Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Douglas Murray, the EDL, Dodgy Videos and Me

After having tried to smear me as some sort of Muslim extremist live on BBC1 on Sunday morning, proud neocon Douglas Murray has been having another go at me on his Spectator blog this morning.

First, some background. Poor Douglas wasn't pleased when TellMama's Fiyaz Mughal, joining the 'Sunday Morning Live' discussion via Skype, reminded viewers of the former's February 2006 speech in Holland in which he demanded that "conditions for Muslims in Europe must be made harder across the board" and "all immigration into Europe from Muslim countries must stop". Douglas also told his Dutch audience that Islam in Europe should be viewed as an "opportunist infection" and called for mosques accused of spreading "hate" to be "pulled down".

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Fighting Complacency Amid Danger

Netanyahu should threaten to use nuclear weapons on Iran, says neocon Daniel Pipes. His statement is part of an effort launched after Hassan Rohani's election in order to gradually close all options on Iran except for war. In Congress, the effort goes beyond inflammatory rhetoric.
Before members of Congress leave for their August recess, they will be pressured to vote on a new Iran sanctions bill. Israel and its friends in Washington are pushing to ensure diplomacy fails before it’s given a chance to succeed. Top Republican Senator Lindsey Graham also stated this week that he will introduce a bill authorizing war with Iran if the Iranian nuclear program is not shut down by October.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Will the Neocon Agenda Lead to U.S. Pre-Emptive Nuclear Attacks On Russia and China?

Amitai Etzioni has raised an important question: “Who authorized preparations for war with China?” Etzioni says that the war plan is not the sort of contingency plan that might be on hand for an improbable event. Etzioni also reports that the Pentagon’s war plan was not ordered by, and has not been reviewed by, US civilian authorities. We are confronted with a neoconized US military out of control endangering Americans and the rest of the world.
Etzioni is correct that this is a momentous decision made by a neoconized military. China is obviously aware that Washington is preparing for war with China. If the Yale Journal knows it, China knows it. If the Chinese government is realistic, the government is aware that Washington is planning a pre-emptive nuclear attack against China. No other kind of war makes any sense from Washington’s standpoint. The “superpower” was never able to occupy Baghdad, and after 11 years of war has been defeated in Afghanistan by a few thousand lightly armed Taliban. It would be curtains for Washington to get into a conventional war with China.

Friday, July 26, 2013

God and the neocons

Will Wilkinson, who writes for the Economist’s group blog, “Democracy in America”, has been on something of a roll lately. Last week, for example, he had a very interesting take on libertarian populism. But nothing quite prepares you for the brilliance of yesterday’s piece on religion, democracy and the neoconservatives.*

Wilkinson’s foil is veteran conservative pundit George Will, who argued in National Affairs that “citizens concerned for our limited government should be friendly to the cause of American religion, even if they are not believers themselves.” There’s a lot of good and interesting material in Will’s essay, but his central point seems to me completely misguided.

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Is Ted Cruz a Neocon Plant like Obama?

Yesterday President Obama failed to show up or send a representative at the first Senate hearings on closing Guantanamo held since 2009. Senator Dick Durbin (IL) who hosted the hearings vouches that the White House was sent an invitation.

The White House snub was far from the most alarming thing that happening at the hearings.

Senator Ted Cruz (TX), who plays himself off as being a libertarian, came out during the hearings as opposing the closure of Guantanamo, ridiculously claiming that it would endanger American lives.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wyoming GOP primary pits neocons vs. libertarians

The Republican primary for the U.S. Senate race in Wyoming could erupt into a proxy war in the battle between the libertarian and conservative wings of the party over national security, with Sen. Rand Paul supporting Sen. Michael B. Enzi in his re-election bid against the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Liz Cheney is a political novice but served in the State Department under President George W. Bush. She is a steadfast supporter of her father, who has been a lightning rod for debates over military adventurism and civil liberties since the onset of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Evangelical leaders speak out against neocon assault on Rand Paul and Jack Hunter

An unusual mixture of evangelicals and libertarians claims the Hunter exposure was an attempt to discredit Mr. Paul, a freshman Kentucky Republican. They assert that the enmity of the interventionist factions in both the Republican and Democratic parties for Mr. Paul stems in part from his being the only potential 2016 GOP presidential nomination contender so far to condemn the neoconservatives for their readiness to use military force to change foreign governments, particularly those considered a threat to Israel.
“Bill Kristol, through his son-in-law, fired the first salvo in the 2016 presidential primary,” said Pastors & Pews founder David Lane, who organized a two-day meeting of evangelical ministers in Des Moines last week that featured Mr. Paul and fiery Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, considered another potential 2016 GOP nomination candidate despite his recent protestations to the contrary.

