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  • Anarchists for Donald Trump—Let the Empire Burn

    06/09/2016 4:00:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | June 9, 2016 | Christopher Ketcham
    The left-contrarian arsonist crowd is larger and wider-spread than the cubicled creatures in the Clinton campaign have accounted for. The historic opportunity of the 2016 election is one which Bernie Sanders likely will not have the courage to embrace: The burning to ashes of the corporatist Clintonite neoliberal wing of the Democratic Party. The scenario ideally plays out with Sanders contesting the nomination all the way to the convention and then running as a third party candidate, say on the Green Party ticket, siphoning away the base that Clinton needs to win. This will hand the election to Donald Trump,...
  • The Neocons Are Lying About Why They Hate Donald Trump

    03/21/2016 4:16:58 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 26 replies ^ | March 21, 2016 | Tom Woods
    Here’s your shocker for the day: The neoconservatives are lying. Now before I tell you how I figured that out — apart from the fact that their lips are moving — I need to begin by parrying any manifestations of Trump Derangement Syndrome. I do not support or endorse Donald Trump, who is not a libertarian and who appears to have no clear philosophy of any kind. He would no doubt do countless things that I would deplore. Just like all the other candidates, in other words. My point is not to cheer for him. My point is that the...
  • Note to conspiracy theorists — the neo-conservatives aren’t Zionists: Spengler

    02/29/2016 10:54:56 AM PST · by OddLane · 3 replies
    Asia Times ^ | February 29, 2016 | David P. Goldman
    The betting markets on the American primary elections show an 87% probability that Hillary Clinton will head the Democratic ticket and a 76% probability that Donald Trump will lead the Republicans. Between the two, Trump is the pro-Israel candidate. First, his daughter Ivanka is an observant Orthodox Jew after her conversion and marriage to Jared Kushner, the scion of a prominent family of Jewish philanthropists. Second, and most decisive, Trump feels no obligation to win favor among Muslims, proposing a temporary ban against any Muslim entering the United States. Hillary Clinton, by contrast, surrounded herself with advisers openly hostile to...
  • 'Neocons' re-emerge amid US election race

    08/14/2015 1:29:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News / Agence France-Presse ^ | August 14, 2015 | Andrew Beatty
    Once thought dead and buried on the battlefields of Iraq, a muscular and militaristic "neoconservative" approach to US foreign policy is making a comeback. For most of the last decade, the "neocons" -- personified by former vice president Dick Cheney and ex-Pentagon boss Donald Rumsfeld -- have been out of office and out of fashion. But the 2016 presidential race has seen Republican candidates embrace ideas and advisors once ostracized for the catastrophes and hubris of George W. Bush's "preemptive war" in Iraq. During last week's Republican presidential debates, 17 candidates tripped over themselves to declare President Barack Obama weak...
  • Strauss Guides Sox From Grave

    10/27/2005 10:33:27 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 11 replies · 518+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 27, 2005
    The conservative Chicago theoretician was the source of Ozzie Guillen's baseball philosophy.
  • Islamist Turkish President Erdogan Says A 'Mastermind' Is Plotting Against Turkey...

    04/14/2015 4:47:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Memri ^ | 4/14/15
    Since October 2014, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has regularly referred to the concept of a "Mastermind" (ust akil, "supra-intellect," in Turkish) that, he says, is plotting against Turkey. This concept has been applauded by the Islamist pro-AKP media. Erdogan's December 12, 2014 speech, which focused on this "mastermind" concept, inspired the production of a two-hour "documentary" by one of the leading Turkish television channels, the pro-AKP A Haber. The film, titled "The Mastermind," first aired on March 15, 2015 and has been broadcast repeatedly since then; in addition, the Turkish Islamist pro-AKP media are circulating the film on their...
  • "The Real Leo Strauss" - The Wacky Left and the Fiction of Neo-Con-ism

