Trump says he'll rebuild the U.S. military and our missile defense in particular, but avoid committing U.S. forces overseas. The neo-conservatives never will forgive him for this. It means that they are out of a job, and when they say that Trump means "the end of the Republican Party," they mean the end of the Republican Party that used to employ them. Robert Kagan and Max Boot have gone to the Clinton camp. A Trump presidency almost certainly means that Chinese and Russian influence will grow faster and with fewer obstacles than it might have otherwise. That is not entirely...
  • Ted Cruz’s Foreign Policy Triumph

    12/17/2015 12:07:55 PM PST · by Isara · 17 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 12.17.15 | Peter Ferrara
    In Las Vegas, he stands up for winning Reaganite foreign policy, not the losing Bush important distinction was reintroduced to Republican politics. During the debate, Texas Senator Ted Cruz presented a well-thought out, foreign and national defense policy based on the original, Reagan conservatism. One that focuses on advancing America's security interests around the world, not on sacrificing American lives and treasure on replacing foreign dictators with human rights, birthing new democracies, or building jobs and prosperity in foreign lands.The Cruz and Reagan doctrine goes all the way back to America's Founding Fathers. They wanted America to stay out...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to receive 2015 AEI Irving Kristol Award

    09/21/2015 7:53:57 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    AEI ^ | 2 hours ago
    Washington, DC (September 22, 2015) — American Enterprise Institute (AEI) president Arthur C. Brooks announced today that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will receive the 2015 Irving Kristol Award on November 9, 2015, in Washington, DC. The annual award, AEI’s highest honor, is given to individuals who have made exceptional practical and intellectual contributions to improve government policy, social welfare, or political understanding. The winner is selected by AEI’s Council of Academic Advisers. The award ceremony and dinner will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Currently in his fourth term, Prime Minister Netanyahu will share his...
  • 3 Basic Differences Between Conservatism and Neoconservatism

    12/28/2013 4:51:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 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 Vaďsse)

    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...