“It’s the neoconservatives’ agenda, primarily based on an imperialistic and internationalist foreign policy,” Mr. Lane said. “It doesn’t end with Rand Paul. They’ll go after any traditional conservative that gets in the way of their desire to police the world.”

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Aide’s resignation heightens Sen. Rand Paul’s war with neocons

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 Monday, was eased out by Mr. Paul after a neoconservative publication revealed that, as a radio “shock jock” years ago, Mr. Hunter advocated the Southern secession once again from the Union.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Neocon Coup or What…?

As Col. Pat Lang wrote yesterday…
Why do the people of Arizona keep electing McCain? His behavior grows increasingly bizarre. He has descended into a search for self-importance expressed through an evident desire to see unending war as the future of America. Perhaps members of congress should be periodically examined for evidence of mental illness. 
Senator McCain seems to think that he can run the foreign policy of the United States from his seat in the senate. McCain does not seem to remember that he was defeated by Obama and therefore is not in charge of foreign policy nor does he command the armed forces. Ah! I may be wrong. Perhaps that is all he remembers… 
…Obama would do well to defend Dempsey and to stand by him. If he does not, then he will see power slip away from him even more rapidly than it has thus far. pl
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Friday, July 19, 2013

Liz Cheney's Agenda; Ted Cruz's Prospects

When Hillary Clinton was first considering running for Senate, Harold Ickes once told me, the first thing he said to her was something like this. The first thing to ask yourself is whether you really want that job. It's a hard job. Nonstop fundraising. Back and forth between Washington and New York on that shuttle all the time. Weekends up in Watertown and Oneonta listening to people bitch about their SSI payments. Being one of 100, very, very difficult to pass signature legislation. Yes, it's glamorous in some ways. But it's a slog.
Wise words, equally applicable in the Liz Cheney case. Why would she want to be a senator? She has enough standing in the GOP that she could already, conceivably, be someone's vice-presidential pick. She nails down the neocons for any candidate, and that could be important because none of the leading candidates right now is much of a neocon.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

CrossTalk: Neocon America

Liz Cheney-Founded Neocon Group Quietly Scrubbed From The Internet

A Liz Cheney co-founded group promoting neoconservative foreign and counterterrorism policy has been quietly scrubbed from the Internet with its last discernible web presence weeks ago.

Keep America Safe, co-founded in 2009 by Cheney, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol and Debra Burlingame, the “hawkish sister of an American Airlines pilot killed in the September 11 attacks,” was meant to be a one-stop shop for attacks on President Obama’s foreign policy and spotlighting the founders’ neoconservative friends.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Now, Neocon Jonah Godberg Weighs In on Rand Paul/Jack Hunter

In the context of discussing Rand's aide, Jack Hunter, Goldberg manages to come out with this absurdity:
Rand Paul shares his father's ambition to be president. Even though he's a vastly better politician — morally and strategically — than his father[...]
Say what? Ron Paul had little desire to become president and had tremendous desire to spread the liberty message. For Rand, it is just the opposite. He wants to be president. He is so desperate to be president that he is likely to push Hunter off the campaign staff, as the neocons continue to make clear that this must be done. Goldberg concludes his commentary with exactly that message, while taking a sideswipe at Judge Napolitano:
Rand's task of clearing the air strikes me as Augean. 
Hence another irony. Defenders like Napolitano think Paul's critics subscribe to a "dying ideology," but Paul's only shot at the White House hinges on thoroughly repudiating an ideology far more deserving of death. He's got a lot more work ahead of him.

Neocon America

How “neoconservative” is American foreign policy today? Is democracy promotion the top priority? Hasn’t the neocon agenda just weakened America’s position? How can the neocon worldview hold when there are so many contradictions? CrossTalking with Matthew Feeney and Mark Jacobson.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

The Neocon war against the West

I rarely read neocon Jennifer Rubin‘s drivel but took interest in a couple of her recent articles denouncing “racists” and plugging for mass immigration for the USA.

It got me to thinking about the immigration policy of Israel.  Let’s see.

- Israel supports the deportation of Africans from Israel.
- Israel supports the forced sterilization of Africans living in Israel.
- Israelis won’t even share a swimming pool with Africans.
- Israel wants to protect the wages of Israelis, and doesn’t want them driven down by mass immigration from Africa.

If Rubin cares so much about “racism,” why doesn’t she write about these “injustices”?