    01/29/2009 1:45:36 PM PST · by Tublecane · 5 replies · 310+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Thursday, January 29, 2009 | Jenny Strauss Clay
    The Real Leo Strauss By JENNY STRAUSS CLAY Published: June 7, 2003 Recent news articles have portrayed my father, Leo Strauss, as the mastermind behind the neoconservative ideologues who control United States foreign policy. He reaches out from his 30-year-old grave, we are told, to direct a ''cabal'' (a word with distinct anti-Semitic overtones) of Bush administration figures hoping to subject the American people to rule by a ruthless elite. I do not recognize the Leo Strauss presented in these articles. My father was not a politician. He taught political theory, primarily at the University of Chicago. He was a...
  • Conservative Sheep, Neocon Shepherds

    02/25/2015 9:10:14 AM PST · by Nelson Hultberg · 1 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | February 24, 2015 | Nelson Hultberg
    In 1919, Rudyard Kipling wrote in The Gods of the Copybook Headings, “As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man / That…the Sow returns to her Mire / And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire.” Likewise, it appears that conservatives return to their disastrous past policies. In outlining his foreign policy plans for America, Jeb Bush recently stated, “I love my father and my brother…But I am my own man – and my views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences.” He went on to say, “I...
  • Taking Over the Republican Party

    01/09/2015 8:42:55 AM PST · by Nelson Hultberg · 53 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | 1/6/15 | Nelson Hultberg
    One of the biggest fallacies in politics today is the claim that we, as conservatives and libertarians, can only be effective if we stay loyal to the Republican Party and work to gain control of it by electing more free-market conservatives every election year. We at AFR believe such thinking to be tragically misguided. To expect the Republican Party to challenge the modern day juggernaut of statism is as foolish as expecting socialist professors to instill Americanism into our youth. It won’t happen anymore than the planets will one day reverse their orbits. This is because the members of the...
  • Meet Tom Cotton: Arkansas's next Senator and Rand Paul's worst nightmare

    11/06/2014 1:12:02 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 27 replies
    Vox ^ | November 5, 2014 | Zack Beauchamp
    Arkansas elected Republican Rep. Tom Cotton to the Senate on Tuesday, sending incumbent Mark Pryor packing. You might not be surprised that a Republican won in Arkansas in a heavily GOP year, but Cotton's victory is a much bigger deal than you probably think. His election is a significant step for the future of GOP foreign policy, and thus perhaps for American foreign policy. Cotton, you see, is the golden child of the Republican party's hawkish establishment. He still calls the 2003 Iraq invasion a "just and noble" war. He's young — just 37 — and fervently backed by some...
  • America Should Stay Out Of Iraq's Revived Killfest: Only Iraqis Can Save Their Country

    06/25/2014 3:30:07 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 23, 2014 | Doug Bandow
    The uber-hawks and neocons like Richard Cheney who led America into the disastrous invasion of Iraq are campaigning for a repeat. If only the U.S. will go to war along the Euphrates a second time, they promise, everything will turn out well. Americans should ignore these Sirens of Death. Attempting to forcibly transform Iraq never was Washington’s responsibility. Having botched the job once, U.S. policymakers should not try again. There certainly is no public support for new military adventures in Mesopotamia. There was much to despise about Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. He was a murderous thug with outsize ambitions, but he...
  • Kristol Neoconservatism

    03/22/2014 11:42:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies ^ | March 22, 2014 | Jack Kerwick
    In spite of the ease with which the word “conservatism” is thrown about these days, most people who associate with the “conservative” movement are not really conservative at all. In reality, the so-called “conservative” movement is a predominantly (though not exclusively) neoconservative movement. Contrary to what some neoconservatives would have us think, “neoconservatism” is not an insult, much less an “anti-Semitic” slur. The word, rather, refers to a distinct intellectual tradition—a point for which some neoconservatives, like its famed “godfather,” Irving Kristol, have argued at length. In The Neoconservative Persuasion, Kristol argues for another claim: neoconservatism and traditional or classical...
  • Can Conservatives Take Over the GOP?

