Friday, May 22, 2015

The neocon supremacy

Neoconservative hawks at Washington think tanks are a "government in waiting" if a Republican is elected president.
Just a couple of years ago Elliot Abrams, a hawkish foreign policy expert who has provided counsel to nearly all the current crop of Republican contenders for the White House, feared that a contagion might take over the Republican Party.
He worried that the resistance to the use of military force demonstrated by the libertarian Kentucky senator Rand Paul – now a presidential candidate – might take hold.
Not anymore. ISIS and its beheadings fixed that, Abrams, a neoconservative academic and former adviser to both George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, told Fairfax Media this week.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

How Lindsey Graham's blustery neocon nonsense could help Rand Paul

Lindsey Graham is 99.9 percent certain he's running for president in 2016. South Carolina's senior senator says he's motivated to run because "the world is falling apart." But it's hard to avoid the conclusion that Graham also wants to pick a fight with Rand Paul on the GOP debate stage, in addition to the many fights this neoconservative hawk would like to pick abroad.

Graham is an able debater and scrappy political survivor. He demolished libertarian-leaning Republican primary challengers seeking his Senate seat last year. So it's not surprising that he thinks he can take Paul down a few pegs. Indeed, he is already working on it. After Paul zinged Jeb Bush on Iraq, Graham took a shot at Paul, suggesting the Kentucky Republican would call a lawyer before striking terrorists.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Chris Christie Calls Snowden Supporters "Civil Liberties Extremists" In His Latest Desperate Neocon Diatribe

Chris Christie is a uniquely American embarrassment. Only a person so completely consumed with his own bullshit and narcissism could miss the fact that he characterizes the word coward. He’s created a national presence for himself as a warrior against corruption, yet he only punches downward, and exclusively picks on the weak. While he rails against entitlements and takes particular pleasure in attacking teachers, he never dares go after the real entitlement criminals. Wall Street bailout babies, and the multi-national corporations constantly sucking on the taxpayer teat via corporate welfare are never the focus of his ire. That’s because he’s 100% completely full of shit with regard to pretty much every topic he addresses.

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Neocons 2.0: The problem with Peter Pomerantsev

In his opening statement last month before a US Congressional Committee hearing titled “Confronting Russia’s Weaponization of Information,” the Russian-born British author Peter Pomerantsev served his Republican-led audience a piping hot serving of neocon alarmism. Quoting “the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Philip M. Breedlove,” Pomerantsev described Russia’s 2014 takeover of Crimea as “the most amazing information warfare blitzkrieg we have ever seen in the history of information warfare.” To which Pomernatsev added his own chilling warning:
“To put it differently, Russia has launched an information war against the West – and we are losing.”
The hearing was put on by Orange County neoconservative Republican Ed Royce; the purpose of the hearings was to drum up fear about Russia’s “unprecedented” information war on the West — a propaganda battle which obviously exists, but whose dimensions and dangers are being cynically exaggerated — and then convert that fear into budget money for US propaganda and NGOs to subvert Kremlin power.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Jeb Bush Isn't a Moderate, He's a Neocon Extremist

"I would have invaded Iraq, and you would have too."
That is literally what Jeb Bush told Megyn Kelly in an interview set to air tonight on "Fox So-Called News."
Amazing, right?
Up until this point, Jeb has done everything he can to separate himself from his brother George W. Bush's disastrous eight years as president.

Friday, May 08, 2015

More Neocon-Zionist theater in Texas

According to media reports, on May 3 two assailants purportedly opened fire outside an anti-Muslim ‘cartoon contest’ event organized by Pamela Gellar, a radical Jewish activist who has made a career out of vilifying Muslims and inciting for more Zionist wars in the Middle East. Gellar’s event, held in Garland, Texas, challenged people to submit derogatory cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a similar vein to Charlie Hebdo’s rancid provocations. Gellar offered a $10,000 prize for the “best depiction of Muhammad.”

