Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Neoconning the Trump White House

Over the last year critics have warned of the returning neoconservative influence on the executive branch’s national security apparatus, each day a little less confident that President Donald Trump will keep to the seeming anti-interventionist impulses he demonstrated during the 2016 campaign.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Neocon Think Tanks Not Russian Media Are the Enemy Within

In this regard Sputnik now joins RT America (previously directed to register as a foreign agent) in being stigmatized as peddling propaganda instead of news and news analysis, its journalists and contributors smeared by association, in the context of a wider neo-McCarthyite offensive unleashed with the aim of pushing back against opposition to neoconservative nostrums and influence on Western foreign policy, along with its neoliberal economic counterpart.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Iran: The Unfinished Business of Neocons

Of course, any observer of the Middle Eastern politics does not need Mr. Montazeri’s accusation to get to know the real cause of disturbances; it is very easy to extrapolate from the events which destroyed Iraq, Libya and Syria. Iran was on the list of the neocons during the Bush-Cheney administration, but the plans did not work as Vice President Dick Cheney had predicted and planned. He was sure that once the US invaded Iraq, the local people would welcome the soldiers with bouquets of flowers as liberators. Those bouquets never materialized; instead bombs and grenades were showered on the forces and they continue to this day, in the process killing more than one million Iraqi citizens and 4,500 US military personnel on the field and an equal number of Iraq veterans in the US because of suicides.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

US Democrats, Neocons ‘Joined Hands’ to Demonize Russia and Create New Cold War

Democrats have “joined hands” with neoconservative policies in sensationalizing Russia as an imminent security threat: a trope neocons worked decades to develop and can finally watch mature into a full-blown international scandal, journalist and author Max Blumenthal told Radio Sputnik.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Surrounded by Neocons – Philip Giraldi

Award winning journalist James Risen has recently described in some detail his sometimes painful relationship with The New York Times. His lengthy account is well worth reading as it demonstrates how successive editors of the paper frequently cooperated with the government to suppress stories on torture and illegal activity while also self-censoring to make sure that nothing outside the framework provided by the “war on terror” should be seriously discussed.

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Neocon Bill Kristol Gushes About Oprah 2020

When Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes lifetime achievement award acceptance speech was confirmed Monday by CNN to be an expression of “actively thinking” about a 2020 presidential run, there was one Republican who couldn’t contain his glee. The Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, the most ardent globalist anti-Trump member of the GOP outside of Ohio, took to Twitter to offer his support. He wrote, over the course of several tweets:

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Sunday, January 07, 2018

The neocons calling the shots over Iran

For if there is one other key certainty in terms of the US response to events unfolding in Iran it’s that the hawkish, neoconservative groups who shape US policy on Iran will now be pulling out all the stops to pile as much pressure on Tehran as possible.

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Saturday, January 06, 2018

Iranians Can Do Without Bill Kristol’s Solidarity

While the rest of us were celebrating, the Iranian people rang in the new year with a nearly weeklong series of nationwide anti-government protests against corruption and austerity. And they’ve found some unlikely allies in this effort: the same neoconservativeswho have spent the past few decades demanding they meet a fiery death.

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Friday, January 05, 2018


It’s fact: Neoconservatives are pleased with President Trump’s foreign policy.
A couple of months back, Bloomberg’s Eli Lake let it know he was in neoconservative nirvana:
“… for Venezuela, [Donald Trump] came very close to calling for regime change. ‘The United States has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable,’ Trump said. ‘We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people.'”

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Thursday, January 04, 2018

Trump and the Neocons Are Exploiting an Iran Protest Movement They Know Nothing About

“The policy of the United States should be regime change in Iran,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) has said. “I don’t see how anyone can say America can be safe as long as you have in power a theocratic despotism.” Sanctions are not designed to extract a “better deal” from Tehran or even to dissuade it from engaging in “bad behavior” in the region. That’s a canard to make the United States appear to be playing by the rules of respecting sovereignty.