    11/12/2013 10:40:17 AM PST · by Nelson Hultberg · 42 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | November 12, 2013 | Nelson Hultberg
    It began with Richard Nixon. He showed Republicans how to win elections and lose their soul, how to capitulate to statism and call it a “new kind of freedom.” Consequently the GOP is now a carbon copy of the Democrat Party. Throughout the seventies and eighties, neoconservative intellectuals eagerly fostered this “new kind of freedom” which gave Republicans an excuse to blank out on the reality of what they were doing. Led by the late Irving Kristol and big government luminaries like Harvard sociologist Patrick Moynihan and Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz, these influential former socialists infiltrated the Republican Party like...
  • Just whose war is this? Buchanan decries notion of Americans 'hired-out to do killing for royals'

    09/05/2013 6:19:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 5, 2013 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Wednesday, John Kerry told the Senate not to worry about the cost of an American war on Syria. The Saudis and Gulf Arabs, cash-fat on the $110-a-barrel oil they sell U.S. consumers, will pick up the tab for the Tomahawk missiles. Has it come to this – U.S. soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen as the mercenaries of sheikhs, sultans and emirs, Hessians of the New World Order, hired out to do the big-time killing for Saudi and Sunni royals? Yesterday, too, came a stunning report in the Washington Post. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations has joined...
  • For Cruz, Lee, Paul, and Palin the Password is 'Lindbergh'

    09/05/2013 2:56:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 5, 2013 | J. Robert Smith
    Ted Cruz, Bill Lee, and Rand Paul are isolationists, per Jennifer Rubin, the in-house neocon at the Washington Post. Throw in Sarah Palin, too. The senators and former governor want nothing more than two briny oceans to defend the nation from the world's predators and cutthroats. Heck, maybe they don't even want militias. Palin and the three rising conservative stars are secret America Firsters. "Lindbergh" is their password. Shhh! Hands up, guys and gal, Jennifer Rubin's outed you. It's more like Rubin tarred y'all, pinning America First buttons on your lapels all by her lonesome, to the gloating approval of...
  • Aide’s resignation heightens Sen. Rand Paul’s war with neocons

    07/22/2013 5:44:27 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 22, 2013 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Some Republicans are accusing the party’s neoconservative hawks of playing dirty pool in an attempt to smear Sen. Rand Paul as a bigot for having an aide who once expressed admiration for Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. The aide, Jack Hunter, who quit on Monday, was eased out by Mr. Paul after a neoconservative publication revealed that, as a radio “shock jock” some years ago, Mr. Hunter advocated that the Southern states secede once again from the union. Saying he had become more libertarian and broad-minded since his days as the “Southern Avenger,” Mr. Hunter revealed...
  • Who Speaks Now for the GOP?

    03/12/2013 5:47:29 AM PDT · by Bratch · 18 replies ^ | March 12, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    Last Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul rose on the Senate floor to declare a filibuster and pledge he would not sit down until either he could speak no longer or got an answer to his question about Barack Obama's war powers. Does the president, Paul demanded to know, in the absence of an imminent threat, have the right to order U.S. citizens killed by drone strike on U.S. soil? By the time he sat down, 13 hours later, Paul had advanced to the front rank of candidates for 2016, and established himself as a foreign policy leader whose views must be...
  • Romney Channels George W. Bush’s Middle East Policy

    10/08/2012 9:17:45 PM PDT · by rmlew · 14 replies
    The Corner - National Review ^ | October 8, 2012 | Daniel Pipes
    Mitt Romney gave a generally fine speech today on the Middle East. Sensibly, he criticized the Obama administration for its Benghazi shenanigans, for the “daylight” with Israel, fecklessness vis-à-vis Tehran, and the cuts in military spending. Very justifiably, he called it “time to change course in the Middle East.”But I worry about three specifics.First, Romney’s policy ideas echo the rosy-tinted themes of George W. Bush’s failed policies in the region. Flush with optimism for Afghanistan, Iraq, and “Palestine,” Bush spoke a language that now seems from another world. For example, almost exactly nine years ago he predicted “a free Iraq...
  • Back Off, Bill Kristol!