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

NEOCONS WAGING WAR OF DECEPTION AGAINST AMERICANS

The pro-Israel neoconservatives in the United States are determined to continue their “war of deception” against Muslim nations and the American people, a scholar and journalist in Wisconsin says.”
Zionist neoconservatives have “bought up” the US Congress by paying “bribes” to lawmakers in the form of vast political contributions, said Dr. Kevin Barrett, a founding member of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance.

Neocons “are dedicated to trying to continue their war of deception not only against the Islamic world, but also against the American people,” Barrett told Press TV on Tuesday.

“These neoconservatives now have a death grip on the Republican Party…and they’re trying to sabotage the nuclear deal with Iran; calling it a nuclear deal of course is not entirely accurate because Iran doesn’t have any nuclear weapons program,” he added.

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NeoConservatives: Changing American Politics

Monday, May 04, 2015

The Neoconservatives: Tyranny's Fifth Column

Today in America, the neoconservative political movement represents a “Fifth Column” for the forces of collectivism. It’s intellectuals and activists promote themselves as conservatives who oppose the liberals, but their political philosophy has nothing to do with what is known as American conservatism, which has always stood for a limited Constitutional government and free enterprise. These values are anathema to today’s “neoconservatives” in the nation’s political, literary, and scholarly circles.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

AIPAC vs. the Neocons on Iran

A piece today in Bloomberg View headlined the fight between the Israel lobby and the Republican über-hawks as “Aipac vs. Pro-Israel Republicans.” But it would more accurately be called “AIPAC vs. the Neocons.” And we shouldn’t forget for a moment that the bankrupt ideology of neoconservatism is behind these efforts; the line between leading neocons and this obstructionism is too easy to trace—and too laughably reminiscent of their misadventure in Iraq.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Is Hillary Clinton a Neocon-Lite?

Based on her public record and Gates’s insider account, Clinton could be expected to favor a more neoconservative approach to the Mideast, one more in line with the traditional thinking of Official Washington and the belligerent dictates of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

As a U.S. senator and as Secretary of State, Clinton rarely challenged the conventional wisdom or resisted the use of military force to solve problems. She famously voted for the Iraq War in 2002 – falling for President George W. Bush’s bogus WMD case – and remained a war supporter until her position became politically untenable during Campaign 2008.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Things Get Tense as Kirsten Powers Battles Krauthammer Over Definition of Neocon: ‘You’re a Neocon!’

“You both know what a neocon is and you both know neoconservatives—,” Powers said.
“Can you define it,” Krauthammer interjected.
Powers was seemingly baffled by her co-panelists’ position.
“They’re people who mostly used to be liberals, who became Republicans over foreign policy, they are more hawkish on foreign policy, Irving Kristol, is a neocon. You’re a neocon!” she told Krauthammer. “You acting like we don’t know — like there are no neocons?”
A few moments later, host Bret Baier asked if the definition is “someone who always wants to go to war.”
“Somebody who, I think, is hawkish on foreign policy—,” Powers said before being cut off.
“Is Hillary Clinton a neocon?” Bayer asked.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Neocons: First in War, Last in Peace

The neocon Founders and their acolytes were largely Jews scarred by the Holocaust, much like the men and women with whom I tended to associate. To their credit few of them had suffered any illusions about Stalin’s Russia. But the same was true of those of us on the non-Communist left. Irving Howe — Kristol’s former pal and later his bitter ideological adversary, who would write an introduction to a volume of Present Tense profiles I later edited– loathed the neocons, and vice versa. He once wrote a biting Op Ed mocking neocons for defending Reagan’s alliance with Contra “freedom fighters” in its secret proxy war against Nicaragua. Inspired, I assigned an amazing journalist, Tina Rosenberg, who later moved on to the New York Times, to cover the troubles south of the border, which she did in several impressive reports, none of which I imagine the bellicose pro-Reagan neocons on the floor above appreciated After the U.S.-favored Chilean-Pinochet coup against the elected Salvador Allende, Rosenberg quoted a popular joke among Chileans. “Why is there no military coup in America?” The answer: “There’s no U.S. Embassy.”

