Friday, January 31, 2014

Neocon take on the imaginary afghan pullout: “a win for al-CIA-duh”

During his State of the Union speech, Obama said he will end the decade-plus occupation of Afghanistan in 2014. This may be another one of Obama’s illusory promises (remember you can keep your doctor and closing down Gitmo?), but that didn’t stop a key neocon from climbing up on his hobby horse and demanding more tax money and USAian lives be flushed down a rat hole. Frederick Kagan, a neocon darling at the pro-illegal war American Enterprise Institute think tank, wrote on Jan 27 in the WSJ that leaving Afghanistan would amount to a victory for AQ, and he expanded on this to Faux News after Obama’s teleprompter recitation. But then we should expect Kagan to say this, since the war in Afghanistan is one of his pet projects. Back in December, Rajiv Chandrasekaran writing for the WaPo examined the relationship between Kagan, his wife Kimberly, and David Petraeus back when he was the top US commander in Afghanistan. Chandrasekaran writes:

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Neocon Says Afghan Pullout Win for al-Qaeda

During his State of the Union, Obama said he will end the decade-plus occupation of Afghanistan in 2014. This may be another one of Obama’s illusory promises – remember you can keep your doctor and closing down Gitmo? – but that didn’t stop a key neocon from climbing up on his hobby horse and demanding more tax money and American lives be flushed down a rat hole.

Frederick Kagan, a neocon darling at the pro-illegal war American Enterprise Institute think tank, told Fox News after Obama’s teleprompter recitation that leaving Afghanistan would amount to a victory for al-Qaeda.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Neocons Take Aim at Syrian Peace Talks

The Washington Post’s neoconservative editorial page is still beating the drums for U.S. military intervention in Syria, but its latest demand for violent reprisals against the Syrian government dropped a key element in the previous propaganda campaign: the claim that President Bashar al-Assad had “gassed his own people.”

Without admitting that those earlier Sarin gas allegations have fallen apart, the Post editors simply moved on to new accusations — that the Syrian government tortured thousands of captives who were subsequently killed. Those claims came from an anonymous “defector” who claims he took photographs to document the deaths and then turned the images over to the anti-Assad government of Qatar.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Neocon dominatrix Kimberley Strassel defends Chris Christie

Christie is a governor. Of course his misconduct is on a smaller scale.

But given the powers of the Executive– all indications are that Christie will be every bit the corrupt tyrant that our current Despot-in-Chief is.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Neocons Call for U.S. Military Action Against Al-Qaeda in Iraq

In response to Salafist victories in Fallujah and across Iraq’s al-Anbar province, James M. Dubik, a retired Army lieutenant general, has called for direct U.S. involvement to take on the resurgent terrorist group. “If the United States does not get involved, al-Qaeda is likely to win. None of our options is good. Each has risks, but doing too little also has risks,” Dubik writes for the Washington Post.

Dubik, the former commander of the Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq and the NATO Training Mission-Iraq, is a senior fellow a senior fellow at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

The ISW is a think tank founded by Kimberly Kagan, a member of the neocon Kagan clan. She is married to Frederick Kagan, a resident scholar at the neocon American Enterprise Institute. Frederick Kagan is the brother of Robert Kagan, a co-founder of the Project for the New American Century. Robert Kagan is married to Victoria Nuland, spokesperson for the State Department, and is a member of the influential Aspen Strategy Group, an organization chaired by Brent Scowcroft and staffed with warmongering Bush era neocons, including CFR insiders Richard Armitage and Eliot Cohen. The Aspen Group is funded by the globalist cabal and transnational corporations, including the Rockefeller Brothers. It also takes money from the CIA’s Ford Foundation.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Neocons Who Brought You The Iraq War Endorse AIPAC’s Iran Bill

The neoconservative Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), the successor organization of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), has just published another open letter (reproduced below) to Congressional leaders that implicitly endorses what I have called the “Kirk-Menendez Wag the Dog Act of 2013,” known officially as the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013 (S. 1881). I say implicitly, because it doesn’t come right out and urge support for the specific bill, which AIPAC and the Israel lobby, for which AIPAC is the vanguard, are flogging as hard as they possibly can. But the intention is pretty clear.

This letter — like PNAC, FPI is essentially a “letterhead organization” that issues manifestos, rather than a real think tank or grassroots membership organization — was signed by 72 “former U.S. government officials and foreign policy experts,” the vast majority of whom are easily identified as neoconservatives, as opposed to “conservatives,” the highly questionable term used by the Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin, who reported on the letter even before it was published on the FPI website to describe the signatories. (One wonders whether Rogin was given the letter on the condition that the authors be described as “conservatives” rather than “neoconservatives,” which really has become something of a dirty word over the past decade due to its association with the Iraq war and their enthusiasm over other ill-advised military adventures.)