    09/23/2012 10:23:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | September 23, 2012 | Burt Prelutsky
    I keep hearing a lot of moaning at the bar from the right wing; most notably from Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard. It seems like every time I see this guy, whom I refer to as “The Wincer” because he always looks like he thinks he’s about to be slugged, he’s going off on Mitt Romney. No matter what Romney says or does, Kristol and a few of his fellow ivory tower pinheads can’t wait to dissect it, as if they’re performing the world’s longest autopsy. I’ll admit that Romney doesn’t always say things in the best way possible,...
  • Neocons vs. Islamophobes

    05/24/2012 5:37:04 PM PDT · by rmlew · 8 replies
    Salon ^ | May 16, 2012 | Jordan Michael Smith
    The Muslim Brotherhood, a group that was once thought virtually extinct in Syria, has surprised everyone by staging a comeback. The Islamist group is, according to Reuters, a “dominant force” in the Syrian opposition. Similarly, in Egypt, the MB has become perhaps the most powerful group in the wake of the Revolution.This doesn’t sit well with everyone in the American conservative movement, and two factions are vying to define the Republican response to the increased power of political Islam. Leading what might be called the ‘to-hell-with-democracy’ strain of thought is Andrew McCarthy, a national-security columnist for National Review and senior...
  • 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...
  • The Democracy Worshipers

    09/16/2011 7:09:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 1+ views ^ | September 16, 2011 | Pat Buchanan
    "Your people, sir, is ... a great beast." So Alexander Hamilton reputedly said in an argument with Thomas Jefferson. At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Hamilton explained: "Real liberty is not found in the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. If we incline too much to democracy, we shall soon shoot into a monarchy, or some other form of dictatorship." In his column, "Democracy Versus Liberty," Walter Williams cites Hamilton, James Madison and John Randolph, who wrote of "the follies and turbulence" of democracy, and John Adams: "Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There...
  • Palin’s Fans Hang on to Hope She’ll Run (When Neo-Cons attack)

    05/16/2011 4:16:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | May 16, 2011 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Yesterday, when writing about the fallout from Mike Huckabee’s decision not to run for president, I picked Michelle Bachmann as the candidate who might benefit the most from this turn of events. But I also noted that this was predicated on Sarah Palin’s not running. The deathly quiet from her camp about a 2012 campaign is encouraging presidential hopefuls and pundits alike to think that she is staying out of the race. But it is also frustrating her fans. A visit to Conservatives4palin, one of her leading fan websites, shows that the former Alaska governor’s followers are still hoping that...
  • Zionist Interests

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

    12/06/2010 10:24:01 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 76 replies
    Accuracy in Academia | December 6, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Because the conservatives most likely to be employed in academia are of the neo variety, students may not get an accurate picture of conservatism or, for that matter, America. In fairness, because many neoconservatives are reconstructed leftists, they can counter the Campus Left in ways that more mild-mannered conservative Ph.D.’s could or would. “The neocons have waged a matchless intellectual war against the practices of America’s tenured radicals,” C. Bradley Thompson writes in Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea. “They have been trenchant critics of the major ideas that have dominated America’s universities since the 1960s, such as nihilism, relativism,...
  • What If Sarah Palin Was Elected America's 45th President? (They're wooried)

    11/16/2010 3:38:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Huffington Post | November 16, 2010 | Sheldon Filger.
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  • Neoconservatives: The True Centrists

    10/22/2010 1:32:12 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Oct 22, 2010 | Mark Cantora
    No matter the reluctance of neo-conservatives to engage in this type of egotism, the fact remains that there does exist a movement of intellectuals who share similar commitments to a strong national defense and a recoupling of politics with traditional morality. And, for better or for worse, the world knows this movement as neo-conservatism. But what the world generally fails to recognize is that this philosophy has made the neo-conservatives, the only real moderates in American politics and political philosophy, the eternal purveyors of centrist common sense.
  • Sarah Palin: Poster child for a 2012 America? (Your daily black anti-Sarah rant)