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Paul On GOP Neocons, Krauthammer: Sometimes They’re ‘Just Wrong’

Sen. Rand Paul kicked off his 2016 presidential bid by calling out several factions of the Republican Party, including the “neocon” branch of the GOP that Paul says has a war-hawk mentality whose policies make the U.S. “less safe as a nation.”

Speaking with Fox News Wednesday, Paul addressed criticism from conservative Fox contributor Charles Krauthammer, saying that “neocons” in the Republican Party are “actually much closer to President Obama than I am.” The Kentucky Republican also detailed how America’s aggressive foreign policy stances often “backfire” and that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants are using “our American arms.”

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Neocon "Chaos Promotion" in the Mideast

Former Washington insider and four-star General Wesley Clark spilled the beans several years ago on how Paul Wolfowitz and his neoconservative co-conspirators implemented their sweeping plan to destabilize key Middle Eastern countries once it became clear that post-Soviet Russia "won't stop us."

As I recently reviewed a YouTube eight-minute clip of General Clark's October 2007 speech, what leaped out at me was that the neocons had been enabled by their assessment that – after the collapse of the Soviet Union – Russia had become neutralized and posed no deterrent to U.S. military action in the Middle East.

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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Neocons Against Iran Diplomacy

There never have been real consequences for those responsible for the neoconservative foray into Iraq. Neither have they been charged for their devious entry into Iraq, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths, nor for policies that decimated the Iraqi livelihood. Now neocon voices seem to seek another war, this time with Iran.
Will war talk work? War fatigue is being replaced by ISIL fears, and most memories are short anyway, especially considering that few Americans were directly impacted, one percent of Americans fighting our wars.

Paul On GOP Neocons, Krauthammer: Sometimes They’re ‘Just Wrong’

Speaking with Fox News Wednesday, Paul addressed criticism from conservative Fox contributor Charles Krauthammer, saying that “neocons” in the Republican Party are “actually much closer to President Obama than I am.” The Kentucky Republican also detailed how America’s aggressive foreign policy stances often “backfire” and that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants are using “our American arms.”

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

RAND HITS BACK AT ‘JUVENILE’ ‘NEOCON COMMUNITY’ CRITICS

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) shot back at his “juvenile” critics who he said were members of the “neocon community” during an interview broadcast on Tuesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.
Rand responded to an attack ad that played a clip of him saying Iran wasn’t a threat to the US’ national security by stating, “things do change over time. Also, I wasn’t campaigning for myself, I was campaigning to help my father at the time. But I would say that almost every element of the ad’s a lie. I mean, they say I’m helping the president. I’m actually one who has said to the president that this deal, when it becomes final, has to be finalized by Congress, and I said I’ve done that to actually strengthen the president’s hand. But I do want him negotiating from a position of strength,” which he said Obama isn’t, and expressed his concern over Iran’s “lack of sincerity” due to their rhetoric, sponsorship of terrorism, and threatening of Israel, and his belief they should never be trusted with a nuke.
He continued, “I have no idea really who these people are [behind the ad]. But I think that they’re–I would say they’re part of the neocon community. The neoconservatives sort of believe, these are the same people who wanted to give arms to Gaddafi, and then the next years, wanted to topple Gaddafi. They’ve been on both sides of every war, they only thing consistent about their message is, ‘we should always be at war.'”

Monday, April 06, 2015

GOP Senator Tom Cotton vows to block final Iran agreement

US Republican Senator Tom Cotton, known for his close links to a neoconservative group, says he will leave no stone unturned in order to sabotage a final nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran.

According to reports, Cotton received one million dollars from the Emergency Committee for Israel, a neoconservative group associated with Israel lobby, just before the last US election. The group was founded in mid-2010 by William [Bill] Kristol, a US neoconservative political analyst.

