The old foreign policy.
Lord, let us hope so.
Don’t need to do this again.
A big hearty AMEN to this! The neocons railed against Rand Paul and then they turned their sights on Donald Trump. No reason the new administration should trust these guys.
Now is a good time for the GOP to make a clean break from the neoconservatives who believe in perpetual war, nation building, and all sorts of big government initiatives on the domestic side. The neocons were originally Dems anyway.
Some good ideas here. Restoring the Republic should be THE goal.
The author focuses on one area of concern but there are many other areas of policy that deserve the same treatment.
This is the truth and sometimes it’s one that it is hard for “conservatives” to come to terms with. The Pentagon is filled to the gills with waste and inefficiency, it is big government.
The military and defense, defense, is enumerated as a role for the government according to the Constitution. But the key word is “defense.”
But even without a purely defensive military there are plenty of areas to cut, starting with the army of civilian employees.
Click HERE for a highly detailed and interactive map of the Syrian conflict.
Russia is one of the world’s chief crony capitalist states. China’s probably number one but Russia is right on up there. Of course we live in a global crony system which we should keep in mind, but Putin’s cadre of oligarchs is a particularly nasty club. Or gang. Of course the world is filled with gangs. (It likely will always will be, though some “gangs”
Bret Stephens, the deputy editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal thinks however that we should be “thankful” that the Saudis are fighting “our war” for us in Yemen.
That’s right, Mr. Stephens said Yemen is “our war.” The neocons will never ever learn. Never.
No, the war in Yemen is a fight the Saudis have engaged in because they fear the rise of Shiite forces that could eventually find their way into Saudi Arabia and topple the Saudi Wahhabi regime.
The Saudis have deep oil reserves and as such deep pockets. They are big buyers of arms, and especially so given its recent venture into Yemen and the perceived rise of a close to nuclear Iran. We do lots of weapons business with the desert kingdom.
But the Saudis are our “frenemies” at best. We tolerate them so that the world has access to Saudi oil. The 18th Century Wahhabi regime “tolerates” us because we have the biggest guns and we offer protection of the oil reserves.
But it looks cool. I guess.
For the record I have spoken to people in the business who swear that in the end the F-35 will be a fantastic fighting system.
I’m not so sure. I’m not the only one.
Years ago I remember one of the Taliban spokespeople talking about dropping a “heroin bomb” on the West.
I am currently editing a collection of past essays and last night I was editing the “neocon” chapter. I noticed that we argued multiple times in 2014-2015 that with the rise of Rand Paul the neocons, the pro-war crowd in the GOP and with them the weapons manufacturers, might defect to Hillary Clinton.
But as it turned out it wasn’t Rand who sent the big government GOP war advocates to Hillary, it was Trump.
Defense contractors are accustomed to getting what they want.
Lots of money in opium and heroin. A lot more money has been made in opium and heroin since the war, the American war, in Afghanistan began.
The neocons are for big government and wars. Bill Kristol is for big government and wars. The neocons disliked Reagan and celebrated George W. Bush’s massive expansion of the state. They loathe libertarianism and they loathe the Pauls. They quietly like Hillary Clinton who is basically an extension of George W. Bush in many respects. In fact most neocons – most of whom are Bushites – would probably like to see Hillary win this go’round. (Though they can’t say it publicly –