    02/22/2010 12:39:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 842+ views
    The District Chronicles ^ | February 21, 2010 | Professor James Clingman
    I thought we had seen it all after a Trenton, New Jersey, sixth grader had to teach the Vice President of the United States, Dan Quayle, that potato is not spelled with an "e" on the end. But then we had eight years of "Dubya" and his malapropisms. Now we have Sarah Palin, no, not elected yet, but waiting in the wings. Someone said, "Get all the fools on your side, and you can be elected to anything." The more I watch politics, the more that statement rings true. To even think for a minute that this country could actually...
  • Enough Is Enough: We can no longer remain on sidelines in the struggle for regime change in Iran

    01/26/2010 8:43:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 677+ views
    Newsweek ^ | January 22, 2010 | Richard N. Haass
    Two schools of thought have traditionally competed to determine how America should approach the world. Realists believe we should care most about what states do beyond their borders—that influencing their foreign policy ought to be Washington's priority. Neoconservatives often contend the opposite: they argue that what matters most is the nature of other countries, what happens inside their borders. The neocons believe this both for moral reasons and because democracies (at least mature ones) treat their neighbors better than do authoritarian regimes. I am a card-carrying realist on the grounds that ousting regimes and replacing them with something better is...
  • Scott Brown did not win, Obama lost because Democrats betrayed their own base (Classic lefty rant)

    01/20/2010 10:13:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 804+ views
    India Daily ^ | January 20, 2010
    Bush did everything bad for America but one thing he did good, never betrayed his neo con extremists who got him the Whitehouse by hook or crook. Republicans are rejoicing and Democrats reeling in the wake of Scott Brown's stunning triumph in a special Massachusetts Senate election, a devastating Democratic defeat that triggered soul-searching within President Barack Obama's party. You do not have to find the reasons. It is obvious even to a tenth grader. Those who voted for the Democrats and President Obama have understood that after all said and done, neo cons control America through their financial powers...
  • Sarah Palin vs. The Neocons

    10/04/2009 12:13:44 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 66 replies · 3,159+ views
    Texas for Sarah Palin ^ | Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 10:33 PM | Josh Painter
    Sarah Palin enjoys considerable support among libertarian Republicans, and many libertarian independents are giving her a second look. Adam Brickley believes that the Sarah Palin John McCain scooped up out of Alaska to be his running mate was much more libertarian than the vice presidential candidate who had to support McCain's policy positions on the stump. What we are seeing now, says Brickley, is "more of the original, pre-McCain Sarah Palin": "A lot has been said lately about the idea that Sarah Palin is positioning herself as a the libertarian in the 2012 field... This is exactly I have been...
  • George Will Abandons the War Party

    09/12/2009 2:11:19 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 75 replies · 2,296+ views
    Charleston City Paper / Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2009-09-12 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    A year ago this week, I wrote the following concerning liberal Democrat Joe Lieberman being invited to speak at the 2008 Republican National Convention and conservative Republican Ron Paul being shut out: "If you are pro-gun control, pro-socialized healthcare, pro-choice, pro-amnesty, all of these liberal positions can be tolerated so long as you are pro-war. If you are a staunch conservative on virtually every issue, if you're not pro-war, you're no longer welcome in the Republican Party." The name of my piece was "The War Party" and that's exactly what the GOP was in September 2008. What a difference a...
  • Why Neoconservative Pundits Love Jon Stewart

    08/10/2009 2:14:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 1,256+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/9/09 | Jacob Gershman
    Back in April, when the debate over torture was roaring, Jon Stewart invited Cliff May, a national-security hawk and former spokesman for the Republican Party, to come on The Daily Show and defend waterboarding. May was hesitant. He thought Stewart would paint him as a crazy extremist. The audience would jeer. It would be a disaster. "I was apprehensive about going on, even though I've been on TV for a dozen years," says May. "A lot of my friends told me: 'Don't do it. You're meat going into the sausage factory.'" But May had a change of heart after soliciting...
  • Will Obama Bring Home the Neocons? (barf alert)

    01/21/2009 5:34:55 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 23 replies · 800+ views
    wall street journal ^ | 1-20-2009 | GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
    "Neoconservative" and "neocon" have become terms of abuse, denoting right-wing extremism. But the original neoconservatives began mostly as left-leaning intellectuals who only deserted the Democratic Party after it fell under the influence of the counterculture during the Vietnam War. With Barack Obama about to become president, is there any chance neoconservatives will finally return to the roost? A month or two ago, the question would have seemed preposterous. Mr. Obama, after all, was the most left-wing member of the U.S. Senate -- not to mention a former pal of Weatherman Bill Ayers and other extremists. Yet in his presidential campaign,...
  • 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...
  • A Sea-Change Election? (Hurl 'em if ya got 'em!)