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Being A Neocon Means Never Having To Say You're Sorry

Brownfeld notes that John Bolton, Joshua Muravchik, and Bill Kristol have all advocated attacking Iran, just as they advocated attacking Iraq. Of course, Iraq used to act as a counterweight to Iran, until we overthrew Saddam Hussein. Now, Iraq's Shiite dominated government is essentially allied with Iran.
Brownfeld also notes that the neocons have a long record of exaggerating Iran's aggressiveness, reminding us that one of the favorite gurus of the Bush Administration, Bernard Lewis, predicted in 2006 that an Iranian attack on Israel was imminent.


The neocons also have a long record of exaggerating Iran's military capability.

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Neo-conservatives promoted war with Iraq, now look toward Iran

Neo-conservatives who successfully pushed the nation to war with Iraq, a country that never attacked us and never possessed the Bush Administration’s “weapons of mass destruction,” are now promoting war with Iran, a country more than three times the size of Iraq.

The war in Iraq did not go well, defying the neo-conservatives’ prediction that U.S. troops would be welcomed with open arms. That war had a series of unintended consequences, as wars always do. It left a regional power vacuum that helped promote the growth of ISIS, helped increase the chaos in Syria and increased the regional importance of Iran.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Americans ‘sick’ of neoconservative Zionists: Analyst

The American people are “sick” of the constant lies of Zionist neoconservatives who are controlling US foreign policy and the news media , a former US Senate candidate says.
“John Bolton and people like John Bolton in the neoconservative pro-Zionist element in the US government are provable liars,” said Mark Dankof, who is also a broadcaster and pastor in San Antonio, Texas.  

Cited as “Model,” Yemen Becomes Latest Obama-Neocon Tragedy

Backed by the unconstitutional war-loving neo-conservative wing of the GOP, the Obama administration has been meddling in Yemen and seeking to prop up its dictators almost since taking power. As The New American reported in 2010, the Obama Pentagon that year more than doubled the military-assistance budget for Yemen’s brutal dictator. The next year, the Obama administration took it a step further, unleashing secret bombing campaigns against the Saleh regime’s enemies under the guise of killing "militants" that resulted in multiple massacres of civilians. Obama’s lawless support was not enough, however, and the dictator, who ruled with an iron fist for decades, was ousted. His “vice president” ended up becoming the “transitional” dictator until being forced to flee Yemen with his regime for Saudi Arabia last week. In 2012, Obama issued an “executive order” purporting to make it a criminal offense to interfere — even “indirectly” — with the transition between Yemeni dictators he supported.  

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Manufacturing Dissent

As Professor Stephen Cohen has observed, dissent has disappeared from American foreign policy discussion. In place of dissent there is exhortation to more war. A good example is today’s (March 26, 2015) op-ed in the New York Times by neoconservative John R. Bolton, US ambassador to the UN during the George W. Bush regime. Link

Bolton calls for bombing Iran. Anything short of a military attack on Iran, Bolton says, has “an air of unreality” and will guarantee that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey will also develop nuclear weapons in order to protect themselves from Iran. According to Bolton, the Israeli and American nuclear arsenals are not threatening, but Iran’s would be.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

The Neoconservative Cursus Honorum

Neoconservatives have two core beliefs. First is their insistence that the United States has the right or even the responsibility to use its military and economic power to reshape the world in terms of its own interests and values. Constant war thus becomes the new normal. As Professor Eliot Cohen, a former State Department adviser under George W. Bush, put it, “For the great mass of the American public … and for their leaders and elites who shape public opinion ‘war weariness’ is unearned cant, unworthy of a serious nation… .”

