Saturday, August 03, 2013

David Brooks, "The Neocon Revival": Out of Patience

Meanwhile, chaos continues to reign in the Middle East - Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Tunisia, Libya, Lebanon and Iran - and there is no end in sight. Do you remember how New York Times columnists Thomas Friedman, Nicholas Kristof and Roger Cohen greeted the so-called "Arab Spring"? Well, thanks to an absence of leadership from the Big-O - call it "leadership from behind," "watch and wait" or a natural proclivity for procrastination - the instability continues to spread with potential repercussions for the rest of the world. How many will die in Syria and Egypt this weekend? Will Russia continue to arm Assad and go on flipping Obama the bird? Can Egypt remain financially afloat? Will Israel be forced to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, owing to the failure of the West to constrain the mullahs? Stay tuned.

 Meanwhile, as the world unravels, David Brooks, in his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "The Neocon Revival" (, tries to provide some clarity concerning the meaning and virtues of "neoconservatism." Brooks writes:
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