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  • 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 · 41 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...
  • Why Isn't the Whole Left Neoconservative?

    12/21/2006 8:28:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 35 replies · 1,149+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 21, 2006 | James Lewis
    Now that neocons are being slow-roasted in effigy all over the world, this may be the right time to ask the question: Why isn't the whole Left neoconservative? Remember that  neocons like Norman  Podhoretz and Daniel P. Moynihan were former left-wingers who saw the light --- which only seems like common sense, after witnessing Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, the Kims (Dad and Junior), and the whole mass-murdering gang of cutthroats. After the Soviet Union crashed and no one could possibly ignore the bloody mess the Left kept making over seventy long years. So why didn't all the decent Leftists just read...
  • Jeane Kirkpatrick - Her blunt style and strong defense of liberty will be missed.

    12/11/2006 5:17:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 441+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 9, 2006 | Masthead Editorial
    Jeane Kirkpatrick, who died yesterday at 80, was that rare thing--a public intellectual and a public figure. She excelled at both. Ms. Kirkpatrick is known to the public at large because Ronald Reagan, after defeating Jimmy Carter for the Presidency in 1980, appointed her U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. It is worth mentioning in this context that earlier this week Senate Democrats succeeded finally in driving John Bolton from the U.N. ambassadorship. The mind's eye recalls the televised image in the early 1980s of Ambassador Kirkpatrick, a Democrat then, seated at the U.N. Security Council table and publicly defending...
  • Rise of the Neo-Culpas

    11/20/2006 5:40:44 PM PST · by My2Cents · 44 replies · 864+ views
    New York Sun ^ | Lawrence Sweikart
    The latest political species sighted on the landscape is the Neo–Culpa, a rapidly propagating breed that once supported the Iraq invasion, but has now bailed out. Conveniently, the Neo-Culpas made their first appearance just before the election, prominently surfacing in Vanity Fair excerpts ( cons200612), where Richard Perle, Kenneth Adelman, David Frum, and Michael Rubin blasted the Bush Iraq policy. Just two days earlier, in USA Today (, Ralph Peters threw in the towel. Of course, the war critics screamed with delight that several high-profile stalwarts had, as Margaret Thatcher said, "gone wobbly."
  • Operation Comeback. How to Save the Neocons

    11/10/2006 5:23:07 AM PST · by Valin · 67 replies · 1,092+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 11/1/06 | Joshua Muravchik
    TO: My Fellow Neoconservatives FROM: Joshua Muravchik RE: How to Save the Neocons We neoconservatives have been through a startling few years. Who could have imagined six years ago that wild stories about our influence over U.S. foreign policy would reach the far corners of the globe? The loose group of us who felt impelled by the antics of the 1960s to migrate from the political left to right must have numbered fewer than 100. And we were proven losers at Washington’s power game: The left had driven us from the Democratic Party, stolen the “liberal” label, and successfully affixed...
  • The death of national greatness. Don't believe the Weekly Standard (mods please don't delete)

    11/07/2006 8:33:44 AM PST · by watsonfellow · 12 replies · 984+ views
    The Weekly Standard is bold in stating and supporting its ideology. Only it is not the traditional limited government conservatism devised by the movement's founders. The WS forthrightly informs its readers that George W. Bush is a "big spender," subheading a recent piece informing its readers that, "under Bush, the era of small government is over." Moreover, there is not much limited government conservatives can do about it. "Governing majorities can't stand still" the executive editor informs, they must spend more and more money on national problems because "that's what the public expects." Bush and the GOP Congressional leadership will...
  • It's Your Party, And You'll Cry If You Want To?

    11/06/2006 7:43:06 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 632+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | November 6, 2006 | Selwyn Duke
    To still the siren of the heart and defer to the head is to seldom be wrongly led. So many wrong things feel so right. "You know, I really told my mother-in-law off the other day and, boy, did it feel good." Of course, what has changed? Your mother-in-law is still the nag she always was. One change, though, is that now your family politics has descended into the abyss. This occurs to me when I hear my political soul mates talk of sitting on their hands this election cycle. I hear pundits and plebeians both make pronouncements about how...
  • The Iran Dilemma

    07/27/2006 1:16:48 PM PDT · by az4vlad · 8 replies · 466+ views ^ | July 26, 2006 | Rachel Alexander
    Ironically, although Iran may have temporarily diverted attention from its refusal to comply with nuclear inspections by aiding Hezbollah's attack on Israel, the overall increasing level of violence in the Middle East is building more support for a U.S. or NATO strike against it. War against Israel is inevitably accompanied by attacks on American citizens. In addition to saying that the Holocaust never happened and that Israel should be "wiped off the map," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has threatened the U.S., saying that the U.S. should be "tried as war criminals in courts." Ahmadinejad reportedly played a role in the kidnapping...
  • Is The American Conservative Shutting Down? (Buchanan's mag folding)

    07/18/2006 2:50:58 PM PDT · by Western Civ 4ever · 46 replies · 1,422+ views ^ | July 18, 2006 | Nicholas Stix
    TAC would have prospered had it given its readers straight talk about race, and laid out that “humbler” approach to foreign affairs that George W. Bush had promised the electorate in 2000. On Saturday, I learned it is very likely that The American Conservative magazine is shutting down. This is a shame, because: 1. It was the first major conservative magazine since National Review, almost fifty years earlier, that was founded not to curry favor with the powerful, but to criticize them, and seek to change their minds. NR had long since turned largely into a coven of neocon court...
  • Delusions of Progress (George Will's Burkean Rant)

    07/18/2006 7:19:26 AM PDT · by dinoparty · 135 replies · 2,409+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 18, 2006 | George Will
    July 18, 2006 -- 'GROTESQUE" was Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's characterization of the charge that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was responsible for the current Middle East conflagration. She is correct, up to a point. Speaking on ABC's "This Week," Rice called it "short-sighted" to judge the success of the administration's transformational ambitions by a "snapshot" of progress "some couple of years" into the transformation. She seems to consider today's turmoil preferable to the Middle East's "false stability" of the last 60 years, during which U.S. policy "turned a blind eye to the absence of democratic forces." There is,...
  • Paleo-Conservatives Departing The Grand Old Party

    06/10/2006 6:20:18 AM PDT · by FerdieMurphy · 331 replies · 3,900+ views
    Renew America ^ | 6/4/2006 | Bonnie Alba
    Conservative Republicans held such hopes when Pres. Bush was heralded into office and the Republicans gained control of the Congress. That was then, this is now. According to recent polls, conservative republicans are perplexed by the non-conservative actions of this president and the Republican-controlled Congress. As I probed this latest confusion I found that I, and millions of other citizens, are f-o-s-s-i-l-s. According to Wikipedia Encyclopedia online, we are "Paleo" or "Old" conservatives. We are living fossils, 'about-to-become-extinct' hangers-on of the Grand Old Party which no longer appears to represent traditional conservatism. The Republican Party in its essentials has been...