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Neocon Is Not A Code Word For Jew

If you follow some political people on Twitter, you’ll know that there is a bit of a scandal involving Rand Paul and his new media director, Jack Hunter. The Free Beacon reported yesterday that Hunter has a history of inflammatory statements going back from his days as a radio shock jock in Charleston, South Carolina.

A piece appeared in Commentary magazine yesterday by Seth Mandel that responded to the scandal. The piece started out raising (legitimate) concerns with how Rand Paul has handled issues concerning race and who he surrounds himself with.

Unfortunately, this is an attempt to revive the slur that “neo-con” is a code word for Jew. If that were the case, our own Anna Morris would be guilty of accusing President Obama of being a Kenyan-Muslim-Jew.

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Inside The Neocon Echo Chamber

Remember the Journolist scandal, where a large group of liberal writers conspired to coordinate their messages against conservatives in the media?

Apparently the neoconservatives have one too.  Of course, I'm not invited, but what else besides a coordinated attack would explain the quantity and timing of today's pieces on Jack Hunter and by proxy, Rand Paul?

Here's a partial list;

Rachel Weiner, Published: July 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm, Washington Post
Rand Paul aide has history of racial comments

Jennifer Rubin, Published: July 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm, Washington Post
Rand Paul’s newest problem
Jonathon Chait, Published: July 9, 2013 at 11:49 AM, New York Magazine
Racists Love Ron and Rand Paul for Some Reason
Alex Seitz-Wald, Published: Jul 9, 2013 08:30 AM PST,
Rand Paul’s team has another white supremacist
Seth Mandel,  Published: Jul 9, 2013, 12:50 PM,
Rand Paul, the “Southern Avenger,” and the End of the Benefit of the Doubt

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Netanyahu aide with neocon links appointed as Israeli ambassador to U.S.

The right-wing political aide Ron Dermer, known to be close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is the new Israeli ambassador to the U.S. And like the current ambassador--Michael Oren--Dermer’s returning to his American perch, albeit without the American citizenship he had to give up in 1995 when he became the economic affairs minister at the Israeli embassy in D.C.

Netanyahu officially announced Tuesday that Dermer would be his next ambassador to the U.S., giving the Florida-born Dermer a turn in the American spotlight. Dermer’s set to take up the post in the fall once Oren leaves. The announcement came months after rumors first swirled about Dermer’s now-confirmed new job. Dermer is Netanyahu’s right-hand man, serving as his speechwriter and senior adviser.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Rand Paul, the Non-Neocon

The moment when Ron Paul’s Revolution reached its limits and exposed its vulnerabilities during his relatively strong 2012 presidential campaign is pretty easy to identify: December 15, 2011, at a candidate debate in Sioux City, Iowa, when Paul repeatedly articulated his long-held view that Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons was an understandable act of self-defense motivated in part by America’s history of aggression against that country, epitomized by CIA involvement in the coup that overthrew Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953. The other candidates, who had been engaged in a continuing rivalry to show who was most avid for war with Iran, pounced on Paul, and you get the sense that his support levels in Republican primaries soon reached a cap that his domestic policy views might have enabled him to exceed.

Given his background as very much his father’s son, one might have thought that foreign policy heresy would have been a big and perhaps prohibitive factor in Rand Paul’s 2010 audacious Republican Senate primary campaign in conservative Kentucky. But while Paul’s opponent, Trey Grayson, and prominent Grayson proponents like Mitch McConnell and Dick Cheney, tried to make Paul’s non-interventionist instincts an issue, it never gained traction. And that is in no small part because, as Foreign Affairs senior editor Stuart Reid explains in the July-August issue of the Washington Monthly, Paul the Younger has learned to tailor his foreign policy utterances in ways that don’t seem to express empathy with traditional American enemies or offend traditional American friends. At the same time, Rand Paul has been able to exploit the very large open territory created by neoconservative domination of Republican foreign policy, made even larger by the GOP base’s bottomless appetite for anti-Obamaism, even when it involves opposing alliances and military actions supported by neocons.

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Israel’s New US Envoy: Neocon Opponent of the Two-State Solution

With the end of Michael Oren’s term of service as Israeli Ambassador to the United States, the government has tapped Ron Dermer as his successor, and a more controversial pick is hard to imagine.

Dermer is a long-standing Netanyahu ally, which surely was the deciding factor in his getting the position, but he is also considered a neo-conservative with close ties to US Republican leaders, and a history of pushing Netanyahu’s rivalry with President Obama.

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Then They Came For Jack Hunter. They Can Have Him.