    03/15/2008 8:22:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1,059+ views
    The Nation ^ | from the March 31, 2008 issue | Robert L. Borosage
    The increasing vitriol of the Democratic presidential WrestleMania shouldn't distract from the opportunity before progressives. The election this year has the potential to be not simply a change election but a sea-change election, one that marks the end of the conservative era that has dominated our politics for nearly three decades. It could be the progressive equivalent of the conservative triumph of 1980. In 1980 Ronald Reagan, the self-described "movement conservative," took the White House from incumbent Jimmy Carter while Republicans picked up thirty-four seats in the House and gained control of the Senate, sweeping out liberal stalwarts like George...
  • 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...
  • New Year's Look: The Republican Party

    01/01/2008 11:02:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 600+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | January 1, 2008 | John Xavier
    If there was ever any question as to how diverse the Republican Party is, this campaign season has answered it. The reason there are so many viable candidates in the Republican presidential primary this year is because each candidate hails from a different part of the Republican base. That Republican diversity earns a special New Year’s Look. Rudy Giuliani hails from the liberal wing of the Republican Party. The Republican liberals are regionally based in the Northeast. They think that women should have the right to choose abortion, support destructive embryonic stem cell research, and generally support homosexual rights. They...
  • Why trust the self-serving United States anymore?(Anti-American expat's screed)

    11/26/2007 8:02:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 133+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | November 11, 2007 | Roger Pulvers
    I began by asking myself the question linked inevitably to the survival of the United States as a trusted nation in the 21st century: Why can't America admit defeat? What is it in the American psyche that seems to dictate the necessity to be proven not only right, but superior in dealings with the outside world? I have lived the better part of 40 years in Japan, a country whose nationalistic ardor and patriotic zeal once easily matched that of the U.S. If the Japanese government has not sufficiently apologized for the utter brutality their nation inflicted in Asia and...
  • We can't wait for Hillary (to deal with Iran)

    11/23/2007 12:22:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 176+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | November 6, 2007 | Jonathan Tobin
    This past summer during one of the last episodes of HBO's mega-hit "The Sopranos," A.J., the whiny suicidal son of the show's mafia boss anti-hero, was heard to worry about what he saw as the certain bombing of Iran by President Bush. "You don't know that," his mafia princess sister responded. Though this stray snippet, which was widely noted in reviews of the show, did not offer any clues as to the fate of the fictional leaders of the North Jersey mafia, it may have heralded the beginning of a new twist on what it means to be "anti-war" in...
  • Where has Bush got with jaw-jaw? (Must read!)

    11/22/2007 2:32:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 394+ views
    The Times of London ^ | November 22, 2007 | Tim Montgomerie
    American foreign policy has been nothing like as interventionist as its critics like to think. Critics of George W. Bush's Middle East policy are hoping for a change in direction once America's 43rd President has left the White House. The foreign offices of Europe all hope for more multilateralism. More realpolitik. Less sabre-rattling. The critics have a problem, however. In reality, Team Bush has largely been following European approaches to foreign policy for most of the world's troublespot nations. Take Pakistan. The “realist school” couldn't honestly disapprove of any aspect of Bush's dealings with Islamabad. American taxpayers have financed a...
  • Could the next President be even scarier?Think the world will be safer with George Bush gone?(Barf)

    11/15/2007 10:17:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 213+ views
    Chowk Blog ^ | October 31, 2007 | Luiza Savage
    As part of her job at an influential national security think tank, Julianne Smith brings politicians and senior policy-makers from all over Europe to Washington for candid closed-door meetings with the policy advisers to the candidates vying to replace President George W. Bush. The Europeans usually arrive eager to discuss the coming era that some are dubbing "AB" — "After Bush." That is the highly anticipated period beginning on Jan. 20, 2009, in which a newly sworn-in American president, chastened by the troubles in Iraq and by the scorn of allies who say the Bush White House flouted international law,...
  • Iran wants the Bomb so it can use it