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The ‘Surge’ Myth’s Deadly Result

Central to the neocons’ narrative on the current Mideast crisis – as Islamic terrorists seize territory in Iraq and Syria – is that George W. Bush’s “successful surge” in Iraq in 2007 had achieved “victory at last,” but was squandered by President Obama. But that’s a self-serving myth, as Robert Parry wrote in 2012.

To the degree that neocons do recognize the outcome of the two wars as mostly disasters, the blame will be placed on Obama, who will be said to have not only betrayed Bush’s “successful surge” in Iraq but failed to pull off his own in Afghanistan.

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

George Will: Liz Cheney ‘a neocon out of touch with the drift within the Republican Party’

Conservative columnist George Will blasted Liz Cheney hours after she withdrew from a primary challenge against Wyoming Republican Sen. Mike Enzi, calling her a “neoconservative” who is “out of touch with the drift within the Republican Party.”

Will spoke to right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham about the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s withdrawal, which she blamed on poor health. Will didn’t quite buy it:
INGRAHAM: What do you make of this? Of course, she’s a big neoconservative herself. 
WILL: She is a neoconservative. So I think in that sense, again, she’s out of touch with the drift within the Republican Party. Second, she’s down what, 50 points in the polls, something like that. Mr. Enzi is a conservative incumbent Republican who has no particular enemies in Wyoming. Liz Cheney is a public-spirited, intelligent woman, but she’s from Virginia! There’s really no way of escaping that fact. Her connections with Wyoming have been tenuous in recent years. I think she’s looked at the polls, looked at the rough roll-out of her campaign, and made a sensible decision.
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Monday, January 06, 2014

Neocon Proposes Nutty Two Tier Minimum Wage Law

This is truly goofy. It would result in businesses hiring teenagers over breadwinners. Since the advocate Charles Krauthammer seems to understand that raising the minimum wage causes unemployment, his proposal has to be classified as pathological altruism.

Here's Philip Klein on the problems with Krauthammer's proposal:

On a Fox News panel earlier this week, Charles Krauthammer floated a proposal for a two-tiered minimum wage system in which the rate would be raised for individuals who are the breadwinners of their families and remain the same for others. But this would be an absolutely terrible idea.
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US Responsible for Surge of Al-Qaeda in Middle East

“The Shiite-Sunni sectarian conflict that Bush and his neocon advisers stirred up by invading Iraq in 2003 has now engulfed the entire region and has given Al-Qaeda and its affiliates footholds in countries where they hadn’t existed before the Iraq War,” Robert Parry said in an article for Consortiumnews.

He added that the invasion of Bush to Iraq in 2003 destroyed the balance that existed between Sunni and Shiite and helped to the expansion of Al-Qaeda, which existed in remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan before that.

Ron Paul On Iraq Part 2: "The ‘Liberation’ Neocons Would Rather Forget"

The neocons may be on the run from their earlier positions on Iraq, but that does not mean they have given up. They were the ones pushing for an attack on Syria this summer. Thankfully they were not successful. They are now making every effort to derail President Obama’s efforts to negotiate with the Iranians. Just last week William Kristol urged Israel to attack Iran with the hope we would then get involved. Neoconservative Senators from both parties recently introduced the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013, which would also bring us back on war-footing with Iran.

Next time the neocons tell us we must attack, just think “Iraq.” 

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Friday, January 03, 2014

Kristol’s 2014 Prediction: Israel Will Take ‘Real Action’ And Attack Iran

Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol this week predicted that 2014 will be an exciting year for Iran and Israel watchers as the neocon leader says Israel is going to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Last November, the United States, its international partners — the P5+1 — and Iran reached an interim agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program with the aim of reaching a final deal within the next 6 to 12 months, leading many experts to conclude that an Israeli strike during this time is highly unlikely.

Yet Kristol — who has made a habit of calling for war with Iran — thinks otherwise. “I think we will see, because of the failure of Obama to do anything, Israel taking action to delay Iran’s nuclear program,” he said this week on the Weekly Standard’s podcast.

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Another Neocon Opens His Cakehole: Hilarity Ensues

It’s really hard to take Roger Simon seriously when he unburdens himself of unmitigated horseshit like this.  So come on, Roger:  Tell us which RINOs favor cutting government by “fifty or sixty” percent.

Is it McCain?  How about Romney?  McConnell?  Boehner?  Chris Christy?  Mike Huckabee?  Jeb Bush?  The scamnesty candidates supported by the Bush Family (read my lips – there is a gang of cost-cutters, eh…)?   Karl Rove and the Chamber of Commerce Ruling Party?  Come on, let us in on the secret.

Let me tell you who the principal enemy of liberty-minded conservatives really is, Roger:  It’s the unprincipled, win-at-any-cost, go-along-to-get-along minions of the Ruling Party who gin up “principal enemies” to con us into selling out our own principals on the altar of their craze for power.

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