Friday, August 16, 2013

Think Again: Neoconservatism on the Decline (And Ted Cruz and Rand Paul on the upswing)

In a column titled "The Neocon Revival," David Brooks argues that "Neocons came in for a lot of criticism during the Iraq war, but neoconservatism was primarily a domestic policy movement." He goes on to contrast the good sense and cheer of old-fashioned neocons with the current crop of conservative crazies.

It's a curious viewpoint. One of Brooks's earliest columns for the Times argued that anyone who even used the term "neocon" was engaging in anti-Semitic subterfuge. That was when Brooks was an enthusiast for the U.S. invasion of Iraq -- an idea that had its genesis in various neoconservative organs and organizations, some of which appeared to be just as concerned with perceived threats to Israel as they were with with imaginary "weapons of mass destruction" or phony connections between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.

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