    11/05/2007 1:53:50 PM PST · by knighthawk · 29 replies · 141+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | November 05 2007 | Daniel Hannan
    One of the many tragic consequences of the Iraq war is that it has made it harder to act against Iran. The geographical and alphabetical proximity of the two countries tempts us into false comparisons. Look at the mess the neo-cons made in Iraq, we think. We surely can't let those clots try the same failed strategy against Iran. Nor do you hear this argument only from tousled students. Mohammed El-Baradei, who heads the International Atomic Energy Agency, says that Iraq should serve as a warning to those who want a forward policy against Teheran. Well, I am no neo-con....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Fred Thompson, Neocon

    07/31/2007 3:40:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 117 replies · 1,848+ views
    The Nation ^ | August 13, 2007 Issue | David Corn
    The neoconservatives are not riding high these days. The Iraq War--their number-one cause--is a failure, and the public has turned on the war, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, their top man in the Administration. Meanwhile, the so-called foreign policy realists appear to have the upper hand against the Administration's dwindling neocon cell in many internal policy squabbles. But the neocons are faring rather well when it comes to the presidential race. The leading GOP contenders are all die-hard fans of the war. And the newest star in the show--Fred Thompson, the former Republican senator from Tennessee, onetime lobbyist and...
  • The Story of Joe Lieberman, Neoconservatism, and the Problem With the Left-Wing Netroots

    04/08/2007 5:51:50 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 255+ views
    Constitution Club ^ | 04-08-2007 | DFV
    Writing in USA Today, Sen. Joe Lieberman says this of the latest Democratic plan: Amazingly, however, just at the moment things are at last beginning to look up in Iraq, a narrow majority in Congress has decided that it’s time to force our military to retreat. Rather than supporting Gen. Petraeus, they are threatening to strip him of the troops he says he needs and sabotage his strategy. This is outrageous. Leftist attacks on Lieberman have obscurred the fact that he was one of the triumverate of the Thinking Democrats. The term is my own, of course, premised as it...
  • Is the New World Order a Good Idea?

    01/29/2007 5:20:35 PM PST · by NraFreedom · 52 replies · 809+ views
    There are people in the world who believe that all inhabitants of the earth should be governed by one government. They want to establish this government which is called the New World Order. This government will replace the sovereignty of nations; because borders will cease to exist. The establishment of the European Union is an example of moving the world toward this idea of a New World Order. There are two opposing ideas to establish the New World Order: The first is what is referred to as multiculturalism. This idea is multilateralist in nature; in that it requires a multi-nation...
  • Perle: Bush Will Attack Iran If Necessary

    01/23/2007 10:58:29 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies · 1,063+ views
    Newsmax ^ | January 22, 2007 | Newsmax
    One of America's most influential neocons says President Bush is prepared to use military force against Iran if he believes it will acquire nuclear weapons. This past Sunday, Richard Perle, speaking in Israel at the Herzliya Conference, said he had no doubt of President Bush's intentions. "President George Bush will order an attack on Iran if it becomes clear to him that Iran is set to acquire nuclear weapons capabilities while he is still in office," Haaretz reported of Perle's remarks. Perle, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, served as chairman of the Bush administration's Defense Policy Board. Perle...
  • Why Hawks Win

    01/11/2007 11:32:40 PM PST · by america4vr · 7 replies · 461+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | January/February 2007 | Daniel Kahneman, Jonathan Renshon
    Why are hawks so influential? The answer may lie deep in the human mind. People have dozens of decision-making biases, favor conflict rather than concession. A look at why tough guys win more than they should. . National leaders get all sorts of advice in times of tension and conflict. But often the competing counsel can be broken down into two basic categories. On one side are the hawks: They tend to favor coercive action, are more willing to use military force, and are more likely to doubt the value of offering concessions. When they look at adversaries overseas, they...