The recent attack on Jack Hunter a.k.a. “The Southern Avenger” radio host follows an all-too-familiar script in Washington. Someone connected to the Republican mainstream is accused of saying something Politically Incorrect. The Left and neoconservative echo chamber repeats the smear and tries to connect the Politically Incorrect statement to as many of its enemies as possible. The offender grovels. He may or may not be able to survive.

Jack Hunter is a leader of the “Liberty Movement” in his capacity as an official blogger for Ron Paul’s presidential campaign and a close aide to Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. The younger Paul appointed Hunter as his social media director last year and Hunter coauthored the Senator’s book The Tea Party Goes to Washington . Hunter had previously written columns and had a radio show under the name “The Southern Avenger.”

The neoconservative webzine the Washington Free Beacon ran a hit piece on Hunter entitled Rebel Yell: Rand Paul aide has history of neo-Confederate sympathies, inflammatory statements (by Alana Goodman, July 9, 2013)

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Shrewdly positioned as Syrian interventionist, Samantha Power has neocon backing

Samantha Power, President Obama's nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations, has gotten a key Establishment constituency on her side. Neoconservatives support her, because she has pushed intervention in Syria.

The other night Bob Dreyfuss of the Nation was on public television arguing against Syrian intervention because "the US has a history of  bumbl[ing] into a country that it really doesn't understand the dynamics of, and unleash[ing] a force that it doesn't control."

Dreyfuss was opposed by a fellow from the neoconservative Hudson Institute, who dropped an impressive name: Samantha Power.

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Rand Paul Lashes Out at 'Neocons' Backing Egyptian Coup

The Kentucky senator has complained that "American tax dollars flow no matter which despot rules." He's lamented constant US intervention in the Middle East both overt and covert. And he's decried what he sees as the likely continuation of US funding to whomever replaces ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.

The legal rationale for continuing funds to Egypt makes matters tricky, however. As Politix reported, "Obama stopped short of calling the Egyptian army's ouster of President Morsi a coup" because US law requires America to suspend aid to countries where there's been a coup d'etat.

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Jennifer Rubin, a neocon herself, doesn’t recognize her own kind as she blasts Rand Paul

You may be asking, who is Jennifer Rubin? Well, let me start there.

Rubin is considered a neoconservative “columnist” who writes what she considers, “insightful” pieces for neoconservative rags like The Weekly Standard, Commentary and now does a column for the Washington Post called Right Turn.

In a “Right Turn” column Monday, Rubin blasts Kentucky Senator Rand Paul for a tweet he sent this morning:

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Monday, July 08, 2013

Liz Cheney, Neocon Senator and President?

So Liz Cheney is thinking about running for the Senate. Anyone who thinks that her ambitions will stop there if she is elected doesn't understand the real Cheney game plan. Daughter Cheney is the Cerebrus guarding her father's reputation--she apparently wrote much of his memoir-- and has tried, as best she can, to protect his reputation, which, it seems safe to say, suffered a few dings over the past decade, not least because of his huffing and puffing about the terrorist threat emanating from Iraq, which proved not just to be wrong but actively destructive. No matter. Cheney has dismissed it as the niggling complaints of liberal squishes who fail to recongize the advances for justice and democracy that occurred on his watch.

This Sunday's New York Times report that Liz Cheney is mulling over whether she should challenge Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi is already causing palpitations among liberals and conservatives alike. Liberals love to loathe her. And conservatives, at least traditional ones, are worried that she would divide but not conquer the Republican party in Wyoming, thereby setting the stage for a Democrat to nab the seat. Is this a new version of Back to the Future or is it Groundhog Day? What cooler heads in the GOP worry about is that this is the Tea Party all over again, at least the more extreme candidates who went down in flames in various states, costing the party control of the Senate. Meanwhile, Cheney is touting her Wyoming bona fides, posting pictures of her children riding horses and engaging in the other strange things they practice way out West.

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Thursday, July 04, 2013

Neocon Bolton Hails Egyptian Military Coup

There is not a half way decent person vying for power in Egypt, but you know the military coup is a real bad option when neocon John Bolton steps forward to endorse it by using neocon logic.

NR reports:
Speaking by telephone on Fox News’ The Five, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton praised the Egyptian military as “the greatest force for stability in Egypt” and declared that “we needed the military to stop the Muslim Brotherhood, and I think this coup was the right thing.”[...]There’s a fine, fine irony here in ousting Egypt’s first elected president, but it was because he was on the way to, as the saying goes, “One person, one vote, one time,” and that had to be stopped.
He then went on to say, there likely won't be any of the stability he claimed the military takeover brought:
This is a long way from being over; and while, as I just said, I support the military’s action here, I think there’s every prospect that this could get a lot more tumultuous and even bloody before it’s over.