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Inside the Fight to Control the Iran Protests Narrative

“MSNBC Guest Rips Bill Kristol’s Support of Iran Protests: ‘You’ve Been Advocating Killing Iranians,’” blared the news site Mediateone of a number to pick up the exchange. Left-wing stalwarts such as Glenn Greenwald, and many others, swiftly rallied to cheer him on social media.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

The Woeful Inadequacy of Never-Trumpism

In December, Susan Glasser, Politico’s chief international affairs columnist, interviewed Max Boot and Eliot A. Cohen for her weekly podcast, The Global Politico.
The result is an extended lamentation of sorts, with Boot and Cohen expressing the angst that now afflicts what used to be called the Republican foreign policy establishment. Yet the exchange, moderated by Glasser, also helps us understand why that establishment was blindsided by the Trump phenomenon. Even today, its members are either unable or unwilling to acknowledge that the voters who repudiated their views by casting ballots for Trump might have had cause to do so.
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Neocon War Criminal Tells CNN Viewers to Trust Media Because It Lies

Neocon architect David Frum, a man who spearheaded the Iraq WMD war, a man who has never gotten anything right on geo-politics, but has used mainstream media to push his war hawk agenda, (much to the detriment of America and the world), is now on CNN telling viewers to trust mainstream media because they make so many mistakes and lie so much.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

With Veiled Regime Change Threats, Trump and NeoCons Blasted for Exploiting Iran Protests

Amid not-so-subtle calls for regime change in Iran, critics on Monday blasted President Donald Trump and his neoconservative allies on the right for misrepresenting and exploiting recent protests in the nation.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018 - The Year in Russophobia

Twitter resists neocon pressure for all users to provide documentary evidence that they are not a ‘Russian troll’ before they are allowed to post Tweets. ‘It is utterly outrageous and totally unethical that people should be able tweet under false names in pursuance of geopolitical objectives’ declares the Tweeter ‘NATODefender’.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Clean Break II: Iran Hawks Decide To Burn It All Down

The 20th century was rife with partitions, many of them involving European powers carving up colonial possessions in Africa and the Middle East with what often appears to have been little or no concern for local realities. Perhaps the most famous of these free-hand attempts at state creation is the Sykes-Picot Line, whose legacy is very much still with us (and not for the better). But Sykes-Picot is far from the only example of European colonial borders that are still causing problems decades after they were drawn.

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Neocons return to power

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Obama’s Iran Echo Chamber Smears Politico Magazine

Except our betters don’t like it, not one bit, because it reflects poorly on the most significant (yet dubious and controversial) achievement of Barack Obama’s second term. In a tactic familiar to opponents of the Iran deal, the criticism is not aimed not at the facts behind Meyer’s article but at Meyer himself. “It’s a shabby neocon hit piece,” says Valerie Plame’s bestie Joe Cirincione. “A disgusting hit job by both the cabal of people with this agenda and by the reporter who paid lip service to the criticisms of this group,” says Brian O’Toole, a “non-resident senior fellow” at the Atlantic Council. Neocon … cabal … I wonder whom these guys are referring to? (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.)

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Why even the idea that neocon Senator Tom Cotton might run Trump’s CIA is scary

In a recent profile of Tom Cotton, the Wall Street Journals Jason Willick characterizedthe 40-year-old junior Republican senator from Arkansas as “hawkish and realistic” and described his worldview as “tinged with idealism.” Yet it was unclear what the unabashedly Strangelovian Cotton did to earn such a charitable description, as he rattled off a series of opinions that amounted to a call for world war without end.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Trump continues Obama’s wars against democracy

Examples will be cited here, and the silenced lessons will be drawn from them, about the actual nature of the post-1952 U.S. government—the global fascist victory that has increasingly emerged after the immediate ashes of fascism’s global defeat in 1945. This far-right, imperialist or “neoconservative,” international ideology has risen like a phoenix from those physical ashes of World War II, and has increasingly won—led by the U.S. government—against the shrinking democratic world, and now seriously threatens to bring World War III to finish it, against the now non-communist lone nation of Russia, after the U.S. and its so-called ‘capitalist’ (but actually and increasingly fascist) NATO military alliance had won the ideological Cold War, and the communist Soviet Union broke up and ended its Warsaw Pact military alliance in 1991, while the U.S. secretly continued its side of the Cold War and has already brought into its anti-Russian NATO alliance virtually all of the Warsaw Pact nations, and all nations except Russia from the former Soviet Union.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Trump To Release New US Strategy: Will Neocons Cheer?