The second basic neoconservative principle, inextricably tied to the first, is that Washington must uncritically support Israel no matter what its government does, which makes the defense of all things Israeli an American value. William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, made the neoconservative viewpoint clear when he recently wrote that Benjamin Netanyahu would win the GOP’s presidential nomination, if he could run, because “Republican primary voters are at least as hawkish as the Israeli public.” Other neoconservatives continue to pursue the goal set out by the “Clean Break” memo provided to then-Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in 1996, which recommended the reordering of the entire Middle East to benefit Israel. The memo was written by Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, James Colbert, and David and Meyrav Wurmser.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Obama Surrounds Himself With Neocons and Other Hawkish Lunatics

Most recently, there was his request for unlimited war powers, a new AUMF, a shrewdly and deceptively worded legislative authorization which allows him to attack any country, anywhere on the earth, targeting individuals, groups and nations which he alone decides are deserving of some tough love __ aka annihilation by military force.

If this weren't incriminating enough, just look at the people he is surrounded by.

First, the hard-core psychopaths . . .

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NYT Publishes Call to Bomb Iran

The Times’ article by John Bolton, a neocon scholar from the American Enterprise Institute, was entitled “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran.” It followed the Post’s op-ed by Joshua Muravchik, formerly at AEI and now a fellow at the neocon-dominated School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins. [For more on that piece, see Consortiumnews.com’s “Neocon Admits Plan to Bomb Iran.”]

Both articles called on the United States to mount a sustained bombing campaign against Iran to destroy its nuclear facilities and to promote “regime change” in Tehran. Ironically, these “scholars” rationalized their calls for unprovoked aggression against Iran under the theory that Iran is an aggressive state, although Iran has not invaded another country for centuries.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

COURT ACCEPTS DOJ’S ‘STATE SECRETS’ CLAIM TO PROTECT SHADOWY NEOCONS: A NEW LOW

A truly stunning debasement of the U.S. justice system just occurred through the joint efforts of the Obama Justice Department and a meek and frightened Obama-appointed federal judge, Edgardo Ramos, all in order to protect an extremist neocon front group from scrutiny and accountability. The details are crucial for understanding the magnitude of the abuse here.
At the center of it is an anti-Iranian group calling itself “United Against Nuclear Iran” (UANI), which is very likely a front for some combination of the Israeli and U.S. intelligence services. When launched, NBC described its mission as waging “economic and psychological warfare” against Iran. The group was founded and is run and guided by a roster of U.S., Israeli and British neocon extremists such as Joe Lieberman, former Bush Homeland Security adviser (and current CNN “analyst”) Fran Townsend, former CIA Director James Woolsey, and former Mossad Director Meir Dagan. One of its key advisers is Olli Heinonen, who just co-authored Washington Post Op-Ed with former Bush CIA/NSA Director Michael Hayden arguing that Washington is being too soft on Tehran.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Perverted Humanitarianism: The Neocon Case for Arming Ukraine

Despite the coordinated efforts of Russia, Germany, and France to deescalate the crisis in Ukraine, the United States has remained steadfast in its opposing policy objectives as it fans the flames of war in the name of humanitarianism and democracy. Since the provision of “non-lethal aid” have failed to defeat the Novorussian rebels, American lawmakers such as John McCain have predictably worked themselves into a lather, contorting words and facts to justify their itch for openly arming Ukraine. Neocon policy wonks acted quickly in lockstep to spin the Ukraine debacle and contain public fallout, and in the process, established a convoluted narrative that polluted the meaning of the vaunted principles they claim to uphold.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Family Business of Perpetual War

Neoconservative pundit Robert Kagan and his wife, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, run a remarkable family business: she has sparked a hot war in Ukraine and helped launch Cold War II with Russia – and he steps in to demand that Congress jack up military spending so America can meet these new security threats.

This extraordinary husband-and-wife duo makes quite a one-two punch for the Military-Industrial Complex, an inside-outside team that creates the need for more military spending, applies political pressure to ensure higher appropriations, and watches as thankful weapons manufacturers lavish grants on like-minded hawkish Washington think tanks.