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NED's Regime Change Tsar Eyes Czech Republic
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a most troublesome entity. It is funded nearly entirely by the US government, but as a non-government entity it is not at all answerable to the hand that feeds it (nor the pockets picked to provide the food). The relationship is mutually beneficial: the US government can task it with regime change overseas while keeping the appearance of clean hands; the NED has free reign to pursue its mission (regime change) with zero governmental oversight.

17 November 2014read on...

Neocon Pundit Max Boot's Post-Election Demand: 'Start a War Now!'
Now that the US midterm elections are over, with Republicans making gains in the House and especially the Senate, neocon desktop bombardier Max Boot takes to Commentary Magazine to explain to President Obama what the results really mean.

5 November 2014read on...

Rep. Pete King Wants 'All Out' Surveillance Of Muslims One would have hoped that after Ron Paul schooled Rudy Giuliani on the concept of “blowback” in front of a national audience, US politicians would have paid attention. Sadly, it was back to foreign interventionism as usual.

24 October 2014read on...

McCain Seeks to Protect US-Backed Terrorists From Other US-Backed Terrorists?

 

Today, Senator McCain makes Neocon Watch for his letter to John Kerry expressing concerns that one US-supported terrorist group may soon be threatening another US-protected terrorist group.



22 October 2014read on...

McCain: 'Vote For Us and We'll Start Another Bigger War!'

 

With the majority of Americans still opposed to sending US troops back to Iraq and into Syria — despite months of scaremongering from the White House and mainstream media — Senator John McCain has come up with an unusual idea to appeal to voters: the promise of a much wider war.



22 October 2014read on...

Where Does John McCain Want to Attack? MotherJones may not be a bastion for the ideas of freedom, but it sure does knock one out of the park with this map.

Here’s a view of all the nations neocon Senator John McCain has called the U.S. government to attack...

13 October 2014read on...

Neoconservatives Stand for Anti-American Foreign Policies and Empire
Both the Democratic and Republican parties today house neoconservatives, and whatever their differences, they coalesce on foreign policies of war, empire, support for Israel, foreign interference, sanctions, an anti-Iran stance, and American exceptionalism. The Democratic Party has its left-neoconservatives like Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.

9 October 2014read on...

Donald Rumsfeld: Barack Obama Lacks 'Clarity of Vision' It is rich hearing Donald Rumsfeld, who made some outlandish statements to advance the earlier Iraq War he helped instigate and manage as secretary of defense, fault US President Barack Obama for not providing “clarity of vision.”

29 September 2014read on...

Michele Bachmann Goes Berserk! Michele Bachmann throws the blanket over all Muslims saying:

Yes, Mr. President, it is about Islam!


26 September 2014read on...

Lieberman: 'Attack Assad AND ISIS!'
Joe Lieberman finds no reason to keep up the facade of the backdoor-to-war with Syria. He flat out said on Face The Nation Sunday: “We should attack Assad and fight ISIS.”

22 September 2014read on...

Neocon Watch

Neocons Delighted With Egypt Chaos


Neocons held no love for Egypt’s deposed President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, which some felt threatened the US “influence” over Egyptian affairs that is rented with the annual $1.5 billion foreign assistance check. That a democracy was to be undermined by tanks was no big deal to them – it’s all about influence.

Charles Krauthammer said: “We have no particular stake in Egypt’s economy. Our stake is in its politics. Yes, we would like to see a strong economy. But in a country ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood?”

Jennifer Rubin echoed: “...a colossal failure of Muslim Brotherhood rule in the most populous and arguably most important Arab country would not, to be blunt, be a bad thing for U.S. interests, democracy and stability.”

Whether Egypt calls itself a democracy or not, the U.S. carries a big stick. Robert Kagan describes it: “Americans provide $1.5 billion a year in assistance to Egypt, $1.3 billion of which goes to the Egyptian military. It has leverage over the decisions of the IMF and influence with other international donors on whom Egypt’s economy ultimately depends. The U.S. ambassador to Egypt wields so much potential influence that Egyptians obsess daily over whom she is meeting with and concoct wild conspiracies based on trivial events.”

To neocons, leverage is everything. U.S. influence over the Egyptian military is key. As Sen. Lindsey Graham has said: “The day we cut off aid is the day we don’t have leverage.”

So we must keep robbing the taxpayers!

Though the Egyptian military has long been on the U.S. taxpayer dole, what could the U.S. do to tip the scales against the neocon-hated Morsi?
Robert Kagan, in his boasting above, missed a very important area of leverage: Food.

As RPI Academic Board Member Eric Margolis points out: “Cairo imports huge quantities of wheat and subsidizes retail prices for bread. The US sustained the Sadat and Mubarak regimes with boatloads of wheat discounted 50%.” He points out that although US aid stayed the same, this subsidy “tapered off when Morsi took power. Food prices in Egypt rose 10%.

Was this done intentionally to help stir the stomachs of the Egyptian people? Was it done to tip the scales against Morsi? Who knows.

In any case, U.S.-funded Egyptian tanks rolled in at the command of a US trained General, an elected leader was removed from power, and thus ensued the coup that could not be called a coup by the U.S. so that “leverage” could continue. Chalk up another one for the neocons. For now…
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