On Monday, President Trump is expected to release the new National Security Strategy for the United States. Will it rein in some of the global adventurism of the Bush and Obama presidencies? Will it correct the gaping disconnect between what the White House says about places like North Korea and what the Secretary of State says? Will the neocons successfully parlay the document into a road-map for more wars? Today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report is joined by veteran foreign affairs analyst and former US diplomat Jim Jatras to discuss our hopes and fears for this important document:

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Neoconservatives may finally get their war with Iran, from Donald Trump

The very day Donald Trump was to deliver on Jerusalem, Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech about — the Iranian threat to the “entire world.”
If Iran continues unabated, they will have a nuclear arsenal of 100 bombs and more. . . .  This has to be stopped. Not merely because Iran calls for the annihilation of Israel, but because Iran wants to conquer the entire Middle East and go even beyond that. It’s developing ICBMs to reach any point on earth.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bad Moon Rising: A New Cabinet Will Mark Neocon Ascendancy. “Tillerson Will be Gone Sooner or Later”

At the time, I agreed, but I did note that the neoconservatives have proven to be remarkable resilient, particularly as many of them have remained true to their Democratic Party values on nearly everything but foreign policy, where they are irredeemable hawks, hostile to Russia and Iran and always reliably in the corner of Israel. In short, many neocons can be unmasked as Hillary Clinton Democrats if one looks at them issue by issue, which certainly helps to explain some subsequent developments.

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Iraq, Syria, Iran…Are We To Destroy Iran Next?

Years ago there was a plan, A Clean Break: Project for the New American Century(PNAC), to wreck the Oslo peace accords between Israel and the Palestinians and to re-mold the Middle East. It first involved destroying Iraq or in the discredited words of Paul Wolfowitz, “The road to peace in the Middle East goes through Baghdad.”

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Yes, The Neocons Are Back

Back during the admittedly brief shock and awe period that immediately followed on the Trump electoral victory, it appeared that there might be an actual realignment of American foreign policy. The neoconservatives virtually unanimously had opposed Donald Trump in the most vile terms, both in the GOP primaries and during the actual electoral campaign, making clear that Hillary was their choice for a future full of unrelenting, ideologically driven warfare to convert the world to democracy. By that metric, one would assume that Trump would prefer to be roasted on a spit rather than have neocons on his national security team, and many in the punditry did agree with that analysis and went on to share that view.

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‘We overstepped in that case’ — David Brooks offers another empty apology for supporting Iraq war

Brooks responded:
I was so-called neoconservative. That’s what we cared about. We wanted to defeat the Soviet Union to preserve the human rights of the Soviet Union. We went into Iraq because we thought it would help for democracy around the world, and we overstepped in that case. But it was a human rights-based, democracy- and freedom-based foreign policy that Ronald Reagan stood for.
Sadly, no one pressed the neoconservatives’ Iraq story. Though at other times in the debate Brooks struck conservative themes that, had he taken them seriously, should have stopped him from supporting the Iraq invasion.
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Saturday, December 09, 2017

Did Ron Paul kiss Benjamin Netanyahu’s hind end?

Ron Paul has said many good things over the years. He attacked Bill Kristol, arguably the leading light of the Neoconservative ideology. In 2003, the Baltimore Sun declared that
“Mr. Paul terrifies the Neocons because, unlike them, he believes in peace over war, an end to our global empire that we can no longer afford and ending all U.S. foreign aid, including ending the $3 billion that we give to Mr. Goldberg’s beloved Israel every year.”